Month in Review | September 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016

As I began to prep for another Finding Wonderland Month in Review, the document I opened as a format was June’s. Sitting here typing this, I’m reminded again how amazed I am at the speed this year has traveled. I realize I sound like a broken record (and revisiting these month in reviews will lend weight to that statement), but it’s true. We’re three months away from closing out 2016 and with it, another new year full of new lessons, opportunities and nervous trepidation shall arrive. But enough reminiscing. 

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

…..Favorites from September 2016…..

1. BookstagramChallenge | Since I have had fun recently with some IG book challenges, I figured it might be fun to put one together myself. This led to Tressa of Wishful Endings and I randomly deciding to co-host an October bookstagram challenge which begins tomorrow, October 1st. If you aren’t on Instagram, please feel free to join us on Twitter. All we ask is that you use the hashtag #WishfulWonder, because obviously we’d love to see your photos!

If you want to know more details or see the challenges, please visit our introduction post.

2. Booktube | So, yeah… this happened the past month. I finally started a #Booktube channel. I’m super nervous about it, but am also having some fun with it.

So far I've posted two Top Ten Tuesday videos, a "What Readers are Saying" video (if you'd be cool with me posting your reviews in a similar format - of course, I'd credit you - email me and let me know), and a video introducing our Bookstagram challenge. 

3. Dancing with the Stars | I'm a few weeks into my guilty pleasure (and only reality TV show), and of course, am loving it. I have my favorite dancers, but overall, I'm enjoying this season, especially since my favorite pro is MIA, so I can watch it without the "pressure" of voting like crazy to keep his partnership in the show. 

4. Fall TV | With September arrived new Fall TV shows. Naturally, I've tuned into a few and am already worried over new addictions. Which ones are you addicted to? 

I've reviewed This is Us and have more planned for next week, so please be sure to come by! I also wrote a reasonably complete list that previews the shows earlier this month. 

5. Giveaways | Currently there's a giveaway running for Melissa Tagg's novel, Keep Holding On. I just sent off the Just a Kiss novel to the winner (congrats, Loraine!) and will be running another giveaway here tomorrow as well as one on Youtube next week. 

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

1. Cover Candy 2016 | Third Edition | I always love fangirling over new cover art, and there were some really good ones this week!

2. Fall 2016 TV Preview | Yes I know this one does make it into the popular posts, but I loved writing it, so... 

3. Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter | Another beautiful novel by a talented author. 

4. This Is Us, Pilot (2016) | I was surprised by how well I liked this pilot. 

5. Top Ten Tuesday | Fall TBR | Who doesn't love a fun Top Ten Tuesday post?

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

…..Popular Posts the Week of September 23rd-30th …..

…..Books Read | September 2016…..

…..Around the Interwebs…..
Silver Petticoat |  I had a slower month with Silver Petticoat, but it was, as always, no less fun. Here’s what I contributed to the amazing webzine.

Articles and Lists | I previewed what's coming to the box office this fall (October - December) and let me tell you, there's a LOT of period drama bliss. I spotlighted the delightful romantic comedy, An Ideal Husband with a Classic Romantic Moment between Lord Goring and Miss Mabel. *swoon* I also talk about some Words of Wisdom we can learn from the women of literature and 14 Memorable and Swoon-Worthy Proposals in Period Drama

Film and TV Reviews | My reviews consisted of a period drama, one sci-fi adaptation, a TV romcom and a YA fantasy novel. Those are the underrated WWII drama, War Bride with Anna Friel (a few issues, but overall a really sweet story); Maximum Ride (based on the James Paterson novel); the PixL comedy, Late Bloomer (with Chasing Life's Italia Ricci); and Rosamund Hodge's Bright Smoke, Cold Fire

TV Recaps | None this month. 

As always, thanks to the editors of Silver Petticoat and my fellow contributors! Working with you all is always fun.
That’s a wrap on the month here at #FindingWonderlandBlog. What was your bookish, blogging or life like this past month? Did you discover any new (and amazing) authors or reads? How about new bloggers? Or must-try new finds? Comment down below with your thoughts! As always, I’d love to chat with you.
Wishing you a splendid autumn season.

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland. 


  1. It looks like you had a nice September, which is great! I'm so ready for October though - it's my absolute favorite month in the year. I just love Halloween.


    1. Fun! I'm glad you're anticipating October, Lauren - and thanks! I did have a good month. (Especially for reading - I rarely read that many books in one month.)

      Glad you visited. :)

  2. Your September looks like a really great month it was! I am a bit surprised that it is October already. Only 3 months to go and it's 2017!

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    1. Right!? Isn't that crazy, Leta? Where did this year go! I cannot believe we have to get the hang of writing "2017" just when we settled into 2016. :)

      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Seriously, where is this year going?!
    I am loving DWTS this season! My absolute favorite is Laurie Hernandez, she is just so awesome! I also love James Hinchcliffe and Jana Kramer, and Calvin Johnson Jr. has been a surprise! Who are your favorites? Did you watch the results episode last night?

    1. Right!? I don't mind admitting this: it's freaking me out a little bit!

      Aw, me too! Laurie is this season's "America's Sweetheart." She *could* win it all but young stars don't always manage to take it all the way.

      James, Jana and Calvin are favorites of mine as well, Abbi. Basically, we have the same group of favorites. I will admit I've also liked Ryan, but then I'm not one who is outraged at the "scandal" he was involved in. :)

      I did! So much fun - and I'm looking forward to next week (and looking ahead the team dances are always a favorite).

    2. It's freaking me out a bit too!

      I think if any young star could make it all the way it'd be her, and it would be so fun if she did!

      Great minds! I feel the same about Ryan, I'm actually kinda glad he's made it this far, especially after what happened on the first week!

      Team dances are so much fun! Definitely a highlight of the show!

    3. Dear 2016: SLOW. DOWN. Thank you. Signed, Abbi and Rissi

      I agree - Bindi managed it too. But Willow (who was talented) didn't and Sadie (*sad*) just fell short. That said, I think Laurie is one who could - if she were with Derek I'd be MORE confident because the dude has an insane following.

      Ryan isn't the best dancer, but I'm enjoying his "journey" and the effort he puts in to DO THE BEST HE CAN. I'd like to see Calvin, Laurie and James in the finals, and as for the fourth... I'm not sure who else I'd like. Jana, maybe?!

      Team dances can get a little crazy, but there always a favorite week! :)

    4. Bindi was amazing! One of my all time favorites, so was Sadie who I was so bummed didn't win that season! Willow was great too! I agree Laurie would be more of a shoe in if she were with Derek but Val is pretty well liked too!
      That's exactly how I feel about Ryan.
      That sounds like the perfect final four! Fingers crossed!


      I was so happy that Amber was eliminated this week! She was driving me a bit crazy!

    5. Bindi was. She was like "America's Sweetheart." Such a lovely person. I was WAY sad Sadie didn't win; I wanted her to win. Mark's partner, Paige, was REALLY good last season too.

      I agree. I think Derek (or Mark) tend to do better with the younger stars. I don't think Val really has that same good teacher skills as they do. Either way I don't know that Laurie will win... everyone is gushing over James so... yeah, that might be telling.

      (Never worry about spoilers. I'm their biggest fan. ;D)

      I have seen this week's episode and totally agree! It was time for Amber to go - she didn't seem to really care anymore and each week she seemed to remain in her same "comfort zone," which is fine, but that's why the judges didn't give you higher scores.

  4. I want so many September releases. It's a real problem!

    1. I know what you mean. It IS a problem. Oh the trials of being a book nerd. ;)


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