Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (53)

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:
  • In Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Hotel - Kimberly Willis Holt (MG pitched as a contemporary Heidi, a girl named Stevie finds healing as her gardening brings beauty back into her surroundings, Henry Holt's Christy Ottaviano Books). 
  • Charlie Marching Home - Kimberly Willis Holt (MG set during WWII, follows 10-year-old Nate, whose brother who is sent home early from the war because of a nervous breakdown brought on by PTSD. Henry Holt's Christy Ottaviano Books). 
  • The Book of Daniel - Jacqueline Davies (MG; a 14-year-old boy travels across the country to find a grandfather he's never met, only to discover that the old man has a haunted past that pulls Daniel back in time, forcing him to sail on a ship of ghosts. It's scheduled for spring 2016; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
  • Glamour - Kelly Jones (A Regency-era romp in which Annis Whitworth, a young lady of quality fallen on hard times, determines to become a spy rather than resign herself to life as a governess. It's scheduled for spring 2017; Knopf).
  • Bombshell - Rowan Maness (YA debut; In the vein of MTV's reality show Catfish, it's the story of 16-year-old Joss, a normal high-school girl in real life—but on online dating sites she has a variety of alternate lives, until someone catches on and her carefully constructed worlds begin to unravel. Publication is scheduled for summer 2016; Simon Pulse).
  • This Is Not the Abby Show - Debbie Reed Fischer (MG in which a girl with ADHD loves to make people laugh. When her acting out gets her stuck in summer school, she will have to try her hardest to turn over a new leaf. Publication is slated for fall 2016; Delacorte).
  • Last Night at the Circle Cinema - Emily Franklin (YA set in a condemned movie theater, the book chronicles the final night three high school friends spend together before graduation, and explores themes of love, friendship, guilt, and the end of adolescence. Publication is slated for fall 2015. Carolrhoda Lab).
  • Poppy Mayberry, The Monday - Jennie K. Brown (It's a middle-grade novel about a town where powers are determined by the day of one's birth and a girl whose telekinesis skills need a bit of work. Publication is scheduled for 2016; Month9Books).
From Last Week:
  • Interference - Kay Honeyman (Billed as a cross between Friday Night Lights and Jane Austen's Emma. In the novel, Kate Hamilton, a Congressman's daughter raised on political campaigns and power plays, tries to use her political savvy to right the wrongs she finds in a small West Texas town. Arthur A. Levine Books).
  • Jodi Meadow’s new novellas are available on Goodreads as well.
Ally Carter has announced the title and revealed the synopsis for her new novel in the Embassy Row series. On GR here.

Frozen was so successful, and its junior novelization too, that Random House is releasing another set of novels based on the Disney movie.

Selection fans, there are more books headed your way.

Interviews: Ask Scott Westerfeld a Q, Stephanie Perkins, Jennifer Armentrout, Jandy Nelson, Lee Kelly, Lori Lee, Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Book Trailers: The Jewel - Amy Ewing

Excerpts: Crewel - Gennifer Albin (through September 7th), Salt & Storm - Kendall Kulper, HARRY POTTER HARRY POTTER, Chasing Power - Sarah Beth Durst, The Boy in the Smoke - Maureen Johnson, The Retribution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin (SO CREEPY woah), Get Even - Gretchen McNeil

Amazon has announced its Big Teen and Young Adult books for the fall. Any of them make your list?

Brief recap from Publisher’s Weekly on author and industry events.

Two fifth graders are calling out publishers on the lack of diversity in the books they read. Along that line: Why Diversity in YA Fantasy Matters from author Lori Lee, and 6 folktales from around the world to read to your kids.

The New York Public Library has a pretty hilarious archive of harsh reviews of children’s books.

Amazon-Hachette/bookstores. Starting to think I should just make this a regular row on my feature lol: Why We Need Independent Bookstores Now More Than Ever, Amazon's Russell Grandinetti: Kindle champ takes on the books trade, Our Better Shelves (After visiting more than 2,000 independent bookstores—at least virtually—the Amazon annihilation, Orwell misquotes and all, doesn’t seem quite so inescapable.).

Not a good sign: bookstore sales fell 7.9% in the first half of 2014.

Cover Reveals:

Killer Within - S. E. Green
Sparks in Scotland - A. Destiny & Rhonda Helms
Eruption - J. Hughey

Discussion/Other Blog Posts:

Why Death is so important in YA Fiction (“YA fiction can provide emotional insights about death for readers irrespective of their religious beliefs, elevating it above competing dogmas to appeal to a wider spectrum of society – much more than any one religion can.”)

10 Classic Young Adult Novels that Would Make Amazing Movies. I love that with the success of YA books and movies of late, that you get a lot of these articles on sites that I wouldn’t expect.

How to Care for Your Books - Epic Reads TeaTime.

What Wattpad did for teenage girls. Okay, so maybe I need to get on Wattpad; so many publishers are using it now too...

YA Lit and the Gender Gap in Education. Yes.

Things you did not know about The Bridge to Terabithia.

“Love Is the Closest Thing We Have to Magic in Real Life”: YA Writer Stephanie Perkins on ‘Isla and the Happily Ever After.’ Cuute. Like the acknowledgements, if you’ve read the novel.

20 YA Book Covers That Are Actually Gorgeous - hey! A book cover list that’s not on Epic Reads or Book Riot or Buzz Feed. Success!

28 Must Follow Tumblrs for Fans of YA - immediately went and follow the publisher tumblrs. I’m pretty clueless on using tumblr beyond linking here and an occasional book post, but it’s nice to have so many suggestions!

Quests are the ultimate road trip reads - hear ye, hear ye, reluctant fantasy readers who like contemporary. This is how to think of the two.

YA Quotes to Channel Your Inner Brave. I quite like this feature - good exposure for young adult to people who don’t know how wide spanning it is or the sort of themes that are conveyed.

What’s a reader to do when eating while reading provides such PROBLEMS.

If you’re a fan of IF I STAY, here’s a list of 25 other similar recommended books.

30 Books That Changed Our View of the World. Good thing I’m reading The Sky Is Everywhere right now then :).

Lois Lowry thinks that YA dystopian fiction is passé.

In which Christina fails the quiz on classic literature.

In case you need more reasons to think that Harry Potter is awesome: Study: Reading 'Harry Potter' improves attitudes toward stigmatized groups.

The Pleasure of Reading. Beautiful.

A football player joined a book club with welcoming women.

Moar lists! Moar! 23 contemporary writers you should have read by now (haha whoops), 25 Authors Who Wrote Great Before They Turned 25, and 14 Books That Change When You Reread Them Later in Life (SO YES TO #5).

Scholarships for teenage bookworms? Wish I’d known about that before…

Adult Fiction? Yes, please teach young adult fiction.

** Ashley at Nose Graze: Do You Have a Subscribe Via Email Option?
** Kelley at Oh, The Books!: Managing Contact Forms and Review Requests
** Ashley at Nose Graze: You’re Beautiful and Unique -- Don’t Be Afraid to Show It!

Blogging and Bloggers:
** Nuzaifa at Say It With Books: 20 Truths from a Part Time Blogger
** Christina at A Reader of Fictions: Help a Blogger Out
** Hazel at Stay Bookish: Blogging Freely

Authors, ARCs, Reviews, Recommendations, Ratings:
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: So If I Stay Broke Your Emotions and You Don’t Know What to Read Next?
** Christy at Christy’s Book Addiction: Looking for a Thrill?
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: I Cannot Be Too Concise in My Reviews -- TOO MANY FEELS
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: Do You Rate Books According to Genre?
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Quick! Hurry Up and Finish Those ARCs
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: When Authors Are Wizards

** Trish at Between My Lines: Between My Reads: How to support friends through infidelity issues
** Sunny at Blue Shelf Sky: Thank You, Morgan Matson
** Kimberly at On the Wings of Books: Why Writing Isn’t for Me
** Alice-Jane at Crazy Red Pen: Tech Meets Books: The Geek’s Guide to Dating
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: Top Literary Sites to Visit on My Bucket List
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: Why I, a Woman, Enjoy ‘Game of Thrones’

The Experience:
** Charlotte at Thoughts and Pens: First Impression NEVER Lasts...
** Sarah at Workaday Reads: Reading Multiple Books at Once
** Rachel at Paper Cuts: The Dreaded Book Hangover
** Becca at Pivot Book Reviews: Don’t Use Reading as a Punishment!
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: Vacation Reading: No Thanks
** Emily at Reverie Rhapsody: Wonderfully Weird | Reading Empathy
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: What Turns the Tide Against Reading a Book?
** Asti at Oh, The Books!: My Boyfriend’s Reading Journey

Books, Books, Books:
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: Adventures in Audiobooks
** Hannah at So Obsessed With: The Facts about Non-fiction
** Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: You Cost *What*?
** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts:: Multiple Books in 1 Binding
** Nikki at The Paper Sea: My Experience with Beach Reads
** Josephine at Word Revel: On Bookstore Shelving Systems

Hey, YA!
** Kelly at Stacked Books: Female Sexuality in YA Fiction: A Look at the Landscape
** Kimberly at Stacked Books: Protagonists of Color in YA SFF
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: Great YA Books Without Romance

** Kara/Lyn/Bekka at Great Imaginations: Cover Loving -- Typography
** Cee at the Novel Hermit: Holy Mother Cover: Map Theme!
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Which Book Cover Do You Use in Your Posts?

** Ana at Read Me Away: Loads and Loads of Characters
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Faultless in Spite of All of Her Faults: The Unlikable Heroine
** Pamela at Reading Is Fun Again: Favorite Protagonist

** Sana at Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile: Pakistani Authors on the Rise
** Kelly at Stacked Books: On Books Changing Titles
Movies/T.V. Shows:

WGBH has optioned the bestselling children’s series, Pinkalicious, which “follows the life of Pinkalicious, a young girl who loves pink for all the right reasons. It’s what turns her from a ho-hum, everyday child into a creatively alive kid who can correspond with fairies, turn trash into a boat-mobile or ride off on a unicorn during soccer practice. The character was inspired by Kann’s daughters, who love cupcakes, dress-up and all things pink.”

Sad news for The Giver: it pulled into fifth place at the box office this weekend.

If I Stay: Interview with Chloe Moretz and Jamie Blackley.

The Maze Runner - more clips: Doors, TV Spot #1, TV Spot #2, TV Spot #3, exclusive clip from Barnes and Noble and James Dashner.

President Coin’s role in the Mockingjay film has been expanded. No surprise, given they have Juliana Moore in that role.

The Outlander premiere drew in more than 5 million people, so Starz has already renewed the series for a second season.

Hey, hey, some fans actually predicted the right ending for Game of Thrones? Well, you need that to happen. If you plant clues all along, that’s bound to happen. And if you don’t plan clues, then fans will be like: what just happened?!?


Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 08/30 & more I'll add soon.

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.

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

The Midnight Queen - Sylvia Izzo Hunter, US only, ends 08/26.

August giveaways from Scholastic.

The MEGA END of Summer Giveaway from the Fearless Fifteeners. Ends 08/21.

Signed ARC of Rain Reign - Ann Martin, INT, ends 08/30.

Signed UK Hardback of Landline - Rainbow Rowell, INT, ends 08/27.

Cassandra Clare books, INT, ends 09/07.

Copy of Ghost House - Alexandra Adornetto + $100 giftcard, US/CA only, ends 09/05.

Gift cards and tote bags, INT + US/CA, ends 10/10.

Storm Siren - Mary Weber, US only, ends 08/24.

The Aftermath + Harlequin grand prize package, US/CA only, ends 08/21.

Gates of Thread and Stone - Lori Lee, US only, ends 08/20.

VA cosmetic and pens, ends 08/30.

$25 Amazon gift card, INT, ends 08/26.

$10 TBD + 2 books, INT or US, ends 08/21.

ARC of Between the Spark and the Burn - April Tucholke, US, ends 08/26.


New Releases: False Future (False Memory #3) - Dan Krokos, Starlight's Edge (Timedance #2) - Susan Waggoner, Looking for Jack Kerouac - Barbara Shoup.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my raving 5 reasons to read The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove review. I’m also currently reading My True Love Gave to Me: 12 Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins, the audiobook of Linger by Maggie Stiefvater, and more. I’m like a reading junkie these days. I’m in the middle of so many different books 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. The classic quiz was a huge fail, haha. 6/18.

    I love this in the article about books that are different now you reread them: "You might think that this YA series would lose its shine after years of neglect on your bookshelf, but it doesn't. The story of wizards, Quidditch and The Boy Who Lived always sucks you in at any age. It just keeps getting better. Period." Because it's SO true. I reread them often and it never lets me down.

  2. Hahah it's okay though. The classics don't always need to be read... You didn't have a great experience with The Catcher in the Rye, as I understand it ;).

    YES. I was like: If this article dares to say that Harry Potter isn't as good reading it years later, I'ma have a bone to pick. And then it didn't ;), so it all worked out. I haven't reread them in ages though - how often do you reread the series?

  3. Haha, no, WHAT A HORRIBLE BOOK. Kill it with fire.

    I think I've reread them once a year for 5 years in a row, but I haven't done that last year. I might pick it up this year, because I'm definitely in a HP mood.


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