It’s time for my monthly wrap up where I tell you about everything that happened in August, what I read and what I plan to read next month!
August was a seriously busy month and I spent the majority of it traveling, so I have no regrets! I also had a 31 day reading challenge going on twitter with the #augreadchallenge. I was reading with a group of girls and we challenged ourselves to read 50 pages a day. Which I managed for all except one day. Yay! I also managed to become addicted to Twitter in the process. Another social media for me to spend all day on…
Deciding which books to keep at home & which to take to uni is like deciding which kids to love most YOU JUST CANT OKAY 😭 #bookwormproblems
— Olivia-Savannah (@Writing4joy) September 6, 2017
On the 4th of August I flew home from Spain, which had been my home for almost two months. I was heart breaking to leave my brilliant host family and the kids I’d been au pairing for. I still miss them 🙁
I got my hair done again, in purple. Exactly the same style as before… I loved it too much to change it!
Three days after I got home I left again, this time to Nice, France for a family holiday. It was nice to have my older siblings there with us too. We haven’t been as a whole family together since Christmas. In fact, I hadn’t seen my oldest sister since then. We did a lot of fun things: beach days, visiting churches, seeing cathedrals lit up at night, visiting the top of Castle Hill to see the ruins and a nice view of the coast, and eating out way too much. But it’s okay, we walked a lot too 😀
One day in Nice we drove over to Monaco for a day trip. We had no idea that Monte Carlo was in Monaco, so we were pleasantly surprised while touring around. We had a nice train ride around the area, lunch, and also went to a lovely aquarium museum.
We flew home after a little more than a week. Back in the Netherlands I met up with some friends, had dinner out, went shopping and watched the Pride and Prejudice movie starring Keira Knightly. I adored it!
Then I was off to London, where I stayed in my older sisters’ apartment that they are sharing together. We went out at night, but I was mostly visiting family while I was there. I saw my aunt, grandmother and nana. It was nice to go shopping in Westfield with my cousin (breaking my book buying ban after six months) and also riding the Greenwich Cable Cars with a friend. I also met up with another friend who I hadn’t seen since primary school… ten years without seeing each other!
The main reason I was in London was to attend my mother’s goddaughter’s wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony, and there was even a Ugandan dance and music performance because the groom was Ugandan.
Then… finally I was back home! Phew 😀
I managed to read nine books this month. I started but didn’t finish a lot of books D:
The only physical book I read was A Song to Take the World Apart by Zan Romanoff, which I have already reviewed.
The rest were all Santino Hassell *I guess no one is surprised anymore.*
I literally just finished the In the Company of Shadows series by Santino Hassell and Ais last month, but I reread it all again this month. Because… because I fangirled and didn’t want it to end. So that was Evenfall Part One, Evenfall Part Two, Afterimage, The Interludes and Fade.
In the first four days of August I didn’t sleep because I simply NEEDED to read the rest of the Cyberlove series that I’d started the month before by Santino Hassell and Morgan Erickson. Which led to me reading Fast Connection, Hard Wired and Mature Content.
All books were rated above four stars, so I feel like a winner this month ^.^
The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomberhoy
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin
Olivia’s Question: How was August for you? What did you get up to? What was your favourite read?