Good morning my lovelies. It’s time for my April Monthly Wrap Up!
The weekends are the perfect time for me to sit back and catch up on life – both on and off the blog. Back in April 2019, I decided to write a monthly round up post at the weekend closest to the last day of the month. I can’t believe I’ve been writing these Wrap Up posts for a year now! 😲🥳
What is the Sunday Post?
So what have I been up to this month?
Well I assume my April has been pretty much the same as yours. 😷
Let’s start with the bad
The lowlight continues to be all about Coronavirus COVID-19. Trying to cope with a changing world, the anxieties and the stress of social distancing and the effects that it has on daily life. 🙁 I’m not going to lie, it’s been tough: working practices have changed, what was everyday lifestyles have had to be adjusted and we’re all just trying to cope with the emotional and physical fallout. 😢 I’ve gotta be honest and say that while I want all this to end, I’m glad that our government here in the UK aren’t making any rash decisions about lifting the restrictions – the virus is still out there, we don’t have a vaccine and people are still dying!
Now onto the good
But I don’t want to dwell on the virus. The highlights for me this month include trying to enjoy the signs of spring! 🌷🐣 Although, as I type this the temperature has dropped and we’ve had heavy wind and rain the last few days, we have had some really lovely warm, sunny weather this month meaning that I’ve actually managed to get out into our garden and … no, not do any gardening *pff* I’ve been READING and listening to audiobooks! 😉 It’s been bliss. Our youngest daughter had her 15th birthday over the Easter Weekend 🥳🎂 and although we didn’t have the usual celebrations with all the family and friends, we still had a lovely day.
As you might remember, this year I’m tracking my follower count. Flora’s Musings… has now surpassed the 400 followers mark and, as I type this, there are now 439 of you! That’s bloody fantastic, I’m more than confident that we can reach (and surpass) my original goal of 500 before the end of this year.
Thank you to the lovely Kal for the use of her amazing Blogger Spreadsheets and graphics.
I also want to say a big THANK YOU to all of YOU; knowing that you take the time to read my reviews, like and/or comment on my posts – it makes me all misty-eyed.
The usual suspects
I really enjoy joining in with these weekly memes and try to return as many visits and comments as I can. Sorry if I’ve missed anyone this month.
I’m still linked up to Blog Lovin’, so if you’re part of that community too, I’d love it if you’d give me a follow and I can follow you back.
So what have I been posting here on my blog? Feel free to click on anything that you missed this month.
An Exciting New Reading Genre.
More in the World of Indie Authors.
As you may already know, I love helping out independent authors who write in my favourite genres. So have been sharing quite a few posts about a new competition – Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award – an amazing collaboration with The Folio Society and The Write Reads.
In case you didn’t know, the BBNYA, is a competition for indie authors (both self-published and published by small indie presses). The contest will be judged by a large and diverse panel of book bloggers (which I am proud to be one of) from all around the world who’ll be putting the books through several rounds of judging based on a wide set of criteria. As each round goes by, the results will be announced across social media – until, the panel are left with the ten finalists. After further intensive reviewing, the ultimate favourite will be chosen and declare it the “Book Bloggers Novel of the Year”! 😉
You can check out my posts about the BBYNA by clicking the graphic below.
Sharing the Love
And, of course, this being a book blog, I shared my thoughts about some books I read:
Divine Scales by Jennifer Blackstream ~ One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews ~ Bears Behaving Badly by MaryJanice Davidson ~ Storm Front by Jim Butcher ~ Dark Arts and a Daiquiri by Annette Marie ~ Magical Midlife Madness by K.F. Breene ~ Hammered by Kevin Hearne
Moving forward, what can you expect from me in May?
- Celebrating those New Book Releases.
- Hopefully some author interviews, cover reveals, book tours and spotlight posts.
- More weekly Friday Finds, Top 5 Tuesdays posts and Book Blogger Hop questions answered.
- and of course, lots of book reviews!
A Challenge to Read More
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I take part in the Goodreads Annual Reading Challenge but I also join in with other reading challenges. I thought that I’d use these regular wrap up posts to update you on my progress in all the challenges that I’m taking part in …
Amazingly, I haven’t taken part in any new monthly reading challenges this month. BUT. I have signed up to two new annual challenges this year – Bloody hell, what was I thinking!!
I’ve been listening to more and more audiobooks each year, so decided to take advantage of my growing
addiction interest. 😉 Check out my progress on My Audiobook Challenge 2020 page.
Finishing The Series Challenge
I’ve been lamenting over how many started but not finished series are on my TBR pile, so this year, I decided to take advantage of any reading challenges around to actually finish some. 😉 Check out my progress on Finishing The Series 2020 page.
Like so many of you, I use my blog to review those 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.) Each month, I’m using my wrap up posts to share the ARCs that are waiting to be read.
- May Releases ~ The Fiery Crown (26th)
- June Releases ~ Flame (30th)
- July Releases ~ nothing yet!
- August Releases ~ nothing yet!
- September Releases ~ nothing yet!
- October Releases ~ nothing yet!
Although I’ve got a couple of ARCs being sent to me directly from authors in the pipeline, I’ve managed to stick to my NetGalley Plan – limiting myself to only requesting a couple per month and trying to spread out the release dates of those books – and my ARC TBR pile is happily under control! 😇
I just want to say Thanks to the wonderful authors, publishers, tour organisers and NetGalley for the opportunities they give me to read books and feed my addiction! 😉
I love browsing the various Facebook groups and reading groups that I belong; they always seem to have such great memes for every occasion. I couldn’t decide between these of you’re getting them all! 😉
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.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, stay safe and healthy.
Bye for now.