Saturday, 31 October 2015

NOTD: Pink and White!

Good morning! Have a good weekend everyone!

Today I have another nail art post for you! I have always been a fan of the two coloured nails so I decided to make my own two coloured design and jazz it up with including some nail jewels in it as well. Here are the final results and a tutorial video in case you were interested in trying it out for yourself as well!





Video tutorial! 


More news! I've decided to take on something else, which is a new blog called These Writerly Conundrums. Over there I am one of six co-bloggers there to give you all sorts of writing advice! I know this might be good for a few of you as Nanowrimo is happening soon as well! Comment below your Nano names so I can add you to my buddy list as well ;)

Come check out the new blog here! I promise you won't regret it :D


Olivia's Question: What colours do you think would make a good combo?

Olivia-Savannah x

Thursday, 29 October 2015

OOTD: Speechless & Google Plus Milestone Giveaway!

Hello there! Hope you are having a good Thursday! 

It's that time of the month again when I am feeling lazy and decide to break out of my usual book blogging to give you an OOTD post. I took these pictures in the summer (so don't feel jealous, the weather is nothing like this anymore!). 

In this outfit I am wearing some denim jeans which come from Bershka and a shirt that comes from the same shop as well. I fell in love with this shirt simply because it was so big and baggy, and yet still looked good to me! It's perfect for those particularly sweltering days when it is so hot you want something very baggy but still summer-style. Here are the photos!


    

    

       

That's all from me today (a.k.a I don't have too much to say!)

Milestone time! 1000 Google Plus Followers!

What?! A Google Plus milestone?

I know what you are thinking - who on earth ever uses Google Plus. Well, I know I do and quite a lot actually, because it is a brilliant way of connecting to new bloggers and readers who are on the hunt for good books, giveaways and other kinds of posts. I have a few plussers who are continously supporting what I post so a huge THANK YOU for them! I also want to give back to you with this giveaway! It is sponsored by the author, so a wonderful thanks to him. He's lovely and I have reviewed his other book, Alabama stories here which you should check out. But first, let's here about his latest romance novel. 


Devoted mother Cassie Carter is hard working and dedicated to running her small farm in Georgia. She tends to her home and sickly son daily while her truck driver husband is away on long hauls across the country. Her life and values take a sharp turn when a handsome and intelligent construction worker disrupts her daily routine. Her priorities shift and everything she keeps in her comfort zone is threatened. 
Damaged romantic Paul Hamilton has a void in his life that leaves him wandering from affair to affair, empty and unfulfilled. He identifies with the haunting poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, yearning to capture an elusive love. One day, in an unexpected place, he discovers the love he is seeking, but she is out of his reach and he runs the risk of irreparably damaging the delicate balance he tries to maintain in his life. 
In the Duck Springs Affair, Paul and Cassie’s worlds collide and explode. Will what they offer each other sustain and give them what they need out of life and love? Or, are they doomed to suffer the tragic consequences of their decisions as each searches for the perfect love? 


Enter to win one of the five signed copies going. US/Canada only!



Olivia's Question: What could render you speechless?

Olivia-Savannah x

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Invisible Wings (Review & Giveaway!)

Heya!

Title: Invisible Wings
Author: Janell Rhiannon
Publisher: Self-published
Published Date: 9th January 2014
Rating: 3 Stars

Psst! Remember how I reviewed All the Bright Places in the previous post? Well, I buddy read it with Lekeisha @ Lekeisha the booknerd and she wrote this wonderful review that is well worth your time as well!
 
*Thank you to the author for the review copy*

Synopsis: Life seldom unfolds the way you expect. Despite our best efforts, it can wind up in a tangled mess. We lose hope. Faith fades. And then suddenly, in the midst of despair, a door opens, an answer is given, or a new path is cleared because we’re not alone...sometimes angels walk among us.

Arabella’s mother already thinks she’s a little crazy, so when a mysterious Presence fills her with a blinding light, she keeps it to herself. She’s given a heartbreaking mission. She spends her days among her fellow classmates, listening to their secret prayers and waiting for the moment of intervention.

Arabella understands that life is messy, complicated, and beautiful. The way she guides her fellow classmates will ultimately surprise you.

Love emerges from the mess. Hope emerges from the chaos. Faith emerges from the strength to endure.

12 destinies
12 twilights
12 lives that will never be the same
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Review: I requested this one for review almost directly after I finished reading Uncross the Stars by this author. I just wanted to try some more of her works and was so glad to find out she had another book out there! This one wasn’t what I expected, but it was still enjoyable.

We were thrown right into the story where Arabella (what a beautiful name!) has her birthday and discovers she is an angel. I thought the way it happened was pretty cool, but the only problem I had with it was that Arabella seemed to take it a little bit too well. She isn’t featured as a main character for much of the novel, so I wanted to get to know her as she came to terms with what she was. But she seems to slide into the skin of an angel naturally which was a bit disappointing.

When I said this book wasn’t what I was expecting, I am referring to the fact that it wasn’t so much about Arabella but more so each chapter was a mini story. It told the story of a teenager hurting for some reason or another (it could be mourning, anger, lack of love, or anything!) and Arabella was there to help solve the issue. It was not always solved the way you might think it would be to be a happy ending, and I think this book manages to show that sometimes in order to reach the best solution, some pain is necessary. I wasn’t expecting it not to be about Arabella, so that was a surprise to me!

The stories are told with Arabella watching, which gave them all a kind of distant feel to it because we don’t really get too close to the characters – we only know them through what Arabella sees. Even though she can see everything, I did feel like we lost an element of closeness there. But then again, the stories that were told were heart-breaking and I was easily able to relate to a lot of them, which made me feel closer to the characters again.

As I was saying, these stories are really geared to young adults. They are about teenager problems. There are about 12 stories of various characters told here, and I think each teenager could find at least one that they could relate to somewhere. I also know that the author managed to get the ideas of all these stories from students in her class, which means that they have elements of truth in them. There could not be a way to make this more realistic than it is!


I loved the way there was a comparison between angels and humans, and they the conclusion was that they were pretty similar. Everyone loves the idea of being like an angel, but I do believe we have angel like qualities if we strive for it. It also compares the description of an angel to a teenager as well. It was great :D

Sometimes the meaning and message of a story was told to us at the end and I didn’t want that, because as a reader I wanted to be able to think about it and make interpretations myself. But yes, there were also stories where there was space for that too.

Poetry mentions? = Bonus points!

And lastly, this book definitely gets bonus points for there being poetry mentions! I feel like poetry needs more attention, so I support novels that mix them in there. She included a nice sonnet and also an excerpt to a lovely poem by Lord Tennyson. You should definitely check it out!

Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

Giveaway! Enter to win one of three paperback copies of the book Invisible Wings, or one in three ebooks! Open internationally! 

New Video! I've started a new booktubing discussion post series. Check out the intro here!



Olivia’s Question: Do you know a teenager that could really use someone reaching out to them?

Olivia-Savannah x

Saturday, 24 October 2015

All the Bright Places (Review & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: All the Bright Places
Author:  Jennifer Niven
Publisher:  Penguin Books
Published Date:  6th January 2015
Rating: 4 stars
 
*Thank you to Soudha @ Of Stacks and Cups for the giveaway win!*

Buddy read with Lekeisha @ Lekeisha the Booknerd. You should check out her review of it here!

Synopsis: Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

Review: The hype for this book was intense. I had seen so many gushing reviews about how emotional this book was and that it led to crazy tears – quite along the lines of The Fault in Our Stars. To be honest, I wasn’t really feeling The Fault in Our Stars which made me a bit nervous when it came to this book, but it was a great read! I was especially looking forward to it after Charnell’s review @ Reviews from a Bookworm.

This novel was told from the dual perspectives of Violet and Finch, who were both hurting in different ways. There was Violet, who had recently lost her older sister in a car crash while she was also in the car, and was suffering grief from that. Then there was also Finch, who was obsessed with death and bullied at school.

Finch was a character I really loved, but could never connect enough with to immerse myself in the story. He was bullied at school because he refused to fit a certain label of what was normal and accept. He was himself, always. I am someone who is strongly against the idea of conformity and it made me so happy to see that, but so sad with how he was treated. He never fought back although he could easily beat up those bullies. I loved what he did for Violet to help her through the grief she was experiencing. Everything he did for himself and for her, was for her benefit.
 
His family was dysfunctional in a completely different way from the usual. His parents were divorced and his mother turned into an uncaring, empty person who was worn out trying to work so many jobs to keep them financially stable. Half the time I wanted to shake her and get her to pay attention to her kids, but at other times you could see how the separation had broken her, and she was struggling to get by herself. Finch’s father who is remarried throughout the book was horrible. He was abusive and he was cruel and I couldn’t stand him. I wasn’t supposed to though, which made it a point to Niven of course.

Violet was a cheerleader and popular girl who couldn’t bear trying to fit in after her death. She’s a writer, a bookworm and a blogger – and even with all those things we had in common (including losing a loved one) I still didn’t get as immersed as I would have liked, like with Finch. She was the character that underwent the most character development as well because there is a steady and substantial difference from herself at the beginning than in the end. I liked that a lot.

Secondary characters were also done quite well in this novel. Brenda and Charlie were Finch’s friends and they were nice enough, but it was the mean girl Amanda who really did develop over the course of the novel.

In this novel the two main characters count their days different. Finch is counting up, from when he was last asleep (what he calls having a very strong depressive period of time where he does literally nothing… it’s like he ceases to exists). So basically he is counting the days he is awake. Violet on the other hand is counting the days down to graduation when she can be done with school. It was interesting to see how their counting changed as time went along.

This book does a wonderful job of showing the differences between depression and grief. I think it depicts both of them so accurately of course, in the case of one person. It shows us what it means to lose someone. It shows us what it means to live – truly live. It shows us what we are worth, what people might remember about us, and ways that we can do good in this world whether it is a big difference or small. It nailed it.

There is a romance in this one which is really sex positive in my opinion, but it is all clean. Any scenes fade out into the next one so we don’t see anything. A clean YA!

One thing you really need to do is read the author’s note for this book. I have recently started doing this, but Jennifer Niven is telling a more personal story than I had believed. This book is based on true events, although how much or how little I couldn’t tell you. Either way, the author’s note is worth the read in this book.

There were plenty of quotes from other authors in this book (and it even made me want to read The Waves by Virginia Woolf, which I am going to do) but I have two that I want to share with you. One an original quote from the book and another is one that the book quoted but I just love either way.

Quotes: “Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places, you’re off and away!” – Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go.

“You are all the colours in one, at full brightness.”

Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

Giveaway Time! Enter to win a signed copy of All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, open to US/Canada only (sorry International people! Tuesday I have a giveaway open for you too, so hang in there!)

Olivia’s Question: What is one thing that can cheer you up even a little when you are feeling down?

Olivia-Savannah x

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Violent Ends (Review & Giveaway!)

Hey there!

Title: Violent Ends
Authors:  Shaun Hutchinson, Neal and Brendan Shusterman, Beth Revis, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Courtney Summers, Kendare Blake, Delilah S. Dawson, Steve Brezenoff, Tom Leveen, Hannah Moskowitz, Blythe Woolston, Trish Doller, Mindi Scott, Margie Gelbwasser, Christine Johnson, E.M. Kokie, and Elisa Nader
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Published Date: 1st September 2015
Rating: 5 stars

*Thanks to the publisher for the review copy*

Synopsis: It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others.

But this isn't a story about the shooting itself. This isn't about recounting that one unforgettable day.

This is about Kirby and how one boy—who had friends, enjoyed reading, played saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before—became a monster capable of entering his school with a loaded gun and firing on his classmates.

Each chapter is told from a different victim's viewpoint, giving insight into who Kirby was and who he'd become. Some are sweet, some are dark; some are seemingly unrelated, about fights or first kisses or late-night parties.

This is a book of perspectives—with one character and one event drawing them all together—from the minds of some of YA's most recognizable names.

Review: When it comes to this book I don’t even know where to start. I requested it because it just looked so interesting – everyone always asks why some teens walk into a school and start shooting. And this wasn’t a book that promised the answer. But it was a book that said it would show lives that were connected to the shooters, in either a large or small way and we would get to see how it affected them. Some of the people were victims, some of them knew him before the shooting and encountered him then, and some stories were about the aftermath. One point of view was even one from an object. But they were all interesting and I honestly could not stop reading at all.

I have to say, Shaun Hutchinson had an amazing idea when it came to this book and I couldn’t be more happy that he took 17 different authors to do this. Don’t be scared off because of the multiple points of view. Each one lasts only a chapter. It’s like short stories, but then each one relates to the bigger picture.

This book also crosses so many different themes and problems than just the main one. It addresses divorce, childhood, popularity, bulimic problems, abuse and bullying. And so many more as well! And there is also the double mention of Doctor Who. Books always get points for that.

There was a character who mentioned that even if the killer dies too, they were never and usually aren’t counted in the total when it comes to the death. As if becoming a killer singles them out from the rest (it does) but it also dehumanizes them as well. That point of view also happened to show that the killer could be good as well as bad. Maybe they weren’t a monster the entire time.

One point of view (Zachary’s) uses ‘you’ when it refers to one of the characters and that was interesting. Each chapter had its own distinct writing style.

I was curious as to why the killer went out of his way to save some characters, and then didn’t bother with others. It showed how some people were said killers friends but felt like they couldn’t mourn for him because then they would be seen as ‘bad’ people. No one is meant to sympathise with the killer. It shows how cruel it can be to steal others’ lives, and how those who were lost to earth made others who were alive feel lost as well. It shows how people have to move on after mourning, and how some can cope better than others.

This is basically how I felt about all
the characters...
The point of view of a family member was also very intriguing. Simply because the family were given so much abuse. It was pretty astounding, especially when they were people who had lost someone they loved as well. Yes, their child might have done something terrible and unforgivable, but they had lost him as well.

In the aftermath we could see how over suspicious everyone became.

There is SO so much more I could say but I better close up the review here in fear of giving away any spoilers. But I loved this book and I think it really is thought provoking. So, to everyone – read this now. Please.

Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

Giveaway! Enter to win 1 of 3 paperback copies of the book, one of which will be signed! Open to US/Canada only. 


Olivia’s Question: Have you ever had to get over the mourning period for someone? Is it difficult to move on?

Olivia-Savannah x

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts (Review)

Hi there!

Title: Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts
Author:  Janet DeLee
Publisher:  Self-Published
Published Date:  1st May 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

*Thank you to the publisher for the review copy*

Synopsis: Dreams aren’t just for the young, and Ginny Lawther is happy to prove that even at the age of fifty-eight she can still brave a leap of faith…she just needs a little prodding from like-minded individuals. Step one: place an ad in the local newspaper inviting other dreamers to form an Ideal Life Club. Step two: see if anyone shows up.

When Ginny meets four hopeful strangers at the first club meeting, she thinks they’re off to a great start.

Now it's only a matter of time before the sixty-something widow Hilda turns her crafting into a full-time career; the twenty-something Jerry becomes a professional musician; and the thirty-something housewife Lydia publishes her cookbook. That is, until the rugged divorcé, Lee, sets a goal to solve his ghost problem—and upends all their lives!

Suddenly the support group isn’t just trying to navigate the ups and downs of pursuing their dreams; they’re also wrestling with a strange cast of spirits who keep interrupting their endeavors. What do these apparitions want? And why have they latched on to the Ideal Lifers?

Haunting, humorous, and hopeful, Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts sparks the imagination and breathes unexpected life into everyday reality.

Review: I would say that this book is a standalone, however it is connected to DeLee’s first novel. However, it can still be read as a standalone.

I was pretty skeptical when I first chose this book because I didn’t think it would be my kind of book. However, I decided to give it a chance and read it this month because of its mention of ghosts. I am certainly glad that I did because there is a lot more to this novel than meets the eye.

It is told from multiple points of view of all those who are members of the Ideal Life Club. I loved the idea of such a club where we can all aspire to reach for our dreams. In general this book was so inspiring as a whole and made me so happy by the end of it. I even found myself doing the club exercises as I was reading the book in hopes to make progress towards my own dream – which is being a published author. The book is something a reader can participate in because of those exercises and I am sure nearly everyone can relate to if they have a dream of some sort they want to pursue.

There were five main characters in this novel and you get to follow all their journeies pretty closely except for Lydia’s whose we only see once or twice. We have Jerry who is aiming to overcome him stage fright so he can perform. There’s Hilda who is into craft making and wants to sell enough to live through it. Lydia is there who is a chef/baker aiming to sell and make her own cookbook for the sake of charity. The lead role is Ginny who is already an author but is aiming to become a homeowner. And lastly, there is Lee who is only aiming to get rid of ghosts who seem to be meddling with his work. At first many in the group are skeptical towards the idea of ghosts but later when it starts to affect them too, they start to believe.

This book crosses so many more themes than it lets on. There is a mention of courage and ambition of course, but it also touched on the themes of death and grief which I think was handled incredibly well.


Once or twice the book mentions religion although it isn’t something that takes up a lot of the book. I did think it was included just enough and handled exceptionally well too. I also have to bring in the friendship now that all these characters lean towards as they grow and develop throughout the story. Again, that was something lovely to see happening as the novel progressed.

The ghost story in this one isn’t too suspenseful but it was there and very well handled. I think it did have quite a bit to do with the plot and in the end the conclusion they reached as a group surprised me, but it wove all their lives together and everything seemed to fit into place. It was a clever conclusion.

Overall, this book left me feeling inspired, eager and happy after reading it. I couldn’t really ask for more.

Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

New Video! A book review of Final Orders by Irene Helenowski!



Olivia’s Question: Do you believe in ghosts? Why/why not?

Olivia-Savannah x

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Olivia Snaps ~ Book Spines!


Good morning! I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead of you :3

Olivia Snaps is a meme where I share a little bit of my photography with you all. Today I am going to be sharing some more of my bookish pictures. 


Here goes!



The reason I took this photo was for a tag where you showcased hardcovers without their dust jacket. I have read all these books now excepting Isla and the Happily Ever After!


This was for the bookish reflection tag! The previous picture was a failed attempt at that one, so I was lazy and did it with just one book. Plague is a book in one of my all time favourite series called Gone by Michael Grant. I read this one quite young and it creeped me out like crazy!


I took this photo after finishing this wonderful book. I should post my review sometime soon! It is was such a beautiful read.


Food and books, what more could you want? Mansfield Park is my all time favourite classic by Jane Austen because the romance was just lovely ^.^ Apple pie is also one of my favourite desserts too!


This was chapter one of the Spiderwick Chronicles. The illustrations are so wonderful in this book, I took the photo while I was fangirling about it. I didn't read these books as a child and I know I was missing out now :( I am glad I read them now as a childhood catch up!

That's all I have for you today! I will see you on Tuesday with a book review!

New Video! This was actually my video of last week but due to not being able to preschedule posts lately due to being short on time... I am adding this one here. For all those people who want to watch my book haul instead of read about it ^.^ 


Olivia's Question: Do you read hardcovers with the dustjacket on or off?

Olivia-Savannah x

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Fall Time Cozy Book Tag!

Hello there!

I was tagged by Soudha @ Of Stacks and Cups and Anissa @ The Bookworm Central to do this tag. I love the idea of it because Autumn is definitely one of my favourite seasons and orange is my favourite colour as well. I feel a very strong urge to change the title to the Autumn Time Cozy Book Tag but I'll just have to let my Britishess ride for this one and leave it as it is...

This tag was originally created by Sam from Novels and Nonsense! Now let's begin!

Crunchy Leaves! The world is full of color. Choose a book that has reds, oranges or yellows on the cover.


The book I decided to go with here was my copy of Mockingjay. I love the orange shading in it, and it perfectly represents Katniss as the Girl on Fire. Honestly, I don't think there is a better cover for this book. 

Cozy Jumper! It's finally cold enough to don warm, cozy clothing. What book gives you the warm fuzzies?

As soon as I saw the words 'warm fuzzies' I knew my selection for this category was going to be a romance. Anna and the French Kiss is one I was up until the early hours of the morning finishing and I loved the romance. This one restored my faith in YA romances ^.^

Fall Autumn Storm! The wind is howling and the rain is pounding. Choose your favorite book or genre that you like to read on a stormy day.


I am sure the majority of people would choose a calming book for this answer because you want to calm yourself in a storm. However, I went for a book which has an edge-of-the-seat action and suspense level. I think reading this while a storm is going on would frighten me like crazy and increase that reading experience! I had to choose Fear by Michael Grant, the fifth book in an all time favourite series of mine. 

Cool Crisp Air. Who's the coolest character you'd want to trade places with?


I didn't even have to think about this one. It would have to be Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson series. First of all, we are so similar! I am also afraid of spiders and apparently a child of Athena. Secondly, Percy. Yes. Camp Half-blood. Yes. Adventures. Yes. Can someone please make this happen?

Hot Apple Cider. What under-hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

I have to say it would be The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner. I can't completely remember what it is about because it has been years since I read it, but I remember LOVING it like crazy and wanting to shove it at everyone to read. So yes, it deserves to be a lot better known!

Coats, Scarves and Mittens. The weather has turned cold and it's time to cover up. What's the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

If the cover is actually cringe-worthy then I probably own it on my Kindle because that way no one can actually see what I am reading while I'm reading xD I'm not a reader of books that have embarrassing covers in general though because I tend to stay away from those genres due to reading preference already. But this is a book I won in a mystery pack of books giveaway, so I didn't even know what it was until I got it! I still kinda am going to be reading it though because it has me interested... And that is Chained by Night by Larissa Ione. 

Pumpkin Spiced Latte. What's your favorite Fall Time comfort food or drink?

EARL GREY TEA! Honestly, why is that even a question? It doesn't matter what time of year it is, this is the thing I will always drink. Even in summer. Oh, and this is my new favourite brand of this tea too: 

Warm, Cozy Bonfire. Spread the cozy warmth! Who do you tag?

Tagging: Noelia @ A Day in Bookland

Olivia's Question: What underhyped book do you think deserves more attention?

Olivia-Savannah x

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

The Butler (Movie Review)

Hi there people!

The other day I re-watched a movie for the second time, and this time I just had to write a movie review. I wasn’t going to before, when I first saw it. I don’t know why – maybe because I was tired and it was late at night, but this film was just so much more emotional the second time round. The movie in question is The Butler, 2013. It follows the life of Cecil Gaines, who grew up on a cotton farm and had the cruel acts of discrimination acted against him as a child. He runs away from the south in an attempt to create a better future for the family he is going to have. Somehow he manages to become a butler in the White House, and serves multiple presidents as the civil rights movement unfolds around him.


I think this film might mean so much to me because I kept thinking of the people who died for us (people like me) to be here in this house right now, receiving equal wages and walking freely on the streets and being able to feel safe. So many sacrificed their lives, had their families torn apart and suffered for the world to be what it is today. And that really digs deep.

What I admire so much about this movie is that although it runs through all the presidents and other historical events – like the KKK, The Black Panthers, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and the Vietnam war in detail, it also manages to show the culture. It goes through the times where disco comes into style, a bit of Michael Jackson, a bit of afros and dangly hoop earrings. The movie really goes through all the time periods with great costuming, music choice for background effect and… it just really goes all out.

One more amazing thing – this movie is loosely based on the true story of Eugene Allen. He worked at the white house for 34 years during the same time periods. His wife and him were invited to a state dinner, just as Cecil and his were in the movie, and so many other elements were included as well.

At the end of the movie I just felt like I had been on such emotional journey myself. When they announced Obama as president I felt like crying; I really I did. I applaud Oprah Winfrey for her final scene in the movie because it was perfect. The moment when she looked up as she reached for her purse touched me to the heart. They described elderly life just as I imagined it to be.

There is an age of a 16 on this film, but I really recommend it to anyone who wants to watch it. It’s one of those movies that really should be more well known. There are famous actors/actresses in it like Oprah Winfery, David Oyelowo, Alex Pettyfer, Cuba Gooding (Fighting Temptations), Lenny Kravitz (The Hunger Games, Cinna) and Robin Williams, amongst many others. The film was directed by Lee Daniels.


Link: Amazon!

Olivia’s Question: What would be the first thing you would do if you went to the White House?


Olivia-Savannah x

Saturday, 10 October 2015

My Hoarding Catastrophe - New Goals!

Hello there!

My Hoarding Catastrophe is my version of a book haul here on Olivia's Catastrophe where I talk about the latest bookish purchases I have gotten for this month!


To start with I would just like to mention the new goal I have set myself for the coming year of 2016. I decided on this goal because I just finished my 100 book challenge for this year (YAY) and am near the end of my other 2015 reading challenge where I had books to choose for each category. So I started to think of the year ahead and decided that even though my physical TBR has more than 100 books right now, I want to have none left by the end of 2016! Of course, for that to happen I still have a few months before beginning where I can start burning through as many of those books as possible. And it would also mean that I would need to be BUYING LESS. I am so doing this. And fewer ebooks too because next year my main focus is on physical books. 

I've been trying to limit the books I have been requesting and buying. This month I have very few physical books and also have been a whole week without requesting. Nonetheless... I still have quite a few from before I made that decision...

Physical Books: This month I bought two new movies which were The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Insurgent which I cannot wait to watch! I also got two bottles of nail polish which were colours I need more of from the NYC collection. I have really wanted a book bag for a while so instead of getting a book I got an Eat Sleep Read Repeat tote bag! I am thinking channeling book money into bookish items instead would be a good idea. And of the four (very few!) physical books I only bought ONE!


Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo
Retaliation - T.L. Coulter (Giveaway win)
Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts - Janet DeLee (For review)
The Dragon of the Month Club - Iain Reading (For review)

Freebies! There were two books I just couldn't resist! Although I did resist quite a few more. Man, those freebie emails that get sent to my email daily are such a temptation...


Man of Steel - Dave Conifer 
Hollywood Games - MZ Kelly

Giveaway Wins! I did win a $20 giftcard from a tour but I have yet to spend that... I won these books but I am not sure from which blog :( I have the first book in the series so I am looking forward to getting to the rest. 


What Once Was - Marc Johnson
Reawakening - Marc Johnson

For Review: Hmm... here still lies my weakness...








Lumiere - Jacqueline E. Garlick 
Seven Black Diamonds - Melissa Marr
Fairy and Blood - William J. Cribel
This is Where the World Ends - Amy Zhang
The Libby Garrett Intervention - Kelly Oram
The Reluctant Sacrifice - Kerr-Ann Dempster 
Ten Thousand Skies Above You - Claudia Gray
The Mirror King - Jodi Meadows
Shade Me - Jennifer Brown
Thicker Than Water - Kelly Fiore
Front Lines - Michael Grant
Symptoms of Being Human - Jeff Garvin
Moonlight Over Paris - Jennifer Robson
Thanks for the Trouble - Tommy Wallach
Blackhearts - Nicoe Castroman 
The Imposter Queen - Sarah Fine
Escaping Perfect - Emma Harrison 
Unbound - Neal Shusterman
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart (Night Owls) - Jenn Bennett

Here's hoping my new Hoarding Catastrophe is going to be much smaller!

Olivia's Question: What books have you been getting/reading lately?

Olivia-Savannah x