Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (35)

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 + Lunch Weekly:

**Bet You Can't - Nicole Williams (steamy three book series about romances between unlikely high schoolers. The first book chronicles the improbable relationship between flamboyant Isla (a member of the "social elite") and nerdy Tristan. Crown, spring 2016.)

**The Law of Loving Others - Kate Axelrod (YA debut - Emma returns home from boarding school to find that her mother having a schizophrenic breakdown, and her boyfriend pulls away when she needs him most. Emma mingles newfound freedoms with the devastating implications of her mother's illness. Razorbill, January 2015)

**Books 4, 5, and 6 in the Throne of Glass series - Sarah J. Maas.

**Lindsey Lee Johnson's debut THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE ON EARTH, a novel in stories examining the lives of a group of high school juniors marked by the suicide of a cyber-bullied classmate three years prior, integrating the digital communication so critical to the secret lives of teenagers, to Susan Kamil at Random House.

**Sherrilyn Kenyon's next three books in her YA series CHRONICLES OF NICK, to Monique Patterson at St. Martin's.

Random House Announces New R.J. Palacio Acquisitions ("...A companion book, 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts will be published on August 26 in hardcover, and The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story is due out as an e-original on May 26..."). The first book is linked to GR if you're interested in reading it.

Macmillan To Publish First Novel From Swoon Reads, a Crowdsourced Romance Imprint and Online Community ("...Slated to be published in both print & ebook formats August 26, 2014, A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT by debut author Sandy Hall is an irresistible and original romance between two college students, Gabe and Lea, told from fourteen different viewpoints..."). That is also linked to GR.

Next week, I'll look again to see if last week's titles are up on GR (they still weren't when I last checked). These titles aren't up on GR yet either:

**Kimberly McCreight enters the teen market with THE OUTLIERS, a contemporary speculative fiction trilogy pitched as featuring a heroine with the wit and wisdom of John Green's Hazel Grace, the ambition of Veronica Roth's Divergent and the emotional resonance of classic YA literature, to Jennifer Klonsky at Harper Children's.

**Kim Green's ANIMUS, in a world where humans and anthropomorphic animals co-exist, one girl is fighting not only for her own life, but for a future for all LivingKind, to Phoebe Yeh at Crown Children's.

Were you excited by the news that JK Rowling had written the crime novel, The Cuckoo's Calling? Well, the sequel, The Silkworm, has been announced. On that note, JKR talks about writing as a man... and tells everyone that Harry still loved Ginny, despite her recent thoughts on Hermione/Harry/Ron. Also says that Harry Potter might have been Harry Batt at one point.

Simon and Schuster is running a #monthoflove campaign where some of their authors are writing love letters from their characters. See Jenny Han's here (Conrad & Belly) and find the others.

Did you get a chance to participate in the #sensibleYA chat? If not, here's a recap of how it got started plus some of the tweets.

Hank Green, John Green, T. Michael Martin, and Emma Mills are making an educational YouTube channel together: How to Adult.

You're Missing Out on Great Literature: A look at how only 3% of the published titles in the US are from translations of other languages.

Who Needs Books? A Q&A with the ‘Bookless Library’ Head Librarian.

CPI Adjusted Bookstore Sales Down 36% Since 2005. Yikes. Didn't realize inflation changed the stats that drastically o.o.

Publishing Imprints: DreamWorks to Launch Children’s Books ImprintCapstone Publishing Adds YA Imprint.

InterviewsRachel Caine is interviewed by Goodreads and talks about her latest Romeo and Juliet inspired novel. Ask Melissa de la Cruz a question for her interview with Goodreads. Philippa Gregory interview with Goodreads. Jennifer E. Smith on her latest, The Geography of You and Me, with Publisher's Weekly.

ExcerptsExposure - Kathy ReichsThe Well's End - Seth Fishman, Staff of Serapis - Rick Riordan (Annabeth Chase x Sadie Kane), Dangerous - Shannon Hale, Better Off Friends - Elizabeth Eulberg, The Summer Prince - Alaya Dawn Johnson, To All The Boys I've Loved - Jenny Han, Perfect Lies - Kiersten White (from James's PoV), Slammed - Colleen Hoover (from Will Cooper), Altered #3 - Jenn Rush (from Nick's PoV), Sinner - Maggie Stiefvater (first 3 chapters).

Trailer: Forbidden - Kimberley Griffiths Little

Awards: A Literature and Language Arts list from the ALA on 2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound and LifeLong LearnersThe Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity - applications are open now! Don't forget to apply. The 2013 Cybils Award Winners (Ultra - David Carroll, MG; Templar - Jordan Mechner, YA Graphic Novels; The Summer Prince - Alaya Dawn Johnson, YA Spec Fic; Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass - Meg Medina, YA Fiction). Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2014 shortlists (Best Book for Teens: The Bone Dragon by Alexia Casale; Butter by Erin Lange; If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch; Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O’Porter; Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys; Geek Girl by Holly Smale).

Cover Reveals:

Dark Prophet - KN Lee
A Soul’s Kiss - Debra Chapoton
Return of the Ascendant - Raine Thomas

Discussions/Other Fun Blogger Posts:

The Best YA Series. I always think that I've read a decent amount of YA until I look at those lists and find multiple titles that I've not read o.O.

30 Contemporary YA Romance Reads. As usual, Epic Reads has a beautiful graphic to accompany the list, and I'm looking forward to trying out some of those titles! Are you?

11 Reasons to Date a Bookworm. I could get behind this article, especially with that usage of the Leonardo Di Caprio as smiling-Gatsby picture.

YA Mystery Pairings from Epic Reads -- who fits each description? My guess for #5 is the Shatter Me series and #6 Shadow and Bone. Maybe #1 as Fire and Flood?

Breakup Advice From YA Authors To Get You Through Valentine’s Day -- Valentine's Day might be over, but these are still funny to read. And along with the Vday posts, a YA V Day.

No nudity please, we're... French! Gloves off – and everything else – over children's book 'All in the Buff' (Or as the subtitle explains: Book designed to help French children accept bodies of all shapes and sizes is causing an outsize row.)

Religion in YA (written by Aaron Hartzler and gives 5 examples if you're looking for some new recs).

Books reviewed more harshly after winning awards: researchers ("...What tends to happens is that when a book wins a big literary prize, the audience for the book increases dramatically -- mostly individuals who heard it about it through the award and weren't interested in it before (and weren't likely to review it). With a much larger sample of reviewers comes an increase in the diversity of their personal tastes, and naturally, people who would dislike it...").

** Asheley at Into the Hall of Books: Looking for Blogging Suggestions, Please and Thank You
** Shae at Shae Has Left the Room: Help Wanted
** Hannah at the Irish Banana Review: BEA 2014 - Here we go again
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Bookexpo America Tips -- Things I’m Glad I Did & Things I Learned
** Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf: Pros and Cons of Affiliate Links
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Ten Quick Tips To Increase Your Blog Readership
** Hopeless Romantics: Blog Design Tips and Tricks: Linkwithin
** Hopeless Romantics: Blog Design Tips and Tricks: Custom Share Icons
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Why You Shouldn’t Use Blockquotes Just to Make Pretty Boxes
** Ashley at Nose Graze: My Findings: Whether or Not You Should Have An Image Slider
** Ashley at Nose Graze: The Problem with Memes: They Clog up Feed Readers

Blogging and Bloggers:
** Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews: A Little Reminder to Us Bloggers
** Celine at YA Midnight Reads: How Blogging Changed My Reading Habits
** Adele at Persnickety Snark: Blog Break Down: Kelly from Stacked Books
** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: College Blogging 101: Co-bloggers… Yay or Nay?
** Leigh at Little Book Star: Favorite and Least Favorite Posts

Reviews, Ratings, Recommendations, Authors, ARCs:
** Katie at Katie’s Book Blog: ARCs & What You Do When You’re Done With Them
** Kristilyn at Reader in Winter: My Jumbled Thoughts on ARCs (Or Why I Fail When It Comes To Reading Review Books But Request Them Anyway)
** Kat at Cuddlebuggery: 5 Ways to Annoy Authors This Valentine’s Day
** Sophie at PaperBreathers: The Thing About Having a Favorite Author
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: Renae Recommends: Ghosts
** Melissa at I Swim for Oceans: The Truth about Giving Negative Reviews
** Cayce at Fighting Dreamer: A Different Take on: Reviews vs. Discussion Posts
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: How To Properly Spoil a Book
** Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: The GIF You Know
** Pamela at Reading Is Fun Again: How Do You Rate Books That Are Not Intended For You?
** Christy at Christy’s Book Addiction: Do Goodreads Ratings Matter?

The Experience:
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: An Infallible Guide to Reading More in 2014
** Jen at YA Romantics: Book Impatience and Binge Reading
** Kimberly at On the Wings of Books: To Reread or Not to Reread, That Is the Question
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: This Is Where It All Started
** Sarah at Workaday Reads: Have You Ever Wanted to Slow Down Your Reading Speed?
** Terri at Starlight Book Reviews: Book Pushing: Help Me With My BFF Edition
** Sandra at Tea Between Books: Je T’aime Livres
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: My Least Favorite Book Tropes
** Sheri at [YA]Escape From Reality: Why Such Violent Heroines?
** Trish at Between My Lines: Fictitious Gadgets: Smarteye

Valentine's Day Inspired:
** Siiri at Little Pieces of Imagination: On Valentine's Day and Estonian Sweets
** Lauren at Love Is Not a Triangle: On Valentine’s Day: A Plea for the Other Guy
** Hazel at Stay Bookish: List of Awesome: Book Valentines
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Bookentines: Valentines Featuring Your Favorite YA Couples

Love Triangles, Romance, Instalove, Book Boyfriends:
** Giselle and Jenni at Xpresso Reads: Meet Our Book Boyfriends
** Amy at Book Loving Mom: Book Boyfriends
** Christine at Oh, Chrys!: 5 Signs He’s a Bad Book Boyfriend
** Sunny at Blue Shelf Sky: The Dos and Don’ts of YA Romance
** Amanda at On a Book Bender: 5 Things I Love in a Romance
** Cee at the Novel Hermit: Fangirling about Romances
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: 5 Love Triangles That Are Pure Torture
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: Why Do I Like Love Triangles?
** Angie at Angela’s Anxious Life: Symptoms of Instalove
** Lillian at Books and Cake: On Instalove
** Shannelle at The Art of Escapism: Instalove Then and Now

Books, Habits related to books, & Bookshelves:
** Lyn at I Prefer Reading: Bookish Things
** Katie at Doing Dewey: Bookish Things I Love
** Savannah at Books with Bite: Book Tag: Love It or Hate It
** Nova at Out of Time: 10 Things To Do With Books You Don’t Want or Hate
** Ana at Read Me Away: Audiobook Habits
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: Go Ahead & Make Fun of Me ALLLL You Want, Non-Reader Friends!
** Gaby at Queen Ella Bee Reads: What Should I Buy?
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: Paws off My Favorites (Favorite Book Hypersensitivity)
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: Date with My Bookshelf
** Alice-Jane at Crazy Red Pen: Introducing… Creative Spaces

Series and Sequels:
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: Help! Need Completed Series to Read
** Melissa at I Swim for Oceans: Books I’d LOVE to Have Sequels
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Series and Sequels
** Mime at Notebooks Sisters: Why Do Readers Get Addicted to Series?

Books to Movies:
** Alise at Readers in Wonderland: Let’s Talk About that Vampire Academy Movie
** Helen at My Novel Opinion: Books to Movies

** Lyn at Great Imaginations: My Own Identity
** Lauren at Books, Tea, & Me: Downs and Ups
** Sydney at Utterly Bookish: Does Life Slump = Book Slump?
** Kelley at Another Novel Read: Caps Lock

Movies/TV Shows:

Lionsgate Taps ‘Catfish’ Directors for ‘Nerve’ Movie. Nerve is a YA novel by Jeanne Ryan ("...The story centers on a former wallflower who, as a high school senior, jumps headfirst into an online game of truth or dare. As she advances, she finds herself being manipulated by a knowing community of anonymous online “watchers.” / “Nerve” was published in 2012 by Dial Books, a division of Penguin Group...").

‘The Giver’ Actress Odeya Rush to Join Jack Black in Sony’s ‘Goosebumps’ Movie. I didn't know that they were adapting one of the Goosebumps novels, but hahaha, I suppose that makes sense since according that article, there are over 300 million copies in print. Would it bad if I now admitted that I've never read one?

Vampire Academy fans are trying to help promote the movie here so that the studios will greenlight Frostbite (and find an Adrian actor).

And the Divergent related gear picks up. Here's the first images of some of the merchandise, including dog tags. And Matel apparently signed a contract because there are now Four and Tris barbie dolls. All this on the heels of a new clip with Kate Winslet and Shailene Woodley.

The Fallen (by Lauren Kate) adaptation is now being filmed in Budapest.

Here's a slideshow of all the Maze Runner stills that have been released so far.

As 'The Fault in Our Stars' is filmed, John Green turns astrologer (aka John Green talks with LA Times about the movie).


Create a cover for BEFORE I FALL before March 5 for a $100 Amazon Giftcard.

ARC of What I Thought Was True. US only, ends 02/26.

Adventures in Children's Publishing, weekly giveaways: 02/2102/23, 02/28, 02/28.

Scholastic's February books giveaway.

Contemporary YA 2014. Ends 03/01.

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.

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

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

Entangled Publishing's February Brazen Blast with Giveaway (Kindle Paperwhite and Amazon GC's). Ends 02/27.

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

Ignite Me & Unite Me GIVEAWAY!! (US only). 02/21.

Win one of the YA Series Insiders books. Ends 02/27.

10 sets of novels from Simon Teen. Ends 02/28.

Make a book trailer for Of Neptune and there are three huge prize packs. INT, ends 03/31.

2 $25 gift cards and chocolate strawberries. Ends 02/20.

Paperback or audio of The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand. INT, ends 02/24.

Winner's choice of romantic reads. INT, ends 02/27.

ARC of Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers. US only, ends 03/04.

Copy of Landry Park. (Did not say end date).

Selected audiobook from favorites list. Ends 03/18.

3 paperbacks of Pretty Crooked & 3 ARCS of Pretty Sly by Elisa Ludwig. US only, ends 03/06.

Finished copy of Moth and Spark. US only, ends 03/02.

Paperback copy of Unforgotten and hardback of Unremembered. US/CA only, ends 03/02.

Copy of Something Real by Heather Demetrios. US only, ends 03/07.

Hardback of a Mad, Wicked Folly. US only, ends 02/23.

ARC of The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes. INT, ends 03/02.


New ReleasesPerfect Lies (Mind Games #2) by Kiersten WhiteMaybe One Day by Melissa KantorBright Before Sunrise by Tiffany SchmidtThird Strike (Slayer Chronicles #3) by Heather BrewerInsanity by Susan VaughtMe Since You by Laura Wiess.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of Perfect Lies by Kiersten White (Action and thriller oriented readers should definitely pick up Perfect Lies.). I finally finished reading Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott -- hopefully will have that mini review & the one for The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness, which I am still reading, posted sometime this week. I also read Charmed Life (Chrestomanci #1) by Diana Wynne Jones. Diana Wynne Jones is definitely one of my favorite authors now. This captures the same magical feeling I had while reading Harry Potter. DWJ had such fantastic imagination - I never know quite where the plot will head or how her quirky characters will fare. I am so glad that there are more books to read in that series and others of hers, though I think the Howl's Moving Castle series shall remain my favorite. (We'll see). As a part of my read-along (that post when I called for buddy reads) with Kaede from Wake Up at Seven, I've also started to read The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab. I quite like the writing and I'm looking forward to exploring more (I'm still pretty early in the book). If any of you would like to read a book with me in the following weeks, just let me know :D.

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.

PS - What would you say if I stopped featuring as many cover reveals? Trying to think of ways to cut back on downtime for me to post this, and some of these covers I don't even like.


  1. Oh, I like romances between social elite girls and their secret nerdy crushes ;) I hope that I'll enjoy this new series by Nicole Williams. I'm still struggling with the second book in her Crash series, but whatever. I need to read the series where one of the books is called Lost & Found. I think it has a guy named Jesse in it? I don't remember, but all of my friends adore it so yeah, gotta try that one. Ah, I'm so sad that VA hasn't done as well as it was expected and I really, really want it to get a green light. I'm extremely sad that they won't show it here, so I have to wait until it's up on iTunes :( Boo!! The Fallen will most likely fail. I'm pretty sure. though, we'll see, maybe I'll have to eat my words.

    1. Lol me too. I love nerdy love interests. CRICKETT!!! :D. I have no idea what other series she's written - I'm pretty behind on NA, but if you try & love the series, let me know! I'm sad VA didn't do that well either. It's extra sad that you have to watch the movie on iTunes instead of in the theaters :/

  2. I'm actually terrified of the Goosebumps adaptation lol, I've always been terrified of the books particularly because of the covers and it just feels like my childhood nightmares are coming back to haunt me :x

    I have to agree that I do think when books receive rewards reviewers tend to judge them more harshly because if it's won an award, we expect a certain amount of calibre from it.

    I think it would be okay if you stopped featuring as many cover reveals, it definitely looks like a lot of work!

    1. Hahahah, then you've got to make sure to see the adaptation with a bunch of friends who will support you through those nightmares :O :O. I can't do horror, myself. And that's true. Just like with hype. You have a lot of hype, whether through word of mouth or an award, and people's expectations are going to get HIGH. And yeahhhh I want to stop featuring cover reveals... But i'm too OCD? Perfectionist? I dunno. ARGH THEY SHOULD STOP NOT ME lol

  3. Book 4, 5 and 6 from Sarah J. Maas, I'm bouncing from excitement <3 You could always showcase some of your favorite cover revealings instead of all of them? :)

    The 'Harry Batt' made me laugh so hard. I don't think I've ever had a more popular tweet when I said that I don't think HP could have been anything else. He is just Harry (Potter)

    DreamWorks: "The imprint’s list will focus on titles based on the movie studio’s popular properties including Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and Madagascar. " AHHHHHHH :D

    The 30 contemporary titles might come in handy, I want to read some more of them.

    I'm going to send the 10 reasons to date a bookworm to my boyfriend :D

    1. Magical pet.. The only pet I can think of is Rosie from Poison.
    5. Shadow and bone?
    7. Scarlet?

    1. I'd heard of the series having six books so I kind of already figured that would happen, but huzzah all the same! Hmmm. If I did that, there'd be like three covers featured. I'm actually not a fan of very many covers, tbh. Hahhaha I know. Harry Batt. Gosh. I'm imagining hearing it on the movies, with that British accent and ahaha gosh, can't do it. Yeah, their imprint sounds like it's going to be great! And I love those infographics & recommendations -- so many of them bookmarked! And yes, ha, I hope your boyfriend appreciated the article. Can't wait for Epic Reads to reveal the answers to those couples!


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