What We Read ~ July/August 2014

How To Love - Katie Cotugno
Chime - Frannie Billingsley
Citrus County - John Brandon
Kushiel’s Scion - Jacqueline Carey
Servants of the Storm - Delilah Dawson
Isla and the Happily Ever After - Stephanie Perkins
Dirty Wings - Sarah McCarry
Midwinterblood - Marcus Sedgwick
Amity - Micol Ostow

What We Read ~ June/July 2014

A Creature of Moonlight - Rebecca Hahn
Tell The Wolves I’m Home - Carol Rifka Brunt
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before - Jenny Han
Everything Leads To You - Nina LaCour
Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo
Under a Painted Sky - Stacey Lee
The Beginning of Everything - Robyn Schneider
Sinner - Maggie Stiefvater
Starbreak - Phoebe North
I’ll Give You The Sun - Jandy Nelson

You may have noticed that YA Highway reblogs a lot, but we’re not very consistent about linking content from our main site. Don’t worry, we’re not going to start flooding your feed with our own stuff, but we are going to try to share more of the great guest posts, interviews, and other features that we’re lucky enough to host. And what better way to start than by showing off all the lovely covers we’ve gotten to reveal so far this year?* 

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton
Rebellion by Karen Sandler
Drift by M.K. Hutchins
Catalyst by Lydia Kang
The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris
Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
Tunnel Vision by Susan Adrian
Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond


*through August

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I want her to grow up seeing that her mom is pursuing her dreams. I think that’s something I want her to see as a woman, that she can have a family and pursue her dreams. Caroline Tung Richmond on writing with a new baby daughter. Listen to her interview here. (via firstdraftwithsarahenni)
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Caroline Tung Richmond is a smiling, stylin’ ball of endless positive energy, and with her debut novel set to come out in September (THE ONLY THING TO FEAR, 9/30/14 from Scholastic) I was jazzed to meet up with her in Rockville, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. Caroline is full of incredible advice for writers in the trenches, and gives us a perspective on how being a new mother is hurting and, in some ways, helping her writing process. Also, she schools me on awesome sci-fi references — though Stark Trek fans should be warned that Caroline admits her memory of Deanna Troi’s fate may be a bit hazy. (But we won’t hold that against her. She has mad TNG cred.)

Caroline Tung Richmond Show Notes

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Robin Talley, Jessica Spotswood, Miranda Kinneally

“Hangin’ with ‘Bamsy” TM

A couple of Caroline’s blog posts about working to not give up:

The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

Otherbound by Corrine Duyvis

Legend by Marie Lu

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

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We are (as if you couldn’t tell by our posts!) huge science fiction/dystopian fans here at PPL: we are tremendously excited for tomorrow’s visit with Mindy McGinnis, who’ll be talking about her dystopian novel Not a Drop to Drink! 
So of course we’re also thrilled that this year’s summer reading theme is Science! Here is a (very, very) brief guide to science fiction topics in some of our favorite YA reads. And to see these awesome book covers in full, click through the image to find our dedicated Pinterest board! 

pickeringtonlibrary:

We are (as if you couldn’t tell by our posts!) huge science fiction/dystopian fans here at PPL: we are tremendously excited for tomorrow’s visit with Mindy McGinnis, who’ll be talking about her dystopian novel Not a Drop to Drink

So of course we’re also thrilled that this year’s summer reading theme is Science! Here is a (very, very) brief guide to science fiction topics in some of our favorite YA reads. And to see these awesome book covers in full, click through the image to find our dedicated Pinterest board! 

(via yaseriesinsiders)

What Kind of Writer’s Retreat is Right For You?

Pondering the John Green discussions …

melissamarr:

So I want to take a minute to address the unfair accusations about John Green & his influence that seem to pop up more & more since TFiOS exploded in the market.  I’ve been biting my tongue, but then I saw this

TWITTER AS BAROMETER:

Tying Twitter followers to sales/influence seems a little troubling to me.  For easy data comparison, take a glance at Sylvia Day’s followers. Syl just got an eight figure deal, but she has 100k or so followers. 

John had at or around a million Twitter followers BEFORE he hit the NYT. Twitter is not a barometer for power, esp in John’s case.  He built a platform with his brother. People follow him there bc of more than his novels.   

DISCLAIMER before I go on

I like John.  He’s talented, neurotic, & sweet.  In other words, he’s like most of my writer friends.  

History & Context

I had been emailing with John back in 2006 bc I had a “pre-pub tour” & had no idea what that meant, but Googling informed me that the author of a book I’d read & liked (Looking for Alaska) had done one.   John replied with helpful answers (including commentary on hotel peanuts). 

When I met John, back in 2006 or 2007, it was the night of his Printz acceptance (for either the Printz Award or the Printz Honor— IDK which, all I remember is that he was there accepting as was Marcus Zusak).

At his speech he was sweet, but he also did this thing with a videocamera that made me come home & report to my husband, “He has a schtick that will build audience recognition. I’m not sure if it’ll sell books, but it’s away to harness his obviously non-stop thinking AND hide his shyness.” 

Hop forward in time. I met John again when we were both giving talks at a conference. I was either right before or after him. We were both nervous wrecks.  He’s just a guy, a writer with the same anxiety as the rest of us.

Again, we were at a conference. We were on a panel with the lovely Sara Zarr & partway in got derailed because John (wrongly) implied that Fitzgerald was more pertinent than Faulkner.  I don’t recall the topic, but seriously? Faulkner is always better. *head shaking*

Back then, John was either at or approaching a million twitter followers. He hadn’t hit the NYT yet though.  Was the YA world bending to his will? Did he have a villainous lair? No. He had people who were intrigued by his mind, his somewhat manic gesticulating, & his quirky topic selection.  I think the best way to look at it is that John was establishing TWO careers—public personality of Many Opinions and literary writer.  Lots of people watched his vlogs, but didn’t buy his books.  Some of us really couldn’t care less about his vlogs (sorry, John!), but love his writing. 

Articles & accusations that his Twitter followers are relevant to his influence on YA are missing the history.  

THE CRUX of it all:

Does John have influence? Sure, but he built it not just as a writer but as John & Hank.

Now on to the key topic that sparked this pondering post—Is his influence because he has different bits? I’m going to say nope. 

Seriously, folks, he has a Printz AND a Printz Honor. I get that his last book launched him into mainstream notice, but for those of us who were watching waaaaaay before that, I think there are some other factors at play here. 

a) He had a schtick that built reach to potential readers (i.e. the general public) AND

b) he writes gorgeous literary prose (which influences industry folks).

I’m not saying his gender is irrelevant. I do get the very valid patterns that male authors do tend to get more media coverage & thus more buzz & (potentially) more sales, but

1) that’s not HIS fault,

and

2) let’s not ignore the specifics of John Green’s ascent either.