Month in Review | March 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hello, blogger friends! I do hope your March has been a wonderful one. It’s been a strange month here. One day temperatures reach the high 50s and the following day, we get a dusting of snow that, though it doesn’t stick around, does cover the ground. Then, the next week, we’re back into the 60s with a bright sunshine and later, rain that, yes, smells like spring. But then, that’s the Midwest in the “transition season.”  

Another month’s close means another “month in review” here on Finding Wonderland. 

…..Favorites from Month 2016…..
1. B&N | After months away, I finally got to B&N again this past month. What was most fun about this trip though was spotting Rachel McMillan’s novel on the shelves! Who’d have thought I’d someday find a book blogging buddies novel on one of my bookstore treasure hunts. Let me tell you, it was quite fun!
Plus, it always didn’t hurt that I got squeezed in a trip to Starbucks too.

2. Brooklyn | Finally saw this 50s era period film... and cannot wait to write about it!
3. Dancing with the Stars | My one reality show addiction is back and I’m loving every glittering sequin happy and overdramatized moment. Who are you rooting for? 
4. Downton Abbey | The brilliant series that is Downton Abbey came to an end this past month. Naturally I gushed about it with a final recap, and loved every second.

5. INSPYs | Not only have I and my amazing fellow board members been busy bees reading, today is the final day to apply for a spot on a judging panel. If you’re a book blogger and would like to apply to be a judge (it’s a simple yet really fun judging task), go ahead and apply! If you’re chosen to judge, you’ll be choosing the winning book (out of five novels) in one of seven categories.  

…..Favorite Blog Posts…..
(Blog posts that, while not necessarily the most popular, were fun to write) 

1. Ant-Man (2015) | possibly the best Marvel film to date.
2. Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan | brilliantly fun sleuthing story about amazing characters set in 1900s Toronto.  

3. The Catch: Pilot (2016) | really enjoyed this pilot episode and had fun writing about it.
4. The First Dance | 12 Memorable Romantic Dance Scenes in Film and Television | pure happiness to write about all of these memorable moments.

5. I'll Be Yours by Jenny B. Jones | a darling "must read" is Jenny's latest.

…..Monthly Popular Posts (March 2016)….. 


…..Popular Posts the Week of March 24th-31st …..

3. War and Peace (2016)
4. Dickensian (2016)
5. The Catch: Pilot (2016)

.......Books Read.......
March 2016
(as usual, it was a very sad reading month meaning my number was low, but I'll give myself a break since the latter part of my month is involving INSPY reading)

 …..Around the Interwebs…..

Silver Petticoat:  Following in the footsteps of the norm, I had a fabulous month over on Silver Petticoat. Mainly this might have been because I had opportunity to review two box office films, both of which I loved.

My contributions for the month included film reviews of the following films The Divergent Series:Allegiant (the third of four YA adaptations, this one based on Veronica Roth’s novel of the same name); Karen Kingsbury's The Bridge, Part 2; The Majestic (an oldie but goodie, this one's about a scriptwriter in the 50s who loses his memory); My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (yes, 14 years later, a sequel was released); The Prestige (a terrifying Hugh Jackman period drama).
TV Reviews | And Then There Were None (the latest British adaptation of an Agatha Christie novel); The Catch (ABC's new Thursday night drama); Dickensian (a unique BBC period drama that crisscrosses the lives of famous Dickens characters).
Articles | I previewed (today) the upcoming box office releases; wrote a list of 12 Memorable First Dances in Film and TV; took a behind the scenes look at the art of cover design by chatting with Anna and the French Kiss (redesign) cover designer Lindsey Andrews.
Recaps | My latest series of TV recaps featuring When Calls the Heart. So swing by every Monday if you want to chat about Sunday night's episode.
If you're curious to see what else I've reviewed or written about over on Silver Petticoat, you can see my archived articles on the Silver Petticoat page of this blog.
That is #FindingWonderland Blog's Month in Review.
What new discoveries or favorite finds did you discover?
 Share any of your fun finds or thoughts down below. Always thrilled to chat with you, friends.



  1. Have a great April Rissi! :)

    1. Thanks, Katie - you too! :)

  2. I MISS going to Barnes and Noble! Now that I'm driving again I MUST and soon--thanks for the reminder. ;) LOL Dancing with the Stars I need to catch up on--but I am LOVING Jodie Sweetin and Ginger Zee.
    Aaand I need to see Brooklyn. Can't wait to read your review of it.

    1. Right!? It'd been TOO long since I walked among B&N's shelves. So glad I finally got up there again!

      DWTS, Ginger is such fun to watch isn't she!? She's got a great personality and really gives each of her performances lots of character.

      Brooklyn is amazing (with exception to one TINY issue I took with it. But that's a rant for another day).

  3. Happy April! Lovely month in review post, Rissi. Oh, a trip to B&N and Starbucks sounds so fun. Especially since I have Starbucks money that's begging to be used. ;) I actually watched the first DWTS (though I admit I skipped through it a little) and hope Jodie wins! Can't wait to read your Brooklyn review...I've been wanting to watch it so badly but the sisters who would actually watch it with me are in Australia and I like watching movies with somebody. Haha. Anyways, congrats on another fun month in posts! Can't wait to see your April ones. :)

    1. If ya' have Starbucks money begging you, what is one to do but obey!? ;)

      Jodie is fun to watch. I will admit 99% of the time, I root for Mark Ballas' partnership because I like him as a dancer, plus he danced with Shawn Johnson (gymnast) who I like and later Sadie Robertson (Duck Dynasty) who I was so impressed with because she held to her moral standards. (Oh, and he also danced with Candace Cameron Bure too!) I really hope Jodie does well - her dance Monday was so fun.

      Bummer about having to wait for Brooklyn (SO GOOD), but yay for your sister's being in Australia! What an adventure that must be! :)

  4. The weather here has been crazy also - it feels like spring one day & then 50's the next day! My poor sister in Chicago is still getting snow - I don't miss living there!!!

    1. Ugh. No SNOW, please! We're a little ways from Chicago, so hopefully we're done with it (Chicago gets that lake effect snow sometimes when we stay - thankfully - dry). Hope the weather settles soon - we're supposed to be gradually warmer all through this week (70s by the weekend!).


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