Author Archive: Eleanor Roth

A former Booklist intern and current Booklist reviewer, Ellie is a reader and writer based in Chicago. She holds a BA in writing from Wheaton College (IL) and is the assistant to the president at Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

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Title Trend: The Nouns of Full Names (MG Edition)

Title Trend: The Nouns of Full Names (MG Edition)

As we’re celebrating Middle-Grade Mania, it seems a most excellent time to release the MG edition of our ongoing Title Trend: The Nouns of Full Names feature. Earlier this year, I rounded up a host of examples in the YA edition, but this special installment has about twice as many books and reveals a few […]

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Cover Trend Alert: Winding Curves

Cover Trend Alert: Winding Curves

I’ve been mentally filing away the winding roads and coiling snakes of these eye-catching covers for a while now, and some of my recent favorites include The Hike (2016), The Essex Serpent (2016), The Bear and the Nightingale (2017), The World Is a Narrow Bridge (2018), and Once upon a River (2018). When I started trying to compile a longer list, I found it wasn’t […]

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Cover Trend Alert: Millennial Pink Is Stronger Than Ever
By February 27, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Cover Trend Alert: Millennial Pink Is Stronger Than Ever

We’ve covered this trend once before but I think its continued presence warrants a revisit (you’ll notice a slew of 2018 and 2019 titles represented in this round-up). Plus, I recently learned that the Pantone color of the year is 16-1546, a.k.a. Living Coral. Plus, pink was clearly the color on the Oscars red carpet on Sunday. So for those not wanting […]

Title Trend: The Nouns of Full Names (YA Edition)
By February 13, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Title Trend: The Nouns of Full Names (YA Edition)

From The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, authors have used “the noun of full name” titling method to effectively pitch their stories to readers, giving them the who and the what right off the bat. Due to the sheer volume of examples I’ve found (literally hundreds), I’ll be breaking up this title […]

Books That Would Survive the BIRD BOX Challenge
By February 4, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Books That Would Survive the BIRD BOX Challenge

As I was reading about the recently announced 2019 Edgar Award nominees, the blindfolded girl on the cover of Debra Jo Immergut’s debut The Captives immediately brought to mind Josh Malerman’s Bird Box and the recent Netflix adaptation that has sparked all manner of impressions and challenges (don’t Bird Box and drive, people!). I wondered: Is Immergut’s the only […]

Title Trend: The Books at the End of the World
By January 25, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Title Trend: The Books at the End of the World

For some, the “end of the world” is a faraway place to wonder about or even travel to. For others, it’s an event (usually not a pretty one, maybe with locusts and crying). As we ponder what exactly awaits us at the end of the world, let’s explore the ideas offered us by some books already […]

Cover Trend Alert: Purple Fever in YA Fiction
By December 19, 2018 1 Comments Read More →

Cover Trend Alert: Purple Fever in YA Fiction

More than once this year, I’ve come across a YA fantasy I was sure I’d seen before, only to realize I was confusing it with a different YA fantasy, whose uber-purple cover, at least in thumbnail form, was nearly indistinguishable from the next purple thumbnail. The young-adult market’s purple fever has only grown from 2017 to 2018, […]

Further Reading: Awe-Inspiring Animals
By December 4, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Further Reading: Awe-Inspiring Animals

By now, you’ve surely heard of Knickers, the oversized Australian cow. If you haven’t, that’s really too sad for you because Knickers was the viral internet story we so desperately needed last week. Measuring 6’4” in height and weighing in at 1.4 tons, Knickers is large—too large, in fact, for the abattoirs, and thus destined […]

Cover Trend Alert: Hypnotic Circles
By November 2, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Cover Trend Alert: Hypnotic Circles

This mesmerizing design concept has been a constant presence in my peripheral vision since David Mitchell’s World Fantasy Award–winning (and starred review-receiving!) novel The Bone Clocks was released in 2014. My attention was next grabbed by Lauren James’ 2016 romantic sf The Last Beginning, and then again this past April by Richard Powers’ The Overstory, which also received a starred review […]

S. A. Bodeen Talks Doomsday Seeds, Writerly Inspiration, and THE TOMB
By September 25, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

S. A. Bodeen Talks Doomsday Seeds, Writerly Inspiration, and THE TOMB

Middle-grade and young adult readers know and love S. A. Bodeen for her imaginative stories of adventure and survival—shipwrecks, doomsday bunkers, and dystopian human experiments abound. The Tomb, her tenth novel, follows 13-year-old Kiva after she emerges from virtual reality and finds herself aboard a spaceship. Earth is gone, and she traverses space with some […]