Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds 21

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 (+ Publisher's Lunch):
  • Untitled (Timmy Failure #3) by Stephan Pastis (MG series - continues the illustrated adventures of hapless Timmy and his polar-bear partner in the Total Failure detective agency, November 11, 2014, Candlewick).
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (the story of a girl who is literally allergic to the outside world, and who has never left her house until a new family moves in next door. She begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known, in a story told via vignettes, diary entries, charts, and illustrations. 2015, Delacorte Press.).
  • Bone Gap by Laura Ruby (YA told from two points of view: that of a beautiful girl who is kidnapped from a sleepy Midwestern town and imprisoned by a mysterious man, and that of the one witness, a boy who cannot forgive himself for being unable to identify her kidnapper. Winter 2015, Balzer + Bray).
  • Honor Girl: A Memoir by Maggie Thrash (a full-color debut YA graphic novel - set in a summer camp for girls where Maggie spent her childhood summers, and where at 15 she fell in love for a female counselor. Fall 2015, Candlewick).
  • We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg (a sequel to The Lonely Hearts Club. In addition, Eulberg will write three short stories about Penny Lane Bloom to be released online prior to the sequel, in which Penny Lane must balance her role as leader of The Lonely Hearts Club with having a boyfriend – with the added complications of her Beatles-obsessed parents trying to take over her sister's wedding and a run-in with the ex that broke her heart. Spring 2015, Scholastic).
  • Zodiac written by Stan Lee with Stuart Moore, illustrated by Andie Tong. (Illustrated novel follows Steven Lee, a Chinese-American teenager who is drawn into a mysterious conspiracy surrounding 12 mystical pools of energy and a power-hungry secret organization. January 2015, Disney Publishing Worldwide).
  • Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (YA trilogy told through a dossier of hacked documents – including emails, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, graphics, and more – for what's billed as a found footage-style mashup of Battlestar Gallactica and Ten Things I Hate About You. Fall 2015, Knopf).
  • A History of What Happened by Juliana Romano (YA debut pitched as The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets The Summer I Turned Pretty - takes place during one year of high school, as an introspective 15-year-old grows distant from her childhood best friend and closer to her friend's longtime crush. 2015, Dial).
  • NYT bestselling author Cecily Von Ziegesar's untitled contemporary young adult project, about a troubled girl whose life is changed by the horse she meets at a therapeutic riding camp;
  • Nineteen-year old beauty pageant winner, honor roll student and HIV activist, Paige Rawl's memoir POSITIVE.

A non YA book but oh well: City on Fire --> "The book drew an advance that is highly unusual for a debut novel. In a two-day bidding war, 10 publishers bid more than $1 million. Knopf emerged the victor, paying close to $2 million, said two people familiar with the negotiations."

Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Fiction Books of 2013. You surprised by the books that were chosen? Any of your favorites make the list?

The nominees for the 2013 RT awards have been posted. Scroll down to see which YA novels and protagonists were nominated!

Also the semifinals round for the Goodreads Choice awards. Did your favorites make it past the first stage?

And more awards! Nominate your favorite books for the Epic Reads Book Shimmy Awards.

Did you know that 5,000 people attended YALLFest? How awesome, right? Here's the Publisher's Weekly write-up of the festival.

Eleanor and Park was named Amazon's best Teen book of 2013. Curious about the rest?

Almond wins Eleanor Farjeon (another kidlit award).

Independent Bookstores of America! What a cool project.

Amazon might lose interest in total hegemony over the book business before they achieve it. Very true, what they said about Borders. At least from my experience.

Marvel's latest character is a teenage Muslim girl.
So... did you hear about how Lionsgate is considering opening a Hunger Games theme park? According to this article, Hunger Games Studio Lionsgate Is "Pursuing" Offers In Two Territories for Theme Parks" ... I really wish they would donate the money they'll make off all these things to actually helping with hunger and poverty. At least some portion of it. Capital Couture. Subway sponsoring Hunger Games - I hope that means they're doing something? Hunger Games theme parks. Sigh.

Amazon just ruined Sunday morning. Summary of sorts: "Some may cheer the news that Amazon’s commitment to ultimate consumer fulfillment will not be denied by any so-called 'day of rest.' But the spectacle of Amazon Sunday also manages to capture, in a tidy package delivered right to everyone’s doorstep, both the ongoing collapse of government and the subservience of everything in our society to the unnecessary satiation of consumer desires....The lesson offered is pathetic. The U.S. government can no longer adequately fund the postal service. But Amazon can!" Here's the NYT version.

Cover Reveals:

*Cover Not Final: I just wanted to share with y'all since Jenny at Supernatural Snark designed this one.
*Not sure if this is NA.

If you would like to follow along with cover reveals during the week, see my Pinterest.

Discussions/Other Blogger posts:

Mormons Offer Cautionary Lesson on Sunny Outlook vs. Literary Greatness. Perhaps YA author Sarah Ockler's tweets will inspire you to read the article:  "Wow, NYT manages to insult YA writers, genre writers, readers, & Mormons in one fell swoop" / "NYT implies that Mormon writers "settle" for writing YA just to avoid writing about sex & drinking. Also, I wouldn't call Twilight "sunny."" / "AND just b/c certain stories *don't* contain sex/drinking doesn't mean they're not complex and literary and interesting."

Sometimes The 'Tough Teen' Is Quietly Writing Stories.

A Female Author Talks About Sexism and Self-Promotion. Here's its companion piece: A Second Female Author Talks About Sexism and Self-Promotion.

This entire twitter conversation is fascinating. Lots of YA authors involved, though the original four seem to be John Green, E. Lockhart, Maureen Johnson, and Maggie Stiefvater. And here's a blogger response to that conversation: On Gender in YA: The Imagined Life of Joan Green. And one cool thing about the conversation on that NYT analysis is that someone linked this old analysis about the gender balance in awards in YA.

To everyone participating in NaNoWriMo.

Maggie Stiefvater: So I See I'm a Girl. As another tweeter put it, great thoughts from MS on perception of fictional characters & gendered heroes.

22 Book Lovers Who Are Doing It Right. Oh, Buzzfeed.

A Peek at an Editor's To-Do List.

Here's A Cat Remake Of The Hunger Games Because Catniss Is Better Than Katniss. Lol.

17% of Kids Under Age 8 Use a Mobile Device Every Day. <-- That makes me sad, but I can totally believe that. I hope that 17% has some relation to the 60% reading rate.

JK Rowling: I will never top Harry Potter. Well, yeah. Will anything ever top HP? Probably not for a while, at least.

AHHH Holiday season ads! And Holiday season o.O. Money, where you go?


Blogging & Bloggers:

Authors & Reviews:

The Experience:


Hey YA:

Genres & Different Story Types:

Audiobooks & series:


*If it seems like there are fewer posts this week, it's because I posted on Thursday last week, and a lot of people seem to post discussions then, so I didn't want to repost the same links.

Movies/TV shows:

Jennifer Lawrence, 'Hunger Games' cast on their favorite YA books of all time. This article is sad. SAM CLAFLIN (aka Finnick) why?? Willow Shields (aka Prim), you are awesome.

Gone was optioned for adaptation to TV. I don't know if that's old news, but he made it sound new to me.

So basically, as soon as this post is up, the Divergent movie trailer will be released. At 8:30 AM PT, on youtube here, "the trailer will be unveiled for the first time, followed by a live chat with Neil Burger and various YouTube talent and fans."

Other Divergent stuff: a new movie poster, the Christina character poster, and the Eric character poster. Here's a post with all of the character posters.

New promotional posters for the CW show, Reign. I'm not even sure why I'm still watching the show, but it's kind of addictive even with its historical inaccuracies. Particularly like the way they were explained in the last episode. And woohoo! Reign, along with The Originals, was given a full season by CW. The 100 remains on the bench.

2014 People's Choice Award nominees have been posted. It'll take place on January 8, 2014, and you have the chance to vote for your favorites.

Studios seek young-adult gold to bring to the big screen. More of the same old stuff, but it does have a nice little recap on current projects towards the end.


The Anatomy series. (INT, ends 11/19)

ARC of Uncrashable Dakota. (INT, ends 11/27)

The weekly giveaway at Children's Publishing. Ends November 14th at 6:00 p.m CST. And another, November 15th at 6:00 p.m. CST.

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).

Signed copy of The Fault in Our Stars. (INT, Ends 11/14).

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.

Autographed copy of Sex and Violence. Ends 11/22.

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

The Ruby Red trilogy. US only, ends 11/20.

The Cover Madness giveaway hop. INT, ends 11/25.

Signed copy of Catching Fire + two tickets to see the movie. Ends 11/18.

Kindle Paperwhite giveaway. Ends December 31.

9 signed books from Jenny's recap of the MacMillan Fierce Reads event. US only, Ends 11/15.

ARC of The Falconer. US only, ends 11/16.

Paperback of Sentinel from The Book Depository. INT, ends 11/20.

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.


Most Featured: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead. AHHH, it's coming. I have a theory about that "ending" and I want my book to be here now. Are you excited? 

Recent Recommended Reads: No reviews up yet this week o.O. What I've read since I last posted: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke, and Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Currently having a long email discussion with a friend about Allegiant -- it's definitely very discussable and I love love love when a book has enough depth for that even if I'm not a fan of the book. I don't think I'll be writing a review, though I will watch Divergent and look out for Veronica Roth's next project. The Pirate's Wish was very inventive. I would definitely recommend it; I think the only thing I wished was that it was more epic in scale. It has a lot of cool elements that I wanted more of, which, obviously, is a good thing. I'll also check out for Cassandra Rose Clarke's next work. Possibly will review the book. And These Broken Stars. Will definitely review. Think "Titanic in space" meets LOST. "Titanic in space" for the crash & ship elements, LOST for the survivalist & science fantasy / paranormal-ish elements, and both for class differences & the way the romances develop (i.e. Jack/Rose, Jack/Kate, Sun/Jin - any of the three). There's more to the book than that, but you'll see my review later anyway.

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. Ha! All my favorites made it through to semi-finals on GR choice awards. JENNY IS A WIZARD! I loved that cover and I rooted for it ever since she first shared it with us and it's freaking gorgeous! I'm so proud of our little Jenny :) Also, I love that Someday Maybe cover and the fact that it gets a soundtrack by Griffin Peterson ;) I believe this is one of the soungs on the upcoming soundtrack: "JK Rowling: I will never top Harry Potter. Well, yeah. Will anything ever top HP? Probably not for a while, at least."-- YES TO THIS! Whohoo for full season of The Originals. I'm going to drop TVD I think because I just don't really care for ALL OF THESE FREAKING dopplegängers. Gahhhh.. And I don't care for Silas either and Caroline gets so little screen time... so. Yeah. This Augustine thing is the only thing that keeps me interested, but I don't know.. I just don't care enough.

    1. That's awesome! Always good to see that your favorites are being appreciated, right? And yessss, did you see Jenny's latest announcement about her new design project? I love her work! Whaaat. A cover got a soundtrack? that's so awesome. And yeah TVD and the doppleganger plot. I'm glad they dropped that bit, and Silas. I heard Caroline and Stefan might be making out sometime soon? That'd be an interesting plot line o.O...

  2. Class of 98 sounds so cute, I hadn't even heard of it but it caught my eye and I looked it up on Goodreads.

    Read the couple of posts about series and it made me want to list all of the series I've read, currently reading, etc. Way too many! Speaking of series, I am one of those people anxiously awaiting The Fiery Heart. I don't even need to, but I think I may reread the first three just because I love that series so much.

    And Allegiant...I'm not writing a review because I just can't. But I e-mailed back and forth with another blogger and got all my rant out. Now I just don't want to think about it anymore and since then I've read two series enders that were fabulous!! (Champion and Horde, by the way).

    Great post as usual, there's always so much great information! ~Pam

    1. Me too! Seeing any posts about organization or unfinished series or books to come makes me want to organize everything I have too, if not for the amount of time that it would take to do just that. I hope the Fiery Heart lived up to your expectations even if Allegiant didn't! And I'm glad to hear that Champion and Horde worked out :).

  3. Everything, everything looks great, but look at the publication date o.0 That's going to take a while! Iluminae, sounds amazing. The books I've voted for in the Goodreads choice awards went through :D so I voted for them again. I truly hope they win, although I was TORN when it came to voting between Crown of midnight & Scarlet & Siege and storm..Not so many pretty covers this time, luckily, I feel less tempted to buy them all now ;)

    Just when you think Jennifer Lawrence can't get any more awesome.. she picks Harry Potter :D 'Finnickin's' answer made me role my eyes. It seems his character in the books is far more interesting than he is in real life :p

    1. Oh yeah the publication dates are so so far off, but before you know it, a year will have passed and then you'll be hearing more about these books, huh? YAY I'm glad your choices for the awards went through. Oooh, between Crown of Midnight and Siege Storm - what a tough pick! And in all truth, compiling cover reveals makes me feel less compelled even by a pretty cover. I've been burned that way before :O.

  4. Sam Clafflin's answer disappoints me a lot, and sort of makes me mad... But I guess not everyone has the same love for books we do. Unless we force them to. *plans out evil world domination plan* MUHAHAHAHA!

    I also really love the Buzzfeed article. Might not be the most pleasant stuff ever, but it's funny. I find the things people of the human race do to be hilarious. If you think about it, we are better than cats sometimes.

    Hmm. I'm really curious about your thoughts on Allegiant. It's Amazon rating is pretty mediocre and it seems that many fans dislike it. Could you tell me your thoughts in a comment-review? :P

    Yay! Steelheart got through! I just voted for it :D Great round up as always, Christina!

    1. It's just weird that he'd admit to that. I kind of get it - I know a few people who have hard times concentrating on and enjoying books - but I also don't understand why he would say that to his potential fans. I admire the honesty, but not very smart publicity nor very tactful to the people who've made the series popular enough to get a movie.

      Buzzfeed provides some of the best articles, the best laughs. "If you think about it, we are better than cats sometimes." -- Only sometimes. Only sometimes :D.

      I cannnn. Oh gosh. It's been so many months since you left this comment, will you still get to see what I've written? Anyway my thoughts on Allegiant. Have you seen that Amazon 1 star review from Penny? I agree with a lot of what she's written, and personally Allegiant is my least favorite of the series not just because I disagree with what happened//the thematic idea of parental-sacrifice-leads-to-child-sacrifice but also because I thought it wasn't executed as well as the other books. But that's just me. The Amazon ratings have been steadily climbing since the book was released. Last I saw it was at 3.1 stars when it had once been way, way lower if I'm not mistaken.

  5. Along with your reviews, these posts of yours are my favorite, Christina! I always find books to add to my TBR, and interesting articles to read. Speaking of, SAM CLAFLIN WHY DON'T YOU READ?! That is so disappointing. Ugh. At least JLaw reads some, and YAY for Willow's choices. She seems so awesome.

    1. Thanks, Molli! I like compiling these posts despite the amount of time they take, so it's always great to hear that others like them too! And Sam Claflin, I'm just going to keep shaking my head at him... Willow and JLaw get double thumbs up in the mean time.

  6. Thank you for linking my Holiday Shopping Guide! I loved making that post!

    There are so many links I opened in my browser. I am thrilled that it is award time!!

    1. Of course! Thanks for the information :D. I love getting to look through any sort of guide, especially from people who are buying similar things to what I'd like. And award time is always the best!!

  7. I've been so busy and I've missed a lot of your bookish rounds but I'm so glad I caught this one! I totally needed the laugh that the 22 Book Lovers brought me :)

    It also really bothers me that 17% of Kids Under Age 8 Use a Mobile Device Every Day. That's a lot of really really young kids. And what are they learning? Probably nothing, unless it's device reliance. Honestly I think all kids overuse mobile devices. My students can hardly make it 90 minutes without picking up their cell phone!

    1. Kim, I've been really busy too and miss seeing your reviews and updates on your teaching! So no worries on bookish rounds, but I'm glad that the book lovers article made you laugh :).

      And yeaaaah. My cousins who are not 8 yet are using phones. And my cousin who's 3 did the same. Not just device reliance. It's a sort of self-absorption I think. My cousin likes looking at all her parent's pictures and videos of herself. I don't really know what that'll do for such young minds except as you said: device reliance and not listening properly to their teachers!


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