Monthly Wrap Up ~ 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

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