November Wrap Up 2017

November Wrap Up 2017

Hey Catastrophes!

It’s time for a November reading wrap up and life update 🙂


November was a good month for me! I had a reading week in university (which is basically a week off in the middle of term for degrees with a lot of reading to get ahead on that required reading!) I went down to London that week and spent the week with my sisters. Although most of the time was spent indoors reading, my mum flew over to England and I got to spend a weekend shopping and spending time with her! I missed her a lot.

I did quite a lot of watching as well. I finished the final season of Baby Daddy, the comedy series I’ve been loving for the past few months. It was a sad day and it’s always going to be one of my favourite series. Then I moved on to starting and finishing Death Note (I asked those who follow me on snapchat what anime they would recommend and that one won.) I loved it at the beginning… and hated it at the end. There were a few problematic things in it as well, so I might do a review where I discuss my thoughts on the series.




I got my hair done again as well, and now it’s a mix of purple and black now. It was entirely accidental – I wanted it all purple. But it has grown on me some :3

I went to a humanities vs sciences bar crawl run by the university societies… and we tied. Usually humanities wins, I’ve heard, but not this year. Paperwork and life admin had been driving me up a wall (adulting isn’t the most fun) but I managed to get key things sorted which made me happy 😉

Lastly, the month concluded with the literature society Christmas dinner. It was so good to eat a meal where I didn’t cook it myself or have to wash the dishes afterward! (As much as I do enjoy cooking.) I had a lovely burger and THE most amazing banana honeycomb cheesecake.





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I read 7 books this month. Mostly coursework books.

Kokoro by Natsume Soseki was a translated book set in Japan and about the transitioning of eras and how it effects those who lived in the older era. I really enjoyed reading this novel. I found it slow, steady, very character focused and discussing the cultural traditions of choosing to die in a manner they found honorable.

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is a book I can summarise in one way: ??? I honestly didn’t get it at all.

The play I read was A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen which I found surprisingly modern and ahead of its time. I loved the theme of feminism and independence in it, and I read it in one sitting.

A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid was a quick but enlightening read and I learned a lot about post colonisation and the last effects it has on a country.

Some Tales from The Riverside Chaucer surprised me. I was expecting some more courtly romance and chivalry from the middle ages text, but it turned out to be fabliau. Which means it ended up being obscenely sexual and hilarious stories. With a deeper satirical layer to them as well.

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende was my very first read of hers. I found it a bit slow but I really liked the historical element to it, and how she managed to include so many relevant themes and representation in a single novel. It didn’t feel overcrowded or cramped at all.

And of course, what would it be if I went a whole month this year without reading a single Santino Hassell novel? I read Citywide by Santino Hassell. It was three short stories about the secondary characters from the 5B series and I loved 2/3 and enjoyed the other one too.



Book Stack with LOVE Bookend and teddy bears


Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Word for World is Forest by Ursula Le Guin

Wasteland by T.S. Eliot

Some works from The Norton Anthology B.


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A School for Unusual Girls [Book Review & Giveaway!]

Who Should Represent Minorities in Literature [A Discussion]


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New Video! November Wrap Up Video.



Olivia’s Question: How was your November? What was your favourite read of the month? What’s one book you want to read before the end of the year?

Olivia-Savannah x

56 thoughts on “November Wrap Up 2017”

    • I am glad you enjoyed A Doll’s House when you read it!

      I did manage to get some reading it, which keeps me sane and happy hehehe. A break was welcome :3

  • I was so upset when I watched the finale of Baby Daddy too 🙁 it was one of my favourite shows! Anyway, it seems like you had a great month!

  • We never got reading week at my uni (I basically only had 9 contact hours some weeks, though, so I couldn’t complain). I’m glad you managed to get lots of things done with your time off. The trip to London does sound pretty fun and it’s always good to see family. I have to admit that cheesecake looks pretty damn amazing and I will be googling where I can get my very own. Good mix of books on the TBR I see, I still need to read The Raven Boys, I figure I’ll get to it eventually. Hope you’re having a good December.

    • I hope you managed (or manage) to find a good piece of cheescake for yourself! Everyone needs some cheescake in their life from time to time. I didn’t get around to the Raven Boys yet — something in the future for the both of us 😉

  • Great post! I havent heard about any of these series or books before! My favourite book that I read in November has to be THUG! Otherwise I don’t have a book on my TBR that I absolutely want to read by the end of the year. 🙂

    • You should check some of them out! I really want to read THUg myself, so am so glad that you were able to love it ^.^

  • I’m so glad to hear you had a lovely month overall 🙂 I LOVE Baby Daddy, it is one of my favorite shows, I am so sad it’s over as well, I never get sick of watching it and it always makes me laugh 🙂
    I really enjoyed The Raven Boys, I hope you will too 🙂
    Wishing you an amazing December xx

    • YAYY! Someone who loves Baby Daddy too! I was so confused about what to watch when I want comedy after it was finished DD: But I rewatch episodes whenever I feel the need for a pick me up! I didn’t get around to The Raven Boys yet but definitely will in 2018 😉

  • November was a pretty tough month for me… So many health troubles. But at least the reading went well 🙂

    I’ve watched Death Note (the anime), and loved it! Well, up to a certain point, then it gets weaker. I can see you felt the same way 😀 for me it was around the middle.. After they find out about him, it’s just… not the same. But I guess, the story had to break. Couldn’t go on like that forever.

    Ooh you got your hair done!! Pics? Like I said, coolest hairdo. You probably have an even cooler one now? Is the purple visible in the video? I can just see black, guess it’s the lighting. /me SUPER CURIOUS 😀 (do you know that I really, really love purple 🙂 )

    • I hope you’ve been able to overcome those health troubles since… it’s a good thing the reading went well though!

      I have to agree with you. Death Note is good, but then it kind of disappoints somewhere along the line. It’s pretty much there. But you’re right, it couldn’t have lasted the same way all the way through.

      Ah, I have pics across my instagrams – either the bookish one or the yogi one? But yeah, it’s hard to see the purple in this one. I’m changing the colour again but this time I will definitely include a selfie in my wrap up so you’re able to see it!

      P.S. I really love purple too <3

  • Looks like your November was a busy month! That cheesecake looks yum and Clash of Kings is on my TBR for the next month! 😀 Will keep an eye out for a review of it <3

    • I didn’t manage to finish Clash of Kings but I made a lot of progress in it! How did the reading of that one go for you?

      • The writing can be quite heavy, of course, especially since it’s George R.R. Martin and everything is super detailed, but I love the story so reading it would definitely be amazing once you’re done. 😀

  • Yay, glad you had a fun week w/ your family! I’ve heard good things about the Death Note manga (not much about the anime), and I’d like to try it at some point. Ooh purple and black hair sounds pretty! Banana honeycomb cheesecake???! That sounds interesting and delicious and I want to try it now!

    • It was really good to spend some time with them. I do want to read the manga now that I’ve watched the anime. I do recommend it!

  • That banana honeycomb cheesecake looks to die for!!! I have such a sweet tooth. You have no idea how my waistline suffers for that. Haha. Glad you had a great November. I can’t really recall mine. : / Getting older for ya. 😉

  • (I’m finally catching up with your blog!) Oh my gosh Olivia, I COMPLETELY understand about Heart of Darkness, I can honestly say it was the worst book I have ever read. I didn’t get it at all and I read it twice. *sigh* the worst thing I’ve ever read for school.

    I love Baby Daddy! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I was sad when it ended but the ending was perfect so I guess that’s better than nothing. I hope you like Clockwork Prince and The Raven Boys! I love them both!

    • I’m discovering that many people suffered through having The Heart of Darkness through school or study too so I am glad I’m not only one who struggled with reading that one 😛

      Yess, it’s such a good series! I think more people should watch it because it strangely doesn’t seem that popular? I didn’t get round to reading either of those… Maybe in 2018?

      • It’s always nice when other people dislike the same books you do 😀

        I know! Baby Daddy is hilarious! Do you know any other shows like it? I need another good comedy now that it’s over. Also I hope you get around to reading those in 2018 (especially the Infernal Devices since you must read The Dark Artifices series too. Those books are absolutely fantastic!)

        • I wish I knew more series like it! There’s always How I met your mother which is also brilliant but I’ve seen all of that. Some people go on to Modern Family but that isn’t really for me. I’ve been watching Grownish lately and that is brilliantly funny but kind of different as well.

          I will definitely try to get around to reading The Infernal Devices :3

          • I’ve also seen all of HIMYM, it was my go to show on Netflix and I was devastated when they took it down :'( . I’ve been hearing people talk about Grownish, I’m going to try watching it.

  • I loveee purple hair (I wish I could dye mine that but alas at the moment it’s this ginger-y blonde which also wasn’t intentional but it’s grown on me…badabum tss get it because it’s hair…that grows?? ok I’ll get out with my bad puns now)!! You week in London sounds amazing and now I have a craving for cheesecake…but let’s be honest I am always craving cheesecake…

    • Ahahaha you crack me up xD I’m glad you’ve gotten and ‘grown’ to really like your hair colour at the moment though! I hope you manage to find some cheesecake. It’s honestly the best…

  • The week in London sounds awesome, especially the weekend with your mum. My family visited at the beginning of December and it was amazing. I miss them too.

    Can’t wait for the Death Note review!

    I want to read something og Isabel Allende – I heard many things and she sounds interesting.

    I want to finish the first volume from The Lord of the Rings before the year ends. Hopefully I will manage.

    Have a lovely December!

    • It’s always something to be able to see parents. I am glad you had such a good time when your family came over! You should definitely try an Isabel Allende if you’re into character driven and cultural kind of reads 🙂

    • Oh no, it’s horrible reading a book you hated 3 times over DD: I hope it never comes across your path again in the future!

    • You should definitely colour a bit of a purple! That way you can see if you like it dyed or not, and it’s not too much trouble to undo. Aww, thanks for following <3 I like your blog too x

  • Yay for getting some time with your mum! I’ve been wanting to read something by Isabel Allende, but I haven’t got around to it yet. I also watched some seasons of Baby Daddy, but I haven’t finished it yet (mostly because I keep forgetting where I left off and it’s not on Netflix). Hope you’re having a good week!

    • You should definitely give her a try if you enjoy character driven books and not too much of a focus on plot. It’s really funny, but I found it good even when I wasn’t watching in order and was just catching random episodes. :3

  • I wish that I had been able to get a week off in college to catch up on reading. Or now. That sounds great! I am so glad you got to spend some time with your Mum. It sounds like things are going really well for you. Have a great December!

    • It’s such a handy thing to have and any courses with a lot of reading should have it in my opinion! Hahaha, it would be nice to have that for work too 😀 Thank you, Carole!

  • Can we talk about that cheesecake? I adore honeycomb. I visited Ireland some years ago, and have the most stupendous honeycomb ice cream. We don’t use enough of that here in the states. That is so nice that you were able to visit with your mom and sisters. Yeah for the reading period! I am a huge Raven Cycle fan (I hope you love the first book) and TID is still my favorite Shadowhunters series.

    • I didn’t think I adored honeycomb that much but I do now! I have to go to Ireland and get me some of that ice cream at some point now D: I totally didn’t get into The Raven Cycle 🙁 I didn’t stick to my TBR at all! But there’s always 2018 😉

    • I was so hooked that I can’t believe your interest kind of trailed off! D: But the ending isn’t that fantastic, so you aren’t really missing out on much 😛

    • Not always! I have my rest days chilling and doing nothing like most people too. Yeah, Hate of Darkness just isn’t one for us… Hope you are having/had a good December too!

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