Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (61)

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
  • Finding Audrey - Sophie Kinsella (The YA debut features a 14-year-old girl recovering from an anxiety disorder; it blends family comedy, romance, and personal discovery. Publication is set for June 9, 2015; Delacorte Press).
  • The Inexplicable Logic of My Heart - Benjamin Alire Sáenz (a YA novel set in El Paso about family and friendship, life and death. It's scheduled for spring 2016; Clarion Books).
  • Ivy - Katherine Coville (They tell the tale of a girl named Ivy and her grandmother, a healer in the town of Broomsweep, who nurse magical creatures of all kinds, including an injured griffin, a dragon and a herd of temperamental pixies. It's set for fall 2016; Knopf).
  • Six Times Revenge - Lindsay Eland (Pitched as A View from Saturday meets The Breakfast Club, the middle-grade novel follows Adam and Perk, the school's most scheming minds and best friends as they plan the most epic of epic pranks to take down the school bully. It's scheduled for 2016; Greenwillow).
  • When We Collided - Emery Lord (The new book follows Jonah, who is struggling to move on after his father's death, and Vivi, who comes to town hoping for a fresh start, and what happens when their summer love faces the troubles they've each been hiding. Publication is planned for spring 2016; Bloomsbury).
  • Wild Ones - C. Alexander London (an action-adventure fantasy series for middle-graders. The books will feature an animal world inspired by Brian Jacques's Redwall series; as a child, London wrote Jacques a fan letter telling him that he wanted to be a writer; Jacques wrote back encouraging him to keep reading and to keep believing in the power of stories. In London's series, the Wild Ones are pitted against the People's Pets in a battle for survival. The first book is scheduled for September 2015; Philomel).
  • The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth - Kasie West (A post from a fake celebrity social media account sets a single-minded swimmer on a hunt to find out the person's true identity. Publication is slated for spring 2016, Egmont).
  • Hunger, Heart, Fuel, Nation - Tessa Elwood (pitched as a romantic Game of Thrones in space. In the novel, a girl takes her sister's place in an arranged political marriage between two intergalactic royal houses. The stakes are raised when the heroine finds she may be the illegitimate daughter of her family's sworn enemy. It's scheduled for fall 2015; Running Press).
  • Summer of Supernova - Darcy Wood (YA debut is the story of zodiac-obsessed teen Wilamena Carlisle, who when she discovers a planetary alignment that won't repeat for a decade, is forced to tackle her greatest astrological fear: The Fifth House – Relationships and Love. Publication is set for spring 2016; Crown).
  • Going Geek - Charlotte Huang (In the story, a girl is forced to stand up for who she really is – if she even knows – when her friends dump her and she is forced to hang out with the fringe crowd at school. It's scheduled for publication in 2016; Delacorte).
  • Might Fly Away - Tracy Edward Wymer (MG debut; Eddie, a young bird watcher, is desperate to win the 7th Grade Science Symposium by proving the Golden Eagle his father claimed to have seen really does live near his town. But with his father having recently died, his teacher a skeptical rival birder, and the school bully as his project partner, Eddie may have one too many roadblocks to overcome. Publication is planned for spring 2016; Aladdin).
Tommy Greenwald's new series, CRIMEBITERS!, in which a boy and his dog, who may or may not have supernatural, crime-fighting abilities, experience conflicts both large and small, from evil thieving babysitters to bullies and mean older sisters, to Scholastic, for publication in Fall 2015.

None from last week.

Book Trailers: Famous in Love - Rebecca Serle

Excerpts: The Retribution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin, Defy - Sara Lawson (behind the scenes).

Interviews: A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas, Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future - A.S. King, Atlantia - Ally Condie

Awards: The winner of the kids first ever Kirkus Prize.

Suzanne Young is writing a book with Tom DeLonge.

Patrick Ness is moving to Harper Teen for his next two books.

Rick Riordan announced the title of his next new series on Norse mythology.

If you’re wondering about the Ellora’s Cave suit against Dear Author, you should follow Courtney Milan’s blog. She provides wonderful recaps of what exactly is happening and what it means.

Are Youtube Stars the future of Publishing? Maybe so, with new books deals up and coming.

#WeNeedDiverseBooks has new exciting things coming up, and their indiegogo campaign is making headway quickly. They are also working with SLJ.

Here’s a brief recap of author and industry events from last week + photos from the Boston book festival.

YA and children’s books are selling well.

Cover Reveals:

UK cover reveal: I Was Here - Gayle Forman

*forgot to include these...

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

YA Fiction Doesn’t Need to Be a Gateway to the Classics. Thank you, Atlantic. This is because of a New Yorker article talking about Percy Jackson & what do you know, demeaning YA. Also let’s not extend the literary genre wars to kids books, why this grown up reads ya, the kids are all right (don’t discount YA’s teen readership), kids should feel free to read kids books because that’s what kids do, why are we still fighting about YA lit.

And FYI: 11 Reasons Why YA Is Better When You Read It as an Adult.

27 Ways Charlotte’s Web Taught Us To Be Better Grown-ups. All those hating on YA articles are exhausting, so here’s a bunch of why kids books and YA are awesome articles!

Guess who Taylor Swift’s favorite author is.

Quotes from children’s books: how many do you recognize?

Have you noticed a trend of YA fiction talking about climate change?

Have you been to Universal’s HP World? Do you think that adults would enjoy it? (Three of my colleagues did, certainly).

4 Kids Books That Push the Boundaries.

Looking for some spooky stories? Here are 10 recommended ones from publisher’s weekly.

MORE HARRY POTTER STORIES ARE COMING!!! (Just one, on Halloween, about Umbridge).

Books explore the causes and consequences of bullying + books recommended by PW addressing that.

What happens when no one understands your bookish Halloween costume? If you want ideas for costumes for kids, here are some. And some for babies.

A review of the HP themed hotel in London. *plans to trip London* (if only)

Like Game of Thrones or Divergent? EpicReads is convinced that heroines in both have similarities and differences to the heroine of Clariel.

For LGBTQ history month (aka October): the top ten LGBT characters in YA + recommended YA books with LGBT characters from Bloomsbury + Coming of age coming out YA books.

Once Upon a Time: Modern YA Books and their Fairy Tale Counterparts. Didn’t know that about Speak…

22 Things Everyone Who Loves Paper Books Understands. *sigh*

JK Rowling is building Hagrid’s Hut on her estate. How cute. Love the blueprints too.

Like vampires in your lit? Here are some recommendations from Melissa de la Cruz.

** Rita at Blog Genie: The Simple Technique to Save Hours on Your Blog.
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Mastering the WordPress Visual Editor
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Goodbye CSS, Hello SCSS
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Free “Verdict” Rating Graphics
** Ashley at Nose Graze: How I Made My Own E-Course Plugin
** Ashley at Nose Graze: How to Use FTP for Your WordPress Blog
** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts: Choosing a Color Scheme
** Nuzaifa at Say It With Books: Let’s Make Your Blog Post Shine

Blogging and Bloggers:
** Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction: Are the Numbers of Followers You Have Important to You?
** Hannah at the Irish Banana Review: A Letter: Dear Newbie
** Cait at Notebooks Sisters: Social Media: Do We Really Have to Do It All?
** Mel at The Daily Prophecy: Finding Balance
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Seven Ways to Utilize Sarcasm in Your Blog Post
** Erika at The Red Bookmark: Simple Tips To Help Your Blogging Life
** Alise at Readers in Wonderland: When I’m Not Reading: Apps

Recommendations, Ratings, Reviews, Authors, ARCs:
** Chyna at Lite-Rate-Ture: Say Buh-Bye to My Negative Reviews
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: How Do You Respond to Author Scandals?

That Thing That Happened:
** Ceilidhann at Bibliodaze: #HaleNo, Blogger Blackout and the Non-Existent War
** Bieke at Istyria Book Blog: My Two Cents on All the Drama

The Experience & Trends:
** Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: My Icy Heart is Melting
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: Not a Slump but a Something
** Rose at Chapter Break: What Is Your Literacy Story?
** Carmel at Rabid Reads: Do You Ever Wish There Was No Sex?
** Christine at Oh, Chrys!: Reading as a Passion of Many
** Amanda at Book Badger: When Books Go Bad

Books, Books, Books:
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: Disappointing Series Enders
** Terri at Starlight Book Reviews: Why I’m Loving the Small TBR Pile
** Aimee at Deadly Darlings: Those Little Chips on my Books… ARGH!
** Emily at The Loony Teen Writer: The Thing about Guilty Pleasure Books
** Glass at Ja čitam, a ti?: Reading Lists
** Sophie at PaperBreathers: Weird Bookish Conversations on the Bus

Horror October & Monsters:
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Spooky Reads
** Rinn at Rinn Reads: Scariest Creatures in Fantasy
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Bookish Costume: The Morganville Vampires
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Bookish Costume: Graceling
** Ana at Read Me Away: Spooky Ooky Books
** Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide: Fortnight of Fright: Recommendations
** Kimberly at Stacked Books: October is...
** Becca at Pivot Book Reviews: Bookish Pumpkins
** Jen at YA Romantics: Dress Like a YA Character for Halloween
** Alica at a Kernel of Nonsense: Poe Thrills
** Timon at YA Asylum: Horror Games
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: In Which I Dress 5 Of My Favorite YA Couples for Halloween
** Stormy at Book. Blog. Bake.: Reads For Your Halloween
** Stormy at Book. Blog. Bake.: Zombie Books For Readers Who Dislike Zombies
** Asti at Oh, The Books!: Quiz: What Is Your Fate with Bookish Monsters?

Hey YA & Retellings:
** Shannon at It Starts At Midnight: Retelling Reluctance
** Kel at Booked Till Tuesday: YA Fairy Tale Retellings.
** Sana at Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile: Island Settings in YA
** Cait at Notebooks Sisters: YA 2015 Trend Predictions

Movies/TV Shows:

Insurgent will be released in 3D. And now we’ve got our first look at the character’s interactive posters: Tris, Four, Max, Peter, Tori, Caleb, Christina, Uriah.

Nathalie Emmanuel is joining the Scorch Trials cast as Harriet.

Filming has begun on the 5th Wave adaptation.

Curious about the Love Letters to the Dead adaptation? Here’s an interview with the author.

TriStar has optioned Jennifer Smith’s new novel, Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between.

More good news for Jennifer Smith: Hailee Steinfeld will star in the adaptation of The Statiscal Probability of Love at First Sight.

Mark Rylance will be in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of BFG.

Behind the scenes photos of the Paper Towns adaptation.


One of the many books Stephanie reviewed, INT, ends 11/14.

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 10/31.

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.

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

The Body Electric - Beth Revis, US/CA, ends 11/04.

15 Wonderfully Diverse MG novels, US only, ends 10/31.

Scholastic October giveaways, US/CA, ends 10/31.

Spooktacular giveaway hop, ends 10/31, each giveaway specific to each blog.


New Releases: Talon (Talon #1) by Julie Kagawa, In the Afterlight by Alexandra BrackenEarth & Sky by Megan CreweEternal (Shadow Falls After Dark #2) by C.C. HunterCatalyst (Insignia #3) by S. J. KincaidAtlantia by Ally CondieWaterfall (Teardrop #2) by Lauren KateCompulsion (Heirs of Watson Island) by Martina BooneShadowboxer by Tricia SullivanDiamonds in the Rough (Secret Diamond Sisters #2) by Michelle MadowGet Happy by Mary AmatoResisting Ruby Rose (Ruby Rose #2) by Jessie HumphriesThe Wanted by Lauren Nicolle Taylor.

Recent Recommended Reads: I’m getting worse about getting reviews up in addition to these posts. Also, I’m supposed to lead a book club discussion at work on David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell and I don’t know what to say 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. WOW - I was just browsing through & stumbled upon your lovely blog - It looks gorgeous and it has interesting posts that I can relate to! - Def. checking out these new reads! I'm now following you via gfc, Hope you check out my blog? keep in touch love x

    Benish | Feminist Reflections

    A Thousand Pieces of You Hardcover Giveaway

  2. Thanks, Benish! I will add your hardcover giveaway to the next bookish rounds. Please keep in touch, you have a lovely blog.

  3. Finding Audrey: her other books don't sound like something for me, but social anxiety? That's something I can find myself in, so I'm going to keep my eyes on that one.

    A romantic version of Game and Thrones in space? That can go two completely different ways. It turns out to be really good or extremely bad.. Also not sure about the whole GOT pitch.

    Going Geek: I like it when character have to stand up for themselves, this might be good *adds*

    A court of Thorns and Roses is perhaps not exactly what I expected, but I like it! Frail mortal heart is also a pretty cover. Those positive articles about reading YA makes me happy. I'm so done with all these people bashing YA and how it's not okay to read it as an adult. That HP themed hotel! So awesome!

  4. Yeah, I don't know much about the shopaholic books, but her YA novel looks really interesting. I don't know how to take Game of Thrones YA comparisons anymore. Mostly I ignore the comparison, I think, and wait until I hear more about the book.

    Agree on the ACOTAR cover & the positive YA articles. I try to focus on those rather than link to the drama about YA because it really does seem to happen so often, like at least ten times a year and like major news outlets constantly take *that* more seriously than anything else.


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