Good morning my lovelies. Welcome to my November 2019 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! 😲🥳
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?
Like so many of us, November has been another mixed bag for me.
The lowlights still refer to the redundancies that will happen at my school in the new year. 🙁 I still worry about how the loss of staff will affect the day-to-day organisation at my school and I feel sad that I won’t be working with a couple of ladies who I have grown very close to over the years. As Christmas is just around the corner, the dreaded “work’s do” was mentioned a couple of weeks ago and it just doesn’t feel right.
The highlights this month include our eldest daughter’s birthday! She was 17 on the 18th November and I can’t believe how the years have flown. She is currently taking A Levels in maths, psychology and computer science. I am so proud of her and the young woman she is becoming.
A bit of a blogging highlight is that Flora’s Musings… surpassed the 300 followers mark last week! OMG! Thank you all so much. I’m touched and flabbergasted.
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 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…
- Check out my weekly meme posts: Friday Finds ~ Book Blogger Hop ~ Top 5 Tuesdays
- I shared some New Releases with you this month:
- I took part in some book PR – Cover Reveals, Tours and Giveaways: of Flame and Fury by Cecy Robson ~ Scorpio’s Grace by Rosie Wylor-Owen
- And, of course, I found the time to write some book reviews: The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter ~ Custodian by Montana Ash ~ Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston ~ Things She’s Seen by Pat Esden ~ The Werewolf Meets His Match by Kristen Painter ~ Revolution by Montana Ash ~ Escaping Destiny by Amelia Hutchins ~ Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case by Kristen Painter ~ Raised in Fire by K.F. Breene ~ How To Dance an Undead Waltz by Hailey Edwards
As we know, of all the amazing content we publish on our blogs, the book reviews are the least interacted with. I know they get read, as you all kindly click the like button, but usually the interaction stops there. So, although I still write full reviews for the ARC books I read (I feel I owe it to the authors and publishers), I decided that the mini review format was the way forward for this particular book blogger and I have swapped to sharing mini reviews for all the others. 😉
Moving forward, what else can you expect from me in the festive month of December?
- 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 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 …
Cosplay Cuties ~ Collect a Cosplay Cutie doll each month by completing at least 2 tasks out of a set of 6. A new set of tasks with a new doll is posted each month and I’ve been taking part in this challenge since January! I’m hoping to collect all 12. These are the dolls I’ve collected so far.
Own Pace Challenges:
My Bloody Bazaar Games Thread ~ I’ve completed the Knight Fright game, the Swords & Airships one, the Russian Roulette game and the Creature Castle one. Back in September, I started the Wishing Well game but haven’t made much progress, so no heart for that one yet. oops!
Cover Love ~ It’s all about book covers. This scavenger hunt gives us a list of 100 things to find but we can only use one book for each item. It is split into 4 sections; items, words in the title, main cover colour and font colours.
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!
The Year I Scaled by TBR Mountain… 2019
This doesn’t earn me a Vampire Heart but it’s helping me finish those half started series that I mentioned in a Top 5 Tuesday post a while back… 😉 The trouble is, I keep adding to the series list, especially since attending RARE19 in London last month!! 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, each month, I thought that I’d share with you the ARCs that are waiting to be read.
December Releases ~ nothing yet!
January Releases ~ Dark Alpha’s Temptation (7th)
February Releases ~ nothing yet!
March Releases ~ nothing yet!
April Releases ~ nothing yet!
A Touch of Death and The Journals of Octavia Hollows were already released before I was sent them to review which is why they’re not included in the above list.
I’ve managed to stick to my NetGalley Plan – spread out the release dates of books I’ve requested and limited myself to only requesting a couple per month – and I’ve now worked through my TBR ARCs!
I managed to leave November free so I could catch up on my purchased books but I’m currently looking through NetGalley’s shelves to see what catches my attention for the rest of December, January and beyond!
Thanks to the wonderful authors, publishers and NetGalley for the opportunities they give me to read books and feed my reading 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. 😉
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.
Bye for now.