Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (65)

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.



Publishing:
Rights Report & second:
  • Wolf Hollow - Lauren Wolk (The middle-grade novel is set in 1943 and follows an 11-year-old who lives in a Pennsylvania farming community; the second book in the deal is currently untitled. Wolk, an award-winning poet, is author of the adult novel Those Who Favor Fire. The publisher compared Wolf Hollow to To Kill a Mockingbird, saying it "explores a resilient young woman's coming of age as she risks herself for what's right at a tortured crossroads in American history." Wolf Hollow is slated for publication in 2016; Dutton).
  • Mutant Bunny Island - Obert Skye (In which geeky 10-year-old Perry Owens travels to off-the-grid Bunny Island in search of his missing uncle only to make a hare-raising discovery. Publication of the first book is set for fall 2016; HarperCollins).
  • Escaping Perfect - Emma Harrison (In the story, a girl fakes her own death to escape from her high-pressure political family and moves to Tennessee where she starts a new life. Publication is scheduled for spring 2016; Simon Pulse).
  • This Is the Part Where You Laugh - Peter Brown Hoffmeister (The book follows a boy "navigating friendship, love, and basketball under the specter of crime, low expectations, and a family history of drug abuse." Hoffmeister, once a homeless teen, is now a high school teacher. It's slated for fall 2016; Knopf).
  • Moving Target - Christina Diaz Gonzalez (MG pitched as "Percy Jackson meets The Da Vinci Code." In the story, a 12-year-old girl studying in Rome discovers she is a member of an ancient bloodline enabling her to use a legendary object that can alter the future. Publication is planned for 2015; Scholastic).
  • Missing Arabella - Kathryn Siebel (a comic debut novel about twin sisters in the tradition of Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl's Matilda, about how a little bit of mischief is sometimes the only viable option. Publication is set for summer 2016; Knopf).
  • Currently Untitled following Falls the Shadow - Stefanie Gaither (In her new story, a violent clone and a human boy reveal a conspiracy within the world's only cloning corporation and decide whether to fight for humans or machines – even if choosing sides means saying good-bye to their loved ones. It’s scheduled for spring/summer 2016; Simon & Schuster).
  • Auraseer trilogy - Kathryn Purdie (YA debut about a 17-year-old girl who is obliged to use her gift for feeling – and absorbing – the emotions of others to protect her nation's emperor from harm. Publication of book one, Auraseer, is scheduled for winter 2016; HarperCollins).
  • We Are the Ants - Shaun David Hutchinson (about a teen possibly abducted by aliens and told the world will end in 144 days unless he pushes a button. But in the aftermath of his boyfriend's suicide, he's not sure the world is worth saving. Publication is set for spring 2016; Simon Pulse).
  • Bone Jack - Sara Crowe (Carnegie Medal-nominated middle-grade novel in which a teen caught between his recently returned veteran father's PTSD and his best friend's descent into grief is training to be the stag boy in the annual Stag Chase. Publication is slated for spring 2017; Philomel).
  • City Moon - Rachael Cole, illustrated by Hadley Hooper (about a child learning about the moon with his mother. It is scheduled for release in fall 2016. Random House's Schwartz & Wade Books).
From last week:
  • The Playground - Antoine Revoy (Debut graphic novel; The middle-grade book tells the story of two children who encounter a mysterious ghost in a haunted playground. It’s scheduled for 2017; First Second Books). Still not up...
Publisher's Lunch:
  • Kara Thomas's THE DARKEST CORNERS, pitched as True Detective meets Gillian Flynn's Dark Places, a story about two estranged childhood friends who find their lives upended when the man they sent to prison as children may walk free, to Delacorte, for publication in Spring 2016.
Authors/Interviews: Breaking the Rules - Katie McGarry, Wicked - Jennifer Armentrout. 13 Female YA Fiction Authors Who Owned 2014. I’m Glad I Did - Cynthia Weil. Noggin - John Corey Whaley. For Real - Alison Cherry.

Awards: In case you didn’t check them out last week or tune into TeaTime, here are the Book Shimmy award winners. The Guardian names its best children’s books of 2014. The 15th Annual Blue Murphy book award shortlist was also announced. You can stay up to date with all the awards that are being announced with Publishers Weekly’s Best Books Round-up. There’s also a new UK award, the YA book prize, and its shortlist has also been announced. New York Public Library has named its best books of 2014. The nominees for the best YA nonfiction from YALSA was announced (you can check out the previous best of 2014 too). iTunes listed its Best of 2014 books (All the Light We Cannot See for fiction…). Meg Wolitzer’s Belzhar was named the best YA book of 2014 by EW. NPR also has listed its best books of 2014.

You can nominate your favorite reads for the Teen Choice Book Awards up until February 2nd.

If you really like awards best of lists, you can also check out those from last week.

Excerpts: Just How It Happened - Austin Mahone

Book Trailers: Little White Lies - Katie Dale, The Prey - Tom Isbell

So, last week I mentioned how Zoella broke records with the largest sales for a debut novel in its first week… This week, it’s been announced that her novel, Girl Online, was ghost-written.

Characters in children’s books are almost always white, and it’s a big problem. The #WeNeedDiverseBooks initiative/non-profit work is extremely, extremely important. I never feel like I can say the right words or express myself well when it comes matters of social injustice, but when I think about books and things that are currently happening in this country, recognizing the need for change on all fronts is key. “Peter Pan” and a lot of children’s classics are in fact racist, though should you sanitize the books? Also, the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign met its goal on IndieGogo, but you can still support it here.

A look at 2014 in children’s publishing: lots of miscellaneous articles and titles here; different from the usual wrap-up post.

An interesting infographic on what kids aged 6 - 17 want to read more of in their books. Super cool especially to see how their tastes change over time. You can also read more from other kids and their reasons for why they like books here. Also, an interesting look at how devices are changing children’s reading preferences.

Even more interesting data will be released this coming week on YA books (e.g. some interesting facts: “Every YA novel on a Bookscan-sourced list of the 20 top children’s bestsellers from the fourth quarter of 2011 through the third quarter of 2014 (topped by Veronica Roth’s Divergent and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars) was backed by a media tie-in.” YA is emerging as a favorite “movie genre.” & & MANY MORE COOL THINGS).

For Christmas, JKR is giving us new Harry Potter stories (including a story on Draco?). Huzzah! (And apparently she now follows John Green.).

Brief recap of author and industry events from last week. Ever wondered what it’s like for a debut author on tour? Here’s an article describing that experience.

Hachette is partnering with Gumroad, “the powerful platform that enables creators to sell products to their audience, on a new social media commerce initiative to enable book purchases natively within Twitter.”

Social Media Giving Books campaigns are on the rise, and it appears, quite successful. Chronicle Books donates 10,000 books in record time.

Will you be seeing Marissa Meyer on her Fairest tour?

Turns out the Barnes and Noble deal with Microsoft - well, now it's over. B&N has now repurchased the shares in its company and will be trying again to revitalize Nook sales though they continue to fall.

The publishing people to know in 2014. So impressed with Ellen Oh and We Need Diverse Books ("As of press time, WNDB’s six-week Indiegogo fund-raising campaign to finance these initiatives has raised almost $322,000 from more than 2,200 funders,..")

Cover Reveals:

*this came out a while ago but I recently saw it in the wrong board for my Pinterest,
and so here it is now...

Discussions/Other Blogger Posts:

So maybe the best “best of” posts are the ones looking at the beautiful covers of 2014. Because wow. I haven’t heard of a lot of these but if I saw them while browsing a store…

Book Riot has a round-up of its staff’s favorite books of 2014. One of their YA specialists, Kelly from Stacked Books, also rounds up some titles from 2014 that should be on your TBR. And here’s another best of list, 10 best nonfiction titles, or some Canadian books you ought to read. The best fiction novels of 2014 from the Buzzfeed staff is here as well.

So, as the year comes to a close, a lot of people are reflecting on how their reading habits have changed in 2014. Some people will resolve to read less next year. Others even more. What are you going to do with your New Years Resolutions?

Gifts! All the holiday gift ideas! Look at how cute these bookmarks are! More accessories for all!

How awesome is this space? I’d like to have a place dedicated to reading “only for pleasure.” Or napping. Ah, all that natural light too… How awesome are all these book nooks. AH.

Did you think that there was unrealistic optimism in the Narnia world? Did you find it comforting?

Do you put stock in the Bechdel test? Well, here is a list of books that pass the test.

If you’re looking to give books as gifts this holiday season, make sure to check out Diversity in YA’s holiday recommendations.

Do you like Epic Reads’s infographics? Help them curate one on the funniest books you’ve read!

Ah, reading outside. Tempting but not always effective.

List time! 7 Quotes from YA Heroines, 8 Great YA Sophomore Standalones, 12 Must Read LGBTQ YAs of 2014.

Need advice on how to survive the holidays? How about how to throw a bookish holiday party? And what makes for your perfect day in a bookstore?

Looking for contemporary YA in 2015? Here's a good list. My only nitpick is that Made You Up by Franscesca Zappia is not there!

Another post from Stacked that's seriously worth checking out? Kelly's break-down of the "Best of" 2014 lists from the major literary journals.

Surprisingly not a lot of blogger discussions - but that’s probably because I’m actually looking for discussion posts ON TIME. Also, it’s near the holidays and I need to search for new blogs again because people are leaving :/.

Blogging:
Tips/Support/Advice:
** Rita at Blog Genie: 4 Metrics That You’re Not Tracking That Will Transform Your Blog in 2015
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Blogging Quick Tip: Discover a problem. Fix It. Write about it.
** Ashley at Nose Graze: How to Style the WordPress Visual Editor

Blogging & Bloggers:
** Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction: I’m a Disorganized Blogger
** Erika at The Red Bookmark: Opinions on dot com?
** Kat at Cuddlebuggery: How to Name Your Blog
** Rinn at Rinn Reads: Blogging and Studying
** Shannelle at Escapism Reads It: It’s Hard Being a New Blogger
** Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide: Book Blogger Organization Challenge: Winter/Spring 2015
** Kelley/Asti/Leanne at Oh, The Books!: What Do You Want from Oh, The Books?

Authors, Reviews, Recommendations, ARCs:
** Sarah at Workaday Reads: Reviewing Every Book or Just Some?
** Nikki at The Paper Sea: Controversial Authors

Personal:
** Bieke at Istyria Book Blog: I’m Going to Watch the 100
** April at The Starry-Eyed Revue: Christmas Crafts with my Girl

Reading:
The Experience:
** Aimee at Deadly Darlings: I Am a Bad Reader
** Glass at Ja čitam, a ti?: Reading Schedule: Yes or no?
** Bieke at Istyria Book Blog: Books That Give Me a Headache
** Oh, The Books!: {Guest Post}: My Audiobook Experience

The Holidays:
** Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer: It’s That Time of Year When I’m Drawn To...
** Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf: Bookish Christmas Guide
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: 2014 Gifts for Book Lovers Inspired by YA Books
** Ana at Read Me Away: Holiday Food & Other Cultures

Books, books, books & Book Challenges:
** Rose at Chapter Break: #Shelflove: Why It Matters and Why You Should Do It Too!
** Alica at a Kernel of Nonsense: The Sophomore Slump
** Kelly at Belle of the Literati: It’s Official… The Reread Challenge of 2015
** Alice-Jane at Crazy Red Pen: I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie {Tech Meets Books}

Romance, Genre, & hey, YA:
** Rose at Chapter Break: Historical Romance
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Banter, Bicker, Bang
** Stephanie at Chasm of Books: Why Do I Love High Fantasy?
** Kelly at Stacked Books: {Guest Post} Let’s Move Beyond the Gender Binary
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Great YA of 2014 + Team Banners
** Cayce at Fighting Dreamer: There Are A Lot More YA LGBT Out There...
** Cee at the Novel Hermit: 2014 YA Book Cover Choice Awards
** Asti at Oh, The Books!: Movie Adaptations Smovie Smadaptations

Zoella:
** Ceilidhann at Bibliodaze: Does It Matter That Zoella’s Book May Have Been Ghost-Written?
** Ceilidhann at Bibliodaze: The Art of the Ghost-writer
** Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf: Why I Don’t Care That Zoella’s Book Was Ghost-Written
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Stop Saying That Zoella Outsold J.K. Rowling!

Movies/TV Shows:

The YA series, Ghostgirl, by Tonya Hurley is being adapted by Matthew Vaughn.

Paddington will be coming out soon!

Paper Towns by John Green will open exactly a year after The Fault in Our Stars. And no, there seems to be little chance of a TFiOS sequel (I didn’t even know there were rumors of that…).

Warner Bros has made an offer to Christopher Nolan to direct Ready Player One.

Two new stills from the Insurgent set: 1 and 2. The trailer will premiere this Friday. Robert Schwentke (director of Insurgent) will be directing Allegiant Part 1.

An exclusive interview with Lauren Kate about the upcoming Fallen movie, which we’ve seen few stills of (and nothing more, from what I can tell).

The main leads of the 5th Wave and Rick Yancey were touring this week (see costume in action?).

Giveaways:

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 12/14, 12/15.

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}.

Debut author giveaway, INT, ends 12/11.

5 Penguin Christmas classics, US only, ends 12/14.

ARC of Ink & Ashes, US & CA only, ends 12/11.

What If prize pack, ends 12/14.

Now That You’re Here, US & CA only, ends 12/13.

$100 giftcard & Katie McGarry books, ends 12/18.

Raven Cycle + Compulsion Swag, US only, 12/31.

Debut Novel of your choice, INT, ends 12/16.

Other:

New Releases: Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas, Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3) by Morgan Rhodes, Zodiac by Romina Russell, Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay, Now That You're Here (Duplexity #1) by Amy K. Nichols, Suspicion by Alexandra Monir, No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown, King Dork Approximately by Frank Portman, For Real by Alison Cherry, Boundary (Books of Eva #2) by Heather Terrell, Little White Lies by Katie Dale, Sleeping Jenny by Aubrie Dionne.

Recent Recommended Reads: Recently finished The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand. I don't think that I'll be able to objectively (or really, since all reviews are subjective, try for objectivity as much as possible) review this since I was reminded of my best friend's suicide not four months ago. I don't really know if I was reacting to the memory of that or this book. Or maybe that's all a sign of the author's ability to depict grief; I'd downloaded this ARC months and months ago because I was impressed by the way Cynthia Hand dealt with grief in Hallowed. I need to sit this out for a while -- but I would recommend that others try it for themselves. Also recently read The Maze Runner by James Dashner for my book club.

Also… notice anything new? THAT’S RIGHT. If you don’t have the time to go through all these links, feel free to watch the Book Byte video and catch up with the book related news that way. Yay for having a new BookTube channel!

(in terms of life news and the sad, sad things happening, there's a really good round-up at YA highway. I considered posting more of the links here, but this post is super full. Just know that it's well worth your time to check out their section "this week in other stuff.").

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.

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