Monthly Wrap Up

December 2019 Monthly Round Up plus The Sunday Post @ Floras Musings…

Good morning my lovelies. Welcome to my December 2019 Monthly Round Up post.

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! 😲🥳

I’ve been linking up to The Sunday Post which is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer (see rules here: Sunday Post Meme) and will carry on that tradition today. 😉

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?

Like so many of us, December has been a full-on month with lots happening on and off the blog.

The lowlights still refer to the redundancies that will happen at my school in the new year. 🙁 I still worry about how the loss of staff will affect the day-to-day organisation at my school and I feel sad that I won’t be working with a couple of ladies who I have grown very close to over the years. The obligatory “work’s do” was a weird evening that felt off: I was glad that it was over relatively quickly and I was back home at 9.30pm.

The highlights this month include my birthday and Christmas! I edged ever closer to the big 5-0 on the 13th December and I can’t believe how the years have flown. We enjoyed a stress-free Christmas lunch at home – just the four of us – with my parents, brother and his girlfriend joining us for Christmas supper. Boxing Day was just as relaxing for me with the four of us joining Hubby’s parents at their house for supper but with the rest of the day to ourselves.

As you might remember from last month’s Wrap Up post, Flora’s Musings… has now surpassed the 300 followers mark and, as I type this, there are now 329 of you! I can’t tell you how much that means to me: I’m touched and flabbergasted! Thank you to all of you; knowing that you take the time to read my reviews and click on my posts – it’s humbling.

With all the turmoil in the world, I get so much job satisfaction from being a teaching assistant and helping children reach their potential. The old adage “every day is a school day” is so true.

I’m finding a similar sense of job satisfaction working with authors as part of my BETA READING service. If you know any debut or self-published authors who are looking for a professional pre-publication or work-in-progress critique, don’t forget to send them my way. If you don’t know what a beta reader does, my page explains it all. 🙂

I’ve taken part in the usual weekly tags and memes this month: Shanah’s Top 5 Tuesday , my Friday Finds and Billy’s Book Blogger Hop.

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…

As we know, of all the amazing content we publish on our blogs, the book reviews are the least interacted with. I know they get read, as you all kindly click the like button, but usually the interaction stops there. So, although I still write full reviews for the ARC books I read (I feel I owe it to the authors and publishers), I decided that the mini review format was the way forward for this particular book blogger and I have swapped to sharing mini reviews for all the others. 😉

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

  • 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!

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 …

Monthly Challenges:

Cosplay Cuties  ~ 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’ve been taking part in this challenge since January! I’ve managed to collect all 12!

Cosplay Cuties Dolls ~ 2019

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. Back in September, I started the Wishing Well game but haven’t made much progress, so no heart for that one yet. oops!

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.

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!

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 that I mentioned in a Top 5 Tuesday post a while back… 😉 The trouble is, I keep adding to the series list, especially since reading friends keep recommending such great books!! Lol!

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, each month, I thought that I’d share with you the ARCs that are waiting to be read.

~ December’s ARCs to be read ~

January Releases ~ Dark Alpha’s Temptation (7th)
February Releases ~ nothing yet!
March Releases ~ nothing yet!
April Releases ~ nothing yet!

Magic Unleashed the first book in Devri Walls Venators series was released 10th April 2018 and I was sent an ebook in December ready for the blog tour taking place in March.

I’ve managed to stick to my NetGalley Plan – limited myself to only requesting a couple per month and try to spread out the release dates of those books – and my ARC TBR pile is happily under control!

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

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.

Bye for now.

About Me

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 -

(0) Comments

  1. Happy belated birthday. Hope your holidays went well:)

  2. Happy birthday, Flora!
    I’m also glad to hear you had a relaxing Christmas! And of course congratulations on getting 300 followers!

    Have a wonderful week!

  3. Happy belated birthday to you! You and my husband share the same birthday. I turned 50 a year ago and I can honestly say I’ve never been happier. 🙂 I love the quote at the bottom. Sometimes that feels so true! LOL

  4. Happy belated Birthday, Flora. Sounds like your December has been a busy but happy one. I wish you a wonderful New Years´ Eve and all the best for 2020. Happy reading!

  5. jeneaw41 says:

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday. Your month sounds like a busy but good one. Happy reading.

  6. Happy Birthday Flora, a little late! I hope you had a wonderful holiday, and have a Happy New Year!

  7. Sounds like you had a busy month. Happy Belated Birthday to you and I’m glad to hear you had a nice Christmas too. 🙂

  8. Glad you had a nice Christmas and hope your New Year’s is amazing as well. Sorry to hear too about the work redundancies… that’s always sad to lose people, and for them the loss of livelihood as well. Best wishes to everyone going thru that.

    Congrats on the followrs too!

  9. I’m sorry about the work issues, but I’m glad you had a good birthday and Christmas. Congrats on the followers. Have a great week!

  10. Glad you had a relaxing Christmas—those are the nicest! And congrats on growing your blog!!

  11. Sounds like December was a great month for you. Happy Belated Birthday and Happy New Year!

  12. I’m so glad you had some nice holidays with family. I hope things sort out at your school and you have a Happy New Year, Flora!

  13. It sounds like a great month, and it really sound like a perfect Christmas. I’m glad you had fun.
    Happy New Year!

  14. It sounds like you had a wonderful month, birthday, and holiday! I am a few years older, as I turned 53 in October. Happy New Year!! May 2020 be blessed!

  15. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Flora I think we are of the same age and yes, where did the years fly by? I don’t feel nearly 50 LOL Congrats on all the followers and already a happy New Year (with less stress at work!)

  16. Looks Like you had an awesome month!
    Have a wonderful new year! Happy Reading! 🙂

  17. I love those cute little cosplay dolls!

    I liked wandering around on your site and discovering things. Enjoy the Beta Reading!

    Have a great week, and Happy New Year.

  18. Sounds like you had a great month. I cannot believe it is already the end of 2019! Where did the time go!?!?

    A lot of the books mentioned are new to me so I’ll have to check them out.

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