Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Monthly Wrap Up ~ November 2016

Good morning!

It's time for my November wrap up! Which is the first wrap up which has been on time for once D:



A lot happened in November. I've been trying hard to stay up to date with book blogs, bookstagram and booktube but I can't help but fall out of touch every now and again. But I promise, I'm trying my best to stay on top of it!

Basketball life has been happening. I watched my old coaches play (they don't coach for us anymore) which was fun and nice to see them again. Our team also won our first game of the season, which was really nice. It's good to finally be champions for once! We also had a team evening where we all ate dinner together and watched the movie Coach Carter. It's such a good sports movie!

Yoga life has been good. I've still been keeping up with my workouts, doing yoga practice and also teaching yoga which is a lot of fun with my amazing students ^.^ I've been keeping up with clean eating more and more. Smoothies have fully integrated themselves into my life and I've been cooking more for the family too. Things like lemon chicken and so on. You can see my clean eating posts and yoga photos on my instagram.


I also volunteered at a market where we sold second hand clothes. Somehow I ended up being talked into modelling clothes with a friend of mine. All the profits went to supporting a school in Kenya, so it was nice to do that. Especially as just before we went over there for our shift, I had gone to the book festival in my city. Which meant I turned up with 7? 8? books in my hands. Some hardcover, some not, and all for under about 20 euros. Anyway, that's a story for my upcoming book haul...

I've really been working on growing my book review chain line, and now we have about 70+ bloggers, booktubers and bookstagrammers available for sign ups! There's still a lot more work to be done there, but I am so happy to be helping authors get reviews for their books, and readers to be getting ARCs and eARCs which they can enjoy reading! If you're interested as an author or a reviewer, all the info can be found on our website! That's another reason why I am not around the blog as much...


School has been busy. There have been a lot of deadlines and they go all the way until Christmas. Again, a lot of my time peeled away by studies... I received four out of five acceptances to the universities I applied to! Which made me so happy, especially as I had to send creative writing portfolios to some. It's kind of nerve-wrecking knowing that you'll be judged not only by your predicted grades, but also your own creative work. There's still one university that I am waiting on a reply from. But I am incredibly satisfied at the moment :)


There was the anniversary of my other grandfather's death this month. But what really had me depressed and mourning for quite a lot of November was the death of a friend of mine. I don't want to mention her name, but she passed away from breast cancer. She was a mother to two children, a hospitable and much loved member of our church community, and a loved wife, and she was part of the family I babysit for. She'd been battling the cancer for many years, and she was such a good, kind-hearted person. I don't think I have met many people as wonderful as she was. I struggled with the unfairness of someone so nice being taken away from life so much earlier than many, but if it was her time to go, then it was. From what I believe, she has a well-earned place in heaven at the moment. 

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I managed to read seven books in the month of November. I have already reviewed Aftermath by Clara Kensie, A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly and Soulfinder by Jacinta Maree. 

I buddy read The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson with @hannahreadstoomuch from instagram. I really wanted to love this book but I ended up only liking it. I had issues with the romance, which - as it was a contemporary - was a large part of the novel. I did really enjoy the writing style though. 

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi was a read for class and I really loved it. It was much larger than the other graphic novels I've read, but it was so good because it was so informative about the Iranian revolution, as well as cultural divides, while still being a good read. 

De Helaasheid der Dingen by Dimitri Verhulst was a novel I read for Dutch class. I'm not going to say much, but it was a pretty good read. It was autobiographic fiction, really. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie. 

The Tunnel by Helene Louard was a book I read to review on my channel. It was juvenile in writing style, but incredibly addicting and really light hearted, which was just what I needed at the time I started to read it.





Hoping to read my usual six books in December - maybe a little more will happen because it's holidays... but I'll try to be realistic with all I have going on this upcoming month. 

The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy 
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson 
Bull by George Elliot 
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 
The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz 
Red Death by Jeff Altabef



I'm not going to be able to finish all my challenges this year, but that's fine. I kind of stopped caring about them halfway through the year, and stopped reading to meet their requirements. More so, if a book fit the bill, I would count it. If it didn't, then that was that. No stress, no botheration ;)

Popsugar 2016 Challenge: 33/40
2016 #BustleReads Challenge: 11/20

Olivia's Question: How was your November? How many books did you read? Do you have any new favourites?

Olivia-Savannah x

28 comments:

  1. omg your so gorgeous and I'm so jealous that you kept up with your workout routine! 😊 So sorry to hear about your friend May she rest in peace! 💓 Plus The sky is everywhere is on my TBR pile! 💙
    Haniya
    booknauthors.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww thank you! I'm enjoying the work outs a whole lot. I hope you enjoy The Sky is Everywhere too ;)

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  2. Hugs for your loss, and for the anniversary of your grandfather's death <3 <3 <3 <3

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  3. Hah...you are miles ahead of me on reading challenges. I have trouble keeping up with the admin on those. Fabulous news on the college responses!

    So sorry to hear about your friend.

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    1. They are hard to keep track of. I'm always impressed by people who can finish a lot of them! Thank you, LuAnn...

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  4. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, she sounds like she was an amazing person through and through <3 <3 I really hope December is a happier and more enjoyable month for you! Also, congrats on the acceptances from those schools!! I knew you would do great!

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    1. She really, really was. Thank you, Anissa :*

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  5. Oh man. You are a busy girl! With school, volunteer work, blogging, and reading...you're an inspiration.

    Keep being you!

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    1. Aww... thanks Joy! Excepting school at times, just doing what I love ^.^

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  6. Olivia, I need some of your energy. You're putting me to shame. Congratulations on your acceptances. Wonderful news! And I definitely need to get started again with Yoga. I really like it. Best of luck, Ms. Inspiration!

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    1. Don't worry, there is plenty of time for rest too! I think December is going to be a much slower month for me. Thank you. I hope you do pick up yoga again :)

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  7. *Hugs for you.* It sounds like you were really busy last month. I’m impressed that you had time to read.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. *Hugs* The more chaotic life gets, the more important I find it to take time for reading above all <3

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  8. Great tree pose. =) Yoga is a central part of my life; I try to give myself 60 minutes on the mat a few times a week. Love your personal posts, as always. =)

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    1. That sounds really good. I didn't know you were into yoga too! Fellow yogi ^.^

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  9. I am so sorry to hear about your friend. I am sending you hugs!

    So awesome that you are sticking with the yoga and clean eating. So good for your body and well being. I have been wanting to start yoga, as I have done it in the past and really enjoyed it. I need to find a class that works with my schedule.

    Have a great week!
    ~Jess

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    1. Thank you, Jess <3

      It's been really great and doing them both makes me so happy! Happy body and happy me :3 I hope you can find a class which works for you too <3

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  10. Hi Olivia-Savannah,

    Very sorry to learn you lost a friend.

    Congrats on your acceptance to four out of five of the universities you applied to! That is fabulous! Do you have a favourite?

    Cynthia

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    1. Hello Cynthia,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and your words. My favourites at the moment are East Anglia and Leicester!

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  11. So sorry that you lost a friend. Prayers for you and her family, as well as your church members. November was hard for me. Actually, I've been having a hard time since September. November 29th made 4 years that my mom has been gone, and that's mostly what's caused my depression to rear its head. Everything around me just added to it, especially the election.

    I'm enjoying reading all the new books I've bought plus a few that were already on my shelf. I'm quite behind on my reviews, but I'm gonna catch up during the holidays. I have 2 weeks off, so I'm gonna try to post at least 10 of those days.

    Here's to a great December!

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    1. Thank you, Lekeisha. And I will be praying for you too. It cannot be easy at this time of the year especially, and I can imagine losing your mother is never going to be something you can quite get over... and with the election of top of things and all that is happening.. I can definitely see how this will be a difficult time.

      I'm so glad you can lose yourself in reading though. No worries about reviews, and make sure that even though you are blogging you make your holiday a real holiday. You need one girl <3

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  12. Wow, you have been busy. I really enjoyed reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed this month :)

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    1. I am glad you could enjoy it! That's one I want to read myself too :3

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  13. Great review!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase
    http://gilzetbase.com/

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  14. Very sorry for your loss. It sounds like you are doing good things both for yourself and for others. I hope 2017 delivers more of the same.

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    1. Thank you. I try to make my time as valuable and worth it as I can.

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