Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (70)

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:

From here: The Goblin King - S. Jae-Jones
  • Untitled - A.S. King (...has scheduled the untitled new novels for 2016 and 2017. Dutton Children’s Books).
  • The Hired Girl - Laura Amy Schlitz (Written in journal format, it follows 14-year-old maid Joan Skraggs, who yearns for education and true love, like the heroines in her favorite novels. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Publication is slated for fall 2015. Candlewick).
  • The Eye of the North - Sinéad O’Hart (MG debut fantasy adventure; After receiving a letter suggesting that her parents are dead, a girl finds herself on a ship to France with a young stowaway, and they must stop a plot to release an evil creature imprisoned in ice. Publication is set for fall 2016; Knopf)
  • The Tender Kit - Kathleen Glasgow (Billed as Girl, Interrupted for a new generation, it's the story of a girl on the verge of losing herself to a debilitating mental illness and her journey back from the edge. Publication is slated for fall 2016; Delacorte).
  • A YA debut fantasy - Traci Chee (The as-yet-untitled book follows a young woman's quest to save what remains of her family in a world where literacy is forbidden. It's scheduled for publication in early 2016; Putnam).
  • Long May She Reign - Rhiannon Thomas (in which a 17-year-old shy, socially awkward girl scientist is 23rd in line for the throne, but suddenly becomes queen when the entire court is assassinated by poison during a state dinner. Publication is planned for early 2017. HarperTeen).
  • Star Scouts - Mike Lawrence (MG Graphic novels about a girl named Avani, who is bored with her local scout troop and joins an intergalactic one. Publication is slated for 2017; First Second).
  • Diplomatic Immunity - Brodi Ashton (A standalone novel about a recent scholarship recipient who sets out to expose debauchery at her exclusive private school in Washington, D.C., only to find herself falling in love with the baddest boy of all. Publication is scheduled for spring 2016. Balzer + Bray).
  • Sticks and Stones - Abby Cooper (The middle-grade novel follows Elyse Everett, who has an extremely rare skin condition in which the names people call her appear on her body, as she begins to navigate middle school. The book is set for spring 2016. Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
  • A Rambler Steals Home - Carter Higgins (MG debut. Derby Christmas Clark, a "rambler on the road" with her father and little brother, discovers that the small Virginia town they return to each year harbors secrets and hopes within its battered baseball stadium. Publication is scheduled for fall 2016. HMH ). 
  • Some of the Parts - Hannah Barnaby (a YA novel about a girl who discovers that her brother's organs have been donated after a fatal car accident in which she was the driver. The book is slated for spring 2016. Knopf)
From Last week:
  • Draw the Line - Laurent Linn (Debut illustrated YA; Obsessed with superheroes and Renaissance art, 16-year-old Adrian creates his own unique but secret comic-book-style superhero… who happens to be gay, which thrusts him into a dangerous spotlight at his Texas high school. Publication is scheduled for summer 2016; Simon & Schuster).
  • Nothing Up My Sleeve - Diana López (about three friends, a magic competition, and how far they'll each go to succeed. It's slated for spring 2016; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers).
  • Might Moby - text by Barbara DaCosta, ill. by Ed Young (about a band of pirates trying to capture a whale only to get an unexpected surprise. Publication is set for fall 2017; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers).
Sophie Jordan's REIGN OF SHADOWS, a two-book series set in a world where an eclipse permanently blocks the sun and awakens flesh-eating "dark dwellers" and a blind princess must pair with a mysterious archer to save her kingdom, to Harper Teen, for publication in Winter 2016.

Book Trailers: Mosquitoland - David Arnold, The Ruby Circle - Richelle Mead.

Authors: Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt.

Awards: 2015 Sydney Taylor Book Award results. Top Shelf for MG/YA from Voya. Branford Boase Award 2015 longlist.

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

Excerpts: Buzz Books 2015 Excerpt for Spring/Summer, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, and We All Looked up by Tommy Wallach. Vanishing Girls short story by Lauren Oliver.

We’ve seen which titles sold the most last year, but what about publishers? Here’s PW’s list of publisher rankings according to their bestsellers.

Egmont USA is closing its offices by January 31st. Apparently it’s a Danish company, tried to sell the States unit but couldn’t. Also six people will lose their jobs.

How cool is this. Have you ever wondered how JK Rowling kept track of all her subplots? Through a very detailed spreadsheet.

How did you spend National Readathon day (Sat. the 24th)?

A summary of author and industry events last week.

A cool look at how the paperback came to be so popular today.

Cover Reveals:

*This disappeared from Goodreads so it may not be the real cover.
And in NA books we have...

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

Super cool article: Book Riot declares 2015 to be the year of Feminist YA novel and gives a bunch of recommendations if you’re interested.

Girl Power, High Fantasy, and Unconventional Lit | What’s Hot in YA from School Library Journal.

The ten best indie bookstores in the United States - is one near you?

Want to read more books featuring characters with disabilities? Here are some recommendations.

Quotes from YA and children’s books! First on being socially awkward. Next on revenge. Next from Maurice Sendak!

Curious about which adult books YA writers would recommend? Here are 15, including one from E. Lockhart and Nova Ren Suma.

So that Times list of 100 Best YA Books of All Time. Here are some replacement recommendations for the books Time listed that weren’t really YA books. Also in response to those Time articles… we have 20 new children’s classics you should read since most recommended by Time might be considered outdated.

You want more YA books with mean girls in them? Oh, the Blair Waldorfs of the world. I like you on T.V., maybe less so in books though.

24 MG/YA novels about/by Latinos in 2015: don’t forget to diversify your year! Here’s another list, an acknowledgement of the need for diverse books from MTV and which the writer is excited for. If you’re still not sure how to read diversely, Book Riot has another FAQ for you. Multicultural Children’s Book Day was yesterday.

How bleak should a YA dystopian novel be?

Are you a book addict? Here are 15 signs for you to check.

The worst is feeling like you’re a fandom of one on liking a book.

What makes your ten best dragons in literature list? Yes to Smaugg and Daenarys's dragons and Norbert(a)!

Ever been curious about the science behind science fiction?

An interactive graphic with 10 novels that will sharpen your mind.

Anddd, how many books from Oprah's book club list have you read? Oh gosh, my number is really shameful, so I'm not even going to tell y'all lol.

I discussed my picks for my book club and what we should discuss.

** Rita at Blog Genie: 10 Tools to Create Better Blog Graphics
** Rachel at Parajunkee: 31 Days of Better Book Blogging
** Ashley at Nose Graze: 12 Fabulous WordPress Themes… For Free!

Blogging & Bloggers:
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Do You Know Your Blog Login Details?
** Amy at Ten Penny Dreams: Can You Really Write a Book (Or Run a Blog) While Working Full Time?
** Stephanie at Chasm of Books: Why I Love Bloglovin’
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: Spreading Kindness
** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: The Intern Diaries: What Do You Want from this Series?

Reviews, Ratings, Recommendations, Authors, ARCs:
** Alise at Readers in Wonderland: Reading Recommendations: Fresh Starts
** Amber at Books of Amber: An Epic Guide to Parallel Universes
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: Renae Recommends: For Snowy Days
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: Recommend It
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: How to Meet Your Favorite YA Authors
** Christy at Novel Ink: 10 Authors We Need to Read

** Kel at Booked Till Tuesday: Language, Style, and Korean Dramas
** Hannah at the Irish Banana Review: All about Fanfic
**Bekka at Great Imaginations: Whose Line Is It Anyway: HP Edition
** Ashley at Nose Graze: I Feel Like a Fake Adult

The Experience:
** Kara at Diary of a Teen Writer: Reading as a Reader vs. Reading as a Blogger (or Reviewer).
** Carmel at Rabid Reads: How Do You Read a Series?
** Kayla at The Thousand Lives: The Reader Problems
** Leigh at Little Book Star: BlaBlaBlack Sheep
** Pixie at Great Imaginations:What Made Me the Reader I Am Today
** Ana at Read Me Away: Bad Hype?

Books, Books, Books:
** Ceilidhann at Bibliodaze: The Bibliodaze State of the Book Survey
** Rose at Chapter Break: Serial Addiction or OCD?
** Gaby & Lisa at Bookish Broads: Book Organization
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: Books You Want to See Adapted
** Rinn at Rinn Reads: 5 Classics I Still Haven’t Read
** Sarah at Workaday Reads: Book vs. Movie: Outlander

Dat TBR:
** Aimee at Deadly Darlings: I Have Fifty Thousand Books on My Physical TBR Pile.
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: This Overwhelming Feeling I’ve Been Getting

Trends & Pet Peeves:
** Jen at YA Romantics: Trending: Kidnapping and Missing Persons
** Cait at Paper Fury: Hey, Book, Don’t Do That

** Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction: Why Authors Write Insta-Love (No, Really -- I Think I Know)
** Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: I Will Go Down with This Ship

Movies & TV adaptations:

The Storytellers: The New Voices of the Twilight Saga has come to an end, and the results will be announced on January 30th.

Insurgent movie posters have been released! Plus check out 1, 2, 3 new Insurgent stills.

The Miss Peregrine’s adaptation is getting more and more real.

The fourth Duff trailer has been released. So, so excited for this! (despite slight hesitation)

Emma Watson has been cast in a live version of Beauty and the Beast.

Emma Robberts and Dave Franco will be starring in the adaptation of Nerve by Jeanne Ryan.

Mockingjay was the highest grossing film of 2014 (in the US). Woop whoop! Er, that record might be surpassed by 50 Shades of Grey soon...

Alcon has acquired the upcoming kids fantasy books, Darkmouth.


Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 02/02.

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.

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

ARC of I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios, INT, ends 02/13.

The Originals: The Rise (book) + The Originals (season 1) DvDs, US/CA only, ends 02/04.

Signed With You series by Jennifer Armentrout, ends 01/31.


New Releases: I Was Here by Gayle Forman; Fairest (Lunar Chronicles 3.5) by Marissa Meyer; The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon (Not Technically YA); A Cold Legacy (Madman's Daughter #3) by Megan Shepard; We Can Work it Out (Lonely Hearts #2) by Elizabeth Eulberg; Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff; Cut Me Free by J. R. Johansson; Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross; The Empty Throne (Heirs of Chrior #2) by Cayla Kluver; Woven by Michael Jensen and David Powers King; I'm Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil; Love, Lucy by April Lindner; Burning Nation by Trent Reedy; Zombified (Zombie Apocalypse #2) by Adam Gallardo; Chaos by Lanie Bross

Recent Recommended Reads: You can watch my video (or read the blog post) on upcoming 2015 books that are AWESOME (or look at which 2015 books I want to read!). You can also read my reviews of The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters, The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson, Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan, and The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh O’Brien.

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. Long may she reign sounds fantastic *adds* I'm not sure about Diplomatic immunity, but I really liked her Everneath series, so this is going to be a 'maybe' for me. I love the sound from Reign of shadows *adds too*

    I'm so happy it's finally announced that Emma is going to play Belle. I've heard rumors, but I think she's perfect :)

  2. I always feel like I need to devote an hour or two to these posts. Thanks so much for doing all the work. And thanks for linking to my post :)
    And lol I don't think YA needs any more mean girls -- they're everywhere!!!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  3. My evil plan is working! Make everyone stay on the blog for that much longer with all the links ;). And no problem! I always link to you when I see you've got a discussion post :). And loool. Yes, agreed about the mean girls!

  4. Yes, Long May She Reign reminded me of the show Reign when I first heard it. Looking forward to it. Also not as sure about Diplomatic Immunity, but like you, I think Brodi Ashton is a good writer, so I'd be willing to give her a shot.

    And right??? I can't wait to see more Emma Watson movies :) + her as a bookworm Belle! (Hermione?!)


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