Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (72)

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
  • Ever the Hunted - Erin Summerill (Debut; a fantasy that follows 17-year-old Britta Flannery who is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. Her father, a legendary bounty hunter, is murdered, and the stakes are fatal if she doesn’t find his killer. The book is slated for fall 2016; HMH).
  • Towers Falling - Jewell Parker Rhodes (It tells the story of Deja, who 15 years after the events of 9/11 grapples with the effects still felt by her community. Publication is planned for spring 2016; Little, Brown).
From Publisher’s Lunch:
  • Evelyn Skye's debut THE TSAR'S GAME, pitched as DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE meets THE NIGHT CIRCUS, in which star-crossed lovers battle in a lush, magical version of tsarist Russia in 1825, to Balzer & Bray in a two-book deal.
From last week:
  • The Mysteries of Cove - J. Scott Savage (the first volume in the Fires of Invention series, about a steam-powered city built inside a mountain, where creativity is a crime and “invention” is a curse word. Publication is set for fall 2015; Shadow Mountain).
The others were not posted yet.

You a fan of Raymond Arroyo? Turns out he sold a new MG series.

Authors: Echo - Pam Muñoz Ryan

Excerpts: Bone Gap - Laura Ruby, Ice Like Fire - Sara Raasch

Book Trailer: Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard

Awards: Y’all ought to last week’s post for awards. That was ALAYMG time. New Visions award nominees. The 2015 Amelia Bloomers list. 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens (+ Top Ten). 2015 Notable Children’s books. The Walter Award needs submissions! Deadline: November 1. Tomas Rivera Award Winners.

John Green gave a keynote to booksellers at Winter Institute 10 in which he said that “life would suck” without booksellers (in reference to authors).

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a bookseller? Here’s an interview with one who works at the Strand in NYC.

A brief summary of author and industry events last week.

I Am Malala won for best Children’s album at the Grammys.

BEA announced its author line-up last week… and guess what? They’re all white again, with only one woman author too. Bustle has something to say about that (I so agree with Kelly Jensen - WNDB panels are packed, what is wrong with BEA?)

If you wish you could’ve attended ALA and been to Diversity Day, here’s a storify so you can see for yourself via the internet.

If you’ve felt overwhelmed by WNDB and what you can do, here’s ONE THING that you can do now to help.

To celebrate Black History month, The Brown Bookshelf will be posting about a different author each week who has published in kidlit.

YAAAAAAAAS audiobooksync has released the line-up for this coming summer. Rose Under Fire is there! I loved the audiobook for Code Name Verity. Can’t wait for some more Elizabeth Wein!

If you’re a fan of the Beautiful Creatures series, guess what? There are some more e-stories headed your way.

Little, Brown has had such great success with Novl that they are turning it into an e-book imprint.

The top 12 titles that Kirkus Reviews is excited about in February are…

Soooo, DC comics is releasing a bunch of new comics under Convergence and they’ve got diverse authors to help.

Cover Reveals:

Young Adult New Adult Cover Reveals
Sanctuary - Jennifer McKissack
*May not be final cover. It had the most votes when voting closed, but Swoon Reads may choose one of the others for whatever reason.

The cover for Ice Like Fire will be revealed today. As will Second Position and Blood and Salt. And on the 13th, Dreamland and Gathering Deep. On Friday, the cover reveal for Six of Crows will also be revealed. The cover for Dumplin’ coming 02/17. This Monstrous Thing, 02/18.

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

The magic of storytelling.

Epic Reads has a lot of plans for this Valentine’s week.

Books before Bros. Oh yeah.

The worst things that could happen to a book lover. Yeahhh, the lending thing has definitely happened to me and unfortunately my copies of HP are also starting to look that way.

If you want to read more YA graphic novels, here’s your list. If you want to read excellent indie contemporary YA novels, here’s your list. True crime YA novels? Girl-powered YAs on the Impact of Music? Books for bibliophiles.

Book plots in 140 characters or less… with emojis? What.

More 2015 YA Debuts to have on your radar this year!

Top Ten Children’s books that deal with death and bereavement.

Oh, hey, look you can listen to 60+ classic audiobooks for free on Spotify.

Fascinating stuff for Game of Thrones fans. Are you curious about what George R.R. Martin had planned for the series originally? I read some of his previous outline and WOWWWWWWW things are so different from what that original outline had! Goes to show how much things change while you’re drafting the manuscript, huh?

Why I want more unlikable female characters.

Prime users.... Amazon is squeezing us for money o.O. Look at the infographic.

Beautiful library pics. The usual for these bookish rounds. And how to make the most of your library trip.

Why Americans Don’t Read Foreign Fiction. I don’t think it’s that simple. And I’d love to see more foreign fiction made available. (“Why are foreign authors so unknown in the U.S.?” → Also maybe some sort of arrogance on our part?).

OOO which literary heroine are you? “You’re Anne of Green Gables! You’re vivacious and your imagination gets you through good times and bad. Hard-working, loving, and always there to help out a friend, you are also likely to cause a bit of mischief. Quick tip: a bit of imagination can get a girl places but try not to let it lead you too far astray.” Harrumph. I got the heroine of the book I haven’t even read. I was hoping for Lizzie Bennett :P.

Can you guess which out of print books are most requested? I’m also surprised to see how many Stephen King novels are there - King is so common, why wouldn’t all his works be readily available?

I discussed how to respond when someone disdains Young Adult Literature. Complete with pretty infographic!

Publishing/Definitely Read These:
** Asti at Oh, The Books!: The Opinion on Blog Tours: Survey Results
** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: The Intern Diaries: The Perfect Request Email

** Rita at Blog Genie: From Nearly Quitting to 4x the Traffic
** Ashley at Nose Graze: How to Add a Favicon to Your Blog
** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts: Previewing Fonts with

Blogging & Bloggers:
** Kel at Booked Till Tuesday: When Big Life Changes Hit
** Jenna at Rather Be Reading YA: How I Started Blogging
** Topaz at YA Asylum: Netgalley mistakes
** Ashley at Nose Graze: It’s Okay to Want to Grow Your Blog
** Nova at Out of Time: My Unpopular Opinions
** Kelley at Oh, The Books!: When Bookish Sisters Make Bookish Dares

Ratings, Reviews, Recommendations, Authors, ARCs:
** Jessi at Novel Heartbeat: Don’t Be Afraid to Be Yourself in Reviews
** Chyna at Lite-Rate-Ture: Recommendations: Fall in Love with Quotes
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: Renae Recommends: Trilogies
** Jen at YA Romantics: What Happens When You Try to Censor Reviews
** Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf: Tagging Authors in Negative Reviews
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: Further Thoughts on One Star Reviews
** Ana at Read Me Away: Interview Style

Personal + HP!:
** Nuzaifa at Say It With Books: Pinterest for the Visual Lover in You
** Kristy and Melissa at Book Nerd Reviews: Harry Potter Tour of Warner Brothers: Hogwarts
** Terri at Starlight Book Reviews: HP Moment of the Week: Worst Death in the Series

The Experience:
** Rose at Chapter Break: Do Spoilers Have Time Limits?
** Alexa at Alexa Loves Books: Everybody’s Changing, But I Don’t Feel the Same
** Hannah at So Obsessed With: If We Ever Meet Again
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: Do You Ever Intentionally Read a “Bad” Book?
** Jen at The Starry-Eyed Revue: Re-loving Books
** Josephine at Word Revel: Reading on the Go
** Mel at The Daily Prophecy: Second Chances

Books, Books, Books:
** Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction: I’m a Series Failure
** Allie at Little Birdie Books: When Do You Get Down with Audiobooks?
** Bec at Readers in Wonderland: We Could Be Millionaires If It Weren’t for Books
** Bekka at Great Imaginations: Tour Bekka’s Shelves!
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: Books You Love With All Your Heart

Romance & Vday:
** Alice-Jane at Crazy Red Pen: DIY // Valentine’s Day Cards
** Hazel at Stay Bookish: Valentine’s Day Cards for Book Nerds
** Emz at Paging Serenity: The Problems with Shipping Characters

Hey YA + Trends:
** Sophie at A Daydreamer’s World: Is Mental Illness Becoming a Trend?
** Kelly at Stacked Books: The Rise of Suicide in YA Fiction and Exploring Personal Biases in Reading
** Kimberly at Stacked Books: Get Genrified: YA Urban Fantasy

Movies/TV Shows:

Lauren Oliver was hired to adapt her own book, Panic, into a screenplay by Universal.

A new Insurgent TV spot, “I’m Not Afraid,” was released during the Grammys. Plus a ton of stills were released: Natalie Prior, Christina, Hector, Edgar, Evelyn, Marlene, Jack Kang, Max, Marcus Eaton, Uriah, Tori, Johanna, Peter. If you don’t want to click through all those links, here’s a wrap-up of those stills. Here are some other stills, like of Tris, Four, and Jeanine. Also another couple of new stills.

A sneak peak at the making of the Duff, coming to theaters on the 20th!

A new still from the 5th Wave set.
Samuel L. Jackson has joined the adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I was excited by the THG castings, Kate Winslet… Tim Burton as director of Miss Peregrine’s… and now Samuel L. Jackson? Holy shit, yes, go YA adaptations!!!

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman - trailer was released!

Just Add Magic by Cindy Callaghan is getting a TV Pilot Episode on Amazon.

No, no, no: Lionsgate confirms that it wants more Hunger Games films. Here’s the thing - Warner Brothers can expand on Harry Potter because J.K. Rowling had already made the content for it. Is Lionsgate going to move ahead without Suzanne Collins just to expand the franchise?


Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 02/14, 02/27.

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}.

Hardcovers of Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff, Geek Girl by Holly Smale, City 1 by Gregg Rosenblum, and The Prey by Tom Isbell, INT, ends 02/27.

Kindle Paperwhite + Some Fine Day by Kat Ross, US only, ends 03/07.

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


New Releases: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead, My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga, The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand, The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons, When Reason Breaks by Cindy Rodriguez, The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson, Promposal by Rhonda Helms, One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin, Utopia, Iowa by Brian Yansky, Rebellion by Stephanie Diaz, Temple Boys by Jamie Buxton, Best Friends Through Eternity by Sylvia McNicoll, I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell, Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton, & Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Up at my booktube channel, I posted about the 15 YA TBR Books I’m Reading This Year and the 2015 YA Debut Novels That I Want to Read.

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. Soooo much news to catch up on. Thanks as always for putting this post together! Am especially excited about the news of this year's SYNC releases, which I hadn't heard about yet! Also, don't be bummed about being Anne of Green Gables. I would say that's one of the highest compliments!!

  2. The Tsar's Game…sounds SO GOOD.

    I can't wait for The Duff and Insurgent…still wondering what they're going to do with stupid Allegiant.

    Great post! ~Pam

  3. Ten Thousand Skies Above You looks SO PRETTY!

    "The worst things that could happen to a book lover" - all of them are awful!
    My Hebrew HP books are a little falling apart, and the first HP I owned in English is also falling apart, but with the new covers, I've removed the old ones - gave the best conditioned ones to my cousin to enjoy, so now everything looks perfect again.
    I had a book totally ruined by the rain from hell once. Since then I always carry my books in nylon bags! I don't lend books.
    My mom is about the only one who "lends" my books, and I've beaten into her a strict code-of-conduct when it comes to my book. I used to KNOW when she read one of my books - they would have marks on their spines, stuff like that. But one day I found my book lying open on the floor, totally ruining my spine and I flipped. Gave her a ton of bookmarks and ordered her to use them. Watched her while she was reading to make sure she was doing it (it's not as creepy as it sounds. I would walk by her room and see her reading, so I'll peek to make sure she has a bookmark near by and remind her to use it...). Now, you can barely tell my mom read the book! #education

  4. There is just so much to digest here, Christina! I didn't know they were making a movie of 5th Wave bu I'm excited. Loved the book. Weight of Feathers is a beautiful cover and The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall reminds me of Anna Dressed in Blood. I need to finish Bloodlines now that the last book is published. I'm three books behind, but yay! I get to read them one right after another now. Great post! :)

  5. :) So much news I don't know either / can't catch up on even with these posts... but I'm glad they can kinda sorta help? YAY FOR SYNC TITLES. And hahaha, I wasn't super bummed about Anne of Green Gables - only I haven't read the book, so I can't REJOICE or COMPLAIN ;).

  6. I never think that I'm on top of things -- proof: 9 days later I'm finally replying to your comment and hopefully getting around to visiting blogs right after this.

    Have you listened to Forgive Me Leonard Peacock? That was such AN AMAZING AUDIOBOOK. That book became one of my favorites because of audiobook sync, so I hope you can get all the titles this year, Jasprit :).

  7. :) I hope you enjoy the Tsar's Game. I must say, as a lover of fantasy, I'm really pleased with this trend in fantasies being sold.

    Hahahahha, oh Allegiant. Yeah, not sure either. I can't wait for the Duff or Insurgent either :). I was supposed to see the Duff this weekend, but alas my plans have fallen through... *sigh*

    Thanks, Pam!

  8. I LOVE HER COVERS. I want them all as posters. The only thing about book covers as posters for me is the fact that it's a book and I like my posters to be blank. If I could erase the author's name and use the title and cover I'd have so many more of them :P.

    Ha, that's awesome. Finding a turn around for Harry Potter. Since my book collection is in two separate areas (where I live now and my parent's house), it feels like I ought to be wait on buying some of the nicer versions, like of HP and other books that I own elsewhere (but can't refer to now harrumph!). Your solution is excellent. The young cousins do need to be educated about HP ;).

    Yeahhh definitely had a book ruined by rain that I'd lent to a friend. Your solution with books in nylon bags and not lending books would certainly work better ;).

    Hahahaha I like whipping your mom into shape about your books. My mom would be the one doing that to me about MY books. She undid my dog ear pages, but I suppose neither of us is as bad as leaving the book lying open for the spine to crease. Maybe. I might be an offender in that regard... I'm glad you two worked out a solution for reading and taking care of your books!

  9. Yes, just think: any super popular YA book, it is likely they are thinking of making a movie or already in production of it ;)

    Hahaha oooh, enjoy the Bloodlines marathon. I actually haven't read The Ruby Circle yet or been spoiled about it either, so I'm astonished... and also need to get to it AHHH.

    Thanks, Rachel!

  10. Well, being from Israel means I don't really get swag, so no book posters for me, blank or otherwise! LOL some covers are pretty enough that I would just thank anybody who gave me posters of them, but I agree- I'd like them better without the title/author on them. Or at least, on them in big bold letters. Especially because pretty cover does not make good book.
    BTW, on my cover wishlist are: A Thousand Pieces of You, Shatter Me Series (which I haven't read by the eye covers? GORGEOUS), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Scorpio Races, Blue Lily, Lily Blue... stuff like that :)

    Personally, I have a really hard time NOT getting the beautiful new editions. IF they're pretty enough, so I find a way to make it work :)
    Plus, I don't really like having broken down books on my shelves. I know it's, like, a sign they've been read and loved, but in personal case (which is by no mean something that needs to apply to anybody else), caring and loving my books means taking so good a care of them they look brand new. Most of my books are like that. The others, I'm biding my time until there's a new edition or some other excuse to buy them again and hide the broken copies lol

    You should always carry a nylon bag in your bag! It's a great protective measure :)

    My mom used to dog ear, whipped that out of her as well. It just something that bothers me in my own books, you know? I don't actually mind it if somebody else does that. I've seen people shocked witless by someone dog earing, and I don't get it. Why do you care what someone else does with their books?... plus, despite it sometimes feeling otherwise, the book is not a living thing and I promise you it doesn't mind. It's us humans who go crazy with it...

  11. I 100% agree that if you're borrowing someone else's book you definitely need to care more for the book and be more aware of your own bad habits. It's not good to go back and do what you'd like with the book (which is why it bothered me a bit that my mom had un dog-eared my books! But eh, whatever, at this rate, she might read them more often and let them become her books).

    "I'm biding my time until there's a new edition or some other excuse to buy them again and hide the broken copies lol" -- if they're super popular you won't have to wait long... lol redesigns for mortal instruments now too!

    Maggie Stiefvater's books have such good covers .... *sigh*

  12. Borrowing books definitely means adhering to somebody else's rules--the problem is, most people don't. They swap the rules with their own--and then they're surprise people won't lend them books anymore lol
    They're re-designing the Mortal Instruments, or do you WANT them to?
    That she does...

  13. Woah I actually thought that I was on top of things this week, but there's still so much that I've missed out on. I was able to grab one title from Audiobook Sync last year, it was one by Matthew Peacock, so I'm looking forward to seeing this year's books. And there have been so many gorgeous reveals this past week, I think Claudia Gray's has to be my favourite!


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