Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (54)

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:
  • Impyrium - Henry H. Neff (MG fantasy series follows 12-year-old Hazel, a gifted sorceress and last of the fabled Faeregine dynasty that has ruled Impyrium for 3000 years, and Hob, a 13-year-old boy who abandons a life of mining in the provinces for a chance to serve — and spy — in the capital. The first book is scheduled for 2016; HarperCollins).
  • Learning to Swear in America - Katie Kennedy (YA debut; Learning to Swear in America features Yuri Strelnikov, a 17-year-old Russian protégé physicist brought to NASA to help save California from a massive asteroid, but no one at NASA listens to him. Then he meets an unpredictable and unconcerned American teenager, Dovie, and Yuri catches a glimpse of what it means to save the world, and save a life worth living for himself. It's slated for spring 2016; Bloomsbury).
  • Booked - Kwame Alexander (A middle-grade novel-in-verse about Chaz, a 12-year-old soccer-loving boy who hates books. When his father institutes a new no-TV-watching rule, it changes his life as well as the lives of his teammates. Publication is set for spring 2016, HMH).
  • Lantern Wishes - Lois Sepahban (The MG novel follows Manami and her family as they are sent to a Japanese internment camp, where it is up to Manami to find the strength to keep her family together. It's scheduled for winter 2016; FSG's Margaret Ferguson Books).
  • The Girl I Used to Be - April Henry (17-year-old Olivia has grown up knowing her father killed her mother, but then a human bone discovered in the woods changes everything, and she sets out to find the real killer. It's set for spring 2016; Henry Holt's Christy Ottaviano Books).
  • Saint Anything - Sarah Dessen (about a girl named Sydney who finds solace in a new love interest while dealing with her older brother’s incarceration. Dessen said the novel touches on some of her favorite themes, including the “joy and complications of family, first love, and how one friend can sometimes change everything.” Viking, 2015).
  • Moonhill - Patricia Esden (The new adult paranormal debut follows a 20-year-old antiques dealer who, Menon explained, has a run-in with the “dangerously handsome” groundskeeper of her family’s estate after returning to the place with her father, hoping to save him from what appears to be dementia. Kensington, spring 2016).
  • Jacqueline Davies's TROUBLE, pitched as in the tradition of lovable troublemakers Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, the story of two smart girls in a small town who are so bored they can't help but make mischief, to Katherine Tegen Books for publication in Fall 2015 and annually thereafter. (publisher’s lunch)
Nothing up from last week.

Marcus Sedgwick’s next book is a response to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Have you been seeing a lot of posts from fellow bloggers about Patrick Ness’s books? Well, they got new covers in their latest campaign!

Book trailers: Trial by Fire - Josephine Angelini, Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas (fan art / rxn made trailer by the publisher)

Excerpts: Crewel - Gennifer Albin (until September 7th, the book is being fully serialized on WP), exclusive Trial by Fire content, Catch a Falling Star - Kim Culbertson, The Bridge from Me to You - Lisa Schroeder, The Magic Half - Annie Barrows, Altered Saga - Jennifer Rush, Locked.

Awards/Lists: The Autumn 2014 Kids Indie Next List has been announced. See any titles you recognize and want to read there? I’ll Give You the Sun… Falling into Place...

Woah. Divergent sold over 19 million net units last year. I don’t know if net units = books, but sounds like huge book sales nonetheless.

Another brief look at author and industry events from Publisher’s Weekly.

Were you a fan of the Isla and the Happily Ever After pre-publication campaign? Turns out Malaprop’s has been partnering with many children’s authors!

Dark Horse wants to add more kids graphic novels. Dooo it. I know like three ya/kids graphic novels, but if there were more, maybe more awareness in general?
Paper Lantern Lit launches a digital imprint, The Studio.

Why Kindle Words didn’t really work.

Are you a fan of the Lux series? Turns out it’s been really successful for Entangled: selling over 500,000 copies!

Most-Read Bestsellers of 2014 So Far, according to Kindle purchases it seems. Any surprise that New Adult books make that list?

To Achieve Diversity in Publishing, a Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence. Yes, yes. Really interesting article, and not only addressing the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign.

Cover Reveals:

Fallout - Gwenda Bond

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

Reading Helped Me Overcome a Racist Upbringing. Touching piece and reinforces the need for diversity, but as always, if you want to keep your sanity, don’t read the comments section o.o.

In Defense of Sparkly Vampires (So there’s my case: emotional power, accessibility, and the idea that the hundred and fifty million people who love it might actually know what they’re talking about. / All that, that and they’re shiny too. And my scalp gives me natural empathy with shiny people.)

9 Unforgettable Teen Page-Turners. I’m currently in the middle of reading Mortal Danger -- here’s to hoping I like it!

Autism helped me become an author -- here’s how. Another really interesting article -- definitely worth reading from the author of Otherbound.

More recommendations if you liked If I Stay. I wonder how many of the titles overlap with the Epic Reads infographic.

The 20 Most Anticipated YA Books Publishing in September 2014. There are ALWAYS so many amazing books being published in September each year. September is kind of frightening.

The 6 reactions book-lovers have to people who don’t read. Basically. One of my brothers--no, two of them, I guess--are like this. I go through all six of these reactions.

5 Contemporary YA Series You Don’t Want to Miss. The Ruby Oliver books are still on my TBR...

5 Series Fans of the Mortal Instruments will love. I’m not entirely sure I see the connections to TMI in all of them, but I do love lists of these kind anyway, so here y’all go.

A pastor has a filed a complaint against supernatural YA. So much for all those allegations of Twilight purposely dictating no pre-marital sex; the books are still dangerous!

11 Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad First Days of School in YA Literature. I knew Speak would make that list. I forgot some of those other books had the bad first day plot point.

Who Am I: Can Children’s Books Make You Question Your Identity? Um… why not?

Can you identify bestselling YA books by their NYT description alone? It amuses me to read some of the NYT descriptions. I can’t tell if they’re being snarky sometimes. (I got most of them right though -- did you?)

14 Horrifying Scenarios from Children’s Books that Haunted Us for Years. If you read The Glass Sentence based on the review I’d posted from last week, know that there are some horrifying scenes there too.

15 classic children’s books even adults love. Does it feel like, to anyone else, any article about YA and children’s books these days are emphasizing the “even adults” bit more and more? Like that old “embarrassed to read YA” article has infiltrated everyone’s mindset.

Against Ogling “Hot” YA Authors.

Transgenderism: the last taboo of teen fiction? Interesting this came up the same week as that pastor protesting YA supernatural books…

Crossing Over: Literary Writers Tackling YA (...But I think there’s something more to Junior and his story. An adult Junior looking back on his high school years and his family would have had a very different perspective and pain than the present Junior experiencing loss and disconnect and love for the first time. Junior’s story is very much about that moment of change and discovery and hope—which is so much a part of YA overall. For someone like Alexie, who not only has experience in so many forms but uses them so well, I can see Junior’s story being particularly crafted to YA, which makes it so successful and touching as a novel...).

11 Things You Learn in Your First Month as a Bookseller. So great. Love it. Best of luck on all those galleys. I know that feeling o.o.

Do you live in Melbourne? Because you’ve apparently got a lot of bookstores we all should visit.

Probably my favorite article of this week: If White Characters Were Described Like People of Color in Literature. Mmm, raw meat.

This writer was not a fan of the If I Stay movie. Read why.

Things I Learned in YA: How to Solve a Mystery.

Awkward Reading Positions. Yes. Surprised there was no awkward chair in there and dangling feet.

Quotes to Keep You Motivated. I looooove this feature and their selection of quotes.

You get locked in a bookstore. What do you do? Well this guy called the police

Omaha’s public library on a bike -- I wonder if that will make it into a Rainbow Rowell contemp. novel!

Zombie novels (you know, for kids) (Moreover, oddly enough, I would like to argue that YA zombie literature has become an incredible teaching tool for kids.). I’m not a huge zombie fan, but teaching YA to people -- go for it!

Searching for ‘Anne of Green Gables’ on Prince Edward Island. Still haven’t read the book. *sigh*

A floating library?! Whuuut.

Here’s Why We Need to Protect Public Libraries.

** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: Is Twitter Essential For Your Blog?
** Ashley at Nose Graze: How Often Is Too Often When Redesigning Your Blog?

Blogging and Bloggers:
** Andye at the Reading Teen: 8 Reasons I Visit Your Blog
** Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf: Battling Book Blogger Envy // You’re Awesome
** Charlotte at Thoughts and Pens: Am I Doing This Wrong?
** Ashley at Nose Graze: I Don’t “Manage” Blogging - I’m a Mood Lifer
** Mel at The Daily Prophecy: Other Content
** Shannelle at The Art of Escapism: Informality on the Blog

Recommendations, Ratings/Reviews, Authors, ARCs:
** Kelly at Stacked Books: Ferguson, Race, Civil Rights, Social Activism, and YA Fiction: A Round-up of Reading.
** Trish at Between My Lines: Authors Using Initials Rather Than Their Names
** Trish at Between My Lines: An alternative look at my ratings
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: Renae Recommends: Amy Reed
** Nuzaifa at Say It With Books: 12 Tearjerkers That Will Bring Out the Ugly Crier in You
** Kara at Great Imaginations: I Like Writing Negative Reviews
** Hannah at So Obsessed With: Consider this Classic: Judith Recommends

** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: My First Ever Internship at a Literary Agency
** Alice-Jane at Crazy Red Pen: Thoughts
** Kelly at Effortlessly Reading: What I’ve Been Doing + Why I Haven’t Been Posting as Much

The Experience:
** Annie at the Runaway Reader: What Bugs Me Most When I’m Reading
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: I Got the Message Loud & Clear: Reading Isn’t Cool.
** Sana at Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile: Struggling… Struggling Is Pointless
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: The Worst Spoiler You’ve Ever Heard
** Cait at Notebooks Sisters: The Nasty Side Effects of Reading a Good Book

Books, Books, Books:
** Sheri at [YA]Escape From Reality: Independent Bookstores in Colorado
** Shae at Shae Has Left the Room: How I Choose a Book -- Then and Now
** Sarah at Workaday Reads: Would You Rather...

Trends & Tropes:
** Jenni at Xpresso Reads: Book Girls Don’t Cry… but They Do Have Potty Mouths!
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Why Does Insta-Love in Books Still Exist?
** Ana at Read Me Away: The Next Best Girl

Hey YA & Movies:
** Rinn at Rinn Reads: What I’d Like to See at YALC Next Year
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: Taking a YA Literature Class as a Book Blogger
** Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: My Favorite Adaptations
** Gaby at Queen Ella Bee Reads: Going to the Movies YA Style
If you know of some blogs that could use some loving, let me know! A lot of the blogs I follow seem to be shutting down :( or maybe they're just not posting as much since it's summer? I don't know what's going on, but I could sure use some recommendations if you have some. :)

Movies/Other T.V. Shows:

An exclusive interview with Gayle Forman about the If I Stay movie, which followed predictions and grossed over $16.3 million this weekend when the movie only cost reportedly $11 million to make, so…). Some interesting results from Fandago about the moviegoers. I can’t wait to see the movie this weekend and would be interested in a Where She Went adaptation too. Also, apparently that’s not Chloe Mortez playing the cello in If I Stay.

Rick Yancey is very pleased with the 5th Wave adaptation, which is scheduled to start filming September 1st in Atlanta.

Whooops. Shailene Woodley accidentally spoiled Allegiant for the press. Thanks to the success of Divergent, we might be seeing the Insurgent trailer before Mockingjay: Part I gets released.

The Maze Runner Q&A with the filmmakers and cast if you’re interested! Here’s a new clip: Good Job.

There used to be a Red Wheelbarrow deleted clip from The Fault in Our Stars, but it was removed by Fox… maybe something like that in the future?

Richelle Mead has added prizes to the Frostbite IndieGogo campaign.

The Jungle Book has a pretty phenomenal, well-known cast. Take a look at all the stars that have come onto the adaptation!


Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 08/30, 08/31, Compulsion 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.

Sci-fi and Fantasy Friday {SF/F Reviews and Giveaways}.

August giveaways from Scholastic.

Maze Runner Prize Pack (including $25 gift card), US only, ends 09/11.

Summerfell Swag Pack, INT, 09/01.

Signed ARC of Rain Reign - Ann Martin, INT, ends 08/30.

Cassandra Clare books, INT, ends 09/07.

Copy of Ghost House - Alexandra Adornetto + $100 giftcard, US/CA only, ends 09/05.

Gift cards and tote bags, INT + US/CA, ends 10/10.

VA cosmetic and pens, ends 08/30.

August Contemporary Prize Pack, ends 09/04.

Finished Copies and ARCs + giftcards, US & INT, ends 09/12.

$15 Amazon giftcard, ends 09/10.

Contaminated and Mercy Mode, US/CA only, ends 08/31.

Amity - Michol Ostow, US only, ends 08/09.

The Infinite Sea - Rick Yancey, ends 09/15.


New Releases: Sanctum (Asylum #2) by Madeleine Roux, A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall, Rumble by Ellen Hopkins, The Revenge of Seven (Lorien #5) by Pittacus Lore, Undead With Benefits (Eat Brains Love #2) by Jeff Hart, The Rule of Thoughts (Mortality Doctrine #2) by James Dashner, Chasing Before (Memory Chronicles #2) by Lenore Appelhans, Amity by Micol Ostow, Far Dawn (Atlanteans #3) by Kevin Emerson, Deliverance (Defiance #3) by C.J. Redwine, Play Me Backwards by Adam Selzer, Maids of Deception (Maids #2) by Jennifer McGowan, Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan, Feral by Holly Schindler, The Island of Excess Love (Love in the Time of Global Warming #2) by Francesca Lia Block, Can't Look Away by Donna Cooner, yolo by Lauren Myracle, Zomburbia by Adam Gallardo, Beauty of the Broken by Tawni Walters, Faces of the Dead by Suzanne Weyn, Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo, How To Fall (Jess Tennant #1) by Jane Casey, Astray (Gated #2) by Amy Christine Parker, Don't Let Go (PERSEFoNE #3) by Michelle Gagnon, If You're Reading This by Trent Reedy, Rebels (Safe Lands #3) by Jill Williamson.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins. I also realized that one of my favorite historical romance authors, Courtney Milan -- well, she had released a novella and a book! I had completely forgotten about her Brothers Sinisters series, so that was a pleasant surprise. Otherwise I’m trying to clean up my currently reading shelf and review pile. Slowly but surely?

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 recently read a few Sarah Dessen novels and I have to say…pretty addicting. She seems to follow a certain formula, but I binge-read seven in a row. So I'm sure I'll be reading her new one when it comes out.

    And that list of books (like TMI)…I hadn't heard of the first one but I'm going to have to check it out.

    Thanks for the info.! ~Pam

  2. "Reading helped me overcome a racist upbringing" was an interesting article.
    September has many interesting upcoming books, with Heir of fire as my most anticipated one of course. Falling into place was okay for me and I really disliked The Jewel, haha. I can't wait for Winterspell!!
    I must admit that I sometimes feel pity for people who don't read. I feel they are missing out on so many great adventures and stories. Persuasion is something I try, most of the times with my sister, and I'm always happy when it works.

  3. I'm not sure how I feel about the "If White Characters..." article. I totally get the point of it and it makes a good one. I think it's the name that's throwing me off. They're talking about how authors make a big deal out of darker skin tones and describe it in an unflattering way by using food. They're saying darker skin tones should be treated as "white" skin tones, but their title uses different terms to describe people of both skin types ("white characters" vs. "people of color"). In my opinion, "people of color" has a more official, politically correct ring to it than "white characters," which is a simple description. Nothing is wrong with a description. Personally, I prefer them. Please don't think I'm trying to say they're picking on whites. I'm just saying the two terms have a strange contrast when the post is supposed to be about equality.

    I feel strange expressing my opinion on topics like this since I'm white and I haven't faced the struggles people with darker skin sometimes do so, at the moment, I'm aiming to be courteous and respectful while still getting my point across. Um...yeah...please don't hate me.

  4. Oh, she definitely follows some sort of formula, but nice nonetheless; at least she executes it well. I love all of her books and am also planning on reading her newest one. In your binge-read, which did you like the most? My favorite is the The Truth about Forever.

    :) thanks for stopping by, Pam!

  5. It was. I could identify with some of the points made there. I feel like the internet sometimes makes me into a sponge and the more I learn of other viewpoints, the easier it is to understand things I was not introduced to in my childhood.

    I've been seeing things about the Jewel... hoping that I'll go against the grain later? Have you read Heir of Fire yet? :O

    They are missing out. But I suppose they find their adventure elsewhere? I don't know what runs through my brother's head. *sigh*

  6. But what should they have said to describe white characters? There's no need for a politically correct statement there since white is inherently privileged and no one uses "people without color" or... I mean, the only alternative is Caucasian, which they could've used to avoid the light/dark historical social constraints, but eh. I get what you're saying, it is a strange contrast, white characters vs. people of color, but I don't know how they could have done it better. And white characters is not entirely a simple descriptor; I mean white people aren't actually white. In some sense it is its own politically correct descriptor because they didn't use one of the descriptions in the article.

    lol i would never hate you and you are being courteous and respectful. never feel like you can't express your opinion here! Or with me in general :).


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