Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds 30

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 1, 2:

**THE LEGEND OF ROBIN by Elena Kedros (Children's: Middle grade | There are plenty of stories about the mythical figure of ROBIN HOOD. more ...)

**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).

**The next two books in the Whatever After series -- Sarah Mlynowski (Scholastic, title/pub dates TBA).

**Two books in a new middle grade series -- Sarah Mlynowski (Scholastic, title/pub dates TBA).

**Pram -- Lauren DeStefano (MG debut -  the story of a girl with a unique talent: she can talk to ghosts. After befriending a boy named Clarence, Pram decides to search for her father in the hope that he can answer her questions about her mother's death. Fall 2015, Bloomsbury).

**Untitled sequel to Pram -- Lauren DeStefano.

**Bluescreen -- Dan Wells (The first in a futuristic YA cyberpunk series - a teen hacker's friend's overdose on an illicit digital drug leads her to uncover a mystery with roots deep in her L.A. neighborhood's crime syndicate. Balzer + Bray.)

**Pardon My French -- Cindy Callaghan (in the first book, a tween goes to Paris where she ends up playing drums in an epic Battle of the Bands. 2015, Aladdin).

**a second title set in Rome -- Cindy Callaghan

**The Tree in the Courtyard -- Jeff Gottesfeld, illustrated by Peter McCarty (retells the story of Anne Frank from the point of view of the chestnut tree outside her annex window, which Anne wrote about in her diary and from which saplings were taken and planted all over the world. Spring 2016, Knopf).

**The Allegiance -- Megan Frazer Blakemore (MG - about a sixth grader who uncovers a mystery in her local library while preparing for the school spelling bee, in a two-book deal. Spring 2015, Walker).

**Bottle Cap -- Megan Frazer Blakemore (YA -- about 16-year-old Very Woodruff, a straight-A student in a family of free-spirited artists, who starts questioning everything in her orderly life when her grandmother, a famous writer, is on her deathbed, and Very is forced to face the truth about her family and who she wants to be, also in a two-book deal. Fall 2015, HaperCollins.).

**Confidentially Yours -- Jo Whittemore (a six-book middle-grade series, it is a humorous series about a group of sixth-graders who collaborate on an advice column. Fall 2015, HaperCollins).

**N.E.E.D., -- Joelle Charbonneau (pitched as Pretty Little Liars meets Homeland, the first book (of two so far) is set in a small Wisconsin town and follows teenager Kaylee, who gets involved in an elite social networking Web site called N.E.E.D., which that grants your desire in return for fulfilling a request. Fall 2016, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.)

You remember Ken Jennings, aka Jeopardy Winner Extraordinaire? Turns out he's got a new series in mind...

Bookstats 2013 Now Available - in which it is revealed that publishing has been growing since 2011, ebooks aren't going anywhere, etc. etc.

But in other librarian news, LA rocks because: Los Angeles Library To Offer High School Diplomas.

Simon and Schuster has launched a new young adult oriented community called #hashtagreads. According to the official release, this community will focus on "books worth talking about." Follow the link to find out more! And in other Simon and Schuster related news, they've also announced the creation of a new imprint, Simon 451, focused on adult SF.

Reader's Digest Rebrands Children's Division
Winners of 2014 Digital Book Awards Announced at Gala Dinner Hosted by LeVar Burton. Take a look at the category descriptions if you have the time. It's really cool to think about how books, in general, as a platform, are changing.

And while we're discussing that, here are some thought-provoking articles on that subject: Licensed Brands Drive Discovery and Sales for Kids AppsChildren’s Publishers Look Toward Mobile as Next Frontier, & Digital Engagement Is Key, Say Children’s and Young Adult Publishers.

A Complete List of Children's Books and Authors at Wi9 -- a helpful list if you're attending the Winter Institute, which has apparently sold out again.

'Half Nelsons': A Pitch for Indie Support aka buy half your books from Amazon and the other half from your local independent bookstore... and while we're talking about bookstores, look at these especially cool kid oriented ones.

Goodreads interviews Ransom Riggs about Hollow City and...

Laurie Halse Anderson answers fan questions to celebrate the release of The Impossible Knife of Memory.

If you have a question for Philippa Gregory, you can submit it now too.

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 Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz? You can read an excerpt here and the first six chapters here.

Are you excited for Dangerous by Shannon Hale? Check out the book trailer here.

This article from Publisher's Weekly about how Random House has to specially promote We Were Liars to avoid any and all spoilers in its marketing plan has gotten me excited for the novel.

Cover Reveals:

*mistake on my part; thought NA

**If you would like to follow along with cover reveals, see my Pinterest.

Discussion/Other Fun Blogger Posts:

21 J.K. Rowling Quotes That Prove She’s So Much More Than ‘Harry Potter’ -- Love this compilation, those quotes, and the general sentiment because JKR is just a real classy lady.

9 Teen Novels That Are as Good as They Are Popular, a list compiled by Kirkus Reviews. Any of your favorites on the list?

Top 13 YA Books for Talking to Teens About Tough Stuff, compiled by Laurie Halse Anderson whose works should also join the list if I'm not mistaken...

Computer Algorithm Can Tell If Your Lousy Book Will Sell or Not -- "...whether or not a book will sell can be determined by several quantifiable factors that do not include the actual quality of the work."

How Long is the Average Book? A Concrete Answer to a Longstanding Writing FAQ. Interesting book infographic! Does not surprise me that fantasy has the longest word count... but 90% of romance novels are in third person? That is really surprising, since aren't a majority of young adult novels in first person and don't a lot of them include romance?

Why Wasn’t It ‘Grapes of Glee’? Study of Books Finds Economic Link -- Wasn't there an NPR piece sometime last year about how YA dystopians were pointing toward teen anxiety about the economy?

10 Literary iPhone Cases Under $15. I'm halfway tempted to getting the To Kill a Mockingbird cover even though I haven't actually read the novel o.O.

2014: The Year of the Reader. Yay for optimism!

I Miss Reading At the Gym -- I admit, I've tried this and it just doesn't work for me... I can't concentrate unless I'm going less than 2 mph.

7 DIY Bookmarks for the Crafty Reader.

Pages Ain’t Nothing But a Number (or, Let’s All Stop Judging People by How Much They Read) -- I was just thinking about this after noting the HUGE gains some friends have made toward their reading challenge goals o.o.

Our Reading Lives: Why I Like Difficult Novels -- are any of you interested in reading Infinite Jest? Everyone at my college used to talk about it since the author used to be a professor there, and I really would like to read it someday... a buddy read would help.

40 Ways to Listen to Audiobooks Even If You Don’t Commute. Cleaning the room definitely worked for me. That and boring side work.

** Hannah at So Obsessed With: Get Organized on Goodreads
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Suggested Blog Tips for 2014.
** Ashley at Nose Graze: When You Get an ARC, Should You Send the Publisher Your Review?
** Siiri at Little Pieces of Imagination: On Organizing My Reading Material
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: How to Keep Track - My 2014 Yearbook and Other Useful Spreadsheets
** Amanda at On a Book Bender: On Twitter: The Difference Between @ and #
** Anya at On Starships and Dragonwings: Guide to Getting Approved on Edelweiss

Blogging and Bloggers:
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Do You Draft Posts and Then Never Finish Them?
** Ashley at Nose Graze: My Blogging Confessions
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: Book Blogger Confessions (6).
** Nova at Out of Time: Jealousy.
** Hazel at Stay Bookish: What Does It Take to Have a Successful Blog?.
** Alice-Jane at Crazy Red Pen: The Numbers Game: Obsession with Stats.
** Kelly at Effortlessly Reading: The Awesomeness of Twitter.
** Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf: My Love-hate relationship with BookTubing.
** Emily at Constellation Chronicles: Making Friends in the Blogosphere.
** Jennifer at Live to Read, Love to Read: How Blogging Has Made Me Vain.
** Rinn at Rinn Reads: How Web Design Has Changed.
** Leigh at Little Book Stars: Does Your Blog Name Affect Your Blog?.
** Katie at Katie's Book Blog: Has blogging changed the way you read?

Reviews, Ratings, Recommendations, ARCs, Authors:
** Rachel at Paper Cut: Book Signings.
** Cayce at Fighting Dreamer: Roaming the Rainbow: The Wall of Classics.
** C.J. at Sarcasm & Lemons: I'm looking for a horror novel that will devastate me. Help!
** Stormy C. at Book.Blog.Bake: So You Want a New Read? {Underrated YA}
** Brenna at I Have Lived a Thousand Lives: Review Credibility.
** Nara at Looking for the Panacea: I can't wait to see your review!
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: Book Nerd Problems: Keeping Yourself Unbiased
** Holly at Novel Bliss: What's a Spoiler?.
** Bekka at Great Imaginations: Let's Resolve to Stop Posting Spoilers

The Experience:
** Anahera at Read Me Away: Reading Outdoors.
** Terri at Starlight Book Reviews: Reading Burn Out.
** Charlotte at Thoughts and Pens: Double Standards on Reading
** Angie at Angela’s Anxious Life: Procrastinate... Reading??.
** Carmen at Shelfspace Needed: Book Nervousness.
** Nikki at The Paper Sea: I'm Not a 'Real' Reader.
** Shae at Shae Has Left the Room: The Magic of the First Chapter

Books, Books, More Books:
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: One or Many?.
** Jessica at Literary Etc: Reading Signed Books.
** Jackie at BookCharmed: Five Ways to Deal With Books That Don't Live Up to Their Hype.
** Lisa at Read.Breathe.Relax: How Out of Control Is Your TBR Pile (Based on This Scale I Invented)?
** CJ at Sarcasm and Lemons: Book Blurb Breakdown: What hooks a reader and what sends them packing
** Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews: Does a Book's Layout Matter to You?.
** Sydney at Utterly Bookish: On the “proper” way to take care of your books.
** Holly at Novel Bliss: Is It You or Is It Me?.
** Cassie at Books with Cass: Why Do We BUY BOOKS?
** Jenni at Xpresso Reads: Lending Books

** Pamela at Reading Is Fun Again: Are You a Series Completionist?.
** Gillian at A Writer of Wrongs: Second Book Syndrome (and What That Is and Why)
** Pam at [YA] Escape from Reality: How do you remember books in a series?
** Nina at The Sea of Pages: Series.

** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: You Aren't Good Enough the Way You Are
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: How Unemployment Has Changed My Life as a Reader
** Lyn at Great Imaginations: Bookish Playlist
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: Keeping up with the Times as a Contemporary.
** Melissa at I Swim for Oceans: Why I Really Read Young Adult Books

Movies/TV Shows:

You have about one day left to vote in the first round for the 2014 MTV Movie Brawl. Some well-known YA adaptations are up there!

Mockingjay has resumed filming in Atlanta. In other cool The Hunger Games news, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the first movie with a solo female lead to be the year's #1 film since The Exorcist. Woot, woot! (And some fans are speculating on where the moviemakers will split Mockingjay...)

With that mind, it seems like everyone wants to share in the success of the Hunger Games (e.g. Fox Takes James Frey’s ‘Endgame’ In Year’s First 7-Figure Deal With Google In The Mix, or at least that's what it's being marketed as...).

Universal Hires Jay Basu to Adapt 'Talon' (by Julie Kagawa - her new dragon series).

If I Stay now has a release date: August 22, 2014.

They've released two new stills from The Fault in Our Stars.

They released a bunch of different promotional photos for Vampire Academy, four new stills of Rose Hathaway/Zoey Deutch, and more stills of Rose and Dimitri training.

Three new stills from Divergent, an article, and a compilation of the previous photos.

Guess which of the listed movies made Sugarscape's top 14 books being adapted into movies in 2014 list.

If you've fallen behind on the news for the Fallen adaptation, Lauren Kate has a mini summary of what's been announced so far.

And here's the first movie poster for the Veronica Mars adaptation.

An extended trailer for The Flowers in the Attic was released.

This has nothing to do with YA movies/tv shows BUT DID YOU SEE?! The first Game of Thrones trailer for season 4. Ahhhh, I love the music they choose for those trailers. Anyone know who sings that song?


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

Adventures in Children's Publishing, weekly giveaways: 1/16, 1/17.

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.

Let the Sky Fall superfan giveaway. Ends 01/17.

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.

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.

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

Scholastic's January books giveaway.

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.

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.

Altered or Erased by Jennifer Rush. INT, ends 01/21.

The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher. US, ends 01/21.

E-book of Salt by Danielle Ellison. INT, ends 01/25.
Signed Cara Carmack novel + 2 print copies of Keeping Her. INT, ends 1/20.

January 2014 Kidlit Debut giveaway. Ends 01/31.


Most Featured: Evertrue by Brodi Ashton - a bunch of friends have been posting their reviews of or discussing the final installment in that trilogy. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs - how can they not discuss it when it's been a long time since the first was released and release day just happened? The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson - I've seen so many ads for this and I still haven't read a Laurie Halse Anderson novel o.o.

According to Goodreads, however, January 2014 belongs to: Red Rising by Pierce Brown, A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller, Uninvited by Sophie JordanCruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, and Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can see my (actually) mini review for Avalon by Mindee Arnett (I know that this is also pitched to Firefly fans, but I would suggest giving it to more reluctant science fiction or action-oriented readers first.) or my mini review for Secret by Brigid Kemmerer (This may be my favorite of the series so far).

If we're Goodreads friends, you know that I've also been writing a bunch of reviews in the past couple of days, but I'll save those recommendations for future bookish rounds (and also, let me just say that you can talk to me about any title at any time). All those reviews mean that I am caught up through the first week of March for review request books and can *FINALLY* catch up with all of you (and other work I've neglected). When I saw that I hadn't replied to any of your comments since the end of October, I admit, I felt quite a bit intimidated. I knew that my enthusiasm for blogging had dimmed, but I hadn't realized just how many posts I'd neglected without comments o.o. I'm so sorry! It will be remedied without delay!

In other news, if any of y'all are looking for more features like CMtBR, here are some suggestions:

Publisher's Lunch - more oriented toward publishing (obviously); features announcements like new jobs, editorial moves, sales numbers, etc.
Cuddlebuggery's Buzzworthy News - these bloggers feature select articles in their news and summarize the important points with both humor and heart.
YA Highway's Field Trip Friday - more oriented toward the writing industry; features a lot of advice articles and musings posted by authors and writers alike.

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 am most excited about Dan Wells's Bluescreen. That sounds awesome.

    1. Sounds like you're not the only one! I find it interesting that it's been announced around the same time as Noel's series - both about the underground LA scene.

  2. Things I thought throughout this post:

    Gah, love these posts!

    How do you keep track of cover reveals!?

    I've read Infinite Jest and it's SO worth a read. However, it's a process. It's hugely dense, half the story takes place in endnotes, and you will find yourself bored through much of it. You'll also (hopefully) find yourself inspired and amazed. David Foster Wallace himself is worth reading about if you don't know much about his life.

    OMG that's my name! You're sweet. (:

    Read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson! It's as good as the hype. I'm also dying for Evertrue.

    Jealous that you're caught up on review requests. I need to do that FOREVER.

    1. Well, for one, cover reveals is not just me. I owe my thanks to a lot of different people, like Christina from A Reader of Fictions (; Sana from Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile (; and Mery Snz (

      OHhhhhh is that where the endnotes bit comes from? I remember in my creative writing class, one kid had a tendency to use a lot of endnotes in his writing and it bothered me, and I imagine that will make Infinite Jest hard to read o.o.

      Of course I'd mention you!

      I have Speak. It is one of those tbr titles that I was supposed to get to in the summer but didn't. *sigh*

      ha, only ahead now for a short while. but very behind on comments. I hope you'll get caught up soon though!

  3. I've added some more books to Goodreads, like always ;) Sarah Mlynowski series has been on my list for a while, but I didn't know about her new book. I'm very excited for Lauren DeStefano's upcoming book! I didn't know about Bluescreen, sounds exciting :D

    All-digital, book-free public library, scary..

    I'm not in love with the new cover for Dark Triumph.. The older one looks much better *very happy I have that one*

    "It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default." You got to admire J.K Rowling <3

    1. Lauren DeStefano's new book reminds me of Claire LeGrand's book but also Lauren Oliver's occasional switch to MG. I wonder how her style will transfer over to younger readers.

      Yeaaaah, I'm so scared by the prospect of all those futuristic libraries, but I'm also excited by the idea that they might help a lot of readers reach more titles! Libraries in general should always be exciting :D.

      Me too. Me too. I'm not entirely sure why they changed the cover...

      I KNOW, RIGHT? Her quotes are so inspiring. I kind of want somebody to make a bunch of quote images from those or tell me about them so I can make them into posters :D.

  4. Bloggers who do posts like this are so awesome - I cannot imagine how much time it must take to compile all of this. Thanks for sharing the article about We Were Liars because I found it to be fascinating. I love reading about how people choose to promote books because I want to work in publishing someday, and I cannot wait to read the novel in question. :)

    1. It does take a lot of time, but I'm glad to do it especially since it helps me keep up to date with what's happening too. Me too! I like looking at promotions and marketing -- have you seen the various terms and marketing phrases they use on Edelweiss?

  5. Very interesting sounding new series for Dan Wells. I've seen the term 'cyberpunk' before but have yet to read anything in that genre. I can't listen to audios at the gym but I can read on my Kindle if I'm doing the eliptical or the bike. It helps the time pass, definitely. :) I definitely listen to audiobooks when I'm doing housework! I always have tons of laundry to fold (4 kids) so audios are NICE. lol I would totally offer to buddy read with you on Infinite Jest but I tried that last year and failed. I don't believe that book and I are meant to be.

    1. Me too. Cyberpunk. Sometimes I'm not quite sure what the 'punk' aspect is really supposed to mean - what bit of steampunk am I supposed to imagined mixed with cybernetics? And yeahhhh I can't listen to audios while working out -- too hard to focus on the book and having the energy to exercise. But housework is a yes (i feel sorry for you just imagining the amount of laundry o.o and now i understand how you read so many audiobooks). lol from what I hear, Infinite Jest is not everyone's book and may not be mine either :P.

  6. Thank you for featuring my playlist, Christina!

    I have some links clicked, and I am excited to see the top 14 books made into movies page!

    1. Of course! Thanks for writing up the list. I'm always so bad at thinking about music in relation to books. I love reading lists like that, especially with movie adaptations, too!


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