Hello and welcome to my August 2020 monthly wrap up post.
Usually, the weekends are the only time that I can sit back and catch up on life – both on and off the blog. However, as I’m on summer break (at least until Tuesday 1st), every day has felt like a weekend!
So what have I been up to this month?
Well, August has certainly been different from the previous four months, hasn’t it?!
The lowlight continued to be all about Coronavirus COVID-19. Things are definitely trying to get back to normal here in England. People are able to go out and about; pubs, shops, hairdressers, cinemas, etc., more businesses are taking their employees off furlough and Brits are travelling abroad on holiday. However, I’m concerned about the potential spike in cases and our death count in the UK continues to rise. We still don’t have a vaccine, although the scientists are working really hard to have one before this winter’s flu season! 😢
But I don’t want to dwell on the virus. The highlights for me this month include being off for the summer holidays. Yeh! School opens up on 2nd September. I’m not sure what our primary school will look like then, but we’ll do our best to follow the guidance while teaching the National Curriculum.
In case you didn’t know, Flora’s Musings is a self-hosted blog. I’m still with WordPress, but now I’m WordPress.org blog hosted by ChemiCloud.
Click the ChemiCloud logo above and check them out. They’ve still got a 65% sale on at the moment which means their plans start at just 2.76 per month! If you use my link, I’ll get a little referrer fee credited to my account. Thank you. 💜
It’s still a keen learning curve, and I’m far from being an expert. However, I’m enjoying the experience and love how freeing it is to be self-hosted. I’ve downloaded the Ultimate Book Blogger plugin by Ashley @ NoseGraze. Thanks to Kimberley @ Caffeinated Reviewer for the referral.
You’ll probably notice the change to my reviews going forward as I update them using the UBB plugin. The plugin also means that you will soon be able to find specific reviews more easier in the future too, as it creates a searchable Review Archive.
While I’m making all these changes, please let me know if any pages, posts or links throughout Flora’s Musings either doesn’t open or you have problems with.
💜💚💜 Hello lovely followers! 💜💚💜
As you might remember, this year I’m tracking my follower count. Flora’s Musings has now surpassed the 475 followers mark and, as I type this, there are now 482 of you! That’s flippin’ amazing! I’m now more than confident that we can reach (and surpass) 500 followers before too long.
Stats for my fellow nerds
The lovely Kal produces an amazing package of free Blogger Spreadsheets and graphics. I downloaded them at the beginning of the year and I’m now a stats nerd! I love looking at my numbers, comparing them to last week, month or year. The spreadsheets help me keep track of my bookish stats like ARCs, books read, ratings as well as bloggish stats too. You’ve got to check them out!
Some of my favourite YTD (Year To Date) stats include:
Has 2020 been a good reading year so far?
This comes as no surprise to me. I’ve honed my skills when it comes to which books I pick up. Life’s too short to waste time reading a story that you don’t think you’ll enjoy, or about characters that you know will frustrate the hell out of you. Also, the fact that I’m trying to finish reading some much-loved series this year ensures a large number of great greats.
Where do my reads come from?
I don’t use a library, so the borrowed column is referring to Kindle Unlimited. Where do your books come from?
Which days are popular with you, my followers?
Apparently, you like visiting Flora’s Musings on a Friday. Does this mean that my Friday Finds posts are your favourites? I’m so touched that you visit so often. I’ve downloaded a new plugin this week that tracks how visitors to Flora’s Musings engage with my pages and posts. I’ll let you know all about it next month.
It wouldn’t be an August 2020 monthly wrap up if I didn’t include what I’d posted this month.
Posting The Usual Blogginess
Shanah is taking a much-earned break from hosting the weekly Top 5 Tuesday meme. She’s passed the mantle to the lovely Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads. I’m taking a break myself as I work on my blog but may join in with the occasional week. Watch this space! I’m still writing my Friday Finds posts and answering the questions on Billy’s Book Blogger Hop.
I try to return as many visits and comments as I can, but, I’m sorry if I’ve missed anyone this month.
What else have I been posting on my blog?
Feel free to click on anything that you missed this month.
I’ve been celebrating some wonderful 🥳 New Releases 🥳
- 25th August – Season of the Wolf by Maria Vale
↔️ Blog Tours ↔️
I’ve been helping some wonderful authors spread the word about their books around the blogosphere.
📚 Book Reviews 📚
And, of course, this being a book blog, I shared my thoughts about some books I read this month:
- Calistos by Felicity Heaton
- Halfway There by Eve Langlais
- Twenty-Sided Sourceress Box Set by Annie Bellet
- Season of the Wolf by Maria Vale
- Death Masks by Jim Butcher
Moving forward, what can you expect from me in September?
- Celebrating more New Book Releases.
- Hopefully some author interviews, cover reveals, book tours and spotlight posts.
- More weekly Friday Finds 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 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 for months. BUT. I have signed up to two annual challenges this year outside of Goodreads. Bloody hell, what was I thinking!! 😂 🤦♀️ 😂
🎧 2020 Audiobook Challenge 🎧
I’ve been listening to more and more audiobooks each year, so decided to take advantage of my growing
addiction interest. 😉 I think I’ve been doing quite well so far. Check out my progress on My Audiobook Challenge 2020 page.
🏁 Finishing The Series Challenge 🏁
This year, I was lamenting over how many unfinished series were on my TBR pile. Therefore, I joined the Celebrity Readers’ challenge to help. Check out my slow but steady progress on Finishing The Series Reading Challenge 2020 page.
~ The ARCs Still On My Shelf ~
Like so many of you, I use my blog to review ARCs (Advanced or Early Reader Copy). Book, ebooks and audiobooks that I receive from authors or publishers. I’m registered on NetGalley and I’ve just signed up to BookSirens. Do any of you get books from BookSirens?
Check out my current ARCs calendar. I think my monthly commitments are looking good.
- September Releases ~ Sea of the Dead (17th)
- October Releases ~ nothing yet!
- November Releases ~ nothing yet!
- December Releases ~ nothing yet!
I’ve managed to stick to my ARC Requests Plan! Limiting myself to only requesting a couple per month and trying to ensure the release dates are spread out. My ARC TBR pile is now happily under control! 😇
Thank you to the wonderful authors, publishers, tour organisers, BookSirens and NetGalley. The opportunity you give me to read books and feed my addiction is more than appreciated! 😉
~ A Bit Of Randomness ~
I love browsing the various groups I belong to as they always seem to have such great memes for every occasion. 😉 This is the image I’ve chosen for my August 2020 monthly wrap up. Be strong sisters!!
I’ve been linking up to The Sunday Post which is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Today, I’m also linking up to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up co-hosted by the fabulous Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight.
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my August 2020 monthly wrap up post.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, stay safe and healthy.
Bye for now.