Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (68)

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
  • The Great Shelby Holmes series - Elizabeth Eulberg (MG debut; In this reimagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, Shelby Holmes is a bright but prickly nine-year-old girl and John Watson is a friendly, easygoing boy; together, they form a hard-to-beat team. The first book in the series is scheduled for U.S. and U.K. publication in fall 2016. Bloomsbury).
  • Action Presidents series - Fred Van Lente (l.) and Ryan Dunlavey (graphic novel-style biographies of U.S. Presidents. The first two books are slated for summer 2017. HarperCollins).
  • The Ghost Hunter's Daughter - Dan Poblocki (MG horror tells the story of the 12-year-old daughter of the world's most famous ghost hunter; when he and his entire crew disappear, she must join forces with her arch-nemesis to rescue him. Fall 2016, Scholastic).
  • The Liars' Room - Dan Poblocki (MG horror; the tale of a brother and sister forced to move into a creepy old house where their younger cousin torments them with stories of a ghost he soon invites to live upstairs. Fall 2017, Scholastic).
  • Ramona Drowning - Julie Murphy (A YA novel set on the Mississippi Gulf Coast about 17-year-old Ramona Leroux. She has always known she would only ever fall in love with a girl, until she finds herself reconsidering everything she thought she knew. The book is tentatively scheduled for fall 2016; Balzer + Bray).
  • Unsinkable Mercy Wong - Stacey Lee (In the new novel, a spirited Chinese-American girl pretends to be an heiress from China to get entry into an all-white boarding school, but more than her future plans are shaken up when the 1906 San Francisco earthquake hits. Publication is slated for early 2016; G.P. Putnam's Sons).
  • Hunted - Meagan Spooner (YA fantasy re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast and Russia's Firebird folk tale, featuring Beauty with a battleax, in a three-book deal. It's scheduled for winter 2017. HarperCollins).
  • As-yet untitled middle-grade novel - Sarah Weeks (l.) and first-time author Gita Varadarajan (The story of an unlikely friendship will alternate chapters between two fifth-grade boys – Suraj, newly arrived from Bangalore, India; and Joe, the shy kid who sits behind him in class. It's scheduled for publication in summer 2016; Scholastic).
  • Galgorithm - Aaron Karo (The book follows the exploits of high school senior Shane Chambliss, who devises a mysterious formula to help guys win over the girls of their dreams, but his attempts to master the art of romance go awry. Publication is scheduled for summer 2015; Simon Pulse).
  • The Memory Jar - Elissa Janine Hoole (in which a girl faces secrets, guilt and terrible choices about her pregnancy after a snowmobile accident leaves her boyfriend with a brain injury. Publication is scheduled for winter 2016. Flux.)
  • Dreamland Burning - Jennifer Latham (in which 16-year-old Rowan unearths evidence of a decades-old crime and sets out to solve it. The story weaves together two narrators' perspectives — one a modern-day teen girl, one a 1920s-era teen boy – and centers around the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. Publication is scheduled for winter 2017. Little, Brown).
  • Stone Mirrors: A Life in Verse of Sculptor Edmonia Lewis - Jeannine Atkins (which follows Edmonia Lewis's brave course to become the first person of color to earn fame in the U.S. and Europe as a sculptor. Publication is scheduled for fall 2016; Atheneum).
  • Clementine for Christmas - Daphne Benedis-Grab (in which three very different middle school students strike up an unlikely friendship when they volunteer to organize a pediatric hospital's annual Christmas festival. Publication is scheduled for fall 2015; Scholastic).
  • The View from Gemini - Sonya Mukherjee (a coming-of-age debut novel about how teen conjoined twins navigate their lives, make decisions about college, and find love. Publication is slated for summer 2016. Simon & Schuster).
Jennifer Armentrout's THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER, in which two teens with a shared, traumatic past reconnect during their senior year in high school, and when his life spirals out of control, they rediscover just how much they need each other and just how strong she really is, to Harlequin Teen.

Exit Stage Left by Gail Nall, information here.

None from last week.

Excerpts: The Walls Around Us - Nova Ren Suma, Vanishing Girls - Lauren Oliver Part I and Part II. Rogue Wave - Jennifer Donnelly. Inked - Eric Smith. HarperCollins books on audio. All the Rage - Courtney Summers.

Book Trailers: The Darkest Part of the Forest - Holly Black

Lists/Awards: The 100 Best YA Books of All Time, by Time Magazine, which was criticized because they’re not very YA and they’re very white. Famous writers on their favorite YA books? Also by Time. And 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time, by Time.

Don’t forget to vote for the YABC Choice awards. Voting closes on January 15!

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

Interviews: Kristin Cashore is taking questions until tomorrow. Frostfire - Amanda Hocking & another. The Conspiracy of Us - Maggie Hall. The Darkest Part of the Forest - Holly Black. I Was Here - Gayle Forman. You can ask Jamie McGuire a question.

Gayle Forman wrote a beautiful piece on why we need to talk about depression.

WHY DO THEY KEEP TORTURING US WITH THESE AWESOME NEW VERSIONS OF HARRY POTTER. Look at the illustrations for the new deluxe hardcover edition. I’m on a book buying ban! A BAN. Stahp!

Do you follow J.K. Rowling on twitter? I’ve been tempted to after hearing all the awesome things she’s been doing with her account.

Are you a fan of Gone Girl? Are you interested in the Amazing Amy books it refers to?

Don’t forget that January 24th is National Readathon Day!

His Dark Materials fans, check out the exclusive Audible short story in the world.

Five trade publishing professionals are making these predictions for 2015.

Who’s one of the most successful (money-wise) UK authors from 2014? Comedian David Walliams.

Sometimes I think that by doing these posts, I’ll have fully caught up with various events in the booksphere. Not always, at least. Apparently last week there was a controversy over Stacey Jay’s Kickstarter campaign to fund the sequel to Princess of Thorns, which her publisher wouldn’t buy. Unfortunately, because of the drama that arose, Stacey Jay has stated that she has no intention to continue writing books as Stacey Jay in the near future. Here’s another take on what happened. Also, did you know that publishing is the third most common project on Kickstarter and raised $22 million in 2014?

Indie bookstores are selling a lot of children’s books.

Are you curious which books got the most starred reviews? Here’s the final tally of 2014.

If you’re in New York, you can check out the Schomburg Black Comic Festival on January 17.

Want to help decide the cover for the next Jennifer Rush Altered book?

Cover Reveals:

*forgot to include

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

Reading to children may encourage them to read more when they’re older, on their own. But cool thing is, too, 51% of kids are reading for fun. There’s that and many more awesome facts in this Scholastic report.

Another list with 15 YA debuts to get excited for in 2015 and yet another of 13! Plus a preview of LGBTQIA for 2015 YA, 10 new YA series coming out that you need to read, 7 Hotly Anticipated YA Sophomore Standalones and 8 Great YAs That Went Under the Radar in 2014. Of course there are still more lists. 8 YA Novels Guaranteed to Bring Out Your Inner Anglophile & what to read next if you loved Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.

Have you ever not finished a book because of these reasons?

New Year’s Resolutions. You know that one to exercise more? Fails when you’re reading a good book, huh?

Lol the Hunger Games characters with Tinder profiles. And probably because of the hilarious article that cited Jane Austen quotes in Tinder responses, here’s what happens when you quote Ayn Rand in Tinder responses to guys.

I admit, I haven’t read this article, and am just linking to it based on name below, but huzzah for the title: This Woman Wrote A Book With Almost No Male Characters And Women Love It. (With Women, Chloe Caldwell proves great literature doesn’t require the voices of men.).

Another lol. I’d like to see Google maps of my favorite fictional worlds!

Remember how I wrote about Mark Zuckerberg starting his own book club? Turns out he chose his first pick... and promptly made the nonfiction book sell out on Amazon and get foreign publishers interested in the rights.

I want to live in these book-friendly cities. Can I visit them at the very least while I'm touring the world looking at these beautiful libraries? ((in my dreams))

The 10 best books of 2014... via an algebraic analysis of a compilation of the best of lists.

Is one of your New Year's resolutions to read more? Here are 6 reading hacks that can help you achieve your goal.

Impress your friends with these 20 Literary Facts. The bestselling novel of all time is Don Quixote? And 500 million copies? Woah.

A bookstore on wheels in Austin, Texas. Now that's something you don't see everyday...

Do you use Overdrive? You should. It's awesome. And also its usage is growing FAST. Those are some pretty cool statistics...

How cool. A guy photographed everyone he saw in New York reading on the subway. There's some bookish love.

Have you read any of these popular January titles?

You can also see my discussion of the bias against YA and perhaps give me some advice on how to handle situations where coworkers are not so understanding of YA?

** Rita at Blog Genie: 6 Pillars of a Successful Blog
** Rachel at Parajunkee: 31 Days of Better Blogging {I’ve linked to the tag because all the posts are good}
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Add an Opt-In Box Below Your Posts
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Add Collapsing Date Archives to Your Blog
** Nuzaifa at Say It With Books: The Art of List Making

Blogging & Bloggers:
** Hannah at So Obsessed With: Be the Change
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: How I Stay Positive in Blogging
** Hazel at Stay Bookish: The Truth about Blogging
** Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer: Let’s Clean Up and Refresh
** Erika at The Red Bookmark: How to Make This Year a Productive and Organized One
** Jenna at Rather Be Reading YA: Posting Times
** Shannon at It Starts At Midnight: Time Management: Real or Not Real?
** Chyna at Lite-Rate-Ture: Twitter bores me
** Aimee at Deadly Darlings: Getting Out of Your Shell
** Ceilidhann at Bibliodaze: Starving Artists and Entitled Bullies: The Economics of Book Blogging
** Stephanie at Chasm of Books: Why You Should Use Bloglovin’
** Emz at Paging Serenity: 5 Things Book Bloggers Hate
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Using Streak to Organize Client Projects (Book Blogging Applications?)
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Why I Unfollowed You on Twitter
** Nova at Out of Time: Being in Blogging Limbo

Recommendations, Reviews, Ratings, ARCs, Authors:
** Jessi at Novel Heartbeat: I’m Picky about the Advance Copies I Choose
** Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction: The Irresistible Pull of ARCs
** Emily at The Loony Teen Writer: Negative Reviews Don’t Mean You’re a Better Reviewer
** Topaz at YA Asylum: Do You Read Reviews Before the Book?
** Christy and Erica at Novel Ink: Ten Authors We’d Love to Meet

The Experience:
** Ruby at Feed Me Books Now: Going into Books Blind
** Rose at Chapter Break: Favorite Reading Spot?
** Kara at Diary of a Teen Writer: Required Reading - Does It Lessen Your Enjoyment of a Book?
** Bieke at Istyria Book Blog: How Do You Read?
** Kat at Cuddlebuggery: I Can’t Finish Books
** Emz at Paging Serenity: How Often Do You Read?
** Terri at Starlight Book Reviews: The Issue of Rereads
** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: What Got You Reading?
** Kelley/Asti at Oh, The Books!: Guest Post: 5 Ways to Avoid Book Amnesia
** Ana at Read Me Away: Noisy Reading
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: Reading with No Obligations
** Kelly at Effortlessly Reading: When You Have the Worst Kind of Problem
** Kara at Great Imaginations: The Magic of Rereading/Rewatching Harry Potter Part 3

Books, Books, Books:
** Cee at the Novel Hermit: 2014 YA Book Cover Choice Awards: The Results Are In!
** Sheri at [YA]Escape From Reality: Looking for the Unexpected
** Cait at Paper Fury: Bookworm Problems
** Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: No More Books… Kind of
** Kel at Booked Till Tuesday: Boycotting books
** Amy at Ten Penny Dreams: Are Award-Winning Novels Always Worth Reading?
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: Reformed Book Buyer… Apparently
** Kayla at The Thousand Lives: It’s Time to Confess My Sins
** Josephine at Word Revel: Cleanliness of Library Books
** Cait at Paper Fury: Why Do I Love Retellings?
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: Reflecting on My First Year of Adult Fiction
** Kelly at Stacked Books: Guest Post: Getting Started with Comics

Trends & Pet Peeves:
** Shannon at It Starts At Midnight: Bookish Sins? You Decide
** Stormy at Book. Blog. Bake.: Pet Peeves in High Fantasy
** Jen at YA Romantics: Love and Other Confusingly Similar Book Titles
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: In Which I Talk About My Fannish Pet Peeves
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: Are Animal Deaths in Books Really Necessary?

Challenges & Read-alongs:
** Rebecca at The Library Canary: Challenges
** Alice at Of Books: Read with Me
** Cayce at Fighting Dreamer: LGBT Challenge: Buddy Read Central
** Becca at Pivot Book Reviews: I’m Challenging Myself This Year

Hey YA + Romance:
** Carmel at Rabid Reads: Are you into safe sex?
** Allie at Little Birdie Books: Bad Boy Rules That Must Be Obeyed
** Kelly at Stacked Books: YA Memoirs
** Jen at YA Romantics: Explaining the Unexplainable: Four YA Books about Teen Suicide

Movie/TV Adaptations:

Check out the newly released clip for Insurgent on Yahoo, an exclusive behind the scenes featurette. You can also look at the new Insurgent still(s) and watch an interview with some of the cast.

Don’t forget to vote in MTV’s Movie Brawl. Some YA adaptations are in there.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales was optioned by Broadway producer Kevin McCollum and former “Glee” producer Michael Novick for stage and screen.

Here’s a nice list of upcoming adaptations this year (including one I didn’t realize! Between Shades of Gray? Maybe?)

Ansel Elgort and Chloe Moretz will be starring with one another in the adaptation of November Criminals.

The Game of Thrones premiere will be on April 12, 2015.

There are some short stories for Maze Runner fans from the movie.

Studios are fighting over the rights to Girl Online by Zoe Sugg.

Anne Hendy will pen the adaptation of Dork Diaries.


Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 01/18.

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}.

ARC of Stone in the Sky - Cecil Castellucci, Hardcovers of Willowgrove - Kathleen Peacock & Twisted Fate - Norah Olson, INT, ends 01/29.

Two hardcover copies of Hellhole by Gina Damico, INT, ends 1/21.

Atlantis Rising swag + B&N giftcard, US only, ends 02/02.

ARC of I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios, INT, ends 02/13.

The Originals: The Rise (book) + The Originals (season 1) DvDs, US/CA only, ends 02/04.

The Twilight saga extended features dvd, US only, 01/19.

The Boy Next Door - Katie Van Ark, US/CA only, 01/19.

Signed With You series by Jennifer Armentrout, ends 01/31.


New Releases: The Darkest Part of the Forest - Holly Black, Unmade (Entangled #2) - Amy Rose Capetta, When - Victoria Laurie, Perfect Couple (Superlatives #2) - Jennifer Echols, Broken Skies - Theresa Kay, The Conspiracy of Us - Maggie Hall, Blackout - Meredith McCardle, Killing Time in Crystal City - Chris Lynch

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis. You can also watch my Best Books of 2014 video. I’m almost done with old ARCs! 1 left, and then the one that I’d requested not due out for a while, and then it’s all TBR until and maybe after April 7 :).

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, thanks so much for this! I enjoyed all these articles ^_^
    Also - I loved the trailer for Darkest Part of the Forest! So creepy and beautiful and well done!
    And... Wow. I had no idea about the whole Stacey Jay thing, but god, I feel sorry for her. At the very least they haven't managed to completely put her off writing, only not as Stacey... why do people hate so much and so thoroughly?

  2. I had no idea either what had happened. I'm sure there's more to the story of everything that's happened than what I've linked to too, being a little behind and distanced has its negatives and positives. And yes, the trailer looks so awesome :D. Thanks for stopping by -- am about to check out your blog in return :). I hope you enjoy the articles!

  3. Haha, I'm always behind. I pretty much knew of all the 2014 author scandals/incidents because of you and these posts. Otherwise, I would've been completely clueless!
    I need The Darkest Part of the Forest because of that trailer. But I am ON A BOOK BUYING BAN DAMMIT! *sobs*
    Oh, thank you! But you don't have to do that, just so you know, considering how much I get out of these posts of your that must take AGES to make.


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