#BeatTheBacklist2019 Update: Books Read

This week I read The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A. J. Steiger, and Stop Staring at Screens by Tonya Goodin.

Decided to work on both the standard size card and the supersize card bingo cards but honestly not sure I’ll finish either before the year is out.

#BeatTheBacklist2019: My Preliminary TBR and Signup

After a not-so-great record with reading challenges in the past, I’ve decided to sign up for the 2019 edition of Beat the Backlist hosted by Novel Knight. You can find the full details on the challenge here: https://www.novelknight.com/btb2019/

I’ll be talking more about my reading goals in a blog post tomorrow but one is to work through my older books that I own and have earmarked to read at home so I think this challenge could be exactly what I need.

Since I have nothing but pride for my Hogwarts house, I’ll also be joining the mini challenge as a Ravenclaw. Full details here: https://www.novelknight.com/btb2019/btb2019minichallenge/

I’m planning on doing regular updates about my challenge progress on Fridays but for now here are some of the books I know I’ll be reading:

  • When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A. J. Steiger
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  • Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix
  • Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

As part of the challenge, I can also try to fill in a Bingo card with different books. Let me know in the comments if you think I should work on the standard size card of the supersize card.

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!

#CruelPrinceReadalong Week One: Live Chat This Sunday!

Hey everyone! This is a quick post for anyone participating in my Cruel Prince readalong.

I’ll be hosting a live chat on Twitter this Sunday at 4pm EST for participants to discuss their thoughts on chapters 1 through 7 of the book.

You can search the hashtag #cruelprincereadalong to join and also follow me @miss_print on Twitter.

See you there!

Get ready for #CruelPrinceReadalong

The year is almost over. Which means it’s almost time for the release of The Wicked King by Holly Black. The Cruel Prince is one of my favorite books of the year and one I’m planning to re-read before the sequel releases in January. I’m hoping you might join me too!

Here’s the plan:

The read-a-long will run through December. I’m going to have target chapters for participants to read each week, but you can read as much or as little as you like. Every Sunday in December, I’ll post a short post here for people who want to chat.

Not into blog commenting? You can also use the hashtag #cruelprincereadalong to participate on Twitter and Instagram.


  • Week One (December 1 to December 8): Read prologue up to chapter 8, chat post goes live December 9
  • Week Two (December 9 to December 15): Read chapters 8 to 15, chat post goes live December 16
  • Week Three (December 16 to December 23): Read chapters 15 to 22, chat post goes live December 24
  • Week Four (December 24 to December 30): Read chapters 23 to Epilogue, chat post goes live December 30

Book Giveaway: Borrowed by Lucia DiStefano

Today I’m partnering with Elephant Rocks to give away a copy of their newest title Borrowed by Lucia DiStefano.

DiStefano and her novel won the 2018 Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize.

Here’s a bit more about it:

Love, mystery, and danger collide in this new literary thriller with the dark heart of a Gillian Flynn novel and the lyrical prose of Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun

As seventeen-year-old Linnea celebrates the first anniversary of her heart transplant, she can’t escape the feeling that the wires have been crossed. After a series of unsettling dreams, inked messages mysteriously appear on her body, and she starts to wonder if this new heart belongs to her at all.

In another Austin neighborhood, Maxine braces for a heartbreaking anniversary: her sister Harper’s death. Between raising her brothers and parenting her grief-stricken mother, Max is unable to ignore her guilty crush on Harper’s old flame or shake her lingering suspicion that her sister’s drowning wasn’t really an accident. With Harper as the sole connection, Linnea and Maxine are soon brought together in fantastic and terrifying ways as the shocking truth behind Harper’s death comes to light.

This book publishes November 1, 2018!

Thanks to Elephant Rock Books my US readers can enter to win a copy.

TO ENTER (Remember you have to do both!):

  1. Comment on this blog with a book you’re excited to read this month.
  2. Tweet about the giveaway. You can use this template:
    Head over to @miss_print’s blog to enter to win a copy of Borrowed by Lucia DiStefano from @ElephantRockBks. Details: https://wp.me/p6kfM-7Hh


  • Giveaway ends October 15 at 11:59pm EST.
  • Winners will be notified October 16. If I don’t hear back from the winners by October 18, I will pick a new winner from the entry pool as needed.
  • US only.
  • Must be 13 years or older to enter.

Like Elephant Rock on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @ElephantRockBks for blog tour news and updates.

You can also check out the full tour schedule for more posts and giveaways:

Five Reasons to Read Give the Dark My Love This Fall (Blog Tour Post)

Greetings everyone! I’m here today as part of the blog tour for Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis with five reasons you need to move this book to the top of your fall to read list:

  1. Badass Heroine: I won’t say Nedra is going to be your new best friend (she’s a little intimidating for that) BUT Nedra is driven, smart, and she is not afraid to go after what she wants. Whether that will make her the hero of her story or the villain remains to be seen but that doesn’t make her story any less fascinating.
  2. That Cover: I love the vibe of this cover from the colors to the framing of the model. Plus a lot of the details factor into the story–but you’ll have to read the book yourself to find out which ones!
  3. The Atmosphere: Nedra’s world is moody, dark, and danger lurks everywhere since no one knows where the plague might strike next. In other words this atmospheric setting is everything you’d want to read this fall.
  4. One Word: Necromancers: The magic system in this book focuses heavily on alchemy and, in the case of alchemist gone wrong, necromancy. I don’t know about you but nothing says ready for fall like reading about necromancers who can raise the dead.
  5. It’s Spooky: In case the presence of necromancers didn’t tip you off: Give the Dark My Love is one spooky read. If you are ready for some good scares in advance of Halloween, look no further.

Give the Dark My Love publishes on September 25 so be sure to request it from your local bookstore or library soon.

Want to know more? Check out the synopsis below:

cover art Give the Dark My Love by Beth RevisWhen seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy, she has only one goal in mind: learn the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island’s wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn’t quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen, who all look down on her.

All, except for Greggori “Grey” Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that’s for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the North, and it’s making its way toward the cities. With her family’s life–and the lives of all of Lunar Island’s citizens–on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague.

Grey and Nedra continue to grow closer, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy’s most dangerous corners–and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness.

Want to know more? Be sure to check out the other stops on the Blog Tour!