Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (73)

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:
  • Will Wilder middle-grade adventure series - Raymond Arroyo (Book one, titled Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls, is scheduled for publication in spring 2016. Books two and three will follow in 2017 and 2018. The series follows a thrill-seeking boy with a mysterious family heritage who discovers ancient objects of rare power – relics he must protect from terrifying demons that will do anything to possess them. Random House/Crown).
  • The Thousandth Floor - Katharine McGee (Set in 2118, the trilogy follows the scandalous lives of teens in Manhattan's new 1000-story skyscraper. The first book is slated for publication in 2017... Internationally, rights have been preempted by Dogan Egmont in Turkey, Editora Rocco in Brazil, Moon in Holland, and Michel Lafon in France; and sold to Vulkan in Serbia, Piemme in Italy and Aschehoug in Norway; with auctions currently taking place in Spain, Germany and the U.K. HarperTeen).
  • Stolen Crowns YA series - Jessica Day George (in which the princesses of fairytales – grown up and living their Happily Ever After – disappear one day, leaving their daughters and sons to save them all. Publication will begin in 2016; Random House).
  • Pitch Dark - Courtney Alameda (set against a future of marauding space scavengers and deadly aliens who kill with sound. Publication is scheduled for fall 2016, Feiwel and Friends)
  • Liberty - Andrea Portes (YA spy thriller; Co-created with screenwriter Joel Silverman, the novel introduces 18-year-old Paige Nolan, caught up in her family's past dealings in international espionage and recruited by the CIA; it's due out in summer 2017. HarperTeen).
  • Saving Montgomery Sole - Mariko Tamaki (The story follows Montgomery Sole, a 15-year-old girl who forms a Mystery Club to explore paranormal phenomena, but finds that the real mystery is understanding why people suck, how she fell for the wrong guy, and why frozen yogurt solves all of life's problems. Publication is set for winter 2016; Roaring Brook Press).
  • Sunrises Get All the Hype - Josh Sundquist (about a teenage boy who was born blind but undergoes an experimental surgery that will give him sight, raising questions about the nature of perception, love, and romantic attraction. It's slated for fall 2016; Little, Brown).
  • Unidentified Suburban Object - Mike Jung (about a 12-year-old Korean-American girl who sets out to explore her heritage and comes to some startling extraterrestrial discoveries. The book is scheduled for publication in 2016; Scholastic's Arthur A. Levine Books).
  • Max and Marla - Alexandra Boiger (debut; two-book deal featuring two best friends and aspiring Olympians... will publish in fall 2015; Putnam).
Publisher’s Lunch:
  • Lauren Oliver's CURIOSITY HOUSE, a new series written in collaboration with collector of peculiar relics H.C. Chester, about four extraordinary children who band together in 1930s New York City to solve a spree of crimes that involve the museum of freaks and oddities at which they live, to Harper Children's for publication starting in Fall 2015. Rights to Hodder & Stoughton in the UK; Hachette Jeunesse in France; and Mondadori in Italy.
Nothing from last week.

Interviews: Jamie McGuire, Shadow Study - Maria Stryder, Jason Reynolds

Book Trailers: Edison’s Alley (The Accelerati trilogy), Dove Arising by Karen Bao Part I and Part II.

Awards: the 2014 Cybils Award finalists were announced. As were the Children’s Book Committee 2015 Award winners.

Lots from #WeNeedDiverseBooks this week: a message to the gatekeepers from Ellen Oh; a FANTASTIC set of posts from Malinda Lo (Perceptions of Diversity in Book Reviews Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV - and might I add that in the recent Kirkus Reviews review of Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes, they call adding “Arabic elements” a trend. Mind you, suicide books are not “a trend” in such eyes, and they probably OUTNUMBER the books with “Arabic elements.” So encouraging of diversity...); all the (diverse) books that won the Newberry/Honor are now NYT Bestsellers; some statistics by the CCBC on diverse books and books pubbed by diverse authors; books being published in 2015 from diverse authors; Winter Institute Booksellers discuss walking their talk about diversity; YA books from black authors.

So, now that Egmont has closed down, what’s next?

A summary of recent author and industry events.

Here’s a highlight in pictures of the Winter Institute 10 with booksellers.

Curious about what’s up and coming this fall? Here’s a sneak peak from publishers at their fall 2015 children’s books.

Tor thinks that novellas are the future of publishing. What say you?

Indie booksellers are filling the void left by Borders (YEAH WELL NOT THE HOLE IN MY HEART *melodramatic flip of hair*). Ahem. But did you know how little indie booksellers actually make? May surprise you…

ANOTHER BOOK FROM JANE AUSTEN? Jane Austen in her teens! I’m SO on it.

A cool look at the booksellers of Pakistan.

Cover Reveals:

young adult cover reveals
young and new adult cover reveals
White Cat (The Curse Workers) - Holly Black | Mass Market Paperback Edition
Red Glove (The Curse Workers 2) - Holly Black | Mass Market Paperback Edition
Black Heart (The Curse Workers 3) - Holly Black | Mass Market Paperback Edition

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson will be revealed on the 20th. Little, Brown is asking readers to vote on the next BC book cover. The cover for Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deb Biancatti is being released tomorrow. Epic Reads is in the middle of releasing covers for its fall titles, so there will be new covers all throughout the week.

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

Have you read any of these popular February titles?

Don’t ever get a book wet unless you have a book recovery team.

Are you a Laurie Halse Anderson fan? Did you know these facts?

How I love Margaret Atwood. She talked to the West Point military cadets about gender, politics, and oppression.

To dear Jonathan Franzen who apparently insisted that YA is not morally complex, here are seven recommendations from Barnes and Noble.

Though maybe it’s just that we’re talking about young adult literature all wrong.

In the mood for a Peter Pan retelling? Some recs for you.

What’s your weirdest fictional crush? For me, Odysseus. I was in ninth grade, and I sorta had a crush on my English lit teacher who by proxy came to look like Odysseus. Now I’m sort of baffled because though I love the Odyssey, it’s not exactly feminist. And 10 YA authors on their biggest author crushes.

And if you’re in the mood still for romantic reads, here are YA love stories for book nerds + 5 kids books that make for great valentinesunrequited love stories (why does everyone praise Cathy + Heathcliff? THEY ARE TERRIBLE PEOPLE.)… and potentially less romantic reads: on the baddest boyfriends and girlfriends of YA lit.

Your daily Harry Potter cryfest: All of Snape’s scenes put together in one movie, eleven facts about the series.

Yaaaaaas, an article on the greatest young adult heroines of all time. I haven’t heard of quite a few of them, but it’s nice to see which ones I know were included.

The ultimate generic YA dystopian thriller … on twitter?

A Harry Potter Sorting quiz. I don’t think that this is accurate. I got Gryffindor, when I always thought I was Hufflepuff or maaaaaaaybe Ravenclaw.

And this is why it is an established fact that we will never, ever get through our TBR piles.

Library hotels! WHAT.

** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: The Intern Diaries: Q&A Numero Uno
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Best Free Blogging Tools
** Cassie at The Casserole: Instagram Editing
** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts:: WordPress Starter Themes

Blogging & Bloggers:
** Anya at On Starships & Dragonwings: Does that add to the community you are trying to make?
** Kat at Cuddlebuggery: The Daily Life of a Book Blogger
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: Book Blogger Confessions
** Beth at On a Book Bender: My Steamy Love Affair with Goodreads Groups
** Nova at Out of Time: Have I Just Been Plagiarized?

Recommendations, Ratings, ARCs, Authors:
** Guest Post at Bibliodaze: Anne Rice Is Interrogating the Industry from the Wrong Perspective
** Ceilidhann at Bibliodaze: Hate Out of Ten: The Pros & Cons of Review Scores
** Alise at Readers in Wonderland: Reading Recommendations: Lovely Couples
** Cait at Paper Fury: My Heroes Are Authors
** Ana at Read Me Away: Changes in Ratings

** Ruby at Feed Me Books Now: On Introversion and Creativity
** Ruby at Feed Me Books Now: The Joy of Handwriting
** Terri at Starlight Book Reviews: Transmedia, PR Stunts, and Noise

** Amy at Ten Penny Dreams: A Letter from an Uninspired Reader
** Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: A Letter to the Book Blogging Community

The Experience:
** Emz at Paging Serenity: 7 Types of Readers
** Sandra at Tea Between Books: The Problem of Being in Public
** Jenna at Rather Be Reading YA: Book Polygamy
** Carmel at Rabid Reads: Are You a Seasonal Reader?
** Alice at Of Books: Tackling my ‘to-be-read’ pile [because it’s multiplying like wet gremlins]
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: Second Chances
** Kara at Great Imaginations: 2015 Reading Update

Books, Books, Books:
** Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction: Why I Love My Library
** Alicia at a Kernel of Nonsense: Book Hype
** Kelly at Stacked Books: 7 More 2015 Books With Diversity on the Cover
** Amber at Books of Amber: Books That Should Be Adapted, Part I
** Kristy at Book Nerd Reviews: Harry Potter Tour of Warner Bros Studios: Places
** Adele at Persnickety Snark: Reading Matters 2015: Look What I’ve Been Working On (if you’re an Aussie blogger - def. check this out)
** Sydney at Utterly Bookish: Tales of a Bookseller
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: Does Anyone Actually Watch Book Trailers?
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: Too Many Books?

Specific Topics/Trends/Genres:
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Do Certain Buzzwords Make You Pick up a Book?
** Kel at Booked Till Tuesday: Travel
** Kim at YA Asylum: What’s Your Genre?
** Emz at Paging Serenity: What’s The Difference Between Young Adult and New Adult?
** Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf: It’s a Smart Book, Considering It’s YA
** Rinn at Rinn Reads: The Influence of the Book Award
** Stormy at Book. Blog. Bake.: Tough, Luck, Man (Unlucky Characters)

Valentine’s Day And/Or Romance:
** Shannon at It Starts At Midnight: My Favorite Ships
** Rose at Chapter Break: Top 5 Love Story Reads
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: AntiValentine: a celebration of singletude
** Sunny at Blue Shelf Sky: Valentine’s Day Tips for the Bookish Soul
** Lauren at Books, Tea, & Me: Who Was Your First Bookish Love?
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: The Great ‘OTP’ Post
** Shae at Shae Has Left the Room: If I Had a Harem - A Bloomsbury Valentine’s Day Giveaway
** Kelley/Asti at Oh, The Books!: Bookish Guides: A Heart-Shaped Box of YA Romance

Movies/TV Shows:

Ryan Gosling might join Emma Watson in the live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast :O.

New Insurgent trailer/clip: Fight Back. Some nice new stills, Be My Fourtris & running with guns at Amity. That last one might have been already released but I’ve lost track of all their images. The premiere will be on March 16th in the US. Oooh, I’m getting excited. I saw a preview from the Mars company with M&Ms making fun of movies like Insurgents and it made me lol but also EXCELLENT GRAPHICS I cannot wait.

Hey, hey, the Duff is being released on the 20th: are you ready? Robbie Arnell has some Valentine’s Day advice for you. And there’s an interview with him and with Mae Whitman.

Harvey Weinstein believes he’s found the next big hit: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige MacKenzie, with a t.v. series being pitched with the same name based off MacKenzie’s YouTube channel.

Universal has optioned Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory Jon.

Curious about the 5th Wave movie? Here’s Rick Yancey.


Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 02/21, 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.

$20 worth book with kickass ladies (INT) or pbs of Throne of Glass and the Archived (US only) from Cee as a celebration of Galentine’s Day, ends 02/28.

Several ARCs from Lili to celebrate her birthday, US only, ends 03/01.


New Releases: The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes; Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor; Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne; & The Bargaining by Carly Anne West.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci. I also recently read and LOVED and had a massive BOOK HANGOVER via Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith. You will also see a completed review for The Heart of Betrayal sometime in April.

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. That's quite the extensive list! I'm in awe of the fact that you not only manage to do the rounds, but also keep track of 'em all, and compile this nifty post for your fellow bloggers. It's much appreciated, as is the RR shout out. I hope you have a kickass weekend, Christina!

  2. Woah I have so much catching up to do! I didn't even know about Egmont USA closing that's so sad, and thinking about Borders just breaks my heart everytime, we actually had a massive store open over here, it was a bit on the outskirts of my town, but I always said that I would go one day, but didn't get the chance :( Thanks for keeping me in the loop once again Christina :)

  3. Ha, thanks, Carmel. It takes a long time to compile but I like to keep on top of the news too - helps me sense trends in reading, what books I want to read, etc. And I'll always try to link to Rabid Reads when y'all have a discussion post -- you're on my "discussion" bloggers list for these rounds post. I hope you have a kickass weekend too!

  4. Yeah... Egmont came on suddenly. The article about them closing was the beginning of January, I think, and then they were supposed to close by the end of January. Publishing is such an evolving business... And Borders. Ah, Borders. So many memories of the store -- but now, neither of us can visit! Thanks, Jasprit!

  5. Novellas are the future of publishing because we don't have time to read thousand page novels? What???? That has to be the dumbest thing I've ever heard. I really don't like novellas. If that was all there was to read, I guess I would just watch more TV and movies. I feel a rant coming on….

    How did I not know about the new Jane Austen? I will read anything written by her, even her scribbles when she was 12. Yay!

    Great post! ~Pam

  6. Ah, Pam. I have so many comments to catch up on and leave for you soon. Hopefully.

    Anywho, yeah, I don't know. I wouldn't agree that novellas are the future of publishing, but I do think that they help with sales of a book. Sarah J. Maas released her novellas before Throne of Glass, and I know that reading them definitely helped me feel more into the series. But, future? Eh.

    I also didn't know about the new Jane Austen until this post! Double yay!

  7. Stolen Crowns YA series - Jessica Day George (!!!!) I didn't know about that! Probably because it's not on Goodreads yet and that is were I keep up to date with all new publications. I will keep an eye out for this :D

    What a fun interview with Maria Snyder. It's awesome that she listened to her readers and went ahead to write another book - and it was great. I need to pick up her Glass series too.

    Tor's opinion about novella's confuse me. "It will be time. For our readers, time is the precious commodity they invest in every book they decide to purchase and read." I'm sorry, but WHUT? What a load of crap. I MAKE time to read and I love the time I spend in books, so why would that suddenly be a reason to go and read stories with only a couple of pages? They obviously don't understand their book loving audience. I think they can be a great addition to book series, but on their own.. Nope, doesn't work for me.

    Those Snape moments *cries*

    Ryan Gosling as the best. He sure is a pretty man to look at, so I wouldn't mind his transformation from Beast to Prince :p

    February releases: read and loved Red Queen & I am excited about The glass arrow.

    I ended up being sorted in Ravenclaw, which happens almost all the time so I'm not surprised. I have chosen Ravenclaw in my heart as my house <3

  8. :) yeah I'm not sure why it's not up on Goodreads yet. I debate posting the ones that aren't but you've just proven to me that yeah, then people will keep their eyes out for those books.

    It's always nice to hear about the times when authors listen to their readers! I hope you enjoy her Glass series too :).

    I think the time angle is for super busy people who don't feel like they can set aside the time to read a single book and/or don't read more than say, 10 books a year. But they're not the major book audience, so. Yeah, I agree with you.

    I'd love to see Ryan Gosling and Emma Watson together!

    I hope you enjoy The Glass Arrow :).

    And yay for you being sorted in Ravenclaw! I think that's where I'd like to go even if random quizzes tell me I'm meant for someplace else, ha.


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