Nine years ago, at this exact moment, I started Miss Print. I was 21 years old, looking at my final year of college and just starting to consider graduate school to become a librarian. A lot has changed since then and a lot has happened. But through the past nine years this blog and the people I know because of it have been a constant.
Blogging has brought so many wonderful things into my life including new friends, professional experiences and, of course, books.
Last year I talked about some fun things that happened to me because of this blog. This year, I decided to talk about books I would not have discovered if I hadn’t started blogging (and maybe give one or two away–details at bottom).
Books I Found Because I Started Blogging
- Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken: A few years ago there was this micro-trend with textile fantasies including this book which came out in 2010. One year later I met Alex at my first BEA when she signed a paperback copy of this book. Alex’s book won me over immediately and I’ve been lucky enough to follow her career as each new book comes out.
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: If you talk to me long enough, you will learn that I am obsessed with this book series. Like make fan club buttons and stay up at night thinking about Lara Jean and JAM obsessed. It took me a full week to recover from my shock and elation when Jenny announced book three was on the horizon.
- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman: Sometimes I don’t need much to pick up a book. A pitch about dragons in a high fantasy society is more than enough. This book got me through a very trying summer as a bookseller and my well-loved ARC has the water stains to prove it. Rachel is also an all around wonderful human and thanks to years of acquaintance I get to sometimes recommend books for her son to read. (Do follow her on Twitter if you haven’t already!)
- Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu: Corey is another author I started hearing about from blogging friends. I picked up Life by Committee at BEA one year when she was signing and gave the copy away. BUT the book spoke to me on such a deep level that I wound up buying myself a replacement copy this year.
- Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers: I didn’t think assassin nuns would be my thing, but go figure. They totally are! I discovered this book after I fell in love with the author’s Nathaniel Fludd books–a series I only heard about because it was offered for review–which I recommend all the time. Even now!
- The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski: Sometimes a book sneaks up on you. Such was the case here. Rutkoski’s novel about parallel worlds is a story that has stayed with me. This is the first book I read by Marie and the reason I was ready and waiting when The Winner’s Curse first came out. I even have a “Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?” print (much to the confusion of many friends and neighbors) because of this book.
- Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales: Leila is a librarian favorite so it’s possible I would have discovered this book without blogging but there was something very right and very satisfying in reviewing a title about an ill-advised road trip to hunt down a blogger WHILE being a book blogger.
- Break Me Like a Promise by Tiffany Schmidt: Tiffany is an author I knew about through blogging friends long before I picked up her books. When I heard that she was starting a fairy tale retelling series I was, of course, intrigued. But it was the second book in the series (this one) that really floored me and wound up being so many things I needed at the time.
- The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab: When I started blogging, I also started going to book events. Victoria’s debut is one of the first books I picked up at a signing (I only let myself buy one). It’s funny to look back on that moment to now when Victoria is one of my favorite authors and I try to attend all of her NYC signings and events.
- The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick: I request this book for review because Midwinterblood was a total dark horse for the Printz the year before and I was curious. Little did I know that this book would go on to become a Printz Honor and an all-time favorite for me.
- Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes: I bought this book on a whim when it was on sale after hearing so many blogger friends raving about it. Turned out that was a totally solid choice as this book was excellent!
- All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin: My love for Gabrielle’s Birthright series is no secret. The shocking thing, to me, is that I only discovered this book (which is now an all-time favorite) because I started hearing buzz from other bloggers. That buzz eventually led to me requesting it for review through Amazon Vine and the rest is history.
I was going to post my usual statistics roundup in this post but I’ve decided I’d rather focus on the things I’ve accomplished and learned from being a blogger rather than numbers.
So now we’re at the part everyone has been waiting for: The Giveaway.
I want to share the love for some of these favorite books and authors I found through blogging. Enter the giveaway to win one book of your choice by any of the authors I mentioned above.
Giveaway will run from August 12 to August 31. Winners will be notified September 1. If I don’t hear back from the winners by September 3, I will pick a new winner from the entry pool as needed.
I’m running the giveaway through a Rafflecopter giveaway.