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:

    Top 10 Events/Moments in My First Year of Blogging
    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!

Top Ten Tuesday

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!

Among the Ghosts

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.

Always October
2. Always October by Bruce Coville

Jake’s baby brother, LD, may be a monster (complete with fangs and fur!), but together with his best friend, Lily, Jake isn’t going to let anything happen to that baby. Even if it turns out LD may be the key to saving the world—or destroying it. Soon Jake and Lily are on a perilous quest through Always October, a land populated with monsters.

Warm Bodies

3. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

R is a young man with an existential crisis–he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse. Just dreams.  After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend. Julie is a burst of vibrant color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that R lives in. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world…


4. Ripped by Shelly Dickson Carr

Katie Lennox wishes her parents were still alive. Having to leave Boston to live with Grandma Cleaves in London was hard, but she’s making new friends, working on her British accent and even learning some Cockney rhyming slang. London’s cool and actually feels like home in some ways, like she’s been here before, belongs here. When a museum visit with her cousin and his cute friend turns funky, Katie finds herself in a long, uncomfortable dress, wearing a ridiculous hat, wondering what happened to her jeans and high-top sneakers? And where’s her iPhone?… It’s London, 1888. Smart and gutsy, Katie knows she’s here to stop Jack the Ripper. The serial killer didn’t just slash his victims’ throats; he butchered the women. Katie has read about the Ripper, knows the names of his victims and where and when they were killed. She’s watched her fair share of CSI. Can Katie save their lives?


5. Gracianna by Trini Amador

Gracianna is inspired by true events in the life of Trini Amador’s great-grandmother, Gracianna Lasaga. As an adult, Amador was haunted by the vivid memory of finding a loaded German Luger tucked away in a nightstand while wandering his great-grandmother’s home in Southern California. He was only four years old at the time, but the memory remained and he knew he had to explore the story behind the gun. Decades later, Amador would delve into the remarkable odyssey of his Gracianna’s past, a road that led him to an incredible surprise. In Gracianna, Amador weaves fact and fiction to tell his great-grandmother’s story. Gracianna bravely sets off to Paris in the early 1940s–on her way to America, she hopes–but is soon swept into the escalation of the war and the Nazi occupation of Paris. After chilling life-and-death struggles, she discovers that her missing sister has surfaced as a laborer in Auschwitz. When she finds an opportunity to fight back against the Nazis to try to free her sister, she takes it–even if it means using lethal force.


6. The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she’s struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn’t easy — not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she’s really safe. Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She’s sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she’ll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

7. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery… who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Into the Grey

8. Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan

After their nan accidentally burns the family home down, twin brothers Patrick and Dominick move with their parents and baby sister to a small cottage by the sea. The family has spent many a happy summer there but never a winter – and against a backdrop of howling storms and wild seas, the haunting of the twins begins…

The Only Thing Worse Than Witches

9. The Only Thing Worse Than Witches by Lauren Magaziner

Rupert Campbell is fascinated by the witches who live nearby. He dreams of broomstick tours and souvenir potions, but Rupert’s mother forbids him from even looking at that part of town. The closest he can get to a witchy experience is sitting in class with his awful teacher Mrs. Frabbleknacker, who smells like bellybutton lint and forbids Rupert’s classmates from talking to each other before, during, and after class. So when he sees an ad to become a witch’s apprentice, Rupert simply can’t resist applying. But Witchling Two isn’t exactly what Rupert expected. With a hankering for lollipops and the magical aptitude of a toad, she needs all the help she can get to pass her exams and become a full-fledged witch. She’s determined to help Rupert stand up to dreadful Mrs. Frabbleknacker too, but the witchling’s magic will be as useful as a clump of seaweed unless Rupert can figure out a way to help her improve her spellcasting—and fast!

Interview with the Vampire

10. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force–a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write.

(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
Source: Author

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Lies Told In Silence

[historical fiction]

 Release date: end of July 2014
at Tod Publishing

367 pages

ISBN: 978-0 991967025



[provided by the author]

Lies Told in SilenceIn May 1914, Helene Noisette’s father believes war is imminent. Convinced Germany will head straight for Paris, he sends his wife, daughter, mother and younger son to Beaufort, a small village in northern France. But when war erupts a few months later, the German army invades neutral Belgium with the intent of sweeping south towards Paris. And by the end of September, Beaufort is less than twenty miles from the front.

During the years that follow, with the rumbling of guns ever present in the distance, three generations of women come together to cope with deprivation, constant fear and the dreadful impacts of war. In 1917, Helene falls in love with a young Canadian soldier who was wounded in the battle of Vimy Ridge.

But war has a way of separating lovers and families, of twisting promises and dashing hopes, and of turning the naïve and innocent into the jaded and war-weary. As the months pass, Helene is forced to reconcile dreams for the future with harsh reality.

Lies Told in Silence examines love and loss, duty and sacrifice, and the unexpected consequences of lies.



M.K. TodM.K. Tod writes historical fiction featuring WWI and WWII. Her debut novel, UNRAVELLED, was selected as Indie Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society. In addition to her writing, Mary maintains the blog  where she talks about reading and writing historical fiction. She has also conducted two well-regarded historical fiction reader surveys and in her spare time reviews books for the Historical Novel Society.

M.K. Tod is delighted to hear from readers at mktod at bell dot net.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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!

A.S. King

1. A.S. King

Book Read: Ask the Passengers

Kimberley Griffiths Little

2. Kimberley Griffiths Little

Book Read: The Time of the Fireflies

E. Lockhart

3. E. Lockhart

Book Read: We Were Liars

Jackie Morse Kessler

4. Jackie Morse Kessler

Book Read: To Bear an Iron Key

Victoria Schwab

5. Victoria Schwab

Book Read: The Archived

Emma Carroll

6. Emma Carroll

Book Read: Frost Hollow Hall

Lee Murray

7. Lee Murray

Book Read: Misplaced

Charles Todd

8. Charles Todd

Book Read: Hunting Shadows

Amy Hatvany

9. Amy Hatvany

Book Read: Safe with Me

Markus Zusak

10. Markus Zusak

Book Read: The Book Thief

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.

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WWW Wednesdays is an event brought to you by Should Be Reading.

Lots more reading done this week!

What are you currently reading? I’m at various pages in A Triple Knot by Emma Campion, Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner, and The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.

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!

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 FindsFriday 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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