Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (38)

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 and another:

** Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen - Arin Andrews (The then-couple received national attention when they were featured on 20/20last summer, which detailed how Andrews and Hill supported each other through their transitions and fell in love. Each book will focus on the respective teen's individual upbringing and personal transformation. Both books will be published on September 30, 2014 by Simon & Schuster).

** Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition - Katie Hill (cover reveal below + more details: Arin Andrews & Katie Hill, Transgender Former Couple, to Release Memoirs).

** Romeo, Juliet, and Jim - Larry Schwarz and Elise Allen (YA trilogy -- In this contemporary romantic thriller with homages to Shakespeare and Truffaut, the star-crossed teen lovers are heirs to rival Parisian fashion houses, carrying on a clandestine relationship – until Jim, a mysterious and charismatic American, creates a triangle of interests. Henry Holt, fall 2015).

** Counting Thyme - Melanie Conklin (The novel follows 10-year-old Thyme Owens, who moves from San Diego to New York City after her brother is accepted into a cancer drug trial. There, she discovers that hope can be found in everyday miracles: in first crushes, in budding friendships, in school plays, and in a sister's love for her little brother. Putnam, 2016).

** MARTians - Blythe Woolston (YA dark comedy about a girl left to fend for herself in a world of urban decay studded with big box stores and mosquito-infested swimming pools. Candlewick, spring 2016).

** Hacking Texanna - Blythe Woolston (YA love story about a genius boy hacker, on the autistic spectrum, who decides to "hack" the personality of a mesmerizing girl in his class, with unforeseen consequences; Candlewick, spring 2017).

** For the Record - Charlotte Huang (Debut, a glimpse into the modern music scene in which a girl unexpectedly becomes the lead singer of an indie darling band and captures the attention of a Hollywood it-boy. Delacorte Press, fall 2015).

** Strange Country Day - Charles Curtis (MG fantasy thriller in which a boy develops superhuman athletic skills while under the watchful eyes of some spooky adults. Month9Books, fall 2015).
** Kalahari -- Jessica Khoury (tells the story of a zoologist's daughter who uncovers a contagious and deadly virus that threatens to ravage the Kalahari Desert, and the high-stakes conspiracy to cover it up. Razorbill, winter 2015).

** Another untitled YA novel -- Jessica Khoury (Razorbill).

** Magonia - Maria Dahvana Headley (YA fantasy stars a razor-tongued teenage girl caught in a collision of worlds – her familiar home on the Earth's surface and the desperate, hidden civilizations sailing the "sea" of the earth's atmosphere. HarperCollins, summer 2015).

** Masterminds -- Gordon Korman (MG trilogy -- In the story, a group of kids living in a Pleasantville-type town discover a secret that connects them to some of the greatest criminal masterminds of their time, and realize that nothing they have known up to this point is real. Publication of book one, also called Masterminds, is scheduled for winter 2015 by Balzer + Bray).

** The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs -- Cylin Busby (Debut MG tells the story of the adventurous, cliff-hanging, lucky life of Jacob Tibbs, the runt of a litter who becomes a ship captain’s cat and must learn how to hunt rats, brave a mutiny, survive on a desert island, and navigate the tricky waters of shipboard life. Knopf, fall 2015).

** Jennifer Armentrout's DREAM OF YOU, COME WITH ME and FIRE IN YOU, in the continuing series that began with the #1 NYT bestselling novel, WAIT FOR YOU, to William Morrow for April 2015.

** High School Horror Story - Chandler Baker (New YA series will reimagine classic literary monsters in a high school setting in Paris, Texas. The first book, tentatively titled Teen Frankenstein, will draw inspiration from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and is told through the lens of a teenage girl who falls in love with the popular classmate she both accidentally kills and then brings back to life. It will publish in fall 2015; future books will follow interconnected characters in the same high school and will modernize Jekyll & Hyde and The Phantom of the Opera. Feiwel & Friends.)

Stuff from last week was mostly not on Goodreads again, so I'm giving up on them again -- sorry to any of you who look at these posts later on.

Not on GR yet, this week:

** Teddy & Co. -- Cynthia Voigt (MG novel about a group of lost toys – including a legless bear, a pair of pigs, an aloof penguin, a kindly elephant, and a manipulative rabbit – who make a new home for themselves. Knopf Books for Young Readers, spring 2016).

Book Trailers: Elusion - Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam, Free to Fall - Lauren Miller, Deliver Me - Kate Birch

Awards: The Lambda Literary Award Finalists (Now in their twenty-sixth year, the Lambda Literary Awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing for books published in 2013: Better Nate Than Ever - Tim Federle, Boy In Box - Christopher R. Michael, Girls I’ve Run Away With - Rhiannon Argo, If You Could Be Mine - Sara Farizan, Openly Straight - Bill Konigsberg, Rapture Practice - Aaron Hartzler, Secret City - Julia Watts, The Secret Ingredient - Stewart Lewis, The Summer Prince - Alaya Dawn Johnson, Two Boys Kissing - David Levithan, What Makes a Baby - Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth). The Dear Author Bitchery Writing Awards for Hellagood Authors Nominees for 2014 (YA: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi, Dare You To by Katie McGarry), Colorado Blue Spruce Award Nominees (The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin, Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, Blood Red Road by Moira Young, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Eye of Minds by James Dashner, The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey, Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, Infinity: the Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Legend by Marie Lu, Matched by Ally Condie, Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost, Proxy by Alex London, The Selection by Kiera Cass, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Smoke by Ellen Hopkins, Truancy City by Isamu Fukui, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, Unwholly by Neal Shusterman).

Events: The LA Times Festival of Books & its participating authors, BEA Firms Up Author Breakfast Roster (The Children's Book & Author Breakfast, set to take place on May 30, will be emceed by Jason Segel, and will include Carl Hiaasen, Mem Fox, and Jeff Kinney.)

ImprintsThe Poisoned Pencil Announces First YA Title (Imprint of Poisoned Pen Press - first title, Death Spiral, on April 1).

Ever feel like publishing news focuses too much on the US? News from the North: March 2014: a Publisher's Weekly round-up on publishing news from Canada.

Cover Reveals:

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

I made a personality type chart for the characters in Divergent to celebrate the pending release of the movie adaptation. Which character are you?

26 Characters: celebrating childhood story heroes. This looks an amazing exhibit and I hope those of you in the UK take the chance to go.

28 Books You Should Read If You Want To. An old post but 100% always relevant. Also unexpected.

13 Books Every ’00s Teen Girl Has Read. Lies! I was a teen in the 2000s and I have not read some of those books o.O. ALSO WHUT. The Olson twins wrote books?

12 Childhood Books You Probably Still Have on Your Shelf Today. I think I just fail when it comes to lists like these because again: have not read.

How augmented reality builds bridge between games and children's books. I've been waiting for things like this to appear.

Stanford Center for Ethics panel finds that reading literature makes you a better bully ("...has a tendency to split the respondents into two unflattering groups: one group of interviewees will argue, eyes shining, that reading literature makes people into more empathetic, truly loving, all-round finer human beings. And the other group will glare at you... But a recent panel at the Stanford Center for Ethics has offered a definitive response to this age-old debate. The answer is “no.” Literature does not make you more moral. It can make you a better bully, though.")

Survey shows deep class divide in reading habits (..."on average, the higher the socio-economic group that someone is in, the more often they read: 27% of DEs never read books themselves, compared with 13% of ABs, while 62% of ABs read daily or weekly, compared with 42% of DEs...").

Introducing Rooster: Bite-Sized Literature Delivered to Your Phone ("...First, our editorial team curates and recommends great books for you... Second, the books we share come in to you small installments that can be read in the small breaks you get throughout your day — whether on a commute or waiting on line at the supermarket... Third, we push the installments to you at a schedule which is convenient to you: whether it’s every day before work or on weekend evenings...")

9 Perfect Book-Song Pairings. As someone who doesn't listen to music much at all, or really pair songs to books, this article was fascinating.

Is genre fiction creating a market for lemons? I missed this last week, but it's been circulating quite a bit.

** Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews: Bloggers, Beware of Advertising Proposals
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Must Read Book Blogger Checklist for an Awesome Blog
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Designing Your Blog in Wordpress Vs. Blogger
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Using Different Google Fonts for Headings
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Should You Contact the Author Before Posting a DNF Review?
** Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide: So You’re Going to BEA for the First Time?
** Sandra at Tea Between Books: If You’re Starting New, Start with a Bang

Bloggers & Blogging:
** Candace at Candace’s Book Blog: Book Bloggers -- Is There Room for More?
** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: College Blogging 101: X Marks the Spot for Books
** Katie at Katie’s Book Blog: YA March Madness Bracket! #YAMM
** Asheley at Into the Hall of Books: I’m Looking for New Book Blog Recommendations! Here’s Why.
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: How Personal Is Your Book Blog?
** Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf: How Accurate Are Your Blog Stats?
** Sarah at Workaday Reads: Book Reviewer Vs. Book Blogger
** Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: Why Thee Comments on Ye Olde Post
** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts: Commenting Back

Recommendations, Reviews, Ratings, Authors, ARCs:
** Trish at Between My Lines: What Do You Do When You Don’t Feel Like Reviewing Books?
** Mel at The Daily Prophecy: Changing Older Ratings?
** Chantelle at Looking for the Panacea: Lola Read-along: Book Recommendations
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: When It Comes to Reading Recommendations, I Fail
** Stormy at Book. Blog. Bake.: I Rec’d It
** Jen at YA Romantics: Author Alter Egos
** Hannah at the Irish Banana Review: ARC Essentials: Little, Brown & Co.
** Shannelle at The Art of Escapism: Photos on Twitter: Should Instagram Be Used?

** Mary at Book Swarm: Brain Fart
** Hana at Booking in Heels: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Gif-Filled Explanation of Why It’s Actually Not All That Funny
** Helen at My Novel Opinion: Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts
** Helen at My Novel Opinion: Breaking the Habit of a Lifetime
** Alice-Jane at Crazy Red Pen: 10 Random Facts About Me
** Leanne at Oh, The Books!: Twenty Minute Twitter: Worst-Case Scenarios
** Jessica at Literary Etc: Me & Exotic Cuisine: The Truth

The Experience:
** Christina at A Reader of Fictions: Be Gentle With Me
** Becca at Pivot Book Reviews: Abandoning Books
** Melissa at I Swim for Oceans: Challenging Myself to Try New Things
** Lyn at Great Imaginations: Literary Quotes
** Hannah at So Obsessed With: What Kind of Reader Are You?
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: Are You Good at Picturing Fight Scenes in Books?
** Mime at Notebooks Sisters: Sometimes “Quality Literature” Sucks
** Pamela at Reading Is Fun Again: Defining a Classic
** Christy at Christy’s Book Addiction: Reading Schedule
** Amanda at On a Book Bender: “This Book Needs an Editor” Isn’t as Descriptive as You Think
** Ana at Read Me Away: Attention Grabbing Phrases

Trends/Specific Characters, etc.:
** Kelly at Stacked Books: Positive Girl Friendships in YA: Guest Post by Jessica Spotswood
** Kelly at Stacked Books: The Unlikable Female Protagonist: A Field Guide to Identification in the Wild -- Guest Post by Sarah McCarry
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Diversity in YA
** Shae at Shae Has Left the Room: Mini Trend Alert
** Kelley/Asti/Leanne at Oh, The Books!: Best YA Heroine

Reading Specifics & Buying Books:
** Lauren at Books, Tea, & Me: Book Nooks International
** Kim at Time 2 Read: Book Jackets
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: My Book Buying Habits
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: The Trouble with Ebooks

Books, Books, Books:
** Brenna at I Have Lived a Thousand Lives: Book Lust
** Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews: How to Survive Being Unable to Buy Books
** Nikki at The Paper Sea: Book Hauls -- Sharing Love or Showing Off?

** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Ship Shape: All I Need Is Love
** Alexa at Alexa Loves Books: Long Distance Love
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: Favorite Ways Authors Keep Couples Apart?

Movies/TV Shows:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness -- not only will it be released in 2016, but they've also announced the hiring of a director.

The Grasshoper Jungle by Andrew Smith has also been optioned.

Idris Elba To Provide The Roar In Disney’s ‘Jungle Book’

It's the week of Divergent! Aka lots and lots and lots of publicity before next Friday, and I've got to say, I'm starting to get really excited. One of my friends even emailed me a picture of its movie poster (a new one -- not the one that's been around for a while, but Tris standing in the water tank). Anyway, look at how many different clips/featurettes were recently released: Fighting Back, Meet Four, Change Everything, International Divergent trailer (They Divided Society into Five Factions), Beauty in Your Resistance, Not Afraid, If I Wanted to Hurt You I Would Have, Freedom, Dangerous, Watching Water Tank, Rules, The Fear Landscape, The Chasm, Unstoppable.

If you were curious about all the press conference clips and the like, here's a whole list of them at one of the premieres. And look at how cool this official Illustrated IMAX poster is. And 20 high resolution stills.

The Book Thief is now out on DVD. And if you're curious, here's an exclusive interview with Sophie Nelisse to celebrate its release.

Don't forget about the upcoming If I Stay adaptation (aka picture from the editing room - I wonder when we'll see more about the movie...).

Catching Fire related stuff: The Journey of Finnick Odair (featurette on DVD released by MTV), 10 behind the scene stills, The Quarter Quell Cast (Interviews & Intros to the cast), deleted scene of Katniss on the run...

And also don't forget about The Maze Runner. The trailer will be released next week. Here are more stills: #1 and #2.

Sometimes adaptations are released without you ever hearing too much about them... Did you know that Sold by Patricia McCormick was produced by Emma Thompson and is opening the Indian Film Festival?


ARC of Tin Star - Cecil Castellucci, INT, 03/21.

ARC of The Winner's Curse - Marie Rutkoski, INT, 03/31.

17 Prize Packs of 4 books -- Diversity in YA's 1 year anniversary giveaway. US, 03/31.

March YA/MG debut giveaway. Ends 03/31.

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 03/1503/1703/17, 03/1703/2503/31, 03/31

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.

The BookNerd International March Giveaway (March YA releases). Ends 03/31.

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

Selected audiobook from favorites list. Ends 03/18.

Winner's choice of selected novels. INT, ends 03/30.

Sci-fi and Fantasy Friday {SF/F Reviews and Giveaways}.

Story Crush Tour Recap & Giveaway. US, 03/14.

The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare. INT, 03/31.

Paperback copy of Hope Ignites. US only, 03/25.

Oh, the Books! Opening giveaways: Asti, Leanne, Kelley. INT/INT/US only, 03/31.

Stolen Songbird, INT, 03/31.


New ReleasesPromise of Shadows by Justina IrelandDon't Even Think About It by Sarah MlynowskiVoice Inside My Head by S. J. Laidlaw, Liv, Forever by Amy TalkingtonNever Ending by Martyn BedfordAsk Again Later by Liz CzukasThe Shadow Prince (Into the Dark #1) by Bree DespainAcid by Emma PassKissing In Italian (Flirting in Italian #2) by Lauren HendersonThe Mirk and Midnight Hour by Jane NickersonRuins (Partials #3) by Dan WellsThe Edge of the Water (Saratoga Woods #2) by Elizabeth George.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my mini review round-up of Panic by Lauren Oliver, Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott, The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain, and The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness. In continuation from last week, I finished Sherry Thomas's novella, A Dance in Moonlight, and as always, I'd recommend anything by Sherry Thomas. And will be reading The Magicians along with Ameriie starting tomorrow :).

But at any rate... I'm behind! And that is because of a.) jury duty, which just finished and which left me not in the mood or state of mind to do anything productive lol and b.) my recent obsession. Also known as North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. First I watched the Sony adaptation of Persuasion by Jane Austen (proof of me not doing anything = searching for things to watch). It was amusing to watch the actor who played Caesar in Rome play Captain Wentworth. Then I watched North and South. Repeatedly. It's like my new obsession - soundtrack and all. I've even read most of the novel by now (it's free thanks to Public Domain!). SO SO recommended, especially if you're an Austen fan like me :D. Margaret Hale and John Thornton make my favorite couples list, for sure. Then I watched Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell. ALSO good and now I want to read everything by Gaskell! And lololol even watched the ITV version of Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. *sigh* And now it's time to concentrate and return to actual work.

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. Oh, The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen sounds interesting. Hacking Texanna too :P Thanks for putting them on my radar!

    1. Yay! I hope they meet your expectations and TNSSLoaTT next year's LBGTQ challenge :).

  2. Huh, I thought the Olsen twins had their spy cartoon show haha, didn't know they acted in one!

    I hope you enjoyed Panic btw! :D Will look out for your mini review.

    1. They had a spy cartoon show??? I had no idea o.O. The only one I knew about was Full House.

      Thanks! I did. Will be updating this post tomorrow with the mini reviews that are scheduled to post in seven hours :).

  3. I'm happy I'm not adding too many books this time, haha. My Goodreads lists is already so long and you normally make me add like 10 new books. For now, I'm sticking with Kalahari and her other untitled book. I love viruses :D

    Ohhhh, how I love North and South, hello Richard <3 I definitely need to read the book too. I really like the 5 reading rules, I completely agree with all of them. It's something I will teach my children.

    1. Hahahah, nothing wrong with adding too many books ;). I currently have more to-read than read books too. And woo! I hope Khoury's books work out for you.

      YES a fellow North & South fan!!! I've read some of the book... but the miniseries, the soundtrack.... yes yes yes. Along with the five reading rules.

  4. I always enjoy looking through your links!! Thanks!!

    1. Thanks, Angela! That's always good to know :). Hope you enjoyed them again!


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