Five Year Blogoversary + Giveaway!

Today I’m excited to celebrate my  Five Year Blogoverary! Five years!! Wow!! Where has the time gone?

The day I started blogging I was scared. Y’all, I am a bit worry wart (thanks, Dad). I didn’t want to fail. I started out by sharing reviews with a friend to put on her blog. After a couple of months, I started my own blog in January 2013. I had just graduated college the month before and had some time to figure out how things worked.

I spent little time deciding on my blog name. It was inspired from a fictional place of similar name from a book I read several years ago, Land of a Hundred Wonders. The book was filled with characters I came to love. My first year was rough. I was learning about this whole new world and then I was a teacher! I lived at my school (and I still do), so I had to step away from my blog that first year. When 2014 hit I had a little bit better handle on things and I started coming back.

Since then there have been so many great books that have come along. NetGalley helped out there, and I’m still paying the price, but I love that I am auto-approved from a few publishers. I met some really great people and enjoyed so much of my blogging journey. I’ve had to take several hiatuses over the years, but I never considered leaving my blog behind. These past five years have been such a bright spot in my life with my blog.

Some Stats

379 Books Read
1,922 Posts
9,775 Comments
58,823 Blog Views
442 Followers on Instagram
1,595 Likes on Facebook Page
1,462 Followers on Twitter

It is so great to have this space and the freedom to share my thoughts about books and my life.  I want to thank all of you for visiting and commenting. In celebration of this milestone, I want to celebrate you! Without all of you fellow bloggers, I wouldn’t have enjoyed blogging nearly as much.

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Book Blogger Hop ~ 1.12.18

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


Have you ever thought of writing a respectful, but angry letter to an author to ask them WHY they killed off one of your favorite characters in a novel? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

I have never thought of writing a letter to an author asking them to explain killing off a character…or asking them anything else, for that matter. I have, however, thought of writing an angry, as-respectful-as-possible letter to an author to inform them to quit sending daily emails criticizing my review of their book. I just started ignoring them and within two weeks the emails stopped.

Beyond the Books ~ Most Popular Posts

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Beyond the Books is a weekly meme hosted by Karen @ KissinBlueKaren. Each week features a new topic (mostly non-bookish). This meme is a fun, social weekly post.


This Week’s Topic:

Most Popular Posts – Why do you think they got so much love? 

In order of views…

Top Ten Tuesday – Books for Readers Who Like Dead Poet’s Society

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – Wonder

Book Review – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Book Review – One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

Book Review – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Book Review – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

How Dare You, Goodreads!

Teaser & Tuesday Intro – Somebody Like You

My Bullet Journal – Things That Didn’t Work

Book Review – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

 

It’s not surprise the Harry Potter reviews are popular. Everything HP is! A much-loved series of books. I think my post for readers who liked Dead Poet’s Society caught attention just because of the subject matter. It is a popular book and movie with older generations (meaning mine and older, younger ones aren’t in on it yet), but the themes found within the book are what resonate with so many.

Wonder was such a popular buzz book in 2017 that I think just the name alone attracted readers. I’m surprised that One Thousand White Women was so popular. I wouldn’t think it would be! My Goodreads post was full funny, and of course people take joy in finding out things that didn’t work out so well for others.

 

Upcoming Posts: 

January 18- List some interesting posts you have read lately (loved or hated)
January 25- Foods that remind you of childhood

February 1- Best Moments in Blogging
February 8- Romantic Movies/Shows
February 15- Blog(s) you read daily
February 22- Kids and Social Media

Famous Last Words #40

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Famous Last Words is a new monthly feature here in Land of 1000 Wonders. I wanted to find a new way to share some fabulous quotations from reads old and new. The inspiration for this feature came from the character Pudge in John Green’s Looking for Alaska.


Leah Santelli always knew that Zach Harper, son of a rock legend and her best friend’s brother, was painfully out of reach. Then, on the night of her eighteenth birthday, Leah shocked herself by asking for–and receiving–the gift she wanted: one night of passion with Zach before he left town to pursue his rock star dreams. Now, years later, Zach is back in Cloud Bay to record his first solo album. His return could also be Leah’s big chance to step up her own music career. But getting the producing credit she needs means spending long hours with Zach in the recording studio…and falling back into the habit of longing for him, for better or worse.

Zach used to believe that a man must put his past behind him. But coming back home for Cloud Bay’s famed music festival has allowed him to finally make amends with his family and, much to his surprise, reunite with Leah. He might have left her once but now it seems he can’t stay away. Trouble is, even though the heat between them burns hotter than ever, Leah has old wounds in need of healing before she can give Zach a real chance. Can he find a way to convince her that they can make more than just great music together–and that she’s the one that he wants for all time?

No Place Like You

My Favorite…Moment To Write My Reviews

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.


Moment To Write My Reviews

My favorite time to write reviews – or write anything for my blog – is in the early morning hours on the weekend. Lately, that has been an issue as I sleep well into the brunch hour due to the busy week and late nights almost every day. But I do enjoy those early hours when it is so quiet it seems you’re the only one in the world. Usually, I will write 2-3 (or more) reviews at once, so the calm the morning hours allow is the perfect time for me to sit down and write without interruptions or distractions.

WWW Wednesdays (1.10.18)

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading?

On Monday night I started my new book, One True Pairing by Cathy Yardley. It is the second book in the Fandom Hearts series. I read Level Up at the end of 2015 and I thought that was going to be the only book. I’m glad there are more! I’m still not too terribly far into this one, but so far I am intrigued by Hailey’s attitude and why she has developed the life rules she has.

They couldn’t be more opposite, the Hollywood actor and the hometown girl, but all they need is a little convention magic to become the perfect ship in Cathy Yardley’s One True Pairing.

Jake Reese needs a decoy girlfriend. Fast. The lead actor of the popular TV show, Mystics, is tired of losing his shirt to overeager fans. Literally. Which is why a chance meeting with gothabilly bookworm-slash-barista Hailey Frost seems almost too perfect to be true. Hailey is not impressed with his TV fame and is desperate to save her family’s bookstore. It’s a match made in Hollywood, but as the two pretend to date, fan fiction becomes reality. Can this OTP become canon?


 What did you just finish reading?

I was in the perfect kind of small town dysfunctional heaven with Saturdays at Sweeney’s. There is so much that happens in this book. As I was thinking about it one day after finishing it, there is no main character. Each of the family members has their own spotlights throughout the book. There were a wide range of events happening and packaged all in this book with the cute cover: a family’s battle living with Alzheimer’s, the family business being destroyed, family secrets, alcoholism and recovery, drug abuse and therapy, younger generations starting their college pathways, a strange mystery of occurrences, and a sleazy tabloid writer. It didn’t shy away from those hard topics – it faced them head-on. Each of the Sweeney sisters had their own secret to hide and each of those things continued to build up the tension and draw out the suspense. I definitely want to go back and read the first four books in the series.


What do you think you’ll read next?

Next I’m going to finish off the Fandom Hearts series with Game of Hearts before moving on to A Wedding at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment with your answers! Share the link to your WWW Wednesday post OR leave your answers in the comments if you don’t have a blog. Happy Reading! 🙂