Hello and welcome to my monthly wrap up post for May.
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! 😲🥳
So what have I been up to this month?
Well I assume my May has been pretty much the same as yours. 😷
The lowlight continued to be all about Coronavirus COVID-19 but at least now we can see the tight lockdown restrictions being eased. However, I am concerned about the sharp spike in cases and deaths. We still don’t have a vaccine! 😢
But I don’t want to dwell on the virus. The highlights for me this month included biting the bullet and going self-hosted! Eek! Flora’s Musings is still with WordPress, but now I’m WordPress.org blog hosted by ChemiCloud.
It’s definitely been a learning curve, and I’m still no expert. However I’m enjoying the experience and love how freeing it is. Click their logo above and check them out. They’ve got a 65% sale on at the moment which means their plans start at just 2.76 per month! Thank you Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight for introducing ChemiCloud to me. 💜 I promise to write a post about my experiences, just give me a few months to get a handle on things.
💜💚💜 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 452 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.
Posting The Usual Blogginess
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.
Paranormal Women’s Fiction – PWF for short – was launched in February this year. Check out the posts I’ve written already about this wonderful new reading genre. I’ll be writing more in the months to come.
I love helping out independent authors who write in my favourite genres. So I’ve been sharing quite a few posts 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 have now closed which means that the first stage of reviews and voting will begin soon. 😉
You can check out my posts about the BBYNA by clicking the graphic below.
I’ve been helping some wonderful authors spread the word about their 🥳New Releases 🥳
And taking part in some Blog Tours.
And, of course, this being a book blog, I shared my thoughts about some books I read:
- Taste of Torment by Suzanne Wright
- Scorpio’s Grace by Rosie Wylor-Owen
- Dance with the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon
- Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
- How to Live an Undead Lie by Hailey Edwards
- Suddenly Psychic by Elizabeth Hunter
- Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon
- Marek by Felicity Heaton
Moving forward, what can you expect from me in June?
- Celebrating more 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 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’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.
- June Releases ~ Flame (30th)
- July Releases ~ Calistos (28th
- August Releases ~ nothing yet!
- September Releases ~ nothing yet!
- 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 had some REALLY good reads this month!!
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?
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my monthly wrap up for May.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, stay safe and healthy.
Bye for now.