Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (57)

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:

  • A currently untitled new series - Cinda Williams Chima (Set 20 years later in the Seven Realms, it introduces a new generation of teen characters who grapple with old enemies, new betrayals, and magical threats. Book 1 is slated for fall 2015; HarperCollins).
  • A YA fantasy trilogy (first: Ruined) - Amy Tintera (The series follows two teens, on opposing sides of a war, as they rise to become leaders in their respective kingdoms while falling in love with each other. The first installment, Ruined, is set for summer 2016; HarperTeen).
  • Sons and Fathers - Avi (a collection of seven short stories for middle-graders; a companion to Avi's What Do Fish Have to Do with Anything? The new book explores different aspects of the father/son relationship dynamic, including active grandfathers and absentee fathers. It's slated for publication in fall 2016; Candlewick).
  • Spirit Week - Christine Heppermann (verse novel; a high school junior at an all-girls Catholic school renews a friendship that may just help her figure out who she wants to be, when – after an unwanted pregnancy – she realizes she can no longer pretend to be who she once was. It's scheduled for 2016; Greenwillow).
  • Tightrope - Sasha Dawn (about a girl who suspects that she was the true target of a kidnapping-gone-awry, and must learn the truth behind her mother's near-fatal car accident before the kidnapper strikes again. Publication is set for spring 2016; Egmont).
  • Enter a Glossy Web - McKenna Ruebush (In this fantasy debut, pitched as The Penderwicks meets Alice in Wonderland, a girl named George is sent off by her eccentric aunt on a quest to find her missing uncle, armed with raincoats, a pile of sandwiches, a talking map, and two boys she meets along the way in a graveyard. Publication is scheduled for spring 2016; Henry Holt's Christy Ottaviano Books).
  • Consumed - Megan Miranda (tells the story of Kelsey, a girl raised in fear by her mother, who was the victim of an abduction many years before. When her mother disappears, Kelsey finds herself questioning the version of events she's grown up with and realizes she has set something sinister in motion. It will publish in summer 2016; Crown).
  • Twelve - Christa Desir (17-year-old Natalie Spencer is two days out of rehab and two months post-DUI. Her only respite is her new comradeship with fellow AA members, including 30-something Joe. But the lines of addiction and love become quickly blurred as Natalie realizes her feelings for Joe go beyond friendship. It’s slated for January 2016; Simon Pulse).
  • Incognita - Kristen Lippert-Martin (Sequel to debut YA thriller Tabula Rasa. Tabula Rasa publishes this month from Egmont; publication for Incognita is set for spring 2016. Egmont.)
The only available one from Last Week:
  • Dreamland - Robert Luis Anderson (YA debut centers on the thin line between our world and the world of dreams and nightmares, and on 17-year-old Dea Donahue, who discovers what happens when the two worlds collide. Publication is scheduled for fall 2015; HarperTeen).
Excerpts: All Fall Down - Ally Carter, The Sorcerer Heir - Cinda Williams Chima, Kiss Kill Vanish - Jessica Martinez

Book Trailers: Poisoned Apples - Christine Heppermann

Interviews: Afterworlds - Scott Westerfeld, I’ll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson, Ask Becca Fitzpatrick, Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson

Awards/Lists: Winter/Spring 2015 Indies Introduce Debut Authors and New Voices Titles Announced and CNN's list of 40 new fall titles to feed your YA addiction.

Penguin is teaming up with Cartoon Network for its next imprint.

It's banned books week! So lots of publishers have been discussing banned books, you can see the most frequently banned books from 2000-2009, and here are some gorgeous quotes from banned books. A really wonderful infographic on banned books (definitely didn't think Oregon would be so high in banning books!), what it's like to teach banned books, and the most banned book of 2012 and 2013... can you guess? Meanwhile, lol, a school in Texas took seven books off the required reading list. Yes, banned books week. Look what still happens.

Bad things may happen to those who pirate books. Last week, there was the news that HarperCollins tracked those who pirated their novels. This week, well, sounds like your Amazon account can get hacked...

So, in terms of diversity in publishing, turns out there’s not much with regards to employees. And books with diversity are disproportionately censored, which may be more part of the problem than that oft-repeated question “do they sell less well?” The call for diversity has also happened in Canada, which has some interesting titles coming up. Maria Andreu also discusses the effects of a book being labeled a “diverse” book and James Dawson says there are too many white faces in children’s books today. And hey, if you do know some diverse books, you can nominate a kids book for the Carter G. Woodson Book Award before October 10. Also, a cool video with kids explaining what makes a book “diverse” for them.

Amazon, oh Amazon. Now it’s launching a crowdsourcing publishing platform and Kindle for Kids. Authors are also addressing Amazon’s board about the Amazon-Hachette dispute, and UK libraries are advocating for working with Amazon.

A brief summary of author and industry events last week.

Cover Reveals:

Vitro - Jessica Khoury (pb redesign)

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

The 20 Most Anticipated YA Books Publishing in October 2014 -- As someone who was REALLY looking forward to Blue Lily, Lily Blue, I'm surprised it's only #4.

If you’re in London, here’s your reason to go on the Harry Potter tour… new “dark arts” addition forthcoming!

And this is why movie options and adaptations are so important: kids actually read the books that movies are based on.

Do you like those EpicReads infographics? Give them feedback on your favorite historicals so they can make another.

Cut your stress by reading more. Yes please.

Teaching kids with comic books? Also yes please.

YA Fiction is loved because it speaks to us all -- unlike adult fiction. Nice article, but not a huge fan of pointing fingers and saying one is universal and the other isn’t. That’s how we had the great debacle about YA anyway. Like this article: Henry James and the Great Y.A. Debate (Putting down “Harry Potter” for Henry James is not one of adulthood’s obligations, like flossing and mortgage payments; it’s one of its rewards, like autonomy and sex. It seems to me not embarrassing or shameful but just self-defeating and a little sad to forego such pleasures in favor of reading a book that might just as easily be enjoyed by a child.). Dude, you can go have your Henry James rewards, I’m fine where I am. And Harry Potter Changed My World.

50 of the Greatest Literature Characters (“To be clear: a great character isn’t always one you like (just ask Claire Messud), but one that is somehow extraordinary, or evokes some kind of delicious story-feeling in the reader.”).

How an East Harlem Bookstore is Getting 1,500 Books to Migrant Kids.

Books that seem to be getting a lot of readerly love this past month; have you read any?

Best set of articles -- was laughing so hard: this guy watches the HP movies for the first time and his commentary? Yes.yes.yes. The Sorcerer’s Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire, The Order of the Phoenix.

And in celebration of HP: Which obscure HP character are you? I’m… Nicholas Flamel (As the inventor of the Philosopher’s Stone, Nicolas Flamel is always looking for new and creative solutions to problems. You, like him, value innovation and exploring every aspect of a problem. You strive for efficiency while still having fun with a well-performed Bat Bogey Hex.). [and of course in other HP goodness: 27 Secrets Hogwarts Students Won’t Tell You and 16 Reasons You’d Probably Die at Hogwarts.]

27 Things Judy Blume’s “Forever” Taught You about Sex. I wish I’d read more Judy Blume; feels kind of like she’s a bar to which a lot of other authors are held or compared.

9 Facts That Prove Young Adults Are Reading More Than Adults. It has actually surprised me how many of my co-workers are avid readers, and maybe it’s because we’re at a lower level in our careers and family lives, but … still.

The Books That Made Me Who I Am.

Someone is a fan of The Maze Runner movie but not the ending… Christina: still needs to read the book and see the movie o.O.

Which YA Horror Novel Are You?

** Ashley at Nose Graze: Mastering SEO - Color Coding Chat Wrap Up
** Ashley at Nose Graze: I Don’t Want Your Newsletter -- I Want Your Blog Posts!
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Add a Comment Number/Link on Your WordPress Archives
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Premium Plug-ins and Why I Pay for Them
** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts: Reply Comment Background Color {Blogger}

Blogging and Bloggers:
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Do You Repeat Past Post Ideas?
** Nova at Out of Time: Instagram vs. Twitter
** Asti at Oh, The Books!: The Fears of Co-Blogging
** Cait at Notebooks Sisters: How To Make a Book Blogger Furious in 10 Easy Steps
** Ashley at Nose Graze: I Deleted My Categories

Recommendations, Reviews, ARCs, Authors:
** Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide: The Book Addict’s Guide to Male PoVs
** Trish at Between My Lines: How to write a review when the words don’t come
** Hannah at the Irish Banana Review: ARC Essentials with HarperTeen
** Kelly at Effortlessly Reading: When Do You Post ARC Reviews?
** Hannah at So Obsessed With: There’s No Such Thing as Perfect
** Sarah at Workaday Reads: TBR List Tag

** Alise at Readers in Wonderland: 20 Things You Might Not Know about Me
** Alice-Jane at Crazy Red Pen: Our Obsession with Perfection
** Hannah at So Obsessed With: To Thine Own Self Be True
** Ashley at Nose Graze: How Organized Is Your Computer Desktop?

The Experience:
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: 1 Reason Why Books Are Banned and 10 Reasons Why You Should Read Them Anyways
** Trish at Between My Lines: Searching for spoilers
** Kristilyn at Reading in Winter: Getting back into reading with a wicked case of “this not that.”
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Do You Read in Public?
** Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: I Don’t Want This to End

The Raven Boys & Horror October:
** Trish at Between My Lines: An Ode to Maggie Stiefvater: The Raven Cycle
** Amber at Books of Amber: Which Raven Cycle Character Are You?
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: My Plan to Scare My Socks off in October

Books, Books, Books:
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: The Book You Told Everyone About
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: The Happy Fact of Matching Standalones
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: I’m Cheating on My Book with More Books
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: Commenting on “Classic” Literature
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: Illustrated Covers

** Charlotte at Thoughts and Pens: A Letter to My YA Book Boyfriends
** Ana at Read Me Away: Manic Pixie Dream Girl
** Lea at Between Fantasy and Reality: Book Villains

Hey YA:
** Sydney at Utterly Bookish: Quit Making Me Feel Like I Need to Defend YA
** Kelly at Stacked Books: Guest Post: Female Sexuality in YA Fiction
** Ashley at Nose Graze: I Feel Too Old for Some Things in YA Books
** Amber at Books of Amber: Do People Look Down Upon YA Because They’re Sexist?
** Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer: Guest Post: Are You Ever Too Old to Read YA?

Movies/TV Shows:

The Maze Runner did quite well this weekend, opening first with a $32.5 million box office, which is close to its budget. And $80+ million globally, which the Variety analysis suggests is because of TMR being marketed as action-heavy and towards a male crowd. Thanks to the Maze Runner's popularity, The Scorch Trials will be released in theaters on September 18, 2015.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in Mockingjay -- doesn't she look younger in these promotional photos? Subtle tone that seems to work well with the sadness of that book. And re: Mockingjay, Lorde's single on the soundtrack is Yellow Flicker Beat and will be available on iTunes on September 29th; album art has been released too.

Paper Towns will be filming in North Carolina.

And up to now, The Fault in Our Stars has made over $300 million.

And maybe all John Green books will be optioned: Universal bought the rights to "Let It Snow," his anthology with Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle.


Copy of The Girl from the Well, US/CA, ends 09/28.

ARCs of Trial by Fire, Adrenaline Crush, and Mortal Danger, INT, ends 10/04.

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 09/30.

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}.

Jessica Darling's It List, 09/30, US only.

In the Afterlight Red Pack, 09/29, US only.

Half a Chance, 10/04, US/CA only.

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

$100 Amazon giftcard, ends 09/30.

5 copies of the Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, US only, ends 10/04.

Book blogger summer reading programs, ends 09/30.


New Releases: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton, In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis, Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper, Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant, Remember Me (Find Me #2) by Romily Bernard, The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts, Unmade (Lynburn Legacy #3) by Sarah Rees Brennan, Reign: The Prophecy by Lily Blake, Survival Colony 9 by Joshua David Bellin, Lark Rising (Guardians of Tarnec #1) by Sandra Waugh, Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin, Skink -- No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen, Firebug by Lish McBride, On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers.

Recent Recommended Reads: Unghhh, I’m starting to get *almost* on pace with review titles again, but scheduling is now my issue. Expect to see a Raven Boys series review (in place of a potentially spoilery Blue Lily, Lily Blue one) or a Don’t Touch review. Or a round-up soon enough.

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. I talked about book villains :)

  2. With the upcoming series from Cinda Williams I think it's now the perfect time to get started in The Demon King. It's on my Fall TBR pile. I really liked Rebel+Reboot, so I can't wait for Ruined by Amy Tintera. Sounds good; and it's fantasy + 'princess' I know enough. (Yes, I'm so shallow)

    Enter a Glossy web *pitched as Alice in Wonderland* ADDS! And since I'm already busy, I also added Dreamland.

    We don't have banned books over here, oh wait, I can think of one: Mein Kampf, but every other book is allowed over here. I also don't believe we have much censorship when it comes to books you can read in school.

    I'm in love with the redesigns from Shannon Hale. The one for The palace of stone is gorgeous. I really like books with illustrated cover. I'm so disappointed with the redesign from Vitro, I loved that test tube. I must buy a copy before it's sold out. Have you seen the redesigns from Palace of Mirrors: Pretty!

    I'm also surprised Blue Lily, Lily Blue is on number 4. I mean, I want to read Young Elites, but it's not as highly anticipated as BLLB for me. Snow like ashes is :D I also can't wait for Talon, I love Kagawa's work. The fall was disappointing. Stitching snow is on my wish list despite the mixed reviews. Stray wasn't bad, I disliked Exquisite captive and I still need to get started in Garth Nix' series. I'm excited for The cure for dreaming.

    Haha, those 'this is the first time you see HP x' reactions are hilarious.

    I am: Reginald Cattermole, the Ministry employee whom Ron knocked out for some hair to add to some Polyjuice Potion to sneak into the Ministry, is a family man through and through. Before being sidetracked by the trio’s coup, Reg was rushing to the Ministry to support his Muggle-born wife in her trial, and you, like him, value family and loyalty above all.

    The fact that there are still so many new HP articles make me very, very happy. It's good to see HP is still not over.

  3. There are so many great book to movie adaptations coming out in the next few weeks! I still haven't read The Maze Runner, so really should get a wriggle on seeing at how well its' doing! Thank you so much for another brilliant recap Christina! :)

  4. Thanks, Lea! I added you into the blogger discussion section.

  5. Sounds like we both need to get on reading The Maze Runner :). I *still* need to see If I Stay too. So many movies o.O. And thanks for visiting, Jasprit! I know I haven't been around as much, so it's always a pleasure to hear from other people like you who I miss talking to!

  6. ME TOO. I bought the first book in that series and I heard it's really addictive and high fantasy and aaaaaaah. I hope we both The Demon King :D.

    That's awesome! It shocks me a little just how many books are banned in the U.S., and so many for really banal reasons. The hypocrisy too. Bleh.

    Yeah, illustrated covers are the BEST. Really somehow continually manage to capture the spirit of the books. I did see the Palace of MIrrors redesign - I believe I included them last week if not on my Pinterest :). They are really really pretty. Love the pastel colors.

    I've heard such good things about Snow Like Ashes! Everyone seems to be raving about it. And hehehe, I hope you enjoy BLLB :D :D :D. So good.

    YES THEY ARE THE BEST, I was laughing SO hard reading those articles...

    Awwww. You got someone good. Family and loyalty. I wonder if me liking the color blue changed the game ;).

    (but really with the new movies + pottermore, unlikely that it will be gone for at least the next ten years, methinks).

  7. Penguin and CN: I was excited, until I saw the subject matter. I need to accept the fact that Cartoon Network sucks now.

    CNN's Top 40: I see some titles on here that has me excited. I am reading I'll Give You the Sun now. I suppose I am going to end up getting The Infinite Sea, eventually.

    EpicReads: THE YOUNG ELITES WOOHOO! Snow Like Ashes? Stitching Snow?? My poor bank account...

  8. I got Nicholas Flamel, too! And I picked purple.

    I really like the sound of RUINED and I really, realllly want AFTERWORLDS. I'm also excited to learn that Shannon Hale has come out with a third Princess Academy book. I loved the first one and have been meaning to get my hands on the second one.

    I've read your email and will work on replying to it soon.

  9. Ha, okay, so color choice didn't significantly affect our Nicholas Flamel results :).

    I think you're one of many people who's now talked about Princess Academy and how much they've loved it. Another series I need to read? And there's an excerpt of Afterworlds in today's rounds too! Another friend mentioned really loving the first three chapters of Afterworlds - I hope you end up liking the book!!

    And no worries on replying soon to the email o.o since ya know, I fail so hardcore at that, I won't judge the other way.

    And ooooooooooo I really really want to watch the Maze Runner but no one I know is into young adult books or movies here :( :(. Maybe I ought to just sneak into all of them by myself.... and eventually get around to reading TMR.... they've got some cool actors already for THE SCORCH TRIALS, so I wouldn't be surprised if you liked TST more :D.

  10. It sucks now?! Oh no. I know it's been a while since I've watched cartoon network but back in the day it ruled my life...

    YES to I'll Give You the Sun. I'll be reading that one too :). And I'm curious what you'll think of The Infinite Sea - I heard it's a lot shorter than the 5th Wave!

    hahaha the bank account of book lovers is always suffering... the Young Elites was good, another faithful well-executed book from Marie Lu. :) I hope you like it too!

  11. Also, THE MAZE RUNNER was amazing, and I'm already excited for THE SCORCH TRIALS. I think TMR was a really faithful adaptation, and since TST was my favorite book in the series, I think the sequel will be mindblowing.


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