Monthly Wrap Up

December 2020 Monthly Wrap Up

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Hello, my lovelies and welcome to my December 2020 monthly wrap up post.

What have I been up to this month?

We’re on school Christmas holidays at the moment. I’ve been enjoying being home with my family. Although Christmas Day and Boxing Day weren’t as festive as usual.

Coronavirus COVID-19 is still sweeping the globe and now we have a new strain to contend with. *sigh* Here in England, we were given a little more freedom over Christmas. Now it’s back to our new “normal” with a 4 tier system to try to reduce the contagion level of the virus. The good news is that vaccines are being distributed across the country. Although we’ll have to be patient to see the benefits.

I had my birthday a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for all the birthday wishes – you guys are lovely! 💜 Due to local COVID restrictions, we didn’t do anything BIG with our extended family. However, Hubby, myself and our two girls had a Chinese takeaway on Friday night. Saturday evening was yummy pizzas from Waitrose – caramelised onion and mascarpone for me. Plus, Hubby cooked my favourite dish for Sunday lunch – chicken in a creamy mushroom and garlic sauce. 😉

In bloggish news…

Affiliate Programmes

As bloggers, we’re continually bombarded with “make money from your blog“. In 2019 I wrote about my rather sceptical view of book bloggers being able to earn a living from our obsession hobby and my own lacklustre experience.

The Amazon Associate programme is never going to pay enough to cover my book-buying habit, so instead, I’ve joined the affiliate teams for the companies that make my book blogging experience a dream instead of a chore.

Self-hosting with ChemiCloud logo image

I love being a self-hosted blog with ChemiCloud and can’t recommend them enough. They’ve been quick to respond to my (many) queries and never make me feel like a tech-dummy. Go check them out. Their 50% discount means their plans start at just 2.99 per month! If you use my link, I’ll get a little referrer fee credited to my account. 💜 I want to thank the 202 of you that have already visited ChemiCloud using my link. Thanks for your comments and kind words.

Try Canva Pro for yourself

You may have noticed that I’ve also been looking at the graphics on my blog and across my social media accounts. I’ve been using Canva for a couple of years but recently upgraded to Canva Pro. I love it. The extras are AMAZING! 😉 If you use my link, I’ll get a little referrer fee for this too. 💜

Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin

I’ve been working through my existing reviews and adding the Ultimate Book Blogger plugin by Ashley @ NoseGraze to the posts. I love the plugin so much that I asked Ashley if I could be an affiliate! So again, if you use my link, I’ll get a little referrer fee which helps with the running costs of the blog. 💜

I’m not expecting to make my fortune being part of these affiliate teams, I’d just like to earn a couple of quid to buy some more audiobooks or eBooks to review for you.

While I’m working through my old posts, I’m also making my reviews SEO friendly with the help of the Yoast SEO plugin. All this behind-the-scenes maintenance is time-consuming, so I apologise for my lack of communication and engagement with tags and memes. However, I’ll be all finished by the end of the year ready to start 2020 with a more efficient site.

While I’m making all these changes, please let me know if any pages, posts or links throughout Flora’s Musings either don’t open or you have problems with.

What have I been posting?

Now on with the rest of my December 2020 monthly wrap up post. Feel free to click on anything that you missed this month.

📚 Book Reviews 📚

And, of course, this being a book blog, I shared my thoughts about some books I read this month:

~ Full Reviews and Mini Reviews ~

I’ve been sharing a few bookish bits and bobs this month. 😉

I’ve also been ❤️ loving ❤️ the fun tags, mems and awards around the blogosphere by my fellow book bloggers. 😉

That’s it for my December 2020 Monthly Wrap Up. However, moving forward, what can you expect from me in January?

~ Coming up on Flora’s Musings ~

  • Celebrating more New Book Releases.
  • Hopefully some author interviews, cover reveals, book tours and spotlight posts.
  • and of course, lots of book reviews!
My Current Reading Challenges (2)

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I take part in the Goodreads Annual Reading Challenge but that’s not the only one I take part in. 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 …

~ My Current Reading Challenges ~

My time has been spent on the behind-the-scenes admin for Flora’s Musings, therefore, I haven’t taken part in any new Goodreads group reading challenges. BUT. I signed up to two annual challenges this year outside of Goodreads. Bloody hell, what was I thinking!! 😂 🤦‍♀️ 😂

🎧 2020 Audiobook Challenge 🎧

Audiobook challenge 2020 graphic

I’ve been listening to more and more audiobooks each year, so decided to take advantage of my growing addiction interest. 😉 I certainly did better than I was expecting. Check out my final scores on the doors on My Audiobook Challenge 2020 page.

🏁 Finishing The Series Challenge 🏁

finishing the series reading challenge button for 2020

At the beginning of the year, I was lamenting over how many unfinished series were on my TBR pile. Therefore, I joined the Celebrity Readers’ challenge to help. I didn’t finish as many series as I was hoping to but I’ve made a considerable dent in the pile. 😉 Check it out 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.

Pinterest pin - ARCS on my shelf - December 2020
~ ARCs Yet To Read ~
  • Reviews due by 1st January 2021 – Dark Angel Discovered (released on 23rd October 2020) ~ Moonlit Surrender (released on 27th October 2020)
  • January Releases ~ The Segonian (19th)
  • February Releases ~ nothing yet!
  • March Releases ~ nothing yet!
  • April Releases ~ nothing yet!

Have you read any of these books? Drop me a comment and we’ll chat.

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! 😉

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.

(See rules here: Sunday Post Meme ¦ Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up)

Don’t forget to hop along to some of the other amazing blogs taking part in the Sunday Post and Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my December 2020 monthly wrap up post.

signature graphic. Happy reading from flora image sitting on books

I hope you enjoy the rest of your day, stay safe and healthy.

Bye for now.
Flora x

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I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog -

(11) Comments

  1. Happy belated birthday! You had a busy month and I hope you read great things in the new year.

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks Kayla. I’m looking forward to listening to more audiobooks this year. Hopefully they’ll be great stories.

  2. Happy New Year! And happy birthday as well- your food sounds yummy. Love Chinese. 🙂

    Have a great week!

    1. Flora says:

      Happy belated new year, Greg. Yeah, could do with another Chinese pick-me-up again! Lol!

  3. It sounds like a busy month. I do lots of things but it’s still quiet when one is home all the time. I use the UBB also and I remember the conversion time it took me. I always make little adjustments but I’m really happy with my setup overall. Happy New Year!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

    1. Flora says:

      Happy new year to you too, Anne. I’ve still got a dozen or so old reviews to update with UBB. I can see light at the end of the tunnel! Lol!

  4. Izabel Brekilien says:

    I saw drawings on internet, the “new” covid is punk and yells “no future” 😉 You’ve been very active, I feel like a slug compared to you. In fact, I’m practically hibernating. Good luck with the lockdown and enjoy your week 🙂

  5. Sounds like it was a delightful December, wishing you a joyous January

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks Shelleyrae, wishing you a joyous January too.

  6. So much happened for you. Happy belated birthdya to a fellow Sag! Happy New Year!

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks Freda, happy belated new year to you.

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