2018 Reading Tracker Year in Review

It’s time for my annual break down of my reading tracker posts for the year.

January:

  • Read: 9
  • Bought: 5
  • ARCs: 3

February:

  • Read: 7
  • Bought: 0
  • ARCs: 14

March:

  • Read: 11
  • Bought: 1
  • ARCs: 3

April:

  • Read: 16
  • Bought: 4
  • ARCs: 4

May:

  • Read: 11
  • Bought: 2
  • ARCs: 8

June:

  • Read: 16
  • Bought: 2
  • ARCs: 7

July:

  • Read: 18
  • Bought: 1
  • ARCs: 2

August:

  • Read: 15
  • Bought: 3
  • ARCs: 7

September:

  • Read: 16
  • Bought: 2
  • ARCs: 2

October:

  • Read: 8
  • Bought: 1
  • ARCs: 5

November:

  • Read: 24
  • Bought: 1
  • ARCs: 11

December:

  • Read:
  • Bought: 1
  • ARCs: 3

Yearly Totals:

  • Read: 166
  • Bought: 23
  • ARCs: 68

Details:

Books read jives with what I expected from my Goodreads challenge (which always skews higher because I count picture books I read for work).

Here’s the breakdown for the ARCs I received–I was very bad at tracking ARCs this year so I’m not sure it’s 100% accurate:

  • Requested: 29
  • Amazon Vine: 8
  • Not requested: 32

Last year I received 49 arcs. This year I received 68 which is a lot more. That’s partly because I’ve been requesting FierceReads blogger packages which includes a set number of ARCs (some of which I know I won’t read since they’re sequels or something) including some that I counted as requested since I will probably read them.

#CruelPrinceReadalong Week Four: Chapters 23 through Epilogue

Thanks for joining me for my re-read of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.

This week everyone finished the book.

What do you think of it so far? Leave a comment with your thoughts and reading progress. (No spoilers if you’ve read ahead please!)

Week in Review: December 29

missprintweekreviewThis week on the blog you can check out:

Don’t forget! #CruelPrinceReadalong is happening all this month!

Be sure to head to Twitter tomorrow at 4pm for our next live chat.

Here is my favorite post that I shared on Instagram this week:

How was your week? What are you reading?

December Reading Tracker

Books I Read:

  1. You Are The Everything by Karen Rivers
  2. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  3. What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell (reread)
  4. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (reread)
  5. The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
  6. Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix
  7. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  8. When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt by Kara Cooner
  9. Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury
  10. Bookish Boyfriends: A Date With Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt
  11. Pride by Ibi Zoboi
  12. Mirage by Somaiya Daud
  13. Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst
  14. Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
  15. Enchantee by Gita Trelease

Books I Had Planned to Read:

Books Bought:

  1. Uppercase

ARCs Received:

  1. Captured by Alvin Townley (not requested)
  2. Pretend She’s Here by Luanne Rice (not requested)
  3. Outwalkers by Fiona Shaw (not requested)

You can also see what I read in November.

Top Ten: 2018

This is my annual list of favorite books that I read and reviewed this year. Some of my favorite reads didn’t make the cut because I haven’t had time to write and post reviews BUT that just means I’ll have even more books to talk about next December.

You can click the titles above to find my reviews. This list can also be found on my Amazon Influencer page here: https://www.amazon.com/shop/miss_print?listId=2AR8ZNAELYUMP&ref=idea_share_inf

Honorable Mention: The Sequels

Sequels are a strange thing because citing them as a favorite isn’t always about one book so much as the series that comes before. Some of these (The Darkest Legacy and Dramatically Ever After) can definitely be read on their own but if you’re intrigued I’d still say start at the beginning.

  • Dramatically Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black (a total cheat since this one won’t release until next month!)
  • The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken
  • The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst
  • Legendary by Stephanie Garber
  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

A Room Away From the Wolves: A (WIRoB) Review

This piece originally appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books:
cover art for A Room Away from the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma
Sabina “Bina” Tremper is used to being known as a liar and a thief. The real surprise comes when Bina’s mother, Dawn, sides with Bina’s stepsisters and refuses to even consider that. this time, Bina might be telling the truth.

Hoping to defuse the situation, Dawn plans for Bina to temporarily move out. She hopes if Bina stays with her stepfather’s church friends, the girls will have time to reconcile.

But Bina has other plans. She instead decides to go to New York City.

New York City has always been a dream for Bina — a dream she used to share with her mother before Dawn abandoned it for safety and stability in the suburbs with Bina’s churchgoing stepfather.

It feels a little like destiny when Bina calls Catherine House and finds out they have a room available right when she needs it. Catherine House is “a boardinghouse for young women, first opened in 1919 after a personal tragedy,” when an incident took Catherine de Barra’s life. The house was also the site of many of her mother’s cherished stories from a summer spent in New York City before she returned to the abusive boyfriend she would marry soon after Bina was born.

Bina is certain that going to the city is the answer and her chance for a new start. “With an old suitcase and a fresh black eye,” Bina follows in her mother’s footsteps, hitchhiking to Manhattan and making her way to Catherine House at the intersection of Waverly Place and, yes, Waverly Place.

Inside the house, Bina is expected to follow rules that are “binary and boring and lifted from another time,” including a strict curfew and keeping the upper floors of the house as a “no-male zone at all times.”

The last of the rules is a vow asking boarders to promise they will not speak to “reporters, authors, historians, or anyone else, excluding female blood relations in the first and second degree (mothers and daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters) about the goings-on inside the house, nor the founder, though deceased, while in residence or afterward, effective up to 99 years.”

The stipulation doesn’t bother Bina. She’s more than willing to follow the rules and sign the vow, so long as it means she will finally have a room to call her own in the city in A Room Away From the Wolves (2018) by Nova Ren Suma.

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The glamor and camaraderie from her mother’s stories about Catherine House never materialize for Bina. The closest thing she has to a friend is Monet Mathis, her downstairs neighbor and, according to Bina, “the first person on this patch of crowded earth who knew who I was and not who I tried to be.”

Monet could be Bina’s greatest threat in the house, her closest friend, or maybe even something more. Unlike everyone else in her life, Bina is able to meet Monet as equals — liars and thieves and girls who are only able to take off their masks with each other.

Tangled up in her fascination with Monet and the girl’s lavish lies about her past, Bina begins to suspect she’s also unearthing secrets about the house — something to do with the summer her mother spent there all those years ago, a ring that should be lost but suddenly isn’t, and a photograph of the house’s founder, Catherine de Barra, that seems to move with a purpose Bina can’t quite grasp.

A Room Away From the Wolves is an exploration of unfulfilled potential, female friendship, and second chances as much as it is an ode to New York City and all of the things that make it “sinister and strange and perfect.”

Deliberate, tense plotting combined with an unreliable narrator and looping prose obscure as much as they reveal both about Bina and the boardinghouse. This novel is part mystery, part ghost story, and intensely focused on growing up and what that means for a girl who already has a reputation for all of the wrong reasons.

Readers familiar with Suma’s earlier novel The Walls Around Us will recognize similar themes as Bina is forced to strip away her reputation and her bravado until she is left with only the truth about herself and her place in the house.

A Room Away From the Wolves is a timely book about a flawed girl who learns that she is allowed to be broken, so long as she can also keep trying and continue chasing that best version of herself.

Possible Pairings: The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry, The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan, You Are the Everything by Karen Rivers, The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons, Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood, Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

#CruelPrinceReadalong Week Three: Chapters 15 through 22

Thanks for joining me for my re-read of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.

This week everyone read through Chapter 22.

What do you think of it so far? Leave a comment with your thoughts and reading progress. (No spoilers if you’ve read ahead please!)

Week in Review: December 22

missprintweekreviewThis week on the blog you can check out:

Don’t forget! #CruelPrinceReadalong is happening all this month! I’m super behind and probably reading the chapters for week three as you read this post!

Now that I’m feeling healthier, I feel like I can actually be in the holiday spirit. I still need to find time for Tour de Xmas but that should happen right after Christmas if not before. I’m feeling very grateful to have some vacation time when I won’t be sick for once. It’s was a long haul from October through December!

I’ve been experimenting with a seasonal theme on Instagram–it’s just me holding  things in front of my Christmas tree. If I could monetize my talents for holding things, naming things, and manicures I would be so rich by now.

Here is my favorite post that I shared on Instagram this week:

How was your week? What are you reading?

The Wicked King: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review

*The Wicked King is the second book in Holly Black’s Folk of the Air trilogy. This review contains spoilers for the first book in the series, The Cruel Prince.*

“We get power by taking it.”

cover art for The Wicked King by Holly BlackIt has been five months since Jude’s coup to secure the throne for her brother, Oak. Five months since Oak went into hiding in the mortal world and Jude tricked Cardan into accepting the throne in his place.

After years of constantly striving for safety and power in a world determined to keep her at a disadvantage, Jude finally has everything she wants. Cardan is bound to her for a year and a day, making Jude the power behind the throne–a position she hardly could have imagined when she became a spy for the court.

But days pass quickly for the fey and even a year of them is hardly enough time for Jude to accomplish everything she wants.

Jude struggles to make sense of her dangerous attraction to Cardan while scrambling to keep him in check without revealing their alliance. But Jude and Cardan aren’t the only ones fighting to control the throne. With a traitor in their midst and enemies circling, Jude’s bargain with Cardan may expire long before she can ensure Oak’s safety in Faerie–or her own in The Wicked King (2019) by Holly Black.

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The Wicked King is the second book in Black’s Folk of the Air trilogy. To avoid spoilers, start at the beginning with The Cruel Prince.

The Wicked King picks up five months after the conclusion of The Cruel Prince. Jude should be content, finally in a position of power after living for so long as an outsider. But after years learning strategy at Madoc’s knee, Jude knows better than most that power is much easier to lose than it is to keep. Jude starts this trilogy scrambling for protection. In this installment, she is instead grasping at power as she tries to figure out how to hold onto it.

This installment expands the world as Jude is forced to consider politics between the fey courts–often with disastrous consequences. Additionally, Jude and Cardan continue to hate each other even as they are drawn inexorably together with tension that practically crackles on the page.

Jude continues to wield her greatest asset in Faerie–her ability to lie–with deadly precision. But just as readers think they can guess where this plot will lead, everything changes as it turns out the truth can be as lethal as a well-crafted lie.

The Wicked King is everything I love about The Cruel Prince but amplified. The stakes are higher, the risks are greater, and the twists are all the more shocking because of it. If you’re only going to read one sequel this year, make it this one. Highly recommended.

Possible Pairings: Legendary by Stephanie Garber, Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, Winterspell by Claire Legrand, The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope, The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid, Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson, Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf, Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff, Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel

Looking back on my year in books (with help from Goodreads)

One of my favorite things about using Goodreads to track my reading (and cross post reviews) is that they compile a “year in books” page for readers every year.

Since December is winding down and 2018 is almost at its end, I thought it would be fun to look at my year in books according to Goodreads. (I’ll also be sharing my 2018 Reading Tracker later in the month).

You can see the rest of my year in books on Goodreads!