Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds 32

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 1, 2, 3:

** Black River -- Jeff Hirsch (In the YA novel, 16-year-old Cardinal Odera is the only member of his family to escape a virus that stole the memories of everyone in his town. He chooses to remain in his quarantined town, caring for a band of orphaned kids, but when a mysterious young woman appears, and factions within the town begin to agitate for greater freedom, the safe, closed-off world he worked so hard to build begins to crumble. Clarion Books, fall 2015).

**John David Anderson's THE DUNGEONEERS, about the perfect pickpocket, but when he's chosen to enter a school that trains dungeon raiders, he soon learns that taking treasure from monsters is the easiest part of being a Dungeoneer, Walden Pond Press, Summer 2015.

** What The Dinosaurs Did Last Night -- Susan and Refe Tuma (based on a series of toy dinosaur scenes created by two parents who dedicated an entire month to convincing their children that their toy dinosaurs come to life and wreak havoc while they are all asleep. Little, Brown and Company (fall 2014) & Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (fall 2015)).

** THE PUREMAN -- John Lockyer  (Fiction: New Adult | In 2030, 19-year-old Lee Bowie is brought through a wormhole into an Earth he scarcely recognises. more ...)

** THE SHAMAN CHRONICLES, BOOKS 1 & 2 -- GARY CROSS (Fiction: New Adult | A young apprentice shaman in 11th-century Iceland must embark on a perilous journey across the barren wastes of Iceland, where monsters dwell in black lakes and bandits swarm in the mountains. more ...)

** THE INFECTED -- Gary Cross (Fiction: New Adult | It's the height of the Great Depression and in the heart of the Texas dustbowl something is turning 16-year-old Becky's neighbours into ravenous maniacs hungry for human flesh. more ...)

** The Sneaker Kings -- Omar Tyree (Fiction: New Adult | Someone has finally written a high-concept New Adult contemporary trilogy about the insane world of SNEAKERHEADS and it's none other than New York Times best-selling author Omar Tyree. more ...)

** The Veiled Man's Goddess trilogy -- Amy McNulty (a YA fantasy romance where one girl fights to save the boy she loves from a spell that forces all men to wear masks and only ever love one woman, each their “goddess.” 2015, Month9Books.).

** Woven -- Michael Jensen and David Powers King (Epic YA fantasy in which a spoiled princess and the ghost who haunts her, a recently murdered young knight, embark on a quest to thwart death itself. Spring 2015. Scholastic.)

** The Great Library -- Rachel Caine (YA Fantasy trilogy -- the Library of Alexandria still exists and has become all-powerful, and, while there is unfettered access to information digitally, it is a crime to keep print books in any personal collection. The series is described as The Book Thief with Fahrenheit 451 by way of Harry Potter. Summer 2015, NAL).

** Because You'll Never Meet Me -- Leah Thomas (Debut about the unique friendship – told through letters – between Ollie, a 14-year-old with an allergy to electricity, and Moritz, a blind German boy with unusual powers. Bloomsbury, spring 2015.)

** The Borden Murders -- Sarah Miller (a YA narrative nonfiction book about the infamous Lizzie Borden, Spring 2016, Schwartz & Wade).

** Puchio - Jing Guo (a wordless graphic novel about a girl who, in an effort to visit her grandmother, embarks on a fantastical journey. Spring 2016, Schwartz & Wade).

Disney to Launch Multi-Platform Mermaid Saga by Jennifer Donnelly (Six mermaids attempt to uncover hidden talismans in order to save their undersea world in the Waterfire Saga, a new multi-platform YA series from Disney Publishing Worldwide, written by Jennifer Donnelly. Goodreads link here.)

(So many picture books this week, including one from Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon. If you're interested, check the second rights report link.).

Don't forget to nominate your favorite 2013 reads for the Teen Choice Book of the Year before the end of January!

So winter appears to be awards season, and since ALA MW2014 just happened....

Before the Printz awards were announced, this post listed which titles had appeared the most frequently on various awards lists to make Mock Printz Predictions. ("This year, I looked at 19 lists. Several titles appear on multiple lists, but there are a lot that only appear on one list. A total of 45 individual books were listed. Of the lists I looked at, here are all of the books that appeared and the number of lists they appeared on...")

Looking at the Printz awards results, that mock-up list was pretty accurate, huh? 2/5 of the winners (Midwinterblood -- Marcus Sedgwick (winner); Eleanor & Park -- Rainbow Rowell, Kingdom of Little Wounds -- Susann Cokal, Maggot Moon -- Sally Gardner, Navigating Early -- Clare Vanderpool). Have you read any of the books that won?

Here are the 2014 Rainbow Award Finalists. For all y'all who are looking to read more LGBTQ this coming year, this might be a good place to start.

Kate DiCamillo wins her second Newbery Medal. "Four Newbery Honor Books also were named: “Doll Bones" by Holly Black; “The Year of Billy Miller” by Kevin Henkes; “One Came Home” by Amy Timberlake; and “Paperboy” by Vince Vawter. Hear from the winners in this interview segment.

Here's the full press release: American Library Association announces 2014 youth media award winners.

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement: Authors Patricia and Researcher Fredrick McKissack... The award is presented in even years to an African American author, illustrator or author/illustrator for a body of his or her published books for children and/or young adults, and who has made a significant and lasting literary contribution.

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences: “Brewster” by Mark Slouka, “The Death of Bees” by Lisa O’Donnell, “Golden Boy: A Novel” by Abigail Tarttelin, “Help for the Haunted” by John Searles, “Lexicon: A Novel” by Max Barry, “Lives of Tao” by Wesley Chu, “Mother, Mother: A Novel” by Koren Zailckas, “Relish” by Lucy Knisley, “The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel” by Katja Millay, “The Universe Versus Alex Woods” by Gavin Extence.

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults: Markus Zusak is the 2014 Edwards Award winner.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children's book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States: “Mister Orange” by Truus Matti is the 2014 Batchelder Award winner. “The Bathing Costume or the Worst Vacation of My Life” by Charlotte Moundlic, “My Father’s Arms Are a Boat” by Stein Erik Lunde, and “The War Within These Walls” by Aline Sax.

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States: “Scowler,” written by Daniel Kraus and narrated by Kirby Heyborne, is the 2014 Odyssey Award winner. Four Odyssey Honor Recordings also were selected: “Better Nate Than Ever,” written and narrated by Tim Federle; “Creepy Carrots!” written by Aaron Reynolds; “Eleanor & Park,” written by Rainbow Rowell, and narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra; and “Matilda,” written by Roald Dahl, and narrated by Kate Winslet.

Pura Belpré (Author) Award honoring a Latino writer whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience: “Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass,” written by Meg Medina, is the Belpré Author Award winner. Three Belpré Author Honor Books were named: “The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist,” written by Margarita Engle; “The Living,” written by Matt de la Peña; and “Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale,” written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh.

Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience: “Beautiful Music for Ugly Children,” written by Kirstin Cronn-Mills and “Fat Angie,” written by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo are the winners of the 2014 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award. Three Honor Books were selected: “Better Nate Than Ever” written by Tim Federle; “Branded by the Pink Triangle” written by Ken Setterington; and “Two Boys Kissing” written by David Levithan.

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens: “Charm & Strange,” written by Stephanie Kuehn, is the 2014 Morris Award winner. Four other books were finalists for the award: “Sex & Violence” written by Carrie Mesrobian; “Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets” written by Evan Roskos; “Belle Epoque” written by Elizabeth Ross; and “In the Shadow of Blackbirds” written by Cat Winters.

Note: I did not include all the awards. I did not mention the ones relating to: beginning readers, illustrated books or authors, picture books or authors, nonfiction, informational books, the honorary lecturer, children's video, etc. If you want to know the results of those other awards, look at the press release.

Also: The 2013 *Book Shimmy* Awards Winners (Infographic).

B&N Ramps Up Teen and Tween Exclusives. I'm curious: do you buy books specifically for the exclusive material? Or is that just a bonus that pushes you to buy a book you were already going to get?

Amazon plans to ship your packages before you even buy them. First the drones. Now this. Amazon, why you scary o.O?

Getty Launches Virtual Library.

If you're curious about the spin-off series for Beautiful Creatures aka Dangerous Creatures, you can listen to this interview with Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

Hey, Colleen Hoover fans: Want to read a never before seen epilogue from the SLAMMED SERIES?

If you live in Australia, Germany, Scotland and Ireland, watch out for Abbi Glines on tour.

At 8 pm EST today, the 29th, you can tweet about #findingcinderella and Atria is currently considering whether or not to publish it in print.

John Green fans, you can find out more information about the inspiration behind The Fault in Our Stars here: 'Nerdfighter' Esther Earl becomes an author.

If you've been looking for the right time to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, hurry. The publisher is hosing a re-read now.

Also, if you're excited for The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski, you can now read the free short story prequel, "Bridge of Snow," up at

Cover Reveals:

Discussion/Other Blogger Fun:

If you want to write books, don’t go into book publishing (a rebuke against that argument).

How the Internet Kills--and Saves--Book Culture. Old article but still interesting!

The 15 Most Exciting YA Books Coming Out This Year (according to Teen Vogue).

Thanks to the ladies at YA highway, here are a bunch of Buzzfeed time-killing quizzes: what fictional city you should live in (I got King's City, which basically means I'm screwed). which college you should have gone to, which decade you belong in, which Hogwarts house you belong to (Gryffindor--definitely surprised me?), how good you are at recognizing the opening lines of novels...

Universal Plans to Expand Harry Potter Theme Park -- Good. By the time they're done, I'll finally have scraped up the money to visit it.

Why great young adult cinema like The Hunger Games needs a love triangle. Hmmm.... I'm going to guess that some of you will NOT agree with this argument.

Is Tech Killing Our Favorite Children's Book Characters?

Can you make kids love books?

8 Couples Who Remind Us of Elizabeth and Darcy -- there are some surprising couples here, or at least some that aren't usually featured on these longer lists.

Books to Listen to While You Knit (Plus Pattern Ideas) -- Any of you knitters? This one's for you. There are some really cute patterns there, like the scarf featured.

How to Overthrow Your Dystopian Government. Lol. I like the first tip. That already disqualifies a lot of us, huh?

Where do highest grossing screenplays come from? No *wonder* there are so many book to movie adaptations. Just look at those stats!

Talking about stats... did you know that children read an average of 40 minutes a day? 5 minutes generally on the tablet, if you're breaking it down by print, e-book, etc.

Is American literature ‘massively overrated’? It is true that we don't have very many translated works...

** Christine at Oh, Chrys!: Book Blog Designs That Wow
** Ashley at Nose Graze: The Best Way to Turn Down Review Requests
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Are Image Sliders Worth Having?
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Ten Things to Include on Your Book Blog
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: Have You Tried eBook Subscription Services?

Blogging and Bloggers:
** Jen at YA Romantics: Blogging from the Heart
** Rinn at Rinn Reads: Book Overload
** Jasmine at Flip That Page: Bookish Survey: Greek Mythology Style
** Jasmine at Flip That Page: Am I A Blogging Resolution Fail?
** Charlotte at Thoughts and Pens: My Blogging Fears
** Sandra at Tea Between Books: My Biggest Blogging Fear
** Kelly at Effortlessly Reading: How Do You Find the Time to Blog?
** Kelley at Another Novel Read: Comment Replies: Keeping the Conversation Going.
** Ashley at Nose Graze: I’m a Disorganized Blogger… And I Love It!
** Nova at Out of Time: Goodreads vs. Other Ways of Tracking Books

Reviews, Ratings, Authors, ARCs, Recommendations:
** Hazel at Stay Bookish: My Relationship with Book Ratings
** Cayce at Fighting Dreamer: Gender Bender, Transgender
** Christy at Christy’s Book Addiction: Changing Ratings
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: About ARC Part I
** Nikki at The Paper Sea: To Half Star Or To Not Half Star
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Can an Author Redeem Themselves?

The Experience/Books, Books, Books:
** Jennifer at Live to Read, Love to Read: Reading Stand-alone Novels
** Terri at Starlight Book Reviews: Why I Love the Library
** Mel at The Daily Prophecy: The Hard Life of A Reader
** Christine at Oh, Chrys!: The Kind of Prose I Love
** Ana at Read Me Away: The Book Hangover Effect
** Sandra at Tea Between Books: You Like That Book? Oh.
** Pamela at Reading Is Fun Again: What Attracts You to a Book?
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: What Elements Mater in a Book?
** Stormy at Book. Blog. Bake.: What to Do with Books You Don’t Want Anymore
** Jessica at Literary Etc: Inscriptions

** Hannah at So Obsessed With: Introducing Series Speed Date
** Sarah at Workaday Reads: Reading Series Book Reviews
** Rachel at Paper Cuts: Finishing Series
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: When Series on My Shelf Are Mismatched

Specific Books:
** Mime and Cait at Notebooks Sisters: Wherein Mime Stuffs Cait in a Log and The Fault in Our Stars Made Me Cry
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: Spoiler Discussion: The Beginning of Everything by Robin Schneider

Specific Trends & Characters:
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: Small Town Hate
** Lauren at Books, Tea, & Me: Changing Perspectives
** Lauren at Love Is Not a Triangle: How Do You Define a Love Triangle?
** Kat at Cuddlebuggery: When Love Triangles Should Be Threesomes
** Jackie at BookCharmed: Moist Panties and Other Cringe Inducing Words
** Cee at the Novel Hermit: Book Boyfriend Confessions

** Kailia at Reading the Best of the Best: New Adult Is My Escape
** Jen and April at The Starry-Eyed Revue: New Adult: Let’s Talk about Sex, Baby!
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: LGBT YA in 2014
** Angie at Angela’s Anxious Life: Do Teens Want to Read YA Classics?

** Bekka at Great Imaginations: Bekka’s 2013 Readings Stats
** Kat at Cuddlebuggery: Young Adult Booker Urban Legends
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: Things That Make You Happy
** Mel at The Daily Prophecy: My Love for Disney
** Shannelle at The Art of Escapism: The Woes of the Mobile Usage
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Non-Bookish Hobbies

Movies/TV Shows:

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner will be adapted for a television series.

Are you looking forward to The Giver adaptation? Here are some new stills, and some information on how the movie will differ from the book.

The poster for Mockingjay: Part I was released.

So apparently we'll be seeing the Wizard of Oz on NBC later.

And on the off chance that you are remembering Twilight this Valentine's Day, they're releasing new love songs just for you.

Have you seen the Fault in Our Stars trailer yet? It's scheduled to show live on the Today Show at 8:30 today (01/29/14). I'll come back and link it as soon as I see it. Here's a teaser for you. Here's the official trailer!!!

You have one day left to vote for the ultimate winner of the MTV Movie Brawl. It's between Vampire Academy and Veronica Mars.

Another new Vampire Academy clip! This time it features Christian, and he's playing with fire. And they've released a new website. And an official new poster.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Septys has been optioned for a film adaptation (and the movie's name is going to change).

Ellie Goulding will be on the Divergent soundtrack. And: How Does ‘Divergent’ Stack Up Against ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Twilight’?

YA novel, Belle Epoque, was also optioned for a film adaptation.


Adventures in Children's Publishing, weekly giveaways: 02/0701/31, 02/23.

January 2014 New Release giveaway from Book Nerd Reviews. INT, ends 01/31.

A bunch of books from Books with Bite. US only, ends 01/31.

Congratulate Melissa on her four year blogoversary! INT, ends 01/30.

Scholastic's January books giveaway.

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.

The Edge of Never or The Edge of Always. INT, ends 01/30.

January 2014 Kidlit Debut giveaway. Ends 01/31.

Gayle Forman fans, leave a comment by February 1st. INT.

Ten print copies of Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover.

$10 Amazon Giftcard + Beta Access to Best New Reading App. Ends 02/03.


New ReleasesCruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, Secret (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer, Infinite (New Soul #3) by Jodi Meadows, Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi, Uninvited (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan, Forever (Temptation #3) by Karen Ann Hopkins, Her Dark Curiosity (Madman's Daughter #3) by Megan Shepherd, Run to You (Run to You Part #1: First Sight) by Clara Kensie, No Place by Todd Strasser, And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard, Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore, Anything to Have You by Paige Harbison, Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy, The Unbound (Archived #2) by Victoria Schwab, Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott, Tales From My Closet by Jennifer Anne Moses, Minders by Michele Jaffe.

The 15 Most Anticipated YA Books Publishing In February, according to Epic Reads + Goodreads.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of Alienated by Melissa Landers (a light science fiction version of "Anna and the French Kiss meets Rachel Hawkins."). I also asked y'all if you wanted to read some of the books that on my TBR with me. A lot of you replied, and I still need to reply to you. (I'm behind on commenting and replying to comments again; I'm terrible, I know). I'm so happy with the response I've gotten -- thank you! I'm looking forward all those books with all of you! I've already started reading Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff with Bonnie from For the Love of Words.

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 love the covers for Stitching Snow and Spirit's Key. I'd also forgotten about The Wizard's Promise until the reveal this week, but I'm so looking forward to that book! I really like the cover art for that one too. And ooh. New Rachel Caine? This sounds pretty interesting. I also like the premise for Woven. I remember seeing a few articles online about the author's book being cancelled by the original publisher because of his sexuality. I'm glad to see that it's found a home at Scholastic now. As always, I don't know how you keep up with everything, but I'm so glad that you do these posts! Probably the most helpful round-up feature that I've come across in the blogosphere. :)

    1. Spirit's Key IS BEAUTIFUL. I love illustrated covers. Sometimes I wish you got more of them in YA, like with the cover art for Wizard's Promise. I'm a little hesitant about the Rachel Caine series because any HP comparison = uh oh. WHAT. Woven got cancelled because of his sexuality? WHAT. Well it's definitely good then that he's getting pubbed somewhere else where that won't matter! Wow. And thanks, Sam :D.

  2. Nice post, as usual! Now I really need to read Between Shades of Gray. Ten bucks they're changing the name so people don't confuse it with that E.L. James book. ;)

    1. Oooh. That makes sense. I didn't read that bit in full, but yes, they are very different subject matters so getting them confused = no no. I haven't read it yet either... we should read it together!

  3. Virus, Infected, (epic) fantasy: add, add, add it all! I'm so easy :') This feature is the worst for my Goodreads list, haha.

    I'm still surprised with some of the Book Shimmy winners, but at least there is Scarlet & Harry Potter and I agree about Catching Fire as adaptation. Amazon is freaking me out and I'm happy I don't buy my stuff there.

    "In the Harry Potter films, Hermione was always the brains of their little trio but the relationship with Ron took a while to develop. She clearly adores Harry and the feeling is mutual but, though many of their schoolmates cannot quite believe it, the love between the two of them is never a romantic one. She argues far more often with Ron and is hurt far more by him too - I can still feel how rejected she felt at that school dance because he thought of her only as a last resort! It was only a matter of time before she realised who she really wanted by her side but the journey there was spectacular fun."

    So.. they are sort of saying that it's a love-triangle, but not really one with romance? Huh. This is definitely NOT a good example of what they are trying to say in this article.

    The Wizard of Oz news is exiting :D I can't wait for the adaptation of Between shades of Gray (I'm happy with the title change though. I don't want it, but I can see the confusing with the Fifty shades and NO, I don't want those two to be confused with each other)

    1. Ha, it's the BEST for your TBR pile cause you're getting ahead of the game for new titles! I'm really surprised about some of the winners too - I think it has to do with online fandom more than the full on popularity of the novel. Yeaah, I think half of what they're saying is just related to having a core group of characters with complex relationships between them. And yeah! I can't wait for all these adaptations to happen either :D

  4. The Amazon thing actually freaks me out a bit. How many people will buy said items just because, hey, it is right there!? It really pushes that "buy buy buy" agenda. No me gusta.

    I love Ashley's non-bookish hobbies post. I am a sucker for such updates!

    YAH! The Shimmy awards are out!

    I also screamed like a man woman when I saw that Midwinterblood won the Printz this year. My sister thought someone had died.

    1. I might because I have terrible willpower when it comes to books, even though I know I need to save money. So I hate that program and how it enables a bad habit :(. And yeah, I love personal posts too! I'm really curious about Midwinterblood - I heard great things about it before it won, and now that it did, I feel dissatisfied that I haven't already read it!


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