Sunday, 9 July 2017

June Wrap Up & Giveaway!

Hello everyone!

Before I get right into the wrap up, I wanted to start with the main point. You may be wondering where my posts have gone, or why I will not be active for a little while into the future. The truth of the matter is: Olivia's Catastrophe is going to be changing. The design will change, the layout and niches shall change a bit, and the biggest news of all - we're going to be moving to Wordpress!

I hope you'll bear with me through all the changes. And I shall definitely have the occasional post going live, so don't worry, I won't be gone completely! I also fully intend to shower you with giveaways in my absence to make up for it. Don't worry ;)




First of all, I posted an epic guest post with Rogue Cart about the top 10 books you HAVE to read in summer! If you're looking for more books, you should head over there. 

I had a very nice start to the summer. I went out to lunch with my Mum a couple of times, and my best friend had her 19th birthday party which was a nice celebration. We had a family over to dinner at our house and we made a Jamaican themed meal for them. I went out shopping quite a bit.


I also had my last day working at the nursery. It was so hard to say goodbye to all the lovely kids, and the brilliant teachers I had been working with. I was only there for a short period of time, but I really appreciated my stay. 


I went to see Wonder Woman with my little sister and another good friend, and it was FANTASTIC! I absolutely loved it, and that's coming from someone who hasn't been enjoying superhero movies lately. I also finally watched White Chicks like I had been meaning to for ages. It was hilarious :D

BUT NOW FOR THE MOST EXCITING NEWS. I am currently in Spain, where I am working as an Au Pair until August. I'm staying with a lovely family. The are a foster family, and have three kids. One of them is a premature newborn, and the other has Alcohol Syndrome, which means I had a lot to learn. But we are falling into a routine, and they are lovely. Although the family does eat sugar-free and are vegetarian, so I feel like I am still adapting to that. 


We've also been doing some touristy stuff. We go to the beach at least once a week, if not more, because the kids love it. I love it too, so that makes me happy. Every Tuesday we go hiking. I went hiking in my converse the first time, and it was incredibly steep. Since then I have bought proper hiking boots, and we climb every Tuesday. The peaks are at about 1,100 - 1,300 metres high. I'm also scared of heights. I'm so afraid of them that I feel like I have conquered the world once I reach the peak.

We celebrated the night of San Juan on the beach, making wishes, burning them in the fire and then humping over them. The next day we went into the city to watch the monuments burning. It was a beautiful experience. I've been to meet many families. One family made me paella because I had to try the Spanish dish, and I've been out partying with a bunch of university students I meant. In Spain, the party goes on till 7-8 am. I would've been completely okay if I hadn't had to go meet the host family's extended family at 10am the next day. Two hours sleep is NOT enough. :P


I'd never walked walked through a vineyard before, so that was nice. And we've been cycling around. Basically, very active. I'm loving it and I will let you know about more of my adventures around Alicante next month. I'm filming a lot and hopefully will be able to make a series of vlogs about the trip. But make sure to follow my snapchat if you want to keep up to date with all the cool things happening. 






Eight books. But I am counting that as a jolly good number because one of them was 913 pages long, and the other was 1015 pages. 

I have reviews posted of Internet Famous by Danika Stone and The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue already, so head over there for my thoughts on those!


I also read Insight and Oversight by Santino Hassell. I was so excited to get into this series because it's a spin off on the family mentioned in one of my favourite novels of his - Stygian. The new adult aspect is good, but the plot is mind blowing. Which is why I love the paranormal storyline. Although I liked Oversight less than Insight due to there being a new main character introduced who was a bit too stoic for me, I still really loved both books.

THEN I STARTED THIS SERIES. ASDFGHJKL

The Agency series by Santino Hassell and Ais is an unpublished series which you can get in ebook form, but not in physical. It's because it started as an online series and they didn't want to publish an unedited work, but haven't had the time to do so yet. However, there are edited versions of the first two books, Evenfall Part One and Evenfall Part Two availible. I read those and FELL IN LOVE with Boyd and especially Hsin Liu Vega, an assassin with a serious hatred of other people. Then there is also the mission plot line, their whole crazy new adult love story, and the writing is unbelievably good.

I was doubtful at first, but after finishing the first books I had to read the unedited versions of Afterimage and The Interludes too. The story gets all the more complex and intense and I was fangirling until the early hours of the morning. I flew through the 913 and 1015 pages. And I'm already reading the finale.


Nope. No TBR this month. I've been so busy here in Spain that I haven't been reading much. I'm just gonna read what I feel like reading, whenever I feel like it.




Giveaway! Enter to win a $25 Amazon Giftcard!


Video version of the wrap up, for those who find it easier to watch than read!


Olivia's Question: What did you get up to in the month of June? What was your favourite read?

Olivia-Savannah x

144 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see your new blog design!!! ♡ Im so jealous of your touristy tours 😢
    Haniya
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    1. The design is going well, but setting it all up may take some time, hmm...

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  2. Good luck with the move to WordPress! And congrats on the new job! :)

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  3. "Level Up" has such a fun cover! Thanks for the post!

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  4. So many big changes in your life over the past month...and I love following your adventures on Snapchat. You look like you're having so much fun in Spain, hiking and other fun activities. I'm glad you are with a nice family there.

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    1. Lots of things have been going on! I am glad to know you're part of the Snapchat family as well <3

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  5. Sounds like you're having a lot of fun in Spain. I'm not jealous at all! Can't wait to see what the new blog looks like.

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    1. It will be quite different - even the colour scheme D:

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  6. oh, how lovely, Olivia. That's quite an experience for you! And Spain is such a lovely country so I'm so happy for you.

    I can't wait to see what your new layout would look like in WP. I've also been absent but for a completely different reason. Anyway, trying to get back on the saddle again.

    Have a lovely summer!

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    1. It's really lovely here <3 I'm learning a lot!

      It's going to be pretty different. I am looking forward to seeing you around more soon. Have a good summer yourself, too :)

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  7. OH MY GOSH YES OLIVIA!! You moving to Wordpress honestly makes me so happy because I very rarely come on Blogger anymore and I keep missing all your posts. I hope the transition goes smoothly!

    Working as an Au Pair sounds amazing and the kids do too! I could never go hiking to the peaks of a mountain, I am not so much scared of heights as I am of climbing things.

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    1. Just seeing your excitement made me smile :) And I feel so honored that you came over to Blogger this often and always stopped by my blog!

      Climbing is pretty petrifying in itself... I think it contributes to my fear of heights in some ways as well.

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  8. You seem to have such a great time in Spain from the pictures here (and on Instagram of course :D) And I'll be FINALLY watching Wonder Woman tuesday! I hope I'll love it as much as everyone seems to have done. <3

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    1. Hehehe I think sometimes I overshare on Instagram but it's one of those social medias where I don't preschedule so you get all the feels that I feel in the moment xD Hope you love Wonder Woman too!

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  9. wow ,you are AMAZING KID my dear!!!
    i enjoy the adventures of your enthusiastic life .
    hope your new theme will be even more outstanding .
    best wishes for your stay in Spain ,it must be wonderful as Europe is so appealing .
    what reading speed you maintain ,it is extraordinary

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    1. Spain is absolutely gorgeous here <3 And thank you! I am glad you enjoy reading about them ^.^

      It's more so that I put too much time to reading over other things xD

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  10. Sounds like you are having quite an adventure! Spain! Awesome! I hope you enjoy every minute and soak up all the new experiences.

    Good luck with all the changes to to your blog. :) Looking forward to seeing what's in store.
    ~Jess

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    1. It really does feel like a novel worthy adventure sometimes! ;)

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  11. Good luck with the blog changes! I can’t wait to see it. It sounds like you’re having tons of fun and learning lots of things in Spain. Have a great July.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Thank you! Hopefully it all goes smoothly. Wishing you the best July too ^.^

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  12. Sounds like you're living your best life right now, Miss Olivia! :D Seriously, all of that sounds so awesome, and I wish you a great time in Spain. I was in the Malaga region recently, and I loved it, especially up in the mountains! Wonder Woman was great (if a bit cheesy at the end). Looking forward to seeing the new design on Wordpress!

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    1. Vlora, you are the sweetest <3 I'm having a great time, but it looked like you did in Malaga too! Can't wait to see one of your travel posts about that ;) Wonder Woman did have a bit of a layer of cheese on it, but I seem to like that sort of thing I am discovering :P

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  13. Looking forward to seeing your new updated blog. You have so many things going on right now and seem to be enjoying all of the new experiences. Have a great July!

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    1. It's taking me longer to get around to than I expected. I am hoping to continue on with the fun! Have a great July too <3

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  14. June was a bit low key for me. Though, I have three blog tours in July and am all over them right now! Read, read, and read...write, write, and write. =)

    Lonna @ FLYLēF

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    1. Lots of reading and writing! Hopefully you're enjoying it all!

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    2. Many of them! Can't wait to share soon. =)

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    3. Looking forward to checking them out ^^

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  15. Your summer sounds amazing! So envious of all the fun stuff you are doing in Spain!
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    Ashley C

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    1. It's a lot of fun - hope you get to visit in the future too ;)

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  16. Good luck with all your blog changes. I'd loveto go back to Spain some day.

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  17. Glad you are enjoying life in Spain!
    I love to travel and enjoy new things too. :)

    Dinh

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    1. Gotta appreciate all the new experiences you can have ^.^

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  18. Your time in Spain sounds divine! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. Thank you for the opportunity hope i win.

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  20. Ive always wanted to go to spain! Im so glad you are enjoying it there

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  21. That paella looks incredible!! And you have a beautiful smile :)

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  22. Spain looks and sounds amazing! I hope to visit one day! Have a great summer!

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  23. *sigh* Spain. I am a little bit jealous :)
    Mary Beth Elderton

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  24. Thanks for the nice giveaway that gives me the chance to purchase some of the wonderful books on Amazon.

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    1. There's nothing better to spend it on ;)

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  25. Quite nice book, I like the cover

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  26. banks for the awesome giveaway

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  27. You have been on a lot of adventures this month!

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  28. Thank you.
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  29. Whatever that dish is it looks tasty. Pizza? Nice views.

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    1. It's paella and tasty is a good descriptor :D

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  30. I will be checking out your work. Thanks so much. Also the What You Read,

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    1. Yay! Thanks for visiting more pages <3

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  31. Spain looks wonderful - enjoy!

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    1. Hiking is becoming a favourite pastime of mine...

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  33. Yay WordPress! Regular, or self hosted?

    Wow, that's awesome that you're living in Spain and doing all of those amazing things! I definitely want to hear about more Adventures! Though I imagine it probably would be difficult getting used to a vegetarian diet with no sugar lol.

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    1. Self-hosted! Yeah, adapting my diet was hard at first xD

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  34. Sounds like you're having an amazing time in Spain! I love that country!

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  35. Thank you for the giveaway and lucky you to have seen Wonder Woman. I hear it is awesome!

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    1. I recommend you see it whenever you get the chance to :)

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  36. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Marlene V.

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  37. Spain looks lovely, it's great that you're gaining experience as an au pair! I can't believe that you do so much BUT still read so many books, especially books with more than a thousand pages! I wish I could do that haha!
    Also, I wish you the best on your new blog design, I'm excited to see it :)

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    1. I've really learned a lot while here! I think I read the majority of those before I left. I honestly feel like in July it's going to be a lot less :P Thanks, Abigail!

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  38. Thanks for such a great giveaway!

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  39. Ugh, so hard saying goodbye. I really want to see Wonder Woman. It really does look fantastic.

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    1. Wonder Woman is a brilliant movie! Go for it!

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  40. Looks like you are having a great time, Enjoy!!!

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  41. I still haven't seen Wonder Woman! I hope you are having a lovely time in Spain!

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    1. I'm really enjoying it! I hope you get the chance to see it soon ^.^

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  42. Can't wait to see your new design!! That's so exciting!

    Also. WONDER WOMAN!! YAAAAAS! I am SO excited to see it and I literally can't wait. But I have to - *sigh* - because our DVD rental store takes forever to get new movies in.
    So glad you loved it!!

    Hope you're having a great July :)


    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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    1. It's all coming together and hopefully it will be here around August! Aww it's a shame you have to wait but when you do get to seeing it, I hope it'll live up to your expectations!

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  43. Sounds like life is pretty busy but good. Congrats.

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    1. Yes, definitely the good kind of busy :D

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  44. Thanks for this awesome giveaway :)

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  45. Thanks for the chance and an aswome giveaway

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  46. Hope you are enjoying your experience in Spain
    Florence C

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    1. I couldn't have had a better time while I was there ^.^

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  47. Spain sounds lovely. It's nice to hear you're having a good time, and the pictures you posted are beautiful. How do you find time to read with so much to see around you, that's just amazing. :) Thank you for the giveaway.

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    1. Mostly by staying up far too late at night xD But thank you for stopping by <3

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  48. Thank you for the generous giveaway!

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  49. Wow, so jealous you get to live in Spain right now. But good for you! :)

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    1. It's a nice change for me at the moment! Maybe one day you will too ^.^

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  50. What is the best meal you have had so far? Do you read Spanish? are there books available in spain that you have been able to acquire that are not available in the United States?

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    1. I really like the Spanish omlette. I can read some, but not enough to really purchase a full book :P

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  51. I have always wanted to go there. I hope you're having a great time!

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    1. I hope you get to go to Spain in the future!

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  52. Thanks so much for the chance :)

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  53. I would love the opportunity to go to Spain! It looks like you're having an awesome Summer.

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    1. It's a great opportunity and if you ever get it, then go for it ;)

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  54. I absolutely loved The gentleman's guide to vice and virtue!

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  55. WHAT A TRIP! I WOULD LOVE TO GO THERE.

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    1. It was brilliant! I hope one day you do get to ;)

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  56. Wow, you've had a lot going on. I just read some of your reviews. I enjoyed reading "The Horse and His Boy" myself. I finally finished the Narnia series not too long ago!!

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    1. It's been pretty busy lately. I am glad you like the reviews. I still have to finish the series, but I am glad you could enjoy them ^.^

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  57. Love the book cover. So glad you have proper hiking boots instead of your converse shoes. Hope you continue to have a great adventure.

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    1. It was quite a relief to finally have proper hiking books. Safer too :D

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  58. I would like to honor your great and outstanding reviews on books. Keep up the great work in the future and thanks for the chance to win.

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