Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (64)

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 Reports, 1, 2, 3:
  • Full Cicada Moon - Marilyn Hilton (MG novel in verse; Set in 1969 against the backdrop of the first lunar landing, the novel tells the story of half-black, half-Japanese Mimi as she adjusts to life in rural Vermont. Everything about Mimi makes her stand out – including her mixed heritage, her “unconventional” family and her “boyish” interest in astronomy – but Mimi finds that she's strong enough to face the tough, unwelcoming exterior her new community presents to her. Publication is scheduled for summer 2016; Dial).
  • Phantom Limbs - Paula Garner (YA debut; The novel follows 16-year-old Otis, a competitive swimmer and poet whose childhood best friend and first love, Meg, returns to town after a three-year absence, forcing them to face the tragedy that drove them apart. It's scheduled for fall 2016; Candlewick).
  • Miles in the Infinite Sandbox - Christian Heidicker (YA debut; Told in "censored" blog posts, the novel follows basement-dweller Miles after he is sent to video game rehab, and touches on issues of pop culture, sexism, and human connection. Publication is slated for summer 2016; Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers).
  • Clem Hetherington and the Ironwood Race - Jen Breach, illustrated by Douglas Holgate (debut middle-grade graphic novel series, follows an orphan named Clem and her robot brother as they enter a multi-day rally race to recover stolen artifacts. Publication for book #1 is set for 2017; Scholastic/Graphix).
  • Two as-yet-untitled books - Sarah Crossan (Crossan’s debut book, The Weight of Water, was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the CLPE Poetry Award. Her latest novel, Apple and Rain, was also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and will be published in the U.S. in May 2015. The first of her two new books will be released in 2016; Bloomsbury U.K.).
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl - Gretchen McNeil (about a math-minded control freak who loses her boyfriend to the quirky new girl in school, and then sets out to reinvent herself to win him back. It’s scheduled for fall 2016; Balzer + Bray).
  • Little Jupiter - Matthew Cordell (In the new book, despite his mythological pals’ skepticism, young Pegasus, sets out on a quest to prove the existence of the unsavory and elusive creature known as “human.” Publication is set for fall 2016; Feiwel and Friends).
  • The Playground - Antoine Revoy (Debut graphic novel; The middle-grade book tells the story of two children who encounter a mysterious ghost in a haunted playground. It’s scheduled for 2017; First Second Books).
From two weeks ago:
  • Strange Girl - Christopher Pike (His new story is told from the perspective of a boy in love with a mysterious girl who seems to have an unearthly ability to heal, but the ability carries quite a cost. Publication is planned for December 2015; Simon Pulse).
  • Sweaterweather - Sara Varon (a collection of some of Varon's earliest work; an untitled graphic novel about a donkey shoemaker; an untitled picture book about two friends, a dog and a bird; and Darwinia, a graphic novel with T.R. Simon about a monkey that sails around the world. Publication is scheduled for winter 2016 and onwards; First Second).
  • Irena's Children - Tilar Mazzeo (young readers edition; a biography of Irena Sendler (sometimes called the “female Oskar Schindler”), who saved over 2,000 children from the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. The release of the young readers edition will be timed to the publication of the adult edition, which is Gallery's lead title for fall 2016. Margaret K. McElderry).
  • Prettyboy - Karen Hattrup (debut; When Frannie eavesdrops on her parents fighting, she discovers that her cousin Truman is gay, and his parents are so upset they are sending him to live with her family for the summer. When he arrives, they embark on an extraordinary eight weeks, a summer marked by slowly unraveling secrets. Publication is set for 2016. HarperCollins).
  • YA debut - Aaron Starmer (Students are exploding at Covington High School. In this black comedy, one spontaneous combustion is an anomaly, two is coincidence, and three marks a pattern. Publication is planned for 2016; Dutton).
  • The Innkeeper's Daughter - Cindy Trumbore (YA debut; set in the mid-sixth century, when the clash between paganism and Christianity was at its height, the novel is a retelling of an epic Irish legend, in which an innkeeper's teenage daughter is swept up in court intrigue, a dark prophecy, and a choice between honor and love. The projected publication date is spring 2016; Egmont USA).
More books coming from Kody Keplinger from Scholastic!

Chris Colfer will be expanding on his books with picture books.

Awards: The winners for YA books and characters for the 2014 Book Shimmy awards from EpicReads are being announced today at TeaTime. Did you see the Goodreads Choice winners? The finalists for the 2015 William C. Morris award were announced. As was the top teen books from The Horn Book. The NYT listed its Notable Children's Books. The winter 2014-2015 Indie's Next list was also announced. Popcrush listed its 10 Best YA novels. And Kirkus has also named its best teen books of 2014. For the month of December, here's Amazon's editors' favorites. Here are SLJ's picks for teens for 2014. Here are the YALSA nominations too for 2014.

Interviews: There Will Be Lies - Nick Lake, Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson, King Dork - Frank Portman, Alexander London

Book Trailers: My Near Death Adventures (99% True) - Allison Decamp, Atlantis Rising - T.A. Barrons, Now That You're Here - Amy Nichols

The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign met its goal on IndieGogo, but you can still support it here.

What would it be like to have the President come shop at the same bookstore you were in? And what awesome sounding books would he buy?

A recap of the Shanghai Book fair from Publisher's Weekly as well as some photos from the National Book Award ceremony and a tour of five YA authors.

Veronica Roth is teaming up with First Book for #AbnegationDonation to help give books to children in need. JKR is publishing her Harvard Commencement speech and the proceeds from the book will be donated to her children's charity. If you're in the giving mood, join #GiveaBook, Help a Child. Also help out the Ferguson library.

Wowza, Zoella's book BROKE RECORDS for a debut title, selling over 70,000 copies in the UK in its first week. This is more than JKR's HP sold. Whaat.

So, how did she do it? How did BJ Novak from the Office write a bestselling children's picture book?

If you were not already aware of this, Daniel Handler made some racist comments while handing Jacqueline Woodson her NBA award. He's been trying to make up for it. He donated $110,000 to We Need Diverse Books. Meanwhile here's Woodson's very thoughtful piece about what happened.

The American booksellers for free expression will be merging with the American booksellers association. More free expression, huzzah.

Looking for a 2015 title to anticipate? Apparently All the Bright Places is a galley to watch, written by Jennifer Niven, Matthew Quick's wife, and already optioned.

You can get a sample of Simon Teen novels all this month. And same with Scholastic titles, for the most part.

A news recap of what's happening with indie bookstores. Apparently James Patterson has submitted a White House Petition to get the President to recognize reading more and HarperCollins is offering a selection of its books (samplers) to JetBlue customers.

Cover Reveals:

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

A fascinating look at gender-based reading from Goodreads & all their collected data. And meanwhile a seven year old girl complained about a book being marketed only to boys and voila and the publisher changed the cover.

A call for more books set in the Middle East so that American and UK children can understand the conflict. (This sounds like a good idea in general, but my question would be: would kids actually read this? Do they care enough?) But looks like there's a market for teen lit in the Arab world.

If you're interested in the real life look at teens who might inspire the novels we read, here are Huffington Post's Most Fearless Teens of 2014.

Gifts for book lovers! And some from etsy!

Do you ever mispronounce character names? I definitely do, seeing as I mispronounce normal names all the time too o.o.

Which of these December titles are you most looking forward to reading?

Did you end up reading at your familial gatherings on Thanksgiving? Will you be following this advice for the upcoming holidays?

I Sacrifice, Therefore I Am Good: YA Heroines and Self-Destruction. A.) I'm really interested in this topic and title. B.) I definitely have to return to this article later. Woah.

Classic teen books adults should read? Yay to having lists like this acknowledging that there are children's literature classics! ... know, instead of reading again about what's wrong with teen lit. 23 Things I'd Rather Read about Than Another Think Piece on What's Wrong with Children's Lit.

Classic Lit and Teen Flicks: Why It Works. It's always really fun to compare teen work to the older classics and see what authors or filmmakers have changed. I still really love 10 Things I Hate about You (and Clueless).

Have you ever felt like dystopian films refuse to discuss these topics?

How reading inspired my own real life adventures. Probably true for all of us book lovers, huh?

Here's another reason that we need diverse books: look at the United States's race percentages by 2060.

How many times have you reread Harry Potter? Be honest. Did you notice these details the second or third or tenth time around?

Do you think that the label Young Adult should be eradicated? Here's a compelling argument talking about resourceful teens.

Katniss Everdeen and Arya Stark are the new female role models. An alternate perspective: those bad female villains? They're apparently the true heroines in dystopian flicks.

I also really love these diverse book covers. More please!

Are you a fan of Robin McKinley's Hero and the Crown? Here are recommendations for you. Do you like YA antiheroes? More recs. How about fictional families you'd love to spend the holiday with?

Why are YOU thankful for books?

The best of bookish instagram.

** Rita at Blog Genie: 3 Ways to Boost Your Productivity with Asana
** Rita at Blog Genie: 7 Images Every Blogger Needs to Ignite Their Brand Online {Infographic}
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: 5th Annual End of Year Book Survey - 2014 Edition
** Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer: Gadgets and Apps for Book Lovers
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Schedule Posts
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Posting on a Holiday is a Waste, Post Ideas
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Mobile Site
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Tips To Promote Your Blog Post
** Ashley at Nose Graze: All the WordPress PlugIns I Use for Blogging

Blogging & Bloggers:
** Kat at My Shelf Confessions: The Biggest Reading Et Blogging Slump of My Life - HELP ME!
** Ceilidhann at Bibliodaze: Things Critics Are Sick of Hearing
** Rebecca at The Library Canary: Blog Design
** Stephanie at Chasm of Books: Why You Shouldn’t Use CAPTCHA
** Kat at Cuddlebuggery: How to Name Your Blog
** Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf: You know you’re a book blogger when...
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Help Me With My Blog Name Dilemma
** Rachel at Parajunkee: New Years Blogger’s Resolutions
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Book Nerd Social Interaction Problems
** Ashley at Nose Graze: What Does a “Huge” Book Blog Look Like?
** Ashley at Nose Graze: You Don’t Have to Do What Everyone Else Is Doing
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Why I Won’t Comment on Blogs With Captcha
** Ashley at Nose Graze: 6 Colour Schemes I Love
** Josephine at Word Revel: Book Blogging Is a Community
** Sandra at Tea Between Books: Creating the Content You Want
** Sam at S.I.K. Book Reviews: Why I Love the Book Blogging Community
** Sarah at Workaday Reads: Getting Back into the Swing of Things

Ratings, Reviews, Authors, ARCs, Recommendations:
** Kel at Booked Till Tuesday: 1 Star Reviews
** Julie at Chapter Break: 10 Reasons Why I Will Rate a Book 2 Stars
** Chyna at Lite-Rate-Ture: What Makes You Decline a Review Request?
** Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction: Yep - I gave Up on the Complaining Author
** Carmel at Rabid Reads: Have You Ever Changed Your Rating?
** Angie at Angela’s Anxious Life: Author Behavior… to read or not to read their books
** Helen at My Novel Opinion: 12 Books to Read to Young Children
** Kelley/Asti/Leanne at Oh, The Books!: Bookish Guides: Sci-Fi Past, Present, Future

** Ashley at Nose Graze: Who Knew Insta-Love Could Be So Hot?
** Rose at Chapter Break: Non-reader Friends
** Amber at Books of Amber: Shows You Should Be Watching
** Terri at Starlight Book Reviews: Free Time
** Terri at Starlight Book Reviews: Favorite Thing in Your Space

The Experience:
** Ruby at Feed Me Books Now: Is the ‘Fatal Flaw’ Realistic?
** Shannon at It Starts At Midnight: So You Want to Break Up with a Book
** Amy at Ten Penny Dreams: Knowing What to Read Next
** Amy at Ten Penny Dreams: Why I Prefer Reading in Winter
** Glass at Ja Ĩitam, a ti?: All About DNF
** Kayla at The Thousand Lives: When Mood Reading Attacks
** Jen at YA Romantics: Are You a Peaker?
** Kimberly at On the Wings of Books: Holiday Reading Plans
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: The Ultimate Guide to Reading and Relaxing During the Holidays

Hey, YA:
** Allie at Little Birdie Books: The YA Divide
** Kelly at Stacked Books: The Less Financially Privileged Teens in Contemporary YA Fiction: A Reading List
** Kelly at Stacked Books: Socioeconomic Class in Contemporary YA Lit: Where Are The Poor Teens? Guest Post by Librarian Faythe Arrendondo
** Kelly at Stacked Books: Mental Illness in YA As a Minefield—Explore at Will: Guest Post by Rachel M. Wilson (author of Don't Touch)
** Kelly at Stacked Books: Adrenaline-fueled, Male-Centered Contemporary YA Fiction
** Kelly at Stacked Books: The Necessity of Violence: Guest Post from Eric Devine (Author of Press Play, Dare Me, and Tap Out)

Books, Books, Books:
** Jessi at Novel Heartbeat: Do You Continue a Series If You Hate the First Book?
** Rose at Chapter Break: How Many Books Do You Read in a Year?
** Alica at a Kernel of Nonsense: The Library
** Annie at the Runaway Reader: Oh, the Burden of Borrowing Books!
** Trish at Between My Lines: 10 Bookish Proverbs To Live By
** Kristy and Melissa at Book Nerd Reviews: Aussie Online Book Shopping Tips
** Hazel at Stay Bookish: The Art of Finding Great Book Bargains
** Hazel at Stay Bookish: On Tackling Adversities in Books {Guest Post}
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: The Book That Got You out of a Reading Slump
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: 11 Awesome Christmas Ornaments for Book Lovers
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Foreign Editions
** Jen at The Starry-Eyed Revue: The Great Book Purging of 2014
** Josephine at Word Revel: 9 Signs of a Hipster Library

Genre & Trends:
** Lauren at Love Is Not a Triangle: Things I Don’t Like about Love Triangles (8)
** Hannah at So Obsessed With: Fall Into Fantasy
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: The Genre That Is Called Gaslamp Fantasy
** Ana at Read Me Away: Sci-Fi Tech That I Want
** Blogger Panel at Oh, The Books!: Representation of Science in Sci-Fi
**Asti at Oh, The Books!: I Spy Sci-Fi: A Guessing Game
** Asti at Oh, The Books!: Sci-Fi Twitter Chat Recap
** Kelley at Oh, The Books!: Is This Real Life? Is This Just Virtual Reality?
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: Cliffhangers: Love or Hate?
** Kelley/Asti/Leanne at Oh, The Books!: Why YA Dystopians Are True Science Fiction {Guest Post}

Movies/TV Shows:

The first picture from the set of A Monster Calls (by Patrick Ness).

Channing Tatum will be directing the adaptation of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick. Apparently Matthew Quick is considered a rather powerful author in Hollywood.

Stories to Tell in the Dark, which is apparently a really creepy children's novel, is getting an adaptation as well.

A picture from the Paper Towns set.

A picture from the 5th Wave set. Another picture here too.

How is the adaptation of Panic coming along?

So Mockingjay was successful at the box office and has inspired several articles on how it's challenging gender roles, which I sort of agree with. I didn't think of Peeta as a damsel in distress.

I don't post about adult adaptations that I'm not interested in, though there's been more news on that front here. If you're more interested in adaptations in general, here's a decent round-up (e.g. making Asimov's Foundation into an HBO series, making Margaret Atwood's Maddaddam book trilogy into a show, JKR's Casual Vacancy, etc.).


Follow the schedule for the Exquisite Captive Blogger Caravan relay -- you’ll have a chance to win the book but only during a 24 hour period on each blog. Goes through 12/04.

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 12/7, 12/812/15.

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}.

More giveaways to come! I'm behind, I know.


New Releases:

The week of November 20 - November 25thCaptive (Blackcoat Rebellion #2) by Aimee CarterGirl Online by Zoe SuggOn the Edge by Allison van Diepen , Anomaly by Tonya KuperMisdirected by Ali BermanWhen Kacey Left by Dawn Green.

The week of November 26th - December 2ndVicious (Pretty Little Liars #16) by Sara ShepardThe Boy With the Hidden Name by Skylar DorsetSeduction (Legacy #3) by Molly CochranBlack Knight (Witch World #2) by Christopher PikeBoundary (Book Of Eva #2) by Heather TerrellRavencliffe (Blythewood #2) by Carol GoodmanDiamond Boy by Michael WilliamsValley of Fires (Conquered Earth #3) by J. Barton Mitchell.

Recent Recommended Reads: ACK. Well, books that I’ve read recently include Magonia by Maria Headley and Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge. Both were enjoyable & my reviews will come…

Otherwise I think that I’m finally going to create a booktube, y’all. I may or may not be reviewing books here anymore. Dunno just yet - will depend on the amount of time leftover - but expect to see future posts with a video summary of the news with yours truly.

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 taking the time to make these post, they must take forever! This is how I find out about all the new books and its helpful to have all the links in one place :)

  2. Gifts:
    Those book scented candles are awesome, I'd love to have one from the Etsy shop where they sell HP scented candles. Ha, the owl book holder is pretty cool. I could use that for my glasses. I like the idea from those tights, but I don't think the placement really works. And bookish totes & mugs are always welcome.

    Anticipated books for December:
    I still need to read These broken stars, I might do it this month, it sounds like a book for Winter. No place to fall is on my e-reader, although I've heard some mixed things about it. PRINCESS OF THORNS. No surprise that I'm excited about this one, haha. I need to catch up with Rhodes' series. Suspicion sounds amazing, but I've read the first couple of negative reviews and.. mweh.

    I'm sending that Guide to dating a booknerd to my boyfriend, I think he can identify with a lot of those points.

  3. Thanks, Kaylie! They do take forever to make. That's why I have to separate out the days I can do everything - like adding discussion in later, now skimping a bit on giveaways. Keeping up with cover reveals throughout the week.... So thank you for visiting & I hope you enjoyed the post!

  4. HP SCENTED CANDLES. Anytime I hear the traditional HP song, it gets me going... a candle would do WONDERS. Etsy comes up with some of the coolest stuff - or the coolest stuff gets put there because of the coolest people. Whichever way it goes ahhaha. I'm curious what you'll think of These Broken Stars. I'm on a more... minority like side, I guess you could say. Hehehehe enjoy Princess of Thorns! I actually really liked Alexandra Monir's first book, but didn't really realize she had another coming out and then by the time I did I lost track of it again until recently, like you, seeing negative reviews. Send that dating guide to your bf! I was considering sending it out to people myself ;).


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