Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds 29

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.

*The post today will be shorter than normal since the last bookish rounds were on Friday evening, and that only leaves a handful of days for news and book announcements.

Publishing Industry:
Rights Report:

** My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins (The YA anthology will feature 12 romantic tales of young love by celebrated YA authors, including Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, Gayle Forman, Ally Carter, Holly Black, Kiersten White, Matt de la Peña, Laini Taylor, Jenny Han and Kelly Link. St. Martin's Press, October 2014).

**Knockout Games -- G. Neri (YA story about Erica, a white 15-year-old, and her experience getting caught up in the TKO Club, a group of middle-school kids urged to play the now-infamous knockout game by Kalvin, a charismatic black 18-year-old. The book, according to its publisher, takes an unflinching and morally complex look at casual violence and American teenagers. Neri wrote the book based on visits to a St. Louis high school where the knockout game was popular several years ago. Carolrhoda Lab, August 2014).

**Partition Junction -- N.H. Senzai (MG in which 12-year-old Maya uncovers a family mystery that takes her on an adventure from Pakistan to India. Paula Wiseman Books, fall 2015).

** I'M SHMACKED by TBA (Children's: Young Adult | I'm Shmacked has over 18 million views on its YouTube channel, 95,000+ fans on Facebook, 90,000+ Twitter followers, and 69+ Instagram followers. more ...)

**Another deal shown here. I don't have a Publisher's Marketplace account but: UNRIVALED -- Allyson Noel (a new series set in the fast paced world of LA night clubs, where three teens get caught up in a high stakes competition and the desperate measures they take make them suspects in a mysterious crime, Katherine Tegen books, Winter 2016).

Have you seen the authors Publisher's Weekly named as its flying starts? Among them is Phoebe North, whose Starglass I'm still looking forward to (eventually) reading. Any of your favorites make the list?

Teen writers find publishing success. I didn't actually know that some of those authors are teenagers. PS-- if you know any teens, send them this link to participate in Scholastic's writing contest.

Children’s authors read reviews of their own books. I didn't watch all the way through, but the story about the women or girls sitting together not being appropriate -- what?! And throwing the book in the trash?!

Do you know what was the most popular book of 2013 (at least according to Goodreads)? And did you know that the most shared quote came from a YA novel?

Did you see the 2013 finals for the Cybils YA Fiction award?

Simon & Schuster Signs On as Peanuts Master Publisher. Huh, I remember Snoopy, but I don't remember him having a sister...?

'Excellent' Holiday for Many Indies.

Have you voted for the 2013 YABC Choice awards? You have until January 15th!

Don't forget to nominate your favorite 2013 reads for the Teen Choice Book of the Year before the end of January!

Curious about the spin-off series to Beautiful Creatures, Dangerous Creatures? Here are some excerpts!

If you're looking forward to All That Glows by Ryan Gaudin, the book trailer was just released.

The same goes for Tonya Hurley's Passionaries -- check out the book trailer here.

To Publish or Pass: The Editorial Meeting & Selecting Books for Publication. Really cool article! I appreciated the inside look.

Cover Reveals:

Earth-bound - Laura Power 

*There's a cover reveal I missed for Karina Halle here and GR link here.
**Also, apparently the City of Heavenly Fire cover will be revealed next week.
***If you would like to follow along with cover reveals, see my Pinterest.

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

5 Very Troubling Messages Hiding in Popular Children's Books.

What Would Have Saved "Saving Mr. Banks."  I live under a rock. I had no idea that movie was about Mr. Disney trying to option Mary Poppins.

If you're looking to try out some MG debuts in 2014, authors share the first line of their books here.

There are a lot of really great author posts out right now about expectations and pushing through for the New Year, so I'd advise you to check out your favorite author's pages if you have the time.

If you're an American librarian, check out these awesome vintage posters made specially with you in mind.

The Decline and Fall of the Book Reviewing Empire (one of the catchiest titles I've seen).

For all of you who made New Year's resolutions related to books: Tackling the TBR: The Book Jar.

15 Things That Happen When You’re a Speedreader. Given that gif, I probably don't qualify as a speedreader, huh?

** Hannah at the Irish Banana: Tweetiquette for Book Bloggers 101
** Alice-Jane at Crazy Red Pen: 5 Productivity Apps and Blogs
** Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer: How the Heck Did You Do That?

Blogging & Bloggers:
** Steph at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog: Will Our Non-Blogger Readers Please Stand Up?
** Krystianna at Downright Dystopian: Blog or BookTubing?

** Jen at the Starry-eyed Revue: The Making of a Library
** Savannah at Books with Bite: Book Tag: The Ultimate Book Tag
** Mel at the Daily Prophecy: What I Look For in Book Boyfriends
** Jewelz at YA Book Diva: A Playlist for Any Kind of Genre

I probably missed some posts, but again since I posted on last Friday, there are fewer new discussion posts that I haven't already included... AKA: if you want more discussion posts, check out last week's bookish rounds. Also, anyone want to recommend some blogs to me? Lol, I know I've said I'm coming back "soon" for so long, but a.) it will eventually be true and b.) I'd like to add some more blogs to my list when I do. I know I'm missing some old ones where people have moved to other sites and I haven't added them back to my Feedly yet, but how about some others?

Movie/TV News:

Two new stills for the Strigoi in the adaptation of Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy (and more on the headmistress here). Are you curious about Richelle Mead''s cameo in the movie? Here's more information.

The first movie poster for A Bear Called Paddington was released!

Gayle Forman answers questions about the If I Stay adaptation here.

The Spectacular Now comes out on DVD/Bluray on January 14th if you're interested.

Baddie's role in 'Divergent' left Winslet surprised. Veronica Roth and Kate Winslet weigh in on Jeanine's role in the upcoming adaptation... which, according to the LA Times, is the most anticipated film for 2014.

School Library Journal: Page to Screen: A Year's Worth of New Adaptations. Here's another movie round-up for 2014, though not all of them are YA/children's lit.


ARC of Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer. INT, ends 01/29.

The Beautiful Creatures series and an e-copy of Dangerous Dream, in preparation for the new spin-off series. Ends 01/14.

Adventures in Children's Publishing, weekly giveaways: 01/09, 01/10.

Looking forward (2014 books) giveaway at Children's pub. Ends 01/16.

Your choice of 5 2014 ARCs from Children's pub. Ends 01/16.

Looking back at 2013 books giveaway at Children's pub. Ends 01/16.

Anticipating 2014 books? Here's another 2014-oriented giveaway from Sam at Realm of Fiction. INT, ends 01/10.

Giselle's giving away one of her top 2013 books. Ends 01/15.

Cuddlebuggery's giveaway for the listed 2013 or your choice of 2014 books. Ends 01/17.

January 2014 New Release giveaway from Book Nerd Reviews. INT, ends 01/31.

$25 Kindle or Nook gift card giveaway in celebration of A Little Too Much. Ends 01/15.

Taste of Darkness copies. INT, ends 01/11.

Assorted ARCs and finished copies from the Flyleaf Review. Ends 01/18.

A bunch of books from Books with Bite. US only, ends 01/31.

Clean your shelf giveaway hop, ends 01/10.

Congratulate Melissa on her four year blogoversary! INT, ends 01/30.

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.

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

Win a chance to attend the Vampire Academy movie premiere. Ends 01/15.

The Edge of Never or The Edge of Always. INT, ends 01/30.

$25 Amazon Gift Card + paperback copies of Addicted to You and Addicted for Now. INT, ends 01/15.


Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (an excellent, excellent debut that I am pre-ordering). Y'all this book may even make it to my books-that-define-me list because even though I'm still a tad confused, I love that. I love that I'm still thinking about the book, how it's deftly included so many references to Greek mythology and psych related subjects and fairy tales and how I feel the complexity of both the characters and the narrative. So, yeah. If you have an ARC, read it now. If you don't, I'll discuss the book with you when you get your pre-order :P.

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. UNRIVALED -- Allyson Noel sounds like a potentially great read.

    Oh, haha. I lived under a rock too until the past week when I discovered that saving Mr. Banks is coming :D I can't wait to see that so I'm not going to read that article which seems negative based on its heading.

    Anyhow, I AM interested in The Spectacular Now. I can't wait to see it. I think I'm going to pass the book, but I really want to see the movie. I have seen pictures of it though, no trailer. I don't want to see one either. Heh. Weird me.

    1. Right? I added it to my TBR though LA... LA... I hope it's not stereotypes of my city :( (but not really my city... my far, far away?)

      Oooh, yay! You'll have to let me know how Saving Mr. Banks is when you see it. I saw a couple of movies over break, but am now once again lost re: what's out right now.

      Hahaha, I saw the trailer. I remember your principle on trailers. It's too bad you're so far away because then we could've watched TSN together :P. WHY ARE YOU SO FAR AWAY SIIRI

  2. You always have so many great links! The "5 troubling messages" article was interesting, and I've bookmarked the Female Geek one for later. Of course I've also bookmarked the 9 Riddles from Literature post -- how fun! I can't resist things like that.

    1. Thanks, Kelley! And yeah, I always find myself really interested in any discussion about messages in children's books. You never really realize them when you're reading them at an early age - or at least, I never felt like I was. Riddles are fun -- I hope you enjoy that post!

  3. That Holiday collection looks adorable, and so many fantastic authors!! Definitely put that on my TBR. hahaha I live under a rock as well regarding Saving Mr. Banks. I'm totally doing that Book Jar thing! What a fun thing to do to pick my next read. I'm going to need a big jar though. haha Pshaw. Listening to books is totally not cheating. They take TIME.

    1. I KNOW, RIGHT? That's like the perfect thing for the holidays. Combine some of my favorite authors with all the warmth of too-cute romances and I'm in for a ride! Me too - on needing a big jar. I'm thinking of making a post about my buddy reads soon though - a back-up plan to the jar because will that EVER get eliminated?

  4. Have I mentioned how much I love your Bookish Rounds? It's basically the best thing ever. Particularly since you seem to hit all the blogs I've not read yet so I get to meet more people yay!


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