Blog Fifth Birthday

As of this posting, missprint.wordpress.com is five years old. I still can’t believe it’s been so long or that I have finally achieved such a lovely sounding milestone. I say it every year, but I really wouldn’t be here without you, dear readers. So thank you again for making it so enjoyable to run this blog.

Here’s to another great year!

I’ll leave you with some end of year statistics (cumulative):

Total Pages: 7 (This year saw the addition of my beautiful review index pages organized either by author or title)

Total Posts: 902 (+105)

Categories: 9 (down three from last year as I consolidated some extraneous categories)

Author Interview (15)     Book Lists (13)     Book Reviews (376)     Chit Chat (329)     From our Gift Cottage (18)     Graphic Novel/Comic Book Reviews (7)     Linktastic! (45)     Non-Fiction Book Reviews (12)     Picture Book Reviews (19)     Quotes (126)     Random Polls (7)     Words of Wisdom (36)

Tags: 687 (I didn’t think I’d ever see the day but this year marked the start of tagged posts on the blog)

Total Comments: 887

Widgets: 16

Total views: 87,601 (roughly 22,600 views over the past year. I am floored.)

Busiest day: 308 (June 2, 2010–still. I really need to get Cassie Clare to link to another one of my posts!)

Total Spam Comments: 18,198 (a little less than 8,000) spam comments over the past year)

Don’t forget to enter my celebratory giveaway while you’re here! (The giveaway is now updated with a very special enticement!)

Blog Fifth Birthday Book Giveaway![CLOSED]

Well, dear readers, it’s that time again. I can hardly believe it, but Miss Print is turning five on August 12, 2012. Over the course of this year the blog has also reached 900 posts, over 86,000 views and the advent of tagging. It’s been a fun year for me as a blogger and I’m really excited to have come this far.

To celebrate I am once again hosting a MASSIVE giveaway bonanza here on the blog. I’ve been squirreling things away for this giveaway for the past year, so I hope you enjoy all the prizes up for grabs.

The giveaway will run until August 31, 2012 so you have all month to enter! (US only–sorry guys but postage is steep.)

TO ENTER: Leave a comment below (with a valid email in the email form field) letting me know your Prize Pack preference with your FIRST AND SECOND CHOICE. I am going to try really hard to give every one their top choice but we’ll have to see how it shakes out. Remember for the purposes of this giveaway you can only win one prize pack.

I also have a BONUS swag pack available to teachers/librarians/bloggers. To win the bonus pack include the name of your school/library and/or a link to your blog with your entry. (The bonus pack is in addition to your first and second choice packs. You can choose two plus the bonus pack.)

Without further ado here are your prize pack options:

Prize Pack One: Middle Grade Madness

Prize Pack One: Middle Grade Madness

  • Deadly Pink by Vivian Vande Velde (ARC)
  • 13 Gifts by Wendy Mass (signed!) (ARC)
  • Boy + Bot bookmark and sticker
  • Drama bookmark
  • Spiderwick Chronicles postcards
  • The Secret Tree postcard
  • Whatever After: Fairest of All bookmark
Prize Pack Two: Dystopian Dreams

Prize Pack Two: Dystopian Dreams

  • All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin (signed!) (ARC)
  • The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch (signed!) (ARC)
  • All These Things I’ve Done I *heart* NY stickers
  • Hunger Games bookmark
  • Scarlet bookmark (signed!)
  • Shadow and Bone bookmark
  • Struck bookmark
  • Of Poseidon bookmark
  • Monument 14 bookmark
  • Ship Breaker/Drowned Cities postcards
Prize Pack Three: Sassy Fantasies

Prize Pack Three: Sassy Fantasies

  • Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (signed!) (ARC)
  • Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon (signed!) (ARC)
  • Ship Breaker/Drowned Cities postcards
  • Shadow and Bone bookmark
  • Struck bookmark
  • Of Poseidon bookmark
  • Monument 14 bookmark
  • Darker Still postcard
  • Fallen in Love postcard
Prize Pack Four: Nice Narrators Finish Last

Prize Pack Four: Nice Narrators Finish Last

  • The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats (ARC)
  • A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix (ARC)
  • Venom bookmark
  • Hunger Games bookmark
  • The Near Witch bookmark (signed!)
  • Scarlet bookmark (signed!)
  • For Darkness Shows the Stars bookmark
  • Shadow and Bone bookmark
  • Of Poseidon bookmark
  • Monument 14 bookmark
Prize Pack Five: Cool Contemporaries

Prize Pack Five: Cool Contemporaries

  • Going Underground by Susan Vaught (ARC)
  • How To Save a Life by Sara Zarr (ARC)
  • Meant to Be bookmark
  • Brooklyn Burning bookmark
  • The Curiosities bookmark
  • Reunited bookmark
  • Reunited Road Trip Mix CD
Prize Pack Six: Miss Print’s Mysterious Picks

Prize Pack Six: Miss Print’s Mysterious Picks

  • Team Human by Sarah Rees Brennan and Justine Larbalestier (ARC)
  • The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison (ARC) (signed!)
  • The Butterfly Clues bookmark
  • Scarlet bookmark (signed!)
  • The Last Dragonslayer bookmark
  • For Darkness Shows the Stars bookmark
  • Maureen Johnson magnetic poetry sheet
Bonus Swag Pack

Bonus Swag Pack: For Librarians/Teachers/Bloggers

  • Fierce Reads poster
  • Cupcake Girls measuring spoon
  • Drake Chronicles Pins
  • Boy + Bot Rubber Bracelet
  • bookmarks

**UPDATE: As of this writing, the blog has 87,601 views. IF the blog reaches 90,000 views before the month is out I will release another prize pack with some coveted ARCs from BEA. I won’t reveal what the exact titles are but I can tell you that some of the books I’m considering include The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Magisterium by Jeff Hirsh and Prodigy by Marie Lu.

REMEMBER: A correct entry will include your name, a valid email in the email form field, your first AND second choice of prize packs, and if you want the bonus swag pack the name of your school/library or a blog link.

You have until August 31 to enter. Winners will be announced September 1.

There are no extra entries for this giveaway, but if you wanted to help me celebrate my blog’s birthday some tweets or posts about this giveaway would be a great gift! Please spread the word about this giveaway so it will be awesome!

Junonia: A (younger) Chick Lit Wednesday Review

Junonia by Kevin HenkesAlice Rice knows everything about her family’s trip to Florida this year will be different. She is going to be ten–double digits–and that is a very important change. Maybe she’ll even find a rare Junonia seashell during their trip. After all, when you turn ten, anything is possible.

But as old friends fail to arrive and new visitors run the risk of ruining everything, Alice starts to wonder if her tenth birthday will be memorable for all of the wrong reasons in Junonia (2011) by Kevin Henkes.

With end papers and chapter caps illustrated by Henkes, the book brings Alice’s trip and her story to life. With his meditative, deliberate writing Henkes has created a story that perfectly captures the excitement and, yes, sometimes the sadness that comes with being a young child.

Junonia is a subtle, understated book. Focusing more on vignettes of Alice’s trip than on a singular plot, the book might not appeal to children looking for action or page-turning excitement. Readers who do stick with the story will be rewarded with a charmingly contemplative and at times effervescent book.

Possible Pairings: Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall, Clementine by Sarah Pennypacker, Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary, Fashion Kitty by Charise Mericle Harper