Monthly Wrap Up

October 2019 Monthly Wrap Up plus The Sunday Post @ Flora’s Musings…

Good evening my lovelies. Welcome to my October 2019 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 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. 😉

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?

October has been a bit of a downer for me.

As some of you may remember from my wrap up last month, due to tight budgets in the education sector here in the UK the governors of my school have been left with no choice but to cut the teaching assistant hours by 25 hours per week. It was a hellish month. The process to determine who would be chosen for compulsory redundancy was the clinical evaluation and scoring of an anonymous Skills Matrix that we each had to complete. The lowest scored matrix was chosen for compulsory redundancy. It was a painful and extremely emotional time for all or us. Although I was told last week that I was not chosen for redundancy, my emotions are still fluctuating between relief that my job is safe, guilt that two of my colleagues will be leaving us at the end of January, worry about how the loss of staff will affect the day-to-day organisation at my school and sadness that I won’t be working with a couple of ladies who I have grown very close to over the years.

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…

  • I took part in some amazing book PR – Cover Reveals, Tours and Giveaways: Seduced by a Demon King by Felicity Heaton ~ Blood Night by Heather Graham ~ Fever by Donna Grant
  • And, of course, I found the time to write some book reviews: A Grave Death by Victoria DeLuis ~ Dark Justice by Shelley Russell Nolan ~ American Witch by Thea Harrison ~ How to Break an Undead Heart by Hailey Edwards ~ Tessa by Teresa Gabelman ~ Amanda Cadabra and The Rise of Sunken Madley ~ Fever by Donna Grant ~ Ranger by Montana Ash (will be posted tomorrow)  😉

I’m definitely writing more mini reviews these days, I’ve decided that the mini review format is the way forward for this particular book blogger. 😉 As we know, of all the content we publish on our blogs, the 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.

Moving forward, what else can you expect from me in November?

  • Celebrating those New Book Releases
  • Hopefully more Author Interviews, cover reveals, 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 …

Monthly Challenges:

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’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. Last month I started the Wishing Well game but haven’t made much progress, so no heart for that one yet. oops!

Annual Challenges:

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.

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… 😉 The trouble is, I keep adding to the series list, especially after attending RARE19 in London last month!! Lol!

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!

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.

November Releases ~ nothing yet!
December Releases ~ nothing yet!
January Releases ~ nothing yet!
February Releases ~ nothing yet!
March Releases ~ nothing yet!
April Releases ~ nothing yet!
(Click the titles for their Goodreads listing.)

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!

My ARC shelf is EMPTY!!

I want to leave November free so I can catch up on my purchased books but I’m currently looking through NetGalley’s shelves to see what catches my attention for December 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.

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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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(10) Comments

  1. Glad to hear that you weren’t made redundant but can see why it’s such a mixed bag of emotions. It’s never fun saying goodbye to a colleague especially when it wasn’t their choice to leave.
    I’m so envious of your TBR shelf! Mine is groaning under the weight of unread books… I’m hoping to clear it by the year’s end but it’s going to be a challenge!

  2. Sorry to hear this month was so tough for you, though I’m glad you’re keeping your job. I hope next month is easier <3

    1. Thank you ♥️

  3. good luck with beta reading 🙂

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

    Here’s my Weekly Wrap Up

  4. I’m glad to learn that you have kept your job, the uncertainty must have been very stressful and their is absolutely no need for apologies.

    Wishing you a great reading week

    1. Thanks Shelleyrae ♥️

  5. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Don’t be sorry for not commenting back quickly Flora as I have been in the same predicament! And it must have indeed be a very stressful process! We are used to downsizing for years now and I developped quite a philosophical mind about it. If it happens to me then so be it..

    1. Thanks Sophie. I am trying to be open to new possibilities.

  6. I am glad to hear that your job was safe, even though you have to say goodbye to some friends. 🙁 It is always so sad when education has to take hits for financial reasons. 🙁

    1. Thanks Erin x

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