Monthly Wrap Up

June’s Monthly Wrap Up

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Hello and welcome. Today it’s time for June’s monthly wrap 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 wrap up post at the weekend closest to the last day of the month. I can’t believe I’ve been writing these posts for over a year now! 😲🥳

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

So what have I been up to this month?

Well June has been radically different from the previous few months!

The lowlights continue to include Coronavirus COVID-19 but at least now we can see the tight lockdown restrictions being eased. However, I’m concerned about the sharp spike in cases and deaths. We still don’t have a vaccine! 😢 And how can I not mention all the violence and bigotry plaguing humanity at the moment. We’ve gone from the news filled with the caring and kindness of society helping others through the difficulties of COVID-19. The unified fight of all humans against this new virus to separation, intolerance and hate following the shocking death of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis.

Living in England, I wanted to learn more about how prevalent institutionalised racism was in my own country. As a species we can’t evolve until we unify.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kqV3Ei10znhMOCOCS7Lh2D-a4lq1xhKd5m8SMaqiSYM/edit?usp=sharing

But I don’t want to dwell on the all of the sad stuff. The highlights for me this month includes some beautiful sunny days and quality family time. It was Father’s Day here in the UK last weekend and although it rained, I managed to spend some time with my Dad. It was brilliant!

As I mentioned last month, I’m now self-hosted! Eek! Flora’s Musings is still with WordPress, but now I’m WordPress.org blog hosted by ChemiCloud.

ChemiCloud logo image

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. Click their 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! Thanks again to Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight for introducing ChemiCloud to me. 💜 I still promise to write a post about my experiences in a few months time. I just want to get my head around stuff better.

💜💚💜 Hello lovely followers! 💜💚💜

As you might remember, this year I’m tracking my follower count. Flora’s Musings has now surpassed the 450 followers mark and, as I type this, there are now 471 of you! That’s flippin’ amazing! I’m now more than confident that we can reach (and surpass) the 500 mark before the end of summer.

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 📧 to my blog will make sure that you never miss a post. 😊

Thank you to the lovely Kal for the use of her amazing Blogger Spreadsheets and graphics. And I also want to say a big THANK YOU to all of YOU. Knowing that you take the time to read my reviews, like and/or comment on my posts – it makes me all misty-eyed.

Cute Thank You Comments

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.

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What have I been posting on my blog?

Feel free to click on anything that you missed this month.

🥇 🏆 📚 🏆 🥇 BBNYA 🥇 🏆 📚 🏆 🥇

BBNYA Book Bloggers' Novel of the Year Award - Round 1

I love helping out independent authors who write in my favourite genres. So I’ve been sharing quite a few posts this year about a new competition – Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award. It’s an amazing collaboration with The Folio Society and The Write Reads.

Entries closed in May and the first stage of reviews and voting have been taking place throughout June. 😉

Read about my experiences so far as a BBYNA panellist by clicking the graphic above.

🎉 🥳 🎉 Book Birthdays in June! 🎉 🥳 🎉

I’ve been helping some wonderful authors spread the word about their New Releases.

And taking part in some Blog Tours.

Immortal Guardians 10 - Broken Dawn - Dianne Duvall - Blog Tour Graphic 1197x699

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

full review for an ARC book
~ Full Reviews and Mini Reviews ~

Moving forward, what can you expect from me in July?

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  • Celebrating more new Book Releases.
  • Hopefully some author interviews, cover reveals, blog tours and spotlight posts.
  • More weekly Friday Finds posts and Book Blogger Hop questions answered.
  • and of course, lots of book reviews!
My Current Reading Challenges (3)

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 …

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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.

Audiobook challenge 2020 graphic

🏁 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.

finishing the series reading challenge button for 2020
The ARCs on my Shelf image header title in green

Like so many of you, I use my blog to review ARCs (Advance or Early Reader Copy). Book, ebooks and audiobooks that I’ve received from authors or publishers both directly and through NetGalley. Check out my current ARCs calendar. I think my monthly commitments are looking good.

graphic for ARCS on my shelf - June 2020
~ ARCs Yet To Read ~
  • July Releases ~ Calistos (28th)
  • August Releases ~ Season of the Wolf (25th)
  • September Releases ~ The 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 for another month! 😇

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! 😉

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The Black Lives Matter movement has been at the forefront this month so I though I’d share this clip from Twitter.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1272670068497842178

Don’t forget to hop along to some of the other amazing blogs taking part in this week’s The Sunday Post.

What is the Sunday Post?

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.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my June’s monthly wrap up post.

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

Bye for now.
x

About Author

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 - www.florasmusings.com

(20) Comments

  1. You had a rocking month and yep the world has gone cray-cray. Introverts unite. We are still keeping to ourselves because people act like the virus is over. You read some awesome books. I love Duvall.

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks Kimberly Hope you stay safe (and sane) through these cray-cray times too.

  2. I’ve never been brave enough to switch to self hosted, congrats on all you have achieved with your blog in the past year!
    I follow you via Feedly

    Wishing you a great reading week

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks Shelleyrae. I love watching Flora’s Musings grow and evolve. I’m excited to see where I’ll be this time next year. 😉

  3. Glad you had a good father’s Day and yay for nice weather! It’s been nice here also and I’m loving it. You’re right, with all the heavy stuff happening it is nice to focus on the positives.

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks Greg. The heavy stuff is important but it’s all about balance, right?! 🙂

  4. So many things to be grateful for. 🙂 Happy July!

    1. Flora says:

      Yes, you too, Freda. x

  5. Congrats on going self-hosted xx

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks, Kelly x

  6. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    That’s amazing that you are self hosted now Flora! And you remind me that I have to make my mid year Audiobook Challenge post!

    1. Flora says:

      I have to update my annual challenges as I go otherwise I forget. That’s why I decided to create a page for each this year.
      I’m happy with my achievement so far in the Audiobook Challenge. Total surprise.

  7. Wow you have a lot of followers! I am not doing many challenges this year. I am hosting the Library Love challenge though and my own Read-along. You are doing well even with the lowlights we all have faced lately. Stay safe and well!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks Anne. I try to stay a “glass half full” kinda person. Especially in times like these.
      Thanks for visiting.

  8. I’m surprised at it myself, but this year I haven’t done any reading challenges so far – I haven’t even set a Goodreads goal 😀 it’s so weird, but it’s also so liberating somehow.

    But the finishing series challenge sounds like a good idea 🙂

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks Evelina. I keep saying I’ll cut back on reading challenges. And I have. Honestly. The finishing the series challenge is helping me to tackle my TBR too. 😉

  9. Congrats on your followers and for becoming self-hosted. I am not brave enough, lol.

    Enjoy your week and yhour books, and here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks Laurel-Rain. I’ve signed up to a 3 year thing with ChemiCloud (which was the same amount as I was paying for my wordpress.com plan) but I’m hoping that as my followers increase I can earn some income to keep paying for being self-hosted once the discount ends. 😉

  10. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan says:

    One year is huge. Congrats on the new hosting too. I hope things get better soon.

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks Gayathri x

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