Saturday, December 31, 2011

Farewell 2011! (Part Two) Survey

1. Best Book You Read In 2011?
I would say The Daughter of Smoke and Bone- mainly because I had anticipated this book for a long time- and it fulfilled all of my expectations. And Akiva! Yummy!

2. Most Disappointing Book/Book You Wish You Loved More Than You Did?

That book would probably be Imaginary Girls, I just had a really hard time getting into it- it took me a span of two weeks to read- which is a LONG time for me.

Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2011?THE UNBE(FREAKING)COMING OF MARA DYER. This book made me so happy, angry, twisted and upset that I loved it. I swear- I loved it. I felt all the emotions, and just loved this book to death.

Book you recommended to people most in 2011?
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer- because it ROCKED.

Best series you discovered in 2011?Anna and the French Kiss- okay, I must admit it isn't really a series but- there is multiple books (Lola, Isla) so I would like to call this a series. I loved Anna! I haven't read Lola yet- but I will!

Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?

Sarah Dessen! - I hadn't read any of her stuff- EVER. And I have discovered that I love fluffy, romance, chick-lit. It is so CUTE! And fun to read- so definitely Sarah Dessen.

Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?Getting Over Garrett Delaney- it was different, and I liked it!

Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?Unbecoming of Mara Dyer- best book ever!

Book you most anticipated in 2011?
I would say The Daughter of Smoke and Bone because  I had heard lots about this and couldn't wait to read it. And when I FINALLY did- I loved it.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011?

11. Most memorable character in 2011? 
 Mara Dyer- Duh!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2011?
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2011? 
Getting Over Garrett Delaney

Book you can't believe you waited UNTIL 2011 to finally read? 
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2011? 
I will trample you Chinese Canadian Baby Man"

16. Book That You Read In 2011 That Would Be Most Likely To Reread In 2012?
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!The ending of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I was like- WTF. WTF. And I punched pillows- and got so angry. I was like- seriously- HOW COULD AN AUTHOR DO THAT. This was one of the best books ever- and the ending killed me- as I said seriously. I died. I even screamed. For my mother it was rather amusing- I was very, very angry. But you definitely have to read this book. For sure!

New favorite book blog you discovered in 2011? 

The Story Siren
A Splatter of Ink

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2011? 
I had fun writing the Son of Neptune review!

Best discussion you had on your blog? 
Haven't had one yet!

Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else's blog?
I LOVED The Perpetual Page Turners Fictional Wedding

Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?In My Mailbox, Top Ten Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday, Follow Friday

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2011?
My first member!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My Matched Giveaway

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

The post I wish got a little more love was my review of Getting Over Garrett Delaney, I worked really hard on this review- and absolutely loved the book so I expected a little more- you know- LOVE. As for those of you who have read the review- You deserve a cookie!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

 I found a 25$ gift card that had not been spent!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?I completed my goodreads goal- 87/80

1. One Book You Didn't Get To In 2011 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2012?
Lola and The Boy Next Door

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2012?

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2012?

Farewell 2011! (Part One)

The end of this year has been a great year- I only just did got really into reading this last August, (Shame, Trust me, I know.) and I have read 87 Books and 26,383 Pages! I am proud of what I did- and plan to at lease DOUBLE my reading next year!



      2011 Reading Challenge

          2011 Reading Challenge 

        Jade has     
            completed her goal of reading 80 books in 2011!





        87 of 80 (108%)

          view books



Friday, December 30, 2011

Follow Friday #1

Question of the Week: The New Year is here -- and everyone wants to know your New Years Blogging Resolution! What are you going to try to revise, revamp and redo for 2012 on your blog?

Hello there! This is my first Follow Friday- and I am looking forward to participating in many more- so here are my answers for this weeks question:

1. School Work First: This last quarter I didn't do as well at school as I should have- because I put my blog first- but that has to change and I need to do all my school neccesities before the blog. I'm Sorry. I wish I could blog 24/7 but alas- I cannot.

2. Consistent : I  am going to try to keep up with posts and do several a week- but as I said- "School First".

3. Network: I am not very good at promoting my blog on Twitter, Blogaholic Social Network, Goodreads ect- So I plan on getting more involved  in such networking to help my blog grow!

4.Talk to Fellow  Bloggers: I haven't made many friends from the blogging sphere and I am going to try to change that soon!

Thursday, December 29, 2011


So as you see I have a brand new layout that I put together myself! 
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Welcome to 2012 TBR PILE Reading Challenge!!!

We all have those books. We buy them, win them, they're gifted to us.. Then we put them up on a bookshelf and there they stay, collecting dust, waiting for the time when we'll finally decide to pick them up..

Join us on a quest to dust off your TBR Pile and read all the books you've been telling yourself you'll read next time you'll get a chance.. This is your chance! And we've got PRIZES!!! :D

Challenge guidelines: 

  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012.
  2. As we would like to see quality reviews linked up to our monthly wrap-ups, only bloggers can enter. Sorry about that!
  3. Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it is a book that's been sitting on your shelf for some time now. Only books released in 2011 and earlier! NO ARCs and 2012 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed!
  4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the 2012 TBR PILE Reading Challenge (You need to include the info + host list + challenge button. You can also grab the button code and add it to your sidebar!)
  6. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2012, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
  8. At the end of each month one of the hosts will post a wrap-up. Every wrap-up will have it's unique theme, a mini-challenge, a giveaway and place for you to link up your reviews from this month. For each review you link up, you will get one entry in a drawing of one book of choice from Book Depository. It's open to INTERNATIONALS. For participating in the mini-challenge you will get +1 entry.
  9. If you miss a wrap-up post + giveaway, you can link up your reviews next month. Do not, however, try to link up one review twice - we will be checking ;)
  10. December is a wrap-up for the whole year. All the book reviews you linked up January-November + the ones you'll link up in December will be entered into a HUGE giveaway - 12 books, 12 winners, INTERNATIONAL. 
  11. You don't have to follow all the hosts to join the challenge, but you do have to follow all of us to be entered in giveaways!

1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - A Sweet Kiss
31-40 - Love At First Sight
41-50 - Married With Children

Evie from Bookish - @SeoEvie
Nicole from All I Ever Read - @Nicoleabouttown
Bonnie from Hands and Home - @HandsHomeBlog
Donna from Book Passion For Life - @BookPforLife
Caitlin from WatchYA Reading - @caitlingss
Rie from Mission To Read - @missiontoread
Vicky from Books, Biscuits & Tea - @alouetteuette
Christa from Hooked On Books - @ChristasBooks
Jenna from Fans Of Fiction - @fansoffiction
Angel from Mermaids Vision - @mermaidvisions

Wrap-up POST Schedule:

January - Donna (Theme: Let It Snow + Book Cover Challenge)
February - Nicole (Theme: Un-requited Love/Love Gone Wrong + Advice Column Challenge)
March - Rie (Theme: Green or Pinched + Green Cover Challenge)
April Bonnie (Theme: Easter + Mini Challenge)
May - Christa (Theme: MayDay - Disaster Books! + Cover Disaster Challenge)
June - Jenna ( Theme: Camping + Sentence Challenge)
July - Rie (Theme: International Day + Cover Comparison Challenge)
August - Angel (Theme: Summer Memories + Send Your Fav Character On Vacation Challenge)
September - Nicole (Theme: Life Changing Books + Mini Challenge)
October - Caitlin (Theme: Thanksgiving Theme + Share-A-Book Challenge)
November - Vicky (Theme: Spooky Halloween + Book Puzzle Challenge)
December - Evie (Theme: Xmas Bliss + Book Bachelor Challenge)
I realize  I might be a bit insane- but I plan on attempting the level "Married With Children". This means my goal is to read 41-50 books on my to read list!

Here is a list of some of the books I plan to read for the challenge:


by Published 2011
by Published 2010
by Published 2001
by Published 2010

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday 2- Arcadia Awakens (Arkadien #1) by Kai Meyer

This is so gorgeous!

Arcadia Awakens (Arkadien #1) by

 To Rosa Alcantara, the exotic world of Sicily, with its network of Mafia families and its reputation for murder and intrigue, is just that—exotic and wholly unknown. But when her life in Brooklyn begins to fall apart, she must travel there, to her family’s ancestral home, where centuries of family secrets await her.

Once there, Rosa falls head over heels for Alessandro Carnevare, the son of a Sicilian Mafia family, whose handsome looks and savage grace both fascinate and unsettle her. But their families are sworn enemies, and her aunt and sister believe Alessandro is only using Rosa to infiltrate the Alcantara clan. And when Rosa encounters a tiger one night—a tiger with very familiar eyes—she can no longer deny that neither the Carnevares nor the Alcantaras are what they seem.

Hidden caves, dangerous beasts roaming the hills, and a history of familial blood lust mean that Rosa can’t trust anyone. Torn between loyalty to her family and love for their mortal enemy, Rosa must make the hardest decision of her life: stay in Sicily with her new love…or run as far and as fast as she can.

 **Goodreads Summary** 

 Oh goodness me. First of all- have you seen this gorgeous cover? It is amazing! And the plot and Idea- is phenomenal.  And guess when this book comes out- VALENTINES DAY. 2012. I had wandered into B&N yesterday seeking this title- I thought is had come out December 14th. I ask this balding guy- about 'Arcadia something.. like with snakes'. This dude thought I was clinically insane (Most would agree...). I didn't know the title. Or the author. Only ARCADIA. He didn't have any idea what I was rambling off about. But we found it on the store computer... I was really angry when I found out that I have to wait months. Ugh.  This book hasn't gotten the hype it deserves... yet! But soon it will- and hopefully I have contributed for your excitement. This is definitely a title to watch for.  Only time will tell how long I can wait.

Add It On GoodReads 



Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday 2- Top Ten Books of 2011

A big thank you to the girls@ The Broke and Bookish! They created this weekly Meme that I am just getting started in! 

Top Ten Books of 2011

Note: If they all could be #1 - most of these books would be!

1. Anna and the French Kiss. - I JUST READ THIS. LAST WEEK. Boy was I missing out- I believe this was one of the most refreshing romances I have read this year! I loved it and therefore it is #1.

2. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer- This book was so messed up and twisted. I couldn't put it down- If you have not read this- then it should be at the top of your To Be Read NOW list. 

3.  Getting Over Garrett Delaney- If you have read my review you know why I love it- but quick recap: The friendship and true meaning is great and exemplifies how real life REALLY works.

4. Son of Neptune- Just because it really, truly ROCKED.

5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone- This book was weird and wonderful and strange and alluring all at the same time- great read. 

6. Where the Truth Lies- this title has a double meaning- and I love it. This book is super messed up- if you enjoy twisted realistic fiction tales. Then a definite book for you.

7.  Break-Once again- another messed up tale I enjoyed. This book is about a boy who breaks his own bones intentionally and his goal is breaking all of them. Short read but super powerful.

8. Divergent- Dystopian. Romance. Mystery. Thriller. What more can you ask for??

9. Crank- Powerful message conveyed through poetry... and drugs are scary...

10. Songs for a Teenage Nomad- I just loved this book- very relatable... cute but not too cheesy. Great balance.

Well I fear that is the end of my Top Ten Books I read in 2011...

Now it is up to you!
What is your top ten- post in the comment section and I will add your link to this blog post.
I hope you all had a very Happy Holidays-
2012- It is OUR year!

Son of Neptune

The Son of Neptune

Pages: 513
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication: October 4th 2011
Book Source: Anqi Yu @ KajaInk
Age Group: More Middle Grade (12-14)

      Percy Jackson is back and ready to roll. Or he would be. If he remember anything. It is quite a hinderance- only knowing one thing; his name. And the fact that monsters are attacking him- somehow he has major monster fighting skills. But the monsters aren't dying; at least not for long. They keep coming back- faster and faster each time. 
      Percy had been found by Lupa- a roman wolf god. He trained with Lupa's wolves for months and taught Percy about who he is- or should be. He is a demi-god. A Half Blood. He is a Son of Neptune- he the roman god of the sea.  
     Soon he will be on a journey with two new friends- Frank and Hazel.  But not long after meeting these young half bloods at Camp Jupiter... he realizes that they are hiding secrets- secrets about life... and death. Secrets greater than Percy could ever imagine. Without any of his memories and friends... Can Percy Jackson survive this new, foreign adventure- Roman Style? 

First things first- This book is infuriating. And I absolutely love it. With Percy missing his memory- while reading you just want to punch things... and throw things... lots of things... Also tear your hair out... lots of it. After reading the first chapter I was hooked- I loved the new adventure. It is definitely great to have Percy back.

 This is the second book in the Heroes of Olympus series. I read the first book- without having the main character(s) as Percy- I was... per-say unsure of this new series. But I have fallen back in love with all of the characters- even the new ones. Frank- big, clumsy, ox-y Frank.  I admire his imperfectness and self consciousness. He was so real!

Rick Riordan beyond exceeded my expectations. Again. Sure- If you loved his first series with Percy Jackson you have a guarantee to love this book. There were times in this book I just laughed my butt off! Those of you who have read this- do you remember "I will trample you to death, silly Chinese Canadian baby man" MAN! You have got to love Arion- the horse with the mouth of a Sailor!

If you have held of reading this new (brilliant!) series in fear that it will ruin your Percy Jackson experience... ALAS! Wait no more! No need to wait like a coward. This  book will enhance your Percy party experience and leave you begging on your knees for more! And for those of you who have not read any Rick Riordan books... I pity you. Because you, my friend(s), are missing out on some majorly good mojo. 

If you need to begin your Percy Party Pack Experience- begin your journey with this brilliant beginning: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan.

Need I say more?

In My Mailbox- LATE- Christmas Edition- December 25th 2011- Januaray 1st 2012


Sorry my In My Mailbox post was late... Christmas was crazy! I hope you all have Happy Holidays! Be sure to remember to enter my giveaway of  by  before it ends!
Thanks everyone!

Jade I. @ Once Upon A Wanderer

Saturday, December 24, 2011

50 FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY- Matched by Ally Condie-

Getting in the holiday spirit- 
50 Follower Giveaway
Enter to win MATCHED by Ally Condie

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Feature Friday with Sadiya @ Random and Booky!

Feature Friday is a meme created by Sadiya over at Random and Booky- this commences where every week she chooses to interview a fellow blogger and feature them- she chose to feature me this week- so check out her blog and our interview- Sadiya is a wonderful chica and I am so grateful to have met her. She is an American Muslim and- definitly not a terrorist (for your information)-she provided me lots of information about her religion that I found extremely fascinating! She helped me understand the religion doesn't define a person- and her purpose is amazing. She blogs all about Young Adult fiction and participates in many weekly meme's.  I put her blog together myself- I made the header and such- If you are intrested in me doing that to your blog- Contact me through my 'Contact me' page.
So check out her blog:
Our interview- My questions are bold- her answers are italicized
What is your favorite book you have read in the past three months?
Smart you asked for the last 3 months and not all time, 'cause then I would never be able to choose! LoL. Uh I'm going to go with The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan. Gotta love Percy Jackson, right?
Do you own a kindle- what are your thoughts and opinions? If not Have you ever received any ARC's in your mailbox or on Net Galley?
No for all of those. But my thoughts on the kindle? It's an ok gadget. Though not for me. I like having a physical copy of the book. It's just something about having the real thing that makes it seem better. LoL.
What book are you pining for the most or the book on top of your to-read list?
Hmmmm. Well that always depends on what I have available at the library or in my shelf. Right now I have to finish 4 books so I can return them. But a book that's not in my shelf and one I really, really want to get is The Outcasts by John Flanagan. He's the author of the Ranger's Apprentice series and this is another series he's started, so obviously I must read it! LoL.

Do you ever write anything?
Uh. Writing. Well it's not a passion of mine, but I've been told I'm good at it, so I'm trying to write more. The only short story I wrote were in elementary school and one for a school contest. I put it on a website for computer class. If you want to check it it’s not very good but my writing since then has improved, I just don’t like writing.
What is your favorite part of reading a book?
Oh that's so easy! I love being able to escape the world and just sort jump into the book. Kinda like forget everything around me. Trust me I'm very good at that. Not to mention it's a good excuse for when I don't hear my parents calling me. LoL ^^
What book have you had for a while and not read?
Hmm yeah a few. I think the one I've had for the longest time is Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I bought it in 2010, 8th grade book fair and it's been collecting dust ever since.
What do you like to do when reading? Ex: music, eating, etc
Hmm. I like to listen to music while I read. Most of the time I lay on my bed to read, sometimes I'll text my best friend, Cora.
What do you like to do other than reading and blogging?
Hmm. Well reading is basically my life. Other than that I like to text, eat, hang out with friends, watch movies, play online/search the most random things on Google. In the spring/summer I play badminton out in our yard.
Who would be your best fictional character best friend(s)?
D.J. From the Dairy Queen trilogy no doubt! Just the way she thinks is a lot like mine, though I'm more confident. Her sarcasm is great too. LoL.
When and why did you begin book blogging?
I started blogging back in July. I started it mainly because it seemed fun and cool. Another reason was that online there were a whole bunch of rude and stereo type comments about Muslims and I wanted to prove them wrong and this was my small way of doing it. I was kinda trying to say: 'Hey I'm a teenage Muslim. You don't see me blowing up buildings!" After a while I realized it doesn't matter because what those people ((who were adults)) were saying to me was just bullying and it got me thinking that it didn't matter what they think because they are bullies. ((I tried to say that not all Muslims are bad and they insulted me)) And I was curious to what they teach they're kids. Now when someone says that, I'll just say once it's not true. If they don't believe me I just think of them as immature idiots. LoL.
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That was my very first Feature Friday- check out her interview with me on her blog- 

Thank you all for reading- If you would like to participate in a Feature Friday with Sadiya- just contact her through her blog.