#ReadYourFaceOff TBR – June

 

The general goal for a #ReadYourFaceOff readathon is to get through as much reading as you can in a 24-hour window of time. It’s a fun (and short) readathon that was created by Riley from RMFickFack. This round will run from 9am on Saturday 15th June to 9am on Sunday 16th June in your time zone. My focus for this round is to try and knock a couple more books off my Sims-A-Thon TBR list. Good luck to everyone participating in this round!

June Book Haul

 

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand“Marion: The newbie. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find. Zoey: The pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken-or maybe everyone else is. Val: The queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives; a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies. Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires. Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight…until now.”

The Silent Patient by Alex MichaelidesAlicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain. Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word. Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia’s silence goes far deeper than he first thought. And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?”

Autumn/Winter Bucket List

 

We are deep into the Autumn/Winter season and I am thriving. I’m a little late with this, but here is my bucket list of things I want to do this season to fully make the most of the cold weather –

– Participate in a readathon
– Learn how to make a great curry from scratch
– Make Sunday Roasts a thing
– Spend a weekend away in the country
– Make pumpkin soup
– Buy a new winter coat
– Pick up a new Autumn/Winter nail shade
– Go for a walk along the coast
– Spent weekend mornings in bed reading

April/May Empties

 

Terax Crema Moisturising Daily Conditioner – This is one of my favourite luxury hair items that I treat myself to using once or twice a week. I’ve been using this for years, ever since Liv Tyler (my Queen of hair inspiration) mentioned using it in an interview years ago. This is something I purchase from time to time as a bit of a splurge, and I’m so sad to have run out. Have I already purchased another tube? Maybe.

Kmart Prosecco Pear Candle – I picked this up mostly for the aesthetics and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I like the smell. It smells pretty much exactly as you would imagine the mix of prosecco and pear to smell. The biggest downside to this was the throw wasn’t great and it was only if you were in the general vicinity of the candle you were able to pick up on the scent, but for $9 I feel like I can’t really complain.

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Extra Light Bisque – This has been my favourite under-eye concealer for a few years now, but I think it’s time to move on to something different. This was an okay concealer but honestly, I’m starting to feel like I need something industrial-strength to cover my dark circles. These bad boys are genetic and I’ve had them since I was a little kid. So, for now, it’s farewell to this Bobbi Brown concealer.

[sample] Benefit The Porefessional Pearl Primer – I really enjoyed using this primer, I felt like it did a great job of mattifying my skin and keeping my makeup in place throughout my workday. I’ll be looking at picking up a full sized version of this once my Hourglass primer runs out.

June / Sims-A-Thon TBR

 

Instead of my standard TBR for this month, I am sharing what I plan to read for the Sims-A-Thon. This is a month-long readathon that runs from June 1st to June 30th, and was created by Cara from BiancaReads. You can watch her video about the readathon here, and find the information pack here. Here is what I plan on reading in the month of June:

[create-a-sim – read a book that is first in a series]Heaven by V.C. Andrews“Of all the folks in the mountain shacks, the Casteels were the lowest– the scum of the hills. Heaven Leigh Casteel was the prettiest, smartest girl in the backwoods, despite her ragged clothes and dirty face… despite a father meaner than ten vipers… despite her weary stepmother, who worked her like a mule. For her brother Tom and the little ones, Heaven clung to her pride and her hopes. Someday they’d get away and show the world that they were decent, fine and talented– worthy of love and respect. Then Heaven’s stepmother ran off, and her wicked, greedy father had a scheme– a vicious scheme that threatened to destroy the precious dream of Heaven and the children forever.”

[buy a house – read a contemporary or book set in our world]Normal People by Sally Rooney“Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.”

[get a job – (criminal) – read a thriller]The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor“It was only meant to be a game… None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning. Was it when we started drawing the chalk figures, or when they started to appear on their own? Was it the terrible accident? Or when they found the first body?”

[get a promotion – read a book you think will be 5 stars]Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid“They were the new icons of rock and roll, fated to burn bright and not fade away. But on 12 July 1979, it all came crashing down. There was Daisy, rock and roll force of nature, brilliant songwriter and unapologetic drug addict, the half-feral child who rose to superstardom. There was Camila, the frontman’s wife, too strong-willed to let the band implode – and all too aware of the electric connection between her husband and Daisy. There was Karen, ice-cool keyboardist, a ferociously independent woman in a world that wasn’t ready for her. And there were the men surrounding them: the feuding, egotistical Dunne brothers, the angry guitarist chafing on the sidelines, the drummer binge-drinking on his boat, the bassist trying to start a family amid a hedonistic world tour. They were creative minds striking sparks from each other, ready to go up in flames. It’s never just about the music…”

[cook french toast – read a travel book] – Sweet Valley High: Perfect Summer“It’s summer in Sweet Valley, and the Wakefield twins and their friends are taking a bike trip up the beautiful California coast. What could be more exciting than four weeks of glorious sunshine, sandy beaches, and endless fun at every stop? But the dream of a perfect vacation soon fades. Elizabeth Wakefield is about to break up with her boyfriend, Todd, over another girl. Her twin, Jessica, chases after sexy Robbie October, who ignores her. Bruce Patman is mean to his cousin Roger, Lila Fowler holds a grudge against Ms. Dalton, and Ms. Dalton is barely speaking to Mr. Collins. Can this feuding group unite when an unexpected disaster threatens their lives?”

[get married – read a book with an established couple] – Sweet Valley University: No Means No“Jessica Wakefield’s met the perfect guy. James Montgomery is gorgeous, intelligent and, best of all, he adores her. But James wants more from Jessica than she is willing to give. Can he take no for an answer? Elizabeth Wakefield has learned something terrifying about Jessica’s new boyfriend. Can she save her sister before it’s too late? Lila Fowler and Bruce Patman are stranded in the wilderness, driving each other insane. Is there a secret attraction behind their stormy arguments? William White has returned to the SVU campus with one thing in mind – Elizabeth Wakefield. He’s going to get her back any way he can.”