October Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 7
October TBR Books Read: 2
Total Pages Read: 1,260
Total Hours Listened: 44 hours 15 minutes

Out Of Beat by Cassandra Giovanni – 2/5 – This is not a book I would normally have picked up for myself, but it was one of the EmojiAThon challenge books for the latest round, so I decided to give it a go. I have a sneaking suspicion that I am not the target demographic for this book. However, if I was to look beyond the cheesy dialogue and general cringe factor of the romance I would say it was mostly enjoyable.

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison – 3/5 – This was a really interesting book, and I think if it had been a little bit longer and more fleshed out it would have received a higher rating from me. The concept was really good, and the world was really fascinating to me but it all just fell a bit short. I really did not like the main character which can sometimes be a good thing, but this time it detracted from my enjoyment of the book. I would still recommend picking this up if it sounds like an interesting story to you. It was a quick and enjoyable thriller. (note: I have since found out this is the first book in a series, which makes sense, and I will be picking up the next book in the series sometime soon)

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin– 4/5 – I am quite far behind in my #ReadYourFaceOff Game of Thrones read-along reading, so I’m glad to be finally finished with the second book in the series. I’m not going to meet the deadline for the third book, but I’m hoping I can catch up in November. This was another excellent book, but I felt it lagging in parts and it wasn’t as exciting as the first so my rating dropped slightly.

Pet Sematary by Stephen King – 4/5 – I picked this book up earlier in the year because I knew at some point I would want to read it. After watching the trailer for the new film and with Halloween around the corner, I decided now was a great time to cross it off my TBR list. The only negative with this book was how much the story seemed to drag before the climax, and I think because of that the ending felt quite rushed. Having said that, I think this has to be one of King’s creepiest works and I am excited for the new film adaptation.

Sephora Singapore Haul

Sebastian was sent to Singapore for work this month, and being the total sweetheart he is he offered to pop into Sephora to pick up a few things for me. After spending way too long browsing the Sephora Singapore website, I settled on the following. The Tarte Hydrate, Illuminate, & Glow Beauty Essentials, Too Faced Peach Mega Moisture Lip Balm, Too Faced Peach Mist Mattifying Setting Spray, Fresh Sugar Lychee Eau De Parfum and the Tarte Toasted Eyeshadow Palette. So far so good with most of the products, and the only problem I’ve had so far is that I think the Toasted Palette might be slightly too orange/yellow for my skin tone.

September Empties

Glasshouse Candle in Kyoto – This is Sebastian’s favourite candle scent, so I always make sure he has one in his office to burn when he feels the need. This candle has one of the strongest fragrances of any Glasshouse candle I have tried, and the smell somehow manages to make its way halfway down the house.

Garnier Hydra Bomb Tissue Mask – I love these masks, they’re such good value for money because they seem to show immediate results on the skin. If you’re looking for a quick moisture boost I would highly recommend picking one of these up.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Wipes – I know that face wipes are supposed to be terrible for your skin, but sometimes they’re the most convenient option. True to the Cetaphil products I’ve used in the past, these do a nice job of cleansing while being gentle on my sensitive skin.

Lush Honey I Washed The Kids Shower Gel – This is one of my favourite scents in a body product, ever. It literally smells like you are lathering yourself in honey. This is the second bottle I’ve used up of this shower gel, and it’s one I will continue to pick up anytime I have a chance to pop into a Lush store.

L’Occitane Almond ‘Delicious Hands’ Hand Cream – This is the ultimate for me. The texture, the fragrance, the way it leaves my skin feeling – all of these things come together to make the perfect hand cream. I’m always so disappointed when I run out of this because I can never justify repurchasing it when I have a pile of other hand creams sitting in my bathroom cupboard waiting to be used. Having said that, I usually ask for this as a gift and I do have a birthday coming up…

#ReadYourFaceOff TBR – October

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 13th October to 9am on Sunday 14th October in your time zone. My focus for this round is to finish off the books I have started so far this month so that I can have a clean slate and be ready for Spookathon next week. Good luck to everyone participating in this round!

Spookathon TBR

1. Read a thriller: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris“Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows. Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.”

2. Read a book with purple on the cover: Goosebumps: The Curse Of The Mummy’s Tomb“Gabe just got lost – in a pyramid. One minute, his crazy cousin Sari was right ahead of him in the pyramid tunnel. The next minute, she’d disappeared. But Gabe isn’t alone. Someone else is in the pyramid, too. Someone. Or some thing. Gabe doesn’t believe in the curse of the mummy’s tomb. But that doesn’t mean that the curse isn’t real. Does it?”

3. Read a book not set in this time period: Goosebumps: The Scarecrow Walks At Midnight“Jodie usually loves to spend time at her grandparents’ farm. But this summer things seem all wrong. Her grandparents look worn out. The crops are doing badly. And worst of all, she’s sharing the fields with twelve evil-looking scarecrows. Scarecrows that seem to be coming alive…”

4. Read a book with a spooky word in the title: The Haunting of Rookward House by Darcy Coates“She’s always watching… When Guy finds the deeds to a house in his mother’s attic, it seems like an incredible stroke of luck. Sure, the building hasn’t been inhabited in forty years and vines strangle the age-stained walls, but Guy is convinced he can clean it up and sell it. He’d be crazy to turn down free money. Right? The house is hours from any other habitation, and Guy can’t get phone reception in the old building. He decides to camp there while he does repairs. Surely nothing too bad can happen in the space of a week. But there’s a reason no one lives in Rookward House, and the dilapidated rooms aren’t as empty as they seem… A deranged woman tormented a family in Rookward forty years before. Now her ghost clings to the building like rot. She’s bitter, obsessive, and jealous… and once Guy has moved into her house, she has no intention of ever letting him leave.”

5. Read a book with pictures: Goosebumps: Download And Die #2“Mitra’s new creepy phone is causing a rift between her and her friends—they just don’t believe it’s behind all the recent… disturbances. Is it too late to do a hard reset on her life?!”