Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds 33

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 + another:

** Sarah Prineas's ASH AND BRAMBLE, about a heroine who fights to explode the myth of the "happily ever after" fairy tale ending enforced by the sinister Godmother and forge her own path to Harper Children's for publication in May 2015.

** Madeleine Roux's third book in the series that began with the NYT bestselling Asylum, illustrated with found photographs and following three teens who exist on the line between past and present, genius and insanity, to Harper Children's.

** Real Life - Cory Doctorow, illustrated by Jen Wang (tells of a girl encountering social inequality and injustice online and having to figure out what to do about it. First Second Books, October 2014).

** Drowning Is Inevitable - Shalanda Stanley (YA debut about four teens who flee to New Orleans in the wake of an accidental homicide where they hope to find a solution to an unfixable problem. Knopf, fall 2015).

** Stand-Off - Andrew Smith (the sequel to Winger, the story of a boy on his boarding school's rugby team that was published last year. Stand-Off will focus on Ryan Dean's senior year, in which he becomes captain of the rugby team. Simon & Schuster).

** The Weight of Feathers - Anna-Marie McLemore (YA debut in which two teenagers from rival families of traveling performers fall in love despite impossible odds. Thomas Dunne Books, 2015)

** Rules for Stealing Stars -- Corey Ann Haydu (MG debut pitched as "a sister story in the vein of Coraline, with complicated family secrets and a twist of magic both dark and lovely." HarperCollins).

** Fenway & Hattie - Victoria J. Coe (MG debut - told from the perspective of Fenway, Hattie's dog, the story focuses on the pair's adjustments to the changes that come with their move from the city to the suburbs. Putnam, winter 2016)..

** Arrows -- Melissa Gorzelanczyk (In the debut novel, pitched as “Greek mythology meets MTV's Teen Mom, a cupid-in-training from Olympus shoots a ballet prodigy with an arrow, realizing too late the other arrow in his pack is useless, causing a tragically one-sided enchantment. Delacorte, fall 2015).

To be added next week since GR links not up yet:

** Untitled 1 & Untitled 2 - Rainbow Rowell (the two graphic novels will be YA romance in the vein of her novels Eleanor & Park and Fangirl; the first will be illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks. First Second Books).

** Rookie Yearbook 3 - Tavi Gevinson (..."Teenage blogger-actress Tavi Gevinson has a two-book deal for more highlights from her online magazine Rookie. Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced Tuesday that it will publish Rookie Yearbooks 3 and 4. Founded in 2011, Rookie is a publication for teenage girls that has featured contributions from Lorde, Mindy Kalingand Lena Dunham...")
Continuing the trend of awards // major "best of" lists in winter...

2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults: 98 books in total from the Young Adult Library Services Association. I hope that you recognize some of your favorites! Top ten here.

2014 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers: 77 titles and 3 series from YALSA. Top Ten here.
Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults 2014: 27 fiction titles and 2 nonfiction titles, and here's a quick top ten list too. Eleanor and Park is winning a lot of awards. I'm curious about the audiobook now too!

2014 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults: 74 titles arranged by 3 different topics (Conflicted: Life During Wartime; GLBTQ: Books with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer-questioning, Intersex, Asexual Individuals, and Their Allies; and Humor Me: Funny, Fantastic and Witty Reads). Top ten here.

Great Graphic Novels 2014: 78 titles. Top ten here.

2014 American Indian Youth Literature Award: Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac (YA), How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story by Tim Tingle (MG). Honor goes to: Danny Blackgoat, Navajo Prisoner by Tim Tingle (MG) and If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth (YA).

Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals longlists announced: 20 on each list.

The nominees for the 2014 Women's National Book Association's Pannell Award, which recognize independent bookstores that enrich their community by promoting reading to young people, have been announced. -- How cool! I had no idea awards were given to indie bookstores.

Any librarian bloggers out there? Lemony Snicket launches prize for librarians 'who have faced adversity.'
Excited for Cress? You can read its short story prequel, "The Little Android," here.

For all you TFiOS fans, Diaries of a Dying Teen: Meet the Inspiration Behind 'The Fault in Our Stars'

Book trailers: Ignite Me - Tahereh MafiBright Before Sunrise - Tiffany SchmidtDeep Blue - Jennifer DonnellyTesla's Attic - Neil Schusterman and Eric Elfman.

Month9Books has released a preview of its 2014 line-up. Check out the one minute video here!

JK Rowling sues Daily Mail for libel over 'single mother' article. I wonder how she keeps track of all the articles that get published about her... And y'know, in other JK Rowling news, she basically said that she regrets putting Ron and Hermione together, and that they were a form of wish fulfillment. I was a Harry/Hermione shipper back in the day, but later on wondered why any of the trio got together (platonic relationships all around!). I can see why H/H was supposed to happen from a symbolic sense, what with her Christian themes and the trinity of mind-body-spirit bits but eh. I suppose I'm mostly surprised that this happened because of how detailed she'd been in her notes prior to writing HP.

If you're a David Baldacci fan, here's a feature on his new YA series and its first book, The Finisher.

Amulet Reissues Myracle's Internet Girls Series for the iPhone Generation.

If you're interested in The Winner's Curse, Publisher's Weekly chats with Marie Rutkoski about the book.

Wi9 Panel: Selling Sad and Dark Young Adult Literature ("...Asked by Capriola to define the phrase “sad and dark,” the panelists suggested several titles as examples. Berner mentioned Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller, and A.S. King’s Reality Boy, which contain themes such as abandonment and adolescent rage...").

Readfy’s Ad-Subsidized eBook Service Launches in a Limited Beta. It never fails to surprise me how quickly publishing is changing. Trade ads for free e-books? Wow.

And... A Wearable Book Feeds You Its Characters' Emotions As You Read. I'm sorry, I'm still trying to process the idea of a book being wearable.

Cover Reveals:

(actually an animated GIF cover elsewhere)
Eden - Joanna Nadin
Undertow - Joanna Nadin

Discussion/Other Fun Blogger Posts:

Are you a fan of Vampire Academy? Check out the personality type chart I made and see which character your personality matches.

Epic Reads is asking YA fans to name of their favorite retellings. Stop by their blog and let them know yours for when they make an infographic with those titles.

Were you a fan of Fault Line by Christa Desir? Here's a discussion she and some others spearhead on the portrayal of Sexual Violence in YA Literature.

Black History Month: Interracial Teens in Historical Fiction.

LGBTQ Parents in YA Novels. Shocking and also not shocking to see how few examples there are. Lola and the Boy Next Door was the only book with an example that I personally could think of.

Worst (& Best) Literary Couples (from PenguinUSA).

11 Unforgettable YA Kissy Scenes (from Epic Reads).

This Is Not Why YA Is Important: as usual, another thoughtful discussion from Maggie Stiefvater. This (Our Young-Adult Dystopia) may or may not be the article she was responding to...

In light of the JKR announcement, 10 Things That Happen When You Read Harry Potter For The First Time As An Adult.

9 Life Lessons Everyone Can Learn From These Beloved Classic Children's Books. Adorable, especially the bad hair days.

13 Literary Books That Young Adult Readers Will Love. I'd only heard of one novel on that list. I suppose that's a good starting place then, if the whole premise is "after you've finished THG and HP."

BeeLine Reading Challenge -- software in beta stage that's supposed to help you read more accurately.

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Book Lovers.

** Christina at A Reader of Fictions: How I Get Shit Done
** Christina at A Reader of Fictions: Don’t Be Lazy on Twitter
** Kara at Great Imaginations: Regaining My Passion
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Tips for Blogging Newbies: Research and Decisions
** Rachel at Parajunkee: The Pros and Cons of a Rating System
** Hopeless Romantics: Blog Design Tips & Tricks: Page Load Time
** Ashley at Nose Graze: What Does Purge Cache Mean? Will It Delete My Blog?
** Ashley at Nose Graze: How to Deal with Plagiarism and Send DMCA Complaints

Blogging & Bloggers:
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Do You Ever *Want* to Love a Blog But Don’t?
** Felicia at Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog: Blogger Confession: Library + Online Content = Greatness
** Cayce at Fighting Dreamer: [LGBT Challenge 2014] First Winner and First Discussion Topic
** Brenna at I Have Lived a Thousand Lives: Comments
** Lillian at Books and Cake: Blogging Slump and a Change
** Mel at The Daily Prophecy: My Blogging Methods
** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: College Blogging 101: Cushioning the Experience-- High School to College

Reviews, Recommendations, Ratings, Authors, ARCs:
** Steph at Cuddlebuggery: The Author Commandments
** Kat at Cuddlebuggery: Authors Are People Too -- With Yaoi (NSFW)
** Nikki at The Paper Sea: Giving Authors Second Chances
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: Book Cover Quotes and Author Endorsements
** Jen at YA Romantics: YA Books for Fans of Sherlock
** Hannah at So Obsessed With: Recommendations: Love or Hate?
** Sydney at Utterly Bookish: Positive or Negative Reviews: Which One Is Easier to Write?
** Cassie at Books with Cass: Plagiarism vs. Inspiration
** Ana at Read Me Away: Books I Don’t Review
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Review What You Want -- Not What You Think People Want to Read
** Kelley at Another Novel Read: Where Do You Post Your Reviews?

The Experience:
** Stormy C. at Book.Blog.Bake: Bleat Bleat. I’m A Sheep!
** Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner: What Has Happened to Me?
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: Book Nerd Problems: Spoilers
** Angie at Angela’s Anxious Life: When All the Books Come into the Library at Once
** Rachel at Paper Cuts: What Makes You Pick Up a Book?
** Emily at Constellation Chronicles: Changing Tastes -- Is That Wrong?
** Pamela at Reading Is Fun Again: Perfect Marriage Between Book Type and Format?
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: How Mood Reading Is Both the Best and the Worst Thing
** Mime at Notebooks Sisters: Why People Don’t Read
** Amanda at On a Book Bender: The Post Book Crankies
** Jen at The Starry-Eyed Revue: Curses!!

The Ron/Hermione debate:
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Ron & Hermione or Harry & Hermione?
** Kim at The Nomadic Book Hoarder: Why I Don’t Like J.K. Rowling’s Ron/Hermione Revelation

** Cayce at Fighting Dreamer: What Makes A Villain - Vicious
** Christy at Christy’s Book Addiction: What’s Your Type?
** Jasmine at Flip That Page: Cast of Characters: Princes in YA

** Mary at Book Swarm: Serial Novels: Does reading them make you want to be a serial killer?
** Nova at Out of Time: Dragging a Series to Hell

Genre / Trends:
** Sana at Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile: Monotypes vs. Monoprints: Of Absent Mothers and Female Bildungsroman
** Helen at My Novel Opinion: Reading Nonfiction
** Lauren at Love Is Not a Triangle: Follow-up Post: How Do You Define a Love Triangle + My New Button
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: NA Lit
** Shannelle at The Art of Escapism: Does a Relationship Need to Have Sex?

Book Habits:
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: Full Fathom Five and Why I Boycott Their Books
** Kelly at Effortlessly Reading: This One Annoying Habit of Mine

** Rinn at Rinn Reads: Why I Love Video Games
** Alice-Jane at Crazy Red Pen: Hey This Is Me - Anxiety, Insecurity and Other Things
** Mel at The Daily Prophecy: Favorite TV Shows
** Mel at The Daily Prophecy: 10 Random Facts about Me

Movies/TV Shows:

Shailene Woodley and Theo James were on Jimmy Kimmel Live, discussing the Divergent adaptation here and here. And of course, here's the link to the final trailer (and the 15 second teaser clip).

According to MTV and its MTV Movie Brawl, the upcoming Veronica Mars movie is the most anticipated movie of the year for 2014.

Just because I added in The Fault in Our Stars trailer a little late last week, here it is again. And here's John Green's reaction to the trailer.

Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has been tapped to work on the script for Insurgent, the sequel to Summit's upcoming YA adaptation, Divergent.

They've started to release stills from The Maze Runner. Here is the first one and the second. A "Welcome to the Glade" feel about them (or maybe that was just the slogan I read somewhere). They've also posted the international release dates.

Ahh!! Are you excited for Vampire Academy this Friday? Because hey, look, they've released 6 clips to do just that. 1 (Lissa/Christian), 2 (Class Disturbance), 3 (Blood Message), 4 (Lissa Shows Off), 5 (Naked), 6 (Nose Job in Montana). Here's an exclusive interview with Richelle Mead.

As you may have heard, Phillip Seymour Hoffman has passed away. You can celebrate his life here.

Did you see The 100 teaser trailer? The CW has finally set the premiere date for the YA adapted series for Wednesday, March 19 at 9/8 CST.

Felicity Jones in Negotiations to Star in Adaptation of ‘When You Were Mine’ by @RebeccaASerle.

I guess they've started filming the Fallen adaptation?

A deleted scene from The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Gary A. Randall, Madison Randall Acquire Rights To Kieran Scott’s ‘True Love’ Trilogy.

Coming-of-age novel ‘Geography Club’ now a movie. Er, I had no idea that was a YA book ("Based on Brent Hartinger’s acclaimed best-selling Young Adult novel, “Geography Club” is a fast, fresh coming-of-age movie that tells a real and powerful story unfolding in every high school around the country—a story of kids hiding their true identities in plain sight, even as they feverishly pursue their hearts’ desires.").


Adventures in Children's Publishing, weekly giveaways: 02/07, 02/1502/23, 02/28.

Scholastic's February 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.

Ten print copies of Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover.

Wish Giselle and Jenni Happy Birthday this month and take part in their cover madness giveaway hop. INT, ends 03/01.

Blind dates with different books over with the ladies at Great Imaginations. INT, 02/18.

Unhinged and Swag Pack by A.G. Howard. INT, 02/14.

Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen swag giveaway. US, 02/22.

The BookNerd International February Giveaway (Feb YA releases). Ends 02/28.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen (A fantastic character cast, fiery heroine, and beautiful writing and voice fill the pages of this empowering retelling of Robin Hood.). I also recently finished Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff as a part of a read-along / buddy read (after this post) with Bonnie from For the Love of Words. First person present doesn't always work for me, but Yovanoff does a great job with the voice and the creepy setting and crafting very quirky and real characters. Besides that I'm about 25% the way through with Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott -- feeling kind of middling about it -- and I've started Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. I wasn't entirely sure whether I was going to buy the novel (I seriously don't know how I feel about the series at large - is it my crack? That series you can't seem to shake even though you're not sure that you like it? Rargh!!!), but then I saw a few interviews with Mafi and I really like the *strong* voice I got from Juliette in the excerpts... and I'm hoping she's fighting back in this book. Hoping. You reading or going to read any of these novels?

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. You're the best for including my giveaway on there. I was going to ask and then it was already there. :P Also, as usual, great links. Particularly the Ron/Hermione ones. I've been dying for more opinions since that revelation broke me a bit.


    1. :) Sometimes I miss giveaways just because there are so many and since I don't really enter many... *shrug* but I saw yours so yay! And awww, you were a Ron/Hermione shipper? :( oh well, even if they weren't in her plans, doesn't mean they're not good for each other, no? Especially as she wrote them.

  2. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your bookish rounds posts. I find a lot of great blogs and posts and news from this email. You rock!

    1. Thanks, Chrissy! It takes me a while to put these together, so it's always great to hear that some people are enjoying them :).

  3. Christina, would you mind adding my birthday giveaway? It's for a signed copy of THE PIRATE'S WISH by Cassandra Rose Clarke and a swag package. :)

    1. Doy, this is embarrassing. I knew that was coming up and I still forgot :O. Sorry! It's in there now & will post up again next week too.

  4. I always love your Bookish Rounds posts! I find loads of great new blogs each time. I should start commenting more often.

    1. Thanks, Amber! I ought to include more new blogs on the list then :D. And no worries on commenting - I certainly appreciate it, but I'm so far behind myself that I totally understand if others are the same/don't have the time :). Thanks for stopping by today!

  5. Lovely post! SO many links I need to click. I am very excited over the graphic novel link!

    1. Yay!! I hope you find some good recommendations & reads from that list - I was thinking that I ought to try some graphic novels soon too :).

  6. We'll have to buddy read again soon! :)


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