Saturday, 26 November 2016

Time Traveling 2.0

Happy weekend everyone!

Well... I hope you're getting used to these time traveling wrap ups because I'm still so behind even though I've been getting better at blogging more regularly. Hopefully now this one can be the last flashback post, because then November's can come in time and we can all be nicely caught up!



October had it's ups and downs. I was sick with the flu at the beginning of the month, and all I wanted to do with sleep. I was having some hard times with friends, and just with getting on with people in general. There was Theory of Knowledge retreat which was a school trip. It was all about deep thinking and questioning knowledge and all that. In essence, it was pretty interesting and fun, but I did have a bit of a problem with friends then, and I guess that was the beginning of where things started to change... 

That aside, I also went to England for an open day at Leceister university. As I am busy with applications right now, it was great to go to an actual university and see it for myself. I LOVED it. I fell in love with the campus, and the atmosphere and I've now decided I am more than ready to go to university and study English Literature and Creative Writing for the next three or four years. The taster lecture was just that good. And it was great because I was there with my older sister, and we had a lot of fun together. 


Other things... I finished watching Supernatural Season 3. Went out to a Mexican restaurant for diner with some friends. Went shopping with another friend and impulse bought a mini blender which I LOVE and have been making smoothies from almost every other day. My clean eating game is still going strong, but it's been hard to be consist with yoga and workouts. Managing it. I'm also enjoyed my favourite season.


I made things like dried apple crisps (recipe to come!). On an evening out with my family we went to a restaraunt and then followed things up with going to see the movie Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (please note I woke up at 5am and spent the whole day binge reading so I could have the first book finished before we went to the cinema.) Yes, I can be like that >.>


My hair is now no longer black and red, but black and a deep purple colour. Most seem to think it is still black and red though, or black and deep pink, so I'm not sure how successful I really was :P


I got conditionally accepted into two universities, York and Newcastle. Three more to hear back from! Basketball has been happening. Games almost every weekend. No wins yet, but definite progress is visible.

There was also a one week holiday in which I took the time to shoot a bunch of videos, preschedule in blog posts (which is why I have been back on the blogging game) and take a bunch of yoga and book photos for my instagram accounts. 

On the 31st of October, it had been a year since my grandfather died. RIP...

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Seeing as I had quite a few lows in October, alongside the highs, it meant only good things for my reading! Because all I want to do when I'm not feeling that great? Read :P So I read 12 books... double my usual number.

The ones I reviewed are The Dragon of the Month Club by Iain Reading, The Dead Man by Nora Gold, Iron Cast by Destiny Soria and Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh.

I read The Outsider by Albert Camus for class and even though it took me a while to warm up to it, I think it has such a deep meaning behind it about humanity and conformity, that I warmed up to it. 

One by Sarah Crossan was one I meant to read for a while, so I'm glad I finally did. I quite liked it. It wasn't amazing, but it was still good. 

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander was pretty different. I liked that it was another novel in verse and about basketball as well. But it really said something about family too, which made me like it even more. 

Some Writer by Melissa Sweet was a quirky, little, biography about E.B. White. I read 50% of it before realising who the author was and what novels he had written. Once I did, I became personally invested and the book is just so BEAUTIFUL. Those illustrations, you guys ^.^

The Sky and the Dea by Kevin J. Johnson was a book of poetry and short stories. It was a complete flop for me, but I will be reviewing that, so more on it later. 

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn... another flop for me. Worse though, because I couldn't get into it at all. I would've ditched the book if it hadn't been something I had to read for class. I feel bad though, because it's a novel of strife based on the author's true story in Stalinist Russia. 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculair Children by Ransom Riggs was brilliant. I loved the writing style, the story, the characters. I just wish the pace was a bit faster at the beginning, and there seems to be one glaring plot hole? More on that one later too. 

And last but not least, Like Water on Stone by Dana Walrath. Of the three novels in verse I tried, this was by far the most moving and emotional. Based on a true, historical story to do with escaping the Armenian genocide, this touched my heart in every way. And it was written beautifully too. 



That's it for the month of October!

Olivia's Question: How was October for you? Any plans for this weekend or how you'll be spending the rest of November?

Olivia-Savannah x

28 comments:

  1. You and your sisters are twins, I swear! Being sick had to suck, but yay for visiting universities!!

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    1. Hehe :3 We get that we look similar a lot! And yes, university visiting was fun!

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  2. Your hair looks lovely!

    What did you think of Miss Peregrine's?! I loved that it was clearly filmed actually in Wales - bilingual signs, Welsh landscape... I loved seeing my beautiful country on film :)

    Hugs for illness and anniversary of bereavement :( <3 <3 <3

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    1. Thanks Cee <3

      I had mixed feelings about the movie... my review ended up being 1000 words long O.o I did like the scenery though!

      <3<3

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  3. I have been impressed with your reviews (written and video) and have no doubt you will have success in your future!

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    1. Aww, you're so sweet <3 I hope I can :c

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  4. Oh my goodness, so funny because I just dyed my hair a deep red, almost purple color just a few days ago!! I left my ends black too because I thought it would look cool :D Anyhoo, it sounds like you had a pretty interesting month. I really hope December is even better and congrats on the colleges!! I hope to study English Literature and Creative Writing as well! Much love!

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    1. Yay for coloured hair as well! I think that must look cool ;) Thank you. Ooh, we will have twinning degrees ;)

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  5. Wow! Looks like you had a great month overall! Awesome!

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  6. HOW do you read so much! I love reading and want to read a book a week for 2017 (which i can just about do, as i manged in 2015- but only because i pick a short and then a long to take the differnece in time!) ....that just requires so much dedication! I am impressed!

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    1. Sometimes I feel like I read so little in comparison to other bloggers! I think a book a week is an epic goal and tough to keep up as well - but I hope you can manage it in 2017!

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  7. I love reading these kinds of life update posts! I think Sierra and I may need to do some as well. :D

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    1. I'm glad you enjoy them! And you should try to do some of your own as well ;) I would love to read them!

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  8. I don't know how you do it all, Olivia. You're a very busy young lady. Sorry to hear of your difficulties with friends, but it happens and then is passes.

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    1. I always try to take breaks as well and I get to enjoy myself as well. And you're right, it does pass ^^

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  9. WOOWWW it seems like someone has been super busy. ;) I have so many things to say about this post! I LURVE YOUR HAIR. I LURVE YOUR PICS. I LURVE ALL THE FOOD. And omg, it's college time! You're in my prayers! I hope you get in the college you want! <3 And problems with friends is never fun but at least you got to spend some time with your sister!

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    1. Busy but happy busy! Awww, thank you <3 I hope it can go well! Yes, that's what family is for ;)

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  10. Kudos for you on finishing Supernatural season 3. I just can't seem to be able to. Someday maybe? lol And your hair is so pretty. :D

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    1. Maybe someday you will get there :) Thank you x

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  11. Wow! How do you read so many books in a month??? I'm over here struggling to finish my one book. A Theory of Knowledge retreat sounds so fancy! It looks like you had a lot of fun. How was the Miss Peregrine movie?? I'm so excited to see it! The very, very best of luck to you for getting into the college of your choice! College applications are the absolute worst.

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    1. I love taking reading breaks while I'm working. Or when I get demotivated, reading is always there for me. I really liked the movie, but then I also had a couple of issues with it? My opinion is kind of mixed. I hope you enjoy it when you go and see it though!

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  12. It sounds like you have read a lot of books lately! Sorry to hear that October was filled with some friend problems and some ups and and downs. I am glad you got to see your sister and that you had fun together while you checked out the university. What an exciting time!

    I loved Miss Peregrine (book). I haven't seen the movie yet- but I hope to see it while it is still in theaters. :)

    Hope all is well!
    ~Jess

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    1. It had its highs and lows but life goes on. I am glad you could enjoy the book as well. Hope the movie is another one you can love too :3

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  13. Good luck with your college applications! One of my degrees is in English literature. I loved studying that topic, but be prepared to read A LOT.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I really love reading, so that should be no problem for me! ;)

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  14. I always enjoy these updates. Thank you for sharing!!

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