On Netflix: August 10 Watch the Best-Selling 'Guernsey'

Friday, June 29, 2018

Back in April of this year, we talked about something new in the form of a new period drama adaptation. Naturally, this news made me giddy with excitement over its eventual release. Only trouble is, there was no indication of the "when" U.S. audiences would be able to see this new period drama.

Of course, we speak of the adaptation for (the best-selling novel) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.


Since its U.K. release, Netflix announced they own the U.S. distribution rights which then made audiences wonder: does this mean the film will only appear on Netflix? Or will it earn a stint in theaters?

Today we learn this answer! Today I discovered this one is set to premiere on Netflix August 10. Can we just let that excitement sink in for a minute!?

Needless to say,  I'm thrilled the rumor of an August premiere date is now accurate, and I've just a little over a month before I can see this story unfold. A story that a. sounds so promising and b. has an all-star cast I know will create story telling magic!


This includes period drama pro Lily James (Downton Abbey, Cinderella), Michael Huisman (Age of Adaline), Mathew Goode, Jessica Brown-Findlay (both from Downton Abbey), and Glen Powell who some of you may have recently seen in Netflix's Set It Up (thoughts on this romcom to come!).

Here's the Netflix synopsis:
A writer bonds with the eccentric residents of Guernsey when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the WWII German occupation. - Netflix

Of course, inspired by this film, recently I was going to have a little Twitter read along. That hasn't yet happened, but I'm 100% still planning on it for anyone who wants to join the fun! Watch my Twitter page for details. Right now, the plan is post-July 4th!

Until then, I'm just going to leave all this excitement here and gaze at the pretty promotional images.

Tell me, are you excited about this one? What new period dramas are you loving these days? Comment down below with all your thoughts!


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INSPY News | Presenting the 2018 INSPY Award Winners!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The day is finally here, those 2018 INSPY award winners are ready to make their entrance into the world and shout their status as winners for all the book worms who loved the stories inside their pages!



Before we get to said announcement, I just want to give a shout out to our amazing panel of judges (and mine specifically - you know who you are), and to my fellow INSPYs Advisory Board members. Kara, Jamie, Lydia and Rel - thank you for all the fun times, book talk and friendship over the years. It's been a pleasure to get to know you all over these many years.

To the authors, publishers and readers, thank you for helping to make this program flourish and to allow it to exist.

Without further ago, let's get to the moment you're all really here for.

2018 INSPY Award Winners


Following careful consideration, our incredible judging panels (who we extend many thanks to) chose the 2018 INSPYs award winners in our seven respective categories. Following months of reading (by the Advisory Board and recently, our judging panels), planning, author interviews and emails in excess, the INSPY Advisory Board is pleased to announce the 2018 INSPY Award Winners.


Below are the seven winning novels in their respective categories alongside a statement from our judges on the reasons why they felt the book deserves this years INSPY award.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE / ROMANTIC SUSPENSE


True to You by Becky Wade is a contemporary romance that exudes excellence. The story's slow-and-steady build-up pulls the reader in with the excitement of John and Nora's genealogical search and the anticipation of a romance. When surprises catch both the main characters off guard, they each have to examine their own motives and learn the true meaning of surrendering to God's power and will. The spiritual truths and deep emotions of this story make it impactful and engaging, while the development of John and Nora’s romance provides plenty of opportunity for sweet, lighter-hearted moments. True to You is not just a romance but a story of the interconnected relationships in life and how God purposes them for His glory.

Meet Becky! Interview with Becky Wade

DEBUT FICTION


Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano was both an enchanting surprise and a delight to read. As judges, we were incredibly impressed by the mystery, intrigue, and romance. Each layer held us captivate. One of Politano’s strengths, along with a haunting and unique storyline, was that not all characters turned out as the reader thought. With each new layer peeled back, Politano revealed deeper levels and deeper reasons for a character’s behavior, reasons and actions. Misunderstandings, revelations, and naturally weaved in faith make this entertaining and fantastic debut, deserving of the INSPYs award.

Meet Joanna! Interview with Joanna Davidson Politano

GENERAL FICTION


Going beyond the well-structured plot and detailed descriptions of the Dust Bowl era, where the reader can taste the dirt and feel the lack of hope, A Trail of Crumbs by Susie Finkbeiner will connect with readers of all ages. The author stayed true to the language used during that time and from one region of the U.S. to another, causing history to come to life. Main character Pearl Spence is wise beyond her years due to the circumstances she has endured. You will experience the faith upheavals along with her as she seeks to understand God and why things happen as they do.

There were no stereotypes when it came to the characters that were all wonderfully written. You will love some, dislike others, but feel bad for what all are going through. The Dust Bowl era was a terribly difficult time to live.

The Christian faith was apparent throughout and it grew with the book and characters. When it came to how the characters reacted to a tragedy, Finkbeiner was able to give a natural flow to their thoughts and actions. Different people react differently, regardless of their belief, and this is shown in a realistic and thought-provoking way. This book will stick with the reader after they flip that last page.

Meet Susie! Interview with Susie Finkbeiner

HISTORICAL ROMANCE


Many Sparrows by Lori Benton is a beautifully written historical novel and a heart wrenching tale full of believable and sympathetic characters. Reading this book is an experience for your heart, mind and soul, a story where each character is fighting their own battles of faith and their past, with no easy solutions. But through the characters, the reader is reminded of trusting in God’s timing and in His plan. Benton's lyrical writing allows this story to not only come to life, but to transport you into the story. The pacing of the novel was excellent and the setting compelling. A story that was neither formulaic or predictable and held our attention from beginning to end. Seeing sorrow turn to joy, fear to trust, hate to love, and most importantly forgiveness to hope are the things that we, the judges, feel encompasses what the INSPY Awards stands for.

Meet Lori! Interview with Lori Benton

LITERATURE FOR YOUNG ADULTS


Unraveling is a well written story we couldn't put down. It possesses a plot that keeps the story moving, high stakes, and a beautiful kind of allegory. It tugs on your emotions and invests the reader in the story and the characters. Beautifully written faith themes are woven throughout Unraveling, like light versus darkness (the depiction of the Verity and Void is exceptionally well used), and growing in one’s gifts (or Callings).  Sara Ella writes a wonderful romance including a swoon worthy hero!  However, it’s the characters that really stand out; the main character, Eliyana is very relatable. The author does a great job weaving many allegories related to the Christian faith into her fast paced book that you won’t want to put down!

Meet Sara! Interview with Sara Ella

MYSTERY / THRILLER


Portrait of Vengeance, the fourth installment in the Gwen Marcey series, is action-packed and suspense-filled from beginning to end, with surprising plot twists and relatable characters. Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is an extraordinarily well-developed character and continues to entice readers with her complexity even after four stories. Author Carrie Stuart Parks deftly develops Marcey as a woman who struggles with her own issues but trusts God to help her rise above her problems, all while she fastidiously solves cases. Portrait fo Vengeance sees Marcey at the intersection of past trauma and present intrigue in the fascinating setting amidst the Nez Perce people of Lapwai. All these elements combined result in a breath-stealing mystery that will leave readers poised on the edge of their seats.

Meet Carrie! In
erview with Carrie Stuart Parks

SPECULATIVE FICTION

The Divide by Jolina Petersheim is a post-apocalyptic wonder that concludes the riveting and visionary plot introduced in The Alliance. Petersheim imagines a materialistically barren dystopian society that feels eerily plausible and immersive amidst rich atmospheric tensions. Casting Leora and the pacificist Old Order Mennonite community as the foremost survivors is novel and ingenious, granting Petersheim's dystopia a context that is incomparable. With The Divide, Petersheim continues to challenge the expectations of "bonnet" novels by breaking the mould and surprising readers with the depth of emotion and complex narrative. She surreptitiously poses the questions to readers, "What would you do? How far would you got to ensure the survival of yourself and the ones you love?"

Meet Jolina! Interview with Jolina Petersheim

We’d like to thank our judges for their hard work and careful consideration of each title.

Congratulations to the winners and all of the nominated authors! 


Download the press release here.


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Which of these have you read? Do you want to read any of these? Think they sound like must reads? Tell us if you're excited about any of these!!

(This post does contain affiliate links, which means – at no extra cost to you, I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase through a link. Read the disclosure page for details.) True to You on Amazon | Lady Jayne Disappears on AmazonA Trail of Crumbs on AmazonMany Sparrows on Amazon | Portrait of Vengeance on AmazonThe Divide on Amazon

Date with Love – 'Never Been Kissed' Sweet Romance

Date with Love (2016) Hallmark Review


Though this film is only a couple of years old, it’s one I didn’t watch immediately following its debut. Instead I knew it was one I really wanted to watch (because of its leading man), but was never one I had opportunity to see. When I finally did see the Hallmark original Date With Love, of course, I discovered it was as charming as ever!



Life has been something of a wrecking ball for Hollywood starlet Alex (Shenae Grimes-Beech). You see, she’s just come off a very public and messy breakup and now she needs some positive PR. Her publicist believes this help arrives in the form of a prom invitation from a high schooler with a crush on the beautiful actress.

Reluctantly, Alex follows through with the invitation. Only once she arrives in the small town, she realizes David’s classmate (Bailee Madison) has a serious crush of her own. Plus, Alex herself finds a potential romance in front of her as she sits in David's class... and gets to know David’s teacher, Mr. Walsh (Andrew Walker).

As with any Hallmark film, this one is darn cute. The cast is fantastic as is the story. I love how easy everything flows and the fact that the cast helps to invest (or invite in) the audience in the story. This is one of this network’s greatest achievements in my book. It's got that Never Been Kissed vibe, which is one of my nostalgic favorites, so of course, this one wins. 

Something these productions have a knack for, is casting actors who are girl-next-door personality. What this does is make the characters (whether it’s the leading man, lady or the supporting characters) feel like a best friend. This isn’t a quality all films or stories possess, so when you run across those that do, it makes them all the more special.


Date With Love has a really nice friendship aspect with old-fashioned romance that’s not to be missed. Quite the contrary. In fact, it’s the sort that of stuff makes the chemistry all the more alluring. Walker and Shenae are fantastic together, and it’s always fun to see Bailee Madison (who many Hallmark fans have seen grow up on screen) co-star in another of Hallmark’s films. Her character is a breath of fresh air, and ensures that the other characters cynicism or misplaced devotion doesn’t rule the story. 

For anyone who wants a kind of “teen” romance alternative to the secular romantic-comedy films, Date With Love is a perfect movie. There’s that charming quality to it that has become a signature of this network. As a story, I adore this and as a fan of Hallmark Channel, I continue to be impressed with the quality and type of productions they put out.

(This post does contain affiliate links, which means – at no extra cost to you, I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase through a link. Read the disclosure page for details.) You can purchase Date with Love on Amazon DVD!

Photos: Hallmark Channel

Discussion: 3 Ways I Take on the Task To Clean the Blog

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Discussion: 3 Ways I Take on the Task To Clean the Blog

For any blogger, a blog is like a blank canvas not unlike the canvas an artist places on an easel in the hopes with the swipe of a brush, artistic inspiration will strike. Like any artist, a writer and blogger also has artistic flairs they leave behind in their work. But also like any illustrator, flaws creep into these works.

Or they certainly do in my little corner of the webverse.



In the past year or so of my blogging journey, the way I blog has changed. A lot. Of course, the change has been occurring over the seven years I’ve blogged, but it’s only been the last year that the change has been, hopefully, for the better. Much of this has been inspired by reading tips and suggestions from self-help bloggers and bloggers with far more experience than I.

There are a few goals I’ve recently been working towards in an effort to “clean” up Finding Wonderland. Like anything, our blogs too can benefit from a kind of “spring cleaning.” (Yes I realize it’s technically summer now.) It’s a work in progress that I suspect will take longer than I’d wish, but is still a task I’m committed to. Here are the three ways I’m currently implementing in the hopes of cleaning up the “look” and its archives.

Discussion: 3 Ways I Take on the Task To Clean the Blog

1: Delete that Post | Yes, you did indeed read this right. I have deleted a few posts too. In more than one advice article, I’ve read this is a good practice. So far I agree with this.

It seems unnecessary to clutter ones archives with old giveaway posts that a. don’t have a good URL so they don’t add anything helpful to your blog anyway and b. they are no longer a valid post to the evolved state your blog is in today.

Another thing I’ve deleted a few of, is Top Ten Tuesday or other meme posts. This has been a little more painful, but some of them are simply so bad, they no longer seem helpful or relevant to Finding Wonderland’s content.


2: Edit that Post | Most of the reviews or posts in my archives are reviews, and most of them I’m glad to have there. The trouble is, many of them are in desperate need of edits and reformats. This is why, off and on, over these many months, I’ve spent time refreshing and updating posts. This doesn’t mean I necessarily change the conclusion of a post (review or article), simply that I reedit the words and how it’s said. (I've also read, it's a good thing to refresh a post, and feature it again.)

For instance, far too many of the reviews on here are way too wordy. This means I try to find a way to say the same thing with fewer words. Even with the reviews I have edited, there are still way too many on my list.

Next, while editing the wording, I also take the time to reformat the post. Meaning I match the “look” of the post to the theme I’m currently using. This might include photo placement or links that tells the reader where to find a book or film.

3: Remove that Label | Over the years I’ve collected a few too many labels when it comes to tagging my posts. I’m not sure if this affects a blog in the same way that an irrelevant post or images perhaps do, but still… when I see over 600 labels in my label cloud and the fact that some labels only on have one post associated with it, this seems unnecessary.


Bonus! Repair that Link | Though not something I’ve been actively working on, another “spring cleaning” tip is to repair or change links. Sometimes links become “broken” (don’t ask me the technical reason why) or they aren’t up to date for the following reason. If you, like me, have changed your domain to a dot com URL, you’ll discover, many of your links are still operating under your previous dot Blogspot link. I know this is the case with many of my links.

One way a broken link can be detrimental is in sending readers to an “error” page. That’s not helpful for anyone, especially if a reader is looking for a giveaway or other specific post.
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Those are three simple ways and tasks I use to help “clean” up Finding Wonderland’s messier corners! Because like any space, our blogs gather dust too, right?!

Do you do anything to update your blog? If so, what are some tips or tricks you’ve learned over the years? Comment down below on how you update your blog! I’d love to know your methods.

(PS: Let me know down below if you'd like to see more posts like this on Finding Wonderland, and if so, what topics you're curious about. Feedback is always helpful.)

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland

Top Ten Tuesday | Books That have Given Up on Me

Monday, June 25, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday | Book Series That have Given Up on Me

Hey, fellow readers and friends! It’s another day of bookworm fun with Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s topic is a fun one, so let’s have a look see.

That Artsy Reader Girl June 26: Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish (Submitted by A Book and a Cup)


(This post does contain affiliate links, which means – at no extra cost to you, I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase through a link. Read the disclosure page for details.)

So this topic needs to be spun a little bit differently to fit my particular reading habits. The more suitable prompt or guiding suggestion would be Series I Haven’t Started and Don’t Plan To. You see, I have a lot of series on my shelf that once upon a time I was genuinely interested in. But as it does, time passes, life changes us and we grow up and away from certain likes or dislikes.

This is the place I’m finding myself in while making this list. You see, it’s not that I think most of these books would be bad reads or ill written, it’s just that they no longer suit my reading preferences. With that said, today’s list is broken into two parts. Part one is series I have given up on (but never started). Then part two looks at the series I still want to finish.

Also, I feel like I've curated a list previously that mirrors this one exactly, and I apologize for the repetition. Still... I'd love to know about the books that fit into this category for you!

With that said, let’s take a look-see at the books.

Series I Have Given Up On (and Feel OK About)

1: Grace Medical by Candace Calvert | At one time, this series and anything by Candace was high up on my excited-to-read TBR. I’m not sure why or when it slipped, but I think I’ve decided medical stories – even those that are fiction, aren’t really good for me right now. That said, my mom read many of these, and liked them, so while I think I too would find them good reads, I’ve simply decided to forgo this series. Amazon | Goodreads

2: Landry Park by Bethany Hagen | If memory serves me, I really did like this book. But years pass, and since I still haven’t picked up book two, I feel like at this point, I won’t. Also, this one maybe doesn’t count since it’s really only a duo! Book 1 on Amazon | Book 2 on Amazon | Goodreads

3: Heroes of Quantico by Irene Hannon | Anyone who’s read this blog for a while or has kept up on the authors I like will find this addition surprising. In fact I’m surprised I added it to this category. You see, Irene’s suspense novels are always on my favorites lists. But with all of the newer series she’s releasing and a kind of weary feeling of not wanting to go back to author’s backlists, I’ve kind of given up on adding this series to me “read” shelf.

Heroes of Quanitico on Goodreads | Book One on Amazon | Book Two on Amazon | Book Three on Amazon

4: The Giver by Lois Lowry | Lots of readers love this series but while it was good, I don’t remember feeling particularly attached to The Giver. Though this may be because I read it at a rapid pace, and over the busyness of a holiday.

The Giver Series on Goodreads | The Giver on Amazon

5 & 6: A Court of Thorns and Roses and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas | If you watched my recent bookshelf reorganization video, you may remember I mentioned I unhauled Sarah’s Throne of Glass series. Prior to this, I’d already decided her ACOTAR just wasn’t for me (I really wanted it to be). The more I read about TOG, and the more books that were announced, plus the continued page-count of each new book, and they no longer held the appeal they once did. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses Series on Goodreads | Book One on Amazon | Book Two on Amazon

Throne of Glass Series on Goodreads | Book One on Amazon | Book Two on Amazon

2 Series I Haven’t Given Up On (But Habitually Forget About)

1: The Selection by Kiera Cass | Imperfect though this series can me (and frustrated though I do get with America), I still love these books. They’re my “unwind” kind of novels. I still have to read The One and then the spin off duo Kiera wrote later on. 

The Selection Series on Goodreads | Book Three on Amazon | Book Four on Amazon | Book Five on Amazon | Five Book Series on Amazon

2: Gifting Series by K.E. Ganshert | I read The Gifting way (way) back when, and if memory serves me, I found it really good. It’s a unique dystopian series that I’d like to continue on with. Only trouble is, at this point I’d likely best re-read book one! 

Gifting Series on Goodreads | Book One on Amazon | Book Two on Amazon | Book Three on Amazon 

*video publishes Tuesday afternoon; channel linked above
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How did you spin this week’s topic? Did you feature series you’ve given up on or did you take a slightly different approach? Have you read any of these? Am I giving up on any of these too soon? Share all of your bookish thoughts down in the comments.

If you joined today’s meme, make sure and leave your Top Ten Tuesday links below so I can visit – or simply introduce your blog. I’d be glad to visit your bookish spaces.

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.

Take Two – New Comedy Sure to Make 'Castle' Fans Cheer!


Take Two (2018) Pilot Review

The roll out of new summer TV is here. Splashy procedural and imaginative fantasy seem the two mediums this year as networks vie for the attention of viewers. ABC’s latest falls into the former's category as it chases giving its characters a chance to “take two” in this new show.


Fresh out of rehab, former TV actress Samantha “Sam” Swift (Rachel Bilson) has a lot of re-imaging to do. After public humiliation of the worst sort, Sam needs a new role – fast! This is what she tells her manager, Sydney, who remains an advocate for Sam. The one offer she does have is a film in which she would play a private eye. As this is a job Sam needs to work and be a success, she asks Sydney to put her in touch with her ex; an ex who just so happens to be a private detective.

Covering scars from his past, Eddie (Eddie Cibrian) is a firm NO when it comes to Sydney’s favor. What he doesn’t know is that Sam doesn’t give up this easily. Instead she inserts herself into Eddie’s latest case which involves a father looking for his missing daughter… and a notorious crime boss!

From the producers of ABC’s hit, Castle, this new comedy series is darn entertaining, but not great. Inevitably comparisons to the former show will be made, and whereas it had that "sparkle," this one doesn't. Yet. I feel like this sentence is going to be counter intuitive because the rest of my words will likely suggest otherwise. With this said, before we move on, let me explain. Because this is hyped as being from the minds of Castle’s creators (which is, easily, one of my most favorite shows ever), I think going in, lofty expectations were in my mind. The pilot is fun, but cannot keep up with the wit that is Castle. That said, the similarities to the former ABC show do tally up.

From the start, it’s easy to see the similar nature the two shows share. First, it pairs together two very different people who annoy each other. Then, there’s the crime-solving angle. Finally, there’s the whole character-shadowing-another-character for the purpose of “research.” This is why the pilot might evoke all the nostalgic Castle “feels” we still cling to. For this reason alone, this series works because it evokes the same feelings in the fans of ABC’s aforementioned but now-cancelled procedural.

With its snappy wit (mainly thanks to Rachel Bilson), the pilot certainly does entertain. It’s imperfect, but also loads of fun. The character group is small, but one I’ve a feeling will grow should the show be given a chance to shine. This is something I’m more than happy to see evolve, and in fact, is something I hope does. When it comes to TV shows, I’ve always been of the opinion they deserve a 3-5 episode attention span before passing judgment. Given that the pilot episode is often shot months before the ensuing episodes are, this is logical. The kinks get worked out, plus the writer’s learn what network execs want.

If you enjoy crime dramas with a comedic slant, that I suspect will also transition into romantic sparks, Take Two is perfect. It's the kind of show you can sit down to enjoy and let the busyness of the day melt away. That, to me, is the best kind of entertainment. 

(This post does contain affiliate links, which means – at no extra cost to you, I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase through a link. Read the disclosure page for details.) You can purchase Take Two on Amazon Video as the episodes air.

Content: there is some minor innuendo, and minor profanity. Plus, there are a few "tense" moments that involve shoot-outs. The show is rated TVPG. 

Have you seen Take Two? Did you like its story? Will you tune in again? Let me know your thoughts down below!

Photos: ABC

In My Netflix Queue | 6 New Reasons to Love Netflix

Thursday, June 21, 2018

In My Netflix Queue: 6 New Reasons To Love Netflix


TV watching isn’t something I was allowed to indulge in every night. Growing up we had one afternoon during which we could watch a movie (normally something animated) and then one night a week, we had pizza and could watch the block of Friday night “family TV.” 


Summer 2018 TV | Your Exciting & New TV Obsession is Here!


As an adult that pattern has changed. A lot. I still don’t watch the “live” premieres of television shows, but I do watch a lot of TV shows. So many in fact I’m usually a year (season) behind on being “up to date.” For example just now I’m watching the seventh season of Hawaii Five-O and the eighth season has already wrapped filmed, and aired its season eight finale. Like I said, being behind on my favorite TV obsessions is kind of a “thing” for me.



Over a year ago, I signed up for Netflix. The month long free trial got me started with the purpose of watching two things. One being the first season of The Crown, the second being the four-film revival series of Gilmore Girls. I did watch The Crown right away, but for some reason stalled watching Gilmore Girls. Well, now here we are, a year plus six – seven? eight? – months later and I still haven’t watched Gilmore Girls, but I’ve held onto that Netflix subscription.

Though I probably should let it go (because I did snag a DVD copy of Gilmore Girls), at this point I’m kind of addicted to the service. Below I talk about six of the reasons why!

1: Father Brown | A quaint British series about a curious Catholic priest who solves murderers in a sleepy English hamlet. Here’s the Netflix description:
A modest, compassionate priest doubles as an effective crime solver in this series based on the short stories by G.K. Chesterton.
Though the cast changes some over the course of six series, this is an adorable series full of heart and cozy mystery cases. All of which are solved by a quirky, bicycle riding priest with a mind for puzzling out curious clues.

2: Fuller House | This Netflix original follows the misadventures of the Fuller family. There’s mom DJ and her three boys, and DJ’s sister, Stephanie, who moves in with her sister to help with her kids. Into this already full house, DJ’s best friend Kimmie also moves in with her teenage daughter, Ramona. Here’s the Netflix description:
The Tanner family’s adventures continue as DJ Tanner-Fuller shares a home with her sister Stephanie and friend Kimmy who help raise her three boys.

Another revival series, Full House (the original show) isn’t a series I have ever watched. Nonetheless, it’s still fun to see most of the entire cast return, and let me tell you, if you’re looking for something to tickle you’re funny bone (which is why I initially watched the pilot), this is that show.

3: Midsomer Murders | A contemporary British mystery series, this one takes place in a fictional English countryside about an inspector who must solve a series of murders in the village. Here’s the Netflix description:
In this detective drama, a police inspector and his sergeant crack hard-to-solve crimes in the fictional English county of Midsomer.
I’ve only seen one of these (as of typing this up), but we really liked it. It’s dated (the clothing, cars, filming and the like), but it’s been on since 1997, so I suspect we’ll see more recognizable technology and sharper filming the longer in we go.

Content: Beware, this one does deal with some adult themes.

4: The Mysteries of Laura | A harried NYC detective tries to balance life, motherhood, her job, a nanny and her ex (who is now working in her same precinct!). 

My mom and I started watching this one, and it's an entertaining albeit flawed detective show. It tends more towards the humorous side. The only irritant? The back and forth love triangle - also, WHY DOES THE WOMAN ALWAYS CHANGE HER MIND!?

Content: Beware, this one does deal with some adult themes.

5: New Girl | New Girl chronicles the life of a teacher named Jess, a girl who’s as quirky as she is loveable. After discovering her boyfriend has cheated on her, Jess seeks out a roommate and finds the perfect situation with three guys. Only trouble is, these three bachelors don’t know the challenges having Jess live with them will present! Here’s the Netflix description:
Still rebounding from a breakup, Jessica Day moves in with three single guys, all of whom are ready to help her understand the ways of the world.

The discovery of this one came about because, again, I’m still looking for lighthearted and funny shows!

Content: Beware, this one does deal with some adult themes. The show is rated TV14, though the amount of content varies from episode to episode. 

6: Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt | Another Netflix original, this one is definitely different. It’s about a woman who, after being held in captivity for years, is finally discovered and becomes an overnight media sensation. Wanting to discover the world and learn things, instead of going back to Ohio, Kimmie decides to live in New York and make a way for herself. Here’s the Netflix description:
When a woman is rescued from a doomsday cult and lands in New York City, she must navigate a world she didn’t think even existed anymore.
This one isn’t something I’m attached to in the sense that I binge watch it. But what I’ve seen has been fun, and from time to time, I do hit “play” on the next episode.

Content: Beware, this one does deal with some adult themes. 
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What are some of the Netflix addictions currently taking all of your time? Have you seen any of these? Do you like or dislike them? Share your thoughts down below! I’d love to chat with you about them.

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland

The Kissing Booth – A Netflix Original That Will Make You Smile

The Kissing Booth (2018) – A Netflix Original That Will Make You Smile

With the myriad of YA novels there are at writer’s disposal, it’s no wonder so many are adapted into films. One of the most recent to befall this honor (or if you always prefer the book, perhaps it’s a “curse” in your book) is a little story called The Kissing Booth.


Unlike most kids, Shelly “Elle” Evans' (Joey King) childhood hasn't been an easy one. Once she had a happy and whole family, but that was before she watched her mother deteriorate before her eyes, and spent half her time in a hospital room. Now it’s just Elle, her father and little brother. Through it all Elle’s best friend, Lee (Joel Courtney) remains by her side. Ups, downs and everything in-between, Lee never lets Elle stop dancing. Theirs is a friendship to last forever.

Despite its roots, their friendship still has rules. Rule number  one: they aren’t allowed to date their besties' relatives. The problem is Lee’s elder brother, Noah (Jacob Elordi) has been the object of Elle’s school girl crush these past few years. Now, as a 16-year-old girl, Elle finds this rule a little bit challenging. You see she still has a crush on Noah, and it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to hide this from everyone…

With popular streaming services jumping in to create original films, nowadays, going to the box office is almost unnecessary. Sure, you miss the “bigness” of the experience and if you’re into that sorta’ thing, the 3D effects, but when there are hundreds of films on your own TV, it’s easy to pick one and stay in. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the movie going experience, but sometimes finding a new flick to enjoy on Neflix is the best feeling. The Kissing Booth is the third or fourth original movie I’ve seen under the Netflix name, and of course, I have opinions.


Based on the young adult novel of the same name, The Kissing Booth is a kaleidoscope of things. It’s sappy. It’s cute. It’s silly. It’s poignant. It’s a little bit inappropriate, and it’s also perfect summertime storytelling. Until I started watching the film, I don’t think I remembered or knew this was based on a novel. Because of this, I’ve not read the book, which I suspect does differ from this script. Since this is all I have to go on, I will say, there is something entertaining and “magical” about the plot.

To begin, I like the plot and the inlaid idea of there being a kissing booth as an integral plot.There isn’t a story (that I can remember) I’ve seen – either cinematic or otherwise, that doesn't use some type of familiar trope. The Kissing Booth is the same. Imperfect though it is, it's also lots of fun, and I read it also happens to be one of Netflix's (at this time) most popularly streamed film. With it's lighthearted feeling, and the surprising importance it places on friendship, it's not hard to see why. 

With its open-ended conclusion, this film won't suit everyone, but for those of us wanting something cute, this scenario presents us with a fun 90-some minutes. This experience is good enough for me.

Content: There are three-five uses of the f-word alongside some other commonplace profanity. A 16-year-old winds up having an intimate relationship with her boyfriend; we see lots of making out, clothing removal, etc. TV-14 is the rating for The Kissing Booth.

Photos: Netlifx

#Bookstagram Challenge | Wishful Wonder July 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Hello happy readers and fellow bookworm friends. It's that time again. Time to again present another photo challenge. So get that camera ready... today I'm popping in to share all the details of another bookstagram-y challenge.

Here's the seventh "Wishful Wonder" challenge of 2018.


If you have ideas for this challenge or suggestions, please let me know in the comments or on Instagram - or if you'd ever like to be a co-host. I'm open to new possibilities.

Pressed for time? Not sure a bookstagram challenge is for you? Below I give a spiel hoping to convince you otherwise.

+ If you’re pressed for time to participate in daily challenges, first and foremost, while we love it when you do, there’s no bookstagram rule that says you must post every day. (Not that you needed my permission to say this, but I thought I'd put this out there.)
+ If you think you can’t participate because of it being “too much work,” try taking a handful or several days’ worth of photos for an hour. (This is generally what I try to do, which is nice and I often find I have a little “stock pile” of Instagram photos as a result.)  
+ If you're looking to meet other Bookstagrammers (people in the book community on Instagram) and bloggers, or to build your "brand" in the book community, joining a challenge is an excellent way to do this.They say, Instagram is where it's at. 
+ If you don’t think our #WishfulWonder challenge looks like a good fit for you, there are TONS of challenges on Instagram. A brief #Bookstagram or some variation of a #BookChallenge hashtag search will show this. 
+ Best of all, the best thing about these challenge (well, aside from the people. And the books.) is the creative outlet. You develop your OWN style of photos, which is what makes everyone's account so unique! I've seen simplistic (in terms of prop use, etc.) photos that are stunning and I've seen more elaborate shots that compliment the book and suit the style of the bookstagrammer. Plus, if you're like me, and you love creative outlets, this is an excellent way to do this. 
+ Still not convinced? Go ahead and follow our #WishfulWonder tag on Instagram or Twitter to be inspired!

\\\\\ You're invited to join July 2018's #WishfulWonder Challenge


Hopefully everything is self explanatory, but if you have any questions about the prompts, just ask.

We’d love to see your pictures, so be sure to tag us with the usual, #WishfulWonder hashtag. Also, feel free to share this.

As we do every month, we extend our thanks to everyone who has joined our challenges. We're having so much fun browsing our tag, and appreciate your creativity and time. (If we haven't clicked that heart on your photos and/or commented, it's not because we won't, it's simply due to time restraints - summer always seems busy. BUT please know I enjoy browsing your photos, and sooner or later I will find them with that #WishfulWonder or for specific June #WishfulWonderJuly18 tag.)

We'd also LOVE your feedback on favorite prompts. Drop a comment down below. ♥
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Top Ten Tuesday | The Fun Summer 2018 TBR I Hope to Read

Monday, June 18, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday | The Fun Summer 2018 TBR I Hope to Read

Hey, everyone and happy Tuesday! We are again arriving at a seasonal TBR list-making point in our blogging and book meme careers.

That Artsy Reader Girl June 19: Books to Read By the Pool 


(This post does contain affiliate links, which means – at no extra cost to you, I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase through a link. Read the disclosure page for details.)

Ok, so I realize that this talks about books to read “by the pool,” but since a. I don’t go to the pool and b. I don’t visit or live beside an ocean/lake, I decided to take Jana’s parenthesized option and write a summer TBR list instead.

Now we’ve discussed my propensity to not read the books I place on seasonal TBRs which usually makes these lists more along the lines of “Books I Really Want to Read… but Won’t.” Another though that forever plagues me this time of year is the realization that I’ll not have read the books on my previous seasonal TBR. It’s this that causes me to nervously wonder how I fared in reading through said TBR, *clicks Spring 2018 TBR(I think I read maybe, 3 or four out of nine. That's not a proud book nerd moment.)

All this said, of course, I want to read all of these books, it’s simply a question of “when.”

Onto more specifics about these books, today’s list is a mix of books I “have” to read because they’ve been kindly sent to me by authors or publishers. Books on my shelf I want to read (because they seem ideal summer-y reads) and books I’d like to read and plan to add to my shelf. Plus, I’m only talking about eight books today because later this week, I have a few more to chat about coming to the booktube channel. (So keep an eye out for that video!)

Here we go. 

The Fun Summer 2018 TBR Books I Hope to Read

1: Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof | Joanne’s novels are always wonderfully written and told. Her style of writing is brilliant, so I’m looking forward to discovering this first book in a new series. In stores July 2018. Amazon | Goodreads 

2: The Rancher’s Surprise Daughter by Jill Lynn | Because I’d reviewed one of her books last year, the author kindly sent me a copy of her July 2018 release, which is this little novel that looks adorable. Plus, its short length makes it the perfect romance to binge read – something I’m always a fan of.  In stores July 2018. Amazon | Goodreads

3: Save the Date by Morgan Matson | I may have only ever read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, but reading Morgan’s latest novel is highly anticipated. Cannot wait to see what this one is all about. Plus, can we appreciate its seemingly perfect cover design? In stores now. Amazon | Goodreads

4: From Twinkle with Love by Sandhya Menon | Last year I meant to read Sandhya’s first novel, When Dimple Met Rishi, and sadly did not. This year, I’ve placed her newest on the list, but ‘Dimple’ should also be included. Either way, hopefully, I’ll read one – or if I’m real ambitious, both! In stores now. Amazon | Goodreads

5: Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey | Ahh! Can we just discuss the excitement that happened when I realized this series would be four books instead of three? My original assumption didn’t count on this novel nor did I realize a copy would show up on my doorstep recently. Excitement levels are, obviously, high. In stores July 2018. Amazon | Goodreads


6: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society | Originally, I’d intended to have a read-along going today for this novel (again in anticipation of the summer film release), but that went by the wayside as INSPYs work and other obligations took first place. I STILL want to have a read along, so if anyone wants to join, I’ll be tweeting all about it soon!! You can keep up to date on my Twitter timeline (@RissiJC) if you'd want to join. In stores now. Amazon | Goodreads

7: Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian | Is there a book cover that is more in tune with summer reading than this one? I’d argue no! Plus this one sounds adorable. In stores now. Amazon | Goodreads
  


8: Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West | It’s by Kasie West. It’s her newest novel. Enough said. In stores now. Amazon | Goodreads

BONUS! I’d also really like to read Crazy Rich Asians, a book that piqued my interest because of the upcoming film adaptation (and I just saw the trailer which made me giggle for its entirety). As a carryover from my spring TBR (told ya’ I don’t get my seasonal TBRs read), I’m currently reading Falling for You by Becky Wade, which is delightful.

*video publishes Tuesday afternoon; channel linked above
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It’s your turn, friends. Tell me, what’s on your summer TBR list? Do you like seasonal TBRs – and tell me your secret to accomplishing it. I’d love to know. Tell me if you’ve read any of these or if you’d like to!

If you joined today’s meme, make sure and leave your Top Ten Tuesday links below so I can visit – or simply introduce your blog. I’d be glad to visit your bookish spaces.

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