Hello, my lovelies and welcome to my October 2020 monthly wrap up post.
What have I been up to this month?
We’ve been on school half-term holidays for the last week and a bit. But it’s Back To School next week. It’s certainly been a strange start to the school year however, I think we’re getting into a good (safe) routine with the kids now.
Coronavirus COVID-19 is sweeping the world and here in England we’re doing our best to follow government guidelines. But I don’t want to dwell on the virus.
Our eldest daughter will be 18 next month. Where the bloody hell did those years go?! 😉 Due to restrictions, we won’t be doing anything BIG for her, but luckily she was never one for parties anyway.
My experiences of being a self-hosted blog with ChemiCloud are still positive. Go check them out. Their 65% discount means their plans start at just 2.76 per month! If you use my link, I’ll get a little referrer fee credited to my account. 💜
Back in August, I downloaded the Ultimate Book Blogger [aff] plugin by Ashley @ NoseGraze. (Thanks again to Kimberley @ Caffeinated Reviewer for the referral.) I’ve been working through my existing reviews and adding the UBB element to the posts. While I’m at it, I’m also making them SEO friendly. All this behind-the-scenes maintenance is time-consuming, so I apologise now for my lack of communication this month. However, I can finally see light at the end of the tunnel.
While I’m making all these changes, please let me know if any pages, posts or links throughout Flora’s Musings either don’t open or you have problems with.
💜💚💜 Hello lovely followers! 💜💚💜
As you might remember, this year I’m tracking my follower count. Flora’s Musings has now surpassed the 475 followers mark and, as I type this, there are now 483 of you! That’s flippin’ amazing! Once I’ve completed my behind-the-scenes maintenance, I’ll be better at returning comments and joining in with the blogging community fun!
What have I been posting?
Now on with the rest of my September 2020 monthly wrap up post. Feel free to click on anything that you missed this month.
I’ve been celebrating some wonderful 🥳 New Releases 🥳No posts found.
📚 Book Reviews 📚
And, of course, this being a book blog, I shared my thoughts about some books I read this month:
- 5 Oct - The Sea of the Dead by Amy Kuivalainen ★★★★★
- 7 Oct - BBNYA: Finalists Announced for the Book Bloggers’ Novel Of The Year Award 2020
- 12 Oct - The Gargoyle Gets His Girl by Kristen Painter ★★★★
- 19 Oct - Light Amongst the Dark by Kharma Kelley ★★★★
- 21 Oct - Daimon by Felicity Heaton ★★★★★
- 25 Oct - A Witchly Influence by Stephanie Grey ★★
- 28 Oct - Hunted by Kevin Hearne ★★★★★
- 30 Oct - The Witch's Halloween Hero by Kristen Painter ★★★
- 31 Oct - October 2020 Monthly Wrap Up
I’ve also been sharing the ❤️ love ❤️ for my fellow bloggers with a few other bits and bookish bobs. 😉
That’s it for my October 2020 Monthly Wrap Up. However, moving forward, what can you expect from me in November?
~ Coming up on Flora’s Musings ~
- Celebrating more New Book Releases.
- Hopefully some author interviews, cover reveals, book tours and spotlight posts.
- 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 …
My time has been spent on the behind-the-scenes admin for Flora’s Musings, therefore, I haven’t taken part in any new Goodreads group monthly reading challenges for months. BUT. I have signed up to two annual challenges this year outside of Goodreads. 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. 😉 I think I’ve been doing quite well so far. Check out my progress on My Audiobook Challenge 2020 page.
🏁 Finishing The Series Challenge 🏁
This year, I was lamenting over how many unfinished series were on my TBR pile. Therefore, I joined the Celebrity Readers’ challenge to help. Check out my slow but steady progress on Finishing The Series Reading Challenge 2020 page.
~ The ARCs Still On My Shelf ~
Like so many of you, I use my blog to review ARCs (Advance or Early Reader Copy). Book, ebooks and audiobooks that I receive from authors or publishers. I’m registered on NetGalley and I’ve just signed up to BookSirens. Do any of you get books from BookSirens?
Check out my current ARCs calendar. I think my monthly commitments are looking good.
- September Releases ~ Daimon (29th)
- October Releases ~ A Witchy Influence (1st), Guardian’s Grace (13th)
- November Releases ~ nothing yet!
- December Releases ~ nothing yet!
Have you read any of these books? Drop me a comment and we’ll chat.
I’ve managed to stick to my ARC Requests 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, BookSirens and NetGalley. The opportunity you give me to read books and feed my addiction is more than appreciated! 😉
I’ve been linking up to The Sunday Post which is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Today, I’m also linking up to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up co-hosted by the fabulous Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight.
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my October 2020 monthly wrap up post.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your day, stay safe and healthy.
Bye for now.