July’s Monthly Round Up plus The Sunday Post @ Flora’s Musings…

Good morning my lovelies,

Sundays are the perfect day for me to sit back and catch up on life – both on and off the blog – so back in April, I decided to write a monthly round up post. I linked up to The Sunday Post which is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer (see rules here: Sunday Post Meme) and have done so each month since.

The Sunday Post is a chance for us to share news, to recap the past week on our blogs and showcase books and things we have received. To share with you what is coming up on our blogs for the week ahead and don’t forget, this meme is also the perfect opportunity to check out other bloggers and read some great blogs. So, once you’ve read my post, why don’t you hop along to some of the other amazing blogs taking part in this week’s The Sunday Post.

So what have I been up to this month?

Here in the UK, we have finally broken up for the school summer holidays – no more work for me until Wednesday 4th September! Woo!Hoo!  😉 The weather has definitely been warmer here and we’ve enjoyed a heatwave; my patio doors have been open wide most evenings and the delicious smell of barbecues has wafted in the air but my poor plants have suffered with the lack of water as I’ve left them to fend for themselves as I’ve been too busy with my nose buried in my Kindle.

I’ve been taking part in Top 5 Tuesday and answering the Book Blogger Hop question each week and will keep going for as long as my little brain allows. 😉 Although taking part in these weekly memes keeps me busy, I love visiting my fellow bloggers’ sites, the book blogging community is such a wonderful place; love you all.

I do like to share great posts while I’m browsing the blogosphere, did you read this one about our weird bookish habits?

So what about here on my blog…

What else can you expect from me in August?

  • New Book Releases
  • Author interviews, cover reveals and Spotlight posts
  • More weekly Friday Finds, Top 5 Tuesdays posts and Book Blogger Hop questions answered
  • and of course, lots of book reviews!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I take part in the Goodreads Annual Reading Challenge and have also joined in with challenges from the book groups I belong to. I thought that I’d use this post to update you on my progress to date in all the challenges that I’m (foolishly) taking part in…

Monthly Challenges: July

Collect a Cosplay Cutie doll each month by completing at least 2 tasks out of a set of 6. A new set of tasks with a new doll is posted each month and I’m hoping to collect all 12. Here are the dolls I’ve collected so far.

3 Monthly Challenges:

Underworld Challenge (1st July to 30th September)

Under cover of night, vampires engage in an age-old battle with their sworn enemies, the Lycans, a clan of violent werewolves. Selene, a vampire orphaned in the wake of a bloody Lycan attack, works for the vampire clan as a trained killer. When the Lycans take a mysterious interest in Michael Corvin, an exceptional mortal doctor, Selene struggles to save him from Lucian, a ruthless Lycan leader hellbent on ending the vampire bloodline.

You are Selene. You must protect Michael from the Lycans by completing at least 5 of the various reading tasks.

 

Annual Challenges:
Cover Love -It’s all about book covers. This scavenger hunt gives us a list of 100 things to find but we can only use one book for each item. It is split into 4 sections; items, words in the title, main cover colour and font colours.

 

The Year I Scaled by TBR Mountain… 2019 This doesn’t earn me a Vampire Heart but it’s helping me finish those half started series… 😉

 

Own Pace Challenges:
My Bloody Bazaar Games Thread ~ I’ve completed the Knight Fright game, the Swords & Airships one, the Russian Roulette game and the Creature Castle one.

This month I started the Wishing Well game.

Palmistry Reading ~ ⁍This is a reading challenge with a palm reading.

⁍For your palm reading, you get three areas read; a line, a marking and a mount. not real ones this is just for fun please don’t send me pictures of your palm 😉
⁍For the reading challenge, you may do the tasks for each or spell out the name of the line/marking/mount. You can do both as well if you want.

⁍You can start this challenge whenever you want and set your own pace. When you’re finished, you can request another reading and play again if you like.

∞ Task Challenge
Three tasks for each area. You may do one, two, or all three tasks. It’s up to you! You will get three areas read totalling nine tasks per reading.

∞ Spell-It-Out Challenge
Using the first letter of a book title, series title, author’s first or last name, or a character’s first or last name to spell out the name of your line/marking/mount. You may do all three or just one (or two whatever).

Ok, so I’m addicted to collecting the Vampire Hearts that we earn for every challenge completed! You don’t blame me though, they’re gorgeous, right?! Lol! But I’ve been very good this month and not signed up to as many challenges as I’ve still got so many books I want to read before I go to RARE19 in London.

As you know, I review books on this blog that I’ve bought, as well as ARCs (Advance or Early Reader Copy) that I’ve received from authors or publishers both directly and through NetGalley. (I’ve finally got my NetGalley addiction under control.) But I thought that I’d share with you the ARCs that are still on my TBR list.

I’ve stuck to my NetGalley Plan, spread out the release dates of books I’ve requested and limited myself to only requesting a couple per month. (Click the titles for their Goodreads listing)

August Releases ~ Dark Alpha’s Redemption (6th) ~ Queen of Vampire Hearts (17th) ~ Death of Darkness (20th)

September Releases ~ The Immortal City (19th) ~ The Orchid Throne (24th)

October Release ~ Secrets of the House of Chocolate (22nd)

November Releases ~ nothing yet!

December Releases ~ nothing yet!

Thanks to the wonderful authors, publishers and NetGalley for the opportunities they give me to read books and feed my reading addiction! 😉

 

The various Facebook groups I belong to have been awash with some great memes and as an avid reader this really made me chuckle so, of course, I just had to share it. 😉

 

So, now you’ve read my post, why don’t you hop along to some of the other amazing blogs taking part in this week’s The Sunday Post. If you’re taking part too, don’t forget to leave your comment below with a link to your Sunday Post so I can visit your blog and check out what you’ve been up to.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Bye for now. x


32 thoughts on “July’s Monthly Round Up plus The Sunday Post @ Flora’s Musings…

  1. Yay for time off! I love spending my vacations reading! I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying the heatwave, I’m not enjoying ours so much because we’re well over triple digits. When it’s 108 F the heat is no longer nice. 80s or 90s, that’s nice and I can enjoy the pool, but you dare not exit the water with the temps we’re having. Hopefully, we’ll get back to normal soon. 🙂

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  2. Yay enjoy your time off! I hope you get a cooldown- we’ve had hot temps too and it gets old! Although I love the smell of barbequ 🙂

    Love the look of Queen of Vampire Hearts!

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    1. Would love to see you around the BBH, Deb. We just aren’t set up for extreme weather here in the UK. We need to sort that out with all the climate change issues getting more frequent and pronounced.

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  3. I’m happy dancing over summer break finally starting! It’s so strange seeing all the US bloggers kids going back to school when we’ve just finished! 🙂

    I’m so excited you’re going to RARE London! I was aiming for that one but missed (sobs, isn’t Ilona Andrews signing?!) BUT I managed to get tickets to Edinburgh 2020 so I’m super happy!

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  4. These challenges sound really fun and the cover love challenge one sounds interesting. I have a thing for book’s cover arts so I think that challenge is really fun. And I can relate to that meme so much lol. “Time to sleep”, I say as I still haven’t put my kindle down and not really bothering to even try sleeping.

    Enjoy your summer and have fun reading!

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  5. We’ve had a heat wave where I live in Southern California (The United States) too! I love the smell of BBQ and the lazy summer day feeling! It’s wonderful that you’re about to start the summer holiday. Ours is about to end in one week. Happy reading all of your awesome looking paranormal reads Flora!

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  6. I’m currently on break as well. I go back in late Aug. That’s a lot of challenges! I have to admit that I never really get into them. I haven’t heard of any of your new titles, but I hope you love them all! Happy reading!

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    1. Thank you. We’ve had a deluge of rain recently and most of them have perked up. I suppose at the end of the day, nature wants to survive. 😉
      Thanks for stopping by. x

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