Monthly Wrap Up

January 2020 Monthly Round Up plus The Sunday Post @ Floras Musings…

Good morning my lovelies. Welcome to my January 2020 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?

After the hubbub of December, January always feels much more subdued. The Christmas decorations have long since come down and Spring seems so far away.

The lowlight this month was the staff redundancies: yesterday was their last day. 🙁 I’m worried how the remaining TA and I will cope: working practices will have to change. There are so many children in our school that need educational interventions and I fear that the national budgetary cuts that we, and our colleagues across the country, are dealing with, will have a detrimental effect on a whole generation. 🙁

But I don’t want to dwell on the lows. The highlight for me this month was that Flora’s Musings… was been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award.

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 348 of you! I wonder if Flora’s Musings… can reach the 500 mark this year. A big Thank you to all of you; knowing that you take the time to read my reviews and click on my posts – it’s very 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? You can click on the text or graphic to read anything that you missed this month.

I started off the month, and indeed the year, by looking back at all the books I’d read in 2019 and shared some of my reading stats with you in My Year in Books 2019 post.

~ My Year In Books 2019 ~

I love helping my favourite authors spread the word about their New Releases.

~ New Releases ~

This month I shared the following book birthdays:

Dark Alpha’s Temptation by Donna Grant
Sinless by Juliet Lyons

7th ~ Donna Grant’s Dark Alpha’s Temptation

13th ~ Sinless by Juliet Lyons

… and took part in some cool book PR like Cover Reveals, Tours, Free Extracts and Giveaways.

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

~ Full Reviews and Mini Reviews ~

Dark Alpha’s Temptation by Donna Grant ~ The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter ~ Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews ~ Wolf Bride by T.S. Joyce ~ Hunter’s Moon by Felicity Heaton ~ Sinless by Juliet Lyons ~ Before Midnight by Jennifer Blackstream ~ Hounded by Kevin Hearne ~ The Bite That Binds by Suzanne Wright

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

  • 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:

Dracula’s Beauties  ~ Collect a Dracula Beauty 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 planning on taking part in this monthly challenge for the whole year so that I can collect all 12!

Own Pace Challenges:

My Bloody Bazaar Games Thread ~ I completed four of the games in 2019: Knight Fright, Swords & Airships, Russian Roulette and Creature Castle and earned these beautiful hearts.

I am hoping to earn some hearts playing some of the new games.

3 Month Challenges:

~ The Final Countdown ~

The Final Countdown ~ Duration: January 1st – March 31st 2020. It’s time to catch up on your series. You have three months to read 10 to 12 books from series you need to catch up on.
You can read them all from a single series or mix it up. You do not need to start at the beginning of a series; the aim is to complete series, not read a whole series in one go so whichever book is next for you is your starting point. Novellas and short stories count as well though you do not need to read them to consider a series completed. The series does not need to be finished for you to complete it here. Just read as far as the last published book.

I plan of using this challenge during the whole year to finish all those series that I’ve started! There are a lot! So I will write a separate post periodically after 31st March to let you know how I’m doing.

Ok, so I’m addicted to collecting the Vampire Hearts that we earn for every reading challenge completed! You don’t blame me though, they’re gorgeous, right?! 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.

~ ARCs waiting to be read ~

February Releases ~ Magic Unleashed (to be read before the book tour in March!) ~ How to Love your Elf (25th)
March Releases ~ Bears Behaving Badly (31st)
April Releases~ nothing yet!
May Releases ~ Scorpio’s Grace (to be read before the next book in the series is released this month!)

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, 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. 😉

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!
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(0) Comments

  1. Congrats on the award Flora!

    Wishing you a great reading week

  2. Congrats on your award and for controlling your ARCs. I exploded with audio ARCs this past year and I am working to curb myself in on requests! I also have How to Love Your Elf.

    Have a lovely week and enjoy you new reads!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

  3. The just one more chapter meme was me last night! Couldn’t put my book down for anything and I’m paying for it today! lol
    Congrats on the blogger award nomination and good luck on hitting your follower goal for the year!

    I’m sorry work is rough. It’s so stupid that education is so underfunded but then again so many of our public services currently are. 🙁

  4. Congratulations on the award! That’s awesome! I’m sorry work is worrying you. It sucks that not everyone sees the importance of giving everyone equal opportunities to quality education.

  5. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Well Flora it’s always sad when they cut budgets for eductation. As you said, there are so many chlidren with special need and staff is what’s helping most! I hope you won’t have too much work in the coming months. And congrats on your 300 followers!!!

  6. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan says:

    That “Just one more Chapter” happens so many times for me as well. Congrats on your award. I hope your budgetary cuts are not bad!

    I hope you have a great week ahead.

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

  7. Congrats on the award! And sorry to hear about the work stuff- that can be disheartening for sure. I keep telling myself good things still happen every time something like that comes along, but it is depressing sometimes to see things go backwards.

    Those challenges look super interesting. Love the vampire hearts!

  8. It looks like you have had a really busy month! Sorry to hear about the redundancies, I hope you and your colleague can manage to get things working.

  9. Congrats on reaching 300 followers! You will be at 500 in no time 🙂 Keep up the hard work, and stay consistent and you will get there. And of course, PINTEREST!

  10. Congrats on your Blogger Recognition Nomination!

    Enjoy your reading for February. You did great in January!

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