Monthly Wrap Up

August 2019 Monthly Wrap Up plus The Sunday Post @ Flora’s Musings…

Good morning my lovelies. Welcome to my August 2019 Monthly Wrap Up post.

The weekends are the perfect time 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’ve been on school summer holidays (I’m back to work on Wednesday 4th September!) – so you know what that means? Yup, wind and rain! Lol! 😉 Actually, we’ve just had a wonderfully hot bank holiday weekend where I enjoyed sitting in my garden reading and eating outside. In fact, I’ve managed to get through many books on my TBR pile this holiday.

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 is fun, I love visiting my fellow bloggers’ sites too but I feel I’ve been slacking in my blog hopping recently – sorry.

I linked up to Blog Lovin’ earlier this month, 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.

As you know, caring is sharing and I like to share great posts while I’m browsing the blogosphere, did you read this one about our allowing yourself “Book Comas“. I think I might have allowed myself a few of those during August – bliss.

So what about here on my blog…

I seem to be writing more mini reviews these days, I think that’s the way forward for this particular book blogger. As we know, of all the content we publish on our blogs, the review are the least interacted with. I think they get read, as you all click the like button to prove the fact but usually the interaction stopped there.

Moving forward, what else can you expect from me in September?

  • Celebrating those New Book Releases
  • Hopefully more Author Interviews, cover reveals, 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!

I’ll be attending a book signing event in London too – RARE19 – which I’m very excited about and can’t wait.

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: August

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.

I’ve almost finished this one already with just one more book to read!

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… 😉 The trouble is, I keep adding to the series list!! Lol!

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. (I’ll update you on my progress soon.)


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 thought that I’d 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 – but it seems that it’s gone a bit awry. (Click the titles for their Goodreads listing)

I am expecting an eARCs of Seduced by a Demon King to arrive on my Kindle from Felicity Heaton any day now and The Darkest Gateway from Jeri Westerson sometime next month!

September Releases ~ Seduced by a Demon King (24th) ~ Unearthed (24th) ~ The Orchid Throne (24th)

October Release ~The Darkest Gateway (2nd) ~ Secrets of the House of Chocolate (22nd)~ Fever (29th)

November Releases ~ nothing yet!

December Releases ~ nothing yet!

January 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

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(6) Comments

  1. Have fun at RARE! Gotta enjoy holidays, even if it’s just one day lol have a good week!
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

  2. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying your holiday, I hope your return to work isn’t too painful.
    Congrats on your challenge progress

    Have a great reading week

  3. Oh how I would have liked to go to RARE London – enjoy! I would appreciate a bit of rain just to be a bit cooler. I hope the back to work goes well and you have a good weekend of relaxing and reading first!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

  4. I hope you enjoy RARE London! I’m attending RARE Edinburgh 2020 and cannot wait!

    I’m looking forward to the little dude going back to school but I’m not looking forward to the end of my 3 day work weeks I’d been taking during the summer holidays! I hope the return to work isn’t too bad and you settle back into the rhythm quickly.

  5. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Oh you are going to RARE London Flora? I am sitting this one out as I went to Paris and to YALC London in July. I hope you’ll have lots of fun! Who are you planning to see?

  6. The Underworld Challenge sounds fun! And love the Cosplay Cuties too haha- that first pirate one is awesome. 🙂

    I’ve thought of doing more mini- reviews too. Especially since I’ve been slacking on reviews lately!

    Have a great weekend.

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