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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Turning Up the Volume from 3 to 10: Talking with Blake Crouch

Turning Up the Volume from 3 to 10: Talking with Blake Crouch

Blake Crouch is the best-selling author of more than a dozen novels, and several of his genre- and mind-bending projects have been adapted for film and television. His Wayward Pines trilogy, which begins with the star-reviewed Pines, was adapted into a television series for FOX; he is the creator of the TNT show Good Behavior, […]

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Unraveling the Mysteries Within: Talking with Megan Miranda about THE LAST HOUSE GUEST

Unraveling the Mysteries Within: Talking with Megan Miranda about THE LAST HOUSE GUEST

Megan Miranda is the author of 10 mystery and suspense novels for adult and young adult readers, including the New York Times best-seller All The Missing Girls. Her latest YA novel, Come Find Me, which published in January, follows two teenagers whose investigations into family tragedies lead them to one another. In June, Simon & […]

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Mystery Month Cover Trend: Yellow Sans Serif Fonts

Mystery Month Cover Trend: Yellow Sans Serif Fonts

For Booklist‘s tenth annual Mystery Month, which begins today, I’ve rounded up the suspense, crime, thriller, and mystery cover trend of 2018 and 2019: the yellow sans serif title. We all know not to judge a book by its cover, but that doesn’t mean covers aren’t important communicative tools. And for the last two years, […]

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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, […]