Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (66)

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:
  • If I Was Your Girl - Meredith Russo (The debut book tells the story of Amanda Hardy, who moves to a small town in Tennessee to live with her father. She wants to make friends and fit in, but Amanda has a secret: she used to be Andrew, and fears that the truth could cost her her new life, and her new love. It's slated for publication in 2016; Flatiron Books)
  • Bound by Blood and Sand - Becky Allen (debut in a new YA fantasy series in the vein of Tamora Pierce, which explores class and power. The novel follows a slave girl in a desert world where the magical Well is running dry; when she discovers a source of magic, she may have the power to save the water and her world, but returning the water means saving her slavers. Publication is planned for fall 2016; Delacorte Press).
  • Cleopatra Edison Oliver, CEO - Sundee Frazier (the story of a kid entrepreneur who sets her sights on building a business empire and finding her birth family – all during fifth grade. It's the first book in a series and is scheduled for 2015 publication. Scholastic's Arthur A. Levine Books).
  • The Last Boy and Girl in the World - Siobhan Vivian (Based on a true story, in which a flood forces 16-year-old Keeley Hewitt to juggle her femininity and strength, the affections of the two boys who love her, and a parade of departing friends, while waters rise and her hometown is permanently and forcibly evacuated by the state. Spring 2016 is the projected pub date; Simon & Schuster Children's Books).
  • The Memory Wall - Lev AC Rosen (About a 12-year-old retreating into a lush, fully realized videogame world after he suspects his mother is leaving clues in the game to prove her early-onset Alzheimer's diagnosis wrong. It's scheduled for publication in fall 2015; Knopf).
  • The Water Tower Five - Kurt Dinan (YA debut, about a high school nobody who, through a series of increasingly inventive heists that turn into an all-out prank war, finds his people and his voice. The book, pitched as Ocean's Eleven for teens, is set for publication in April 2016; Sourcebooks).
  • I'm an Alien and I Want to Go Home - Jo Franklin, illus by Marty Kelley (A middle-grade novel about a 10-year-old who is convinced he's an alien and needs return to his planet. Publication is scheduled for fall 2015; Clarion Books).
  • Two Naomis - Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick (In the MG novel, two girls of the same age, with the same name, live in the same city. And their parents are dating. They must learn how to forge their own identities and a new definition of family, even as they negotiate the preservation of their own routines and cultural traditions. It's slated for fall 2016; Balzer + Bray).
  • Another Way to Climb a Tree - Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Hadley Hooper, in a preempt. The story tells of a tree-loving girl who must find a different way to have adventures on a stay-inside day. Publication is planned for spring 2017; Roaring Brook's Neal Porter Books).
From Last Week:
  • Mutant Bunny Island - Obert Skye (In which geeky 10-year-old Perry Owens travels to off-the-grid Bunny Island in search of his missing uncle only to make a hare-raising discovery. Publication of the first book is set for fall 2016; HarperCollins).
  • Kara Thomas's THE DARKEST CORNERS, pitched as True Detective meets Gillian Flynn's Dark Places, a story about two estranged childhood friends who find their lives upended when the man they sent to prison as children may walk free, to Delacorte, for publication in Spring 2016.
None of these books are up on Goodreads yet! Still, even Wednesday night. Not sure why, but maybe I'll look for them again later...

Interview: This Shattered World - Megan Spooner (and Amie Kaufman), Breaking the Rules - Katie McGarry, Ask Amanda Hocking a question. Red Rising - Pierce Brown. We Were Liars - E. Lockhart. Crown of Ice - Vicki Weavil. All the Bright Places - Jennifer Niven. Noggin - John Corey Whaley.

Excerpts: Ignite - Sara Larson, Salt and Stone - Victoria Scott, A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas, The Ruby Circle - Richelle Mead

Awards & Lists: The Best Books of 2014 in YA/NA from the RT Editors. The Boston Globe’s Best YA novels of 2014. Bustle’s best 10 YA debuts of 2014 or their overall top 25 YA books from 2014. SLJ’s Top 10 Latino Books of 2014. Bookpage’s best children’s books of 2014. WSJ’s Best Fiction books of 2014. iBooks’s best books of 2014. Mashable’s best YA books of 2014. Guardian’s best children’s books of 2014. Lois Duncan was awarded the 2015 Grand Masters award for mystery writing.

You can nominate your favorite reads for the Teen Choice Book Awards up until February 2nd.

BBC is launching a Young Writers’ award.

Admittedly I find myself relying a bunch on literary review journals for what to read next, so Publisher’s Weekly gathering its starred reviews from 2014? Sounds like the perfect holiday recommendation guide.

ARE YOU EXCITED FOR YALLWEST? Man I wish I could squeeze in a trip back home for that...

One of my favorite PW features is the “what’s selling at X bookstore.” At Water Street Bookstore, you’ve got quite a variety.

Another interesting feature is the recap on various book panels, like “the literary salon” about children’s book publishing in the 21st century, which seems rather relevant since kids books sales are on the rise, even in the first week of the holiday season. More on book sales here.

The James Patterson donating-money-to-indie-bookstores campaign/charity is still alive and well.

Scholastic has this really cool feature going on, 12 Days of YA, that highlights twelve of its titles, with giveaways and excerpts. Me? I was interested in the bonus holiday scene from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater.

Harry Potter Stories: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5. And in unexpected news, I bet you wouldn’t guess who JKR regrets most killing off in her books.

I missed this article a few weeks back -- The Accidental Bestseller. Such a cool list! Editors talk about books that were bought with a small advance or had little marketing but still ended up making the NYT bestsellers list.

Judy Blume will be releasing a new adult novel June 2, 2015.

Rae Carson also has a new novel: Walk on Earth a Stranger.

Rainbow Rowell’s next new book is Carry On, about Simon and Baz from Fangirl.

Something I’ve always admired about Alexandra Monir’s novels was her incorporation of song and how BEAUTIFUL her voice is.

Are you excited to read Gayle Forman’s I Was Here? Turns out she’s touring with a bunch of authors, including Sarah Dessen, Ruta Sepetys, David Arnold, Courtney Stevens, Nina LaCour, Deb Caletti, Blake Nelson, Margaret Stohl, Libba Bray, E. Lockhart, Christa Desir, Maggie Stiefvater, and more.

In talking about diverse books, we need to step out of our privilege bubble, especially since the answer to implicit racism may lie in children’s books. The Association for Library Service to Children and Children’s Book Council are hosting A Day of Diversity: Dialogue and Action in Children’s Literature and Library Program on January 30, 2015. Publisher’s Weekly has also put together a list of African-American books for younger readers. January 27 has been designated Multicultural Children’s Book Day. In keeping with the awesome demand for diverse books, ReedPop and Bookcon are bringing Jackie Woodson back, along with Sherman Alexie, for another panel this coming year. Malinda Lo is also reporting some good news about 2014 LGBT YA (by the numbers).

More books translated into English: yes, definitely please!

Lots of cool posts this week about kids’s preference in reading! Scholastic hosting a twitter chat about what kids want from books. The Nielsen Book Summit was this past week, and Publisher’s Weekly has a good recap of what kids said and how they are thriving, not only as readers. Their live tweets are also visible.

Norman Bridwell, the creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog among other things, has passed away.

Problems at Amazon, lately. Lots of e-book theft, the Kindle Unlimited platform not working well for some authors, and its publishing director quit after just a year.

If you’re in NYC, feel free to visit the Carl Schurz park, now a literary landmark after Harriet the Spy.

Scholastic has pledged at least $1 million in support of the Invest in Us initiative announced by the White House.

So the news about Zoella won’t die down: in Guardian, a teen explains why he’s been let down by Zoella and another piece defending Zoella. You can hear more about the situation from the ghost writer too.

According to Amazon, The Invention of Wings was its number one bestseller this year. I have never heard of that book, but I did read somewhere that 17 of the 20 overall bestsellers this year were children’s novels.

Really cool story about Waterstones and its recent growth.

Cover Reveals:
*slightly old, but if I’ve never posted it here...
*also maybe old, but I don’t remember having posted this before.
Raveling You - Jessica Sorensen

There are at least like seven, eight covers that I was recently made aware of and sadly are not here. But next week!

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

IT WOULD BE SO AMAZING IF LoTR AND HP WERE REQUIRED READING. For my kidlit class, we read HP7. But that was in college.

Are you looking forward to these YA books come winter? According to Bustle, here are another 13 you should be excited about. And another list on 2015 books. And a list on books from Vox that will help you understand the world.

Have you read any of these popular YA books published in December? Here are popular kids books to read aloud this holiday! So many lists! AH.

You want a laugh? I’ve got a couple of articles for you. One of my best friends sent me this one: what do you think happens when you quote Jane Austen while using Tinder? #15 FOR THE WIN!!! You remember a while back when I linked to that guy watching Harry Potter for the first time? He’s onto the sixth movie, the seventh part one and the last movie.

You know those books that mention books related to their fictional worlds? Reminded of them via Rainbow Rowell’s announcement about Carry On, there have been lists about books you wish you could read. Do yours fall on this list?

What do you do when your favorite writer lets you down?

Muahaha, a quiz on what YA novel I am. Let’s see... “You got: ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower.’ You’re caring, sometimes sensitive, and tend to stick up for what you believe in. You’d do just about anything for your friends and you always have their back.”

Mmm, and are you in a baby sitters book?

These Rooms of Requirement should exist. Quite the gift to society.

More bookish gifts! An unending stream of best of posts and holiday gift guides. And if you’re going to give a book this season, here are 150 ways to do just that.

This is a problem I’m going to have to deal with soon: traveling with books. Especially with a carry on, and knowing I don’t have enough space to justify bringing so many books from my already overflowing bookshelfI can’t DNF all of them, though that would save quite a bit of time ;). #BookNerdProblems

Top 10 clues you’d rather be living in a YA novel. A perfect post about the YA fandom.

Epic Reads has 20 book recommendations for the coming year for you to look into.

Curious what Sarah Dessen would recommend you get for the holidays? Here’s her gift guide.

Do you like Haruki Murakami’s work? Here’s your guide where to go next.

Beautiful quotes from literature. I want to pin them all. Do these quotes from the Giver help explain your love for the book?

The Best YA covers of 2014 - what do you think? would you get a poster of these covers? And another 50 YA covers of 2014 list. All the pretties! Yet another list!

If you like looking at covers, check out cover trends for 2015 (already!). And part II as well.

A really thoughtful piece on the portrayal of fatness and diversity in YA.

I posted an analysis of the best of 2014 lists last week and this week Kelly at Stacked has another analysis comparing her previous data from 2011-2014 to that which she recently collected.

** Rita at Blog Genie: Google Analytics Cheat Sheet: Steal My Go-To Blogging Dashboard
** Chyna at Lite-Rate-Ture: Want to make it snow on your blog?
** Rachel at Parajunkee: The Worst Blogging Advice People Have Ever Given Me
** Ashley at Nose Graze: The Top Pages That Lead to More Subscribers

Blogging and Bloggers:
** Chyna at Lite-Rate-Ture: Sorry but I’m judgemental
** Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction: Why I’m Taking a Break from Blog Tours (Mostly)
** Anya at On Starships & Dragonwings: Balancing Blogging: No Posts Mondays or Tuesdays?
** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: An Open Letter to My Future
** Sam at S.I.K. Book Reviews: Do You Share Your Blog with Those in Your Personal Life?
** Mel at The Daily Prophecy: How Blogging Changed My Life
** Ashley at Nose Graze: It’s Easy to Assume Wordpress Projects are Cheap
** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts:: Seasonal Blogger Misconceptions
** Cee at the Novel Hermit: 2014 YA Book Cover Choice Nominations

Reviews, Ratings, Authors, ARCs, Recommendations:
** Shannon at It Starts At Midnight: When Five Stars Aren’t Enough
** Amy at Ten Penny Dreams: Do You Write Negative Book Reviews?
** Rebecca at The Library Canary: Do Authors think I’m a creep?
** Kayla at The Thousand Lives: How Do You Write Book Reviews?
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: I Love Fluffy Books -- So Why Do I Have So Much Trouble Rating Them?
** Kelley/Asti at Oh, The Books!: Bookish Guides: Middle Grade for YA Readers
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: HELP! Which Series Should I Finish Next?

** Amanda at Book Badger: The ‘Other’ Hobby
** Ana at Read Me Away: Sinterklaas

The Experience:
** Kel at Booked Till Tuesday: Reading Snacks
** Amy at Ten Penny Dreams: What Makes a Quality Read?
** Beth at Duck Duck Books: What Happens When I Like a Book But Then… I Don’t
** Tanja at Ja Ĩitam, a ti?: Do We Have to Love Every Book?
** Stephanie at Chasm of Books: On Starting in the Middle
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: What Are Your Reading Christmas Traditions?
** Sarah at Workaday Reads: Putting Yourself in the Book
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: Bookish Goals for 2015

Books, Books, Books:
** Jessi at Novel Heartbeat: In Which I Clean Up My TBR Shelf on Goodreads
** Ruby at Feed Me Books Now: The Timelessness of Fairy Tales
** Rose at Chapter Break: Reading Multiple Books at Once
** Carmel at Rabid Reads: Which Three Books Would You Ask Santa for?
** Rinn at Rinn Reads: How I Came to Love Jane Eyre
** Hazel at Stay Bookish: So Many Books, So Little Time
** Hazel at Stay Bookish: On Expressing Your Love for a Book
** Terri at Starlight Book Reviews: What Was the Last Thing That Made You Cry?
** Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: I’m a Softie
** Josephine at Word Revel: Advanced Guide to Managing TBR Piles
** Cait at Paper Fury: How Do You Take Your Series Finales?

Characters, Romance, Adaptations, Tech, Random:
** Bekka at Great Imaginations: YA Characters and Their Favorite Reality TV Shows
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: Sometimes I watch the movie/tv show first
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: Ship Defining Quotes aka ASDJFKL; my feels
** Meg at Cuddlebuggery: PS I Love Fanfiction
** Cassie at Books with Cass: Evernote for Audiobooks

Movies/TV Shows:

John Green interviews the main actress, Cara Delevingne, in the adaptation of his novel, Paper Towns, about the movie and other things such as kisses.

A deleted scene from The Maze Runner. (Argh, I still need to watch this… why am I so behind?)

Ted Melfi will be directing and adapting Matthew Quick’s new novel, Every Exquisite Thing.

More Duff scenes please! Here’s the TV spot that was released after (or during?) Pretty Little Liars.

More Insurgent stills, including Jack Kang and a steamy Tris Four shot and the Insurgent movie poster… and of course the Insurgent trailer! What do you think? Are you excited? Naomi Watts (Evelyn) also has a message for Divergents.

If you haven’t seen Twilight yet, here’s your opportunity. Summit is releasing new versions of the first three films with all the extra deleted scenes added back in (Twilight Saga Extended).

Colleen Atwood is designing the costumes for the Miss Peregrine's movie.


Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: Resisting Ruby Rose - Jess Humphries

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}.

$100 giftcard & Katie McGarry books, ends 12/18.

Raven Cycle + Compulsion Swag, US only, 12/31.

Jen and Lauren discuss the Mime Order. Win a copy of The Bone Season & paperback excerpt of TMO, US only, ends 12/27,

Books of your choice from Christina’s shelves, US only, ends 12/26.

A week of giveaways from Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner, this one for an Etsy book inspired page, INT, ends 12/29.

Signed Abbi Glines audiobooks, ends 12/20.

Falling Kingdoms postcard set, US only, ends 12/23.

The Artists’s Trilogy from Karina Halle, US and CA only, ends 12/19.

12 Days of holiday giveaways from YA Highway, ends 12/19.


New Releases: Believe it or not, I’m not sure there are any! After checking through my usual publisher’s twitter list, I’ve also checked with trusty bloggers lists and none seemed to show. More to come next week and the week after, though!

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my pre-release and pre-review gushing thoughts about The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski (03/2015),Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (02/2015), Magonia by Maria Headley (04/2015), Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge(05/2015), and Made You Up by Francesca Zappia (05/2015). You can also see my discussion post on my experience with Harry Potter 7 or about my experience with Twilight if you’re so inclined ;).

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.

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