Audible Book Haul

 

Lost Girls by Robert Kolker – “One late spring evening in 2010, Shannan Gilbert – after running through the oceanfront community of Oak Beach screaming for her life – went missing. No one who had heard of her disappearance thought much about what had happened to the 24-year-old: She was a Craigslist escort who had been fleeing a scene – of what, no one could be sure. The Suffolk County police, too, seemed to have paid little attention – until seven months later, when an unexpected discovery in a bramble alongside a nearby highway turned up four bodies, all evenly spaced, all wrapped in burlap. But none of them Shannan’s. There was Maureen Brainard-Barnes, last seen at Penn Station in Manhattan three years earlier, and Melissa Barthelemy, last seen in the Bronx in 2009. There was Megan Waterman, last seen leaving a hotel in Hauppauge, Long Island, just a month after Shannan’s disappearance in 2010, and Amber Lynn Costello, last seen leaving a house in West Babylon a few months later that same year. Like Shannan, all four women were petite, in their 20s, and had come from out of town to work as escorts, and they all had advertised on Craigslist and its competitor, Backpage. Lost Girls is a portrait of unsolved murders in an idyllic part of America, of the underside of the Internet, and of the secrets we keep without admitting to ourselves that we keep them.”
 
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari – “Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we’re going. Sapiens is a thrilling account of humankind’s extraordinary history from the Stone Age to the Silicon Age and our journey from insignificant apes to rulers of the world.”

July TBR (Nostalgic Reads)

 

Sweet Valley High #15 – Promises“Steven Wakefield is crushed when his girlfriend, Tricia, dies after a tragic illness. The only things that keep him going are the memory of their love and his promise to Tricia to take care of her sister, Betsy, after she’s gone. Betsy Martin’s wild exploits with drink, drugs, and boys have left her with the worst reputation in Sweet Valley. But when Steven takes her into the Wakefield home, Betsy makes a promise to change. And as her goodness grows, so does her love for Steven. Jessica, Steven’s conniving younger sister, doesn’t like this one bit. She makes a little promise of her own to get Betsy out of the house and out of Steven’s life… forever!”
 
Sweet Valley University #13 – SS Heartbreak“When Elizabeth Wakefield catches Tom Watts kissing another woman on the Lido Deck, she can’t believe her eyes. Elizabeth tells Tom to get out of her life forever. But can she get him out of her heart? Todd Wilkins is confused. He thought he was still in love with Elizabeth, but now that she’s giving him a chance to rekindle their romance, he finds himself fantasizing about another woman. Jessica Wakefield is running out of patience. She’s desperate to find the dashing stranger who saved her life, but he refuses to come forward. Is he just shy – or does he have something to hide?”
 
Goosebumps #2 – Stay Out Of The Basement“Dr. Brewer is doing a little plant-testing in his basement. Nothing to worry about. Harmless, really. But Margaret and Casey Brewer are worried about their father. Especially when they… meet… some of the plants he is growing down there. Then they notice that their father is developing plantlike tendencies. In fact, he is becoming distinctly weedy- and seedy. Is it just part of their father’s ‘harmless’ experiment? Or has the basement turned into another little shop of horrors?”

Adore Beauty Haul


 

 

Aveda Nutriplenish Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner (Light Moisture) – I’ve been using the Aveda Nutriplenish Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner for a few months now, and loving it. I am almost out, so this time I decided to try the light moisture, to see how I feel about it in comparison. My hair is quite fine, so I feel like the light moisture might be more compatible. Even though I think the heavy moisture might be slightly too rich for my hair, I’m so happy with how they’ve been working for me. My roots don’t get as oily and I can comfortably go a full second day without washing it before I start looking like a greasy groundskeeper from a horror movie.
 
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – This is a must-have in my beauty cupboard, and as we are about to run out of the bottle we are currently working on I thought it would be a good time to replace it. I use this two to three times a week to exfoliate my skin. I can really notice the difference when I stop using it, my complexion becomes quite dull and a bit rough looking. This has been a life saver in winter.
 
Philosophy Vanilla Birthday Cake Shower Gel – The Philosophy Cinnamon Buns Shower Gel was such a hit that I thought I would give the Vanilla Birthday Cake scent a try. This does not have as much of a fragrance straight from the bottle, but I’m keen to see what it’s like to use in the shower. I don’t think these are the most hydrating shower gels I’ve ever used, but honestly sometimes the scent is enough of a payoff for me.

RYFO TBR – July

 

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 11th July to 9am on Sunday 12th July in your time zone. My focus for this round is to try and break my reading slump. It’s been a while since I’ve had a decent reading session, so hopefully this weekend is it for me! Good luck to everyone participating in this round!

Nostalgic Book Haul (July)

 

Sweet Valley High #34 – Forbidden Love“Maria Santelli’s engagement to Michael Harris is the talk of Sweet Valley High, but they must keep it a secret from their parents. Years ago, the two families had a huge argument, and Michael and Maria were forbidden to see each other. At first, the sparkle in Maria’s eyes nearly matches the sparkle of her diamond ring. But being engaged isn’t as easy as Maria had expected. She’s used to doing things on her own; but not Michael acts as if he owns her . He’s even jealous of her helping Winston Egbert with his campaign for Student Council. Maria’s beginning to think that she and Michael were happier before their engagement. Will Michael and Maria resolve their differences and go ahead with their wedding plans? Or will their secret engagement destroy their relationship forever?”
 
Goosebumps #4 – Say Cheese And Die!“Greg thinks there is something wrong with the old camera he and his friends found. The photographs keep turning out wrong. Very wrong. Like the snapshot Greg took of his father’s new car that shows it totalled. And then Greg’s father is in a nasty wreck. But Greg’s friends don’t believe him. Shari even makes Greg bring the camera to her birthday party and take her picture. Only Shari’s not in the photograph when it develops. Is Shari about to be taken out of the picture permanently? Who is going to take the next fall for… the evil camera?”
 
Sweet Valley High #37 – Rumors“It’s every girl’s dream at Sweet Valley High to attend the fabulous Bridgewater Ball, and Susan Stewart has the chance to go with handsome, wealthy Gordon Stoddard. Nobody knows where Susan gets her money and style – or who her real parents are – but everyone agrees she’s beautiful, friendly, and fun to be with. Then jealous Lila Fowler starts spreading vicious rumors about Susan’s mother – who she really is and why she abandoned Susan. No one wants to talk to Susan anymore, not even Gordon. To clear her name, Susan has to find out the truth about her parents. But is she better off not knowing?”