Friday, January 3, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds 28

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.


**Podium Finish by Beth Pond (Fiction: New Adult | With six months until the Olympic Games, seventeen-year-old Harper's life is pretty much per-fect. more ...)

**Fighting for the Edge by Jennifer Comeaux (Fiction: New Adult | Two friends. Two dreams. One night that changes everything… Ice dancer Aubrey London scoffs at romance. more ...)

**The Alien Orphan and the Christmas Wedding. by Esther Joseph (Children's: Middle grade | An alien orphan hides on a New Jersey charity farm He discovers his Venus power belt can be energized with harmonica music which keeps him alive. more ...)

Not very many books to add this week! The last rights report Publisher's Weekly posted was for the week of December 16, so y'all have seen those books already in previous bookish rounds, and I don't have a Publisher's Marketplace log-in to find other deals. These were the only ones that were posted publicly. Next week, and the coming weeks now that the holidays are over, are likely to have a LOT of deals that were closed and held off for greater publicity though.

Wow, so Divergent really is the next "big" thing on the lines of Hunger Games, Twilight, etc. Now a number one USA Today Bestseller, and selling a lot more than other YA books.

Liking reading about other New Years Resolutions? Check out some from Epic Reads authors.

Were you stunned by the beautiful cover for Melissa de la Cruz's next novel? Well, here's an interview with her from Publisher's Weekly about The Ring and the Crown.

If you're a fan of Laurie Halse Anderson, here's an interview where she talks about her new book, The Impossible Knife of Memory.

Kate DiCamillo Named Next National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. You know what I love about these bookish rounds? I get to learn about things I didn't know existed, like an ambassador for Young People's Literature.

So, you remember that big fiasco about the lawyer who revealed JK Rowling = Robert Galbraith? Turns out he got fined pretty heavily...

Have you voted for the 2013 YABC Choice awards?

Cover Reveals:

Star of the Team - Beverly Stowe McClure
Wheels of Change - Darlene Beck Jacobson

If you'd like to follow along with cover reveals, see my Pinterest.

Discussion/Other bloggers posts:

Hey, guess who won best YA boyfriend over at Hypable? I'll give you a hint: one of his lesser known (fake) names is Jet Steele.

Reading changes brain's connectivity. Doesn't surprise me, considering how plastic the brain is... but yay for more studies telling the world how awesome reading is ;).

20 Winter-themed YA books. It's really cool to note how even the covers match that assertion.

Marcus Sedgwick: 'Inspiration is everywhere.' Very, very true.

Kids' books change with the times. This makes me sad because if Harry Potter is being lent out less, well, say in 20 years, you could mention the series to someone young and they might not even recognize the name. It's strange thinking about your generation's big hits and how that doesn't follow through to others.

AKA: Children fall out of love with Harry Potter and Asterix (Books by JK Rowling and Roald Dahl are falling out of favour with children, a new study shows).

Top 10 YA books of 2013 from the Telegraph.

Closing The 'Word Gap' Between Rich And Poor. I hope the research leads to some fruitful projects.

The 21 Best YA Books Of 2013 from Buzzfeed.

Young Adult Sci-Fi That Will Get Readers Psyched About Science. I think the thing that's really cool about this article is that it's coming from a scientific standpoint (e.g. like thinking about the drugs that might make x and x possible).... even if I disagree with some of the points :).

** Ashley at Nose Graze: Will Cross-Posting Book Reviews Hurt Your SEO?.
** Ashley at Nose Graze: 10 Reasons I Love Your Blog.
** Ashley at Nose Graze: The Best Way to Track RSS & Provide Email Subscriptions on a Wordpress Blog.
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Change the Width of WordPress Dashboard Columns.
** Hopeless Romantics: Customized Email Gadget (Blogger).
** Nikki at The Paper Sea: Blogging Tools -- There's an App for That!
** Shannelle at The Art of Escapism: Learning HTML Resources.
** Shannelle at The Art of Escapism: What I Expect in 2014... from You.
** Asti at A Bookish Heart: The Fears of Starting a Blog
** Felicia at the Geek Blogger's Book Blog: Balancing the Book Budget 2014: Starting Line

Blogging & Bloggers:
** Jen at The Starry-Eyed Revue: Meh about Memes.
** Lili at Lili's Reflections: Quick Survey: College Blogging 101
** Amanda at On a Book Bender: Why It's Okay to Fail.
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: Reasons for Blogging and Resolutions.
** Sandra at Tea Between Books: My Blogging Manifesto.
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Book Blogger New Year's Challenge
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Brand New Feature: Ship Shape
** Angie at Angela’s Anxious Life: Comments... Do You Read the Replies?.
** Kelly at Effortlessly Reading: Copying and Pasting - AKA Faking Comments.
** Savannah at Books with Bite: How much money do you spend on books?
** Nuzaifa at Say It With Books: My Blogging Bucket List

Ratings, Reviews, Authors, ARCs, Recommendations:
** Hannah at the Irish Banana: ARC Essentials*
(I posted one of these before but somehow missed the rest. Great Q&As!)
** Shelly at Readiculous Reads: How Do You Recommend Books to Non-readers?
** Erin at The In-Between Place: On Recommendations and Rejection.
** Gaby at Queen Ella Bee Reads: The Problem with Recommending Books.
** Christy at Christy’s Book Addiction: Does Your Mood Affect Your Reviews?.
** Cassie at Books With Cass: Goodreads Ratings.
** Kayla at The Thousand Lives: I Wish More Authors Would Write with Color.

The Experience:
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: How Do You Read?.
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: Do Historical Inaccuracies in Fiction Bother You?.
** Arial at In Italics: Do You Take Notes while You’re Reading?.
** Jasmine at Flip That Page: When Is It Okay to Reread a Book?.
** Ana and Thea at The Book Smugglers: The Airing of Grievances
** Leigh at Little Book Star: My Book Journey.
** Christine at Oh, Chrys!: When Books Contradict My Beliefs.
** Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide: Why I Read YA (and How It's Changed My Life).

RE: The New Year:
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: New Year's Resolutions about Reading.
** Lyn at Great Imaginations: Lyn Looks Back Over Her 2013 Goals
** and many, many more which I have undoubtedly missed, but I'm sure you can find.

Specific Books & Parts of a Book:
** Sandra at Tea Between Books: Hardbacks vs. Paperbacks.
** Mel at the Daily Prophecy: Mission Impossible: Tackling Series
** Kelley at Another Novel Read: I'm Addicted to Novellas.
** Pam at YA Escape From Reality: What Is with All the Novellas?
** Arial at In Italics: Cover Changes.
** Lauren at Love Is Not a Triangle: Let's Discuss the Series End

** Kelley at Another Novel Read: Exploring Tarot with The Raven Boys.
** Jasmine at Flip That Page: Quiz Celebs and Movie Adaptations.
** Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide: Quiz: Which Lunar Chronicles Character Are You?.
** Kelly at Effortlessly Reading: When It’s Hard to Support Indie Bookstores.
** Gaby at Queen Ella Bee Reads: What do Non-Read Do with Their Time?

Movie/TV news:

Well, first off, look at all those new Vampire Academy covers and movie companions and the like. It's coming soon! AND AND AND to prove it, here's the first officially released clip! Mia goes down...

A new still from the Divergent adaptation (+ other movie adaptations) (check out #10/14).

Scout Compton has been cast to play Arriane in the Fallen movie adaptation.

New still from The Fault in Our Stars when Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are in Amsterdam.

And and here's a sneak peak of the Veronica Mars movie!

In the spirit of anticipating things to come in 2014, look at these upcoming movie adaptations!


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, 01/04.

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.

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

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

Gillian's All I Want for Christmas Is a Book Boyfriend Giveaway. INT, ends 01/07.

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.


Most Featured: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill and Avalon by Mindee Arnett. I took Asti's suggestion about organizing my Feedly subscriptions (which was just getting out of hand and is still out of date / I need to add more blogs) and making sure I didn't miss any discussions... and there those two books were. Since I'll be returning to the blogosphere more fully this coming week, I'll probably be reading a bunch of the looking-forward-to-2014 posts; did y'all see any interesting reads that you're now anticipating?

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill (another fun, cute contemporary romance from Lauren Morrill). Other than that, I haven't gotten much reading done. I do know how to play saba' w nus (seven and a half, aka a cracked Lebanese version of blackjack) now though so clearly I have been doing something worthwhile ;).

Sorry for the delay! Some strange, unexpected things have been happening lately, and well, anyway, bookish rounds post will return to Wednesdays now that the holidays are over. Oh, and uh:

Happy New Year, you wonderful people!! :)

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 love posts like this. Weekly round ups provide some great links and you've got some fab industry stuff as well awesome :-)

    1. Thanks, Victoria! I hope to keep providing links for these round-ups in the future and I hope that you'll continue to stop by for them :).

  2. Excited about The Vampire Academy movie (loved the clip) and The Veronica Mars movie. Thanks for the great post! ~Pam

    1. Me too! I've seen some negative commentary about the clip (which I understand too), but I'm still really excited for the film. I hope Veronica Mars lives up to your expectations and that VA lives up to both of ours.

  3. Veronica Mars sneak peek?! How did I miss that! Thanks for the link. And I really, really love the cover for The Ring and the Crown. It GORGEOUS. I'm not sure if I'll be picking up the book though, as I haven't been the biggest fan of the author's previous books, but I guess I'll wait to see what the reviews are like first. I'm glad to hear you'll be making a return to the blogosphere soon. I've missed seeing you around, but I understand the need to take some time out. :)

    1. Sam -- did you see that the Ring and the Crown is up on NG? And in my latest rounds post, I linked to a place where you can read an excerpt if you're interested in seeing whether you'd want to get the book. I too am a bit undecided based on her previous work, though I do think I'm going to pass just because I'm behind on other things already. Still, I hope you'll like it if you end up reading it! And I'm glad you got to see the VM sneak peek.

      I am so looking forward to catching up, Sam!! There are still 19 more posts with comments I need to reply to but gosh gosh gosh I am so looking forward to finally talking with my friends again :D

  4. I honestly don't think that Harry Potter will disappear. I think it's a classic book and it really depends. I'm most definitely going to let my future children grow up with HP :D I always love reading about scientific tests on the brain of readers. The top 20 winter-themed YA books look interesting! I'm going to write some down.

    1. We shall never let HP disappear! Well, at least for our children. It won't be an epic phenomenon as it was for us (unless JKR keeps up with the spin-offs and the like), but hey. Let's keep it up! And me too. I loving reading about scientific tests re: reading in general; I always wonder about how you can test the effects of that objectively... I hope you found some good winter-themed YA books :).

  5. Thanks for these updates! Makes my life easier haha

  6. There are so many great books listed here but i'm especially interested in reading Falls the Shadow by Stefanie Gaither.

    1. It has a beautiful cover so I don't blame you! I hope all the books live up to your expectations!

  7. I am BEYOND excited for the Veronica Mars movie. And I loved that article on VA becoming this year's Mean Girls. Too funny.

    And I don't think HP could ever really 5yo daughter LOVES the movies, and she's excited to read all of my HCs when she gets a little older. I think that as long as we strive to keep those books alive for the younger generations, they'll remain notable. So, that's what I'm trying to do...besides simply continuing to encourage Katie to love reading, no matter what the material is.

    1. The movie is giving me a huge Mean Girls vibe too. And eee, all you people who love Veronica Mars. I'm thinking I ought to do some sort of binge VM marathon just to prepare for that movie.

      How cool! When do you think you'll give the HCs to your daughter? And yeah -- I think there are a lot of articles that focus on how reading is declining, literacy is declining, check-outs of HP are declining... but you've said it right: as long as we encourage kids to keep reading, none of that will really and truly happen :).

  8. It's interesting that HP books are falling out of favor with kids now, but I wonder why that is (and yet some of us will forever hold those books dear in our hearts). That "word gap" article was also interesting. I feel like I've read about this before, but there wasn't much suggestion for resolution in whatever it was I read.

    1. I think it's because without the same level of hype associated with the name, they don't necessarily even know about Harry Potter. Or care. I'm pretty sure the Babysitters Novels or Club or whatever they were called were popular some decades ago, but I'm not excited to read them either :/. There's rarely suggestions for actual resolution with regard to the word gap / economic strife; so few ways to help with that without massive reform...

  9. Ugh, don't talk about my suggestion on organizing your Feedly. Mine is ridiculous right now! There's been so many people moving blog domains or with name changes or quitting or what-have-you that I have like 200 blogs on there that I'm scared to look at, haha.

    Anyways, I'm glad to hear you'll be returning more fully to the blogosphere! It's sort of the opposite for me. In February I'll be taking a month-long hiatus, and then there will be... things. >.>

    1. No way! I'll always talk about your Feedly organization. You are one of the most organized bloggers I know, so don't even downplay that you.

      Aww, so I ought to comment spam you soon to make sure I hit your blog before the hiatus. I saw the little banner about your project with Kelley and Leanne. I'm excited for whatever it is! :)


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