Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (5)

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.

The Publishing Industry:

Rights report this week from PW:

95 YA books to read this summer instead of Harry Potter. (What is this nonsense? Instead of HP? How about reading both?) Also, NPR's 100 best ever YA novels. Paper Droids wants you to make your fantasy reading list diverse this summer.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth will be written from the perspectives of both Four and Tris. Vote on the audiobook narrator for Four before August 2nd. (Currently liking Narrator 1 best, myself.)

Have you pre-ordered a copy of Crown of Midnight by SJ Maas? If you're one of the first 5,000 people to do just that, Bloomsbury will send you a signed CoM poster. You can also put yourself in the CoM world here. (Y'all, this book was FANTASTIC. If you liked ToG, you will LOVE CoM).

Maze Runner fans, there's an e-short headed your way. August 13, 2013.

To all those people who suggested that J.K. Rowling leaked the news about her own pen name for profit? Yeah, no. Look at this article for the real culprit.

How to motivate kids to read during the summer.

Summer reading recommendations for teens from John Green, Cassandra Clare, Christopher Paolini, Lauren Oliver, James Dashner, and Marcus Zusak.

How is social media used in schools?

Scholastic has reached an agreement with digital comics distributor Comixology to make graphic novels from its Graphix imprint, available through the Comixology platform on iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, and the web.

The Amulet Books imprint at Abrams has launched an "Uncover the Color" campaign ahead of the November 5 release of the eighth book in Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Viz Media is relaunching its VizKids imprint and renaming it Perfect Square, with plans to launch a comprehensive new children's publishing program.

Goodreads is being sued after a member of the book-sharing social network posted a celebrity photo to the site.

Cover reveals:

Tales of a 10th Grade Vampire Hunter by Bill Blume (No GR?)

Discussions/Other Fun Blogger Posts:

What are grown-ups afraid of in YA books? The real kicker is in the comments section.

Can you learn anything about marriage from dystopian YA lit?

What do you think the Bechdel Test can add to YA lit?

Are you considering buying an e-reader? Mel at the Daily Prophecy discusses some of the features of her Kobo Glo.

Gaby of Queen Ella Bee Reads wants to know if you actually have an auto-buy author list.

May Ling at Good Choice Reading wants to know which book made you cry.

Lili at Lili's Reflections discusses gay characters in YA fiction.

Bekka at Pretty Deadly Reviews discusses how scheduling blog posts makes her a better blogger. Meanwhile Cayce at Fighting Dreamer discusses learning to let go as a blogger, Bec at Readers in Wonderland discusses 3 pros and cons for being a coblogger, and Charlotte at the Gyspy Reviews discusses some reasons for why people might not comment on a post.

Asti at A Bookish Heart names alternative options for how love triangles should play out and end. She gives a lot more options than I did. Meanwhile, Sana at Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile discusses when love triangles hurt, and Christine at Oh Chrys discusses when love triangles are not annoying.

Christine also mentions why book tours no longer work for her.

Jessica at Literary Etc. discusses falling out of love with a book.

5 Reasons why Twitter is better than Facebook from Megan at Ink Skies. And from Jessica at Literary Etc.: how and when to use tumblr.

Rebecca at Lyrical Letter discusses her bad bookish habits.

Reem at I Read and Tell gives ten survival tips for fictional characters. Book Riot also has some for characters in a dystopian society.

Laura at Owl Tell You All About It discusses why she loves romance. One of the things Amy at Ode to Jo and Katniss says she wants to see more of in YA fiction is slow burning romance

Nafiza at the Book Wurrm discusses expanding your reading horizons. Similarly, Natalie at Books etc. wants to know how you choose which books to read next. C.J. Listro at Sarcasm and Lemons has got some suggestions: a bunch of underrated but fantastic books.

Debby at Snuggly Oranges discusses the problem of non-readers. (Sometimes the problem can stem from something as simple as a comment made by a friend.)

Gillian from Writer of Wrongs has this fun feature where she bakes things from the books she loves.

JenniGiselle, and Amy of Book Girls Don't Cry: They Vent show us how they organize their book shelves.

Jenni of Alluring Reads lists some things you may not know about her.


Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles books are getting a TV show.

LOOK LOOK, the new trailer for Catching Fire has been released! And look at Shirtless Finnick. Sam Claflin, why are you so adorable?

Inside scoop on The Mortal Instruments movie.

Here's a good summary of the news so far regarding The Fault in Our Stars movie. Also, Nat Wolff has been cast as Isaac.

The Divergent movie gets a release date: March 21, 2014.

Jennifer Lynn Armentrout fans, get ready. Obsidian is headed to the big screen.

Curious about what's coming next for The Vampire Diaries? The cast answered some questions at Comic-con, including how long Dalena will last.

Publisher's Weekly does a spotlight on the second Percy Jackson movie.

I'm probably missing some news since Comic-con was huge (CleverTV has a lot of interviews from CC if you're interested, and Book Riot has a pretty good round-up of CC news). Let me know if you've found about other big announcements that I haven't mentioned!


Celebrate the move to Wordpress with Jenni of Alluring Reads with up to $15 worth in books. Ends August 4, 2013.

Jen at YA Romantics is hosting a Summer of Love giveaway hop--with over thirty blogs participating as well. Ends July 29th.

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 26th at 6:00 p.m.

ARC giveaway of The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna. Ends TODAY. Jaime at the Perpetual Page Turner is also giving away an ARC of TToE. Hers ends July 26.

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.

Cuddlebuggery: Sylo by D.J. Machale. Ends July 27.

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

ARC of Horde by Ann Aguirre. Ends July 30. Another giveaway for the same title at Great Imaginations.

ARC of Hideous Love by Stephanie Hemphill. Ends August 31st.


Most Featured Book: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. The book doesn't come out until August, but I'm seeing a lot of early reviews. I've heard varying things about this one: that it's a John Green wannabe, that there's a manicpixiedream girl, that it's quite lovely to read. Either way, there's no question about the buzz it's generating. Have you read it?

Recent Recommended Read: the audiobook for The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Generally I am not an audiobook person, but when I heard of, and how they had been offering a free copy of the Grave Mercy audiobook, I couldn't pass up the offer. It made the tedious work that I was doing much more enjoyable. Then I decided to try The Raven Boys, because I thought Maggie's writing would translate to the medium well. AND OHMFHUGEKL!! YES IT DID. SO GOOD. Don't believe me? Check out the review from Bookshelvers Anonymous.

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. So much happening! I don't know where to begin! :) Um, so glad you're giving audiobooks a shot. Both Grave Mercy and The Raven Boys are good ones to start with. Also, I'm fairly excited about the dual POVs in Allegiant after reading Four's perspective last year in that short. And I am all about Narrator #1 for the audiobook, too. :)

  2. That Book Riot post really was big one. The comments had me laughing like crazy. Haha. Thanks for sharing my discussions as well. :)

  3. I know, right? Child pornography and Speak. Seriously, dude "doctor." Whut? And of course! They were fascinating. I'm only sorry that I didn't comment when I first read them :).

  4. Yes! And it's thanks to you, Jen. I've been thinking about TRB, and how I might listen to it again too. Mostly, though, when I'm going to turn to another audio, I'll just have to refer to your site ;). And YES. I was a huge fan of Four's perspective in Free Four & Narrator #1 was by far the best. So looking forward to the book & his POV :D


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