Apologies for the lateness! My internet decided to go down while I was working on this post. Time Warner got the problem fixed by the time I woke up though, and I've been hard at work on it since.
Books that sold, 1, 2, 3:
- Dumplin' by Julie Murphy (contemporary YA following a “card-carrying fat girl” who is determined to take on her small town's beauty pageant, Balzer + Bray, 2015).
- The Stupendous Scrapbook of (Somewhat Manly) Stan by Alison DeCamp (Crown, 2015 - debut illustrated MG tells of a boy's quest to find his father in the logging camps of Michigan)
- A Matter of Heart by Amy Dominy (contemporary YA - 16-year-old Abby is on track to win the state swim championships when diagnosed with deadly heart condition, Delacorte 2015)
- World Maker by Jen Brooks (YA debut, Simon & Schuster - stars a HS senior who creates an alternate world in which Kylie Simms is his girlfriend but who botches things up when he attempts to kiss the real Kylie)
- Listen Slowly by Thanhha Lai (MG - 12-year-old SoCal girl who reluctantly takes a summer trip to Vietnam, winter 2015, Harper Collins)
- Book Scavenger by Jennifer Bertman (MG debut, Henry Holt, fall 2015 - contemporary mystery series that involves cipher-cracking, book-hunting, and a search for treasure through the streets of San Francisco)
- Imposter by Antony John (Dial, winter 2015 - a thriller pitched as "Gossip Girl meets John Grisham.")
- Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper (YA Debut, Little, Brown, fall 2014 - set in a whaling community in the late 1800s, a 16-year-old descendent of the island witch must prevent her own death and discover the secrets of her family's magic.)
- The Finisher by David Baldacci (Scholastic, 2014, fantasy starring 14-year-old who realizes Wormwood is "a village built on dangerous lies.")
- Just Jake by Jake Marcionette (a sixth grader trying to establish his social life at a new school, Penguin 2014, from a 13-year-old author.)
- Compass by Betsy Cornwell (read about it here)
Chooseco has launched a Kickstarter program for Choose Your Own Adventure stories. Were you a fan of those?
You excited for Unbreakable by Kami Garcia? Here's the book trailer.
Or how about for Rogue by Gina Damico? The book trailer was also released.
Crown of Midnight/Throne of Glass fans: have you read The Assassin and the Captain? It's one of many exclusive scenes being released to celebrate CoM's release. Also, all of the prequel novellas are being compiled into a print book!
Sarah J. Maas and Susan Dennard fans: have you seen their latest co-authored work, The Starkillers Cycle? It's a "space opera set in a diverse and cutthroat galaxy.From an escaped convict with blood on her hands to a society girl turned fighter pilot, the saga follows a sweeping cast of characters as they learn that the galaxy is a far bigger—and more terrifying—place than they ever imagined."
You a Cassandra Clare fan? She talks about the upcoming Mortal Instruments movie adaptation and her next projects here.
Ever been curious about John Green's works? USA Today does a spotlight feature on them and his rise to fame.
Oh look! Webisode #2 for All Our Yesterdays has been posted. This one's on Finn now. These are getting me so excited for the book!
Are you excited for United We Spy, the last Gallagher Girls book? Chapter 1 has been posted.
UK Readers: have you ever wanted to read The Iron King? It's free for a limited time on iTunes.
Do you want to be a fall Ambuzzador? The application is now live.
Here are the 2013 ABC Best Books nominees. YALSA also announced its Quick Pick nominees. Did your favorites make the list?
*Note: Some of these were revealed last week, but I didn't have the chance to feature them in the last post.
Did you like those cover reveals? Want to see some more cover awesomeness? Look at the animated ones that Epic Reads posted on its forum.
Discussions/Other Fun Blogger Posts:
Look at these awesome kidlit stamps from around the world. I want one!
4 Reasons we'd be screwed if YA books were real. <-- Hilarious and true.
11 Classic children's books with titles that reflect their dark message. *Sigh* I could spend hours on Buzzfeed.
Look at all these children's literature statues!
ALSO, here are 16 bookstores you must visit before you die. Have you been to any of these?
If any of you have nonreader friends, here are 10 reasons they are the way they are, and some ideas on how to change them :).
If you're a parent, have you ever considered limiting how many comics your children read?
Jenny at Supernatural Snark talked about six killer book endings and invites you do the same. Meanwhile, Gillian at Writer of Wrongs discusses why brutal book endings keep her hooked.
Molli at Once Upon a Prologue discusses changing book tastes.
Ana at Anahera Reads talks about the pros and cons of looking for books in secondhand stores.
Anya at On Starships and Drawonwings wants to know if list style reviews are easier to read and write. If you follow my blog closely, you'll know how I feel about that :D.
Shelver at Bookshelvers Anonymous talks about head canon and the importance of the side character cast.
Do you read a lot of NA lit? Will you give Lili at Lili's Reflections some recommendations? And don't give Jen at the Starry-Eyed Revue recommendations, especially via Goodreads, unless you know her and think she'll actually like those books. Lauren at Books Tea & Me wants to know when you decide to share the book love with others.
When giving those recommendations, do you judge the book by its genre? Come discuss with Naka at Looking for the Panacea.
Katie at One Page at a Time lists the books she wish existed. I have talked about this subject too, and on my list: more confident heroines. Last week, Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity discussed the lack of self-esteem in YA female protagonists.
Last week, the topic for the ladies for Book Girls Don't Cry: They Vent was books they haven't but should have read by now. See how Jenni, Giselle, and Amy responded!
Jenni at Alluring Reads also discusses her review habits.
Have you ever shared your blog with people you know in real life? Helen at My Novel Opinion discusses the pressure and emotions behind that decision.
Are you a fan of book extracts? Trish at Between the Lines discusses why she is not.
Congratulate Laura at Owl Tell You All About It because she got her boyfriend to read!
Were you not a fan of the Crewel cover changes? You'll find kindred spirits in the ladies at Book Nerd Reviews as they talk about cover changes mid-series.
Kimberly at On the Wings of Books wonders why we're not nicer to each other as bloggers - why we tell each other "how to blog." So, you know, Kat at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog has some great rules you absolutely must follow as a book blogger.
Renae at Respiring Thoughts urges you to own what you read. And Stormy at Book Blog Bake talks about what books have taught her.
Asheley at Into the Hall of Books wants to know how you decide when to comment on a blogger's post.
Shannelle at the Tracery of Ink wonders whether Harry Potter would have been as successful had it been written in a girl's POV.
Have you ever wanted to be more organized about your blog posts? Asti at the Bookish Heart goes over the benefits of using Microsoft OneNote.
Reem at I Read and Tell discusses swearing on your blog and in the books you read.
Heather at the Flyleaf Review has a great guest post discussion on why duologies are better than both stand-alones and series, one reason being that it's hard to stay committed via rereading and anticipating the later books. Kristlyn at Reading in Winter wants to know how you reread your favorite series.
Also, check out this fun infographic on YA dystopias by Ruby at Feed Me Books Now and tips from Charlotte at Thoughts and Pens on how to survive in those worlds.
Movie/TV Show News:
Are you excited for the Vampire Academy adaptation? Here's a sneak peak at the teaser trailer being released TODAY (at 4:30 PST/7:30 EST here) and here are some movie stills too.
Do you watch The Vampire Diaries? Will you follow The Originals, its spin-off series? Julie Plec and Joseph Morgan talk about the show here.
Coldplay will have a song on the Catching Fire soundtrack! Are you going to buy it now?
According to one of the Divergent adaptation stars, the casting was perfect. Do you agree?
Have you read Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now? Well, then, go look at the Saoirse Ronan poster and watch the movie trailer here.
Kristin Halbrook's Nobody But Us is the next YA book being adapted!
The feature film, The Fault in Our Stars, that is shooting in Pittsburgh this fall, is looking for teens and young adults 13-23 years-old, who have been affected by cancer, to appear as extras in the film. Know someone who will try out?
Most Featured Book: Besides Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke, Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (my review coming next Tuesday!), and The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, I'd say All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill is getting a lot and lot of hype. I made AOY my Lush-Thursday last week, and Hyperion had Netgalley send out a campaign to get its users pumped and wanting to request the ARC. Have you read this one? Did you like it?
Recent Recommended Read: Don't have anything new besides my latest reviews for Finnikin of the Rock, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, and The Bone Season. I'm behind on some request titles like Brother, Brother by Clay Carmichael and Anatomy of Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky, but I'm hoping to get caught up soon!