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Month in Review: December 2018 + #Booktube Talk

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Well, hello there 2019! Another end of another month brings with it yet another Finding Wonderland Month in Review recap-y thing aka our Month in Review: December 2018. But of more import is that this recap ushers in a New Year – whaaat! Who else is in awe of it being 2019!? Let’s share all the past month’s recap thoughts.

Ciao, December and 2018. Bonjour, January and 2019!

Here we go.

Month in Review: December 2018 + #Booktube Talk

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»Favorites & News from December 2018«

Month in Review

1: Box Office | I not only some some fabulous films on DVD this past month – looks like January will be a busy review month, I also went to the box office twice and thoroughly enjoyed both films. Can you guess what I saw? Did you see anything grand?

2: Lindsey Stirling’s Warmer in the Winter | I’ve heard Lindsey’s music prior to this year, but this is the first year I’ve really listened to her song ‘Warmer in the Winter’ and also, I watched the adorable video that accompanies it. Dancing with the Stars fans may recognize a familiar face too!

3: Vanity Fair (Amazon Prime) | Over these past few days, we binge-watched this, and… I like it. In some sense I anticipated loving it because it’s a period drama, but in another with vague visions of the 2004 film dancing in my head, I also had an inkling this one wouldn’t receive a happy end. Still, it is entertaining and I do like the kind of tongue and cheek way this one plays to the audience. You can stream this one on Amazon Prime.


 »Favorite Blog Posts«

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

1: Discussion: How to Defend (and Enjoy!) Christmas Movies

Christmas Wonderland

2: Fan Girl Talk: Ranking the 2018 Hallmark Christmas Romances

3: The Geography of You and Me – A Romance that Travels

4: Fan Girl Talk: Ranking the 2018 Hallmark Christmas Romances

5: Kiss Me in New York –Enjoy a Festive & Romantic Day in NYC

6: Small Town Christmas – A Second Chance at a First Love

7: While You Were Sleeping – A RomCom Icon that Will Make You Smile

⇉ THROWBACK FAVORITES | aka the section in which we take a peek at what I was writing about or posting this time last year.

1: Enchanted (2007) – Disney’s Fairy Tale Still Enchants Ten Years Later (I remember writing about this as if it were – literally – only yesterday!)

2: Frozen in Love (2018) – Bookshop Girl + Hockey Star = Romantic Meet-Cute

3: Love on the Slopes (2018) – Extreme Fun in Winter Wonderland

4: One Christmas in Winter by Bell Renshaw – Hallmark-Esque Christmas Charmer from Debut Author

5: Romantic Movie Scene Feature | Enchanted, Ten Years Later

6: The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner – Sassy Contemporary RomCom in INSPY Fiction

» Monthly Popular Posts | December 2018 «

1: My Christmas Love (2016) – A Festive Romance Inspired by Lyrics

2: Book #Giveaway Hop! | December 2018 New Release Celebration (Closed)

3: List | 23 Wholesome Romantic-Comedies

While You Were Sleeping

4: A Royal Winter – A Cinderella Fairy Tale (Plus a European Castle)

5: My Perfect Romance (2018) – Harlequin Romance Formulates Perfect Match

6: Love at the Christmas Table – Seasonal Romance Through the Years

7: Top Ten Tuesday | 12 of My Backlist Must-Read Books

»Popular Posts the Week of December 25 – January 1 «

1: List | 23 Wholesome Romantic-Comedies | Finding Wonderland

2: Book #Giveaway Hop! | December 2018 New Release Celebration (Closed)

3: My Perfect Romance (2018) – Harlequin Romance Formulates Perfect Match

4: Best of 2018 | 13 of My Favorite Reads of the Year!

5: A Royal Winter – A Cinderella Fairy Tale (Plus a European Castle)

*Not sure ANY of these stats are accurate because I’m still trying to figure out WP stats.

»Finding Wonderland on Booktube | December 2018 «

December 2018 Wrap Up and Book Haul
#Bestof2018 | 13 of my Favorite Reads of the Year!
#Bestof2018 at the Box Office (and Small Screen)
Dear Santa… with Top Ten Tuesday
‘Tis the Season Book Tag: 2018 Editon!
A Cozy & Warm Winter TBR with Top Ten Tuesday
Ranking Hallmark Christmas Movies 2018
Christmas Decor + Christmas Book Blogger Tag 2018
Cozy Wintry Reads with Top Ten Tuesday

»Books Read | December 2018 «

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe (carryover from November)
Match Me If You Can (not sure when I read this one… but I don’t think I’ve claimed it yet, so…)
The Geography of You and Me
Snow in Love 
One Day in December (currently am reading)


PS »Dear Readers« 

In case you didn’t notice, there are changes around Finding Wonderland. We’ve moved. I do plan to write a more thorough blog post about this, but in the meantime, I do want to let you know about updates.

If you’re a reader and you’d like to receive updates from this little space (THANK YOU to everyone who does want to), you’ll have to re-follow the blog. Or those who keep up to date via GFC will.

You can do this in one of three ways.

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  • Follow via BlogLovin’ (the feed details I’m still trying to figure out, so that’s not being updated just now)

*Please note, to receive any of these, you will have to “confirm” via email, and this email may be sent to your junk folder

»Around the Interwebs« what else am I writing?

Silver Petticoat | Taking a look back at my month in review on Silver Petticoat.

Articles and Lists | For the Classic Romantic Moment of the Month (and appropriately for Christmas), we remember the iconic While You Were SleepingWho else thinks this one if full of perfect romantic moments!? We also preview the Winter 2019 Box Office; what do you plan to see this in theaters this season?

Film and TV Reviews | I saw Second Act in theaters with Jennifer Lopez, and though different than I anticipated, I thoroughly enjoyed it; also, to celebrate the season I review Netflix’s The Holiday Calendar and revisit the classic that is Little Women (1994), which I still adore.

TV Recaps | None!

As always, thanks to the editors of Silver Petticoat and my fellow contributors! Working with you all is always fun.


That’s an end to the month here at #FindingWonderlandBlog. What was your bookish, blogging or life like this past month? What tips, advice or new tricks are you learning to keep up with the changing blogging world? 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

please excuse the “disorder.” you can read more about Finding Wonderland’s changes, new follow options and why archive posts are a mess in my “Disorder + Feedback” post!

About Rissi JC

amateur photog. #bookblogger. downton abbey. inspys. internet-photo-shy. writer. the aspiration is to someday write professionally. a girl can dream, right?

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amateur photog. #bookblogger. downton abbey. inspys. internet-photo-shy. writer. the aspiration is to someday write professionally. a girl can dream, right?

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