Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (4)

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds is a 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. For more information, visit the first CMtBR post.

Publishing Industry:

Books from PW Rights this week:

Spring 2014 Sneak Previews from the publishers.

Penguin Random House issued their first official press release.

Apple was found guilty conspiring to fix e-book prices.

Sourcebooks and Scholastic UK are collaborating to release this picture book.

How Scholastic sells literacy to generations of younger readers.

Marvel is targeting younger readers with its "Share Your Universe."

Joyce Carol Oates caused some waves with her comments on Islam.

Did you know J.K. Rowling secretly wrote a bestselling crime novel? (Have you ordered it yet? I have, but I have a feeling the book is not going to come for nearly two weeks. Its sudden popularity made it much less in stock. :D). Read her response here!

What's next for author Nikki Loftin?

Holly Black on a podcast about the enduring appeal of vampires and her upcoming novel, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Here's an exclusive excerpt of the novel, if you're interested.

Suzanne Collins and James Proimos talk about the inspiration for the picture book, Year of the Jungle.

Victoria Schwab released the title of her new MG series.

Here's a recap of a #YeahYA event with Harlequin Teen authors.

Veronica Mars is being released as a mystery book series. With the Kickstarter generating so much money, I suppose they figured they'd have enough fans to follow into the book series (The plot of the first book in the series will begin where events of the upcoming “Veronica Mars” film end, and will feature an adult Veronica Mars).

Discussions/Other Fun Blogger Posts:

Bookworms have better brains in old age. Muahaha. YES, take that non-readers!

Why are we so hard on female characters? This topic always saddens me because even being aware of the double standard doesn't stop me from having those heightened expectations.

5 Blog Topics Readers want from authors. Seems like what I already see from authors. And: "...agreed that social media should be for cultivating personal connections, first and foremost." Hmm, I'm not sure how I feel about that. I like connecting with authors, but I think that emphasis is what often leads to drama.

3 Steps to reading harder, better, faster, stronger. I never read in bed for that reason...

16 Fancy Literary Techniques as explained by Disney. So true.

Ashleigh and Usagi from Birth of a New Witch discuss Non Binary Gender characters in YA.

Gillian from Writer of Wrongs has this fun feature where she bakes things from the books she loves. This week: french crepes in honor of Anna and the French Kiss.

Gillian also discusses the worst YA breakups. (Lots of great images & humor!)

Gaby from Queen Ella Bee Reads discusses her YA tunnel vision. Do you read only YA or other titles too, and how did you discover them?

Kimberly from On the Wings of Books is suffering from a book hangover. Are you? (Pivot Point was pretty fabulous, I must say.)

May Ling at Good Choice Reading wants to know whether you remember your dreams.

Asti at A Bookish Heart discusses whether love triangles are ridiculous or realistic.

Jenni, Giselle, and Amy of Book Girls Don't Cry: They Vent discuss what they'd like to see in book blogs.

Jenni of Alluring Reads also gives a tour of her bookshelves. So does Shelver at Bookshelvers Anonymous.

Angie from Angieville discusses terms of endearment in literature.

Jaime at the Perpetual Page Turner discusses how the outside packaging of books affects her initial impressions of them.

Cover Reveals:

Taliesin Ascendant by Megan Joet Peterson (No GR?)

*Note*: The cover for Panic by Lauren Oliver is scheduled to be released on Goodreads today.
*Note*: I just became aware of Cecil Castelluci's Tin Star cover reveal on io9.

Movies/TV Shows:

People are boycotting the Ender's Game movie adaptation, and Card seems to have made recent comments regarding homosexuality that have inflamed the boycott. Lionsgate responded with a statement declaring Card's views as irrelevant to the movie.

Chloe Moretz will star in the If I Stay movie adaptation while R.J. Cutler will direct it.

Want another look at the Divergent movie adaptation? Here's Tris and Christina jumping from the train. And here's an article featuring Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews. And apparently, Shailene Woodley does her own stunts.

Got a question about the Vampire Academy movie adaptation? Richelle Mead is answering them.

The Book Thief movie adaptation gets a release date: November 15.


Malindo Lo is giving away an ARC of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. Ends 07/19/13.

Amy at Book Loving Mom, as part of the tour for Frigid by J. Lynn, is offering a $200 gift card to Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Book Depository or any indie bookstore of your choice. Ends 08/01/13.

Gillian of Writer of Wrongs is giving away a paperback copy of Lola and the Boy Next Door. International and ends 07/31/13.

The weekly giveaway at Children's Publishing
. Ends July 19th at 6:00 p.m.

The Midnight Garden: signed copy of The Reece Malcolm List. Ends July 26.

The Midnight Garden: summer of the sequel giveaway. International and ends July 31st.

Xpresso Reads: $25 Amazon giftcard or ARC of These Broken Stars. International and ends on August 2, 2013.


Most Featured BookDirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols. Everywhere. I can't decide whether or not I want to read this. I've seen a lot of mixed reviews, and new adult seems to be a very hit or miss thing for me. Have you read this novel? Is it on your TBR list?

Recent Recommended Read: Well, since the only other book I've been reading at the moment is nonfiction, Pivot Point by Kasie West. People have been raving about Kasie West's writing, and I now understand the hype. Pivot Point was the fantastic featured title for Christina Reads Your Recommendations this week. Are you a West fan?

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. Wow, you must be busy during the week collecting all of these articles, discussions, giveaways, etc. I don't know how you keep up with it all! But thanks for doing it! I always find links to things I've missed throughout the week, and it's always interesting to see what topics are making the rounds in the bookish world. Oh, and thanks for linking to my discussion post ;)

  2. Bookworms have better brains, now that's some good news :D I've been reading for as long as I can remember, so my brains must be in top condition when I'm old.

    I'm so scared for The book thief movie. It's one of my favorite books, but I'm not sure if it's beauty will be translated to the screen.. I'm scared of ruining my love for this story and it's characters.

  3. I can't even imagine how hard it is for you to do this post every week and find all these links. You're kind of awesome for doing this, you know? And I did not know about the V. Mars books and now I'm pretty excited!

  4. Thanks, Kara! I hope it helps. Keeping track of the links and blogger posts helps keep me informed too. Yay!! I hope you enjoy the VM books :)

  5. Yep! Basically, whenever someone criticizes us for reading too much, we'll have the comfort of knowing that our brains will be top-notch later.

    I actually have yet to read the Book Thief and had no idea that the adaptation was being released so SOON until I found that article. I certainly hope it doesn't ruin the characters for you either! It seemed like the author was pleased about it though, as I found the link from one of his tweets.

  6. Haha, thanks, Asti. It's not so bad if I keep it up during the week with Feedly--marking posts for later and having a draft at the ready in blogger. And of course! I loved your discussion; the realism behind love triangles is a topic I think about frequently :).

  7. LOL. I still wish they'd make it Random Penguine House haha. :D I don't know how I feel about that If I Stay lead. I'm not really a fan of Chloe. I seriously love that cover of Wings though. Phoenix was such a fail in my humble opinion. I didn't like it. Black City was beautiful, but this one bags the win in my eyes. LOVE IT! Haha. I read that article about reading faster etc, I do like to read in bed, but I often read on my terrace and sometimes in the living room if my family's not home since the TV is always on then and it's often quite distracting. Just as Kara, I'm amazed by how you manage to do this post every week. It's insane! But I love it, thehee:)

  8. I've never heard of Chloe before, but I suppose I can see her work in the Carrie remake. Also, I did see that Gayle Forman had tweeted that she plays the cello too? So maybe there's a bit of that. Really? I liked all the Black City covers. They're an interesting twist on the fantasy and dystopian themes, like mixing the concepts for the Divergent and Matched covers.

  9. Wow! I do a news blip sometimes but this is fantastic! I overloaded my blog with new tabs. Anyhoo, I second Random Penguin House. Clutch.


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