Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (39)

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 1, 2:

** Nineteen-year-old Karen Bao's debut DOVE ARISING, the first in a sci-fi trilogy set on the Moon, about introvert Phaet Theta, a model citizen whose mettle, faith, and beliefs are tested when she's forced to confront disturbing truths about her society and its government in order to save her family, already praised by Christopher Paolini as "clear, strong, poetic, and -- most importantly -- unique," to Viking Children's for publication in August 2014. (from Publisher's Lunch).

**Afterworlds - Scott Westerfeld (Standalone YA novel published by Pulse on September 23, 2014... The story follows Darcy Patel to New York City after she lands a publishing contract for a novel she wrote for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) during her senior year of high school. As she becomes acquainted with the city’s charms and pitfalls, Darcy revises her manuscript and learns to navigate the publishing process along the way). (from here)

----None of the books below have been added to GR as of this moment. I will check again tomorrow, but I'll likely have to add these to next week's bookish rounds (check back then!):

** The Museum of Heartbreak - Meg Leder (Pitched as Eleanor & Park meets Why We Broke Up, the YA novel tells the story of 17-year-old Penelope Marx, whose first love ends their relationship unceremoniously. She decides to curate the artifacts of their time together to help tell her story and heal her broken heart. Simon Pulse, summer 2016).

** Heartless Things - Lisa Maxwell (In the story, Gwen and her best friend are abducted to a dark world akin to Pan's Labyrinth called Neverland, but it's nothing like the fairy tale. To rescue her friend, Gwen must decide whether to trust a roguish young pirate or the boy who calls himself Pan. Simon Pulse, spring 2016).

** In Real Life - Jessica Love (Set over one wild weekend in Las Vegas in which 17-year-old Hannah surprises her online BFF and soul mate Nick with their first real-life meeting – and discovers just how many secrets he has left unshared. Thomas Dunne Books, 2015).

** Wilder Boys - Brandon Wallace (2 book series - In this middle-grade wilderness adventure, brothers Jake and Taylor Wilder search for the father they've never known, and are forced to use their wilderness skills to survive against both natural and human dangers. Aladdin, both books summer 2015).

** Cyclone - Doreen Cronin (MG novel begins one summer vacation when two cousins take a ride on the rollercoaster in Coney Island, which transforms both of the girls' lives in different and dramatic ways. Atheneum, 2015).

** Untitled - Claire Needell (Debut novel explores the moral complexities of being an intelligent, self-aware young adult in contemporary American society, and trying to navigate love and self discovery without telling your parents why you're home so late. HarperTeen, fall 2015).

** Dead Boy - Laurel Gale (In the first of two middle-grade novels, it is Crow's misfortune to be undead, but maggots and stench are nothing compared to wanting a chance at having a real friendship with the girl next door. Debut, Crown, fall 2015).

** Liza Wiemer's debut HELLO?, about five Wisconsin small town teens whose lives intertwine when a grieving girl calls her dead grandmother's old phone number; the story is woven together by five narrators, using free verse poetry, screenplay, narration, and drawings, to Spencer Hill Press (from here)

Book Trailers: A World Without Princes - Somen Chainani, Siren's Song - Heather McCollum, Noggin - John Corey Whaley

Interviews:  Melissa de la Cruz, Julie Kagawa (for next week), Lauren Oliver

Awards: Carnegie Medal & Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist for 2014 (Authors: 1. All the Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry 2. The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks 3. The Child's Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnston 4. Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper 5. Blood Family by Anne Fine 6. Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell 7. Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead 8. The Wall by William Sutcliffe). Shortlist for the Hans Christian Andersen award (Authors: Ted van Lieshout from the Netherlands, Houshang Moradi Kermani from Iran, Mirjam Pressler from Germany, Nahoko Uehashi from Japan, Renate Welsh from Austria, Jacqueline Woodson from the USA.)... upcoming award: Children's Choice Book Award.

Books that are being hyped in the reading sphere in MarchThe 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare (Alex Wayfare, #1) - M.G. Buehrlen, The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1) - Marie Rutkoski, A Death-Struck Year - Makiia Lucier, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender - Leslye Walton, Nearly Gone - Elle Cosimano.

Underrated book recommendations from some big time authors: John GreenBen FountainGeorge R. R. MartinJulia GlassStephen KingDaniel Handler.

Hey, Harry Potter fans, did you hear about the new stories J.K. Rowling released on Quidditch? (And to go along with that article: 6 Things To Geek Out About From J.K. Rowling’s New “History Of The Quidditch World Cup).

In a significant ruling regarding backlist e-book rights, a New York court this week held that e-book publisher Open Road infringed HarperCollins’ copyright with its e-book edition of Jean Craighead George’s 1973 bestselling children’s book Julie of the Wolves.

Bologna 2014: What's New at the Fair?

A study finds more than half the books lining shelves in British homes have never been read. Now that's the meaning of a long TBR pile...

Amazon’s Prime Price Hike Is Actually Crazy Brilliant. Booooo. Confession: I've had Amazon Prime since being student in college, which, actually, isn't that long. It was free for the first one or two years. Then the next years, I bought enough books to justify keeping the membership. And now? I've spoken about my book hoarding and I'm thinking: maybe I ought to cancel.

Bookstore Sales Down 6.9% in January. I feel like I never really understand the articles on bookstore sales. Not what they're saying, but how different they all are.

Hoping for a Spring Thaw (Publishers are looking for better weather to boost mass merch sales).

Cover Reveals:

Dove Arising by Karen Bao also had its cover released this week, but it was too late to add.

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?

Campaign to end gender-specific children's books gathers support.

LGBTQ-friendly YA novels get award nods, but are they getting a crossover audience?

The 10 Most Annoying Teenagers From Books. Everyone hates on Bella these days, it seems. I'm surprised Harry Potter makes the list. He had his angsty moments, but I guess with Bella being included too, there had to be some sort of balance.

18 Classic Children’s Books From Around The World. Loved this list! Got to see some truly cool books I'd never heard of before.

10 Toxic Relationships in Teen TV and YA Books. I like how this article took what Shailene Woodley said about Twilight and then highlighted her own role in Spectacular Now, as the other half of a terrible relationship. Also, oh snap. I haven't watched Veronica Mars, but I'm curious what all you fans would say to what's said of Logan/Veronica there.

The Apartheid of Children’s Literature (Of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about black people, according to a study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin.). Those are some appalling statistics, but I am also not a fan of that title. Here's another articles to go with this: Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?

Apocalypse Later: Why Dystopian Novels Speak To Us. This reminds me of the New York Times conversation -- small little segments at least -- where Maggie Stiefvater among other authors discussed the popularity of dystopian literature.

The 'Divergent' Challenge: Rally Teen Books and Movies. Well, that's nice. Put everything on Divergent. If it fails, no YA movie should ever be adapted again. Lol. Anyway, it seems like Divergent will actually reaffirm the faith in YA novels to bring in a huge core group of moviegoers. And another article on Divergent: Why Books Like ‘Divergent’ Are Turning Standardized Tests Into Villains.

7 Books With Surprisingly Active Tumblr Fandoms. So true. To this day, my review of Secret History by Donna Tartt may be my most reblogged/liked post on tumblr.

3 Dystopian Trilogies That Are Every Bit as Exciting as Divergent. True. Honestly, I'm surprised that with all the hype about the Divergent and Maze Runner movies, we haven't heard anything about the Legend adaptation or its option. And while we're at it: The Best Books for Readers in Every Divergent Faction.

13 Potential Heirs To The Veronica Mars Throne. Articles like this remind me how deficient I am in pop culture since I still have not watched Veronica Mars.

Our Favorite Fictional Characters in the Friendzone. Mr. Collins made the list?? Whaaa.

33 Reasons Why You’re Addicted To Books. Lots of beautiful reading quotes.

Stellar Nonfiction for Young Readers. The nonfiction section for younger readers was one of the smallest sections in the bookstores I used to frequent. Nice to see some articles like this out there.

** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts: Disable Wordpress Auto-formatting
** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts: WordPress Likes & Dislikes
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Your Blog Sucks… Sorry!
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Book Host, Unique Pre-Made Themes, & the Winning Nose Graze Theme
** Ashley at Nose Graze: How to Get Your Review’s Star Ratings in Google Search Results
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Reader Feedback Survey: What do you think of Nose Graze?

Blogging & Bloggers:
** Steph at Cuddlebuggery: Cuddlebuggery Survey Results Part 1
** Kelley at Oh, The Books!: Book Promo Campaigns -- When and What Is Too Much?
** Jen & April at The Starry-Eyed Revue: Blog Tours… Yay or Nay?
** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: College Blogging 101: How Commuting Affects Your Blogging
** Sarah at Workaday Reads: Mixing it Up with Old Books
** Sandra at Tea Between Books: All about Comments Pt. 2
** Asti at Oh, The Books!: Starting a Group Blog
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: Some Thoughts about Book Blogging Statistics
** Mel at The Daily Prophecy: Concept Posts
** Helen at My Novel Opinion: Blogs I’m Lovin’
** Emily at Constellation Chronicles: To the People Who Have Inspired Me
** Jenni & Giselle at Xpresso Reads: Book Girls Don’t Cry… Nor Accept Annoying Friend Requests
** Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews: Ads & Sponsored Posts -- Yay or Nay?
** Leigh at Little Book Star: Brief or Long Posts?

Recommendations, Reviews, Ratings, ARCs, Authors:
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: Renae Recommends: Newberry Winners
** Stormy at Book. Blog. Bake.: Do You Have That One Author…?
** Nikki at The Paper Sea: Do You Skip Reviews?

** Mime at Notebooks Sisters: How Do You Feel about Fanfiction?
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: The Frustrations with Nonreader Movie Critics
** Bec at Ransom Reads: Let’s (Try to) Get Creative

The Experience:
** Rinn at Rinn Reads: Bookish Habits
** Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews: I’m Not a Book Crier
** Jessica at Literary Etc: Encountering Your Profession in Books
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: What It’s Like to Be a Mood Reader
** Sophie at PaperBreathers: Sometimes I Don’t Like Books with Feels
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: Open Endings Mirror Life
** Shae at Shae Has Left the Room: Letting Go (of a Good Book)
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: My Thoughts on Rereading
** Cee at the Novel Hermit: What Kind of Book Picker Are You -- Free-spirited or Planned?
** Pamela at Reading Is Fun Again: Favorite Literary Tropes
** Christy at Christy’s Book Addiction: Library Books
** Gaby at Queen Ella Bee Reads: How to: Read Sarah Dessen

** Daisy Chain Book Reviews: Book Hype: Do You Buy It? Have You Been Burnt by It?
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: The Hype Train

** Cayce at Fighting Dreamer: Break up, make up, or keep up?
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: On Binge Reading Series… And Why It’s Been Since 2008 Since I Last Did It.

** Adele at Persnickety Snark: Cliche What?
** Kelly at Stacked Books: How to Relationship -- Guest Post by Corey Ann Haydu
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: When Opposites Attract
** Jasmine at Flip That Page: Cast of Characters: Villain Turned Love Interests in YA
** Ana at Read Me Away: Brooding Book Boyfriends

It's All About the Characters & Trends:
** Jen at YA Romantics: Serial Killer Trends in YA vs. Pop Culture
** Kelly at Stacked Books: More on Girl Friendships in YA Fiction: Guest Post by Morgan Matson
** Kelly at Stacked Books: Girls Kicking Ass With Their Brains: Guest Post by Sarah Stevenson
** Kelly at Stacked Books: Whose Feminism(s)?: Guest Post by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
** Kelly at Stacked Books: I love "unlikable," I write "unlikable," and I am "unlikable": Justina Ireland on "Unlikable" Girls

Movies/TV shows:

It's all about Divergent this week. The premiere was yesterday... and here's the extended clip of Tori telling Tris about her test results and another clip when Tris jumps first off the building into the Dauntless HQ. And an interview with Veronica Roth.

Another behind the scenes look for the Catching Fire dvd.

Lifetime Is Developing Three More V.C. Andrews Novels. Apparently Flowers in the Attic did really well for Lifetime, so they've chosen to adapt more of Andrews's work.

Did you see the Maze Runner official trailer? James Dashner analyzes the trailer here, if you're interested. Here's a still from the movie. A compilation of stills. And yet another still too. And in case you didn't see it, here's the full movie poster.

Peanuts trailer. You excited? (Can you tell that I no longer really remember what this is?)

Sofia Coppola is negotiating to direct The Little Mermaid, a live-action version of the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale for Universal Pictures and Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.

James Ward Byrkit has signed with Alex Manugian to write the screenplay for Paramount’s long-gestating thriller Wake (chronicles the high school life and loves of Janie Hannagan, a teen who has the ability to enter other people’s dreams) (This project has been trying to find its form since it was first announced in 2010 that Miley Cyrus would play the lead in the MTV Films-distributed adaptation of Lisa McMann’s bestselling 2008 novel.). Something I realized just the other day? Adaptations are slow. Divergent is coming out now, almost three years after it was first published. And this news after nearly six years since that book was published.

Lionsgate, Reese Witherspoon Developing ‘Outliers’ Trilogy as Next Major YA Franchise. This is the time when part of me feels sad because I'd named an old science fiction manuscript of mine "Outlier" but now I know that name won't be accepted o.o.

Author John Green finds no fault in 'Stars' adaptation. And if Divergent doesn't do well, you bet The Fault in Our Stars would revive the Hollywood faith in YA movies anyway... (that earlier article --^).

Excited for the If I Stay adaptation? There is now a twitter account you can follow.


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: 03/23, 03/2303/25, 03/3003/31, 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.

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

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

Celebrate the 4 year blogoversy of Once Upon a Twilight! 03/31.

Celebrate the 2 year blogoversy of The Reader's Den! 03/31.

Copy of Fates - Lanie Bross. 03/21.

Win a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value). 03/31.

Prize Pack for Katie's Book Blog Contemporary March Madness Challenge. 04/07.

Leaping Leprechauns and Frolicking Fairies Blog Hop! 03/24.

Best Series Blog Hop. 04/06.


New ReleasesSide Effects May Vary - Julie MurphyElusion - Claudia Gabel and Cheryl KlamSlanted Worlds (Chronoptika #2) - Catherine FisherStarling (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #3) - Fiona PaulPretty Sly (Pretty Crooked #2) - Elisa LudwigThe Edge of Falling - Rebecca Searle.

Recent Recommended Reads: I posted this kind of late last week, but now 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. You can also read my mini review of Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam (a romantic young adult science fiction thriller published by Katherine Tegen, with a premise something akin to “Matched meets These Broken Stars meets Under the Never Sky meets Crewel.”). I've read the first hundred pages of The Magicians as a part of my read-along with Ameriie, and though I'm not feel 100% invested, I'm looking forward to seeing what other elements Lev Grossman brings to the table. Also lately skimmed over Northanger Abbey and North and South because reasons. Have two manuscripts from writer friends I need to get through soon though o.o.

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 should definitely try Veronica Mars! I loved the show so much. But she and Logan definitely have a somewhat dysfunctional relationship.
    Unlikable characters -- I have been thinking about this issue a lot and have been meaning to do a post about it. There are so many ways that the term can be used and interpreted!
    Can't wait to see what you think of Salvage. I didn't think it was going to be my kind of book, but I really enjoyed it!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

    1. I did a little. Watched the first episode with a friend and it was pretty promising. But I definitely wasn't led to believe that they had a dysfunctional relationship so much as swoonworthy. As for unlikable characters, if you end up writing a post, YA Highway in the last Friday Road Trip post had a lot more links on unlikable charas. If you'd like. And I hope to like Salvage too! :)

  2. You are not alone with Veronica Mars! I've watched the first.. 4 episodes at the beginning of this year. I haven't continued yet, but I hope to pick it up again. It's been getting so much buzz with the recent movie :)

    I'm surprised to see Bella and Harry on the same list.. Yes, Harry had his moments, but hello, I think he is allowed to. Bella is annoying in another way, because of the fact she was shiny and spineless.

    “I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” I love this quote from J.K Rowling.
    “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” So true!

    “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” There are definitely books that make me feel that way.

    1. If you ever decide to pick it back up... we could watch it together-ish. Or however these things are done across waters. Google+?

      The quotes you've picked out are among my favorites on reading! They have the best poster artwork for them too and I'd totally hang them in my room if I had one.

    2. We could always try to watch it over Twitter? That's how I'm watching Disney movies with some other blogging friends too :)

    3. Oooh, that sounds like a great idea! I'll have to catch up to you if you're already past episode 4 but then we're in the free and clear!

    4. No, I haven't watched it! I actually checked and saw that I've seen the first 3 episodes. I'm not sure where you are?

  3. The trailer for 'A World without Princes' is not nearly as impressive as the trailer for the first book was but is still interesting! Looking forward to reading that one soon. Looking forward to your final thoughts on The Magicians. That's one I've always had my eye on but have yet to get around to. Hope you enjoy it!

    1. The first one was an epic trailer -- really hard to beat that :D. And ahhh, I will let you know about the Magicians. Still about 100 pages in, haven't gotten back to it (and if I am honest with myself, not entirely interested in going back, but I will!).

  4. I think I am one of the few that doesn't give a damn about the Divergent movie. It just looks so bland.....

    Anyways, I am going to have to check out the Most Annoying Teenagers and the Tumblr articles!

    1. Ha, I'm excited because it means good things for YA. More interest in YA if the adaptations do better, more books being published, more variety. So many good things. And also because I liked Divergent :D.

      I hope those articles worked well for you!


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