Saturday, 27 February 2016

Monthly Wrap Up ~ February 2016

Hello everyone! Seeing as this is going to be my last post for this month, I think it is time for my wrap up.




It's pretty funny, because I decided I was going to make February a brilliant month. So how did it decide to kick off? I got the flu. I actually had the flu on my birthday in January and it lasted about a week. And right when I got better from the flu... I got food poisoning. I couldn't move for a whole day, and then the second day it was just painful >.>

Luckily, I was feeling much better on the third day, because that was the day I flew to Paris for my holiday! I was staying with my sister who lives one or two blocks from the Eiffel Tower, and we had a blast! I'm saving the majority of the photos for future Olivia Snaps posts, but we did things like eat escargot for the first time (it wasn't too bad, but it's also the LAST time), go to Versaille, see the tower sparkle, buy far too many books in Shakespeare and Co and explore the Notre Dame. Oh, and the catacombs! That's to name a few. 

When I got back I hadn't had a lot of time to study and I ended up buried in schoolwork. I had an English presentation which was really important as it was a percentage of my final grade for the end of the IB. I actually think it went pretty well, so that made me happy. But schoolwork never really ends, so I'm going to stop talking about it now. 

I buddy read Shadow and Bone with a bookstagrammer called jilyourlife who is really cool and together we've ordered the next two books as well so we can buddy read those too! I am so looking forward to this. 

On other news, I've started to work on my daily yoga again and am loving it. Oh, and I've somehow messed up my sleeping pattern again, so I'm awake at odd hours and wanting to sleep in the middle of class.






9 books this month! That seems like a pretty good number to me. And half of them are actually paperbacks, which was another goal for this month. I'm so happy. 

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a book Noelia @ A Day In Bookland wanted me to read and my mother and two of my sisters have read it as well so I just needed to. And boy, this one was everything they penned it to be. A very good, very moving, and personally for me - a book I could relate to in some ways. I would recommend it to all ages.

The Boy in the Top Knot by Sathnam Sanghera was a book I had to read for class. It's actually a memoir about schizophrenia and culture differences, and it discusses a lot of themes. Again, one I could have related to. And I'm kicking myself because I saw it ages ago, disliked the cover and said I would never read it. That was - until it became necessary for class. 

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Burdago was for the buddy read. I loved it! The fantasy elements were done so well and I just love the Darkling. As I was reading, I kept imagining the Darkling and I taking over the world side by side Queen Levana and the Darkling in the same room. Petrifying much?

Sutphin Bouelvard by Santino Hassell was a book I requested for review after loving his one called Stygian and wanting to explore more NA, I turned to this other book. I loved it almost as much. Now I want to get book two in this series. 

A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro was something I read under the stress of a lot of homework. It was a fun, Sherlock-retelling filled book that I used when I was on my breaks and I read it in the space of three days. 

Marked by Laura Williams McCaffrey, The Twelve Days in December by Michele Paige Holmes, The Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin and Soulless by Jacinta Maree are all books I have already reviewed, so click the links to hear my thoughts!



Does my TBR look almost the same as last months? Oh, that's because it is. I got so distracted by other books! I also made very slow progress with Emma even though I am enjoying it, so it is appearing again. 

Emma - Jane Austen 
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens 
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley 
Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper (reread)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling 
Winter - Marissa Meyer 
Shylock is my Name - Howard Jacobson 
The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Adieh 

Also, if my ebook TBR looks way too overambitious and crammed with books, it's because I decided I was going to join ALL THE TOURS and accept ALL THE REVIEW COPIES so yeah >.> Plenty of reviews coming your way in March. 




Gabrielle and the Swallows - Esther Dalseno 
The Rubber Fence - Diana Stevan 
The Rearranged Life - Annika Sharma
29 - Nancy Pennick
Thanks PJ! - John Isaac Jones
Dissension - Adrienne Monsoon
The Zig Zag Girl - Elly Griffiths 


The 12 Month Classics: 0/12 (Working on it!)
Popsugar 2016 Challenge:13/40
2016 #BustleReads Challenge: 3/20



Olivia's Question: How was the month of February for you? What did you get up to? Favourite read? Book you will read next month?

Olivia-Savannah x

38 comments:

  1. I hope you'll get to read The Wrath and the Dawn soon. I loved it so much! ♥

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    1. I really want to read that one this month!

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  2. Well, your TBR doesn't look too bad at this point, but I see you have a lot more to add. So sorry you had the flu AND food poisoning. :( I look forward to the pics you're going to share. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. I'm hoping that in March I can do a lot more reading than I even did this month! I'm just happy all that sickness is over :3

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  3. Argh! Being ill sucks! Glad you're feeling better now :)

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    1. I think you can relate! And thank you ;)

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  4. Too bad you weren't feeling too well :( I'm glad you're feeling better!
    Paris is amazing, it's so cool your sister lives there and you get to visit :D I think I've never eaten escargot... I don't know if I want to, really haha.
    You read so many amazing books! I just love the cover of Soulless so much <3

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. I really like the idea of trying everything at least once in life... so escargot had to be included when I had the opportunity!

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  5. *groans* I had a case of food poisoning last year after eating at Logan's for Valentine's Day. I thought I was dying, so I can imagine how you felt. I have no idea how many books I've read this month, but I have been making good on my TBR Pile Challenge. Surprisingly, I'm reading more physical books than ebooks. I hope to keep it up so that I get more than the 50 I set as my goal. Happy Saturday!

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    1. Food poisoning is NOT fun. I didn't know what was wrong with me for a long time and I was so scared it was something more serious until I thought back on what I ate. Wow, sounds like it is going epic. Keep it up, girl ^.^

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  6. [ Smiles ] Wow! A woman who loves to read and does yoga (Those types of women are so hard to find these days)!

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  7. I can't believe it's almost March! ooh I am so glad you liked Shadow and Bone as well as A Study in Charlotte. Both are so wonderful! Ahhh WRATH IS AMAZING. I hope you love it :D

    Ooh Paris is so beautiful, you're fortunate to have a sister to stay with when visiting. Yay for yoga!

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

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    1. They were both brilliant books! I am going to go off and write up my reviews for the both of them now. Yoga is becoming one of my favourite times of day <3

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  8. Rearranged life sounds good, hope that you enjoy and have a great week.

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    1. I am looking forward to the romance and the culture mix!

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  9. A Study in Charlotte looks interesting! Not sure if you've read and reviewed this one already, but my friend just recently told me about a book called I Am Pilgrim. Apparently a YouTuber recommended it and raved about it, although another friend of mine is saying it's not that great so far. I'm curious for another opinion before I grab it over the summer!

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    1. I have heard of I Am Pilgrim but haven't read it myself! I'll definitely go and check it out on goodreads now ;)

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    1. I hope you get to go on a holiday soon too!

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  11. Wow right by the Eiffel Tower? What a great hook up! I've been thinking about getting active again and yoga is usually my go-to. I want to join a studio, but they cost soo many dollars!

    No flu in March!

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    1. It's handy that she was so close! Yes! I have been encouraging everyone around me to do yoga lately. I'm loving it. You don't have to join a studio though. I self-teach myself with tutorials and pictures.

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  12. I can't wait to see your pictures, Olivia! Paris is beautiful. <3

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  13. Hope March is a sick free month for you. And happy reading. I haven't been reading much the past two months but hope to give The Maze Runner books a try. Been on a bad habit lately where I'll watch the movie before reading the books, smh. And your sister lives close to the Eiffel Tower? Lucky! I've always wanted to see the Eiffel Tower and visit Notre Dame.

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    1. I hope you can get through those books because I enjoyed them quite a lot as well :)

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  14. I'm so glad you loved Wonder ^^ Shadow and Bone was also an amazing read for me but I didn't enjoy the sequels as much. I liked them but they weren't as good as the first one for me.
    And I have no plans for March. I'm in a bit of a slump and I haven't been very much around the blogging community. I don't know what is wrong, I just don't feel like reading or blogging. Let's hope I can get through it soon enough. Have an awesome March though!

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    1. I'm happy I finally got around to reading it. Great recommendation on your behalf. It's a shame about the sequels not being as great for you :/ You should enjoy a little of the time away and come back when you feel ready to return. Hope life is going well for you <3

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  15. Though your month started off on the wrong foot you've had an eventful and productive month (you went to Paris!)
    9 books! That's an accomplishment. I can hardly manage three XD
    February for me was one of those exhausting months. It's still carrying on! I couldn't get any proper reading done which I'm not really complaining about because I already has tons on my plate. But I'm glad I'm done with Photo a Day!

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    1. It started off pretty rocky but got better from there on out! Everyone has their own reading pace as well. Good on you for managing to complete your Photo a day challenge and I hope March will be a bit more relaxing for you x

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  16. Sounds like you had a pretty full month despite the rocky start. Loving the pics girlie. Enjoy this coming month. Looking forward to the reviews!

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    1. I have plenty of reviews to be coming out, so stay tuned if you want more of those ;)

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  17. OMG, you do daily yoga?! I love yoga, I did it for a month and it was such a great experience. Unfortunately, I don't have time for it anymore. Thanks school... Also, you know how to do a hand stand?!?! I tried going into one, but failed miserably. Head stands and crow positions are the worse.

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    1. I really do like it and find it to be so relaxing! Hopefully if things ease up in the future you can find time for it again :)

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  18. Paris! How fun! But the flu and food poisoning on your birthday definitely is not fun, I hope you are feeling better now! Last Christmas I had the flu combined with food poisoning and I felt like I could die. Hope you are enjoying Shadow and Bone!

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    1. Definitely a lot better.I am glad I had them separately and not together - that must've been horrible, especially at Christmas time! I loved Shadow and Bone a lot <3

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  19. Urgh the flu sucks but I cannot wait to hear more about Paris, I have never been but I always imagine visiting near Christmas time when it is covered in snow and all sparkly!!!

    Go Girl with the yoga, I tried and failed, I will stick with walking the dog!!

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    1. Ooh, that would be a great time to visit it! I would love to see the tower in snow. Yoga isn't for everyone! But walking dogs isn't for me (I would be petrified)

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