Romantic Spotlight on Film | A Simple Proposal

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

THE FILM: The Proposal (2009)
THE PAIRING: Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) and Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock)
THE MOMENT: Andrew follows Margaret

In 2009, something unusual happened. The talented Anne Fletcher (known for one of my favorite chick flicks, 27 Dresses) directed a romantic comedy that was a global box office success. Romcoms aren’t exactly known for their prowess at the box office these days – likely due to the undeserved ridicule they receive from critics. Fortunately, The Proposal had something good going for it which probably is also a result of the talents of its leading lady. Continue Reading on Silver Petticoat ➡

Month in Review | August 2016

Hello, blogging world and friends. Wow. We’ve now ended (or are hours away from doing so) the final month of summer. How did that happen I wonder? Summer has been good this year although now my family is busy (more than I’d like let me tell you) with an overabundance of garden produce which means lots of harvesting, fresh produce baking (I cannot tell you how many muffins I’ve made – good thing I’m becoming more adapt at healthier alternatives), eating (stir-fry for the win) and canning 

With yet another month’s close, another “month in review” is ready.

Let’s take a look.  

…..Favorites from August 2016….. 

1. Blogging 101 | We continued with some fun Blogging 101 posts including fabulous contributions from Miranda and Meghan. Go forth and read them (you know you want to). *smile* You can find a handy "landing" page located in the site's menu (above) or you can search the 'Blogging 101' tag.  

2. Bookshelf | So, I have a bookshelf story (IG photo proof), but well, like Twitter, it's too long to share here. Since I need to put a new shelf up, reorganize books and the like, I'm curious: would you guys like to "spend the day" with me as I reorganize my bookshelf? If I got organized enough to put this together, I'd hope to post it next month.

Photo: NBC

3. Fall TV | To say I'm excited about some of the upcoming fall premieres is an understatement. Which TV shows are you most anticipating? I have a list likely as long as ten shows which for me, is not necessary. *Says the girl recounting in her mind how many shows she is a. currently watching and b. still needs to finish*

What will you be watching?

4. Finding Wonderland | We had lots of fun giveaways* here this month and that will continue into September (mostly because I didn't get all of my planned giveaways in). These will include YA lit and a copy of Denise Hunter's new novel.
*Giveaway Winners: All of the giveaways have had random winners chosen, and each of the winners have claimed their prizes. Thanks to everyone who entered!
5. Olympics | Well, the summer Olympics came and went for another four years, and they were sure fun. Especially week one with all that swimming which is what I really follow closest. Well, that and gymnastics. And beach volleyball. I proudly support the US athletes all the way, no matter how good their competitors may be.
What was your favorite sport, Olympian or win?

6. Starbucks | Finally got to Starbucks again after far too long NOT going. My drink of choice? A caramel waffle cone Frappuccino. Yes, I am a simple girl which is why Starbucks makes a “favorite” list.  

…..Favorite Blog Posts…..
(Blog posts that, while not necessarily the most popular, were fun to write)
1. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – Human and Alien Square Off

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

4. Barely Lethal (2015) - super fun chick flick if you've not seen this one!

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

…..Books Read | August 2016…..       

…..Around the Interwebs…..  

Silver Petticoat:  As usual, another fun month was had over on Silver Petticoat. This month was probably my slowest with them and for the site period as the editors gave the site a bit of a makeover. The getting-there involved a hiatus, so we all had a mini break. But we are now back and (hopefully) better than ever. Swing by and let us know what you think.
Let’s take a quick look at what I’ve reviewed or contributed.  

Articles and Lists | To kick the month off, I took a look at what we learned from the Gilmore Girls teaser trailer. Not much granted, but the strategy is brilliant. Or evil. The other two articles I had a chance to contribute were two romantic moments: one a classic romantic moment with The Proposal's Andrew and Margaret. The second is the more current romance with Abby and Trace in Hallmark's Chesapeake Shores.

Film and TV Reviews | The Indie drama Dear Eleanor was the only film I reviewed this month.

TV Recaps | None this month! We'll see what the fall TV season brings. What would you most list to see recapped? 

That’s an end to 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.   
Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland. 

Top Ten Tuesday | Back to the Classroom

Monday, August 29, 2016

Is it just me or is it difficult to grasp the final rays of summer are upon us? The calendar and shortening of days confirm this, and yet I wonder how is it fair that the first summer I’ve enjoyed in years is gone? In more recent years, summer hasn’t been my favorite unlike my childhood when we spent those 90° days in swimming suits and flip-flops. However, this year was different. Why I don’t know but I did enjoy the summertime.  

As I took a look at today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt, I was reminded that the kids in my area have been back to school for a week or better, Labor Day is nearly here and yet, through it all the lawn is still growing.  

Broke and Bookish August 30th  

Back To School Freebie -- anything "back to school" related like 10 favorite books I read in school, books I think should be required reading, Required Reading For All Fantasy Fans, required reading for every college freshman, Books to Pair With Classics or Books To Complement A History Lesson, books that would be on my classroom shelf if I were a teacher - Broke and Bookish

As we speak, my bookshelves are currently ON my floor surrounding nearly every inch of space meant for walking.,which meant there was no looking through them for today's post. It’s distracting. What began as a ritual to add a third (tall) bookshelf to my space turned into an exercise leaving me short a bookshelf. Yeah, that’s another story. (Would anyone be interested in a bookshelf post – story, putting this mess in order and the like?)
Since I am no collegiate, I struggled with a topic to feature today. A couple of weeks ago I featured novels set in boarding schools (or some kind of private school) that I’d like to read or have read, so while that might have been easy, reposting that seemed redundant. That’s why I decided to feature novels either a.) set at college or b.) novels with characters around that age. Why? Well, for one thing those characters are – ahem – shall we say closer in age to me, and I don’t read a lot of books in this genre.  

As is the usual case, some of these I have read, most I have not. This means I will rely on your bookish prowess to advise me on which should be read with all haste.  

That said, let’s head “back to school.” 

1. How to Love by Katie Cotugno | I’ve been curious about Katie’s novels for a while now, but haven’t read any. Have you read any of Katie's novels!? Amazon | Goodreads 

2. Just One Summer by Nicole Deese, Tammy L. Gray, Amy Matayo and Jenny B. Jones | LOVED this collection about four girls and the respective romances they strike over one summer. Sadly, this collection is about to be pulled from availability, but good news, you can buy them all as individual e-books. They are… 

+ A Summer Remade by Nicole Deese: Amazon | Goodreads
+ Waves of Summer by Tammy L. Gray: Amazon | Goodreads
+ A Painted Summer by Amy Matayo: Amazon | Goodreads
+ Wild Heart Summer by Jenny B. Jones: Amazon | Goodreads 

3. Just One Day by Gayle Forman | It was surprising how well I enjoyed If I Stay, so I’d definitely be up for another novel by Gayle Forman. Amazon | Goodreads 

4. Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall | Though there are other of Hall’s novels that feature older characters, this is her newest, so it’s the one I picked. Sandy’s novels are praised for being unique and without the standard issue of clichés. Naturally, I’m intrigued. Amazon | Goodreads 

5. Sway by Amy Matayo | I’m so bummed (with myself) over the fact that I’ve not yet read this novel by Amy.  Amazon | Goodreads

6. A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan | Technically, Digit is a high-schooler when this duology opens, but book two finds her in collage. Again, this this is one I have not read, but I am most curious. Amazon | Goodreads  

7. Happy Again by Jennifer E. Smith | The truth is I still need to read This is What Happy Looks Like, but it doesn’t feature college kids. This cute-sounding novella sequel does. Amazon | Goodreads 

8. Hello, Goodbye and Everything In-Between by Jennifer E. Smith | Though technically this novel begins with the characters still in high school, they’re on the cusp of college (and do end up there in the end), so I went with it. Amazon | Goodreads  
9. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Kate Rodwick and Bernie Su | This novel is good old-fashioned fun with plenty of Austen-inspired humor. The Pemberley Digital team created contemporary magic with this web series and later, this serialized novel. I’ve not finished it, but what I have read is on point. Amazon | Goodreads 

10. By Your Side by Kasie West | I had to sneak this one in (bringing my total to eleven) because a.) THAT cover, b.) I’m ridiculously excited for this one and c.) WHY NOT!? Amazon | Goodreads 

11. Rogue Touch by Christine Woodward | As someone who loves Rogue as a Marvel Movie fangirl, I’m curious about this novel. It features a twenty-year-old Rogue and likely, with some deviations, tells her story. Amazon | Goodreads
That’s it for today’s class. Your assignment? Comment down below and let me know which of these you’ve read: do you recommend them? Why or why not? I’d love to chat all the bookish goodness with you. Leave your Top Ten Tuesday links below. I’d be most happy to visit your book-honoring classrooms. 
Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.

Summer of Dreams (2016) – A Story About Rediscovering Happiness

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The last days of summer brought with it the final installment in Hallmark’s Summer Night’s campaign.

Once upon a time Debbie Taylor (Debbie Gibson) was the Taylor Swift of her era. She shot to stardom at the young age of 15 and enjoyed success after success. Now, as a washed up pop icon, the best gig her agent can manage is singing at a mattress store. Feeling irrelevant and lost, she leaves behind the Big Apple in search of something and winds up in Ohio on her sister’s front door.

Debbie and her sister Denise (Pascale Hutton) haven’t always seen eye to eye nor are they close. But then that’s what comes when two sisters are so drastically different. Where Debbie lives the glamourous life, Denise is content working as an educator with a family. When she learns that her sister is home for more than a visit, everything changes – for both women. 

Unfortunately this was the only of Hallmark’s recent summer originals I was able to see. Several of them piqued my interest and excited me, but seeing them was not didn't happen. Regardless this story is charming, as all of its peers are or have been. Since it stars well-known and respected musician Debbie Gibson, much of this script felt like a distant semi-autobiographical take on her life. As a teen “pop princess,” Debbie may not have eventually find her niche teaching a group of talented kids, but she furthered her successes on Broadway.

The cast is a great ensemble. Including the leading females, Robert Taylor and the cast of young talent who grace the screen. I was impressed by more than one of the students and the leads had a nice ease with one another. Best of all, Hallmark devotees will love seeing When Calls the Heart’s Rosemary (Hutton) in this. Her role and character greatly differs from that of her loveable ‘Heart’ busybody character, and it’s wonderful to see.  

To give the story a sense of completeness, there are laughs aplenty (note a certain "pineapple" scene) and I enjoyed the interaction Debbie had with her students. If you like inspiring stories or stories with heart and plenty of good music, check out Summer of Dreams. It premiered last night, but you can catch a re-air of it today and at various times next month.  

Tell me, did you like this latest original? What were your thoughts – good or bad? Comment down below. 

Photos: Hallmark Channel

Chesapeake Shores, Pilot (2016) – A Familial Drama about Coming Home

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hallmark Channel is known most for their original movies, especially in the last two years. But what they also do very well are network shows. With a track record consisting of popular procedurals like Good Witch and perhaps, most popular, When Calls the Heart, as summer fades, they invite us to Chesapeake Shores (based on the best-selling series by Sherryl Woods). All of which is in the hopes we’ll fall as much in love with the O’Brien clan as they presumably have. 

New York is treating Abby Winters (Meghan Ory) well. As a Wall Street executive she runs with the best of the best in business and at home, she has two beautiful daughters (Abbie Magnuson, Kayden Magnuson) waiting for her. Everything changes when a spur-of-the-moment trip home to visit her sister, Jess (Laci J. Mailey) uncovers their grandmother (Diane Ladd) is protecting a secret about her health. This forces Abby to reexamine her own life and that of the relationship she has with her father (Treat Williams).   

Also newly returned to Chesapeake Shores is Trace Riley (Jesse Metcalfe), the high school sweetheart she left behind without explanation or goodbye. As Abby settles into her father’s home, she discovers she’s become the person she never thought she would: her father, and thereby she realizes she’s missing milestones in her daughter’s lives. As if the complications with Trace and her mother (Barbara Niven) weren’t enough, she learns her ex wants to sue for custody of their girls.

Bar none, I can easily say Chesapeake Shores is my favorite of Hallmark’s original series. Granted, it’s early yet and my opinion may shift (my “rule” is to give a show 2-3 episodes), but this pilot is magic (of a short). I loved so much beyond its care free setting (filmed in Canada, set on the Eastern shore). This includes (but is not limited to), the characters, romance and of course, the poignant themes likely to play into the arc of the “bigger picture” story. As is the normal around here, I want to dig deeper into these so let’s talk about them. 

The characters are what are going to drive this story further which is just as it should be. There are five children in the O’Brien family, all of whom are going to factor into each installment’s 40-minute epistolary (because yes, these stories are like letters). Beyond that, we also meet the patriarchs of the family and learn it’s Abby who will be the main focus. Her return to Chesapeake Shore sets events into motion. The introduction to everyone couldn’t have been better written. We meet the primary members of this family staggered (over the 90-minute runtime) which helps us adjust to each new character and learn something new about them. In fact, one of the sweetest scenes (proving the writer’s knew how to take their time with new additions) is the scene between the three sisters.

The cast are brilliant. Unlike some series, I don’t think I felt like anyone was ill suited to their roles or a drag. From Once Upon a Time’s Ory (The Memory Book, Dashing Through the Snow) to Dallas’ Metcalfe (A Country Wedding) and everyone in-between (including many familiar Hallmark favorites), you’re sure to enjoy the lineup.

What else does this wholesome series boast? A new OTP that, in my opinion, has all the right “stuff” to succeed. To place my finger on exactly what I loved best about this pair is impossible, but I know I do (already) adore them. The chemistry is there (as is a moonlit swim) and there is plenty of flirty banter to keep a smile affixed on the viewers’ face.  

If you’re looking for something with charm, Chesapeake Shores has it. If you’re looking for something to enjoy on these waning summer nights, Chesapeake Shores is your answer. There’s nothing better or more enchanting than it. Despite the comfort of a familiar theme, there are some unique threads (three cheers for a powerful job not being villainized!) which I hope are kept intact. There are poignant themes about love, family, forgiveness and realizing ones weaknesses, to say nothing of a story that manages to balance it all with heart.

Have you seen Chesapeake Shores? Are you planning on checking it out? What do you like best? Sound off below with your thoughts (I’d love to read them) and don’t miss an all-new episode of Chesapeake Shores Sunday night.  

Photos: Hallmark Channel

Romantic TV Scene Feature | Chesapeake Shores – Abby and Trace

THE SHOW: Chesapeake Shores

WHEN: Airs Sundays on Hallmark Channel

THE PAIRING: Abby Winters (Meghan Ory, Once Upon a Time) and Trace Riley (Jesse Metcalfe, Dallas)

THE MOMENT: Trace Coaxes Abbey into a Moonlit Swim

Hallmark Channel has become an even greater success than they already were thanks to the addition of TV Show originals. Their latest arrives in summer’s twilight with an adaptation of the New York Times best-selling novel, Chesapeake Shores.


While the story is about the O’Brien family (which consists of five children and their patriarchs), the story centers on Abby (O’Brien) Winters. A divorced mother of two living in New York and working as a successful Wall Street executive. Following a phone call from her sister, Jess, Abby packs up her two girls and returns home for a long weekend where more than one surprise awaits her. Her grandmother has health issues and she comes face-to-face with her past in the form of high school sweetheart, Trace. Continue Reading on Silver Petticoat ➡

Did you catch Chesapeake Shores on Hallmark? What are your impressions? What do you think is next for Abby and Trace? I’ve love to read your thoughts, so sound off below!

Photos: Hallmark Channel
This article first appeared on Silver Petticoat Review.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – Human and Alien Square Off

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Somewhere an unwritten memorandum must be written that 2016 is the year to twist everything we love about our noble superheroes and upset the balance. Pitting good guy vs. good guy thereby forcing loyal fans to pick sides (though despite our passionate “feels,” we still get along smashingly), was the new normal of iconic comic book fandoms. DC Comics was among the first to unveil this story arc. Herein things are about to get dicey. 

Nearly two years ago, Superman was embroiled in a devastating battle that wreaked havoc on the city. The ensuing result leads some to question whether or not Superman’s “Savior” is needed, wanted or even good. By day, Superman hides who he really is as the socially-awkward Clark Kent (Henry Cavill). As a normal guy, Clark works at the Daily Planet and has fallen head over heels for intrepid reporter Lois Lane (Amy Adams). Lois is only just now realizing what her love for Superman may cause. While chasing a story in a foreign country, Lois finds herself in trouble which beckons the arrival of Superman… and the destruction of a small desert village.  

Back in the States, chaos reigns. Senate hearings are organized and the media crucifies Superman. One such person seeking revenge is Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). Eighteen months ago, one of his companies was destroyed during Superman’s latest battle, and Bruce blames Superman for the destructive and loss of thousands. Now, masquerading as Batman, Bruce sets about planning how best to exact his revenge little realizing a greater force seeks to destroy him and Superman.  

This means something. - Lois

It did on my world. My world doesn't exist anymore. - Superman

To say Zack Snyder has a unique vision for his productions would be understating his style. Though he helmed Man of Steel, his idiosyncrasies seemed on great display in effect hampering what otherwise might have been an intriguing experience. As I sat through this film, having seen it was Snyder behind the camera I didn’t remember that it was he who also captained the aforementioned Man of Steel. But no matter the shared director, I cannot help but feel like this DC Comics adaptation was (production) “worse” than its predecessor, and missed so many marks.

Just a few of the quibbles I have with this as a production are the following things. Its length should have been shortened (it tried to be “too much” – lead in, sequel, emotional battle – in too cramped a cinematic space) and the method of storytelling does nothing for this. We are pulled in and out of dream sequences, and even within the “surface” dream, another dream is embedded. This tug of war is more confusing than visually stimulating. I know its purpose is probably to offer insight into the character’s frame of mind, but overall, it doesn’t work that way. Another big theme I took some issue with was Clark pitched as a savior.  

The legend of Superman is largely allegorical and always has been. While I can appreciate this and understand it being likened as such, this script oversteps. Much as I adore Clark Kent and his do-good alter ego, the blatant visuals were too much in my opinion. Heroes are imperfect like everyone else, and while they are often held to a higher standard, they aren't a god. That said, with all that in the open, there was plenty to love.  I loved the evolving romance between Clark and Lois (haters gonna’ hate) and I love(loveloved) the mysterious introduction to the icon, Wonder Woman.

Beyond that, I think what I like best about this reboot is the cast. Everyone brings their a-game. This is true of returning cast members with the likes of Diane Lane, Adams and Cavill to newbies Gal Gadot, Jeremy Irons (brilliant Alfred!) and Jesse Eissenberg (can we say creepy). What’s so interesting about this adaptation is that everyone is a kind of “tortured” soul whereas prior versions give us a lighter view of the iconic monikers. Remarks have been hinted that Superman will be a darker incarnation come the next DC installment and my response would be something akin to asking, “How can he be any darker!?” 

The serious nature of the story and atmosphere of the film leaves little to no room for laughter, but what is there is pointed, well-delivered zingers. (Most notable when the three heroes finally come together, shedding all their pretenses and work together.) As the story works towards its pinnacle, tears are inevitable, but with the promise of 2017’s Justice League in our near future, we have to hope good things are to come for DC Comics at the box office.  
Photos: Warner Brothers

Blogging 101 | How to Start a Blog

Wednesday, August 24, 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.

Today, the Blogging 101 series continues with another awesome guest contribution. I'm really excited about this because our guest is Miranda Uyeh. Miranda is not only a talented blogger at
To Be A Person, she's also the author of To Die Once.

As is the case with nearly all of the blogger's I've met or formed friendships with, I don't know when or how I met Miranda, but I'm glad to know her. She's a lovely blogger who has a heart for introducing new authors to the blogging world to say nothing of the Christian entertainment world which she supports with graceful aplomb. This includes everything from music to movies. Miranda, thank you so much for joining the Blogging 101 series! I so appreciate your well written and concise contribution.

Without further ado, read on for Miranda's insightful post and advice. You don't want to miss it!
Blogging 101 | How to Start a Blog
by Miranda A. Uyeh  

Blogging has turned out to be so much more than what it was initially intended to be—an online journal to document personal thoughts. From topics on food to sport/entertainment and everything in-between, the blogosphere is one massive network and communication hub that vibrates with excitement! Through blogging, you ‘meet’ wonderful people who will journey with you, and who you can learn tons of beautiful things from. You’ll grow in ways you never thought was possible, and may even achieve heights that were only a dream a time ago! I know folks who turned successful authors because they were first, bloggers.  

With so many exciting articles and—on the flip side—so much noise, how do you create a neat spot on the web that you can call your own?  

This article is intended as a soft guide to help you start a blog if you’ve never had one before. Take your time to consider the points below so that they can help you make certain that your answers to the questions fit what you hope to accomplish with a blog.

1. What will you blog about? | The biggest mistake you can make in blogging is to blog about random topics. Blogs may have been initially set up to be online journals—and in journals, you can write down your random thoughts—but the blogosphere has changed so much, and so have the rules of successful blogging. When readers don’t know exactly what to expect from you, they are less inclined to follow your posts. With so much information and people fighting for attention these days, readers have become more specific in what they search for, both on a shelf and online. Having a specific topic helps a reader choose to follow your blog because they are interested in the topic you’re blogging about. For instance, I blog about Inspirational Lifestyle, Books & Entertainment. My readers know that every time I release a post, it falls within these three topics.

Putting into words what you blog about can also give you a solid idea of what your blog’s tagline should be. Inspirational Lifestyle, Books & Entertainment is my website’s tagline. 

2. What’s your bottom-line message? | Similar to the above point, you need a specific theme that you can pass across to your readers as a direct message or subtly, as an undertone for your posts. For instance, the undertone of my posts is: encouraging people to be exactly who God has called them to be. Every article is prepared in a manner to encourage Christians to not be afraid of who God has created them to be, even in a secular world where Christianity is near hated. Within the frame of Inspirational Lifestyle, Books & Entertainment, my posts appear as Book/Music/Movie Reviews, Interviews of professionals in the Christian literary/entertainment industries, guest posts, and inspirational musings for lifestyle articles. Imbedded in each of these posts is my bottom-line message.

3. What name will best represent your blog’s impression/message? | This is simple. However, take your time to think about a name you believe will best represent what you hope to portray. Now that you know your topic, and you’ve defined your underlying message, combine these two into one element and put a name on it. For instance the name of my website/blog is To Be A Person (TBAP). To me, To Be A Person represents my topics and message perfectly.

4. How often will you post? So you’ve laid out your topics, defined your theme, and picked a name; it’s time to decide how often readers should expect posts from you. This is essential, especially for beginners who have no loyal followers yet. A new blogger on the block with an awesome topic/message and an interesting name, who posts periodically, is sure to garner some positive attention. It could be as often as three times a week or as occasional as once a month. This may be difficult to keep up (and I’m guilty here, too), but don’t worry about it so much if you slack at first. Over time, you’ll get used to it and develop the discipline to handle it. Don’t be afraid to go on a hiatus if you need to. Letting your readers know that you’re on break puts you in the clear. Another way to help keep up is to create a calendar and then stick to it; this helps your reading schedule, too. Also, writing a post ahead of time and scheduling its release via your blog’s admin is another way to win.  

5. Create an awesome ‘About Page.’ | When a visitor finds your blog, the first thing to pique their interest is your front page, which could be static or a post page. The second is your posts. If they like what they see, they move on to your ‘About Page’—in that order. After viewing your front page, taking note of your blog’s name, and reading a few of your articles, the reader has some idea of what your blog is about. Your ‘About Page’ seals the deal. In other words, it plays a vital/final role in helping a prospective reader become a devoted follower. Whatever you do, do not write your ‘About Page’ shabbily. In concise and clear language, introduce yourself by name so that the reader knows that it’s a human being behind the blog. Tell a bit about yourself, your interests/passions, and more importantly, what it is you have to offer on your blog. And, finally, invite them to join the party! An ‘About Page’ full of confidence, excitement, and cheerfulness is always a winner.

6. Put a picture to the words. | While this is not a strict requirement, it’s a huge booster. When a reader knows what the author of a blog looks like, it creates a connection that is superbly organic. Imagine if you had no idea what any of your favorite book authors looked like; the experience would not be the same. The fun activities between authors and readers online today are helped much by readers knowing their favorite authors on an organic level. A blog with no picture of its author creates a scenario similar to speaking to a person behind a curtain constantly, but never knowing what they look like. There will be a disconnect, and the experience will not be the same as with a blog that has a picture to its name.

I hope this helps! I wish you all the best in your blogging experience. May you make many, many friends and find no trolls! *wink*


My name is Miranda A. Uyeh. I’m TBAP’s editor, the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, a Mogul Global Ambassador, and a professional blurb/tagline writer. I’m a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards, precisely in 2014, in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/Suspense Category. 

Blogging 101 continues with @Rini_MAU! Swing by to read her valuable #BloggingTips on starting a blog!

Blogging 101 | @Rini_MAU shares her #BloggingTips on How-To start a blog #Blogger #BookBlogger
Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.

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

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.

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