Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds 26

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.


Rights Report 1, 2:

**We Are All Made of Molecules -- Susin Nielsen (The story is told by brilliant but socially challenged Stewart, 13, and Ashley, mean queen of the ninth grade. Stewart's mother died two years ago, and he has just moved into the home of his father's new girlfriend and her daughter – Ashley. Spring 2015, Random House).

**The Infamous Ratsos -- Kara LaReau (The young chapter book is about two rodent brothers who are determined to prove to the world just how tough they really are, only to discover that toughness isn't exactly what they thought. Spring 2016, Candlewick).

**The Poet's Daughter -- Garret Freymann-Weyr (MG debut - tells the story of a young girl and an old dragon who meet in a hotel bar in Vienna and develop an instant camaraderie – and together learn how to live in the space between how the world is and how we wish it would be. 2015, Harpercollins).

**Tansy Summer -- Amber Kizer (MG debut -- After she is sent away from her home, Tansy, a selective mute, gains the confidence to speak again through a friend, her loving aunt and uncle, and a project raising free-range chickens. Summer 2015, Putnam).

**Invincible Wild -- Jessica Taylor (YA debut -- in the story, a teenage girl from a family of Wanderers must choose between the rambling way of life she's always known and the townie boy she falls. Fall 2015, Egmont USA).

**A Better Kind of Truth -- Dan Gemeinhart (MG debut - when Mark discovers that his childhood illness has returned, he runs away with his dog rather than go back into treatment. Only after turning his back on everything he knows does he find the will to live and the strength to fight - but is it too late? Spring 2015, Scholastic).

**The 8th Continent -- Matt London (MG debut pitched as Despicable Me meets Where in the World Is Carmen San Diego? – follows a brother and sister who are working to turn the Great Pacific Garbage Patch into a utopic eighth continent where their family can start afresh and plants and animals can thrive. To do so, however, they must outwit bumbling bureaucrats and the villainous Condo Corp, who want to take the eighth continent for themselves in order to create New Miami. September 2014, Razorbill).

**The Oakwood All-Out Yard War -- Taylor Kitchings (Set in Mississippi in 1964. When 12-year old Trip Westbrook invites his housekeeper's son Dee to play ball in their front yard, their game reveals the angry racism simmering in their town. Fall 2015, Random House.).

**The Tidings Tree -- Taylor Kitchings (takes place two years later and is told by Trip's younger sister. Fall 2016, Random House).

**That Monstrous Thing -- Amanda Panitch (YA debut - pitched in the vein of a YA Gone Girl, about a girl who survived her twin brother's murderous rampage only to discover that her dark secret survived as well. Spring 2015, Random House).

**More Happy Than Not -- Adam Silvera (YA debut - pitched as a YA Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the story follows 16-year-old Aaron Soto's growing up in the Bronx (where Silvera also grew up), just after the advent of a procedure that folds memories to soften the blow of traumatic experiences – of which Aaron has many. Fall 2015, Soho Teen).

**Confessions of an Imaginary Friend -- Michelle Cuevas (MG - nobody likes Jacques Papier besides his sister; when he comes across a cowgirl at the park and she informs him that he's an imaginary friend, just like her, Jacques’s world is forever changed. 2015, Dial).

**Launching first as a web series on Funbrain, then next as a Poptropica island in 2014, Max Brallier with illustrator Rachel Maguire's GALACTIC HOT DOGS, an adventure series following the exploits of a 13-year-old Earth boy who is suddenly yanked into space.

**Adventures of Molly Whuppie & Other Appalachian Folktales by Anne Shelby, translator: Lu Hung Fan (Children's: Middle grade | Published in Oct 2013 by Ollin in traditional Chinese with new illustrations U.S. edition won an American Folklore Society Aesop Accolade in 2008 more ...)

Don't forget to vote in the Book Shimmy awards from Epic Reads! Voting ends this Sunday.

Barnes and Noble named its top 10 Best Teen books of 2013. There are a couple there which I haven't read... but it still surprises me o.o. Do you actually trust "best" book lists from popular newspapers or sites like B&N/Goodreads/etc.? Sometimes you see the same titles over and over, and I really don't know if that's genuinely because they're great books or if that's an attempt to cater to popular demand.

Children's Publishers Choose Their 2013 Favorites.

Don't forget to check out simonteen's 31 days of reading special. Lots of free excerpts and the like up at

If you read The Fiery Heart, look at the bonus trailer Penguin Teen Australia released.

Independent bookstores turn a new page on brick-and-mortar retailing.

ebook Discounting Takes Off This Holiday Season -- good to compare with: Amazon changes its prices more than 2.5 million times a day.

Cover Reveals:

*entire series redesign
*Not actually YA but since Mead is a popular YA author...

New cover for Nil coming up today.
Plus others at my Pinterest that I was too late to include.

Discussion/Fun Blogger Posts:

11 Best YA Books of 2013 (from Mashable).

10 OKCupid Profiles Of YA Heartthrobs. I love those random Buzzfeed articles that publishers put out there for extra exposure to YA & their novels... and OKCupid Profiles? Bwahaha.

Can 'Divergent' Break YA's Losing Streak? It's interesting that YA apparently has a losing streak when Catching Fire smashed all those records in November. (VS. Three charts that suggest that “Divergent” could be next year’s “Hunger Games”)

Top 10 Young Adult Books of 2013 (from the Huffington Post).

Here's What Your Favorite Children's Book Series Says About You. Hmmm, I don't know that I agree with some of the conclusions...

The 11 Most Influential Fictional Characters of 2013. Hmmm, I wonder who from Children's Literature made this list. #notsurprising

9 Ideas For Random Acts Of Literary Kindness. Beautiful idea especially for the holidays...

10 Beloved Book Series We Still Get Nostalgic About. I'm surprised HP is not there. Also, is it just me or are more and more list posts popping up thanks to the holiday season?

The 15 Best Children's Books of 2013 (from Redbook Magazine).

Nancy Drew and the Case of the Politically Incorrect Children’s Books.

Is Middle-Grade Fiction Really an Adult Reading Trend? Honestly I don't read a lot of middle grade so the idea of it having an adult-oriented reading trend (similar to what YA has) is surprising.

Literary Characters You Wish Were Your Pen Pals. Some of those on the list seem larger than life in fiction but I don't know if they'd make for good pen pals...

12 Literary Predictions For 2014.

Some studies: The Importance of Leisure Reading, Are Readers Nerds?, and Tablets make it impossible for kids to get lost in a story

** Amanda at On a Book Bender: Facebook is Changing {How to Deal with Social Media Change}
** Nuzaifa at Say It With Books: 5 Things That Will Make Your Blog Standout
** Melissa at Book Nerd Reviews: Scheduling and Time Management
** Rachel at Parajunkee: 13 Quick Tips to a Successful Blog
** Christy at Christy’s Book Addiction: Free Resources That I Love

Blogging & Bloggers:
** Helen at My Novel Opinion: Excuses, excuses... there are none.
** Mel at the Daily Prophecy: Life of a Blogger: Career
** Jen at The Starry Eyed Revue: The Obligation to Read
** Betty at Book Rock Betty: Messy Blogging -- Is There a Cure?
** Cassie at Books With Cass: Reading *gasp* OTHER types of blogs
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Blogging Slumps
** Katie at Doing Dewey: Sunday Salon About Memes
** Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner: Onward...

Authors, Ratings, and Reviews:
** Bekka at Pretty Deadly Reviews: Am I Getting Soft?
** Ashley at Nose Graze: I'm Shy at Book Signings
** Mitchii at The Aeropapers: Mitchii's Awesome Virtual Moments with Authors
** Shannelle at The Art of Escapism: Half-Stars and Math
** Charleen at Cheap Thrills: In Defense of "Meh"
** Sandra at Tea Between Books: Twinkle, Twinkle That's a Four Star

The Experience:
** Mel at the Daily Prophecy: Growing up as a Reader
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Why I Can't Reread the First 3 Harry Potter Books
** Lauren at Love Is Not a Triangle: Let's Discuss the DNF
** Nikki at The Paper Sea: When to DNF
** Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: Giving Books a Second Chance at Life
** Mitchii at The Aeropapers: How I Deal with My Bookish Excitement
** Kayla at The Thousand Lives: Can You Read a Fluffy Book After Something Intense?
** Carmen at Shelfspace Needed: Book Turn-Offs, Part One
** Jessi at Novel Heartbeat: Why Are Bad Boys Appealing?
** Pam at YA Escape from Reality: Why Read YA?

Time for the Holidays:
** Lisa at Lisa Is Busy Nerding: 5 Reasons to Give Books as Gifts
** Amy at Book Loving Mom: Books Make Great Gifts
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: All I Want for Christmas is Books
** Alice-Jane at Crazy Ren Pen: Holiday DIY
** Jackie at Bookcharmed: Gifts for the Caffeinated Book Lover
** Jen at Pop Goes the Reader: Stuff Your Stocking! Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
** Bec at Readers in Wonderland: Nothing Says Christmas Like Zombies
** Annie at The Runaway Reader: Thoughts on Gifting Books

** Bekka at Pretty Deadly Reviews: A Thing I Am Not Good At
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: The Point of Book Trilogies

** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Publishers Part One
** Kristilyn at Reading in Winter: The Great Cover Debate (People vs. Scenery)

Misc: Personal, Adaptations:

** Sophie at PaperBreathers: The Book Stacking Problem
** Leanne at Literary Excursion: Literary Propaganda: Brave New World
** Gaby at Queen Ella Bee Reads: Am I Over TV?
** Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews: When Your Online Life and Real Life Collide
** Mitchii at The Aeropapers: Books (do not equal) Movies

Movies/TV Shows:

They released a lot of information about Divergent this past week. For one, check out this clip with Four and Tris (and a still from that clip... and if you're curious about the music in the clip...). I'm a little surprised the first clip they released was of the romantic aspect -- although I love romance, it plays a small role compared to everything else in Divergent o.O. Insurgent was also given a release date (March 20, 2015) (and Allegiant: March 18, 2016), and it was revealed that Neil Burger would not be directing that film due to time constraints.

Despite the later release date, it seems like the Maze Runner movie is fairly on track.

And did you see the beautiful The Fault in Our Stars movie poster? If you're not a fan of it or are curious about the tagline, John Green posted his thoughts here.

The Vampire Academy movie website has been revamped. Huge fan over here - I like the design, though I haven't had a chance to look at the extra content yet. (Apparently includes some official character photos...)

Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Teams With Story Mining & Supply On ‘Vicious’ Deal. Vicious by Victoria Schwab is not a YA novel, but I thought I'd include the news since a lot of you followed her work into adult as well :).

The Peter Pan movie has a release date: June 26, 2015.

MTV Lands 'The List' by Siobhan Vivian.

Some nominations on the kidlit front for Golden Globes...


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

The weekly giveaway at Children's Publishing. Ends December 20th 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.

Kindle Paperwhite giveaway. Ends December 31.

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

Celebrate Candace's blogoversy! A bunch of prize packs. Ends 01/09.

Badass Bookie has a bunch of giveaways for her debutante 2014 event. Check them out!

5 copies of World After. US, ends 6:00 CST on 12/19 (aka today, so hurry!).

Copy of Pawn and a copy of Control. US, ends 01/01.

Percy Jackson blu-ray combo pack and comic book. US, ends 12/27.

Prize pack at The Perpetual Page-Turner. US, ends 12/31.

10 ARCs of Heartbeat. US/CA, ends 12/27.


Most Featured: According to the Goodreads YA newsletter, this belongs to: Fireblood by Trisha Wolfe, These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally, Pawn by Aimee Carter, and Roomies by Tara Altebrando. Have you read any of these? Other anticipated/featured novels are the ones Epic Reads found...

Recent Recommended Reads: Okay, so this isn't a book, but this essay on epic fantasy is wonderfully thought provoking (especially if you're a writer). Even though the essay focuses on epic fantasy, a lot of what it details regarding characterization, and especially antagonists, was just spot-on. It reminded me a lot of the essays I had to read for my classes, and I wish I had a way of reading, finding out about those without paying tuition o.o. I also read Into the Still Blue, which was a wonderful series ender, and I'm looking forward to adding it to my collection. Here's my review. Also finally, finally finished a book about folklore, and am now reading One Thousand and One Nights. Also starting my read-along of Delirium with Ameriie and soon starting my read-along of Froi of the Exiles with Reem.

(Side note: Although bookish rounds have been on Thursdays, sometimes Fridays, it is in my plan to keep them on Wednesdays. These are just abnormal days. Like next week - I'm not posting on Christmas despite it being Wednesday/BR day.)

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. oh wow, so many amazing cover reveals! thanks for putting those on my radar!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

    1. No problem! I'm glad to help promote those new covers. I hope you enjoy that part of this feature in future posts :D

  2. So if I liked Hardy Boys I have great hair? Good to know...

    Definitely saw These Broken Stars everywhere lately. I read the book and really loved it, but actually a bit different than I was expecting.

    Thanks for the great post! ~Pam

    1. Ha, I bet your hair is great :). I have no idea why that book would lead to that conclusion but oh well! And yeah, TBS was a lot different from what I expecting but still enjoyable nonetheless. Glad you enjoyed it too.

  3. *adds book* *adds book* *adds book* Haha. I'm especially intrigued by The 8th continent! 'Despicable me'

    I'm happy to see If you find me in the top 11 best books from 2013. And Crown of midnight + Siege and storm in the top 10. I don't really agree what my children books say about me. I feel 'mwah' about the poster from The fault in our stars.

    Peter Pan movie!! Oh yeah :)

    1. YAY!!! I'm glad to contribute to having you add other books to your TBR pile :D. I really want to read If You Find Me - I didn't know you also were a fan of that book. I definitely have heard a lot of good things about it though. Ha, I don't think I've heard anyone describe the poster as 'mwah' just yet :D.

      Hahaha yay!!! I'm glad you're excited for the Peter Pan movie!

  4. Nice list. I love the rewrite of Bilbo. There is still a huge lack of strong female protagonists for readers.

    1. Yeah, as long as we still have to discuss "strong female protagonists," you know there's a need for them in novels.

  5. You always have such an awesome collection of links! Yeah, the first series I thought of for the nostalgia link was Harry Potter -- maybe they assumed that one was a given? Or maybe it's not old enough yet? That list of influential fictional characters is interesting; I only recognize 3 of them! o_o

    The study asking if readers are nerds is interesting. I definitely bookmarked it for deeper analysis later. That article about tablets killing immersion is AWESOME. I've been thinking about this for a while, so it's great to see someone tackling the subject!

    1. Thanks, Kelley! And yeah, maybe it's not old enough yet... though the first book is over 15 years old now, right? Strange if that's the reasoning. I don't recognize a lot of the influential fictional characters either o.o.

      And same! I'm kind of concerned about how kids are also getting more reliant on tablets...

  6. So much good stuff!!! A Peter Pan movie? Awesome! The OKCupid profiles? Priceless. Thanks for sharing it all and also for linking to me! I hope you're enjoying the holidays!

    1. The OKCupid Profiles are priceless. I wonder how they came up with the idea of that kind of post. I hope you had great holidays! And I hope the Peter Pan movie lives up to your expectations.


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