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Top Ten Tuesday | The Art of Shelf Dust Gathering (Or a how-to Guide on Giving Your Books a Vintage Vibe)

Monday, August 22, 2016


Happy Tuesday, book nerd peeps. Today's Top Ten Tuesday prompt is likely to cause many of us to shake our heads at the neglect we've shown our bookshelves and perhaps even admit these things with a sheepish attitude. As I scrolled through Goodreads to find appropriate titles for today's prompt, I really didn't find exactly what I was looking for, so I went deep into "research" for this week's topic.

The things I do to further my book nerd status.

Broke and Bookish August 23rd Prompt:

Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven't Read Yet

So. Here's what I did and the lowdown on how today's post stacks up. I searched through my old Amazon orders to find the final three books on this list which means those are novels I have owned (and NOT read) since before I began blogging - and perhaps even before blogging was a thought in my mind. The seven books you'll see first are novels I've had on my shelf for FAR too long (aside from making my shelf pretty, they're mainly, sadly, gathering dust) and were released in or prior to 2011 but I've not owned them that long.

Let's get this bookish party started.

1. Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carringer | These novels look, sound and no doubt are, fierce. Amazon | Goodreads  

2. Heist Society by Ally Carter | If I didn't already, having reading Ally's All Fall Down earlier this year, I've been made all the more aware how much I'd like to read MORE of her fun and flirty, complete with cozy-mystery-vibes novels. This must happen. Amazon | Goodreads

3. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen | I've not read anything from Sarah, but trusted blogging buddies enjoy her books, and since I own a few, I figure one of these days I'll get around to reading one. Amazon | Goodreads

4.  Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg | Jane Austen. 'Nuff said. Amazon | Goodreads

5. Where She Went by Gayle Forman | I was surprised how much I liked If I Stay, and as a result, reading this follow-up is high on my mental TBR. The problem with that is, sometimes my mental TBR and actual know-I-must-read TBR don't always play nice. Amazon | Goodreads

6. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han | Someday I WILL read a novel by Jenny Han. Amazon | Goodreads

7. The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade | I know this one has made frequent appearances on my Top Ten Tuesday memes, but what can I say? It sounds darling. The all-important question to self: WHY HAVEN'T YOU READ IT!? Amazon | Goodreads


8. Delivered with Love by Sherry Kyle | I just spotted this one again on my "overflow" shelf and was looking at it. It sounds as cute as it ever, plus do we detect some Signed, Sealed and Delivered vibes!? Amazon | Goodreads

9. Texas Heat by Debra White Smith | I read a contemporary Jane Austen series by this author (which, by the way, are absolutely perfect as I remember) and enjoyed her style and writing. It would then stand to reason that I'd also like this, the first in a romantic-suspense series. Amazon | Gooreads

10. Reclaiming Nick by Susan May Warren | Who doesn't love a cover with a cute dude on it? I think that's all that needs to be said. Amazon | Goodreads
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Those are the books I was able to come up with for today's topic. What books have been sitting on your shelf since before you began blogging? Do you recommend any of these as must reads right now!? Let me know down below! I'd love to chat with you, and as always, visit your top ten Tuesday meme posts.

PS: for a mere 10 more hours, enter the Indie Book Giveaway or enter to win a copy of Lynette Eason's Without Warning.
 
Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.

Without Warning by Lynette Eason – Smart, “Elite” and Gripping Romantic Suspense

Friday, August 19, 2016

 
About the Book:
Author: Lynette Eason
Publisher: Revell
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2016
Find the Review elsewhere:
Amazon ǀ Blogger ǀ Goodreads | Wordpress
Find the Book Elsewhere:
Series: Elite Guardians, 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Rating: 5 out of 5
Without Warning is a wonderful novel not to be underestimated or overlooked. Its brilliant writing coupled with its kick-butt heroine (and hero who had me at “Marine”) who is as capable of rescuing as she is of being rescued... 

Katie Singleton’s personal and professional life is wrought with tragedy. But the one constant in her life is her work as an elite bodyguard at Elite Guardians. Her current client she happened upon quite by accident. Though he’s known for his string of popular gourmet restaurants, Daniel Matthews never expected to be the subject of a stalker. When Katie becomes involved in Daniel’s life after a suspected arsonist sets his restaurant ablaze, and the discovery of a body, Katie assists the former Marine in discovering who is behind this.
 
 
To begin this year, one of the best at-the-time books to release was Always Watching, the first novel in this series. At the time, not only was it a wonderful read, but it has since maintained that same ranking as one of my favorite reads. Following up its impressive feats was something of a challenge, but Katie and Daniel’s story did just that, proving it was a force to be reckoned with. There are many surprises and unexpected twists in this novel, both of the nail-biting variety and the diverse nature of the story. As I read Without Warning, the greatest surprise inside its pages was how fast-paced it is. There’s barely a moment given to Katie or Daniel to breath, and yet, throughout this race for identity, there are still some memorable moments.
 
In the rare “quiet” conversations between these two, some good building blocks for what we know leads to an inevitable future begin to weave together. Their teasing, flirty banter counteracts the more serious nature of the story. There is one particularly sweet and swoony-romantic moment that comes in the latter fourth of the novel. An interesting character angle was also the presence of Daniel’s niece Riley, a character I didn’t expect. Her addition to the story dynamics was a wonderful one. I loved the interplay between her and Daniel. She was a mature teen character written well to the page and her presence brought out a sweet protective side to Daniel we’d have not otherwise seen were it not for her.
...her heart [overflowed] with love for the man who held her, for the God who gave them a beautiful new sunrise each morning, for... life."

An Eason signature is the adrenaline rush that comes with every story she pens, and this one is no different. The pace clips through the story at breakneck speed weaving in and out of the whodunit type questions the prose ponders. Everything comes down to a simple fact. Lynette Eason trademarks the best in smart, “elite” and gripping romantic suspense. Without Warning is a wonderful novel not to be underestimated or overlooked. Its brilliant writing coupled with its kick-butt heroine (and hero who had me at “Marine”) who is as capable of rescuing as she is of being rescued (yes there is a distinction and yes, there is nothing wrong with either scenario). Fans of authors like Ronie Kendig or Dani Pettery are sure to discover another must read inside the pages of Without Warning. So you’ve been warned: don’t miss it!  


Synopsis: Katie Singleton, a partner with the Elite Guardians Protection Agency, stumbles upon her next assignment quite by accident. Spotting blue lights at a familiar restaurant, she stops to investigate, only to discover that owner Daniel Matthews has become the target of someone who will go to any lengths to put him out of business.
 
Daniel might be concerned, but he's not convinced that a bodyguard--and a female one at that--is necessary. A new attack and his niece's urgings are enough to make him reconsider. He and Katie must figure out who's behind the intimidation and threats--before a would-be killer strikes again.

Witty dialogue and a simmering attraction will have readers flying through this tension-laced thriller. Eason exercises complete control of her readers' emotions as they race through the pages to discover the truth. - Goodreads

Coming Next from Lynette Eason: When Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe don't show up for Quinn's surprise birthday party, his friends know that something is very wrong. Their search turns up little beyond evidence that Quinn and Maddy just decided to take off for a long overdue vacation. But it soon becomes apparent that they did not leave of their own accord.

Maddy awakens in a cement room with no idea where she is. But it's not long before she realizes she's in the clutches of a madman exacting revenge by hunting. His prey of choice? Humans. Now Maddy and Quinn must run for their lives, hoping to find their killer before the next game begins. Because if they don't win this game, they die. - Goodreads, Amazon | Goodreads

Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes. 

Review text is © Copyright 2011-2016 Rissi JC and first appeared on Finding Wonderland (Dreaming Under the Same Moon), RissiWrites.com

Book Giveaway | Lynette Eason's Without Warning


Good afternoon, friends and readers. We're on the edge of another weekend, which is worthy of some confetti don't you think? This is the first summer weekend in a long time we're forecasted to have rain on Saturday although after today's hot and humid weather, a cool down might be welcome. We can't have it all, right?
 
 
I've got another giveaway to close out the week because I happened to have two copies of Lynette Eason's latest, Without Warning and I want to share that copy with one of you. It's a fast-paced, exhilarating romantic-suspense novel that you simply MUST read if you like Eason novels or the likes of Dani Pettrey. (If you want a more coherent, specific review, my review is linked above and below.)
 
Let's look at the official synopsis of Without Warning.
 
Synopsis: Katie Singleton, a partner with the Elite Guardians Protection Agency, stumbles upon her next assignment quite by accident. Spotting blue lights at a familiar restaurant, she stops to investigate, only to discover that owner Daniel Matthews has become the target of someone who will go to any lengths to put him out of business.

Daniel might be concerned, but he's not convinced that a bodyguard--and a female one at that--is necessary. A new attack and his niece's urgings are enough to make him reconsider. He and Katie must figure out who's behind the intimidation and threats--before a would-be killer strikes again.

Witty dialogue and a simmering attraction will have readers flying through this tension-laced thriller. Eason exercises complete control of her readers' emotions as they race through the pages to discover the truth. - Goodreads
 
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And now let's get the rule details out of the way. (If you're a pro in giveaway's around here, just skip to the good bit: the widget!)
 
The giveaway(s) is open to US readers. The prize will be a paperback copy, unless otherwise noted (US readers might have a paperback option when applicable). I do ask that anyone who leaves a comment under "anonymous," please leave the same name you enter into the widget in your comment - it's not easy to try and match comments when there is no name and in fairness to everyone else, I want to be able to be sure everyone who used the Rafflecopter correctly has a fair chance at winning against those who abuse it - there have been a few people I could not verify. So please, I don't mean to overwhelm, but just keep this in mind when entering future giveaways. I'd sure appreciate it! Winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification (you'll be contacted at the email address in the Rafflecopter form) before another winner is randomly chosen.
 
To be entered in the giveaway, just enter as much or as little as you like into the Rafflecopter widget, which you'll find down below. The Giveaway ends August 27th. Happy Rafflecopter-ing.

http://www.rissiwrites.com/2016/08/without-warning-by-lynette-eason-smart.html
 
Tweet any of the following "shareables" (if you use this as an entry, make sure to enter them in the Rafflecopter widget):

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Enter the #BookGiveaway on Finding Wonderland http://bit.ly/2bmyWY7 Win a copy of WITHOUT WARNING
 
PS: for another four days, enter the "Indie Books" giveaway (select book from list in post). 
 
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Blogging 101 | Page Views, Stats and More

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Our “Blogging 101” series continues today with a boring (in comparison) topic. What might this be? Well, it’s taking a look at the technical side of blogging and what that ensues.

Five years into my blogging journey and I will be upfront: I am still clueless (for all intents and purposes) about analytics and all this entails. But I have learned MORE about the ins and outs in the last year than I did in the first four years of blogging. Let me just say this to get us started: if ever you thought these things didn’t matter, they do. I’ll clarify more of this down below, so let’s get started. 

Page Views | I never paid any attention to my page views that I can remember until more recently when I began to open up to advertising. (This is another topic that is controversial, but isn’t one I’m going to talk about exclusively for today’s purposes.) Let me say this: pageviews aren’t the end-all for a blogger. Getting caught up in them isn't healthy even if you are in this for the "bigger picture" as opposed to the sheer joy. Are they important? Yes.  

Let me clarify.

If you’re a hobby blogger who simply enjoys the outlet of writing and aren’t concerned with stats, then you needn’t worry about upping your page views.  

If you’re a blogger who is serious about turning your blog into a professional outlet (a controversial topic we can discuss in a future post if there's interest), then page views are important. For book bloggers, some publishers and/or authors also have a specific requirement that must be met before they’ll add you to their list of approved bloggers or influencers.  

How to boast your page views?  

The remedy for my sluggish page views is simple: social media. It amazes me how much my stats spike when I’m active on social media. The one that works to the advantage best (for me) is Twitter, so this is why I invest so much time in Twitter (if you’d like to know more about how I use Twitter to Finding Wonderland’s best benefit, let me know). But depending on the blog/person, I think this can be different for everyone. Some bloggers might find Pinterest or Facebook to their best advantage. You simply need to check your stats and see what helps most.  

Tips To Boost Your Stats | As I said above, one of the best ways to boast your stats is utilizing social media. The pros are that most accounts are free to create. The cons are keeping up with multiple accounts can be time-consuming. Let’s look at some helpful tips.  

Consistent Content | I have no proof this helps, but personally, as a reader of blogs and a blogger, I believe consistent content assists in readership. I do notice my blog readership will drop off if I’ve had a lax publishing week, but again, this could be due to other patterns for whatever reason.  

For myself, I don’t like to publish multiple times a day or feel pressure to publish something 7 days a week. Ideally, I like to publish 4-5 times a week.   

TweetDeck | Keeping a social media updated can be daunting and overwhelming for some of us. Fortunately Twitter has many apps that are there to help with this. These apps let you schedule tweets. I use Tweet Deck and love it. Seriously, it’s a blogger survival tool. When I have the time (I usually take a day or two every week or bi-weekly, depending on time), I sit down and schedule tweets like nobody’s business. Sometimes (if I’m lucky), I get them scheduled two weeks out. 

Of course, as you add new content to your blog, you will want to open Tweet Deck and add your new posts to the varying posts you have already scheduled.  
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That's a wrap for today. If you have any specific questions or would like to see something discussed in greater specificity, let me know.
 
Thanks for visiting Finding Wonderland.

Disclosure: this series was created with you, the reader, in mind. The tips myself and the contributing bloggers have shared aren’t the only methods on how to blog. They’re simply a collection of helpful ideas and tips that we’ve found useful.

Book Giveaway | Indie Books

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

 
Hello, readers. Welcome to Finding Wonderland. Our blogoversary month of giveaways continue today with another "winner's choice" giveaway option. Inspired by my review today, this one will feature a variety of Indie published novels. So, let's not waste time discovering what those are.
 
 
Today we are spotlighting some of the Indie authors who I'm familiar with. Though one of the books listed below has not made it onto my "read" list, I adore this authors traditionally published novels, and the others have. There's five books from which you can chose and it's a nice variety of genres. Or I hope it is. There's contemporary, historical and YA in the mix.
 
 Let's take a look at the specifics of today's featured books.

http://www.rissiwrites.com/2016/08/told-you-twice-by-kristen-heitzmann.html
 
The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof  Amazon | Goodreads
Forever Safe by Jody Hedlund  Amazon | Goodreads
Told You Twice* by Kristen Heitzmann Amazon | Goodreads
I'll Be Yours by Jenny B. Jones Amazon | Goodreads
The End of the World* by Amy Matayo  Amazon | Goodreads

*these novels, while still "inspirational," would earn a PG13 rating for some mature content.
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And now let's get the rule details out of the way. (If you're a pro in giveaway's around here, just skip to the good bit: the widget!)
 
The giveaway(s) is open to all readers. The prize will be a Kindle copy, unless otherwise noted (US readers might have a paperback option). I do ask that anyone who leaves a comment under "anonymous," please leave the same name you enter into the widget in your comment - it's not easy to try and match comments when there is no name and in fairness to everyone else, I want to be able to be sure everyone who used the Rafflecopter correctly has a fair chance at winning against those who abuse it - there have been a few people I could not verify. So please, I don't mean to overwhelm, but just keep this in mind when entering future giveaways. I'd sure appreciate it! Winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification (you'll be contacted at the email address in the Rafflecopter form) before another winner is randomly chosen.
 
To be entered in the giveaway, just enter as much or as little as you like into the Rafflecopter widget, which you'll find down below. The Giveaway ends August 24th. Happy Rafflecopter-ing.
 
Tweet any of the following "shareables" (if you use this as an entry, make sure to enter them in the Rafflecopter widget):
 
#Giveaway | A "winners choice" Indie Book http://bit.ly/2blflKi #MustRead #IndieBooksBeSeen
 
Enter the #BookGiveaway on Finding Wonderland http://bit.ly/2blflKi (You could win a #Kindle copy of an Indie novel of your choice)

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Told You Twice by Kristen Heitzmann - Emotionally Investing and Raw


About the Book:
Publisher: bHd Books (Indie)
Source: Author Provided (via Rel's Author Services)
Publication Date: 2016
Find the Review elsewhere:
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Find the Book Elsewhere:
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Series: Told You, Book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 

Stars are finally aligning for Alexis Murphy. She has an adoring fiancé, Jeffrey, and with him, she’s planning a fairytale wedding with Grace Evangeline. All is made sweeter since Grace is married to Exi’s cousin, Devin, the guy who still affectionately calls her by the childhood nickname. Her otherwise ideal life hits a snag when Exi meets Bo Corrigan, the one man Devin distrusts most.

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Bo is walking, breathing trouble. Grace sees more to him, but when he expresses interest in Exi, all Devin can see is an infuriating charmer out to break hearts. Bo is struggling internally with his lifestyle. He isn’t sure what he wants and questions everything: including his sketchy past and his infatuation with Exi. All of which could cost Bo a great deal more that he is willing to give.   

As with everything I’ve read by Heitzmann, this second Indie novel from her is another emotional roller-coaster. Like its companion novel, this digs beneath the surface of contemporary romance to look underneath all the uncomplicated happy moments most consist of. Primarily this might be because of the characters and their well-developed characteristics and strong personalities. As someone who grew up with the inspirational fiction that was of the proper variety – both as an emotional outlet and in terms of the procedures of the era (think historical prairie fiction), reading “edgy” fiction is something new. This is the reason why reading this novel is such a gratifying experience that, for those of us willing to look past the tragedy, is beautifully rewarding. 
...you are everything that's right with this world. Don't let anyone dim your light. No one knows who you are inside so don't let them define you. - Kristen Heitzmann
For many, the characters will be, and should be, the greatest incentive of this novel. They’re so well-written, explored and examined, there isn’t anything left wanting. Everyone is genuine and fighting to come out the other end of a “hopeless,” traumatic or unhealthy experience. Exi is seeking something she didn’t (really) know she was searching for. Bo, though aware of what people think of him, is, as Grace wisely knows, (in part) hiding beneath a façade. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t thoroughly disappointed in Bo over something he does that winds up being a key turning point in the plot. That said, I understand the reason for this and appreciate that it makes the journey, story and experience all the more satisfying. Fans of Told You So will relish in experiencing Grace and Devin in a healthy place as they are more than secondary afterthoughts. (A reason why you should read Told You So first.)

If you’re looking for something that will shake up the safety net of your usual reading, Told You Twice is it. If you’re hungering for a romance that, while about the attraction, digs beneath surface appearances, Told You Twice will not disappoint. It’s raw, powerful and unapologetic for its intentions. The story has a solid message that becomes its goal to tell, and in the end, it does this without fear.  

Content: There are minor innuendoes or sexual references (all “behind the door” classy than graphic) in this novel on the same level as its predecessor. A (light) PG13 rating would likely be affixed to this if it were under the film rating system. 

 
Synopsis: Alexis Murphy is done messing with the wrong kinds of men. She could not be happier planning a personalized Grace Evangeline wedding with her fiancé, Jeffrey, who is so…right for her. Or is he?

Stage star and spokesmodel, Bo Corrigan, could be the ultimate disruption. Alexis—Exi—is caught by his talent and sexual magnetism. Yet under the glow, she senses trouble, not only danger from Bo’s past mistakes, but something inside tearing him apart.

From the moment Bo sees Exi, he knows she’s special, but not only that—she’s real. Unlike the theater scene he’s been immersed in, she sees the man he is and won’t stop until she’s reached inside and brought that person from despair to life … if only they have time. With violent forces against them, can they get beyond the damage to love that heals and restores? – Goodreads
 


Sincere thanks to the author and Rel for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes. 

Review text is © Copyright 2011-2016 Rissi JC and first appeared on Finding Wonderland (Dreaming Under the Same Moon), RissiWrites.com

Top Ten Tuesday | Making the Grade

Monday, August 15, 2016


Aside from a few places within the States, I’m not what one would call a seasoned traveler. In fact most of the trips I have taken involved wide open spaces and had a warm hug waiting at the end of a long 13 hour drive. Translation: said road trips involved visiting my grandmother.

My lack of travel experience isn’t for want of wishing to see some of America’s wonders or even, perhaps, in my wildest dreams parts of Europe, but stars don’t always align. It’s for this reason (#2,847) that books give us all such a joyful experience. 

Broke and Bookish August 16th Prompt

Top Ten Books With X Setting (top ten books set near the beach, top ten book set in boarding school, top ten books set in England, etc) 

Though I wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to go with this prompt, I decided to scratch going straight British because we did recently talk about books that took place overseas. Also, I recently watched the pilot of Gossip Girl (definitely something I "get" being addicting, but golly, the drama would do me in), which helped inspiring today’s topic. As a result, I went with the boarding school (or a “private,” “prep,” “elite” school however you wish to coin it) prompt though my intention may have been for nothing as many of these are British set.

Still, since boarding school is (thankfully) not something I ever experienced nor is it something I read much of in books, I decided to feature some books set in a boarding school that I’m interested in reading. 


1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte | I had to laugh at myself for adding this one since saying I’m a classic lit novice would be an understatement. That said, I do adore this story as a cinematic masterpiece (so much so that I have a review of a certain version and blog post left unpublished on my trusty USB file blog folder). Plus, it’s one of the most famous “boarding school” stories I’d wager. AmazonGoodreads 

2. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett | Say what?! Another classic on my list? Yeah, so… that happened! Again, I don’t know if I read this one in school or not, but either way, I adore it as a story. Amazon | Goodreads 

3. Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carringer | These novels look, sound and no doubt are, fierce. I’d love to read them in the near future because I’m unfamiliar with the steampunk genre with exception to one or two books. Amazon | Goodreads  

4. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter | This is another one on my must-read-ASAP list. They might be well past my target reading age, but as someone who loves spy stories (read: once addicted to Alias and Covert Affairs), these look way too fun. Amazon | Goodreads 

5. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro | Sherlock Holmes inspiration? I’m in! Amazon | Goodreads 
 

6.  Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg | If there's a hint of Jane Austen, I'm so there! Which is why I'm puzzled as to why I've not yet read this one. Must. Remedy. Amazon | Goodreads

7. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins | Another one I've been meaning to read for eons. In fact this one is sitting pretty on my bookshelf as we speak. Amazon | Goodreads
 
8. Mandie and the Secret Tunnel by Lois Gladys Leppard | Added this one for nostalgia's sake. Read these as a young kid, and though I didn't make it through the entire series, what I did read were awfully cute. Amazon | Goodreads
 
9. Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout | Read this one last summer, and the result was a quirky and sweet little YA contemporary romcom. Has anyone else read it? Amazon | Goodreads
 
10. Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor | I've read some friends reviews of this one, and it sounds interesting, so yeah, why not add it to today's list!? (That's reason enough!) Amazon | Goodreads 
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What books do you like that are set in an exclusive boarding school or any kind of “unique” school setting? Comment down below with your bookish or not-so-bookish thoughts! I’d be glad to chat with you.  

Happy Top Ten Tuesday, friends and readers.  
 
Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.

Exploring the Trailer | What We Learned About The Return of Gilmore Girls


My immersion into the lives of the Gilmore women came late. Late, as in nine years after its finale aired. But everyone around me, from  favorite authors I conversed with to friends and family, loved the WB show that was aptly titled Gilmore Girls. Needless to say, I finally watched an episode and the rest, as they say, is history.
 
These many years after the show aired its finale (a finale fans weren’t completely satisfied with given the creator had exited the show a year prior) and fifteen years after the premiere, Netflix inked a deal that allowed the show to live on. This deal consists of four 90-minute films that are set to premiere on Netflix in November. Recently a trailer for those installments (set to chronicle the four seasons in these characters lives) premiered. As I write this, I’ve yet to watch it, so today I wanted to, in some sense discover its Gilmore magic with you.

With that said, let’s see what we learned from the trailer and have another look at it. Because it’s Gilmore Girls, and let’s face it, we can never talk enough about it.

Exploring the Trailer – What We Learned About The Return of Gilmore Girls
 
#1 First Impressions
 

I’d be lying if I didn’t say my face didn’t split into a grin when the opening strains of the theme song begin. As that transitions us further in, we take a miniature tour through Stars Hollow through all the old haunts.
 
#2 The Junk Food Binge
 
If this teaser is any indication (they’re downing coffee and, of course, Pop-Tarts are present), Rory and Lorelai are still overindulging in the worst junk food Doose’s Market can supply them with. I envy them their ability to do this.
 
#3 Quick Wit
 

Despite their good and bad times coupled with distance (following Rory leaving Stars Hollow), it appears like Lorelai and Rory haven’t lost their unique mother-daughter code. What is this code? Their ability to talk in circles about nothing and everything. This clip features Lorelai wondering if Amy Schumer would like her, suggesting pop culture references are still a staple in the Gilmore home.

Also, I love that this scene shows Rory Gilmore Googling needless facts like a boss. Seriously, back when this show was on, flip phones were all the rage. Now we see Rory sitting next to a Smartphone, and the endless information source known as the Internet at her fingertips. She and Google facts are a match made in heaven.
 
#4 What We Know
 
Following the release of the trailer, there was confirmation that the scene seen in the teaser will not be included in the series. Personally, I think this is a brilliant marketing strategy. With this “tease,” we are given a taste of what’s to come and reminded (no matter the subtlety) of all the reasons we adored Gilmore Girls – all without filmmakers giving away their best-kept secrets. It’s TV brilliance. It’s also evil.
 
#5 What We Don’t Know
 
Noticeably absent from the trailer were hints of the likes of Luke (who we’re assured of seeing again because we have photographic proof), Mrs. Gilmore or, of course, the suitors of Rory Gilmore! Though this all ties into my previous point about this trailer being a clever promotional strategy. While I anticipate seeing more material involving beloved characters from the likes of Luke straight through to Logan (who is the only suitor set to appear in all four episodes), I also appreciate the way this is playing out.

Check out the teaser:
 
 
What about you: What did you like best or find curious about the trailer? What are you most anticipating come November 25th? Have any theories about this revival series event? Sound off below!

Photos: Netflix

This article first appeared on Silver Petticoat Review.

Blogging 101 | Being a Book Blogger (An Author’s Perspective)

Thursday, August 11, 2016

For a long time now, a collaborative idea for Finding Wonderland has been bubbling. The problem was I hadn’t sat down to put words to paper sharing said idea. The idea isn’t so much inventive as it is an event that will hopefully offer interested readers a chance to ask some questions, and my fellow blogging friends a chance to offer their expertise (and more importantly to this girl) allowing me to advertise their amazing creativeness. Submit your questions, and find out more in the Introduction post.
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Happy Thursday, Finding Wonderland readers. Today, the Blogging 101 series continues with our first guest contribution! I'm really excited about this because our guest is Meghan Gorecki. Both author and blogger, Meghan was one of my first readers at Finding Wonderland since I "knew" her before I even began this blog thanks to a little publication called Femnista.

Since my entrance into the blogging world, I've been enabled to visit others blogs, and been able to get to know Meghan better. Her lovely talents as a writer, blogger and genuine ability to share her faith never cease to surprise (in the best way) and impress me. It's for these reasons and others that I asked Meghan to join this series. Needless to say, I'm thrilled she said yes. Meghan, thank you so much for joining Blogging 101. I appreciate you lending your voice and expertise to say nothing of taking the time and effort to join this.

Without further ado, read about Meghan's insight as a book blogger (from an author and blogger's perspective), and read all the way through because Meghan offers some wonderful tips for bloggers! (Including advice about honesty and kindness in a book review.)
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Being a Book Blogger (An Author’s Perspective)
by Meghan M. Gorecki | @MeghanMGorecki
 
The “hat” of Book Blogger is worn by many, but oftentimes it is not the sole occupation of any one blogger. Other hats such as wife, mother, full-time employee somewhere, daughter, sister, student, teacher—you name it, the book blogging community is rich and varied. And ever expanding. If you love to read, and talk about books—you can be a book blogger. I have seen firsthand what a difference book blogging can make. In the lives of readers, who may just become new friends thanks to what a unifier love of story can be. AND—in the lives of the authors. Trust me—in addition to wearing the hat of blogger I first and foremost wear the hat of author.
 
Writing a book is truly a labor of love, whether it is the author’s first, fifth or fiftieth novel. Unlike the heroines like Anne Shirley or Jo March of old who sent full, paper manuscripts into publishers—today’s journey to publication is ravaged with a lot of patience-trying waiting, proper protocols to follow—and this is all before an author gains a contract! Even for independent authors trying to make it in the industry—it is extremely hard work to put out a book that took up so much energy, blood, sweat and tears. Just in the hope of sharing it and praying it has an impact on readers and that people like it! It is a calling, I know that full well—but one fraught with moments of thinking, “Is it really worth it? Why do I bother?” This is why book reviews are gold to authors. Even the not-very-favorable ones, much as they can hurt. We see people reading a part of our lifeblood, and it bolsters us to keep on writing.
 
When you read and take the time to review a book, you are using your sphere of influence—no matter how great or small the number of followers you have—to get the word out about a book. In sharing about a book you enjoyed, you are reaching out—extending it to other potential readers and this grows and swells into a thriving community that is both a blessing to readers and authors alike. I have met some of my dearest faraway friends and other kindred spirited authors through book blogging. Our amazing hostess here Rissi being one of them! :) (Thank you so much for the kind words, Meghan. This community is indeed an amazing place to be a part of – and I agree. There are SO many spirited bloggers out there, and it’s a pleasure to be a small part of this community.)
Like anything else in life—becoming an established book blogger is a process, but one that is so worth it no matter how daunting it may seem! A few things to remember that has taken me years to learn (and I am still a work in progress) about book blogging:
 
Know your limits. Your reading speed and “real life” schedule need to be taken into account when book blogging. More often than not when you’re book blogging either through a publisher’s blogger program or a book tour service—you have a specific day or time frame in which to post your review. Too many books To Read and Review at once ends up being a great disservice to the books and siphons a lot of joy out of it. 
 
Reach out! Read other book bloggers whether you’re just dipping your toes into the world of book blogging or whether you’re a seasoned blogger. Read their thoughts on a book that may look intriguing to you or a book you may’ve already read! Comment, generate conversation. You won’t ever be sorry. And this mode of making friends is doubly amazing for introverts too. J
 
Always be honest—but kind. For me, it is legitimately rare that I dislike a book so strongly I can’t form many words. There are some, however, that just did not hook me and it was a fight to read towards The End. Through no glaring faults of the author’s—I just couldn’t connect and we all have our preferences in what we read. In this case, if it is a review book—be honest but try not to outright say, “I just didn’t like these aspects.” Balance out what you weren’t a fan of or would’ve preferred to see more of with the good points of the story—there always are some. Just like you try and look for the good in people, even difficult people—look for the good in books that may not end up on your Favorites list.

Feel free to share in the comments your own favorite things about book blogging or if you’re intrigued to start book blogging, ask any questions at all!
 
And thank you again, Rissi, for putting on this wonderful series! 


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Meghan M. Gorecki is an author of inspirational fiction, a blogger, book reviewer and voracious reader. Taking her life a day at a time as God leads, she is pursuing a career in the publishing industry as an editor in training and as a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. A hopeless romantic, history and Marvel nut, she's also a redhead (thanks to a box), who knows way too much trivia about movie musicals and the Civil War. Find her on social media and at her blog, A Northern Belle (www.northernbellemeg.com 

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