Monthly Wrap Up

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

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

Sundays are the perfect day 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 still have another few weeks left before our schools break up for summer holidays. Boy am I counting the weeks! Lol!  😉 The weather has picked up these last few days and we’re enjoying a heatwave; my patio doors have been open wide most evenings and the smell of barbecues has wafted in the air.

I’ve been browsing the blogosphere again this month, I’ve shared a few; did you read this one about how to make money from your blog? Or this one about our weird bookish habits?

Like so many of you out there, I’ve been having a look at the content of my blog but more about that later. 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 keeps me busy, I love visiting my fellow bloggers’ sites, the book blogging community is such a wonderful place; love you all.

So what about here on my blog…

As I mentioned, this month I’ve been having a look at the content of my blog. Which posts get the most interest; which ones get viewed, liked or comments on. I know that book reviews are probably the posts that have the least number of interactions but as I’m primarily a paranormal romance book blogger I have decided to keep sharing my thoughts on the books I read. Having said that, I don’t post all of my reviews here on my blog; some of my short reviews only appear on Goodreads and Amazon. I have decided that I want all of my reviews here on Flora’s Musings, so I’ve started copying over my shorter reviews and scheduled them to start appearing in July; look out for Flora’s Mini Review.  But what else can you expect from me?

  • New Book Releases
  • Author interviews 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 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…

Team Challenges:
Vampire Wars Team Spike This challenge ended a couple of weeks ago we tied with Team Blade at 207 blood drops. I really enjoyed being on Team Spike with Alison (team captain), Stacey and Elaine and will definitely sign up for it again next year.

Monthly Challenges: June

6 Monthly Challenges:

Poker Face – 1st January to 30th June All Completed! Woo!Hoo!

Annual Challenges:
Cover Love
The Year I Scaled by TBR Mountain… 2019 Getting closer to finishing those half started series…

Own Pace Challenges:
My Bloody Bazaar Games Thread ~ I’ve completed the Knight Fright game, the Swords & Airships one and the Russian Roulette game. This month I started the Monster Mash one.
Palmistry Reading


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!

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’ve 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. (Click the titles for their Goodreads listing)

July Releases ~ Soul Keeper  and More Than Stardust (both due out on 9th)

August Releases ~

September Releases ~ The Immortal City (19th) The Orchid Throne (24th)

October Release ~ Secrets of the House of Chocolate (22nd)

Trying to keep August free. We’ll see how long that lasts! Lol! 😉

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 a woman closer to 50 than 40 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

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 -

(24) Comments

  1. I don’t like the too warm weather, but I do like the sunny days. Luckily it cooler down a few degrees this week. I like your idea of also posting your mini reviews on your blog. I review most of the book on my blog, only a few shorter ones I don’t. Have a great week!

  2. I hope things cool off for you soon. I know a lot of homes in the UK don’t have air conditioning (and don’t usually need it), so when you get a heat wave, it’s not easy to get away from the heat. But I’m glad you’re enjoying the warmth and sunshine.

    I’ve seen other bloggers remark on how reviews get the least views, too, and I don’t understand why. I’m not questioning the observation! I’m just puzzled as to why reviews would get fewer views and interactions than other posts, when they are the main purpose of a book blog in the first place. Personally, I’m more inclined to interact with a book review post if the review is thoughtful and gets me thinking about the book… and more inclined to read the review in the first place if it’s a book or genre I am already interested in. But a well-written review can even pique my interest in a book I would not normally pick up.

  3. I’ve heard the heat wave in Europe is bad bad bad. You can put 2 to 3 reviews in one post. I’ve done this 🙂
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

  4. Woah, the kids are still in school in the UK? When does their summer break end, then?

    I agree that reviews seem to get the least amount of love, so when I do review, it’s usually because I get an eARC from NetGalley or Edelweiss. I’ll share mini reviews from time to time, too. And it’s for as much as my benefit as everyone else’s, because as I’m getting older, I find it harder and harder to recap books after a long period of time! Posting my reviews are a way for me to go back and remember why I liked or didn’t like a book.

    Lol @ your random picture. That is so true! I’m scared about my son growing up in the age of Facebook and social media. When I was in high school, MySpace was still the biggest thing, and Facebook exploded right after I graduated. So I barely missed it.

    Have a fabulous week! x

  5. I hope you enjoy your warmer weather and upcoming reads! I’ve done mini reviews for years, although not many lately. They’re great. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I totally know what you mean about looking at your content. I’m always adjusting because its depressing when I post things that rarely get read. I’m with you about having all your reviews on your blog. I like that too. It can be a challenge to squeeze them all in but I just like it. Whatever suits us, right?! ❤️

  7. It’s been pretty hot where I live as well! We have the air conditioner running day and night. It’s especially hard to sleep when it’s hot. I’ve noticed the same thing as well, memes generate more page views and interaction than book reviews, but I like having both on my site. Have a wonderful week 🙂

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  8. I work at a school and we have been out since May 31st. I have gotten a few projects done around the house and done lots of walking, biking, and reading. Have a great week.

  9. Glad you’re enjoying the heatwave… I’ll gladly send you some more. LOL It’s been 95+ and higher the last week and I just run from one air conditioned location to the next. It’s always crazy to me how book reviews get the fewest visits/comments. I enjoy reading reviews!

  10. I hope the weather there gets more comfortable for you soon. It’s hot here too, but it sounds like it’s way worse where you are.

  11. I agree that book reviews tend to get less interaction, but I do enjoy reading peoples’ thoughts on books. Most of my friends don’t read as much as I do; almost all my bookish interactions are online. It’s a great idea to host mini reviews on your blog. Have fun with them! 🙂

    That mean is funny and so true!

  12. Yvonne says:

    This year is going so fast. I need to work on my reading challenges, especially my Goodreads challenge. I’m already behind on that one, I hope you have a great week!

  13. Lol I do believe your quote is VERY true!

  14. I hope the heatwave goes away soon! Don’t worry about what gets views or not, I think it’ better if you write about what you like, what you’re passionate about. And then everything else will make sense. I’m looking forward to reading your reviews!

    1. Thanks Marti.

  15. It seems we are all getting hit with a heat wave. It was horrible here this weekend with temps over 100 and heat indexes making it feel like 120. Ugh. Yay for school almost ending. I am loving your haul. Stay cool~

  16. I’m midway between 40 and 50, and I’m also glad my teenage years are not immortalised on social media.

    Have a great reading week

  17. Thanks for the book blogging community love. It sounds like you are having a great day. I came to say hello. I love the random quote about being over 40. Very true 🙂 My Sunday Post

  18. It’s been hot here too after a mostly cool June! Summer has finally arrived I suppose. And I hear you on blog content. It’s so hard to know sometimes what posts will get attention. I find some reviews do okay and others are like crickets lol. Keeps us guessing I guess!

    Love that Randomness quote 🙂

  19. Beware Of The Reader says:

    I know that reviews indeed get the less interaction on the blog yet I find it pretty important to keep posting them as well too Flora! Happy Sunday.

  20. It’s been crazy hot! I hate it when it’s too hot. I just want it warm enough not to bother with a jacket and I’m happy. On Friday, I got sunburned going back and for to put the washing out on the line and bringing it in! No joke.

    1. Ouch, see housework is dangerous, Nicci! Don’t forget to slap on plenty of after-sun to help with the skin’s natural healing process. x

  21. I’m sorry to hear about the heat wave that is sitting over Europe right now. It’s oddly cool today here in the US, so I don’t know what’s going on.

    I love seeing how you are planning out your blogging activities. Enjoy!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Deb. Funnily enough today (Sunday) has cooled down a few degrees and there’s more cloud cover thank heavens.

      I like to get ahead of the game 😉 and need to plan out my posts but there’s still not enough hours in the day to do everything! Lol!

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