December Book Haul

 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid“Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career. Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the `80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.”

People Like Us by Dana Mele“Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple. The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay’s finally backed into a corner, she’ll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make… not something that happened.”

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy“We all want different things. Francie wants to be the perfect mother. Nell wants to escape the past. Collette wants to spend more time with her family. All Winnie wants is to have her baby back. When Nell suggests a night out in Brooklyn to her new mums club, the others jump at the chance. But the evening takes a tragic turn when single mother Winnie learns that her six-week-old son Midas has been kidnapped. As the investigation hits a dead end, Nell, Collette and Francie make it their mission to succeed where the police are failing and bring baby Midas home. But as Winnie and those around her come under scrutiny from the media, damaging secrets come to light and friendships are pushed to the limit. Because people will do almost anything to protect the ones they love…”

November Empties

 

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – November was apparently a month of finishing up favourite products, starting with this one. We always have a bottle of this in our shower because we both use it every day as an all-over body cleanser. It’s gotten to the point where I’ve started buying this in bulk sets from Costco because it’s such a staple in our house.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – Yet another staple in our house, this is my favourite and is now something Sebastian is using every day as well. If you’re in the market for a gentle cleanser that will work well with sensitive skin and keep your skin clear — look no further.

Dove Deodorant in Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena Scent – I don’t always post my deodorant empties because it seems weirder than other empties, but I do like to share this one because it smells incredible. If you haven’t stopped to give this a sniff, do so next time you’re at the shops because once you’ve smelled this you probably won’t want to wear anything else.

Hourglass Brow Arch in Dark Brunette – I’m pretty lucky in the eyebrow department because my brows are thick and dark but they do need some help with shaping. This is my go-to brow product because it matches the shade of my brows perfectly and it fills in the gaps where I need it to. It’s also easy enough to remove if I’m a bit clumsy with my application, which is a win for me.

[sample] Kate Somerville Quench Oil Free Hydrating Face Serum – I went through a phase a few years ago where I purchased a whole bunch of Kate Somerville products, purely because Lauren Conrad used them. I was pretty happy with the products at the time, but they weren’t good enough to knock Paula’s Choice off the top of my list. This is the first sample I’ve tried in a while that I would seriously consider buying a full-sized version of. This did a good job of hydrating my skin, and the results were almost immediately noticeable. I’m not in a position to be purchasing any expensive serums at the moment, but when I am this will be something I will be looking at getting.

[sample] Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner – This was a ‘neither here nor there’ sort of product for me. It did the job of cleaning my hair well enough but it wasn’t something I would rush out to purchase.

December TBR

Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager“Have you ever played two truths and a lie? It was Emma’s first summer away from home. She made friends. She played games. And she learned how to lie. Then three of her new friends went into the woods and never returned… Now, years later, Emma has been asked to go back to the newly re-opened Camp Nightingale. She thinks she’s laying old ghosts to rest but really she’s returning to the scene of a crime. Because Emma’s innocence might be the biggest lie of all…”

Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead“The Van Meters have gathered at their family retreat on the New England island of Waskeke to celebrate the marriage of daughter Daphne to an impeccably appropriate young man. The weekend is full of lobster and champagne, salt air and practiced bonhomie, but long-buried discontent and simmering lust seep through the cracks in the revelry. Winn Van Meter, father-of-the-bride, has spent his life following the rules of the east coast upper crust, but now, just shy of his sixtieth birthday, he must finally confront his failings, his desires, and his own humanity.”

The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey“A hot summer. A shocking murder. A town of secrets, waiting to explode… A beautiful young teacher has been murdered, her body found in the lake, strewn with red roses. Local policewoman Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock pushes to be assigned to the case, concealing the fact that she knew the murdered woman in high school years before. But that’s not all Gemma’s trying to hide. As the investigation digs deeper into the victim’s past, other secrets threaten to come to light, secrets that were supposed to remain buried. The lake holds the key to solving the murder, but it also has the power to drag Gemma down into its dark depths… “