BorrowAThon TBR

 

Borrow-a-Thon is a week long readathon created and hosted by Riley from RMFickFack. This round will run from Sunday 19th May until Sunday 26th May. I will be participating, and will even be hosting a sprint during the readathon this time around, so please feel free to join in!

1. A book featuring one of your bucket list items – Lick, by Kylie Scott
2. A book you’re in the mood for – The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner
3. Read a book completely outside of your home – Sweet Valley Confidential, by Francine Pascal
4. A book in a non-traditional format – Lullaby, by Leila Slimani
5. A book set during your favourite time of year – Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
6. Read a book that features a library – The Body In The Library, by Agatha Christie

April Reading Wrap Up

 

Total Books Read: 4
April TBR Books Read: 3
Total Pages Read: 1,462

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 5/5 – This was a great way to kick-start my month, and I was so happy that I was able to finish a 5 star book and not end up with a book hangover afterward. This book had been hyped up to the max for me, but the character development in this book was impeccable and the concept was so unique that I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend picking this up if you get a chance. This has been my favourite book of the year so far.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige – 3/5 – I picked up the Kindle version of this book in order to fulfil the ‘Ancient Runes’ challenge of the OWLs Readathon. This is a retelling of sorts, and pretty obviously by the cover and title, it’s set in the world of The Wizard of Oz. This book was a lot of fun. It had an enjoyable protagonist, a really interesting concept and story, and although it was slightly longer than I would have wanted it to be, it kept me entertained throughout.

Suicide Club by Rachel Heng – 3/5 – This was a beautifully written book. Unfortunately, I started a new job around the same time that I picked this book up, which meant my exhausted brain wasn’t able to enjoy it as much as I think I could have. The concept of the story was fascinating, and I could see this translating easily into a sci-fi movie. This book dropped me into a massive reading slump so I wasn’t able to read as much in April as I would have liked, but hopefully May will be a bit more successful.

April Book Haul

 

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake“Mara and Owen are as close as twins can get, so when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can her brother really be guilty of such a violent act? Torn between her family and her sense of right and wrong, Mara feels lost, and it doesn’t help that things are strained with her ex-girlfriend, Charlie. As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie come together in the aftermath of this terrible crime, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits into her future.”

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige“I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado-taking you with it-you have no choice but to go along, you know? Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a road of yellow brick-but even that’s crumbling. What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe. My name is Amy Gumm-and I’m the other girl from Kansas. I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I’ve been trained to fight. And I have a mission: Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart. Steal the Scarecrow’s brain. Take the Lion’s courage. And-Dorothy must die.”

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…”

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara“When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome – but that will define his life forever.”

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen“When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. It’s about a jealous wife, obsessed with her replacement. It’s about a younger woman set to marry the man she loves. The first wife seems like a disaster; her replacement is the perfect woman. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships. You will be wrong.”

#ReadYourFaceOff TBR – April

 

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 20th April to 9am on Sunday 21st April in your time zone. My focus for this round is to try and knock a couple of books off my OWLs Readathon TBR list, as well as pick up the #ReadYourFaceOff Buddy Read book for the month. Good luck to everyone participating in this round!

March Empties

 

Tarte ‘Rainforest of the Sea’ Marine Boosting Mist – This was a product that came with a Tarte highlighting set Sebastian picked up for me in Sephora Singapore last year, and to be honest I was really surprised by how much I loved it. It somehow managed to hydrate my skin and make it look dewy and fresh with a couple of spritzes. It also smelled incredible, a fresh citrus scent that I found really uplifting. I will definitely be adding this to my list of things to buy when I’m wanting to treat myself.

asap Daily Facial Cleanser (with AHA) – Because I stick to using Paula’s Choice and Dermalogica facial cleansers for the most part, I’ve had Sebastian use up a few bottles that were sitting unused in my beauty cupboard. This cleanser did the job well for him, and Sebastian has noticed that he prefers skincare that contains AHA (to help control his milia), so this was right up his alley.

Philosophy Christmas Cookie Shower Gel – I purchased this as part of Sebastian’s Christmas present last year, and it was so tempting to steal this and use it all for myself. This smells incredible. If you are someone who loves vanilla/sweet scented products this is definitely for you. The Philosophy shower gels are always a pleasure to use, they lather up well, rinse off easily, and leave your skin smelling amazing. I would definitely repurchase this again – maybe as another little treat this Christmas?

Avène Micellar Lotion – Random fact about this product, I picked it up in Bali a couple of years ago because I needed to break some change in a pharmacy and this looked like something I might want to try. I didn’t like this at all, it had an overwhelming rose fragrance to it and I felt like it wasn’t the best for my sensitive skin.

Ahava Velvet Body Lotion in Tropical Pineapple & White Peach – This was a deluxe sample that came along with a skin care purchase I made a couple of years ago, and I finally made the effort to use it up. This was a really nice lotion that hydrated my skin without leaving too much of a residue. The smell was nice–fresh and fruity without being too sweet.