It may be my one year blogiversary, but I am going to be giving you thanks for being such awesome readers and friends over the past year by hosting my very first giveaway!
There are a few different ways you can enter, all explained below, and there will be four winners! Best of luck!
This giveaway is only open to US residents as I cannot afford international shipping. Sorry, international friends! 🙁
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One year ago today I made my very first post here on Readerly Musings! Unlike most bloggers who probably started with some sort of introductory get-to-know-me post, I started right off talking about my experiences at the 2013 Lit Crawl Manhattan and Brooklyn Book Festival.
In celebration of my blogiversary, I am instilling some new changes! The first of which went into effect in August when I moved my blog to Book Host! Since then I also created review indexes and have now given Readerly Musings a lovely new layout!
I’m also going to do a little something different for my blogiversary and tell you about myself in a few different ways:
10 Favorite Posts of Mine
10 Milestones Achieved
10 5 Goals for Year 2 of Blogging
Thanks to Blogging…
All of these posts will be coming up this week, along with a very special giveaway! The giveaway will be posted on Friday, so stay tuned and enter to win some fabulous prizes (read: books)!
I’m also in the process of creating a special FAQ page about myself and my blogging habits which will hopefully be posted within the next week and then updated as needed. If there are any burning questions you have ever wanted to ask me, now is the time!
Thank you so much for being there for me and supporting Readerly Musings throughout my first year of blogging and chronicling my reading journey!
Special thanks goes to my friends Hannah and Jorie who have been with me from the beginning and introduced me to so many new things, whether they be books, authors, publishers, blogging resources, events, or otherwise! Thank you both so much!
Here’s to the next year!
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Top Ten Tuesday is an event brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.
I’ve done horribly with all three of my last TBRs and I don’t see this one being any different, but let’s give this go!
1. Among the Ghosts by Amber Benson
The New Newbridge Academy has a strange, storied history and a gothic atmosphere, and since Noh’s aunt is a teacher there, it’s where Noh will be spending the summer while her father travels for work. Noh, slightly eccentric herself, enjoys exploring the campus, but things get spooky when she meets several other children near an old burned-out dormitory. There shouldn’t be students around in the summer, right? But these kids turn out to be ghosts, and they need Noh’s help. She is the only one who can see them;and, now that the ghosts have started to disappear, the only one who can save them.
(Or at least temporarily suspended)
Well, dear blogging friends, it has come time to say goodbye to my book buying “ban!” It helped accomplish some of what I was hoping these past summer months, but now fall is here and so is the end of the “ban.” You may be wondering why since until this post I was doing well, and the answer is simple: book events!
The month of September (which is not over yet) has been filled with book events. With more to come! As such, I have visited a number of bookstores and bought quite a few (read: A LOT) of books. This week alone I have come home with a total of eleven books! So, yes, this “ban” is no longer very effective!
That is not to say I have completely given up the idea of ever going on a “ban” like this again, I just know that with all the upcoming events, which include Brooklyn Book Festival and Boston Book Festival, there is no way I can continue with it. I do plan, however, on revisiting the situation in January and may instate a new one as a sort of New Year’s resolution!
In the meantime, stay tuned for posts dedicated to the events I have been going to lately and immerse yourself in my bookish adventures!
Lies Told in Silence by M.K. Tod |
Published by Tod Publishing Genres: Historical
Lies Told In Silence
Top Ten Tuesday is an event brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.
This list is just of authors that I’ve read in the past year, otherwise there would have been way too many to choose from!
1. A.S. King
Book Read: Ask the Passengers
2. Kimberley Griffiths Little
Book Read: The Time of the Fireflies
3. E. Lockhart
Book Read: We Were Liars
4. Jackie Morse Kessler
Book Read: To Bear an Iron Key
5. Victoria Schwab
Book Read: The Archived
6. Emma Carroll
Book Read: Frost Hollow Hall
7. Lee Murray
Book Read: Misplaced
8. Charles Todd
Book Read: Hunting Shadows
9. Amy Hatvany
Book Read: Safe with Me
10. Markus Zusak
Book Read: The Book Thief
Tags: Author: A.S. King, Author: Amy Hatvany, Author: Charles Todd, Author: E. Lockhart, Author: Emma Carroll, Author: Jackie Morse Kessler, Author: Kimberley Griffiths Little, Author: Lee Murray, Author: Markus Zusak, Author: Victoria Schwab, Book: Ask the Passengers, Book: Frost Hollow Hall, Book: Hunting Shadows, Book: Misplaced, Book: Safe With Me, Book: The Archived, Book: The Book Thief, Book: The Time of the Fireflies, Book: To Bear an Iron Key, Book: We Were Liars, Series: Inspector Ian Rutledge, Series: The Archived
Before I was a blogger, when I would tell people I liked to read I would invariably be asked the same two questions. First, what did I like to read? When I was little, I would go for a simple answer, saying something along the lines of ‘witches’ or ‘magic.’ As I grew older, I would go more in depth, talk about genre, mention fantasy, magic realism, and books such as Harry Potter and/or Percy Jackson. The second question was always, what was my favorite book? At times, harder to answer, but in later years – even if I thought of something else – I would say Harry Potter. Not necessarily because it was my favorite (although the series is among my tops), but because it was a popular book that everyone had heard of and this way I wouldn’t get that blank stare and a ‘huh?’ when I mentioned a more obscure title.
Now that I’m a blogger, those two questions continue to be asked, but more questions have also come into play. Who is my favorite author? What is my favorite age group? What is my favorite genre? Who is my favorite publisher?
My head swims with possible responses to all these questions.
Book? Harry Potter is amazing, but everyone says that. Ella Enchanted? Better not, they might know the movie and not the book and the book is so much better! The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time? Oh, but that was so sad! The Da Vinci Code? I do love art and mysteries, but… Way too many, moving on!
Author? Um… J.K. Rowling? No, Rick Riordan. No, no, Gail Carriger! Wait, no, Philip Pullman! But I’ve only read one series of his… PASS!
Age group? Well, I read Middle Grade the most, so let’s go with that!
Genre? Stick with fantasy, that was always a good answer! Wait, better mention contemporary, and definitely explain what magic realism is if they don’t know. I’m not all about full-on fantasy books!
Publisher? Wait… what?
Yes, the questions go from the traditional to the ‘how is that even a question?’ range.
Well, at least for me.
Tags: Author: Dan Brown, Author: Emma Carroll, Author: Gail Carriger, Author: Gail Carson Levine, Author: J.K. Rowling, Author: J.R.R. Tolkien, Author: Mark Haddon, Author: Markus Zusak, Author: Neil Gaiman, Author: Philip Pullman, Author: Rick Riordan, Author: Robert Galbraith, Author: Stephanie Burgis, Book: Ella Enchanted, Book: Frost Hollow Hall, Book: The Book Thief, Book: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Book: The Da Vinci Code, Book: The Graveyard Book, Publisher: Little Brown, Publisher: Random House, Publisher: Scholastic, Series: Cormoran Strike, Series: Harry Potter, Series: Kat Incorrigible, Series: Lord of the Rings, Series: Parasol Protectorate, Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
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Lots more reading done this week!
What did you recently finish reading? The Giver by Lois Lowry, Courting Magic by Stephanie Burgis, The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander, and Normally, This Would Be Cause for Concern by Danielle Fishel (I actually read the second half of Danielle’s memoir while waiting in line to meet her!)
What do you think you’ll read next? Don’t even bother asking right now, as you can tell I can never stick to a plan!
Tags: Author: Danielle Fishel, Author: Donna Cooner, Author: Emma Campion, Author: Jessie Burton, Author: Lloyd Alexander, Author: Lois Lowry, Author: Stephanie Burgis, Book: A Triple Knot, Book: Can't Look Away, Book: Courting Magic, Book: Normally This Would Be Cause for Concern, Book: The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain, Book: The Giver, Book: The Miniaturist, Series: Kat Incorrigible, Series: The Chronicles of Prydain, Series: The Giver
I had a very bad day the other day. It was filled with walking long distances in the sun and heat and resulted in me getting a sunburn on my face and arms. All of this was exacerbated by the fact that I don’t do well in heat and I have very fair skin (I’ve been told multiple times I look like a vampire, which, believe it or not, is not always received as a compliment). In the end, I was so utterly exhausted and in such a foul mood, all I could concentrate on was getting home, collapsing on my nice, comfy bed, and blasting the air conditioning. While I did just that, I could not simply let myself relax. I couldn’t stop thinking about the problems sunburns bring, the pain I was in, etc.
But then I caught sight of all the wonderful books lining my bookcases. Not just books I’ve read and loved throughout the years, but all the ones I’ve yet to read and fall in love with – I would add ‘or hate’ except I usually tend to be optimistic when it comes to books. As I started thinking about my books, as well as the ones I don’t yet own but are on my ‘need to read’ list, my mind started focusing on them rather than my awful day and I forgot about the pain I was in. Ultimately, as my mind started waking up and I felt more relaxed and at peace, I stopped thinking about all the books and instead focused on just one, my current read.
I didn’t get much farther in my current read, The Giver by Lois Lowry, before I fell asleep, but it was enough. Enough to forget about the day I’d had for, enough to think about the world Lois Lowry created, enough to fall asleep and stay asleep through the entire night…
Simply put, I don’t know how I would have fared without my books the other night. Although I was sore and in pain the next morning, it could have been a lot worse if I hadn’t felt that relaxing calm that only being completely sucked into a book can give you.
Friday Finds is an event brought to you by Should Be Reading.
FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).
The majority of these are historical fiction novels I found out about while creating some lists on Riffle. Feel free to check them out!
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