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#1 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Jennifer's Books


Please welcome a new blog post series called Follow Friday with book bloggers. Reading and blogging isn't a solo activity that's why we're reaching to you, our lovely community and encouraging you to share your reading life insights.


The Follow Friday posts will be published every Friday - surprise, surprise! The new series will be accompanied with the notification announcement, we don't want you to miss anything!


We wish you a pleasant reading, and great exploring and discovery time!




Follow Jennifer's Books: http://stellarraven.booklikes.com/


What was the book that made you a book lover?


I've loved reading pretty much from the moment I learned how. But a couple of books I remember from my childhood that really spurred my love of reading were Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary. I read the former so much my book literally fell apart, and the latter I wanted because I was age 8 myself at the time. The edition I owned was a mass market paperback sized book, and I remember feeling so grown up, because to me it looked like the books I saw my parents reading.


Chocolate Fever - Robert Kimmel Smith,Gioia Fiammenghi  Ramona Quimby, Age 8 - Beverly Cleary  


What made you start writing about books/book blogging?


I wanted a way to share my love of reading with others, and to find others who were interested in the same types of books that I am.


Did blogging have an impact on your reading life?


I would definitely say so. I've connected to readers around the world, and instead of just finding others who are interested in the same types of books I am, I've been introduced to other genres I might not have otherwise read.


What are you favorite genres? Why are they special?


I like too many genres to list, but I'd have to say my favorites are historical fiction, crime/mystery, and romance (historical romance, romantic suspense, and PNR romance). They're special to me—well, at least as far as the romances go anyway, because I can usually** rest assured that no matter what the main characters go through it will all work out in the end, and I'll get my HEA.


      **In my opinion, one of the biggest betrayals there is in a romance novel is no HEA, or at the very least a HFN.


On your BookLikes blog you’re regularly sharing weekly art post, can you tell the story behind the concept?


I love classic art, and I love reading, and I thought that a Weekly Art Post would be a great way to combine the two. I try to choose paintings (and a few vintage photographs) that feature the subject of the piece reading or ones that at least feature a book in some way. I'm in my second year doing this, and it's been great fun choosing which pictures to feature.




What are your favorite book covers?


As I mentioned in #7, I love classic art, so my attention really tends to be attracted by     books that use classic art/paintings or at least have that classic art kind of feel on their covers. I'm also really enjoying the covers for that Harry Potter illustrated editions.       


            Here's a few examples:

A Poisoned Season - Tasha Alexander  Silent in the Sanctuary - Deanna Raybourn  

Blood Magick - Nora Roberts


On your blog page you write: When I do write reviews, they may be just a few lines or rather lengthy. How does you review process look like?


I don't know that I have much of a process. A book has to really affect me—either positively or negatively—for me to write a detailed review these days. When I do decide to review, most of the time I end up just posting a few brief thoughts about the book.




Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?


I generally don't recommend books all that often. I have this irrational fear of recommending something to someone and they end up utterly hating it.


What’s your reading spot? We’d love to see the photos :)


I generally prefer to read in my bed. And since a picture of my bed isn't all that thrilling, here's one of me on my bed, covered up with one of my cozy throw blankets with a book in hand. Not that that's all that thrilling either, but still...



A paper book or an e-book?


I enjoy both, but do tend to prefer paper books. E-books are so much easier to take along, though, whether on my phone or my kindle, it's nice to know that I am never without something to read.


Three title for a dessert island?


Oh man...what a tough question. How about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, (actually any of the HP books would do), And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, and this may be a rather unconventional choice, but if I'm stranded on a deserted island I'm going to need at least one romance with me, so how about Lessons From a Scarlet Lady by Emma Wildes.


A book that changed your life?


As I mentioned before, I have loved reading for as long as I can remember, but if I had to point to one book that changed that love of reading into a need to read, it would have to be The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton. I was in 7th or 8th grade and was allowed to choose a book from the high school section of my school's library, because I read at a higher-than-my-age level. I absolutely fell in love with the book, and used to check it out from my school's library all the time.


Favorite quote?

I actually have two I'd like to share, it that's ok:



      “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” - Charles William Eliot



      “When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.” - Ponyboy Curtis (The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton)



If you could meet one literary character, who would it be?


Minerva McGonagall from the Harry Potter books. I am so awed by the entire wizarding world set up by J.K. Rowling, and McGonagall is by far and away one of my favorite characters from the series. I think it would be so fascinating to be able to meet and talk to her. I mean, can you imagine the stories she must have?


Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)


Ok, this is not the best picture, but my book shelf is located in a awkward spot. I pretty much had to be a contortionist to get a decent shot without too much of the door getting in the way.  And there's a whole shelf on the bottom that I couldn't even get in the picture. I also have a book cabinet which houses the bulk of my books. I didn't take a picture of it, because my organizational plan in there is pretty much “stack them in there in such a way as to fit in as many as humanly possible”.



I want to thank Kate @ BookLikes for asking me if I'd like to do this! It was fun!


You can also find Jennifer here:

BookLikes: http://stellarraven.booklikes.com/



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Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (100)

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 the book community, 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. (If you're interested in how I make these posts, here's your guide.)

Holy shit! I've made a 100 of these posts?!

Rights Reports 1, 2:

  • The One Memory of Flora Banks - Emily Barr (YA debut; a psychological thriller as well as a coming-of-age novel, starring a protagonist with no short-term memory who must navigate the Arctic landscape of Norway. The book will publish simultaneously in the U.S. and U.K. in January 2017. Philomel).
  • Aftercare Instructions - Bonnie Pipkin (YA debut; The novel, which Sarah Dotts Barley and Caroline Bleeke will edit, follows a 17-year-old girl who is left at Planned Parenthood by her boyfriend after they agree to abort her unwanted pregnancy. Van Beek calls the book a “format-crushing story” that shifts between a traditional narrative and a play. It's tentatively scheduled for 2017; Flatiron).
  • Untitled - Caitlin Sangster (debut YA fantasy and its sequel, both set in a world ravaged by a sleeping sickness, which follows a teen who must escape the only society she's ever known when she's accused of treason. Publication is planned for fall 2017 and fall 2018; Simon Pulse).
  • It Started with Good-bye - Christina June (YA debut; a contemporary twist on the Cinderella tale. Under stepmother-imposed house arrest for the summer, 16-year-old Tatum launches a secret graphic design business and starts an unexpected romance with a cute cello player. Publication is slated for spring 2017; Blink).
  • Epic Kale: and Other Cleanses for a Broken Heart - Lisa Greenwald (in which a newly dumped high school student and her loyal best friend start a healthy smoothie business out of a mobile snow cone truck while catfishing her ex-boyfriend. Publication is set for summer 2017; Random House).
  • Quicksand Pond - Janet Taylor Lisle (a middle grade novel about the summer that 12-year-old Jessie spends with her family on a New England pond, involving a star-crossed friendship, a reclusive old lady with buried secrets, and a decades-old murder. Publication is scheduled for summer 2017; Atheneum).
  • Breakout - Kate Messner (standalone MG; in which a small town is rocked when two inmates from the nearby maximum-security prison stage a breakout and a tween reporter is caught in the maelstrom. Publication is slated for spring 2018; Bloomsbury).
  • The Stars Beneath Our Feet - David Barclay Moore (the middle grade story of a boy growing up in the projects of Harlem who discovers that creativity and an unlikely friendship – rather than revenge – are the best way to grieve his brother's untimely death. Publication is set for fall 2017; Knopf).
  • Walk It Down - Ashley Hope Pérez (Walk It Down concerns the deaths of two teenagers in a corn storage bin in rural Indiana. The boys die – literally drown in grain – doing the dangerous job known as "walking down the corn." A third boy survives, trapped for hours after witnessing the deaths of his brother and best friend. Publication is scheduled for 2018; Dutton Young Readers).
  • Press Start! - Thomas Flintham (4 book series; The story features the adventures of retro video game character Super Rabbit Boy as he tries to save his pixillated world, while remaining unaware that he is being played by a real human boy. Publication for the first book is slated for spring 2017; Scholastic/Branches).
  • The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett - Chelsea Sedoti (YA debut; a darkly comedic mystery featuring a teenage girl and the disappearance of a classmate. It is scheduled for fall 2016 release; Sourcebooks).
  • Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom - Booki Vivat (debut illustrated MG; a humorous, diary-style story of anxious 11-year-old Abbie Wu's middle-school struggles and triumphs. Publication is set for fall 2016; HarperCollins).
  • The Skeleton Tree - Kim Ventrella (debut MG; the story of a boy who finds beauty – and possibly a friend – in death with the help of an unusual tree growing in his backyard. Publication is slated for fall 2017; Scholastic Press).
  • The Fictional and (Sometimes) Fabulous World of Ruby Starr - Deborah Lytton (MG chapter book series which stars an imaginative fourth grader. The first book is set for spring 2017, with the others scheduled to appear a year apart. Sourcebooks).
  • Sea Otter Heroes - Patricia Newman (MG science title shows how sea otters play a critical role in keeping the ecosystem in balance. Millbrook Press. Publication for the first book is slated for spring 2017…)
  • Zoo Scientists - Patricia Newman (MG science title profiles what three zoos are doing to help save endangered animals...with the second for fall 2017; Millbrook Press).
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Bones - Lauren Baratz-Logsted (a chapter book series; The first two books, to be published simultaneously, are Case File #1: Dogged to Death and Case File #2: Doggone. Each book is a retelling of a different Arthur Conan Doyle tale featuring a dog as Sherlock Holmes. Books one and two will release in September 2016; Month9Books).
Nothing from last week.

Awards: The 2016 People’s Choice Awards have a Young Adult category (aka go vote!). Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely won the 2016 Walter Dean Myers award for All American Boys. J.K. Rowling will be receiving the 2016 PEN award for her work against censorship. The 2016 Hans Christian Andersen shortlist was announced. Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engel won the 2016 Charlotte Zolotow Award.

You can also nominate your favorite teen reads for the Teen Choice Book of the Year Award until February 2, 2016.

Authors: Bookishly Ever After - Isabel Bandeira, The Distance from A to Z - Natalie Blitt, Secrets of the Dragon Tomb - Patrick Samphire, Gemini - Sonya Mukherjee, Poppy Mayberry, the Monday - Jennie K. Brown, The Love That Split the World - Emily Henry (and another), Pull - Anne Riley, Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys, The Dark Days Club - Alison Goodman,Symptoms of Being Human - Jeff Garvin, Lady Midnight - Cassandra Clare, American Ace - Marilyn Nelson

Excerpts: Blackhearts - Nicole Castroman, Glass Sword - Victoria Aveyard (chpt 4-7)

Book Trailers: After the Woods - Kim Savage, Pull - Anne Riley, The Siren - Kiera Cass

Multicultural children’s book day is today!

This eleven year old Jersey girl was tired of not seeing herself in books and is now launching the 1000BlackGirls book drive. As of that article, she was at 400 of her 1,000 books. If you’d like to contribute, there is an address at the bottom of the article;Kelly Jensen is also offering to use her knowledge of books featuring black girls.

Unsurprisingly, the diversity in the publishing industry is not great. (“While the lack of diversity among publishing staff was often spoken about, there was very little hard data about who exactly works in publishing…”). You should definitely read the full article and check out the infographic -- they talk more about the challenges of their survey, including the limitations of the U.S. Census (e.g. racial fluidity vs. ‘check this bubble!’), and questions about how these numbers compare to the rest of the world and whether certain areas of publishing (editorial staff) were more open to diversity than others (marketing/publicity). Really fascinating -- if there’s one link to read, read that.

Apparently some free speech groups condemned Scholastic’s pulling of the George Washington cake book. Daniel Older, among others, discusses those groups’ reactions and why Scholastic’s decision to pull the book was appropriate; no text is sacred and context matters. And, as NPR reports, picture books struggle with teaching kids about slavery (aka a further discussion on the book and others… “So the reality is that while kids are already grappling with some of the world's ugliness, she said, adults are still clinging to a Victorian ideal of an innocent child… We must keep the dirty secrets of our society away from those kids. And I think that kids are seeing those contradictions.”). Here was Scholastic’s response to PEN and NCAC.

I don’t tend to read picture books, but this analysis of Last Stop on Market Street and why it won the Newbery makes me want to reconsider that position.

This week is #ILoveMG week run by Workman (i.e. Algonquin YR), and if you’re on twitter, check out the topics for the next three days and participate!

Similarly on twitter, last week on the 21st Courtney Summers started #TotheGirls2016 as she had last year, only now you can submit posts to the tumblr page included in the link all year round, even if you missed tweeting.

Omg, I want this to be my cover for A Tyranny of Petticoats. Maybe like an alternate slip-on cover? I love the original, and I love this artwork too o.OO.

Likewise, look at the art Jenny Han had done in celebration of the pb release for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Once J.K. Rowling turned her focus back to Harry Potter (i.e. Cursed Child, Fantastic Beasts), sales of the books more than doubled.

The hot and cold categories of kidlit: what sold in 2015.

Also the bookselling effects of winning the Printz and Newbery: “Print unit sales of Matt de la Peña’s Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson, are up 677% over last week, and Bone Gap by Laura Ruby enjoyed a 264% bump.”

Congrats to Matt de la Pena for debuting on the Indie Bestsellers list. And congrats to these 100 bestselling books of 2015, according to USA Today. Lots of YA on that list.

World Read Aloud Day is February 24, 2016. Take Your Child to the Library Day is February 6, 2016. Mark ‘em in your calendars, folks.

The next Rae Carson book in the Gold Seer trilogy is called Like a River Glorious.

Transgender teen star, Jazz Jennings, is publishing her own memoir.

A new Beatrix Potter book will be published this fall.

Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale is the first children’s literature book selected for One Book, One South. (In addition to a 20-city author tour and appearances at key trade conferences, Candlewick has partnered with the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance to introduce One Book, One South, Jr.)

Kwame Alexander: the ‘Say-Yes’ Guy (“He described how he went from signing 100 books over the course of a weekend to signing 600 books in two-and-a-half hours at Books & Books in Coral Gables, Fla., to encourage booksellers to become “say yes” people, too.”) -- I loved this article.

And I wish that I had PW access so that I could read about how independent bookstores are hand-selling diverse titles -- how booksellers are key to helping make diversity the new normal.

Curious what publishers will be emphasizing come fall 2016? Here are the fall children’s sneak previews.

Macmillan's Imprint Acquires Digital Tween Property 'SpacePop' (“Imprint, a new imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, has acquired the global master publishing rights to SpacePop, a series of digitally distributed animated shorts, from Genius Brands International.”).

Cover Reveals:

Spot the Difference - Juno Dawson, UK
Midnight without a Moon - Linda Williams Jackson
Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen - Jazz Jennings

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

If you’re looking to read more books by or about people of color, here are four coming out in February alone.

Looking for some time-bending books to read in 2016? Or maybe you want to read a YA book featuring a scary Artificial Intelligence villain? How about the top recommended African-American children’s books? Or books to read after you’ve watched the 5th Wave?

If you’re like me, there are probably a lot of books that went under your radar last year. Here are 15 books that you might have missed but that come highly recommended from B&N Teen.

Coming of Age, Universality, and Diverse Reads (“One of the most common rebuttals people hear to publishing or selling or promoting diverse literature is that the stories are too specific, or there aren’t enough of “those people in the community” to warrant selling / having the book, essentially that the stories aren’t universal...It’s a disconnect and a fallacy. What people love so much about coming-of-age stories is their universality. We can all relate to the trials and tribulations of growing up and finding yourself, of being in that state of anxiety and confusion. The only difference is some stories are about straight, white characters growing up, and the “diverse” titles are about everyone else.”) 100% agree.

An article about why posts saying you’re not going to read white men this year are meaningless - I found this interesting because I actually like those posts, I like how they’re challenging me too to be a better ally, but I also think the main point is important here too: “If only it were possible to do something good and rewarding without publicly prioritizing what effect that act has on you...I think that these pieces, now, at the dawn of 2016, are dead in the water. I have yet to read a single one that does not arrive at and nearly reinforce the same conclusions that prompted it. We know that white male writers take up too much literary attention; the solution is not necessarily jamming everyone else into a bottle of social justice cough syrup, standing on a soap box, and gulping it all down.”

8 John Green tropes and what they really mean - I could get on board with some of these but not all. I was discussing this with a friend and we both agreed that we want to see less talk of subverting the MPDG trope; most often “subversion” means realizing that the MPDG is a person. Subversion should mean actually telling the story of the MPDG (with her voice! not having the guy character have more insights in his own life about personhood via the MPDG). But that’s not what really happens, most of the time.

According to Teen Vogue, these are the best new YA books of 2016.

According to Pop Sugar, you’ll love these YA books no matter your age.

The Young Adult Fiction Sexual Revolution Is Necessary - I love that this article mentions the portrayal of sex in The Duff, and uses that as a springboard to look at how portrayals have changed and where they still need to go.

DON’T READ THIS NEXT BIT IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN SEASON 2 OF THE 100! I have blacked out the text in case...
The 100 as the Show That’s Breaking New Ground for Queer Representation (“It’s rare and laudable for a series to embrace diverse sexual identities in a way that puts them at the forefront of the story without making sexuality the dominant theme of the narrative. But, as Rothenberg notes, it’s also a factor of the setting in which the series takes place. The world of The 100 is one without sexual orientation, in part because it’s a world where homophobia doesn’t exist — survivors have bigger concerns than other people’s relationships.”)
(spoiler show)

Are you anticipating reading these books in February?

Dear friends, there is no world outside of books.

Quotes for animal lovers!

If you use Google Friend Connect to follow blogs without a Google account, you will need to refollow those blogs.

A teen blogger on things that she believes only happen in YA books: #OnlyinYA.

'Trendy' books: should we really be following the crowd? Hmm. I know people tend to get sucked in via hype, but I don’t know that I can think of trends that have really dominated YA such that everyone wanted to jump the bandwagon. Maybe a couple years back and John Green though.

Books that empower kids to stand up and speak out. The only YA/teen book I knew of there was Chelsea Clinton’s. I’d love to see more lists like this.

These books always put these women in a good mood. YASSSS to The Thief series! It’s interesting to me to see the number of kidlit books on that list. The stuff you read early, you never forget.

An interesting look at how YA adaptations are changing, becoming potentially more pessisimistic than they previously were.

Favorite teachers in kidlit books. Can we add Umbridge to this list? (Jk).

Movies & TV Shows:

Here’s where I admit to having failed. I did not know that Recovery Road was a book. I actually didn’t hear much at all aboutRecovery Road as a YA tv book adaptation; for all the adaptation news that I’ve covered, not until now has it come to my attention, which is a total shame. How did I miss that adaptation? How was it so rarely on any of the anticipated lists, if not having casting announced? *sigh* Well, you may have missed the premiere but you can still catch up with the show, first season and all.

Heyhey, apparently they’ve started filming for Ashes in the Snow / Between Shades of Gray, and it is cold. Here’s a set of pictures for filming with a sunrise drone and another set on the first day of filming.

In the round-up of photos from continuing tv show adaptations: pictures from The Vampire Diaries 7.10, Pretty Little Liars 6.13, The 100 3.2.

Disney released the first The BFG (by Roald Dahl) poster.

A new trailer has been released for Allegiant Part I (by Veronica Roth). You can check out the character graphic for Caleb as well.

On the set of Before I Fall, the actresses playing Sam and her sister.

The 5th Wave did okay in theaters - not as well as some other YA adaptations but perhaps this is because of the Blizzard??? But you’ve got some sites predicting YA adaptations are done.

A Little House on the Prairie movie is in the works at Paramount.

The Looking for Alaska movie adaptation may never happen.


Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaway(s).

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}.

If you have a giveaway, you should let me know.


New YA Releases: The Siren - Kiera Cass (rerelease), The Love That Split the World - Emily Henry, Rise of the Wolf - Jennifer Nielsen, The Possibility of Now - Kim Culbertson, Night Study - Maria Snyder, Front Lines - Michael Grant, I’m from Nowhere - Suzanne Myers, I See Reality: Twelve Short Stories about Real Life, The Morrighan’s Curse - Dianna Salerni, The Year We Fell Apart - Emily Martin, It’s All Your Fault - Paul Rudnick, The Prophecy of Shadows - Michelle Madow, The Mystery of Hollow Places - Rebecca Podos, Arrows - Melissa Gorzelanczyk, Anna and the Swallow Man - Gavriel Savit,Shallow Graves - Kali Wallace, The Memory of Light - Francisco X. Stork, Any Other Girl - Rebecca Phillips, Waiting for Callback - Pedita and Honor Cargill (UK).

PB Releases: I Was Here - Gayle Forman, The Mime Order - Samantha Shannon, Beware the Wild - Natalie Parker, A Cold Legacy - Megan Shepherd, Lies We Tell Ourselves - Robin Talley, Saving June - Hannah Harrington, Unleashed - Sophie Jordan, Model Misfit - Holly Smale, Speechless - Hannah Harrington, Dead Ends - Erin Jade Lange, Quake - Patrick Carman,Can’t Look Away - Donna Cooner, The Fire Horse Girl - Kay Honeyman, The Only Thing to Fear - Caroline Tung Richmond,A Wicked Thing - Rhiannon Thomas.

Recent Recommended Reads: Haven’t gotten to anything yet! But you can read about the 2016 YA books (non-debuts) 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.
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Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (99)

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 the book community, 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. (If you're interested in how I make these posts, here's your guide.)


Rights Report:


  • Lilly and Fin - Cornelia Funke, translated by Oliver Latsch (a story of two merkids who must avoid capture by a human couple who collect rare aquatic creatures. Publication is slated for summer 2017; Random House).
  • Impassioned - Rebecca Ross (a debut fantasy inspired by Renaissance France about the bastard granddaughter of an Earl embroiled in a plot to dethrone the king. Publication is scheduled for fall 2017; HarperTeen).
  • The Disappearances - Emily Bain Murphy (debut YA; The novel follows a teen girl who moves to her recently deceased mother's hometown and discovers that every seven years it is cursed to lose the experiences that weave life together – the stars in the sky, the sound of music, the ability to dream – and that her mother may be to blame. Publication is set for spring 2017; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
  • The Inevitable Collision of Birdie + Bash - Candace Ganger (debut YA about two teens who fall in love not knowing of their connection to a horrific accident. The book is planned for publication in spring/summer 2017; St. Martin's).
  • Things We Haven't Said - Erin E. Moulton (a YA anthology. It will be a collection of true stories from survivors of sexual violence, geared toward empowering teens of today who are facing similar situations; contributors include Melissa Marr, Carrie Jones, and Cheryl Rainfield. Publication is slated for fall 2016; Zest Books).
  • The House of Months and Years - Emma Trevayne (MG; 10-year-old Amelia Howling doesn’t feel at home in her new house or with her newly enlarged family, but her parents' preoccupation with her orphaned cousins at least allows her the time to uncover the dwelling's secrets. The house is a calendar house – an architectural oddity designed to reflect lengths of time – but within the 12 rooms and behind the 52 windows, Amelia and her family are not alone. Publication is scheduled for spring 2017; Simon & Schuster).
  • Goyle, Guardian - Paul Durham (MG novels set in modern-day Boston. The darkly humorous fantasy adventures feature a 130-year-old-gargoyle whose human form is that of a 12-year-old boy. Publication is set for 2018; Crown Books for Young Readers).
  • Spectrum - Ginger Johnson (debut; a middle grade novel about a boy who can see all the colors of the spectrum in a world of black and white. Publication is planned for spring 2018; Bloomsbury).
  • Dreaming in Code: Ada Byron Lovelace, Computer Pioneer - Emily Arnold McCully (middle grade biography; the daughter of Lord Byron, Ada's wild amalgam of mathematics and poetry gave her uncanny vision into the future. Publication is scheduled for spring 2018; Candlewick).


From last week:


  • Henry & Eva - Andrea Portes (MG modern gothic series is set in Big Sur and follows the titular brother and sister as they attempt to solve the mystery of their parents' deaths. Publication of the first book is scheduled for winter 2018; HarperCollins).
  • Truth Is - Amanda Searcy (debut; a psychological thriller following two teen girls, one from a Texas border town hoping to outrun her past and another who fears for her future in a public housing complex; when their worlds collide, only one girl will make it out alive. Publication is slated for fall 2017; Delacorte).
  • The others still weren’t posted.


Awards: I’d highly suggest you check last week’s post, since it had lots and lots and lots of awards and lists thanks to the ALA Youth Media Award announcements. Lee and Low announced their New Voices Award Winner, 2016 Edward Award Nominees (In YA: Endangered by Lamar Giles, A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis, The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma, Ask the Dark by Henry Turner), the 2016 Sydney Taylor Book Award winners (YA: The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz), the 2015 National Jewish Book Award winners (children’s literature: Oskar and the Eight Blessings - Tanya Simon and Richard Simon, illus by Mark Siegel).

You can also nominate your favorite teen reads for the Teen Choice Book of the Year Award until February 2, 2016.

Excerpts: Gertie’s Leap to Greatness - Kate Beasley, The Publisher’s Marketplace YA Spring/Summer Buzz Books Excerpts (including The Raven King, among many others!)

Authors: Underwater - Marisa Reichardt, Lizzie and the Lost Baby - Cheryl Blackford, Sticks and Stones - Abby Cooper, Ivory and Bone - Julie Eshbaugh, the 100 - Kass Morgan, Burn - Elissa Sussman, The Love That Split the World - Emily Henry, The Radiant Road - Katherine Catmull

Book Trailers: After the Woods - Kim Savage (teaser trailer; full to come on 1/22), Glass Sword - Victoria Aveyard

Multicultural Children’s Day, aka January 27, is coming up soon.

Epic Reads made a recording for the song inside The Siren by Kiera Cass.

Algonquin YR, specifically Workman, has announced a new campaign: I Love MG. On Twitter, they’ll be discussing it January 25-29. → AKA next week! Be on the lookout for #ILoveMG.

Ethnically diverse writers writing for the ages of 8-14 should check out Penguin Random House’s Roll of Thunder Publishing Contest; submissions will start in April.

Simon Teen’s community, Pulseit, has announced the creation of RivetedLit, which is launching in February and focused on YA lit. ← repeating this because I made an error last week when I had first posted the news. RivetedLit is publisher neutral!! PulseIt may have announced the news, but Riveted is still pub neutral!

If you’re looking to keep track of YA debuts releasing in February, here’s a great calendar made by the Sweet Sixteeners.

Lots and lots of YA books being published in January - March 2016, but another great list to help you keep track of them!

If you want to read more books written by diverse authors, you can also read backlist titles in 2016. Here’s a list of 2015 books written by diverse authors.

The Mellon grant from a joined force of five university presses: “A four-year, $682,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded to the University of Washington will help four university presses and the AAUP create a pipeline program to diversify academic publishing by offering apprenticeships in acquisitions departments.”

YES YES YES, the non-white Nancy Drew is actually happening for the tv show adaptation: “But the prospect of a non-white Nancy Drew points to one possible upside to the reboot/remake/revival madness: It opens up the chance for old, beloved stories to be told again with more diverse characters in the spotlight.”

The Diversity Myth: Where Have all the Black Editors Gone? (“Much like this year’s blindingly white selection of Oscar nominees, the overt lack of diverse representation in the publishing world isn’t limited to authors and their books. The Black editor attempting to navigate the intricacies of the corporate publishing system is, by default, a unicorn, simply because Black voices are routinely undervalued and dismissed. In the eyes of white publishing, the universality of a narrative is dependent upon its connection to whiteness.”)

Black Women Writers are also invisible in publishing, but Glory Edim is looking to change that, in part with #WellReadBlackGirl.

It may no longer be Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but you can definitely still check out these recommendations.

Scholastic will no longer be publishing/distributing “A Birthday Cake for George Washington,” and relatedly, Salon discussessmiling slaves at storytime and the need for greater publishing diversity.

A publisher for fangirls by fangirls, with regard to science fiction. (“Mrs. Eckstein started her company, Her Universe, in 2009 after searching for a Star Wars T-shirt at a comic book convention. Unable to find anything suited for women...target an overlooked consumer… Now, Mrs. Eckstein sees another opportunity, this time as a publisher of sci-fi novels written by women.”).

In case you didn’t already know, Alan Rickman passed away last week.

Woohoo! Children’s bookstores got a boost this holiday, with many stores reporting a significant increase in sales, a 7.5%, actually, increase in November.

A Growing (and Fragmented) Children’s Book Market in India (“Currently, the Indian book market is the sixth-largest in the world (valued at $3.9 billion, according to Nielsen) and the second-largest in terms of English-language market (after the U.S.). There are about 10,000 active publishers served by a complex (and often struggling) distribution network, and hindered by rampant piracy (with copies abounding at neighborhood stalls).”)

And news from Canada’s publishing industry, including giving a popular children’s book to Syrian refugees.

A recap of the Diversity in YA panel at ALA Midwinter 2016 from Publisher’s Weekly: “arguably the most well-attended was the YA panel on diversity, which was organized by We Need Diverse Books...The panelists discussed their latest projects, writing diverse characters when one isn’t a member of the group, and how librarians can help create more inclusive collections.“

A brief summary of author and industry events last week.

Wow, did you know that Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard has sold over 157k print units?

And did you know that these YA audiobooks were narrated by celebrities?

Cover Reveals:

*Not really sure if YA/MG(?)

You can vote on the cover for the novella, Iron to Iron, set in the Wolf by Wolf series by Ryan Graudin.

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

Choosing your next read based on your Hogwarts House: I am such a sucker for these kind of posts, and I will admit, that as a Hufflepuff, I did love Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

Oooh, more coloring books for YA: which ones would you like to see adapted into that format?

13 of B&N Teen’s Most Anticipated Science Fiction in 2016: yesssssss, please keep these posts coming. I didn’t know that half of these were science fiction works, and I find it interesting too that there doesn’t appear to be as clear of a pattern among them for sci fi covers (vs. say, contemp covers).

Don’t measure your age in terms of Harry Potter facts; you’ll only feel old.

12 of B&N Teen’s Most Anticipated Indie Books of 2016: YES can we all agree that A Fierce and Subtle Poison sounds AWESOME?

Are you an American Horror Story fan? These recs are for you. Or books for Agent Carter fans! Or maybe you really likedAmerican Girl Dolls growing up -- more books for you too! (I wasn’t a doll girl, but I did read a lot of the novels and loooooved them. Josefina and Kit are strongest in my mind still).

That time when your bag was too small to carry all the books you wanted and you had to decide between the books or the bag.

Get hyped for The 5th Wave adaptation this Friday with some memorable quotes from the book!

Looking for female-driven YA novels? Or perhaps the conclusion to these series ending in 2016? Or books that give #tbt new meaning? And of course, the award #winners soon to be on your shelf?

I want this typographic bookshelf so badly.

J.K. Rowling will always have amazing quotes and life truths to share.

Movies/TV Shows:

2016 is poised to have a lot of adaptations, so to make it easier on all of us trying to keep track, I made a calendar of adaptations (w/ their release dates) that I thought were relevant to the YA community.

The Shadowhunters TV show appears to be doing fairly well: its premiere was ABC Family’s top series debut in 2 years (aka Pretty Little Liars). You can check out the episode stills for episode 3, Dead Man’s Party.

Looks like we might be getting another Narnia Movie! The Silver Chair may be headed our way soon.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery is getting an eight episode tv series in Canada with the CBC. That’s really interesting to me since Anne of Green Gables the movie is supposed to release in 2016 (potentially internationally + U.S.?). I guess double the exposure for any adaptation?

You can check out the full cast for the Broadway musical, Tuck Everlasting.

Ahh, the 5th Wave is premiering this Friday! Check out all these clips: Fan Premiere Recap, Featurette: Meet Evan, Featurette: Meet Cassie, Featurette: Meet Dumbo, Featurette: Meet Flinstone, Featurette: Meet Poundcake, Featurette: Meet Ringer,Featurette: Meet Zombie, “Squad,” and “Chase.”

The School for Good and Evil script is currently being revised.

Lots of pics from Ruta Septys about Ashes in the Snow / Between Shades of Gray as they’re building the set: labor camp set, a look into costume design, film production design pics.

Neil Patrick Harris is playing Count Olaf in the Netflix adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (!!!).

Guillermo Del Toro is in development of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark adaptation.


Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaway(s).

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}.

If you have a giveaway, you should let me know.


*In my previous “how to” post, I listed other blogger’s features for how I keep track of new releases. Today and future posts will likely rely on the Hot Off the Press posts by Josephine at Word Revel, a fantastic blogger running an excellent series of posts.

New YA Releases: Sword and Verse - Kathy MacMillan, The Radiant Road - Katherine Catmull, Burn - Elissa Sussman, The Heir and the Spare - Emily Albright, Up to This Pointe - Jennifer Longo, We Are the Ants - Shaun David Hutchinson, Identity Crisis - Melissa Schorr, Bookishly Ever After - Isabel Bandeira, The Isle - Jordana Frankel, Sanctuary Bay - Laura J. Burns, Melinda Metz, Shade Me - Jennifer Brown, Will to Survive - Eric Walters, The Capture - Tom Isbell, Concentrat8 - William Sutcliffe (rerelease), My Second Life - Faye Bird (rerelease)

PB releases: Four: A Divergent Collection - Veronica Roth, Kalahari - Jessica Khoury, The Darkest Part of the Forest - Holly Black, Stray - Elissa Sussman, The Way We Bared Our Souls - Willa Strayhorn, Polaris - Mindee Arnett, The Prey - Tom Isbell,The Five Stages of Andrew Barley - Shaun David Hutchinson, Alex as Well - Alyssa Brugman.

And two more links: a.) here’s a HUGE round-up of YA books that are being published or have been published from January - March of 2016. b.) here’s a calendar of kidlit debuts being published in February if you’d like to keep track.

Recent Recommended Reads: Most of what I’ve read as of late == romance novels or adult fiction. Stuff I won’t write a review for. But you can read about the 2016 YA Debuts on My TBR List. I also discussed booktubing and blogging, and the skills I’ve gained from both this 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.


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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 the book community, 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. (If you're interested in how I make these posts, here's your guide.)

Hi! Today’s post is going to be really long in the publishing section because of recent award announcements. I don’t expand on “best of” lists, but the ALA Youth Media awards are among the most important for kidlit, so I thought that y’all would like to see all the books listed out instead of going the lists yourselves.


Rights Report 1 & 2:


  • Henry & Eva - Andrea Portes (MG modern gothic series is set in Big Sur and follows the titular brother and sister as they attempt to solve the mystery of their parents' deaths. Publication of the first book is scheduled for winter 2018; HarperCollins).
  • Truth Is - Amanda Searcy (debut; a psychological thriller following two teen girls, one from a Texas border town hoping to outrun her past and another who fears for her future in a public housing complex; when their worlds collide, only one girl will make it out alive. Publication is slated for fall 2017; Delacorte).
  • Hidden - Miriam Halahmy (a novel about two teenagers facing homelessness. Publication is set for spring 2016; Holiday House).
  • Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain - Zac Gorman (middle grade illustrated fantasy series; In the series, a 12-year-old-girl becomes gamekeeper at a massive dungeon full of monsters and winds up having to save the princess when a royal tour goes awry. Publication is planned for winter 2018; HarperCollins).
  • The Super Happy Party Bears series - Marcie Colleen, illustrated by Steve James (These chapter books explore the hijinks of the unrepentantly cheery Bears as they annoy everyone in the Grumpy Woods – yet save the day with a party. Publication of the first two titles is scheduled for fall 2016; Macmillan/Imprint).
  • Rowan Oakwing: A London Fairy Tale - Ed Clarke (an early middle grade novel about a girl who discovers the secret world of fairies hidden in London's parks. Publication is slated for summer 2017; S&S/Aladdin).
  • Boy Robot - Simon Curtis (Boy Robot is the first in a planned science fiction trilogy that follows a group of synthetic cell human teens with special abilities as they fight against the government organization that created them and now wants to destroy them. Publication is scheduled for November 15, 2016; Simon Pulse).
  • Gem & Dixie - Sara Zarr (Gem & Dixie is about two sisters who leave home for a road trip when their deadbeat father tries to reinsert himself into their lives. Publication is set for winter 2017; HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray).
  • Fakespeare - M.E. Castle (In the MG series, a cast of children gets lost in Shakespeare's classic plays where they must deal with villains, ghosts, mysterious odors, and split tights, among other dangers. The first two installments, which will be illustrated by Daniel Jennewein, will tackle Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. Publication for both books is slated for summer 2017; Macmillan/Imprint).
  • The Forgetting - Sharon Cameron (about a place where, every 12 years, every person forgets everything – life, loves, and self – unless it is written; books are worn tied to the body at all times. But Nadia knows who hasn't written the truth because Nadia is the only person who has never forgotten. Publication is planned for fall 2016; Scholastic Press).
  • Felix Yz - Lisa Bunker (MG novel which takes the form of blog entries written by a boy accidentally fused with a fourth-dimensional being, set during the last month before an experimental procedure which will either separate them or kill them both. Publication is scheduled for summer 2017; Viking).
  • The Star Thief - Lindsey Becker (debut; a middle grade fantasy adventure in which an orphaned girl is caught in the crossfire of a feud between a master of mythical constellations and the captain of a spectacular flying steamship – and doesn't know whose side to join. Publication is slated for spring 2017; Little, Brown).
  • Buried Lives: Slaves of George Washington's Mount Vernon - Carla Killough McClafferty (Buried Lives will bring to light the forgotten lives of the slaves owned by Washington for a middle-grade audience. Publication is tentatively set for fall 2017; Holiday House).


Jodi Meadows’s new fantasy trilogy about a girl stripped from her political family and imprisoned, her fellow inmates who know more than they say, and a dangerous secret about illegal dragon trafficking that might be her only hope of escape, to Katherine Tegen Books (announcement from here).

Nothing from last week.

Excerpts: Heartless - Marissa Meyer, The Problem with Forever - Jennifer Armentrout, Glass Sword - Victoria Aveyard, Up to This Pointe - Jennifer Longo, Star Struck - Jenny McLachlan

Authors: Passenger - Alexandra Bracken, Front Lines - Michael Grant, The Way Back to You - Michelle Andreani, How It Ends - Catherine Lo, Firsts - Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, Bounders - Monica Tesler, an open mic with many different authors who talk about their personal experiences on B&N Teen, Chris Grabenstein, Last Stop on Market Street - Matt de la Peña and here with Publisher’s Weekly (he’s the first Hispanic author to win the Newbery and the book is the second picture book to receive the award), Laura Ruby on winning the Printz for Bone Gap, and Sophie Blackall on winning the Caldecott

Awards/Lists: The 2015 Middle East Book Award Winners, The 2016 Amelia Bloomers List,Teen Vogue’s Best 7 YA Books to Read Right Now, the ALA 2016 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers winners were announced (and in the top ten of those quick picks, for fiction: Red Queen; The Iron Trial; Zeroboxer; Dumplin’; The Silence of Six; Shadowshaper; Nimona; Everything, Everything.). Also ALA’s 2016 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Readers (in the top ten for fiction: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, read by Charlotte Parry and Christian Coulson; Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan, read Mark Bramhall, David De Vries, Macleod Andrews, and Rebecca Soler; Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero, read by Kyla Garcia; Half Wild by Sally Green, read by Carl Prekopp; Illuminae: The Illuminae Files_01 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, read by Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe, Jonathan McClain; Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray, read by January LaVoy; Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs, read by Kirby Heyborne; Trollhunters by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus, read by Kirby Heyborne; Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger, read by Moira Quick) and the 2016 Rainbow List were announced (In the top ten for fiction: Polonsky, Ami. Gracefully Grayson;Selznick, Brian. The Marvels; Albertalli, Becky. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda; Mesrobian, Carrie. Cut Both Ways; Reid, Raziel. When Everything Feels Like the Movies; Scelsa, Kate. Fans of the Impossible Life; Stetz-Waters, Karelia. Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before). Also the ALA 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults List (top ten include: Albertalli, Becky. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda; Bardugo, Leigh. Six of Crows; Brooks, Kevin. The Bunker Diary; Crowder, Melanie. Audacity; Older, Daniel José. Shadowshaper; Reynolds, Jason. The Boy in the Black Suit; Ruby, Laura. Bone Gap; Shabazz, Ilyasah and Kekla Magoon. X: A Novel; Shusterman, Neal. Challenger Deep; Silvera, Adam. More Happy than Not.). And the ALA 2016 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults List (top ten fiction include: Anderson, Laurie Halse. Wintergirls; Bracken, Alexandra. The Darkest Minds; Hale, Shannon. Book of a Thousand Days; Jamieson, Victoria. Roller Girl; Kuehn, Stephanie. Charm & Strange; Lewis, John, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. March 1; Maberry, Jonathan. Rot & Ruin; Meyer, Marissa. Cinder; Mullin, Mike. Ashfall; Yolen, Jane. Briar Rose).

The 2015 Epic Reads Book Shimmy Award Winners: Best of Shelf: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas; The Pagemaster: Sarah J. Maas; New Kid on the Shelf: Sabaa Tahir; Cover Lust: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard; We Need Diverse Books: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh; Mental Health Matters: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven; Here and Now Award: PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han; Reality Bites Award: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard; Hot Under the Cover Award: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas; World Series Champ: The Selection series by Kiera Cass; Blast from the Past Award: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson; The Retelling Award: Winter by Marissa Meyer; Epic Adaptations: Mockingjay Part 2; Most Anticipated Award: The Crown by Kiera Cass; Book Nerd of the Year: Sasha ofyoutube.com/abookutopia.

Here’s a round-up from Time about the ALA Youth Media Award Winners and one from CNN and one from Publisher’s Weekly, if you don’t want to read the full list below. The ALA Youth Media Award Winners:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature: “Last Stop on Market Street,” written by Matt de la Peña, is the 2016 Newbery Medal winner. The book is illustrated by Christian Robinson. Three Newbery Honor Books also were named: “The War that Saved My Life,” written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley; “Roller Girl,” written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson; and “Echo,” written by Pam Muñoz Ryan.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: “Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear,” illustrated by Sophie Blackall, is the 2016 Caldecott Medal winner. Four Caldecott Honor Books also were named: “Trombone Shorty,” illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy Andrews; “Waiting,” illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes; “Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement,” illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford; and “Last Stop on Market Street,” illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de le Peña.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults: “Gone Crazy in Alabama,” written by Rita Williams-Garcia, is the King Author Book winner. Three King Author Honor Books were selected: “All American Boys,” by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely; “The Boy in the Black Suit,” by Jason Reynolds and “X: A Novel,” by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon.

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award: “Trombone Shorty,” illustrated by Bryan Collier, is the King Illustrator Book winner. Two King Illustrator Honor Books were selected: “The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore,” illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and “Last Stop on Market Street,” illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de la Peña.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award: “Hoodoo,” written by Ronald L. Smith, is the Steptoe author award winner.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award: “Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement,” illustrated by Ekua Holmes, is the Steptoe illustrator award winner.

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement: Jerry Pinkney is the winner of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults: “Bone Gap,” written by Laura Ruby, is the 2016 Printz Award winner. Two Printz Honor Books also were named: “Out of Darkness,” by Ashley Hope Pérez and “The Ghosts of Heaven,” by Marcus Sedgwick.

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience: “Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah,” written by Laurie Ann Thompson, illustrated by Sean Qualls... wins the award for children ages 0 to 10. “Fish in a Tree,” written by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and “The War that Saved My Life,” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley...are the winners of the middle-school (ages 11-13). The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is “The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B,” written by Teresa Toten.

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences: “All Involved,” by Ryan Gattis, “Between the World and Me,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Bones & All,” by Camille DeAngelis, “Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits,” by David Wong, “Girl at War,” by Sara Nović, “Half the World,” by Joe Abercrombie, “Humans of New York: Stories,” by Brandon Stanton, “Sacred Heart,” by Liz Suburbia, “Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League,” by Dan-el Padilla Peralta, & “The Unraveling of Mercy Louis,” by Keija Parssinen.

Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video: Weston Woods Studios, Inc., producer of “That Is NOT a Good Idea,” is the Carnegie Medal winner.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. The 2016 winner is Jerry Pinkney.

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults: David Levithan is the 2016 Edwards Award winner.

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site. Jacqueline Woodson will deliver the 2017 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States: “The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy” is the 2016 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in French in 2014 as “Le merveilleux Dodu-Velu-Petit,” the book was written and illustrated by Beatrice Alemagna, translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick. Three Batchelder Honor Books also were selected: “Adam and Thomas,” written by Aharon Appelfeld, iIllustrated by Philippe Dumas and translated from the Hebrew by Jeffrey M. Green; “Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village,”, written by Fang Suzhen, illustrated by Sonja Danowski and translated from the Chinese by Huang Xiumin; and “Written and Drawn by Henrietta,” written, illustrated and translated from the Spanish by Liniers.

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States: “The War that Saved My Life,” produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, is the 2016 Odyssey Award winner. One Odyssey Honor Recording also was selected: “Echo,” produced by Scholastic Audio/Paul R. Gagne, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan and narrated by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews and Rebecca Soler.

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience: “Drum Dream Girl,” illustrated by Rafael López, is the Belpré Illustrator Award winner. Three Belpré Illustrator Honor Books for illustration were selected: “My Tata’s Remedies = Los remedios de mi tata,” illustrated by Antonio Castro L., written by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford; “Mango, Abuela, and Me,” illustrated by Angela Dominguez, written by Meg Medina and “Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras,” illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh.

Pura Belpré (Author) Award: “Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir,” written by Margarita Engle, is the Belpré Author Award winner. Two Belpré Author Honor Books were named: “The Smoking Mirror,” written by David Bowles; and “Mango, Abuela, and Me,” written by Meg Medina, illustrated by Angela Dominguez.

Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience: “George,” written by Alex Gino and “The Porcupine of Truth,” written by Bill Konigsberg... are the winners of the 2016 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Awards respectively. Two honor books were selected: “Wonders of the Invisible World,” written by Christopher Barzak and “Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU,” written by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth.

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens: “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” written by Becky Albertalli is the 2016 Morris Award winner. Four other books were finalists for the award: “Because You’ll Never Meet Me,” written by Leah Thomas; “Conviction,” written by Kelly Loy Gilbert; “The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly,” written by Stephanie Oakes; and “The Weight of Feathers,” written by Anna-Marie McLemore.

I didn’t go over: YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, and the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award. Also deleted the publisher information from each book, as I figured you’d search for them on Goodreads + elsewhere if interested.

If you’re looking for interviews with some of the winners, check out the authors section above!

We Need Diverse Books announced the winners of its mentorship program: Lisa Braithwaite, nonfiction mentee with Patricia Hruby-Powell; Deirdre D Havelock, picture book mentee with Nikki Grimes; Sun Jones, young adult mentee with Malinda Lo; Charlene Willing-McMannis, middle grade mentee with Margarita Engle, and Jacqueline Alcántara, illustration mentee with Carolyn Dee Flores.

Diversity is not a black and white issue and children’s books shouldn’t present it that way.

Algonquin YR, specifically Workman, has announced a new campaign: I Love MG. On Twitter, they’ll be discussing it January 25-29. ← I have been reposting this little blurb about #ILoveMG for the last couple of weeks, but now Publisher’s Weekly has written an article on the hashtag and campaign! Here’s a #ILoveMG post by a librarian.

Ethnically diverse writers writing for the ages of 10-14 should check out the Roll of Thunder Publishing Contest set for April by Penguin Random House.

The format of the recently announced sci-fi duology by Lauren Oliver sounds intriguing, and in this interview with Publisher’s Weekly, she talks about the big plans HarperCollins has plus the Before I Fall movie.

HarperCollins won the lawsuit over Open Road and is now publishing an ebook of Julie of the Wolves.

Just as children’s books need diversity, so do comic books.

Renee Ahdieh will be writing both stories from The Wrath and the Dawn that readers voted on.

Simon Teen’s community, Pulseit, has announced the creation of RivetedLit, which is launching in February and focused on YA lit.

Cover Reveals:


Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

Have you read any of the popular YA books releasing in January?

Why the British tell children’s stories better than Americans -- Me: Why do people make such grand, sweeping statements?

When J.K. Rowling finished Harry Potter, she graffitied a bust of a hotel statue.

It’s all about quotes: sad quotes from your favorite children’s books, quotes on body positivity

Nerdist’s list of 2016 books they can’t wait to read in 2016 features some YA novels. So does Kirkus’s 10 Most Anticipated Titles of 2016 and Goodreads’s 15 Highly Anticipated Titles of 2016.

People on tumblr tend to come up with some of the best posts on YA theories and tropes.

Emma Watson is launching her own feminist book club. I love when celebrities tweet about reading books, so more of these please.

Do you think that the focus of YA movies will shift onto contemporaries now that the Hunger Games franchise has ended? (“Needless to say, we’re at the teen movie tipping point...Of course, that’s not to say dystopian teen epics are going away completely (nor should they)...However, since “The Hunger Games” bowed in November, interest has certainly peaked — but has it waned?.. I’d say so. At this point in the zeitgeist, dystopian YA has a tendency to all look the same after a while...There will always be stories about teenagers coming-of-age in a confusing modern world. I would bet my menial life-savings on it. But what makes stories like “Looking For Alaska,” “Eleanor & Park” and Becky Albertalli’s “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” is that they capture what being a teen is really like. The fear and fun and unexplainable sadness and all of the emotions you feel at any given moment.”). Expecting to see more articles like this crop up, especially depending on how new adaptations do in the theater and beyond.

The New York Public Library just revealed a bunch of images for people to use (in memes?), and some of them are really interesting and quite random.

YA readers make New Year’s resolutions in a particular way.

A comic about the reality of reading and its escape.

2016 YA books with utterly irresistible concepts: yeah, I think that I’d agree in general with the title and some books being auto-buy just because of concept. Like The Winner’s Curse and in this list, The Girl from Everywhere among others.

If you’re a Sherlock fan, these recommendations are for you.

14 of B&N Teen’s Most Anticipated Historical Fiction of 2016: one of my New Year’s bookolutions was to read more YA historical fiction, so I am all over this list, especially Salt to the Sea and Outrun the Moon and A Tyranny of Petticoats.

What’s it like when you’re not a debut author anymore? (“Book releases are kind of like human birthdays….And then eventually you get to the age where you forget how old you are and just want to eat pizza in your apartment with your pants off. Depressing? Sure, but at least you made it to another year.– Hannah Moskowitz”)

Oh, that feeling that another book will never be as good.

I frequently link to B&N Teen blog posts here, and here’s a round-up from the editor of their favorite posts of 2015.

You know what’s sad? Carrie Fisher was in the news a bunch before the release of the new Star Wars movie, but I feel like a lot of articles pretty much emphasized how much weight she’d lost instead of how she’s a mental health hero.

Diverse fantasy books that will challenge your idea of fantasy fiction! Hello… list made for me. (“Fantasy recommendation lists are characterized by their safety...More often than not, though, the recommendations that they receive are the same few critically acclaimed authors whose work is all too often presented as representative of the genre. My belief is that Fantasy literature is the perfect lens for readers to challenge our ideas of humanity, violence, society, and power.”)

Attention to Book Nerds Who Like Yoga!

Gayle Forman's books teach you lots of life lessons.

I wrote about my own New Year’s Bookolutions if you’re interested.

Movies/TV Shows:

2016 is poised to have a lot of adaptations, so to make it easier on all of us trying to keep track, I made a calendar of adaptations (w/ their release dates) that I thought were relevant to the YA community.

Did you watch the Shadowhunters tv premiere yesterday? If not, you’ll be able to watch on Netflix today. And here’s something to tide you over for next week: stills from the next episode, The Descent into Hell Is Easy. Plus, you should let me know if these 10 things made it into the show (or were at least hinted at, in the beginning) -- I didn’t have the opportunity to watch yet.

A new poster for The Jungle Book adaptation.

The season 3 extended trailer for 100 was revealed. So was an intense new clip and photo of Clarke, and a clip of Sam Mendeson the show.

New photos and a clip from the 5th Wave, releasing in less than 9 days now.

Another character graphic for Allegiant: Christina.


Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaway(s).

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}.

If you have a giveaway, you should let me know.


New YA Releases: Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker, Other Broken Things by Christa Desir, The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright, The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth, Traveler (Seeker #2) by Arwen Elys Dayton, Zero Day by Jan Gangsei,Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira, The Assassin's Masque (Palace of Spies #3) by Sarah Zettel, Underwater by Marisa Leichhardt, Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz, American Ace by Marilyn Nelson.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows. I also just finished reading Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman, which I actually really enjoyed so maybe more on that later?

I went to the launch event for Passenger by Alexandra Bracken and Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, which was a lot of fun. Do y’all ever want me to write up event recaps? I sometimes don’t even really mention them, but if you’re curious enough, I can.

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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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 the book community, 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. (If you're interested in how I make these posts, here's your guide.)


Rights Report


  • No Fair! No Fair! And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood - Calvin Trillin, illus by Roz Chast (the first book of poems for children; is inspired by some of Trillin's real-life experiences, with an eye toward the humor of familiar, everyday topics. Publication is set for October 2016; Scholastic's Orchard Books).
  • Feathervein - Tonya Hurley (a YA contemporary fantasy, follows Wren, a lonely girl with a gift for communicating with birds. She leaves behind a fractured family to investigate her mother's mysterious disappearance on a birding expedition in the Louisiana bayous, and enters a world steeped in folk magic. Publication is slated for fall 2017; Feiwel and Friends).
  • Forward - Abby Wambach (a memoir & young reader’s edition... the 2015 Women's World Cup champion and highest international goal scorer of all time, male or female. The books are scheduled for fall 2016; Dey Street & HarperCollins Children's Books).
  • Dimple & Rishi - Sandhya Menon (a contemporary YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married. Publication is set for summer 2017; Simon Pulse).
  • Little Dead Riding Hood and Other Scarytales - Kiersten White (MG debut; a collection of stories. A publication date has not been set; Scholastic Press).
  • Sleepover Surprise - Suzanne Selfors (MG; When Leilani's grandmother accidentally sends out sleepover invitations to the kids on the do-not-invite list, Leilani winds up hosting a group of oddballs she doesn't know – and never wanted to. But Leilani learns that none of them are quite what they seem at first glance, as the group works together to gather ingredients for a secret recipe that legend says will grant them a wish. Publication is scheduled for spring 2017; Macmillan/Imprint).
  • 27 Magic Words - Sharelle Byars Moranville (MG; When Kobi is very young, her mother writes 27 magic words on post-its and gives them to Kobi before she and Kobi's amateur magician dad are lost at sea in a sailing accident. Eventually, Kobi cracks the magic of most of the words and uses them to try to keep her new family together, negotiate a decent couch, and survive fifth grade. Publication is slated for fall 2016; Holiday House).


Nothing from last week.

Awards/Lists: Amazon’s Best YA Books of January. The Cybil award YA finalists were announced. Teen’s Best Books of 2015. Frances Hardinge won the 2015 Costa children’s book award. The 2016 Sendak Fellows were announced.

Vote in the 2015 Book Shimmy Award finals, winners to be announced January 11th. You can also nominate your favorite teen reads for the Teen Choice Book of the Year Award until February 2, 2016.

Excerpts: One Would Think the Deep - Claire Zorn, The Warden - Madeleine Roux

Book trailers: Comics Squad: Lunch!

Authors: Brigid Kemmerer & Kelly Fiore on Thicker Than Water (and another with Fiore here), Sarah J. Maas and Susan Dennard on Truthwitch, Curio - Evangeline Denmark, Paper Wishes - Lois Sepahban, This Is Where It Ends - Marieke Nijkamp(and another here), Enter Title Here - Rahul Kanakia, The Museum of Heartbreak - Meg Leder, Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters - Margaret Dilloway, The Lost Celt - A.E. Conran, The Girl from Everywhere - Heidi Heilig, unusual holiday gifts that authors have received

Jake Marcionette is the youngest New York Times bestselling author.

Ransom Riggs recommended his favorite books from 2015. And on that note, 22 YA authors recommend their 2015 Must-Read Picks.

You can vote on the extra content that Renee Ahdieh will be writing for The Wrath and the Dawn duology.

Algonquin YR, specifically Workman, has announced a new campaign: I Love MG. On Twitter, they’ll be discussing it January 25-29.

If you’re looking to diversify your bookshelves, here’s a list of 2015 MG & YA books written by African American authors, as compiled by Zetta Elliott.

We Need Diverse Books also made a flowchart of young adult novels they’d recommend as well as a flowchart of their middle grade recommendations.

Gene Luen Yang was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature 2016-2017. Here’s an interview with him via NPR.

The statistics for 2016 debut novels from Sweet Sixteeners was interesting. I keep thinking that fantasy has saturated the market, but contemporary still leads the charge. I wonder how this compares to other years? Contemporary always seems to have the most published (excluding the years of YA PNR flooding the market? maybe?), but did the fantasy percentage published go up, or am I just making things up?

Kim Savage’s ‘After The Woods’ Shows Why Strong Female Characters Don’t Need To Be Likeable → I haven’t read this book, but I can agree with the title alone. Anti-heroines, unlikable MCs, yay!

2015 debut authors share what they learned in their debut year here and here.

Scholastic got a bunch of kids together in a video to share why they read.

A new piece in the Harry Potter World → this time, it’s on Merope Gaunt.

You may have already heard about this or were targeted if you’re a YA book blogger → a summary of a catfishing scheme to review a book.

There’s a scheduled series of interviews this week with the Morris Award finalists (esp since the 11th is the big reveal day for the Youth Media Awards → expect that week’s rounds to be huuuuge). So far, you’ve got the interview with Leah Thomas, author of Because You’ll Never Meet Me, and the interview with Becky Albertalli, author of Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

Epic Reads made an infographic of all the HarperCollins books being published in 2016. Reeeallly helpful, especially since it’s broken down by genre.

A company is looking to make personalized books.

I think this might be an old graphic, but I just found it and I love it. It’s a *map* looking at the interaction between readers, writers, and the publishing industry (“Writing Reviews Rock,” “Social Media Shores,” “Revision River”).

The 2015 Nerdies were announced: part 1 and part 2 - the finalists. This is the first time I’m hearing about these so that’s why they’re not in the “awards” section.

Do you think that no topic should be taboo when writing for teenagers? (“If you asked the parents and care-givers who objected to these books whether anything is off-limits in writing for teenagers, their answer would be different from that of the writers...The boundaries exist; whether writers should obey them is another matter.”)

My answer to the above question: No topic should be taboo! But, apparently these books were so dangerous they had to be pulled off shelves. So if you ever run into that situation, maybe. But not the topics themselves.

The recent explosion of interest in classic folk stories may be because: “The core of fairy tales seems to reach deeper—well beyond the delights and shocks caused by improbable events—towards a species of raw honesty and authenticity.”

What’s Trending? What Is, What Was, What’s Soon to Be in Kid Lit - a good general summary of some trends in YA last year (like wishing for more diverse books but the stats being lower than we hoped, etc.).

Cover Reveals:

middle grade young adult cover reveals
On Through the Never - Melissa E. Hurst
Golden Boys - Sonya Hartnett, new publisher design
Red Ink - Julie Mayhew, new publisher design
young adult cover reveals
Cruel Intentions - Scarlett York, NA
Heartless - Leah Rhyne, new publisher design

Discussion & Other Blogger Posts:

Looking for a 2016 read? These articles have got you covered → Popcrush’s most anticipated 2016 YA books, Paste Magazine’s 10 most anticipated YA books of 2016, B&N Teen’s 20 Most Anticipated January 2016 releases, B&N Teen’s 12 Most Anticipated Sequels of 2016, B&N Teen’s 13 HIghly Anticipated Sophomore Standalones of 2016, Bustle’s January 2016 13 Best YA Books to Read When the Snow Inevitably Falls, Reading Brightly’s 16 of the Most Exciting YA Books to Read in 2016, Reading Brightly’s The Books Kids Say They Can’t Wait to Read in 2016, Book Riot’s 15 Rad YA Books Coming in 2016

If you’re planning out what to read in 2016, B&N Teen has a really cute YA Book Bingo card that you can fill out with each read from the upcoming year.

Book Riot also has the “Read Harder” 2016 Challenge if you’d like to follow along with that.

Lots of best of 2015 lists still around → best books for women 2015… but interestingly, did you think that best of lists this year were more diverse? I didn’t really notice that, but if that’s indeed a trend, I’d love that.

According to USA Today, these were the must-read romances of 2015 and BookRiot says these YA couples left them breathless this past year.

If you’re looking for something to read to fulfill your Hamilton craving, here are some recommendations. And some more recommendations if you want to read a graphic novel memoir, like the YA Honor Girl pubbed by Candlewick.

Ah, Buzzfeed, your quizzes never fail to amuse. Based on your Zodiac sign, you can discover which member of the Order of the Phoenix you are.

A compilation of great articles & books on girls of color and YA dystopian literature.

The New Year’s Resolutions of a book nerd - don’t buy more books, read XYZ books, follow this challenge, and on it goes each and every year. And here’s a video to that effect too. And more book nerd goals and New Year’s Resolutions inspired by Harry Potter and authors’ reading resolutions for 2016 too.

If you’ve still got holiday gift cards left, here are some ebooks you can get. Timeless classics you can also get with those gift cards.

This is when I know I’m behind on pop culture. There’s a Sherlock Special coming up(?), and if you’re excited, these YA books may be what to read afterwards.

Oh, bookstagram. I adore the pictures set in different colors. I wish I had a rainbow’s worth but alas.

Quotes on winter + taking a chance, and while you’re at it, check out these great opening lines in kidlit (I kinda love those posts because they’re so subjective--except that a lot of people do repeat The Hobbit + HP1).

With all the upcoming movie adaptations this year, try not to spoil the adaptations for your friends.

Movies and TV Shows:

Did y’all like it when I compiled 6-7 months worth of news from this section into a round-up of options, casting news, etc.? As in… should I make another post like that with ALL the options, casting news, etc. from 2015? That would mean including the news from the bookish rounds I’ve made since then and a few more that I’d cut off as the arbitrary limit, like the posts from January-March.

^ Actually, in that list, I didn’t really cover some other movies that I think some of you are interested in, like the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie and so on. I only occasionally cover stuff on fairy tales etc. because they’re not technically adaptations of specific books (also maybe Alice and the Looking Glass, which I just missed). Anywho, here’s some old news: Chloe Grace Moretz has been cast in the live action flick of The Little Mermaid.

The premiere of Shadowhunters the show is coming up really soon. Here was Cassandra Clare’s first visit to the set, and here’s a new teaser video.

Emma Watson started the New Year in tweeting her support for Noma Dumezweni, the actress playing a black Hermione. Yayyy, support all around! Hint, hint, Hollywood, publishing industry, etc.

The 5th Wave movie is coming soon - January 22nd. They’ve got some cool graphics: wallpapers for your phone, “stay human,” and “trust no one.” And if you’d like a sneak peek, looooads of clips this week → an exclusive clip from Just Jaredwith Evan & Cassie, “he’s one of us,” a featurette discussing how they adapted the book into a film, “I Will be Ready,” “Fight Back,” and “Human.”

EEE, more sneak peeks at Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! A picture & discussion on the casting choice of Eddie Redmayne plus an exclusive look at Eddie Redmayne in the film.

Allegiant is also coming soon. Graphics on Peter, Tris, and Evelyn.

And it looks like Before I Fall will indeed be released in 2016 (I know I’ve said this before, but looking at more shots from the movie-- I’m more and more convinced). Here are screenshots from Claire’s video, highlights from the movie including Sam, Sam + Lindsey, etc., and the Kingston family headshots.

New pictures for the 6th season of Pretty Little Liars!

Similarly, new pictures for the 3rd season of the 100!

“Glyndebourne will next year stage an opera based on Nothing, a YA novel by Danish author Janne Teller released in the UK by Scottish independent publisher Strident.” Whaa. That’s the first I’ve heard of a YA opera adaptation, I guess.

“Tim Federle, author of the Broadway-set novel ‘Better Nate Than Ever,’ has joined Claudia Shear as co-librettist of the upcoming new Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting.” I like Broadway, but I know nothing -- is co-librettist similar to writing screenplays?


Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaway(s): New Releases 1/04/16! Win TWO of the great new YA novels that release this week, plus read interviews and a round-up of all this week's new YA novels. Giveaway ends 1/10/16.

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}.

I will probably be posting a giveaway soon, myself, re: best books 2015 & anticipated 2016 reads.

If you have a giveaway, you should let me know.


New YA Releases:

December 27 - January 2: Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer, Endure by Sarah B. Larson, What's Broken Between Us by Alexis Bass, Before Goodbye by Mimi Cross, HEAR by Robin Epstein.

January 3 - 9: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine, This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp,Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, Thicker than Water by Kelly Fiore, Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley, Upon a Kiss by Robin Palmer, Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake, This Song is (Not) for You by Laura Nowlin, Winter's Bullet by William Osborne, Life at the Speed of Us by Heather Sappenfield.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I also wrote about my favorite books that I’d read in 2015.

I went to the launch event for This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Njikamp. Lovely to hear her discuss her writing process (plotting, putting aside a science fiction WIP to write about the four characters in TISITE, whose voices were loud in her head after she saw a school bus for the first time), getting immersed in American culture because gun culture & school shootings = not really a thing in the Netherlands, and much more. Sona Charaipotra, a co-author of Tiny Pretty Things, was the host, and she was also really nice. You may hear more about both books from me in the future.

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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