February in Review // 2020 Diaries

Unlike January, February breezed by and felt like it was only 10 minutes long. So, here we are again with another 2020 Diaries entry to wrap up this past month and to tell you what I’ve gotten up to! 

February 2020

What I Got Up to in February


In February, I finally got into sketching again! I used to only draw, like, one thing a year, but I wanted to dedicate time to get more into my hobbies, like drawing. I have this terrible personality trait where I steer clear of activities that I’m not immediately good at, on the first try, so I started practicing crosshatching and a loose sort of sketching style, and while I’m not overly proud of the things I’ve created, I know this practice will strengthen my skills over time!

One day in February, my dad won tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, so my best friend, Sarah and I spent the entire day in NYC to see both part 1 and part 2, and I vlogged the whole experience. It was one of the most magical days of my life, and I still think about that play and am in awe of its wonder, beauty, and ability to take us away from reality, for a bit.

Shot with NOMO FR2.

Then Oscars season rolled around, and I spent my first-ever Oscars with two lovely friends where we printed out ballot sheets to make our predictions on who would win each award to raise the stakes, a bit! That night, I decided to wear my old prom dress to our little party because, if it still fits, I might as well wear it a few more times– for the drama of it all. And, yes! We did scream at the top of our lungs when Parasite won Best Picture, which was absolutely well-deserved!

Towards the middle of the month, my parents and I spent the night in NYC for a little staycation, and the following morning we ate at Le Pain Quotidien, a cozy bakery by Central Park where I had wonderful, sweet Dutch pancakes while 0other patrons were reading books as they ate their breakfast. It was such a lovely little moment that makes me smile whenever I recall it because I had never seen so many people reading in a place that wasn’t a bookstore or a library. 

Books I’ve Read in February 

  • Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher 
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller [library book] 
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong [library book]
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray [audiobook]
  • With Malice by Eileen Cook [library book]
  • Fleabag by Phoebe Waller-Bridge [e-library book] 

I didn’t realize how many books I read from the library, this month! Look at me go!

Shows I’ve Been Loving 

Thanks to Julien’s recommendation which was mentioned in a new Jenna & Julien podcast episode , I started watching The Outsider on HBO. It is a Stephen King adaptation about a man who gets arrested for the murder of a young boy, but as police investigate further, they realize that this man was in two places as the crime was committed. So, how did he commit this crime? 

This show swept me off my feet. I watched all of the current episodes in two days, and I am obsessed with it. I’ve been craving a gripping crime show for a while now, and this has everything that I wanted and more while also mixing together supernatural elements, as well.

Then, I found out that season 3 and 4 of We Bare Bears is on Netflix, and I’ve been playing those quick 10-minute episodes in the background as I read. We Bare Bears is such a comfort show for me; it brings me joy, successfully calms down my anxiety, and I can rewatch episodes on a loop without getting tired of all the shenanigans those three bears get into. 

Exciting Opportunities and Adventures in February!

My interview with Get Underlined to talk about the behind-the-scenes of my Bookstagram finally went live! I’m always so honored to have publishers recognize my work, so being interviewed by Get Underlined was a dream come true! 

My brother also filmed and edited a Behind-the-Scenes vlog of the day we went to the Penguin Random House offices for my interview, so check it out here!

Not only did I get interviewed by Get Underlined, but I also got to work with them on my Instagram, as well as Penguin Random House. I’m forever grateful to work alongside so many wonderful publishers, and I always think to myself, “12-year-old Olivia would have never imagined how my life turned out!”

It’s so surreal to have these wonderful opportunities, and there is one particular thing that is in the works, which will be revealed in April, that I am so excited for but can’t talk about right now. But know it has me screaming on the inside!

February went by like a snap. There were good times and trying times. I got to see my friends who brighten my day, I explored NYC, tried new shows, but I also struggled with my anxiety and was declined from Book Expo, which was probably the last year I could attend it. While I’m sad about it, I know it wasn’t meant to be, and there is another path I’m meant to take, and we’ll just have to see where it leads me. 

I hope you enjoyed this February 2020 Diaries! Let me know what you got up to this past month. Xx Olivia