Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (55)

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, 3:
  • Time Stoppers - Carrie Jones (MG debut; In the first of this three-book series, Annie Nobody is taken away from her neglectful foster family to the magical town of Aurora where she meets a host of incredible characters. But where there's magic, there are also those who want to misuse it and it's up to Annie to protect her new friends and her new home. It pubs in both the U.S. and the U.K. in spring 2016, Bloomsbury).
  • Bounders - Monica Tesler (MG debut series about the Earth Force academy for quantum space travel and its first class of cadets, a group of neurodiverse kids who hold the key to saving the galaxy from an alien threat. The first of the titles in the three-book deal will appear in spring 2016. S&S/Aladdin).
  • Bridget Wilder: Spy-in-Training - Jonathan Bernstein (A debut middle-grade series about a middle child who receives an invitation to join a super-secret division of the CIA. The first book is set to publish in fall 2015; Katherine Tegen Books).
  • The Belles - Dhonielle Clayton (YA fantasy focuses on a group of girls who can manipulate beauty, and the dangerous journey of the one belle who uncovers a hidden world of secrets, lies, and cruelty when she is chosen to be the personal belle of the next Queen. The first book will pub in spring/summer 2016; Disney-Hyperion).
  • Newsgirl - Beth Fantaskey (a middle-grade novel set in Chicago during the Prohibition/Al Capone era. The book features a 10-year-old detective who uses her smarts, old-fashioned shoe leather, and a little help from a famous woman journalist to solve a crime. It's slated for spring 2016; HMH).
  • A Long Way from Home - Elana K. Arnold (MG in which a girl and her family go on the road together, leaving disasters behind, only to encounter new disasters far from home. It's scheduled for spring 2016; HMH).
  • Suffer Love - Ashley Herring Blake (The debut, a modern-day take on Romeo and Juliet. Suffer Love is about two teens brought together by an undeniable attraction only to be torn apart by their parents' choices. It will pub in spring 2016; HMH).
  • The Wizard's Dog - Eric Kahn Gale (The first book is told from the perspective of Merlin's adopted dog, who longs to wield magic, just like Merlin, and discovers adventure with a boy named Arthur. Publication is set for fall 2016; Crown).
  • This Is Where the World Ends - Amy Zhang (Both books will be contemporary YA stories in the same vein as Zhang's debut... and both address themes of love and death. Fall 2015, Greenwillow).
  • Memento Mori - Amy Zhang (Both books will be contemporary YA stories in the same vein as Zhang's debut... and both address themes of love and death. Fall 2016, Greenwillow).
  • Puppy Pirates - Erin Soderberg (The series follows a crew of canine swashbucklers and their boy companion as they sail the seven seas. The first volume,Stowaway!, is due out in fall 2015; Random House).
  • Bright Lights, Dark Nights - Stephen Emond, author of Happyface. Illustrated with black-and-white drawings, the YA book is a story about first love and what happens when the boy, who is white, and the girl, who is black, find themselves in the middle of a racial profiling case. Publication is set for spring 2015; Roaring Brook).
  • Minna's Patchwork Coat - Lauren A. Mills (MG debut about an impoverished Appalachian family in the early 20th century that can't afford a warm coat for eight-year-old Minna, until her neighbors create one using pieces of cloth that each represent a special story. It's an expansion of Mills's picture book, The Rag Coat, which Little, Brown published in 1991, and features black-and-white illustrations by the author. Publication is scheduled for fall 2015).
  • Girl Rising - Tanya Lee Stone (companion book to the 2013 documentary film; the book will build on the stories of the film's nine girls from different developing countries who confront and overcome tremendous challenges to achieve their dreams of education. Publication is slated for fall 2016. Wendy Lamb Books).
  • The Voyage to the Magical North - Claire Fayers (Debut tells the story of 12-year-old Brine Seaborne. who joins a pirate ship on a perilous adventure through ghost-infested storms and oceans filled with man-eating penguins, all to find the magical top of the world. Publication is set for spring 2016. Henry Holt).
  • The Impossible Caravan - Laura Resau in which an indigenous boy and a Romani (Gypsy) girl form a friendship in rural Mexico that spans the rest of their lives. It will publish in 2015; Scholastic).
  • Neruda in Love - Carrie Arcos (An unlucky-in-love 16-year-old boy with a penchant for poetry but an inability to write his own falls harder than he ever thought possible for the elusive Callie, and wonders if his luck may finally be changing. Publication is scheduled for 2016; Philomel).
  • Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome - Brad Montague and Robby Novak (The memoir of the 10-year-old YouTube star pulls together interviews with his celebrity friends, ideas to help change the world, and a step-by-step guide to make everything a little bit awesomer. Publication is planned for winter 2015; HarperCollins).
  • The Last Monster - Ginger Garrett (about 13-year-old cancer survivor Sofia, who has been chosen as the next Guardian of a book called The Bestiary, an ancient text. Drawn into violent and unpredictable mysteries, Sofia learns that these misunderstood monsters from the book are in danger and she is the only one who can save them. It's planned for spring 2016; Delacorte).
  • Smash & Grab - Amy Christine Parker (about a girl who masterminds a daring bank heist full of twists and turns, only to be surprised when another thief steals her heart. It’s scheduled for spring 2016; Random House).
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong? - Graeme Stone (debut; an interdisciplinary, nonfiction book for middle-graders on natural disasters that places the reader in the event and explains the statistical probability of survival; a follow-up book focuses on manmade disasters. Publication is slated for spring 2016; Crown).
  • Up from the Sea - Leza Lowitz (it's a YA novel in verse for teens about the March 2011 tsunami that sent Japan into chaos. The story is told from the point-of-view of Kai, a bi-racial teen boy who survives but loses his mother and grandparents. Publication is set for spring 2016; Crown).
  • MG novel - Angela Cervantes (about a Latina fifth grader who does everything she can to win trophies and medals, and while competing to win that elusive first place discovers that life's greatest rewards don't always fit on a trophy shelf. Scholastic.)
Soon to come: a six-book multi-platform series from Random House, first one by DJ MacHale.

Nothing up from last edition.

Book trailers: Ghost House - Alexandra Adornetto, Mortal Heart - Robin LaFevers, The Cure for Dreaming - Cat Winters, Black Ice - Becca Fitzpatrick, The Infinite Sea - Rick Yancey

Interviews: Atlantia - Ally Condie, Malala Yousafzai, Jonny Duddle (the illustrator of the new UK Harry Potter novels), Spirit’s Key - Edith Cohn, James Patterson, Words and Their Meanings - Kate Bassett, Starry Night - Isabel Gillies

Excerpts: Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater, same but audio version, #GhostlyGoodReads - Lauren Oliver, Crewel - Gennifer Albin (The entire novel available up on Wattpad), Althea and Oliver - Cristina Moracho, The Wishing Well - Amy Ewing, Dream a Little Dream - Kerstin Gier, Fantasy League - Mike Lupica, Famous in Love - Rebecca Serle, Sam’s Origin Story (Altered) - Jennifer Rush.

Awards/Lists: The Best YA Books of 2014 according to the Telegraph, Eleanor Catton is setting up an award that will help writers find time to read, Ursula LeGuin will be receiving a lifetime achievement award at the National Book Festival. Teen Vogue has a list of the best YA you should be reading this fall. The 2014 ABC Best Books for Children was recently announced.

Children’s and YA books are selling well.

It’s hug a book week! Get off your asses and show your books some love.

Usher is launching an initiative with Scholastic on the importance of reading.

Amazon wants children’s authors to join its self-publishing platform.

Had no idea what Minecraft was until I read this article: it’s becoming a publishing sensation.

Oh, look, you can read a lost chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Almost all author brands decline over the years… except one. Dr. Seuss.

Awesome? J.K. Rowling starting to tweet more. Even better? Calling out a homophobe.

The Blood of Olympus tops the social media most-talked-about-book charts for August.

Book Festivals: The Decatur Book Festival of 2014, The National Book Festival, Did you go to the Scholastic Book fair? Will you remember these 19 things?

The world’s top earning authors, including John Green, Veronica Roth, Gillian Flynn, and J.K. Rowling. I had no idea that JKR hadn’t signed over the rights to her HP ebooks and sells them through Pottermore -- such a smart move!

A quick recap of author and industry events from Publisher’s Weekly.

Jane Lynch Wrote a Book about Bullies Because She Used to Be One.

Newspapers and magazines have been dropping their print editions in response to the internet age and then focusing on their digital front. Here’s one that is going the opposite way.

Barnes and Noble is testing expresso book machines (customers will be able to make a physical print book of a hard-to-find book, a public domain title or self publish a book. “The purpose of the test,” the spokesperson said, “is to gauge consumer interest.”).

A lucky journalist on visiting the nation’s independent bookstores.

Something I personally have never thought about was how prices on book covers affect the business and a bookstore’s business. I’m not sure how I feel either about “unfixing” the prices, but if it can save some bookstores…

A publisher that ditched Amazon and then posted its revenues. What is this madness :O?

The thing teachers need most. Can you guess what it is?

Lots of stuff on libraries this edition:

An infographic on today’s libraries. One day I hope to make an infographic like that. So cool. And also sad that burgers can be compared to books.

The Future Library Project sounds really cool. And this year it was Margaret Atwood’s turn to contribute to the collection.

Libraries Are a Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can’t Afford. (“It's not that there's a shortage of librarians in Chicago, and it's not mass layoffs. The librarians are being reassigned.”)

Little Free Libraries sound adorable.

Florida University is letting its students buy the titles for its e-book only library. Sounds like an interesting idea, but I don’t know that I’d trust the students to not accidentally buy titles that they didn’t want or need.

The UK is facing a literary crisis.

New bestseller lists from the New York Times are coming!

Cover Reveals:

Stupid Boy - Cindy Miles

Discussion/other blogger posts:

Are you a Narnia fan? Here are 16 facts about the first book you might not have known.

Why female writers get trolled the most. (Also I wonder why Piers Morgan gets so many hate tweets. I know very little about him, but woah. The title, Receiver of Most Hate Tweets, can’t be pretty.).

Related to that question, Malorie Blackman called for more diversity in children’s books and was trolled heavily for it.

If you’re looking for more diversity in your books, there’s now an app that will help you find recommendations.

Why Book Criticism and Literary Culture Need a Poptimist Revolution.

A poll to teens who read romance on why they liked to read it digitally.

Gayle Forman, on why YA is for everyone. Huzzah!

16 Gifts Under $26 to give to book lover friends. Just leave this link as a hint for someone… My favorite is probably number 7.

And these 16 quotes prove why I love Margaret Atwood and her writing.

15 Books That You Should Be Fangirling about Now. Oops.I haven’t read a single one o.O. Terrible fangirl?

Why are comics and graphic novels still sexist? Same question across books everywhere; doesn’t surprise me 40% of the readers are female.

Read your favorite childhood books! YES. Do you know how long it’s been since I reread Harry Potter or any of the example books in that article?

11 Reasons Books Change Lives.

The Top 10 Books about Trains. Some of these kind of lists make me laugh because I would have never thought about making a list focused on trains.

Street art murals on libraries, books, and reading. Some of these are so, so, so gorgeous. I would love to see more of these around.

Hey, hey, if you have a lot of tote bags, you can always do this with them….

Cool video on the evolution of language. Yet to take any #shelfies myself.

10 Things That Happen When You Can’t Put Down a Good Book. My favorite part of this article are the illustrated gifs.

Let’s Not Start Blaming Books for Dangerous Behaviors. Yes.

13 Books We Hated in High School, But Loved -- Or At Least Tolerated -- as Adults. Lies. Some of those like Grapes of Wrath I will never tolerate.

25 Must Read Books for the Fall. I kinda dislike lists like these because they almost never include YA/kidlit books, and then isolate a good portion of their digital crowd. But hey, if you want to branch out, there’s another list to try...

1980s Teen Lit is still relevant today… and you may start to see more in your local bookstore.

In which another douche-y writer thinks that he’s being cool by insulting YA: Young Love (also known as those first two paragraphs before the If I Stay review).

YOU YOU YOU have you read The Raven Cycle? Here’s your chance! Because a rereadathon is currently going on, and it’s your turn to join in on the awesome series.

Things No One Tells You About Being a Harry Potter Fanatic. (well there is kinda sorta one more movie, eh? Can’t wait for Fantastic Beasts.)

How dark is too dark in children’s literature? -- was this question not asked last year?

8 Best Children’s Books About Friendship.

How we learn to love food through children’s literature.

Do you think these YA couples need to break up?

kidlit cakes: 5 that are really creepy and some other sweets for book lovers.

Stop Lying about Your Favorite Books on Facebook. Yaaaaaaas, this article. When I saw that “10 books” status cropping up everywhere, oh, boy. Although I do get the point in the comments about favorite books vs. books that changed your thinking. Still, the comments sections on HuffPo articles -- why do I ever read them? And here are the top 20 books according to the data that those statuses generated.

Why Today’s Most Exciting Crime Novelists Are Women. I can’t wait to read the Tana French book I bought. Yes to this article.

10 Book Jacket Designs That Are Terrible - some of them are not so bad, and I would like to call out this comment: “Now, I admit these are a matter of taste, and the Cloud Atlas redesign isn’t so bad, but mostly these are manic, overstuffed covers that make the books look like cheap YA novels. I don’t get it.” Pray tell, what does a cheap YA novel look like? Because even if those covers aren’t to his taste, they definitely look like someone spent time on them, the opposite of which = my version of cheap, and not another stigmatization/generalization of YA.

A literary emoji quiz…. whaaat?

Talking about violence in YA literature with a teen book club - one blogger’s experience.

Have you ever sniffed a book? Or wanted more quotes about nature? Or wanted to know about the signs of you being a misfit? Or wanted 20 recommendations of fall books with the word fall in their titles? Also known as: Epic Reads linkage.

More recommendations! Back to school recommendations from the authors at Publishing Crawl.

What does it mean to be a good reader? Maggie Stiefvater examines this question.

** Ashley at Nose Graze: 12 Cursive/Script Fonts
** Ashley at Nose Graze: How to Write Discussion Posts
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Restructuring Your Blog
** Ashley at Nose Graze: The Pros and Cons of Private Domain Registration
** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts: Remove Strange Formatting
** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts: Remove LinkWithin from Home Page {Blogger}

Blogging and Bloggers:
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Twitter Spam… Or Is It Marketing?
** Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf: 4 Ways to Avoid Stressful Blogging
** Cait at Notebooks Sisters: How do you balance reading ALL the blogs?
** Kim at The Nomadic Book Hoarder: On Being Perpetually Indecisive and My Blog Name
** Sandra at Tea Between Books: 8 Tips on How to Start a Blog
** Terri at Starlight Book Reviews: On Blogging Slumps. (I’m in one. Big time.)

ARCs, Authors, Ratings, Reviews, Recommendations:
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Will eARCs Be Swapped Out for “Advanced Samples?”
** Jessica at Literary Etc: When Your Favorite Author Goes Off the Deep End
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: Local Authors
** Katie at Doing Dewey: Male Vs. Female Writers: No, It’s Not Their Fault
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: Where’d They Go - 8 Authors Who Haven’t Written in a While and What They’re Working on Now
** Holly at Novel Bliss: How to Find Your Review Voice
** Cayce at Fighting Dreamer: I Still Love Reviews But...
** Trish at Between My Lines: How Book Reviewing Is Like the X Factor
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: When Negative Reviews Seem to Contradict Your Own Thoughts
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Why I Don’t Accept Review Requests
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Do Three/Four Star Ratings with No Negative Points in the Review Confuse You?
** Cee at the Novel Hermit: Flip Flopping on Book Ratings

Personal/Other Book Related Goodness:
** Nuzaifa at Say It With Books: Are you fearless?
** Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews: With Great Love Comes Great Expectations
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Fan Fiction
** Asti at Oh, The Books!: I Helped Publish a Book

The Experience:
** Alise at Readers in Wonderland: What You Like VS. What Others Prefer
** Helen at My Novel Opinion: When You Just Don’t Feel Like Reading
** Lyn at Great Imaginations: Literacy Story
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: Confession Time: As a kid, I hated reading...
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Have You Ever Been Afraid to Reread a Book?
** Kelley at Oh, The Books!: Sometimes Reading Stresses Me Out
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: How Is Your Book Memory?
** Christine at Oh, Chrys!: Bookish Phrases I Don’t Get
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: Gearing up for required reading
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: When Everyone Loves a Book But You

Books, Books, Books:
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: Seeking the Perfect Book
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: I Am a Book Buying Addict
** Carmen at Shelfspace Needed: How Do You Travel with Books?
** Asti at Oh, The Books!: My Audiobook Realization
** Josephine at Word Revel: A Basic Guide to Managing TBRs
** Kelly at Effortlessly Reading: Judging a Cover by Its Texture

** Sana at Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile: Flawed Isn’t Necessarily Bad
** Ana at Read Me Away: Character Minds and Writing Styles
** Ana at Read Me Away: The Reluctant Sudden Hero/Heroine

Genre, Trends, and Tropes:
** Kimberly at Stacked Books: Reality Television Redux
** Kelly at Stacked Books: The Big Male YA Narrator Round-up
** Kimberly at Stacked Books: Get Genrefied: Mythology
** Hannah at So Obsessed With: Twitter Travels Back in Time
** Sarah at Workaday Reads: Do You Read or Blog Mostly One Genre?
** Cassie at Books with Cass: Welcome to FALL: the end of contemporary season?
** Terri at Starlight Book Reviews: What’s “My Non-fiction?”
** Charlotte at Thoughts and Pens: Book Tropes That I Hate.

** Charlotte at Thoughts and Pens: I Wish There Were Remakes of Book-to-Film Adaptations
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: The Popularity of Books with Adaptations

Movies/TV shows:

Did you see If I Stay? Here’s an interview with Jamie Blackley on the most difficult part of becoming Adam in the film. Also, an interview with Gayle Forman.

The Fault in Our Stars producers are releasing the Digital HD version of the movie early in an attempt to get teens to transition to the format.

Paper Towns is moving forward with Jack Schreier as its director.

They are moving on with the Maze Runner sequel, The Scorch Trials. More TV spots and clips! Clue, Chosen, Hide, and Runners. And Maze Runner character posters.

A Divergent parody starring Chloe Grace Moretz and featuring Michelle Obama? Send me that link now.

An interview with Shailene Woodley and Theo James suggests that Insurgent will be emotional.

Potential tease of Mockingjay lyrics from Lorde’s single. Meanwhile check out the cool Mockingjay posters for the Rebels. Here’s Katniss’s along with the comparison Capitol poster. And the official poster for Part I + a teaser video (5 Days till trailer is released).

Know anyone who could play a double for Chloe Grace Moretz? The call is open. And Liev Shrieber has been cast as Colonel Vosch in The 5th Wave adaptation.

The Weinstein Company is not done with kidlit/YA adaptations yet. They’ve acquired Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot with Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman attached.

We All Looked Up, a 2015 debut from Simon & Schuster, has been optioned by Paramount Insurge.

Were you wondering why The Giver didn't do as well as other YA adaptations? Here's an essay analyzing the effect of other YA adaptations on that one.


Back to School Giveaway from Diversity in YA, US only, 9/19.

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 09/14, 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}.

Maze Runner Prize Pack (including $25 gift card), US only, ends 09/11.

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

Finished Copies and ARCs + giftcards, US & INT, ends 09/12.

The Infinite Sea - Rick Yancey, ends 09/15.

$15 Paypal cash, ends 09/15.

Love Your Library giveaway, US/CA only, ends 09/15.

$100 Amazon giftcard, ends 09/30.

Spa kit + giftcard, ends 09/17.

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

Book blogger summer reading programs, ends 09/30.

ARC prize pack + books, US/CA + int, ends 09/22.

ARC of the Playlist for the Dead, ends 09/18.

Throne of Glass goodies, ends 09/17, 09/24.


New Releases:

Last week: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas, Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini, Don't Touch by Rachel M. Wilson, Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan, 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith, Zac and Mia by A. J. Betts, The Jewel by Amy Ewing, The Boy I Love by Nina de Gramont, Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes, The Secret Sky by Atia Abawi, Starry Night by Isabel Gillies, Words and Their Meanings by Kate Bassett, A New Darkness by Joseph Delaney, Always a Catch by Peter Richmond, Hider, Seeker, Secret Keeper by Elizabeth Kiem, Feuds by Avery Hastings, Girl Defective by Simone Howell, Practice Makes Perfect (Varsity #3) by Melanie Spring, Sealed With a Lie (Two Lies and a Spy #2) by Kat Carlton, No One Needs to Know by Amanda Grace, The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan, The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy, Shattered by Mari Mancusi, All Those Broken Angels by Peter Adam Solomon, Destined for Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon, Puppy Love by A. Destiny and Catherine Hapka, and The Lonely by Ainslie Hogarth.

This week: Egg & Spoon by Gregory Macguire, Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang, Found (Mickey Bolitar #3) by Harlan Coben, Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman, King Dork Approximately by Frank Portman, Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White, Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday, The Caller (Shadowfell #3) by Juliet Marillier, Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley, Paper Airplanes by Dawn O'Porter, Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick, Hunt For the Bamboo Rat by Graham Salisbury, Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen, Exo (Jumper #4) by Steven Gould, The Twyning by Terence Blacker, and Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga.

Recent Recommended Reads: If you read my recent post, you know that I have been on/off for blogging and reading, so it might be a bit until you get another review from me.

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. Thank you for featuring my blog post! I sure miss seeing you around.

  2. I've recently subscribed to Pauline C. Harris on YouTube and I'm really excited for PUPPETS. Glad to see her cover on your list.

    I've seen IF I STAY twice and I'm excited for the book now. I meant to read the book before I went, but there wasn't time. Also, can't wait for THE MAZE RUNNER!

  3. So many things to go look at now! Hopefully I can find some good reads in all this! I would recommend for the YA genre Alane Adams, My kids loved her book The Red Sun, and they have passed it onto their friends so I will pass it on here. It made for some very cool book reports!!

  4. :( I miss being around. I think that I am getting even worse at managing my time... but good, exciting news hopefully coming soon.

  5. Yay!!! I hope Puppets meets all of your expectations & that you enjoy Harris's YT channel :D. Woah! I still have to see IF I STAY and you've already seen it twice?! Snap. And yes, do read the book. Still one of my favorites -- curious to see what you'll think esp. since you've now seen the movie.

  6. Thanks, Cathy, for the book recommendation. I hope you can find some good reads and links here as well. :)

  7. Doesn't it? I was really caught by the Belles premise. I've got to read Falling into Place! It's just sitting on my shelves, but a lot of people seem caught by Zhang's writing. Hahaha with most of those lists, I find that few are actually on mine (re: books to fangirl about). But oh well, they are fun to look through no? :) I agree that the Conspiracy of Us has a BEAUTIFUL cover. So interesting because the cover placeholder had been gold a la Selection style and I was kinda dreading it until ta-da. I hope the book works for us!

  8. -The Belles sounds interesting.

    -I'm going to keep an eye on the new books from Amy Zhang. Her writing-style is gorgeous, but I disliked the MC. I might give her another shot.

    -The conspiracy of us: Such a pretty cover :D

    -Why YA is for everyone: awesome. "Not because it's the genre I write in but because it's where I find a lot of the most inspiring, risk-taking work today." So true.

    -15 books you should be fangirling about: I've read 1 and 1 is on my list, but I don't care about most of them actually.

    -11 reasons book change lives: I love that :)

    -Break-up relationships: Harvey/Alice are definitely an unhealthy relationship (for Harvey)


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