Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds 17

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds is a feature that will let you know about recent YA book-related news. I'll post about articles I've read from the publishing industry, cover reveals, discussions from fellow bloggers, the latest tv/movie news, and giveaways that you're hosting. For more information, visit the first CMtBR post.

Publishing Industry:

Rights Report:
  • Foxcraft by Inbali Iserles. (Inbali Iserles is one of the team of authors who writes the Survivors series under the Erin Hunter pseudonym; Scholastic, 2015)
  • The Pyxis by Zoe Ferrais. (In the novel, when Emma's parents are kidnapped, she is shocked to learn that they’re not even from planet Earth: her mother is actually the pirate leader of a rebel faction battling the tyrant Queen of Virgo, and everyone is determined to get their hands on the Pyxis; Crown, spring 2015)
  • The Summoner's Handbook by Frank Cole. (The story centers on a nerdy sixth-grader and a clueless boy (sent from the Afterlife on his first "Guardian Agent" mission), who must work together to save the world from an eclectic horde of demons; Delacorte, 2015)
  • The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West. (about a girl whose boyfriend dumps her in the parking lot on prom night, so she grabs a "fill-in" date in order to convince her friends her boyfriend is real; HarperTeen, summer 2015)
  • Thingy Thing series by Chris Raschka. (Crabby Crab and Cowy Cow will be published alongside refreshed editions of Lamby Lamb and Whaley Whale. In September 2014, new titles Buggy Bug and Clammy Clam will be published alongside refreshed editions of Moosey Moose and Doggy Dog; Abrams Appleseed, April 2014)
  • Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr. (A boy who has lost everything joins a brutal race to win the chance to escape his dying world. Infused with the author's love of Westerns, the novel is set in a dustbowl town where rival tribes of teenagers ride semi-sentient mechanical bikes instead of horses; Delacorte, 2015)
  • Captivating by Meredith Moore. (Vivian was raised with one goal: to exact vengeance on the man who broke her mother's heart two decades earlier. Vivian targets an innocent senior named Ben as part of the revenge plot, but as the plan is set into motion, she starts to uncover dark and deadly secrets; Razorbill)
  • Krool by Gerry Swallow. (Krool follows Elspeth Pule, an 11-year-old accustomed to getting whatever she wants. When her parents finally stand up to her, Elspeth responds by holding her breath until she passes out and hits her head on the coffee table. She awakens to find herself in Krool, a strange world; Bloomsbury, fall 2015)
  • Pickle by Mark Goldblatt. (In this sequel to Goldblatt's Twerp, Julian “Twerp” Twerski journals to his teacher about his escapades with friends, and explores themes of life, death, and baseball; Random House, spring 2015)
  • The Steam Train by Ben Mantle. (A boy's discovery leads to an unusually satisfying journey; Chronicle, spring 2015) 

Disney is publishing The House of Hades with an initial printing of 2.5 million copies. Such large printings always astonish me a little, even though I have absolute confidence THoH is going to sell.

Razorbill to Launch Its First Serialized E-Pub.

Hey, Abbi Glines fans. Did you see the teaser from her latest novel?

Amazon has posted the synopsis to the novella told in Adam (Shatter Me)'s POV, Fracture Me.

Diverse World Grants: "starting to see a trend here at CBC Diversity of grants popping up to support writers from diverse backgrounds..." Woot!

USPS will issue a new 'Harry Potter' stamp this November for the holidays.

You Deserve a Book Today: McDonald's to Distribute 20 Million Books in Happy Meals.

Last week, a lot of agents and industry folks went to the Frankfurt Book Festival. I've marked a few tweets from one agent about trends she'd noticed: 1, 2, 3, 4. I love looking at trends and comparing it to things I think I've noticed as a reader.

Frankfurt 'needs to attract US children's publishers.'
Bowker Counted 391,000+ Self-Published Books Last Year (a 59% increase, apparently. I wonder if that's contributing to the growing cover reveal count?)

Cover Reveals:

The Cypress Project by Gennifer Albin
*No GR link as of 10/16 midnight.

If you'd like to follow along with cover reveals, see my Pinterest.

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

Did you hear about the latest in the Goodreads debacle? Some reviews were deleted for "off-topic" content and Goodreads also cited Booklikes as being responsible for some of the deleted reviews. Check out the link for more information and screenshots of the reviews in question. There was also a book called The Great Goodreads Censorship Debacle by G.R. McGoodreader, which, according to this status, was later deleted by the staff. Stephanie from Cuddlebuggery Book Blog also wrote a rap about the situation.

Alternatives on a Classic. (Adult Books 4 Teens.).

Neil Gaiman: Let children read the books they love.

Google+ hangout with the curator of the New York Public Library exhibit on why kidlit matters.

Books Don't Want to Be Free: How publishing escaped the cruel fate of other culture industries.

Oh, Buzzfeed, you always supply me with wonderful Harry Potter facts.

The Best KidsHalloween books of 2013 and 5 Spooky Halloween Books for Kids.

An article that after Emma Watson's tweet response to a fan, argues that Hermione Granger is a feminist.

Finding Libraries in Unexpected Places and Reading as Traveling.

Dear Book Nerd: "My Family Doesn't Read."

Articles and Studies I'd Love to Read about YA Lit. <--- Yes, me too. If any of you have read such articles and studies, please let me know. Similarly I'd love to know whether there was a difference in how kids perceived characters created by their peers and those created by adult writers (who inevitably are creating characters matching their own perception of kids).

Support, Advice, Opinions, etc.:

Blogging & Bloggers (in general):

Balancing Blogging:

Reviews, Ratings, and Authors oh my:

The Experience:

Bookish Problems and Solutions:

Individual aspects of a book:

Halloween & Horror:

Random Fun:

Movies/TV Shows:

Did you see the new Vampire Academy poster? Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry (aka Rose and Lisa) get interviewed here, and there's also another still from the movie. More cast interviews here, here, and here. If you're curious about the marketing direction the directors took, Richelle Mead explains it here. There's also a recap of the NYCC panel they had for the movie here.

Fox is confident that The Maze Runner will do well, so it's moving ahead with The Scorch Trials.

There's a new clip from the Quarter Quell training, Catching Fire fans.

If you're waiting on the Divergent adaptation... here's an interview with Veronica Roth.

Harrison Ford Defends 'Ender's Game' Adaptation Despite Author's Anti-Gay Views.

FilmNation Sets Henry Selick To Helm ‘A Tale Dark & Grimm.’


Krista and Becca are giving away some of their favorite, potentially underappreciated books. (Ends 11/01).

ARC of Horde. (INT, ends 10/31).

The weekly giveaway at Children's Publishing. Ends October 17th at 6:00 p.m CST. And another, October 18th at 6:00 p.m. CST.

Giveaways listed at Saturday Situation by Lori of Pure Imagination and Candace of Candace's Book Blog.

Don't forget to enter YABC's giveaways for the month.

Congratulate Nick on having 1,000 GFC followers (November 30).

Win a spooky Halloween book bundle (INT, October 18).

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken (October 20).

Premeditated by Josin McQuein (INT, October 28).

Phantom Eyes by Scott Tracey (US, October 18).

Waterfell by Amalie Howard (US/Can, October 24).

Check out the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop. Lots of giveaways and many different end dates.

Signed copy of Losing It, Faking It, and Keeping Her. (Ends 10/30).

Signed copy of The Fault in Our Stars. (INT, Ends 11/14).

$50 Indiebound Gift Card plus some signed copies. Ends SOON.

ARC of Exile (US/CA, ends 10/19).

Fall Kindle Fire giveaway. (INT, ends 10/31).

Time between Us and Time after Time. (Ends 10/20).

3 copies of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. (US, ends 10/21).

Hardback of and audiobook code for The Bone Season. (INT, ends 10/28).

Bobbing for books giveaway hop. Lots of giveaways and many different end dates.


Most Featured: Allegiant by Veronica Roth. It seems like they've been talking about the third book for so long, and now I can't believe it's actually coming out soon.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of Stolen by Lucy Christopher (" experience not to be missed."). You see those links for books I most recently enjoyed? Look at the Queen's Thief series, I beg you. I've been obsessing over books two through four for the past few days... and if you are a YA writer, you really should look at the series. More on that later.

As always, thank you to Siiri of Little Pieces of Imagination, Christina of A Reader of Fictions, and my best friend Melissa (who is not likely reading this post anyway). Siiri for sending me some links, Christina for her awesome ability to keep up with cover reveals, Melissa for helping with some of the work. If any of y'all come across links you'd like to see me include or let others know about, send 'em to me :).

Would any of you be willing to write a guest post for me if I were to take a two week hiatus? Short notice but the next two weeks... I need to get a lot things together -- I'm still behind! -- and I would really, really appreciate it if any of you could help me. I don't want to abandon the blog for then -- I will still have these bookish rounds -- but I don't want to post only once a week either.

Which articles did you like best? Did I miss any news? Did you host a cover reveal or discussion that I should have posted about? A giveaway? Leave the links, and I'll either edit this post or post about 'em next week.


  1. Meh for some reason, each week the blurbs for some of those books getting published in the future just keeping getting even more random and boring .____.

    Definitely very interesting to read about agents and the trends they're noticing. I do agree with the dead parents, it's getting a little too common. I would love to see more YA thrillers, I love me some thrillers :P Interesting about the middle grade! I don't know if there's a huge audience for it because more people read YA than MG so I do wonder about that trend and whether if there's a particular reason.

    Lol Goodreads, just stop. You're making yourself look even worse.

    I like that Emma Watson understood Hermione so well. No question in my mind that Hermione was a feminist and I do think she would have kept her maiden name.

    Ooo will definitely have to check out the Queen's Thief series, high fantasy? I'm on it.

    Would definitely love to help you write a guest post :) <3

  2. Aw. That Kasie West book could potentially be a really sweet one. Pfff.... Is that Pawn cover a new one or the ARCs just had a different one or what? I really liked the place holder if that's what the final cover looks like. This isn't.. pretty at all :( And I tried reading Of Poseidon (hated it, DNF) and I've truly liked the covers of that series so far, but this one? It looks soooooooooooooooo photoshopped. Idk. It just rubs me the wrong way. Glad it goes together with the rest of the series though.. Born of Deception is another cover I absolutely dislike. This week wasn't a good cover reveal week in my opinion. Sorry if you like them. I can't believe I haven't read Insurgent yet. Though.. my copy will arrive in mid November thanks to shipping. Ok, I'm starving. I'm goign to play the interview with Ms. Roth and eat something good. I hope you're feeling better! x

  3. I love how much you fill up my browser with these posts. :)

    Harry Potter stamp! I can't wait to see what it looks like! I will be buying them up.

    I don't understand why the McDonald's news is so huge when Chick-fil-a has been doing that forever. I guess that's the difference between McDonald's and Chick-fil-a.

    I hope your hiatus is great for you!

  4. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West sounds so cute, I'll definitely be reading that one. And I enjoyed reading the commenting posts, really interesting. I've actually been wondering if people care/read the reply posts (unless you have Disqus and then they get an e-mail). I feel like I should reply back but then do people come back and read them? I would love to find out because sometimes I feel like I'm wasting my time, but then when other people comment at least they see the replies and it's more of a dialogue which I think is nice.

    The Richelle Mead explanation of the marketing for VA movie is really interesting and makes sense. But at the same time when you go to see a movie thinking it's one thing and then it's another, that doesn't seem good. And then she talks about people needing to go see the movie so they'll film Frostbite which means we'll see Adrian. She knows who people are loving right now. I really hope it's good but I've got low expectations at this point. Dimitri's hair is going to drive me crazy.

    Great post as usual! ~Pam

  5. Gah, Christina! I'm so sorry I haven't been commenting on your blog lately. I've just been swamped with schoolwork and life in general, so I've only been able to comment on blogs at a VERY slow pace. Which is why it took me about three weeks to finally leave a comment on yours. :( Apology cupcake? *holds out cupcake*

    Wow, lots of cool books in the future! Which is the total opposite of what Charlotte said, ahaha. I really like the sound of THE PYXIS, though that's a weird-ass title. And I read about Kasie's new book only a couple of days ago -- SO EXCITED. After PIVOT POINT, I'm willing to read any of her books. So glad to see that she's coming up with so many new books.

    AHHHH. USPS. SOMEBODY. GET ME ONE OF THOSE STAMPS. Why does the U.S. have to come up with such awesome things?!?! I absolutely can't wait to see how they'll look like and see them in action. Someone send me mail, please. ;D I'm so, so happy that the HP love isn't dying anytime soon.

    Ugh. Goodreads just keeps sinking lower and lower. Blaming it on Booklikes, too? More like they're jealous everyone's migrating to a different bookish community. I hate to say it, but this may be the beginning of the end of GR's reign in the blogosphere. And leave it to Cuddlebuggery to lighten up the mood, lol.

    Thanks for mentioning my post! It's always so encouraging to see that people value my ramblings enough to mention them, haha.

  6. This is a really great and informative post, I'm going to have
    to check out all of your other "bookish rounds" now!

    I'm very excited for the Catching Fire movie, as that was my favourite book in
    the series - thanks for the link. With the change in director, I hope they
    still manage to convey the nuances of Katniss' first person narration from the
    book, which I know was something that people were concerned about with the
    first film.

    I hadn't heard about everything going on with Goodreads - as
    comments below said, maybe this is marking the beginning of a significant drop in
    user activity? Which I find really interesting, as I was told by someone only
    a few days ago that they found the GR community to be really active and
    positive. However, this article especially
    ( seems to
    eliminate any possibility of future collaboration between the two online book
    networks. From looking around the GR forums it seems like one of the
    main drawing points for BookLikes is how they treat their users, compared
    to how GR does. For a community based around the sharing of opinions, it's
    really disappointing :(

  7. I've actually been meaning to start The Thief for some time now. It's been sitting on my up-next shelf for weeks, so I guess I should finally make some space in my schedule for it soon! And I'm excited to hear about a new books by Kasie West. Her writing has worked really well for me so far!

    And I guess I'm the only one not excited about Allegiant now. I had the book spoiled for me earlier today...and well, I don't really want to read it anymore. I look forward to seeing what you think though. :)

  8. Sorry to hear you got spoiled. Hugs

  9. Heh. Well I think it's because it's really hard with one sentence or two to sound absolutely amazing... unless the book is a high-concept novel, in which case you bet it's already going to get a lot of publicity.

    lol dead parents. It's so hard to make parents figure into stories sometimes. They're very present in contemporary novels, but at least... if a writer is going to send a protag in a fantasy/PNR novel off on some journey, there's got to be some parental figure, if the parent is long gone. Thrillers are nice, though admittedly I feel like I'm underwhelmed by them a lot of the time o.o. I do think a lot more people read YA than MG, but MG can be huge - I mean, look how HP started. And Percy Jackson. Lots of big MG series, and while YA has got such huge expansion, it's not the same for MG, I think.

    Lol again this week I have a link to more stuff about Goodreads.

    YES!!! Agreed. Also I just like Emma Watson as an actress and the public persona she's got.... AND YES, Charlotte. If I went back in time and you'd had the Queen's Thief books on your wish list, I would have so bought them for you. AHHH. You love the Lumatere Chronicles, right? Melina Marchetta was inspired by Megan Whalen Turner while writing them, if that interests you. Also, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE GUEST POST :D. It goes up tomorrow!

  10. All Kasie West books have this adorably sweet tone to them. Or at least they seem that way. I will definitely check it out. Have you read her other work? The Pawn cover is a redesign, I think. I might be wrong though. I'm not a huge fan of the covers in general, but I do think they convey the mermaid tone well though. Sorry you didn't like the book :( but many other things to read! Haha, honestly most of the covers I'm not a fan of each week. There are some that I'm like... is this actually a cover? Is there a dog next to people on a bed? What? *shrug* OH nooooo. Not until mid November? Oh sadness. I just got my copy of Allegiant today. Watch out for the spoilers, miss cupcake! :)

  11. I know, right? I want those Harry Potter stamps, and I love that there are actually stamps based on literature. So awesome.

    I have no idea what Chick-fil-a is o.o. I bet the McDonalds thing makes the news just because it's so huge. I even saw a McDonalds in Lebanon... Also, all the links I put here are the result of some bias - I have no idea why Publisher's Weekly links to some articles and not others and I know I contribute even further to that :O.

    Thanks! I have a few guest posts coming up soon.

  12. Me too! Kasie West's stories are cute and full of humor. Yes, it's one of the reasons why I switched to Disqus, even though I know some people get annoyed at having the email (in which case I say just mark as spam *shrug*). I have checked back on your blog! I think it depends on the post. Discussions I definitely check back on and if I leave long comments, I'm generally looking to start a dialogue with the blogger in question. But some people leave maybe one or two line comments, so I don't think they check back. I've been pretty bad as of late about replying back ASAP, but in a couple of weeks I should have more time for replying & returning the visits.

    Yep. At the same time, I think that a lot of people who've read any book go to the movies thinking it's one thing only to get something completely different. I know that I am terribly inconsistent when it comes to book adaptations - I'm feel kind of strange about the change in marketing, but I wonder if that'll make us less picky when it comes to things they've changed in the script? Hahaha yeah, Adrian is a fan favorite. I think he might even be more popular than Dimitri. YESSSS HIS HAIR. THANK YOU. I have seen stills and I really really hate commenting on actors before the movie but o.o. Lowered expectations, definitely.

  13. No, Meg, do not apologize haha. I've been bad about replying to comments and I have specifically written in my sidebar that I'm going to be bad about returning visits until I get a bit more time, like in mid November, so ha - don't worry at ALL about it. You can have that cupcake and enjoy it :).

    Hahah, yeah. I don't know. Some blurbs really catch my eye and some don't. Total reader preference. I'm so excited for Kasie West's book too - her books are full of humor and just plain fun to read. Pivot Point was what drew me to her books too.

    YES, I KNOW RIGHT??? I love that there are stamps based on literature oriented things. And Harry Potter too. I want those stamps. Maybe we should both buy one and send mail to each other :P.

    There's another link this week that summarizes all of GR's stuff.

    I will always link to your posts so long as I see them in my Feedly :D. If I don't include them, you should point that out to me because I've been having a bit of a hard time keeping track of them all but I love your discussions! :)

  14. Thanks, Jane! I try to include a lot of links, and I hope that you find the other bookish rounds posts helpful :).

    Me too! I just saw the new Catching Fire trailer, and I'm super excited for the adaptation. I really liked how the first film handled Katniss's narration - the details she'd included and how it shows in the various scenes.

    Maybe - there's going to be another link this week with a summary of what's happened so far on GR. I'm not surprised there's no working relationship between GR and BL - I was wondering when they might suspend the import/export feature too. As a company, I imagine they don't want to lose some of their users to another community. It is disappointing, though, yes.

  15. Yes! Read the Queen's Thief series, Sam. If you're feeling like you're in a slump... yes!!! The first book is the worst of the series (IMO) but I hope you'll like it anyway. And me too - Kasie West has pubbed two great books already so I'm super excited as well :).

    :( I'm sorry the book got spoiled for you. I just got my copy today, so it'll be a while before I get the chance to read it, but I did read the spoiler and I admit it doesn't bother me too much. Have you finished reading the book?


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