Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds 27

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds is a feature that will let you know about recent MG/YA/NA book related news. I'll post about articles from the publishing industry, cover reveals, discussions from fellow bloggers, the latest tv/movie news, and giveaways that you're hosting. If you would like to follow along with cover reveals during the week, see my Pinterest.

Rights Report:

**The Terrible Two - Mac Barnett and Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell. (The MG series, which Amulet won in a seven-publisher auction, follows two rival pranksters and marks the first time these two authors have worked together... The series will chronicle "a prank war of Homeric proportions" when a new boy in town attempts to establish himself as the school's top prankster. Amulet, 2015).

**Becky Albertalli's debut SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA, pitched as an updated You've Got Mail starring gay teenage boys with good grammar, in which a not-so-openly gay teen's sexual identity is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight after a private email falls into the wrong hands, Balzer & Bray, publication in Winter 2015.

**Poppy! and the Lost Lagoon -- Matt Kindt and Brian Hurtt (the first title in a new graphic novel series, it graphic novel follows the story of Poppy Pepperton – a 10-year-old girl with a typographic memory – who goes on globe-spanning adventures with her sidekick Colt Winchester. Dark Horse Comics, 2015).

**Maple and Sam Move In - Linda Urban (a picture book/chapter book hybrid about siblings in a new house who use the moving debris (half-unpacked boxes, cardboard, vacuum) to fuel their imaginative play, Chronicle).

**Turtle Tug - Michael Slack (a followup to Elecopter and Monkey Truck, the new book introduces the newest member of a rescue squad of animal-vehicle hybrids that aid creatures in need from the jungle to the sea. Henry & Holt, 2015).

**Andrea Elliott's INVISIBLE CHILD, based on the popular and critically acclaimed New York Times five-part series of the same name
Jamie Bamber of Battlestar Galactica will read THE LAST STAND OF THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE, which gets pubbed on 1/7.

The Best of Epic Reads 2013. It was fun getting to look at a round-up of the year from a publisher. (Other publishers had posts like these but were mostly spread out, but I didn't want to have like 10 different links.)

S&S On Pace for Record Profits.

Who is the best Young Adult book boyfriend? Vote for your favorite. I love seeing YA get extra attention from bigger sites like Hypable.

Vote for your favorite teen books before January 31st at noon EST.

Check out the new website for The Winner's Curse and the newly released book trailer. TWC is definitely one of my favorite books from 2014.

More chapter excerpts from Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott.

Hey, UK readers. Did you see the awesome extras that your version of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell has?

The Children's Book Council has released its showcase of kidlit for Winter 2014. Any of those titles on your anticipated list?

100 Magnificent Children’s Books 2013 (from the curator of the exhibit at the NYPL, I believe).

An interview with Richelle Mead about the upcoming VA movie adaptation, her adult series, and more.

Cool Projects! Arizona St. University Students Transform “Retired” Food Trucks into Mobile Libraries.

You may have heard the news that author Ned Vezzini passed away last week.

Cover Reveals:

*Adult title, but since she's also a popular YA author... 

If you would like to follow along with cover reveals during the week, see my Pinterest.

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

Don't you love this book workout from Team Epic Reads?

10 of the Most Impressive Tattoos Inspired by The Hunger Games. Even though I will probably never get a tattoo, I think it's one of the coolest things to see when inspired by a book.

15 Children’s Books Re-Envisioned For College Students. Lol, especially the freshman lanyards comment.

9 Signs You Might Be Living in a YA Novel. The green eyes comment is especially true.

Did you already make your personal dialect map?

Censorship is on the rise in schools?

** Christy at Christy’s Book Addiction: Keeping Track of Books
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: 4th Annual End of Year Book Survey – 2013 Edition!
** Shannelle at The Art of Escapism: I Have No Idea What to Do With the Design of This Blog
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Free Book Blogger Graphics & Social Icons
** Jenni at Live to Read, Love to Read: How Much Is Too Much to Spend on Your Blog?
** Kat at Cuddlebuggery: Five Examples to Tell if Your Cobloggership Is Really Wrong
** Hopeless Romantics: Ratings.

Blogging & Bloggers:
** Asti at A Bookish Heart: I'm Full of Blogging Fail (aka she's not :))
** Helen at My Novel Opinion: Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts
** Bec at Ransom Reads: Burn Outs.
** Kayla at The Thousand Lives: When You Just Need to Switch It up
** Mel at The Daily Prophecy: Blogging Resolutions 2014.

Reviews, ARCs, Ratings:
** Pam at YA Escape from Reality: Reading Reviews?
** Leigh at Little Book Star: Review Slumps.
** Hollie at Music, Books and Tea: Rating Books.
** Angie at Angela’s Anxious Life: ARCs - AKA Books I Never Get
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: Tagging Content Warning on Book Reviews.

The Experience:
** Leslie Marie at Books and Beautiful World: Are Books All of the Same Value?
** Jenn at A Glo-Worm Reads: Book Size.
** Mel at The Daily Prophecy: Growing up as a Reader.
** Shelly at Readiculous Reads: How Do You Recommend Books to Non-Readers?
** Kelley at Another Novel Read: Having Feelings for Fictional Characters.** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Paperback or Hardcover

Specific Books:
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: 20 Signs You're From the Harry Potter Generation
** The ladies at Book Nerd Reviews: Marketing Material Controversy: The Fault in Our Stars

Gifting & Book Buying Habits:
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Does Bestseller Status Make a Difference?
** Angie at Angieville: Bookish Gifting
** Charleen at Cheap Thrills: People Will Insist on Giving Me Books

The Holidays/Winter:
** Sandra at Tea Between Books: Why I Wouldn't Mind an Used Book for Christmas
** Giselle at Xpresso Reads: My Holiday in Books
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: Get in the Winter Mood: Playlist, Books, & More!
** Trish at Between My Lines: The Bookworm's Christmas Survival Kit.
** Shae at Shae Has Left the Room: Holiday Celebrity Gift Guide.
** Melissa at Book Nerd Reviews: Christmas YA Reads.
** Terri at Starlight Book Reviews: Christmas Confessions.
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: Your Christmas/Holiday Plans.
** Alice at Crazy Red Pen: Holiday DIY.

Movies/TV Shows:

Did you hear the news? More Harry Potter goodies to anticipate. J.K. Rowling to co-produce magical new stage play based on her best-selling books.

'Pretty Little Liars' costume designer announces clothing line.

An interview with Neil Burger, the director, about Divergent. Also: ‘Divergent’ is the Second Most Buzzed About Movie for 2014.

19 Vampire Academy stills, and three more here. My favorite may be the Rose/Lissa one. Yay, womances! Also more scans from the official illustrated movie companion.

Shailene Woodley also talked about The Fault in Our Stars tagline controversy.

You can now watch The Babysitters Club on Hulu.


New blog - YA Series Insiders. I'm just going to link you to the various giveaways that I've seen (a lot!) and you can decide which to enter: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. They all end 12/31.

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.

Kindle Paperwhite giveaway. Ends December 31.

Celebrate Candace's blogoversy! A bunch of prize packs. Ends 01/09.

Badass Bookie has a bunch of giveaways for her debutante 2014 event. Check them out!

Copy of Pawn and a copy of Control. US, ends 01/01.

Percy Jackson blu-ray combo pack and comic book. US, ends 12/27.

Prize pack at The Perpetual Page-Turner. US, ends 12/31.

10 ARCs of Heartbeat. US/CA, ends 12/27.

Win a chance to attend the Vampire Academy movie premiere. Ends 01/15.

Gillian's All I Want for Christmas Is a Book Boyfriend Giveaway. INT, ends 01/07.


Most Featured: Honestly? I don't think there has been just one title I've seen around. I saw a lot of Happy Holiday/Merry Christmas posts, a lot of Top Recommendations from 2013 posts, but not many focusing on just one title. Have you seen some titles pop up more frequently on recommendation lists? Would you still be interested in a recommendation / best of 2013 list from me? It's pretty late since I've been lax about blogging, but I still feel like I ought to post at least once.

Recent Recommended Reads: Oh, I haven't finished anything in the past week, but I am past page 300 in Delirium by Lauren Oliver, and now I know why everyone loves her writing. So beautiful! I also just started reading The Hobbit because I saw the movie (part II, that is) and I'd heard that the book was easier to read than Lord of the Rings (which I tried once, but gah I remember feeling bored and confused and hating the dense writing and !! Someday I'll try again but until then o.O). The Hobbit is easier to read. Significantly, from what I remember of LotR. I look forward to finishing both books and reading Being Sloane Jacobs, according to my updated blogger schedule.

I also owe an apology to all of you who have commented on the blog since October. I've been pretty bad about replying to comments and visiting blogs. After this week, it is my hope that I will have both the time and motivation to repay you all in full for the generosity and kindness you have shown me.

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. I'm seriously sobbing internally over the UK extras in the UK Fangirl paperback. I WANT THEM ;___;

    I think it's awesome JKR is doing more HP-related stuff but then I heard the play is about Harry before he went to Hogwarts and well, no magic would be dull :( But the potential of those songs *O*

    Ooo, I still haven't read Delirium but I've never heard Lauren Oliver's writing to be beautiful so that's one thing to look forward to now haha

    Gah seriously don't apologise <3 I can't imagine how many comments you're going to have to reply back to!

    1. Maybe they'll release them freely to the public at a later date? Or you can gift your current copy of Fangirl and then get a new copy at a later date? :( I'm sorry the extra came so much later.

      But Harry before he went to Hogwarts still had magic. There were those times when Petunia cut his hair and it kept regrowing (I have no idea why I remember insignificant details like this), so there's still some hope for the play and other things!

      It is really, really beautiful. Oliver is good at capturing life moments with her writing. Snapshots, really.

      I'm a fail, Charlotte. It's been a day and I'm still trying to reply to comments. So many! SO many. WHY DID I DO THIS. And thank you for being an awesome friend and continuing to support me despite my laziness.

  2. That regional dialect map is SO COOL! I'd seen it floating around twitter in the past week but hadn't had a chance to try it out until now. Thanks for including it in your list of links this week. :D

    1. Yay!!! I'm glad you got to try out the regional dialect map. Funnily enough, I still haven't gotten the chance to do that myself. So many links that I only get to half read / half try before moving on.

  3. OH, I have the same problems with LOTR and The hobbit. I LOVE the movies, but I just can't read the books.. I did finish The hobbit, but it took me so long and it felt more like a chore.

    I loved reading 'The best of Epic reads 2013'
    The work-out, so that is what I need to do to get more movement :D
    I would never get such a huge tattoo, but some of them are pretty. I'd love to have something as a tribute to my love for reading and Disney, but it would be more subtle.
    Those 9 signs *snort* I have green eyes *looks worried*

    1. Really? The Hobbit's first chapter seemed so much easier to read for me than anything from LotR so it didn't seem too much like a chore!

      Hahahha, me too. I need work-outs like that too. And that would make for a nice tattoo! You have such nice quotes on your pinterest board - I bet some of those would make for nice tattoos. And hahaha you never know, Mel. This might be a YA novel right now - I mean we were participating in Asti's bookish games... what if there were other consequences? You green eyed people... *dun dun dun*

  4. I just love these posts from you, C! I always find so many new books to add to my TBR, plus I find a ton of things to go check out and laugh at. :) Also, now I know that The Winner's Curse is the first book in a trilogy. I expected it, but I hadn't heard anything and I'm only halfway through, so I wasn't sure. I'm not surprised, but I was kind of hoping for a stand-alone for a change. Except that this book is awesome, so I'm sure I'll be glad for more when I'm done, even if I do have to wait another year. :) (Thanks again for letting me borrow are the BEST!)

    1. Thanks, Jen! I'm glad I could help add to your TBR pile ;) and I'm so glad that you enjoyed Winner's Curse. I also was hoping for a stand-alone and was slightly astonished it was a trilogy, but I too could use some more. We'll do a read-along of the next one when it comes out :D

  5. I hope you enjoy reading the Hobbit! I've seen the first film but I'm not too pushed about seeing the second, as a good portion of it isn't from the book (and I hate to admit it, but I'm a stickler for that sort of thing). I'm interested to read your thoughts on it as you've seen one of the films before reading the book.

    I love these Bookish Rounds posts as I'd never find half the discussion posts I read without it, so well done on it all!

    1. I'm totally a stickler for details that get added in, but I suppose that since I haven't read the book in full yet, it's a different situation for you. I still haven't finished, but I'd love to discuss the Hobbit with you later and compare the movie to the book.

      Thanks, Ciara! I hope the posts continue to help :).


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