Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Monthly Wrap Up ~ May 2016


Hello everyone. Welcome to my monthly wrap up here on Olivia's Catastrophe.



Life? Where do I even start. Things haven't been going too well for me. 

I made a bookish snapchat! You can add me if you want :) My username is ocatastrophe there. We've also announced and started working on getting sign ups for the Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon for 2016.

I decided to quit writing a diary at the beginning of the month which is something I have always done. I just wasn't feeling it anymore and it doesn't seem like a big deal to most people but it meant a lot to me. 


I've started to feel a lot more negative and down lately. It's a struggle to force myself to leave the house for school let alone anything else. I've had three panic attacks at school, I'm struggle to sleep at night and at first I started to find it difficult to eat but that got better (all solved now!). I just really miss having a full nights sleep and not needing to give myself a pep talk every time I walk out the door.

The only highlight had to be my oldest sister coming to visit from England. It was really good spending time with her, talking and doing some yoga. My family has been good to me, and I have been meeting a lot of great people online through the blog and bookstagram. I think reading and blogging has really been the thing keeping me going. My older sister also has a fitness/health instagram! I'm linking it here!

This month was supposed to get better. Maybe next month. *shrugs*




In the last week of May I got my reading mojo back. Meanwhile, I've just been cramming in a lot of graphic novels and manga. I read:

Clockwork Angel: the Manga by Hyekyung Baek which was a very good adaption and I just loved the drawings. And it stayed so true to the story. 

Twilight Volume 1 by Young Kim: and these drawings were even MORE beautiful. I LOVE Twilight and this graphic novel just captured the reason why I love it all the more. I was so happy reading this. 

The Little Prince: The Graphic Novel by Joann Sfar, which I wanted to read because it'd been a while sicne I read the original. The story was just as sweet and full of great morals as I remember. But the drawings and artwork were only okay...

All the rest I reviewed. So you can see my review of Murder on Safari and The Berlin Package by Peter Riva here. And my review of Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee.



Not going to put any pressure on myself this month. I'm going to aim for these two books and just read what I end up reading. They are Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and My Sweet Vidalia by Deborah Mantella.




Popsugar 2016 Challenge:22/40
2016 #BustleReads Challenge: 8/20

Olivia's Question: How was the month of May for you? What did you get up to? What was your favourite read?

Olivia-Savannah x

43 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about you not feeling well. Glad the eating is straightened out. I'm sending good thoughts for a good night sleep.

    Thanks for your updates. I have Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee on my TBR list. I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. It's in my top list of books, so I hope you enjoy it.

    Cheers to another month and the hopes of it becoming a better one.

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    1. Thank you Denise <3 Already this month things are getting slightly better? Outrun the Moon was my favourite read of the month so I really hope you like it! I'm so excited to try Me Before You. And I hope this month will be a better one for you too.

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  2. Mega-hugs!!!!!! Here if you ever need to talk Liv. *Please* take care of yourself!

    More hugs and love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 <3 xxxxx

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    1. I'm working on it ;) Thanks for the concern though <3 I have so much love here!

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  3. I'm so sorry to hear you're going through a rough patch. I hope you'll feel better soon (and get some sleep).

    Hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much <3 I hope I can get there too!

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  4. I sincerely hope you'll enjoy Me Before You just as much as I have. I'm so incredibly excited for the movie - it looks perfect.

    Also, if you ever need to talk to someone, you know where to find me ♥

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    1. Thanks Inge <3

      I can't wait to see the movie too. But gotta read that book first ;)

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  5. Praying for you to have better days. Good luck with this month, and here's to a better one!

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  6. <3 It's so easy to let negativity rule our lives, but I hope your sister can help bring back your spark. :)

    Enjoy your time with your family, Olivia!

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    1. She really did help, and I have my other sister coming round after my exams which I am looking forward to! Thanks Joy.

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  7. Olivia,I am so dirty to hear you're not doing very well. That breaks my heart. I know it's tough, and I hope it gets better for you sooner rather than later--because it will get better. Thank god you can find solace in books.

    I hope you enjoy Me Before You. That's a book I've been wanting to read for a while now. And it's good that you're not putting pressure on yourself! That's what I've been trying to do.

    Here's to a better month ahead of us!
    - Lefty @ The Left-Handed Book Lover

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    1. Sorry,not dirty!! Omg this is what I get for commenting from my Kindle!

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    2. It's okay I knew what you meant! I'm so happy for the escapism that books can offer you. It's already getting marginally better and hopefully by the end of this month everything can straighten up.

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  8. Hi, Olivia - I'm so sorry you've been struggling with feeling down and having the panic attacks. Wish I could actually do something for you. All I can offer is a virtual hug {{hugs}}. Having a visit from your older sister sounded wonderful. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. Even virtual hugs mean a lot to me lately. And my older sister is brilliant. I love her so much <3

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  9. [ Chuckles ] May was an interesting month for you!

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  10. Always so busy. :) I'm sorry to hear you've been so stress (3 panic attacks!), but glad that whatever it is, is "solved" now. Take care of yourself. On a bookish note, it's so interesting to see the covers of the same book from different countries. Me Before You "here" is not as interesting as in Holland.

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    1. Busy seems to be both of our middle names lately... It is mostly solved. I have seen the red cover for Me Before You and I think I like mine more hehe :3

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  11. Oh my gosh I want to read Outrun The Moon so badly! I didn't realize you had a review on it! Sorry to hear you haven't had the best month. I have a lot of trouble sleeping at night as well and that's because of a few reasons. I really hope that June is a whole lot better for you!

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    1. You should check out my review ;) I loved that book and highly recommend that one! I hope we can both get some good nights of sleep.

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  12. I'm sorry you are in a bad place. Fingers crossed it gets better for you. May started good for me and went downhill after the first two weeks, so I feel you.
    That's what books and friends are for right? You help you get through your rough patches!
    Twilight in graphic novel? I would want to read that!

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    1. It's gradually getting better at the moment and I'm feeling better slowly. I hope things get better for you too, Manisha. And yes, books are best when it comes to these time periods <3 The graphic novel of Twilight is just so beautiful!

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  13. A bookish snapchat sounds great, but I tried snapchat and couldn't figure it out so I gave up on it. But I hope it's going well for you.

    I am sorry to hear about your problems, but it's good that your family are there for you. And your readers are just one click away!

    I didn't read much, my May was busy busy. So busy I didn't even blog.

    Lots of hugs, Olivia, and I hope you will feel better!!

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    1. If it isn't for you, then I do understand. I've been spending quite a lot of time on there lately, so it's kind of fun for me at the moment.

      My family is wonderful and ever so kind to me <3 And of course, all of you have posted these wonderful bits of encouragement that remind me I am loved.

      I hope you get some blog ideas soon!

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  14. Looks like a nice month. I didnt know that The Little Prince is available as a graphic novel. I have read the Rabbi's cat by Sfar. I think he must have illustrated the original

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    1. It was a pretty good reading month. It was great to discover that it was a graphic novel!

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  15. I pray that you come out of the darkness, Olivia. It's not healthy, and believe me I know it firsthand. I'm going through something similar right now, but I'm also back in therapy as of Tuesday. It's gonna work out, just have faith.

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    1. I hope the therapy can help you Lekeisha, and hopefully make things look brighter to you too. Still praying for you and your family <3 I am getting better and trust me, I don't want to be going back to that place any time soon.

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  16. I hope you feel better! I've always kept a diary too and I know how keeping a diary can feel like a big deal. I hope it's not too much of a change for you.

    You and your sister look so similar! I'm glad you guys got to spend time together. Hopefully, you'll get to Me Before You soon! I've been dying to read it but I still haven't gotten a hold of it.

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    1. I don't really mind it. Sometimes something happens and I think, ooh I should go and write that down! But then I remember that I don't do that anymore, haha.

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  17. I'm sending you my special "cat"story, hope it cheers you up, am working on something for the contest you mentioned.

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    1. I'm looking forward to reading your entry! Maybe it will ^.^

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  18. I hope the melancholy that has been grabbing hold of you will let go, so that you can feel good about leaving the house, and fall asleep easily with light and good dreams every night, Olivia! *sending positive, calm and purple thoughts your way*
    I read Me Before You a while back, and it was pretty sad! I didn't cry a lot, but some of my friends sure did... Sometimes, a good cry because of a book is just what we need, though - other times, not so much.
    I'm glad you've been able to spend some time with your older sister - siblings are the best!
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading .
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Thank you so much Lexxie <3 Those were such sweet words. And I have heard a lot about tears! I'm going to be prepared when I do read it :)

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  19. Sending hugs! Panic attacks are horrible, I used to get them on a regular basis but have learnt to cope with them over time. Your sister is so incredible bendy!!! I wish I could do that!

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    1. It's good that you learned to cope with them. And yes, she is incredibly flexible.

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  20. Hi Olivia,

    I used to write a dairy. Then I forgot. I think I should start again. I've noticed writing helps me calm down a lot better. I also find reading those entries amusing on the later date.

    Sometimes writing about how you feel helps. But not always.
    I hope you start feeling better soon. :) Don't pressurize into doing too much. Slow down a little. (Hugs) & take care!:)

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    1. It's good that it keeps you calm, and I do love looking back on my diaries. But for some reason, I feel like I'm moving on to another diaryless stage of my life.

      Thanks Priya <3 Hopw you have a good June too!

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  21. Sorry to know you had a rough month but good that your sister was with you to make you feel better. Hope you have a much brighter month ahead. Much love ��

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    1. Thanks Deepti! I am also hoping things will only improve from here on out.

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