Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Thursday Literary News Roundup (4)

The Thursday Literary News Roundup 

Blog Posts of Note:

Jeaniene Frost shared her top 10 most influential books on her blog - she also let us know that there is a tentative working title for Cat & Bones #6, but of course, she didn't reveal that title, snifflesniffle.  Anybody else dying for Feb. 22 to come on and get here already?!

Adele of Persnickety Snark wrote a fabulous post called 'The Lag' about writing reviews right after you read vs. waiting a few days, reviewer's remorse, etc.  I really appreciated her insights and reasoning - had to share!

Do you like those cake shows?  Check out this amazing post on Steampunk cakes - love it!  And, OH WOW, check out mod4 photographic's recent blog post on an actual Steampunk themed wedding they just shot - stunning! 

Check out this fantastic, original idea!  Jason from GalleyCat has posted his 'Best Novels of 2010: A Literary Mixtape'.  This would make a sweet, end-of-year meme, hmmmmmm - anybody game?

Go Tara from hobbitsies (love the name)!  She scored a very cool interview with Sarah Ockler, author of the recently released Fixing Delilah.

Keitra over at Page by Page wrote a wonderful review of Hold Still by Nina LaCour.  I've never heard of this book, but it was just released.  Keitra's review was so good, I felt compelled to add it in here - sounds like a powerful read!

Tina over at Book Couture and Cass at Words on Paper gave reviews on a newly released YA offering called The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams.  Both came away with very different viewpoints, and the subject material of the book is definitely worth reading more about.

I die from laughter every single time I read something by Forever YA.  Once my heart starts beating again and I catch a breath, I feel the need to share the hilarity.  Check out their recent review of Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden.  Apparently, this is book is old news to anyone from Australia, but fairly unknown here in the U.S.  Amazon reviewers and I believe the fine folks at Forever YA have given it their equivalent of a thumbs up!


Vee at Musty Pages gave a fantastic review on Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley.  Vee said the magical words that grab my interest for any given book: character-driven. 


Misha over at My Love Affair with Books posted a very moving review on Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers.  Sounds like a very personal read, especially if you have ever been involved in bullying.

Danielle at Overflowing Bookshelf gave a wonderful review on
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Don't you love the Mad Scientist over at Steampunkery & Book Reviews?  I do!  She just wrote up an incredible review on Y by Bonnie Rozanski. Ever wonder what a world would be like without men (rhetorical question)?  Check out this book and the M.S.'s great review!

Articles to Read:

The Aussie Inky award winners were announced last week.  Winning the Gold Inky (Australian book) was Stolen by Lucy Christopher and the winner of the Silver Inky (international book) was Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.  Congrats to the winners!  To see a short list of Inky nominees, please go here.
Book Southern Africa wrote up a great article about the recent winners of the Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature.   I wasn't aware of this award, so this was something new to check out!

So, there is this author out there.  Maaaaaaybe you've heard of her.  Her name?  Oh, Ally Condie.  Yep, that's her!  She was just interviewed by the Mormon Times - check it out!  Also, here's a review of Matched from The Wall Street Journal,

A fantastic review of Jennifer Donnelly's Revolution was just put out by the UK's Guardian.  I also read and reviewed the book recently - completely agree with the Guardian on this one!

Good article from Publishers Weekly on trends in the YA lit market: "Today's YA Scene: New Players, Innovative Directions, Fresh Voices".  An awful lot of YA paranormal, UF and adventure seems to be included, but really, who didn't see that coming, eh?

USAToday just put out a recent article: "Those challenging books find strength in numbers".  There is an interactive map that includes places in the U.S. where books recently have been banned.  Banned books include: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The House of Night series, The Diary of Anne Frank and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.  For more information please visit the American Library Association's page on banned books.

The Hollywood Reporter recently posted that the film rights to Julian F. Thompson's 1997 young adult thriller The Grounding of Group Six have been acquired.  Here's the opening lines of the book's synopsis: "Parents get mad at their teenagers all the time, right? But what if your parents got so mad that they decided to have you killed?! That's what happened to the kids in Group 6, but they don't know it yet."

Look out Amazon - Google is getting into the e-book dealing game.  The Wall Street Journal reports, "Because of Google's reach—its search engine attracts 190 million U.S. Internet users per month, according to comScore Inc.— many believe Google Editions has the potential to transform the burgeoning e-book market."  Want the full scoop?  Check out the full article here.

Check out this press release: and Penguin Group (USA) Announce Fourth Annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Competition -Two grand prize winners!  Due to the popularity of young adult fiction, it will get its own category this year - hoobah!

Amazon just posted its Top 10 Young Adult Books of 2010 - how many have you read? reports that Sony will be unveiling an e-reader app for Android and iPhones this month. 

Buzz: Books & Otherwise

Want your chance to win some much discussed upcoming realease?  Click here to go to Miss Page-Turner's City of Books for you chance to win one of these to-be-released titiles in her Holiday Giveaway!

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (January 4th 2011)
Delirium by Lauren Oliver (February 1st 2011)
Across the Universe by Beth Revis (January 11th 2011)
Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton (April 26th 2011)
Timeless by Alexandra Monir (January 11th 2011)
Other Words For Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal (January 11th 2011) 

I normally don't have much interest in younger children's books, but this one caught my eye - had to share!  The style of it reminds me just slightly of the scene in HP7 when Hermione tells the Tale of the Three Brothers.

And thanks to the tweeting powers of Paranormalcy author Kiersten White, this little gem of a teaser trailer came aross my eyes - thanks, Kiersten!

That's it for this week, kids!  More news and fun stuff to come next week!

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  1. Linds,

    Oh Wow! This post is like a treasure chest! I love it!

    I saw JF's list a couple of days ago, and, feeling inspired by greatness, have now challenged myself to read all the books on her list. ;)

  2. Dang it! I'm now following a few new blogs/sites because of you! Exciting stuff.

  3. Arrrr, matey! Glad you like it! Yeah, trust me, this post is a weekly porject broken up into daily bits ;)

    Glad you like!