Monthly Wrap Up

March 2020 Monthly Round Up plus The Sunday Post @ Flora’s Musings…

Good morning my lovelies. Welcome to my March 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. 😉

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.

So what have I been up to this month?

Well I assume my March as been pretty much the same as yours. 😉

The lowlight this month is all about Coronavirus COVID-19. Trying to cope with pupil and staff illness and all the government rules that have been coming into effect over the last few weeks. 🙁 I’m not going to lie, it’s been tough: working practices have changed, what was everyday lifestyles have had to be adjusted and we’re all just trying to cope with the emotional and physical fallout. 😢

But I don’t want to dwell on the virus. The highlights for me this month include trying to enjoy the signs of spring! 🌷🐣 We’ve had some lovely weather this month meaning that the various storms and wild weather that battered us here in the UK back in February are a distant memory. 🌷🐣 I’v actually managed to get out into our garden and … no not do any gardening *pff* READ 😉 It’s been lovely.

As you might remember, this year I’m tracking my follower count. Flora’s Musings… has now surpassed the 400 followers mark and, as I type this, there are now 403 of you! That’s bloody fantastic, I’m more than confident that we can reach (and surpass) the 500 mark before the end of this year.

Thank you to the lovely Kal for the use of her amazing Blogger Spreadsheets and graphics.

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.

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

As you may already know, I love helping out independent authors who write in my favourite genres. So this month I’ve shared quite a few posts about a new competition – Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award – an amazing collaboration with The Folio Society and The Write Reads.

In case you didn’t know, the BBNYA, is a competition for indie authors (both self-published and published by small indie presses). The contest will be judged by a large and diverse panel of book bloggers (which I am proud to be one of) from all around the world who’ll be putting the books through several rounds of judging based on a wide set of criteria. As each round goes by, the results will be announced across social media – until, the panel are left with the ten finalists. After further intensive reviewing, the ultimate favourite will be chosen and declare it the “Book Bloggers Novel of the Year”! 😉

You can check out my posts about the BBYNA by clicking the graphic below.

featured image BBNYA

I’ve been helping some wonderful authors spread the word about their New Releases by taking part in some Blog Tours.

~ Blog Tour ~
~ Blog Tour ~

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

~ Full Reviews and Mini Reviews ~

The Darkest Whisper by Gena Showalter ~ Dragon Lost by Donna Grant ~ A Little Night Magic by Angie Fox ~ Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews ~ Magic Unleashed by Devri Walls ~ Golden Stair by Jennifer Blackstream ~ The Darkest Passion by Gena Showalter

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

  • 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 …

Amazingly, I haven’t taken part in any new monthly reading challenges this month. BUT. I have signed up to a new annual challenge this year – Bloody hell, what was I thinking!! 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.

3 Month Challenges:

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.

~ The Final Countdown ~

Yes, I love reading but I’m also addicted to collecting the amazing Vampire Hearts that we earn for every reading challenge completed! You don’t blame me though, do you? They’re gorgeous, right?! Lol!

I plan to use the Final Countdown challenge during the whole year to finish all those series that I’ve started! There are a lot! So I’ll write a separate post periodically after 31st March to let you know how I’m doing. I’ve seen that a few bloggers have set up similar finish the series challenges, perhaps I’ll link up to some of them too…

Like so many of you, I use my blog to review those 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.) Each month, I’m using my wrap up posts to share the ARCs that are waiting to be read.

~ ARCs Yet To Read ~
  • March Releases ~ Bears Behaving Badly (31st) currently reading
  • April Releases ~ nothing yet!
  • May Releases ~ The Fiery Crown (26th) ~ Scorpio’s Grace (to be read before the next book in the series is released this month!)
  • June Releases ~ nothing yet!

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. 😉

optical illusion to indicate stress

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, stay safe and healthy.

Bye for now.

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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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(7) Comments

  1. I’ve been enjoying the signs of spring too! Had the windows open and hearing the birds chirping and the wind blowing calmed my nerve a bit this week. I think we need that natural connection sometimes to remind us that hopefully things will be better soon!

    Congrats on the followers! Hope you have a healthy and safe week! 🙂

  2. I’m so glad you are doing well and enjoying Spring. It’s downright hot here for the weekend 90F or about 30C. But it will drop back to normal this week and be lovely. I have more garden I want to plant but have run out of space. My daughter wants me to plant the whole yard in broccoli but we need some yard for the dog plus that’s a lot of work. We can buy some broccoli! We’ve been on spring break but hopefully back to a more normal routine this week.

    Stay healthy, safe and happy reading!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

  3. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    Again congrats on your 403 followers Flora! And stay safe please

  4. It really felt like every other day there was a new restriction this month! I was actually kind of relieved when they issued the lockdown order as it stopped the salami-slicing every couple of days, you know? We all know what we need to do now rather than not knowing what tomorrow will bring… Although, there’s always something more that could come, I guess. :/

    Congrats on hitting 400 followers! That’s awesome.

    I love Ilona Andrews’ innkeeper series! I also remember reading – and enjoying – Showalter’s Lords of The Underworld series but I think I bowed out around book 10… It’s been a long time now since I read them.

    Good luck with the coming weeks!

  5. I’m staying away from Netgalley until at least mid April. I fell too far behind during this past chaotic month and I want to get caught up.

    Wishing you a great reading week and good health

  6. Congrats on your increased number of followers!

    In studying that image, I conclude that I must be calm. Maybe isolation is good for me; time for recharging my batteries.

    Enjoy your reading and Beta reading. Stay well!

  7. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan says:

    Congrats on you reaching the 400 mark on your followe count. I hope you are being safe amidst all the overwhelming bad news.

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