Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds 23

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.

Publishing Industry:

Rights Report 12:

**I Was Here - Gayle Forman (The story follows Cody Reynolds in the months following her best friend Meg's suicide, as she delves into Meg's secret life in search of answers, Viking, first half of 2015).

**Mindwalker and a sequel, Mindstormer - A.J. Steiger (YA - the books center on a teen who embarks on a dangerous memory-erasing experiment and discovers unsettling implications about the society she lives in, and the precautions the government has taken to thwart domestic terrorism. Knopf, spring 2015).

**The Boy Who Made Coffins - Elinor Teele (MG debut - John and his younger sister are on the run from horrible Great Aunt Beauregard because she wants to put Page to work in the family coffin business, HC's Walden Pond Press, winter 2016).

**Finding Esme - Suzanne Crowley (MG in which Esme McCauley finds dinosaur bones on her family farm in Texas and unearths long buried family secrets as well. Greenwillow, fall 2015).

**The Dandelion Dynasty - Ken Liu (The story follows Kuni Garu, a charming bandit, and Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, who at first seem like polar opposites. But they become the best of friends after a series of adventures involving gods, massive armies, diverse cultures, numerous characters, politics, war, courtly intrigue, and love. Simon and Schuster).

**Eco-Chic - Elaine Dimopoulos (YA debut told from the points of view of two characters – Ivy Wilde, a Miley Cyrus-type manufactured pop star, and Marla Klein, a talented fashionista who has been elevated to being an arbiter of taste and trends for the masses – the story explores high fashion and the cult of celebrity, in a world where staying young and trendy are the keys to success. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, spring 2015).

**Metallic - Shelley Pearsall (MG - When 14-year-old Arthur T. Owens throws a brick at an old trash picker known as the Junk Man, he is forced to work for the victim as punishment. As Arthur searches for the things on the Junk Man's assigned list of Seven Most Important Things, he comes closer to uncovering the Junk Man's secret project. The novel is based on the true story of outsider artist James Hampton, who spent 14 years secretly building a throne out of materials he collected from the trash. Knopf, fall 2015).

**Placebo Junkies - J.C. Carlson (a gritty YA novel in the vein of Trainspotting, about street kids who make a living as test subjects in clinical drug trials. The novel is based on real accounts of "professional guinea pigs." Knopf, fall 2015).

**From Where I Watch You - Shannon Grogan (YA debut - the story is about a girl who dreams of becoming a professional baker, but finds herself haunted by the ghost of her dead sister and pursued by a mystery stalker whose cryptic notes suggest he knows far too much about her. Soho Teen, spring 2015).

**Lauren Morrill's THE TROUBLE WITH DESTINY, pitched as "Pitch Perfect" meets A Midsummer Night's Dream on a cruise.

**New Adult: Kylie Scott's LICK, in THE STAGE DIVE series, to St. Martin's, in a four-book deal.

**Young Adult: Alexandra Adornetto's GHOST HOUSE, after her mother dies, a girl is sent to Grange Hall in England where she begins seeing things that may not wholly be real; unlike the rest of the ghosts Lucy can communicate with a boy, to Harlequin Teen, in a two-book deal, for publication in Summer 2014.
An interview with a bunch of authors including Leigh Bardugo, Charlaine Harris, and more.

Young adult readers 'prefer printed to ebooks.' Funny that this should come out when I saw a feature about "the library of the future" and how it would have no books because everything would be electronic. Somewhat related: Salman Rushdie on His New Book, Social Media and Salinger’s ‘Nine Stories.’

Don't forget to vote in the semi-finals of the Book Shimmy Awards! You'll have until December 8th to vote in this round.

The winner of EW's best YA novel of all time contest is....

School Library Journal's best books of 2013: Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Adult books for teens.

Public Art Project in London Turns Benches Into Books.

TIME had a 5 part interview series with Suzanne Collins and Francis Lawrence. Here's part 4 and 5. I posted the others last week.

Kirkus: best Children's books of 2013. Their teen list will be revealed on 12/2.

Grandma, what a long history you have! The origins of “Little Red Riding Hood.” So cool! I love research like that. Would've been great to discuss in my children's literature class. And since we're talking about fairy tales: How Hans Christian Andersen Revolutionized Storytelling, Plus the Best Illustrations from 150 Years of His Beloved Fairy Tales.

Cool Bookish Places: Conarte Children’s Library. Um, can I go there?

Cover Reveals:

The Druid's Doorway - S.G. Daniels* 
*No GR Link? 

Discussion/Other Fun Blogger Posts:

** Ashley at Nose Graze: Kinds of Hosting Explained (Shared, VPS, and Dedicated)
** Amanda at On a Book Bender: 3 Biggest SEO Mistakes Book Bloggers Make
** Abria at Read. Write. Discuss.: Tutorial: Text in Featured Images

** Helen at My Novel Opinion: Blogging Manifesto 
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: Do Reviews Affect Your Book Buying Decisions? 
** Liza at Reading with ABC: Has Reviewing Made You a Better Writer? 
** Lili at Lili's Reflections: Ambiversion in the Bookish World
** Kayla at The Thousand Lives: Do You Ever Paint Your Nails for a Fandom?
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: What are you Thankful for?

The Experience:
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: Reading During the Holidays
** Ellie at Book Revels: Why Is Everyone Reading the Same Thing?
** Leigh at Little Book Star: While Reading...
** Jennifer at Live to Read, Love to Read: Who Got You Interested in Reading?
** Cee at The Novel Hermit: Reading the Ending First.
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: Hygiene of Library Books.
** Cayce at Fighting Dreamer: Recommendation Blues
** Jenn at A Glo-Worm Reads: Expectations and series finales.

Genre / Specific types of books:
** Lauren at The Prince of Ink: How I Came To Love Manga
** Kayla at The Thousand Lives: If You Were a Book, What Genre Would You Be?
** Betty at Book Rock Betty: Do Self-Pubs Scare You?
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: One of the Hardest Questions This Bookworm Has to Answer..
** Melissa at I Swim for Oceans: Contemporary Fiction: What Does & Does Not Work for Me 

** Pam at YA Escape from Reality: Types of Book Boyfriends?
** The ladies at Book Nerd Reviews: Possessive Males in YA 
** Brenna at I Have Lived a Thousand Lives: What Makes Well Rounded Characters?

Hey YA:
** Lisa at Read.Breathe.Relax: What Are the Biggest Misconceptions about YA Lit? 
** Nicole at The Quiet Concert: Am I Being Unfair to YA?
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: Religion in YA

Sci-Fi Month: check out the official twitter account! Lots and lots of posts and interviews and the like.

Movies/TV Shows:

Want to be in the If I Stay movie as an extra?

'Catching Fire' Ignites the Box Office With Record-Setting Debut. Yay! I'm seeing this tonight :). Those of you who have seen it already -- did you like it? Was it a good adaptation?

Lifetime approved a second season of Witches of East End. Not really a YA book, but a hugely popular YA author and a book that has crossover appeal. Have you been watching the show?

How to train your dragon 2 has a new poster and trailer.

25 young adult books turned into films. I didn't realize some of these were books o.o.

Why Have So Many Recent YA Adaptations Flopped at the Box Office? So many essays like this, but it's always fascinating to look at the various opinions.

Not really a lot of news -- between Catching Fire and Thanksgiving, I can't imagine a lot of news being released without being overshadowed by one or the other.


$25 gift card to bookstore of choosing. (INT, Ends 12/24).

The weekly giveaway at Children's Publishing. Ends November 28th at 6:00 p.m CST.

New blog - YA Series Insiders. I'm just going to link you to the various giveaways that I've seen (a lot!) and you can decide which to enter: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. They all end 12/31.

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. (It still says October, but the ones running are for November, like the giveaway for Between the Spark and the Burn.)

Congratulate Nick on having 1,000 GFC followers (November 30).

Write more than author Marissa Meyer during NaNoWriMo to win a signed ARC of Cress.

Win a $250 Gift Card in the THIS WICKED GAME Launch Giveaway! Author Michelle Zink - ends 12/05 and includes 20 prize packs, though for US mailing only.

Hardback of Sex and Violence. Ends 11/29.

International November giveaway of 12 different titles. Ends 11/30.

Kindle Paperwhite giveaway. Ends December 31.

If you want a print copy of Finding Cinderella, leave a comment here. Ends 11/28.

A paperback copy of Incarnate by Jodi Meadows, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Everneath by Brodi Ashton and Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. US/CA, ends 12/12.

Signed ARC of Fire and Flood. INT, ends 12/12.

$10 Amazon gift card + Sia by Josh Grayson. Ends 12/22.


Recent Recommended Read: You can read my review of Crash into You (another solid companion full of familiar characters, real issues, and delicious tension). I also finished The Fiery Heart. Quite good, as good as The Indigo Spell, I'd say. Have you 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.


  1. I read basically everything lol, but I'm going to have to start doing school stuff right now, so I'll just say this: Catching Fire was freaking EPIC, Christina! I hope you enjoy and let me know what you thought :) x

    1. SO EPIC, SIIRI. LOVED IT. I made a post on THG and my dissatisfaction with some elements in that movie but then watched CF and was just blown away by it all. Maybe because it's my favorite of the series? Don't know. I just watched THG again and some of my complaints, I don't 100% agree with anymore either so hmmmm....

  2. I Was Here sounds like an interesting book! Loving your new template, by the way!

    Book benches looks really neat as well; I wonder if the idea would work here in the US... Hm.

    1. Thanks, Alice-Jane! And yeah! I'm interested in all of Forman's work. It usually sounds interesting to me. And maybe they'd work? We do have all those real estate benches... why not book benches?

  3. The Trouble with Destiny sounds really cute. And Placebo Junkies...very disturbing premise. Liked the post about everyone reading the same thing and the survey. It's always interesting to read surveys, usually they make me feel better about my blog. :) And I loved The Fiery Heart, by the way. One of my favorite series right now. Great post, as usual! ~Pam

    1. Lauren Morrill books always sound super cute to me! Looking forward to that so much. I love looking at surveys too - not just the feeling better about the blog bit, but just getting a feel for this wonderful community. I'm so glad you liked The Fiery Heart. One day we'll have to chat about that series!

  4. I actually read the title of Gayle Forman's book and sort of stopped breathing for a second and then I read Lauren Morrill's and have this huge big grin on my face, how amazing do both books sound. The funny thing is I'm sure I read on Twitter or somewhere about these new releases, but I've been in such a daze, that I think I must have thought that I dreamt them, so thanks for confirming them for me! :)

    1. I KNOW RIGHT. FORMAN + MORRILL books = huge grin. The contemporary cute but awesome and good feely books. You might have heard about them on twitter; either way, I'm glad to have contributed and I hope those books meet both of our expectations :).

  5. Lovely links! Were you happy with the Catching Fire movie?

    1. Very happy! Great, great movie. CF just blew all my expectations out of the water. Were you happy with it? / Have you seen it?

  6. -Gayle Forman, still haven't read a book from her, but the new one sounds good.
    -Mindwalker, I'm loving the sound of it! *adds to GR*
    -Placebo junkies, can be interesting *adds to GR*
    -From where I watch you, great that the MC wants to become something else than most books & ghosts!

    -"Not only were his stories authentic culturally, they were also largely his own" is something I always find so cool about Andersen! I love the illustrations they included on the page. Thank you for sharing!

    -I like that Neville got some more attention, because I 'don't think everyone gives him enough credit.
    -Yes, the Jabberwock is a pretty scary monster! Bunnicula, hahaha. Dementors, Harry Potter is everywhere :D

    I liked the two articles about fairy tales the most, of course! ;)

    1. WHAT. YOU HAVEN'T READ A GAYLE FORMAN BOOK? For some reason I keep thinking Adam might be a romantic interest you'd really like. (Note to self: when commenting on Mel's blog tomorrow, make sure to tell her to read Raven Boys + Where She Went).

      YAY FOR GETTING YOU TO ADD BOOKS ON GR :D. And I'm super glad that I could feed the fairy tale addiction ;) with some of those articles. I don't think people give Neville credit either, though to me he seems the most realistic of the Harry Potter gang since he grows so much.


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