Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (1)

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds is a new feature that will let you know about recent YA book-related news. I'll post about articles I've read from the publishing industry, cover reveals, discussions from fellow bloggers, the latest tv/movie news, and giveaways that you're hosting. I've always loved round-up features like News for Nerds from Katie at Katie's Book Blog and This Week for Writers from Martina/Jan at Children's Publishing. I am not always on twitter at the right time, and sometimes I simply miss interesting articles in my blogger feed that I would normally read. Features like this were my favorites because they allowed me to get caught up. Thus I wondered why I wasn't doing the same for my followers, since I tend to share articles with friends too. I hope y'all enjoy--and do let me know if I've missed something.

The Publishing Industry:

Penguin launched its First to Read program. Amazon is paying advances and having the books it's acquired get edited, etc. Is this a new age in the publishing industry?  (Will the big four become the big two? Will the others adapt to the digital age like this?)
From Mediabistro: Barnes & Noble revealed that consolidated revenues for the fourth quarter decreased 7.4 percent to $1.3 billion as compared to the same period last year. The company also saw steep 16.8 percent drop in Nook revenues." Please tell me it won't close even more stores!

NPR reports on the heavily white-centric focus of children's novels. MG author Nathan Bransford hopes that "children's book authors" will "strive to create... in a way that today's children will find relevant, meaningful and reflective of the world they live in." Meanwhile Flavorwire suggests 10 Great Multicultural Children's Books and a YA novelist weighs in on the need for diversity in YA. Do you have any suggestions along that line?

A study on the importance of libraries and physical books for younger children. And: an argument against the nostalgia associated with print books.

Music education helps kids learn to read.

How to open a bookstore. (Yay! Go SoCal and Santa Barbara YA "book tastings!")

Jane Austen could grace banknotes in the UK. (Not really YA related, but hey, how awesome!)

Bloomsbury is restructuring.

Scholastic is hosting a summer reading challenge. Will you join?

Amazon names its top books for teens and for children so far this year. (Already?)

The ultimate guide to summer YA reading as compiled from several professional magazines/newspapers.

Ally Carter sold her new contemporary series, Embassy Row. Are you interested?

Jodi Meadows sold a new fantasy series, The Orphan Queen. Are you interested?

Julia and Julia for teens? Penguin bought the rights to a memoir from a 15-year-old based on this premise.

Did you see the book trailer for Starglass on io9?

Funny statistics by Book Riot from a poll it sent to its users on Favorite Novels, Most Hated Novels, and Novels Users Keep Meaning to Read. Point for the book blogging sphere: No novel is universally loved. Even a classic.

Cover Reveals:

Steadfast by Claudia Gray,
Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott,
Deathsworn by Leah Cypress,
Let the Storms Break by Shannon Messenger,
The Woken Gods by Gwenda Bond,
The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer,
Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi,
The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist,
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy,
Another cover reveal round-up by Jenny at Supernatural Snark.

Blogger/Other Discussions:

Christina at A Reader of Fictions discusses author-blogger relations and asks you to share positive experiences you've had interacting with authors.

The ladies at the Midnight Garden share their reading habits and want to know about yours. So does Jenni of Alluring Reads.

I ask about the books that define you as a reader.

GreenBeanTeenQueen is wondering whether there are teen books with kickbutt heroines and no romance.

Why Christina at A Reader of Fictions is still not on board with NA titles.

Molli at Once Upon a Prologue shares her evolution as a book blogger and asks you to do the same.

Five Things to Know about YA Fiction.

Are kids reading the wrong books? A nice response from Book Riot contributors to the Walter Dean Myers' NPR piece from last week.

Why do "Best Of" lists make people so angry?

The Guardian: Are children's books darker than they used to be? My response: aren't there like five articles about this per year?

The Horn Book: What makes a good "bad" book?

The Telegraph:  Sex should not be 'forbidden' in books for young people, says Philip Pullman.

If you supported NA author Jordin Williams, you may be in for a surprise. DearAuthor shows how she may have plagiarized Tammara Webber's Easy.

YA Movie/TV News:

New Divergent stills have been posted from the cover shoot in Entertainment Weekly.

The adaptation for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children gets a release date: July 31, 2015.

Melissa Marr left a cryptic twitter status that hints there may be news re: the Wicked Lovely movie.

Lauren Oliver's new stand-alone, Panic, gets optioned in a bidding war.

Fourteen books to read before they hit the big screen (7 of which are YA/children's!).


Marissa Meyer revealed the first chapter and cover copy of Cress and is giving away ten ARCs.

If you weren't at BEA 2013, HarperCollins is offering you the chance to win a prize pack of books that were there.

Stuck in YA Books: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

Alluring Reads: Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell.

Xpresso Reads: The Well's End by Seth Fishman.

The Midnight Garden: In the After by Demitria Lunetta.

Giveaways listed at Saturday Situation by Lori of Pure Imagination and Candace of Candace's Book Blog.

My giveaways are listed in the top sidebar, for those of you who are interested.


Most featured book: I'm seeing The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay everywhere! Lots of blogger friends are recommending it, and this book may soon top my TBR pile.

Recent recommended read: I had other books to read, but after having seen Jase featured in the YA-Sisterhood Crush Tournament and read the Kirkus review for My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, I decided to give the novel a try. Wonderful, funny, and intense contemporary with a truly swoon-worthy romantic interest and interesting side characters. If you have the time, read it!

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.

(PS -- Thinking of posting this on Fridays, but wondered if there were too many articles & am testing feature out now. Thoughts? Keep on Wednesdays?)

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