Hello and welcome to my July 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, every day feels like a weekend!
So what have I been up to this month?
Well July has definitely been different from the previous few months, hasn’t it?!
The lowlight continued to be all about Coronavirus COVID-19, with the tight lockdown restrictions being eased. People being able to go out and about; pubs, shops, etc. opening. However, I’m concerned about the sharp spike in cases and deaths we’re seeing around the world. We still don’t have a vaccine, although the scientists are working really hard worldwide to have one before 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.
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. Please let me know if any pages, posts or links throughout Flora’s Musings either doesn’t open or you have problems with.
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. I used the link from Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight to get me started back in May. 💜
💜💚💜 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 480 of you! That’s flippin’ amazing! I’m now more than confident that we can reach (and surpass) the 500 mark before I’m back at school.
However, now that I’m not with WP.com, Flora’s Musings won’t appear in your Reader. Reader is a free promoting platform that WordPress offer their .com hosted blogs. If you’re a WP blog, you may have already noticed that my posts haven’t been showing up in your Reader feed. However, 📧subscribing 📧 rather than following my blog will make sure that you never miss a post. 😊
Stats for my fellow nerds
The lovely Kal produced an amazing package of 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:
What sub-genres have I been reading?
Looks like urban fantasy type books have been the bulk of my reading so far. Although, that’s not surprising as a couple of the series I’m reading for a challenge are in this category.
Books Read by Release
It’s a close call between those books released this year and older ones. But I’m happy that it’s not the other way around. How would your chart look?
My Growing number of Followers
This is always a lovely image. I know we all want our follow number to suddenly be in the thousands but I like sure and steady growth. Hopefully this means that you’ll all stay with me for years to come.
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.
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 wrote my first ever post about this awareness day. It was great fun and I’ll definitely do it again next year.
The semi-finalist were announced! It’s all very exciting!
I’ve been helping some wonderful authors spread the word about their 🥳New Releases 🥳
I shone my spotlight on British author, Suzanne Wright this month.
And, of course, this being a book blog, I shared my thoughts about some books I read this month:
- Wrong Side of Forty by Jana DeLeon
- Trapped by Kevin Hearne
- Reckoning by Montana Ash
- Broken Dawn by Dianne Duvall
- Playing with Monsters by Amelia Hutchins
- Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
- Seize the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Moving forward, what can you expect from me in August?
- 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 this month. BUT. I have signed up to two new annual challenges this year – 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. 😉 Check out my progress on My Audiobook Challenge 2020 page.
🏁 Finishing The Series Challenge 🏁
This year, I’ve been lamenting over how many unfinished series are on my TBR pile. Therefore, I’ve joined the Celebrity Readers’ challenge to help. Check out my progress on Finishing The Series Reading Challenge 2020 page.
Like so many of you, I use my blog to review ARCs (Advance 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.
- August Releases ~ Season of the Wolf (25th)
- September Releases ~ Grave Secrets (1st), Sea of the Dead (17th)
- October Releases ~ nothing yet!
I’ve managed to stick to my NetGalley 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 and NetGalley. The opportunity you give me to read books and feed my addiction is more than appreciated! 😉
I love browsing the various groups I belong to as they always seem to have such great memes for every occasion. 😉 This is the one I’ve chosen for this monthly wrap up. I’ve REALLY been feeling menopausal this month!!
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 July’s monthly wrap up post.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, stay safe and healthy.
Bye for now.