October Wrap Up 2017

October Wrap Up 2017

Hey Catastrophes!

It’s time for my October Wrap Up! Let’s see what I got up to this month in terms of life and books…




Life has been going… just going. I’ve been getting used to university life and really enjoying it!

In the beginning it was freshers fortnight, which is basically two weeks of partying for new students to get to know each other. I was literally out for 5 of the 7 nights in the week and it was quite exhausting. I do enjoy nights out (which I discovered during this two week time period) but I was acting like an extrovert… which inevitably led to a few days of crashing hard and holing up like a hermit. Since then, I’ve learned a bit more balance between the two.




It also hit me really hard when I didn’t make the basketball team, and I have to admit it shattered me inside. It was mostly my fault I didn’t make it – I was so nervous because I really wanted to make it that I was shaking. Which kind of ruined all my shots and my focus. So maybe this is a year out of basketball, but it means that I can shift my focus to other things.

I got a brand new laptop! At long last. It was something I’ve needed (and saved for) for a long while. BUT… two days after buying it, the keyboard stopped working. Which meant I I had to go on the 40 minute bus journey to return it. Thankfully, Currys/PC World took it back in and gave me a brand new one free of charge.

I finally finished watching Baby Daddy Season 4, and Season 5 too. I love the series so much I’m not sure what I’m going to do with only a few episodes left.




I found my new church here as well, which is a Vineyard church. I’m glad that I feel pretty comfortable there already, and will be joining a life group. They also gave me a free lunch for all students where we sat down, chatted, and ate some great pulled pork burgers. Free food is the way to my heart <3

Lastly, toward the end of the month it was Halloween. It’s something I don’t celebrate, but the Christian Union at university here hosted cheesecake, tunes and chill as an alternative. The room was cosy and warm, there was plenty of free cheesecake (if you know me, you know lemon cheesecake is one of my favourite foods) and plenty of fun little games and tunes. It was a really nice evening to end the month with.





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I managed to read 11 books in the month of October which I am very satisfied with!

I’ve posted my review of Last Chance by Gregg Hurwitz on my blog already and there’s a giveaway to go along with it! I also have a review and giveaway of A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin coming up on my blog next, so keep updated for that one.

Faust: Part One by Goethe was a read for university. It’s a play, and I really didn’t like reading it? I could only appreciate it after I had studied and analysed it, so it’s not really one I recommend for enjoyment reading.

Lunch Poems by Frank O’Hara was another assigned read and I really enjoyed this collection. If you like your poetry uncomplicated, straightfoward but still with some meaning to it, I would recommend his works. I also read another collection of poetry called Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg for my course. I really enjoyed Ginsberg’s writing style, but it can be hard to wrap your head around at first. It was a collection of poems I had to read carefully, thinking about the meaning and doing background research to help me. But it was good – so very good.

Third by Santino Hassell was his sneaky, surprise release in the middle of October that I got as soon as I possibly could. It was free, and it was a NA m/m/m short story romance. It’s only the beginning of the story as it gets continued in his anthology which released today… but I am so excited to keep on reading more. I also read Sightlines by Santino Hassell which was the conclusion to his Community trilogy. This trilogy focuses more on the paranormal side of things than the romance, and I wondered how he was going to be able to wrap up what felt like a huge conspiracy and undeafeatable organisation… but he did it, somehow. I really loved it, but it wasn’t one of my Hassell favourites.

Mature Content by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell, and Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell were books I reread.

I ended by finishing Sir Gwain and the Green Knight, an extended poem written in Medieval English which I trawled through translating for uni. I didn’t enjoy translating at all, but the poem itself is decent.



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Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

Kokoro by Natsume Soseki

A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid

Some tales from The Riverside Chaucer

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

I don’t usually set large TBRs so this feels quite ambitious. We’ll see how it turns out…


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New Video! My October Wrap Up on my channel 😀



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Olivia’s Question: How was October for you? What was your favourite read of the month? What are you hoping to read in November?

Olivia-Savannah x

27 thoughts on “October Wrap Up 2017”

  • Yaay for balance. I remember having a hard time with parties and getting my introvert time.

    I am sorry you did not make the team but I hope you will get another chance! But I am happy you found a church you can feel a part of. It’s nice to see how you are slowly getting things together in your Uni life.

    My October was horrible, with all the landlords drama and looking for a new rent and moving. But life is slowly getting better.

    Have a great month!

    • I think I’ve managed to find it now and for that I am very grateful.

      I think I’m going to take a year out. I’ve got a lot to figure out with this being my first year and having more time to myself isn’t necessarily a bad thing? At least, I’m going to look at it that way 😀

      Hope November is looking up <3

  • I am so happy to hear that you are really enjoying university! I am sorry to hear that you didn’t make the basketball team but maybe you can try again next year. It sounds like life has really been keeping you busy! I hope you are having a great November!

    • Life definitely did keep me busy and I have been taking it easier in November which is a good thing for me. Thanks Carole ^.^

    • I really do love it, but there is always next time. I hope what you read you were able to really enjoy, Lekeisha xx

  • Bad luck on the basketball thing. Ah well, maybe you can find a community team or something? *shrugs* Whatever you want, really.

    Glad you’re settling in well to uni, and well done on everything you did this month! XD

  • Us introverts do need our recharging time between partying 😉 Oh no, I’m sorry you didn’t make the team :-/ Maybe next year? And that’s great you got a new laptop and found a new church you like! That’s also cool you had a Halloween alternative you could go to!

    • It’s always important to take the time to recharge! Over-exhausting isn’t great haha 😀 I’ll try out again next year, and hopefully that will work for me. 🙂

  • So sorry you didn’t make the basketball team this year. Perhaps there will be somewhere else to play in the meantime?

    I’m impressed with your TBR! I enjoyed The Miner by Soseki, but haven’t read Kokoro so I’ll be interested to know what you think of it. That’s a Lot of Chaucer – good luck! At least the Kincaid is considerably shorter!!

    • I think I am just going to take a year out of basketball. I will miss it, but I have time to focus my attentions elsewhere and who knows what I will discover with that extra time 🙂

      I have finished Kokoro and I really liked it. I might try to read more of his works, so maybe The Miner is where I’ll go. Hehehe, I am glad we don’t have to read the entirety of Chaucer! Kincaid was such an insightful read. It made me think of impacts of colonisation I’d never taken into consideration before…

    • It was a really great reading month for me! I need to read more Erickson, because I have yet to read anything she hasn’t co-authored. But from following her on social media she seems like an epic person.

  • Olivia!!! I looove your new design. It’s been a while, obviously so I don’t know how long you’ve had this makeover. Ahhh just trying to get back into the swing of things again after my on and off hiatus from the blogosphere. I’m inspired now, so hoping to keep this up. I need to read more books. Lol. I love Santino! I need to read more of his books. Gah.

    Have a great November, hun!

    • Hey, Joy! Happy to see you back around <3 And thank you! I'm glad you like the new look ^.^ I hope November will be good to you in getting back into the swing of things. Yesss, please read more Santino Hassell so I can discuss/fangirl with you 😉

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