Friday, December 6, 2013

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds 24

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:

**(Three titles in) The Conjurers - Brian Anderson (MG - In the first novel, Alex, an inventor of mechanical toys and appliances, and his older sister, a romantic idealist, enter the Conjurian, a secret realm of magicians. There, guided by a rabbit humanoid, they battle a shadow conjurer bent on enslaving both the human and magician worlds. Fall 2015, Crown).

**The Trouble with Destiny - Lauren Morrill (Described as Pitch Perfect meets A Midsummer Night's Dream on a cruise, a drum major must save her school band and navigate romantic disasters when their ship gets stranded at sea. Fall 2015, Delacorte Press).

**My Unscripted Life - Lauren Morrill (A sarcastic girl finds herself falling for a celebrity who is filming his next movie in her small town. Fall 2016, Delacorte Press).

**Jungle of Bones - Ben Mikaelsen (MG adventure novel - After being caught stealing a car, the last straw in a string of angry misdeeds, Dylan's uncle drags Dylan to Papua New Guinea to search for his grandfather's missing WWII fighter plane. When Dylan gets lost in the jungle, he must let go of his assumptions and anger, or be dragged down with them. Scholastic).

**Piper and the Fairy Tree - Ellen Potter (Chapter book series set on an island off the coast of Maine, where getting to school by lobster boat and having a fairy tree in your front yard are part of everyday life. Fall 2015, Knopf.)

**Your Machine Anatomy - Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson (The YA novel follows the unlikely friendship of two young women forged via fan fiction and message boards, and is told entirely in texts, chats, and blog posts. 2016, Chronicle).

**The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B - Teresa Toten (Pitched asEleanor & Park meets The Rosie Project, the story combines romance and whodunit elements but also features teens dealing with OCD. Spring 2015, Delacorte Press).

**Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle (The romantic story of a girl who gets plucked from obscurity to star in the next major feature film franchise based on a book and the ensuing love triangles she gets entangled in on—-and off screen. Not from PM/PW - read full story here.)

**SWIM THAT ROCK - John Rocco & Jay Primiano (MG adventure - pitched in the tradition of Stand by Me and Mud, and set in Rhode Island during the pivotal summer in the life of a fourteen-year-old boy who becomes the only hope to save his family's diner after his father goes missing in a fishing boat accident, Candlewick)

**The Nenuphar Book by Sveta Dorosheva (Digital: Young Adult | A wonderfully illustrated book about people and the human world, as seen through the eyes of fairy-tale creatures. more ...)

**The Dandelion Dynasty - Ken Liu (YA about a charming bandit and the son of a deposed duke who seem like polar opposites yet, in the uprising against the emperor, they quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures, Simon & Schuster Children's new imprint)

Am I the only one a little bit creeped out by Amazon Prime Air? (Bookriot: 5 Things That Would Be Hilarious to Receive by Amazon Drones)

I was contacted by Ayanna Coleman, the founder of Quill Shift Literary Agency ("...Not only am I looking for authors to submit, I’m looking for readers to participate in helping me choose the books I represent. What I think is so unique about my agency is that I’m letting readers decide what I take on..."). Check out the site or Indiegogo campaign if you're interested!

Have you voted in the Book Shimmy Awards yet?

The New York Times posted its Notable Children's Book of 2013 list. Guess which author has two works on the list. Any of your favorites there?

Have you seen the trailer for The Hollow City?

Indies First Makes 'Fantastic' Debut. Here's to hoping it continues to be as successful! Authors & booksellers recount their experiences here.

Sales Dip, Losses Rise at Books-A-Million. Yikes, B&N may not be doing well, but this one's doing worse.

A list of books discussed across social media in November. Guess which books were at the top of the list.

Did you see the results for the Goodreads Choice awards?

More end of the year lists! This time: Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2013. Any of your favorites there?

Publisher's Weekly staff chooses its favorite books - and some YA ones made it.

See Grown-Ups Read. Good. I hope MG continues to succeed. I still need to read Wonder.

Bloomsbury is to publish all seven of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter books with full-colour illustrations by Jim Kay. Bloomsbury! Stop making me want to buy another set of HP books even though I have perfectly fine copies at home!

Cover Reveals:

Little Green Men and the Mercury Inn - Greg Leitich Smith and Andree Warnold 
*special adult movie tie-in version 
*I thought this was an adult title, but GR has it listed as NA?

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

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

Have you seen the Book Blogger Directory that Ashley at Nose Graze started? I recently joined too.

Why do young readers prefer print to ebooks? Here's to hoping print never dies out.

What Do Kids Want to Read? (A Scientific Analysis). Lol, I'd read some of those books ;).

In Defense of Liking Books.

Fill out BookRiot's "What Are the Best Books of 2013?" poll :).

5 Great Gift Ideas for Your Bookish Tween or Teen. I had some of those book lights before -- they are actually really useful.

** Asti at A Bookish Heart: Blogger Spotlight Features
** Helen at My Novel Opinion: Does a Book Blog Need Reviews?
** Giselle at Xpresso Reads: Are We Guinea Pigs?
** Jessica at Literary Etc.: How to Use Calibre.
** Sophie at A Day Dreamer’s World: Personality vs. Professionalism.

Blogging & Bloggers General:
** Shae at Shae Has Left the Room: #RBWL Archives Are Live!
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Do You Ever Try to "Soften the Blow" When Sending Publishers Negative Reviews?
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: Book Memes.
** Leigh at Little Book Star: The Book Blogging Community in 20 Yrs.
** Brenna at I Have Lived a Thousand Lives: Blogging Changes My Reading
** Kelley at Another Novel Read: Strangers with Giveaways.

Reviews, Authors, & Ratings:
** Bekka at Pretty Deadly Reviews: Do You Care About Author Blurbs?
** Charlotte at Thoughts and Pens: Have You Ever Considered Becoming a Pro Reviewer?
** Nara at Looking for the Panacea: Dude... why do you give out so many 5 star ratings??

The Experience:
** Stormy C. at Book.Blog.Bake: Thoughts on Spoilers {And Why I Don't Mind Them}
** Mel at the Daily Prophecy: Hard Life of a Reader
** Christine at Oh, Chrys: On Reader Stereotypes.
** Sandy at Tea Between Books: Did Not What?
** Lillian at Books and Cake: Fictional Polygamy
** Arial at In Italics: Cliffhangers
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: Being Non-Judgmental?
** Kelley at Another Novel Read: Remember How I said I don't like to Reread Books?
** Leanne at Literary Excursion: I Fangirl, Therefore I Slack

** Me: Nerdy Thing I Do With Characters: Sorting by MBTI
** Sana at Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile: O Good Scientist, Where Art Thou?

** Melissa at I Swim for Oceans: New Adult: Why I've Avoided It & What I Hope to Discover
** Bec at Readers in Wonderland: Why I Like New Adult
** Leanne at Literary Excursion: Contemporical, It's a Thing Now
** Amanda at On a Book Bender: Amanda's Historical Romance Obsession

Book Related Habits/Preferences & Books in General:
** Sarah at GreenBeanTeenQueen: How Do You Arrange Your Bookshelves?
** The ladies at Book Nerd Reviews: Buying Books for Other People
** Cayce at Fighting Dreamer: Books Recommending Books
** Arial at In Italics: Book to Movie Adaptations
** Charl at A Place on the Bookshelf: 5 Reasons Why I Love The Great Gatsby.
** Giselle at Xpresso Reads: It's a Holly Jolly Christmas Story!

** Jenn at A Glo Worm Reads: Pushing Back Release Dates
** Shannelle at The Art of Escapism: The Ridiculous Ebook Prices I See.
** Asti at A Bookish Heart: What YA Book Do You Want to See Published Next?

** Lyn at Great Imaginations: Organ Donation
** Lili at Lili's Reflections: A Day of (Odd) Thanks for College Students

Movies/TV Shows:

Five YA authors weigh in on Catching Fire. Do you agree with them? Did you like the movie better than The Hunger Games adaptation? And some information is already being released about the DVD.

Behind the scenes clip from The Mortal Instruments with the actor who plays Jace.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone now has a director! Yay!

Sneak peek at the Vampire Academy illustrated movie companion. And here's the pink Vampire Academy French movie poster (I actually like that better than the green one). And movie stills. And more here. And another here.

Pictures from the If I Stay set! Number one and number two.

Have you read The Spectacular Now? Were you wondering why the writers chose to adapt that book? Read this interview.

Writer/director Josh Boone talks about the Fault in Our Stars here.

‘Breaking Bad’ Writer Tapped for Universal’s ‘Red Queen.’ (The Red Queen, according to the article, doesn't come out for a year and features a 17-year-old girl who, to save her family, must assume the role of a long lost princess while secretly aiding a revolution.)


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

The weekly giveaway at Children's Publishing. Ends December 12th at 6:00 p.m CST. And this one (but ends December 6th/TODAY so hurry!).

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.

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.

$15 Amazon gift card + Ritchie books. INT, ends 12/13.

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

I'll find more giveaways for you next week.


Most Featured: According to GR, this is These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, The Initiate by Veronica Roth, Misbehaving by Abbi Glines, and Deadly by Sara Shepard. Have you read any of these?

Recent Recommended Reads: the Secret Society Girl series by Diana Peterfreund. Looking for smart, fun NA with an empowering vibe? Read more about Amy Haskel and Rose & Grave at Eli (aka Yale) University. The books feature intriguing plots (secret society!), a diverse (and amusing) side cast, great female friendships, a snarky MC who's always speaking out but who clearly grows through the series and has to deal with actual college issues (e.g. thesis! the future! and summer internships! and class! etc.), romance (from lust to love and everything in between, including platonic relationships between girls and guys), feminist themes and an awareness of privilege (though, I mean, it is Yale), and college shenaningans (pranks, drama, drinking). Definitely recommended for fans of Cora Carmack and Tammara Webber, though Diana Peterfreund's series focuses less on romance than their books do. Y'all, the nostalgia this series evoked...

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 think the Amazon Drone thing is quite crazy. Super cool, getting your packages in 30 minutes but I'm personally thankful I'm not within 10 miles of an Amazon distribution center making this a possibility. lol

    Geeze. Another edition of Harry Potter books? That's so strange (although I'm loving the idea of Jim Kay doing these illustrations) because they JUST came out with new ones (which I didn't much care for at all.)

    I really like the sound of the Secret Society Girl series. I haven't read anything by Diana Peterfreund but I may to check this one out. I'm always down for some nostalgia. :)

    1. hahahhaha I KNOW. COOL and CRAZY is great way to describe it, and I'm fine with 30+ minutes to getting my packages.

      Lol well, HP sold so many copies, I wouldn't be surprised if we saw many, many editions of those books.

      The Secret Society Girl series was a lot of fun, Bonnie. I'm curious what you'd think of them! I can't quite tell if you'd be annoyed with the MC or like her -- could go either way, i think.

  2. I've not actually read anything by Rebecca Serle before, but Famous in Love actually sounds really good! And when I went to a recent signing for Leila Sales she had nothing but high praise for Serle's work. I didn't even know that Daughter of Smoke and Bone was being made into a movie, the world that Taylor created is amazing, so I can't wait until it hits the big screen. Also I've been dying to read The spectacular Now and watch the movie too, I know the reviews have been a real mixed bunch, but I'm just in the mood for something fun and romantic right now. Also I'm so happy to see you recommend The Secret Society Girl, I recently was gifted a copy! Thanks for sharing another brilliant recap with us Christina! :)

    1. I haven't read a Rebecca Serle book before either, but you can bet that after what you've said, I'm more interested. And from what I can tell, Daughter of Smoke and Bone might be made into a movie, but who knows? I wouldn't suggest The Spectacular Now for fun and romantic times, but it is a deceptively light read. And YESSSS READ SECRET SOCIETY GIRL, JASPRIT :D :D

  3. The Amazon Drones just seems really creepy. And, I read a comment somewhere about how it's a lot like Animal Crossing in that someone could just slingshot the package out of the sky. (If you've played the game, you know what I mean :^) )

    It kind of feels like there is a movie star trend showing up in YA recently. Both My Unscripted Life and Famous in Love seem kind of similar, especially to This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith.

    I NEED Catching Fire on DVD. I am really looking forward to watching all of the bonus content and deleted scenes. And I didn't know Daughter of Smoke and Bone was being made into a movie. I am incredibly excited though because not only do I love the book, but I believe that it has the potential to be really visually stunning.

    1. Ha, I haven't played that game, but you just made me think of The Hunger Games and the sponsors' packages. Oh gosh, Amazon drones. Please do not become the stuff of creepy fiction.

      Interesting! You're right, there is a bit of a movie star trend. And some books lately seem to focus on the LA nightlife / clubs - I wonder if having all these books selling are somehow related?

      I WANT IT ON DVD TOO. It was so good. I want to watch it again without the theater! And Daughter of Smoke and Bone might get made into a movie - I generally am pretty skeptical about the movies until they get a lot of cast cast. I do agree that it has the potential to be great if they do end up making it though...

  4. So, I'm probably the only person who hasn't read the Vampire Academy series, but WHOA. I just saw the trailer and I must read them before the movie! It looks so cheeky and fun. Any good?


    1. I like the series, yes! I'm unsure whether you will. It's not quite as cheeky as the trailer implies. It is funny, to be sure, and the MC is an extrovert and bold where others are not, but not entirely like Mean Girls as the trailer might imply. I can't decide whether you'd like them. A part of me leans more toward you not liking them as much just because you tend to like lush writing, right? And Mead's is pretty practical and YA-voice-ish, if that makes sense.

  5. Yay, more from Lauren Morrill! I just finished her sophomore novel, and though it wasn't quite as adorable as Meant to Be, it was still quite cute. And YAY for DoSaB getting a director. That book will make for an amazing movie, if done right. Oh, and I love your adoration of Diana Peterfreund's Secret Society Girls series. I haven't read it, but I've read her latest NA - One & Only, under pseudonym Viv Daniels - and it was one of, if not the best, NA I've read to-date. So I imagine I'd like her previous series just as much.

    1. You mean Being Sloane Jacobs?! Hee, I think I replied to a comment you left on my review of that a few days ago. I completely agree with what you'd said re: BSJ +++ the DoSaB movie. YES YES YES Jen read the Secret Society Girls series! I must see if these books are lendable... because I would totally lend that on kindle to you just to get you to read them :D

  6. Lauren Morrill is quite busy with all her books coming up :D

    I don't agree with some of the books that on won Goodreads, but that was also the case last year.. Kirkuss is spot on with their pick for Dark triumph, but some of their picks surprises me, like September girls. And another version of Harry Potter books I want to buy, what are they doing to me? I'm very happy that they keep it in the news though :D

    I love Book blogging! It's such a fun idea. I'm not sure how to use it yet, but I can't wait to see what she is going to do with it. 62% preferring books over e-books makes me happy :D I think Daughter of smoke and bone will be a great idea for a movie!

    1. I'm glad she's busy! She's pretty consistent with her cute contemporaries, and that meant I've added them to my TBR piles.

      Hahah well Kirkus is more literary oriented than the GR pick, so it doesn't surprise me to note how different something more popular oriented than literary criticism or execution oriented is shown. AND I KNOW, RIGHT? I was so tempted this holiday season to buy the new HP books... and here come another series!

      The social media BB site looks great. I signed up but haven't used it much. I should ask you more about that (Another note to self lol - I'll just keep piling these up for when I comment bomb you). And man, everyone agrees about DoSaB as a movie in this comments section :D. That's a good sign!

  7. I love these posts! Amazon Drones terrify me, I LOVE the illustrated Harry Potter announcement, I think many people will be buying duplicate sets, THRILLED to see TWO Rainbow Rowell books on the NYT list AND that she won the GR award and was runner up! amazing. That woman is insanely good.

    Cait x

    1. Thanks, Cait! I was very tempted to buy duplicate HP sets because childhood. And prettiness. And yes, I love that Rowell is getting so much recognition for her brilliant work. Glad we both enjoyed her novels :).

  8. I love these posts of yours. They must take AGES to make though. Harry potter with Iluustrations =WIN. Also the new Divergent UK covers=MAJOR WIN . So much better than the old ones. Excuse me while I check out some other posts :)

    1. Thanks, Krazzyme! They do take a long, long time to create, but they're worth it! And yes, even with the temptation of buying more HP books... love the idea of the illustrations! :D


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