Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (67)

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:
  • Lost and Found - Elaine Vickers (MG debut tells the story of three girls who discover friendship and connections through a mysterious treasure box in their library's lost-and-found box. It's slated for fall 2016; HarperCollins).
  • Glitter - Aprilynne Pike (Pitched as Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette, the story features a modern teen who must navigate a new kind of high-society – a pocket kingdom existing entirely within the Palace of Versailles. When she finds herself betrothed to a dangerous man, she'll do anything to finance her escape, including peddling a designer drug to those she calls her friends. It's scheduled for fall 2016; Random House).
  • Blown Away - Mia Garcia (The debut details a whirlwind 24-hour romance in which two teens with questionable pasts fall in love just before a hurricane tears them apart. Publication is set for summer 2016; Katherine Tegen Books).
  • To Pluto and Beyond: The Amazing Voyage of New Horizons - Elaine Scott (which will chronicle the nine-year voyage of NASA's New Horizons mission to explore Pluto and other objects in the Kuiper Belt. Janet Pascal will edit. Publication is tentatively scheduled for fall 2016; Viking).
  • Poison: Deadly Discoveries, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines That Changed the World - Sarah Albee (which explores the role poison has played in shaping human history from antiquity to the present. Publication is planned for spring 2017; Crown Books for Young Readers).
Many that were not up in the last bookish rounds are now on Goodreads:
  • If I Was Your Girl - Meredith Russo (The debut book tells the story of Amanda Hardy, who moves to a small town in Tennessee to live with her father. She wants to make friends and fit in, but Amanda has a secret: she used to be Andrew, and fears that the truth could cost her her new life, and her new love. It's slated for publication in 2016; Flatiron Books)
  • Bound by Blood and Sand - Becky Allen (debut in a new YA fantasy series in the vein of Tamora Pierce, which explores class and power. The novel follows a slave girl in a desert world where the magical Well is running dry; when she discovers a source of magic, she may have the power to save the water and her world, but returning the water means saving her slavers. Publication is planned for fall 2016; Delacorte Press).
  • Cleopatra Edison Oliver, CEO - Sundee Frazier (the story of a kid entrepreneur who sets her sights on building a business empire and finding her birth family – all during fifth grade. It's the first book in a series and is scheduled for 2015 publication. Scholastic's Arthur A. Levine Books).
  • The Last Boy and Girl in the World - Siobhan Vivian (Based on a true story, in which a flood forces 16-year-old Keeley Hewitt to juggle her femininity and strength, the affections of the two boys who love her, and a parade of departing friends, while waters rise and her hometown is permanently and forcibly evacuated by the state. Spring 2016 is the projected pub date; Simon & Schuster Children's Books).
  • The Memory Wall - Lev AC Rosen (About a 12-year-old retreating into a lush, fully realized videogame world after he suspects his mother is leaving clues in the game to prove her early-onset Alzheimer's diagnosis wrong. It's scheduled for publication in fall 2015; Knopf).
  • The Water Tower Five - Kurt Dinan (YA debut, about a high school nobody who, through a series of increasingly inventive heists that turn into an all-out prank war, finds his people and his voice. The book, pitched as Ocean's Eleven for teens, is set for publication in April 2016; Sourcebooks).
  • Two Naomis - Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick (In the MG novel, two girls of the same age, with the same name, live in the same city. And their parents are dating. They must learn how to forge their own identities and a new definition of family, even as they negotiate the preservation of their own routines and cultural traditions. It's slated for fall 2016; Balzer + Bray).
  • Another Way to Climb a Tree - Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Hadley Hooper, in a preempt. The story tells of a tree-loving girl who must find a different way to have adventures on a stay-inside day. Publication is planned for spring 2017; Roaring Brook's Neal Porter Books).
Excerpts: Kalahari - Jessica Khoury, Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard, The Heart of Betrayal - Mary Pearson, Fairest - Marissa Meyer

Authors: The Selection series - Kiera Cass, Firefight - Brandon Sanderson, PW’s Fall Flying Starts of 2014: Atia Abawi, Mike Curato, Ester Ehrlich, Chelsey Philpot. John Green is USA Today’s author of the year. John Green and his editor discuss Looking for Alaska.

Awards: 2014 Cybil Award finalists were announced. Blue ribbons from the BCCB for 2014 books were announced. As were the 2015 Sendak Fellows.

Don’t forget to vote for the YABC Choice awards. Voting closes on January 15!

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

The bestselling books of 2014: The Fault in Our Stars topped the list, with Jeff Kinney’s soon after and Veronica Roth’s series following those. Only one adult book sold more than one million copies, whereas you have at least five children’s books that did just that. Is it any surprise, with YA adaptations fueling book sales? In Australia, children’s books also sold the most copies.

I LOVE articles like this: children’s publishers choose their favorite reads of 2014. It’s always nice to hear about favorites from the other end of the industry. Also, I’m now extra curious about Grasshopper Jungle, the only book to appear twice on that list. Along that line, publishers in the UK look at books they thought would sell and didn’t and vice versa.

Also really interesting is looking at the top ten stories of 2014 from Publisher’s Weekly. I love looking at blogger’s most popular posts, and it’s interesting to see what came out on top in publishing. Some articles seem driven by the popularity of a single author.

Fight illiteracy by getting books to the kids who need them. New partnerships boost Worldreader, a nonprofit that’s dedicated to bringing e-readers and e-books to Africa. Studies have been released that show its beneficial effects on literacy rates and “how a reading culture could flourish in the developing world.”

Scarletta Press has changed its name to Mighty Media Press.

A nice little round-up of what J.K. Rowling has revealed about Harry Potter in the last year. And maybe inspired by JKR, Phillip Pullman releases new His Dark Materials stories.

And a very beautiful tribute to Ned Vizzini, who as you may know passed away in 2014.

The seventh most influential fictional character in 2014, according to Time, was Katniss Everdeen.

Do you think these book publishing predictions are accurate for 2015?

If you want a really good round-up of publishing in 2014, here is a minefield of links. I’ll never be as good at round-ups as the ladies at YA Highway.

If you’re looking for more large round-ups, here is a list of all the best of 2014 lists. Over 1000. You can’t escape best of lists.

Malinda Lo posted a wonderful analysis of diverse book covers in 2014. Which is important to analyze since teens remain most fond of print books. A trend true not just in YA: Print is Back, even though you have a lot of ebook subscription services. Probably because the book industry is expanding, not contracting.

Have you ever wondered at how well a tv show helps a book sell copies vs. a movie adaptation?

A new wave of graphic novels is coming and it’s thanks to an increasing female readership.

The most recommended book of all time is To Kill a Mockingbird.

Cover Reveals:

Garden - Jane Yates
Common Room Anthology - Freshman Fifteeners
Looking at Kelly at Stacked Books’s analysis of 2015 covers, I realized that I had not featured a lot of these and had missed their cover reveals, so I’ve included them today.
From now on I’m going to try to mark which ones are NA
Saving Myself For You - Teresa Hill, NA
I forgot to include the last three in the others:

Discussion/Other Blogger posts:

Classic or YA: can you tell the difference?

Should the YA book category be rebranded? I’m looking forward to reading this as soon as I’m finished gathering links. Sometimes I wonder whether we ought to even have a YA label.

Literary TED Talks? Nice. Another set of videos to watch aside from the faves on booktube.

Really, really interesting essay: Revolution sells (on the Hunger Games). “Hollywood is happy to make money off of whatever is currently hot, and right now thanks to The Hunger Games and other dystopic YA, what’s hot is rebellion. As long as it's rebellion that doesn't touch on dicey subjects like race and gender. The Hunger Games has given film companies, makeup companies, and clothing companies a new genre: rebel chic.”

Are you looking for your next read? Here are 16 2015 up and coming debuts to get excited for; and according to Goodreads adds, these are the most anticipated books releasing in January. Any of them on your list? Here’s Teen’s list of Most Anticipated YA in 2015 and Hypable’s Fifteen YA books to read in 2015 and NYPL’s 14 Books for 2015, or you could finally read these ten books in 2015.

You could also read these under the radar YA books from 2014.

These words should totally exist for book lovers.

There is a quiz for which YA make-out scene you are. I am reluctantly curious.

Have you made your NYE Resolutions, book lovers? Here are 31 suggestions if you haven’t.

The Elf on the Shelf is preparing your child to live in a future police state, professor warns.

The good and bad adaptations of 2014: do you agree with Hypable’s list?

Your success in college could be predicted by how closely you work with a librarian. Interesting study. Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play: How Libraries Reach Kids Before They Can Read.

As someone who recently read the Harry Potter books over break and found them just as marvelous - if not even better the billionth time - as before, I approve of this article: 6 Children’s Books That Are Just As Amazing Now As They Were When You Were a Kid.

Hilarious One Star Reviews of Children’s Books: My favorite is the Hedwig fanatic lol.

If you’re excited for The Ruby Circle, looks like Penguin is doing a campaign to promote the title and allow you to win a set of the Bloodlines books.

Woohoo! Mark Zuckerberg has started his own book club. The Today show, Mark Zuckerberg… keep it up, celebrities and news shows. Reading is awesome :).

And, you know, if you want to want more YA this year - if that was one of your NYE resolutions - check out the 365 Days of Reading YA infographic that Epic Reads made. I love the colors and fonts and such pretty graphic design!

Most popular NYE resolution for parents on their kids this year: to get their kids reading more! When you look at these book facts, you understand why and maybe it’s because they’re spending a lot of time on homework. In Germany there are doubts about teaching kids with digital interfaces while the Guardian discusses another study that suggests that giving boys more screen time will improve their reading habits.

Madeleine L’Engle on Creativity, Hope, Getting Unstuck, and How Studying Science Enriches Art.

Are you interested in the real life Fault in Our Stars? A bunch of teens share their perspective on living with cancer.

Do you know someone who needs a life-saving book, something that reminds you that things do get better? Here’s Jennifer Niven’s list of 10 teen books to save your life.

Did you get a copy of a book you already own this Christmas? Or did you get no books at all and have nothing to read?

Writing for young women never gets old according to this author.

Quotes about the holidays - beautiful as always.

In defence of young adult fiction - I’ll always link to an article that takes a positive spin on YA. And hey, here’s an even bigger one: Are You An Adult Who Reads YA novels? Congratulations, you saved publishing in 2014.

6 Reasons Why Huck Finn Is Not the Dusty Old Classic You Think It Is

If you’re interested in international YA, follow Words without Borders.

** Rita at Blog Genie: Hate Traditional Goal Setting? Try This Instead.
** Rachel at Parajunkee: 31 Days of Better Blogging: Plan Ahead
** Rachel at Parajunkee: 31 Days of Better Blogging: Friendly Feedback
** Rachel at Parajunkee: 31 Days of Better Blogging: Top Commenters
** Rachel at Parajunkee: 31 Days of Better Blogging: {the entire hashtag, so I’m not linking 31 days worth of posts}
** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts: Customize Post Headings
** Ashley at Nose Graze: How to Rock Your Blog in the New Year
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Want to Join a Membership Site for Bloggers?

Bloggers & blogging:
** Erika at The Red Bookmark: My Brand New Blog Design
** Erika at The Red Bookmark: My Experience With WordPress and Should You?
** Charlotte at The Simple Tales: Mastering the Art of Tweeting

Reviews, Ratings, Recs, Authors, ARCs:
** Julie at Chapter Break: Author Spam
** Carmel at Rabid Reads: Who Are Some Authors I Should Check Out in 2015?
** Terri at Starlight Book Reviews: Debut Authors
** Emz at Paging Serenity: Ghostwriters & Pseudonyms
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: Help: Recommendations

Reading Challenges & 2014:
** Tanja at Ja čitam, a ti?: Top Books in 2014
** Glass at Ja čitam, a ti?: Top Books in 2014
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: Best Books of 2014
** Nuzaifa at Say It With Books: 24 Lessons I Learned
** Helen at My Novel Opinion: What a Difference a Year Makes
** Stormy at Book. Blog. Bake.: Favorite Quotes from Books I’ve Read in 2014
** Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf: Did I Achieve My Blogging Goals in 2014?
** Sarah at Workaday Reads: 2014 in review - includes my favorite books of the year
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Why I Don’t Do Reading Challenges
** Josephine at Word Revel: The Point of Reading Challenges

NY Resolutions & Goals:
** Sana at Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile: The Thing about Goal Phobia
** Kristilyn at Reading in Winter: Happy New Year, a rant about bookish problems, and my bookish goals for the New Year
** Rinn at Rinn Reads: My Bookish New Years Resolutions
** Hazel at Stay Bookish: 2015 Will Be Awesome
** Leigh at Little Book Star: New Year’s Resolution for 2015
** Hannah at So Obsessed With: In 2015, I want to be...
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: What Are Your 2015 Reading Goals?
** Cassie at Books with Cass: Tackling 2015: A Year of Improvement
** Rachel at Paper Cuts: New Year, New Blogger
** Lillian at Books and Cake: The Efficiency Manifesto
** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts: Goals/Resolutions for 2015
** Josephine at Word Revel: 2015 Resolutions
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: My 2015 Blogging Goals
** Kelley/Asti at Oh, The Books!: Survey Results and Our Plans for 2015
** Cee at the Novel Hermit: Blogging Goals for 2015

The Experience:
** Ruby at Feed Me Books Now: The Reflection of Words
** Kelly at Belle of the Literati: Are You the Tortoise or the Hare?
** Kayla at The Thousand Lives: An Observation on Seasonal Reading Habits
** Kat at Cuddlebuggery: Ten Ways to Tell If You’re in a Reading Slump
** Cayce at Fighting Dreamer: I Am Looking for My Reading Twin
** Ana at Read Me Away: Simultaneous Reading
** Sophie at PaperBreathers: Why I Love Friends Who Love to Read

Books, Books, Books:
** Asti at Oh, The Books!: Forget audiobooks, I love podcasts
** Alice-Jane at Crazy Red Pen: 5 Gift Wrapping Ideas to Make Any Gift into a Book-Inspired Gift
** Emz at Paging Serenity: Do You Read Anthologies?
** Cait at Paper Fury: Do You Read Chapter Samplers?

Book Buying:
** Sophie at A Daydreamer’s World: How to Buy for a Bibliophile
** Kel at Booked Till Tuesday: Book Buying for a Cause.
** Shannon at It Starts At Midnight: Book Buying Bewilderment: Bargains, Bans, Binges, and Budgets
** Alexa at Alexa Loves Books: The Picky Pledge
** Jessica at Literary Etc: Culling Your Bookshelf

Tropes & Genre:
** Rose at Chapter Break: Contemporary Romance
** Chyna at Lite-Rate-Ture: Typical Twists and Turns
** Kimberly at Stacked Books: Ancient Historical YA
** Nova at Out of Time: Collecting Book Boyfriends

** Alica at a Kernel of Nonsense: Movie adaptations
** Kara at Great Imaginations: The Magic of Rereading/Rewatching Harry Potter
** Kailia at Reading the Best of the Best: Web Series Based on Books

Movies and TV shows:

A new clip was released from The Duff during the Pretty Little Liars premiere. Also look at the adorable movie poster.

We’ve got a new still from Insurgent of the Amity tree and of Tris holding a gun.

There’s a possibility of a Where She Went movie, but more news will surely follow. Nothing is confirmed.

Ruby Barnhill and Mark Rylance will play the main characters in Steven Spielberg’s ‘THE BFG’ Movie.

In BBC’s teaser trailer for its upcoming shows, you can see a little bit of The Casual Vacancy.


Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 01/11, 01/13.

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}.

ARC of Stone in the Sky - Cecil Castellucci, Hardcovers of Willowgrove - Kathleen Peacock & Twisted Fate - Norah Olson, INT, ends 01/29.

Two hardcover copies of Hellhole by Gina Damico, INT, ends 1/21.

Atlantis Rising swag + B&N giftcard, US only, ends 02/02.

$25 Amazon giftcard, ends 01/14.

A copy of Half Bad, US only, ends 01/13.


New Releases:

January 4 - 10: Rogue Wave - Jennifer Donnelly, The Ghosts of Heaven - Marcus Sedgwick, Willowgrove (Hemlock #3) - Kathleen Peacock, Golden Son (Red Rising #2) - Pierce Brown, Dead of Winter - Kresley Cole, Ensnared (Splintered #3) - A. G. Howard, All the Bright Places - Jennifer Niven, There Will Be Lies - Nick Lake, Frostfire (Kanin #1) - Amanda Hocking, Hellhole - Gina Damico, Reborn (Altered #3) - Jennifer Rush, Tracers - J. J. Howard, Vivian Apple at the End of the World - Katie Coyle, Hold Tight Don't Let Go - Laura Rose Wagner, Monkey Wars - Richard Kurti, The View From Who I Was - Heather Sappenfield, The Boy in the Black Suit - Jason Reynolds, Save Me - Jenny Elliott, Gone too Far - Natalie D. Richards, Infected - Sophie Littlefield, Atlantis Rising - Gloria Crew, The Law of Loving Others - Kate Axelrod.

December 28 - January 3: Love and Other Theories - Alexis Bass, Hidden - Donna Jo Napoli, After Us - Amber Hart, Ignite (Defy #2) - Sara Larson.

December 21 - 27: This Shattered World - Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner, We Should Hang Out Sometime - Josh Sundquist, Transcendent - Lesley Livingston, Both of Me - Jonathan Freisen.

December 14 - 20: Lives of Kings - Lucy Leiderman & The Lost (Witch and Wizard #5) - James Patterson.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick. And every week through the end of March, you’ll be able to read at least one review by yours truly! I am finally ahead on review books and can read what I please. *dances*

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. thanks for the round up! I am very excited for The Duff!! and wow, the casual vacancy is being turned into a show? where was i? i really hope Where She Went is also turned into a movie.

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. Thanks, Juhina. I'm pretty excited for The Duff too - even people who I know don't follow much YA have been talking to me about the movie. Yep, Casual Vacancy will be on BBC. I bet Where She Went will be made into a movie - why not, when If I Stay was a big success?

  3. i always leave the round up with like 10 more links open that what i originally started with. thanks for the round up! ^^ i like the lists the publishers had - now i have more new books on my to read list. and i'm very excited about the graphic novels that are coming out. i haven't done that make out quiz yet (dunno if i'll know all the references) but IM SO CURIOUSSS

  4. HAHAHAHAH GUESS WHAT I GOT "You are Isla and Josh’s first kiss in Isla and the Happily Ever After at the art museum in Paris: For the most part you're pretty well put together -- calm, cool and collected. But every once in a while, your awkwardness comes out and makes special appearances during very important moments. For most people that would embarrass them, but not you. You own your awkwardness -- it only makes you more adorable and more lovable."

    Also Isla was an awesome book (i forget, have you read it yet?) so huzzah for that. And YAY FOR SPREADING THE LINK AND BOOK LOVE! Always add more to your TBR :D


    "You are the steamy office kiss between Juliette and Warner (The infamous Chapter 55) from Ignite Me. Sexy, intense, bow chicka bow wow. Is it hot in here or is it just you?"

    LIES. I think it's because I chose the sexy wedding dress.

  7. Another name for the YA branch, that would be interesting. I think it would be great if they stopped branching it as 'only for young adults' because numbers show most readers are older.

    The 23 words for book lovers, number 6 (reading something you've always felt but could never articulate) 7 (never wanting it to end) and 12 (when someone spoils a book for you) YES. Mostly the spoiler part, because I need something to describe the horrible feeling when that happens to you. I also think we need to come up with something else than 'guilty pleasures.' You should never be ashamed, but there must be a word to describe it in a better way.

    "You are the steamy office kiss between Juliette and Warner (The infamous Chapter 55) from Ignite Me. Sexy, intense, bow chicka bow wow. Is it hot in here or is it just you?" I haven't read the series yet, so more reasons to pick it up soon I guess?

  8. And you'd get less people being like "ew, Young adult. How immature. How awful." Blah blah blah. They wouldn't be able to criticize an entire audience worth of books because if YA was with all books, they'd be criticizing A LOT more.

    True, true. Not guilty pleasures. I agree that you shouldn't be ashamed of reading something, no matter what.

    aren't we meant to be friends? lol :)

  9. Thanks for the shout out! It's great to be included with so many other fantastic bloggers. I hope you're having an excellent Friday so far, and have tons of reading ahead of you this weekend!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

  10. Thanks, Carmel :). When y'all post discussions questions, I try to include them though sometimes I miss some posts, so you can count on that. I hope that you're having an excellent Friday as well, with lots of excellent reading too!

  11. LOL the quiz was spot on for me so OBVIOUSLY IT KNOWS SOMETHING WE DON'T. i chose the modern wedding dress ^^

  12. Yes I read Isla! It was good but nothing compares to Lola and her crazy outfits @_@ And Cricket and his tinkering @_@ SQUEAL MUST REREAD

  13. Should the YA category be rebranded? I want to read that too. And I'm going to have to take that quiz, I must admit. Great post, as usual! ~Pam

  14. Yes, posts like that always fascinate me! I hope you liked the link. And ha, let me know what you get for the quiz results. Have seen 2 Isla & Josh kisses so far + my own Warner & Juliet (lol) kiss result.


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