Monthly Wrap Up ~ November 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 šŸ™‚
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 šŸ˜‰
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

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