Announcing the NEW Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up

July 29, 2015 Monthly Recap, Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up 65

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I don’t know about you, but I LOVE monthly-wrap up posts! I can’t possibly read every post from every blog that I would like to (trust me, there are hundreds of you out there that I would like to do that for), but I CAN read lots of wrap-up posts and then go and check out posts that specifically interest me that I didn’t originally see. That way I feel like I’m not missing out. It’s perfect!

BUT I often miss people’s wrap-ups, too. Even though I try to keep my eye out for them at the end of the month, I KNOW there are plenty of posts that I miss. And this makes me sad. The solution? A Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up, of course! If we have a place to link up all of our month-end posts, then we won’t miss out on what’s been happening on each other’s blogs. To make things even more fun, I thought I’d add in a monthly giveaway, too.

So, here’s the plan. Every month, at the end of the month, I’ll put up a monthly wrap-up link-up post where everyone can link up their month end posts. There are no specific requirements for what needs to be in your post, as long as you have a book blog and your  wrap-up summarizes your month in some way.

road-trip_ad77design_element03  Then, one week later, I’ll create a giveaway that encourages people to visit YOUR month end link-ups, giving entries for commenting and/or sharing.
road-trip_ad77design_element03  Anyone can participate in the giveaway – you won’t have to actually link up in order to participate.
road-trip_ad77design_element03  I also plan to turn it into a fun scavenger hunt type game by allowing Random.org to choose some of the posts and creating specific giveaway entries for those posts (for instance, I might ask, “What was so-and-so’s favorite book she read in July?” or something similar). I figure this will be a fun way to engage people in our monthly happenings!


If you don’t already post a monthly wrap-up, I highly recommend it! Here are a few things that you could include (you could choose some/all of these or just use one or two!):

  • Books you’ve reviewed over the past month (with a listing of ratings and links to the actual reviews, if you can manage it).
  • Your top posts for the month.
  • Any other discussions/events posted that month.
  • Your favorite discussions/events on other people’s blogs.
  • Anything that happened in your life personally that month (this could be anything – events attended, movies you saw, special days, new music you discovered – sky’s the limit).
  • Your favorite book of the month.
  • Any other fun info you want to include! (Progress on challenges, giveaways won, favorite books received – anything you can think of!)

Want to help?

I’m also looking for bloggers who might be interested in helping out by sponsoring a month of the round-up and helping out with that month’s games and giveaway. I already have a couple of people interested, but I’m not announcing anything until it’s official. If you’re interested in finding out more about joining us, let me know in the comments or shoot me an email. The more the merrier!

Another way you can help is by sharing with your friends so they’ll know to join us! You can tweet using #WrapUpRoundUp

The July Link-up

Be sure to link up your July month end posts here! And watch for the giveaway, which will be posted on August 9th!



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65 Responses to “Announcing the NEW Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up”

  1. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    I love reading people’s wrap-ups, so I think this is a great idea. Having a bunch of them linked in one place will be much easier than scrolling through Bloglovin’ and searching for them.

    • Nicole

      Exactly!! Come and link up once you have your wrap-up written! And share with your friends so they’ll know to join us too!

  2. Jessica Samuelsen

    This is an amazingly great Idea!!! Right on time too! I want to do this and help by sponsoring a month… You can email me writingpearls@(dot)gmail.com. Great Idea! I am super impressed and am excited to join… Now I am going to go work up on my july wrap-up!

    • Nicole

      July – I put it up a couple of days early, so it will be here when people post theirs. I’ll have to clarify that in the post!

    • Nicole

      I agree! Monthly wrap-up posts are great because you can easily scan what people have been up to for the last month and see if it’s a blog you might want to follow more closely!

  3. Silvara

    I keep meaning to do a wrap-up post, since I like reading everyone elses. But never quite get around to doing it. Will have to see if I can put one together consistently/well.

    • Nicole

      The beautiful thing is that you can make your wrap-up as complex or simple as you want. There are no rules, so you can’t do it wrong!

    • Nicole

      I’d love to have your help, Heather! I tried to email you, but couldn’t get the link on your blog to work. I’ll reach out via Twitter, but feel free to shoot me an email, so I have your address (my email link is in the upper right hand corner).

    • Nicole

      Awesome, Cynthia! I just shot you a message on Twitter with my email address. Contact me and I’ll give you details!

  4. Julie S.

    That’s a cool idea! I’ve not done a monthly wrap up before, or really paid attention if a lot of bloggers are doing it, but maybe it would be a good idea to try it out.

    • Nicole

      I like seeing a sum up of the month on people’s blogs – there’s always something interesting that I’ve missed!

      • Julie S

        Is it a lot of work to do a wrap-up post? I think UBB automatically adds reviews via shortcode but what else do you include?

        • Nicole

          You can include just about anything you want. Things that went on that month, your favorite reads, etc (I give a list of suggestions in this post, actually). 🙂

  5. Emma Adams

    This is an awesome idea! I like recapping what I’ve read at the end of each month because I don’t always have time to share it weekly.

    Thank you for visiting my blog! 🙂

    • Nicole

      I do have a weekly wrap-up post, but I tend to include different things in them. It’s worked out well for me to have both.

  6. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    I love this idea! I haven’t been doing monthly wrapups since I usually do it weekly, but maybe I’ll start. The weekly posts don’t cover things like where I am on challenges and other goals. I’ll have to start planning for next month!

  7. Lola

    I love monthly wrap-up posts for many of the reasons you mentioned here. It’s nice to see what a blogger posted or read in a month and hear what happened that month. I like reading them on other blogs, but I don’t do them on my own blog as I already do weekly recap posts and then I would end up with a weekly and monthly recap post in one week, so I just stick with the weekly ones. I do think this is a great idea and I would love to have the chance to stop by more monthly recap posts.

  8. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    AW MAN. I wish I’d read this earlier! I had thought about making this week’s weekly post a monthly one. AND I could have linked YOUR post up in MY links (which I still will, but you know). This is what I get for being hopelessly behind. I DO talk about August a lot in my post? Does that count? I don’t think that counts. Le sigh, next month, I suppose! Love this idea though!

  9. Karen Blue

    I love this idea! I wish i would have known sooner, since I just did my wrap up video and included it in my Sunday post. Gah! I might put something together anyways. I am definitely interested in helping out. Email me when you might need my help and count me in!

  10. HeatherAnne @ Foofy * Not Foofy

    This is PERFECT timing. I have been meaning to start posting a monthly wrap-up and was searching for ideas on what to include tonight. I found your post! Serendipity. My first wrap-up is linked above. I’d love to help with the games and giveaway too!

  11. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    My monthly wrap-up is really for my challenges, but almost all of my July reviews are included, and I didn’t really do any discussion posts in July, so I hope that’s OK.
    This is a really good idea, especially because I’ve been such a slacker lately, with school and work and Uni off for the past month 🙂
    Have a great week and happy reading.

    • Nicole

      That’s totally fine – that’s why I didn’t put a lot of requirements on what constitutes a month end wrap-up – different people like to include different things, so I didn’t want to limit it.

    • Nicole

      The link-up is in the post, but one person said they had trouble seeing it when they went through Bloglovin’. Very strange. Try again, and if you can’t see it, I’ll link up for you!

      • Amy Softa

        Okay I see where it is supposed to be. For some reason it won’t let me access it. I’m wondering if it has something to do with my wonky computer that has been acting strange. If you wouldn’t mind adding me this month I’d appreciate it and hopefully I can figure out what’s up by next month…

        • Nicole

          Just jumping back here to let you know that I did add you to the link-up. The giveaway post is going up tomorrow!

          • Amy @ Read What I Like

            Thanks so much! On a different computer today and I see it is working here. In the future I’ll remember that I need to use this one and not the one at work… Must be some sort of setting that doesn’t let that type of coding.

    • Nicole

      I love wrap-ups too – it’s a great way to catch up with everyone! I’ll shoot you an email about the possibility of helping out sometime down the road.

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