Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (69)

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:
  • Draw the Line - Laurent Linn (Debut illustrated YA; Obsessed with superheroes and Renaissance art, 16-year-old Adrian creates his own unique but secret comic-book-style superhero… who happens to be gay, which thrusts him into a dangerous spotlight at his Texas high school. Publication is scheduled for summer 2016; Simon & Schuster).
  • This Is Where It Ends - Marieke Nijkamp (The novel is told from the perspective of four teens in a high school held hostage who all have their own reasons to fear the boy with the gun. Publication is slated for spring 2016; Sourcebooks Fire).
  • Breaker - Kat Ellis (The novel follows the son of a serial killer who moves to a new town to start fresh, but realizes he can't escape his past when he realizes his irresistible new classmate is the daughter of one of his father's victims. It's scheduled for spring 2016; Running Press Teen).
  • Nothing Up My Sleeve - Diana López (about three friends, a magic competition, and how far they'll each go to succeed. It's slated for spring 2016; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers).
  • Might Moby - text by Barbara DaCosta, ill. by Ed Young (about a band of pirates trying to capture a whale only to get an unexpected surprise. Publication is set for fall 2017; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers).
  • George - Alex Gino (MG debut, George tells the story of a girl whom the world identifies as a boy; Laughran called the book’s treatment of gender issues “groundbreaking.” When Gino’s heroine is not cast in the lead role for a fourth-grade production of Charlotte’s Web, she decides to reveal her true identity.George is set for fall 2015. Scholastic).
  • Stories for All of Us - edited by Ellen Oh (Oh’s grassroots organization, We Need Diverse Books, formed last year to address the lack of diverse narratives appearing in children’s literature. The anthology will feature original stories by, among others, Sherman Alexie, Jacqueline Woodson, and Kwame Alexander. The collection will also include one story by Walter Dean Myers, the award-winning children’s author who died last July. RH Children’s Books, which will make a donation to WNDB upon publication, said the volume will “reflect literary excellence and the goals of WNDB in promoting diversity in children’s literature.” Crown Books for Young Readers.).
None from last week.

Awards: the winners of the YABC Choice awards were announced. As were the Edgar nominees and scbwi emerging voices.

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

Alsooooo don’t forget to look at the 2015 Innovations in Reading Prize from the NBA. If you’ve done something for your community...

Excerpts: An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir, My Best Everything - Sara Tomp

Book Trailer: Crow’s Rest - Angelica Jackson, The Mime Order - Samantha Shannon

Interviews: Vivian Apple at the End of the World - Katie Coyle, The Duff - Kody Keplinger, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces - Isabel Quintero

Edit - adding this in late because I just saw it and how unfortunate but also important: Egmont USA is closing its offices by January 31st. Apparently it’s a Danish company, tried to sell the States unit but couldn’t. Also six people will lose their jobs.
Popcrush listed its 15 authors to watch in 2015.

A brief summary of author and industry events last week.

Can you guess what the bestselling novel of all time is according to Wikipedia? I definitely did not… I didn’t even realize that book WAS that popular.

40 years old today! Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. If you haven’t read this MG novel, you should. It is beautifully written. Definitely one of my favorites from my children’s lit class!

And then more books turning 10. Omg whut. HP6 is turning 10 today. WHAT. Is that really true??? And Twilight too???!

A children’s books calendar! What. If you’ve ever wondered when certain awards or announced or certain festivals take place, this is a good link for you.

Mark Zuckerberg picked another book for his book club… here’s to hoping that one day he’ll choose a children’s novel.

A really interesting perspective on marketing of children’s books from Maggie Stiefvater.

Fascinating look at the age at which authors have published their “masterpieces” (most famous works). Great way of showing that age does not matter.

From Booknet Canada, some statistics on the bundling of ebooks.

Don’t forget to participate in National Readathon Day!

If you allow children the freedom to choose what to read, you will cultivate their love of reading more.

From an author: 24 Things No One Tells You about Book Publishing.

Shannon Hale explains the nitty and gritty of author signings and events.

Unsurprisingly, TFIOS and Gone Girl are atop USA Today’s bestselling books of 2014 list.

You know that Diverse books anthology (aka above)? Well, they’re accepting short stories now if you want to participate.

Cover Reveals:

*I’m not sure if this is the actual cover; I saw this on Pinterest, but I haven’t seen anything since, which is odd given the series’s popularity.
Heartache and Other Natural Shocks - Glenda Leznoff*
The Devil and Winnie Flynn - Micol Ostow & David Ostow
Losing It - 22 YA authors*

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

The Best Article You Will Read This Week. Why Hermione is a #BossWitch and how she fought the Patriarchy in all those HP novels. Fuck yeah.

Series round-up for 2015: very helpful for those of you who want to stay on track with your challenges and know which series you have left to finish. Plus a list of series starting in 2015! Another list of new series starting off in 2015.

Are you anticipating reading these 11 sequels in 2015? The Winner’s Crime is amazing and I can’t wait to check out Shadowscale and The Heart of Betrayal myself.

Which of these anticipated books in February are you looking forward to? I can’t wait for The Ruby Circle :O. I wonder if there will be another spin-off series…? Plus here’s 15 more most anticipated YA of 2015.

If Red Queen is one of your anticipated books, Epic Reads explains the book here.

Do you write notes in your books? I’ve definitely had this experience before - where in a beautiful a copy of The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami, my brother wrote “lol” in the side margins along with other very stimulating notes.

Oh, libraries. Look at the little free libraries. Look at these other gorgeous SO BEAUTIFUL libraries.

+ gorgeous book art and architecture. *sigh*

Do you think that these are the 12 best novels of the 21st century? I think the thing I hate most about those lists is that they didn’t do what the Times list did and make a separate one with kidlit. I always know going into one of those lists that they’re not going to mention any of the books I read on a regular basis, no matter how good I think they are.

Is Your Personal Book Collection Well Rounded? I used to think mine was… until I saw this quiz.

*shudders* 33 of the creepiest lines in literature. (lol at #5; hey, YA dystopia!)

Another type of diverse book we need? Interracial children’s books, according to the Washington Post. If you’re skeptical about the benefits of diverse books, here’s an article. Here's 25 books by women to help diversify your bookshelves, and maybe you should ask what it means for a story to be "universal" anyway.

Are YA books… actually… Taylor Swift songs?

If you’re a bibliophile, you will identify with this article and the ways to tell us apart from everyone else. And well, how obvious is your bibliophile status? The couple with their proposal in a bookstore… they’ve proven themselves. Maybe even more if they got a Snitch engagement ring.

Famous writers reimagined as puns. Lol Salmon Rushdie.

Have you ever felt like the odd one out? Here are some book recommendations for you. And some more if you want to read books that handle mental illness well. And if you’re “done” with YA dystopian novels. And if you liked We Were Liars.

Sexiest Literary villains? Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s comment about how teenage girls tend to like Draco even though he does not have a heart of gold beneath his anti-hero portrayal.

Do you love Girl Scout cookies? Pair them with these books!

Teen Titles Kirkus Reviews is excited about for 2015.

You remember the Times’s Lists last week about the 100 Best YA books of all time, etc.? Here’s another analysis of the list, calling into question its making.

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?

And see my discussion on blogging and booktubing - comparing the two and how they work for me.

** Rita at Blog Genie: Where Can You Find Support to Keep Your Goals on Track
** Stephanie at Chasm of Books: Increase Your Productivity While Making Time to Read
** Rachel at Parajunkee: 31 Days of Better Blogging
** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts: Author Bio Box (Blogger)
** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts: Customized Search and Email Gadgets

Blogging and Bloggers:
** Jenna at Rather Be Reading YA: Why I Disabled Comments on Older Posts
** Kat at Cuddlebuggery: Book Blogger Hair and Makeup Tutorial
** Cassie at Books with Cass: Keeping It Together: Organization 2015
** Ashley at Nose Graze: How Many Circles Are There?
** Ashley at Nose Graze: My Website Pet Peeves
** Mel at The Daily Prophecy: Originality
** Josephine at Word Revel: Keeping Track of Series

Recommendations, Ratings, Reviews, ARCs, Authors:
** Amy at Ten Penny Dreams: How to Write a Great Book Review
** Kara at Diary of a Teen Writer: Ghostwriting -- Where Do I Stand on the Issue?
** Alexa at Alexa Loves Books: Tried and Trusted
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Where Do You Get Your Recommendations?
** Ashley at Nose Graze: How Much Obligation Do Book Bloggers Really Have?
** Nova at Out of Time: Mandatory Rules on: Talking to Authors
** Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide: On Changing Ratings
** Ana at Read Me Away: Archived ARCs

Personal & Publishing:
** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: The Intern Diaries
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: Real Life Diversity or a Lack Thereof
** Shae at Shae Has Left the Room: Why You Should Watch the 100
** Kelley at Oh, The Books!: I Think I’m in a Life Slump

The Experience:
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: In Defense of Unhappy Endings
** Kel at Booked Till Tuesday: Spoiler Sol
** Jessi at Novel Heartbeat: Do I Enjoy Books Less These Days?
** Lyn at Great Imaginations: Lyn’s 2014 Reading Data
** Asti at Oh, The Books!: I Hate It When I Don’t Like a Book

Characters, Romance, Trends, & Names:
** Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: Here’s a Swear, There’s a Swear, Everywhere’s a Swear
** Alise at Readers in Wonderland: What’s in a Name? Hopefully Not Mine
** Alica at a Kernel of Nonsense: The Contentious Relationship
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: 6 Types of Annoying Characters

Books, Books, Books:
** Kelly at Effortlessly Reading: When It Comes to My Favorite Books...
** Nuzaifa at Say It With Books: Literary Tattoos for the logophile in you
** Sophie at A Daydreamer’s World: Lifesaving Books
** Rose at Chapter Break: Do You Have a Book You Love to Recommend?
** Sunny at Blue Shelf Sky: The Ultimate Book Binge

Hey YA:
** Kelly at Stacked Books: Liar, Liar Pants on Fire: YA Books with a Lot of Lying
** Kimberly at Stacked Books: Unfortunate Names in YA Fiction
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: 7 YA Sequels We’ve Waited Years for
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: Top Ten Suggestions for YA Book Clubs

Movie/TV Adaptations:

The Duff has a third trailer for your viewing pleasure. Plus character posters: Wesley, Bianca, the new science teacher...

Paddington has some featurettes you can watch: one and two!

Chloe Moretz shares an image from the 5th Wave set.

The director of the upcoming Grasshopper Jungle adaptation talks about the movie.


Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 01/25, 02/02.

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.

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.

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


New Releases: The Way We Bared Our Souls by Willa Strayhorn, All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter, Polaris (Avalon #2) by Mindee Arnett, The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shawn David Hutchinson, Twisted Fate by Norah Olson, Tunnel Vision by Susan Adrian, Fight For Power (Rule of 3 #2) by Eric Walters, The Prey (Hatchery #1) by Tom Isbell, Mutant City (Mutant City #1) by Steve Feasey.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand here. You can also watch my video about 2015 Books You Should Anticipate (because they are awesome!). Plus Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson is awesome. And also Burned by Karen Marie Moning.

Would you feel more involved in those posts if I started including polls where you could vote for favorite cover or favorite article of the week?

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. I don't even begin to know how in the world you put these wonderful posts together, because it must take up quite a bit of your time, but I think that it's absolutely wonderful and definitely helpful (with the resources and organization and discussion posts) to see it. Plus, it helps to refresh me on what's new, what's coming soon, and also shares a few different giveaways that I had no idea was going on. I simply adore these posts and I thank you so much, for the time that you spend putting them together. :)

  2. Thanks, Susan! It does take up a really long time. I could do better on the giveaway end, and I do need to refresh my blogger discussion section, but I'll get to both someday.... in the meantime, enjoy! :)

  3. Your giveaway section and blogger discussion are perfectly wonderful to me. :)

  4. Tuck Everlasting!!! One of my absolutely favorite books when I was a kid. I read it over and over and over and over.

    I printed out the series round-up…I'm going to check and see how many series I'm actually in the middle of. So many, I'm sure. Just looking at the list was overwhelming

    Great post, as usual! ~Pam

  5. Right??? My teacher for my kidlit class said she tried choosing books that she thought we would've read as kids. I wish I had. I love it now but I think i would've LOVED it as a kid. And I know, right?? Looking at that series round-up post, I was flabbergasted. I mean I always knew a lot get published per year, but man, I'm with you: I'm definitely in the middle of a LOT OF SERIES.


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