November TBR

 

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed – “Who are the Nowhere Girls? They’re every girl. But they start with just three: Grace, the preacher’s daughter who unwittingly moved into the old house of a victim whose pain adorns the walls. Bold Rosina, whose heart has become hardened by all of the straight girls who broke it. And misunderstood Erin, the girl who finds more solace in science and order than she does in people. They are brought together by the idea of changing the narrative of a girl they had never met, Lucy Moynihan, the victim of a sexual assault who was victimised further by people who found it easier to believe she had cried wolf than to confront what had really happened to her. A girl who, through the course of one evening, went from an excited teenager who felt wanted by a boy for the first time, to someone else entirely, with ‘a voice in the darkness, giving her a new name: ‘Slut’. Together, they form the Nowhere Girls, and decide to avenge the rape of a girl none of them knew.”
 
The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donohue – “Dublin, 1918. In a country doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city centre, where expectant mothers who have come down with an unfamiliar flu are quarantined together. Into Julia’s regimented world step two outsiders: Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney. In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over the course of three days, these women change each other’s lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work.”
 
The Dry by Jane Harper – “After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead. Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.”

October Empties

 

Soap & Glory Smoothie Star The Breakfast Scrub – This is the ultimate cold weather body scrub, and one of my all-time favourite shower products. This is definitely a product that should come with the warning label “do not eat”, because it smells absolutely delicious. Not only does this smell delicious, but it’s a hard working body scrub that does a good job of keeping my skin refreshed without irritation. This is something I will repurchase time and time again because it’s a winner for me.
 
Morphe Continuous Setting Mist – This is one of the few setting mists I’ve tried that has a very fine spray, which makes it incredibly pleasant to use. I received quite a few compliments on how ‘glowy’ I looked during my time using this spray, and as nothing else in my routine had changed much I am contributing it to this product. Because of that, you can bet I have a second bottle lined up and ready to go.
 
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Weightless Mask – I’m a recent convert to the Living Proof haircare brand, and I enjoyed trying this sample size of their weightless mask. It wasn’t something that I would purchase the full-sized version of as I didn’t feel that it was hydrating enough for the ends of my hair (which can require some serious help), but it was a decent lightweight mask that I can see working well for people with fine hair that isn’t too much in need of heavy duty hydration.
 
Mecca Max ‘Bring On Bright’ Illuminating Primer – This is the second tube of this primer that I have finished up, which is a true testament to how much I enjoy using it. This is the perfect primer for those who need a bit of a glow-up before applying their makeup. I have recommended this to a few friends who are still using and loving it, and it’s at a decent price point for a primer, which is an added bonus.
 
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel – When I know that I like a cleanser I tend to go all out and purchase the jumbo size to keep in my shower. Having said that, you can probably tell how I feel about this cleanser by the sheer size of it. I tend to alternate between this and the Paula’s Choice Hydralight Cleanser. There isn’t too much variety in my skincare routine these days, which is because have spent many years finding products that work well for me. This is one of them.

Body Shop Haul

 

Juicy Pear Body Yogurt – I love the Body Shop’s body yogurts, so when I saw this juicy pear version in store I had to pick it up. I love to use these body yogurts as a warm weather moisturiser because they are nice and light, almost gel-like, so they sink into the skin quickly which is handy when it’s already 30 degrees at 7am. Pear is a very ‘spring’ scent for me, so I’m loving having this in my product rotation this season.
 
Vanilla Pumpkin Shower Gel – Ok, so when I walked into the store and saw a VANILLA PUMPKIN scented range, was it likely that I was going to leave the store without buying at least one product? I mean, come on. No. The scent is a subtle vanilla/cinnamon blend and perfect for this time of year as the colder weather slowly disappears. It’s also perfectly October-themed, and I do love me some Halloween vibes.
 
Vanilla Pumpkin Hand Cream – I like to have a hand cream on my bedside table to use before I go to sleep at night, and as I am now apparently obsessed with Vanilla Pumpkin scented products I also decided to pick this up. This is a lovely little product, the cream is lightweight and sinks into the skin quickly but definitely leaves my hands feeling more hydrated and soft.

Spring/Summer Bucket List 2020

 

My least favourite time of year is upon us, and as the heat is starting to creep in I am beginning to think of activities I want to do to make hot weather season more enjoyable for me. I know most people prefer this time of year, but I am all about the cold weather so summer is a struggle for me. Here is what I’m hoping to do this Spring/Summer season:
 
– Complete my October Spooky Movie Challenge
– Add five new vegetarian recipes to our meal plan rotation
– Bake a honeybun cake
– Find a walking trail near our new home
– Write a Christmas themed bucket list
– Finish my painting (that I started back when Covid self-isolation became a thing)
– Have fish and chips at the beach and watch the sunset
 
Granted, this is a short list, but life is slightly different now and things can change at any moment so I’m trying to make this an achievable list full of things that I will enjoy doing and will be able to make time to do. Here’s hoping I can achieve them all. Wish me luck!

October TBR (Nostalgic Reads)

 

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?”
 
Sweet Valley High #16 – Rags to Riches“No one would have guessed that Roger Barrett, the poorest boy in Sweet Valley, was really one of the Patmans, the wealthiest family in town. But when Roger’s mother dies, the secret of his birth is revealed, and overnight he becomes a millionaire! Immediately Jessica Wakefield sets her sights on Roger and his newfound wealth. Only one thing stands in her way – Olivia Davidson, Roger’s longtime girlfriend. But not for long. Jessica has a surefire plan to take care of her!”
 
Sweet Valley University #14 – Shipboard Wedding“Jessica Wakefield has a plan. She’s going to reenact her first thrilling encounter with the man of her dreams by throwing herself overboard – in the hopes that he’ll come to her rescue again! Will Jessica’s stunt lead to romance or tragedy? Tom Watts is so desperate to win back Elizabeth Wakefield’s love that he asks Todd Wilkins, Elizabeth’s ex-boyfriend, for help. Will Todd and Tom bury the hatchet – or use it on each other? Jason Pierce, Danny Wyatt’s best friend from high school, is about to make the biggest mistake of his life – by marrying his two-timing fiancée. Should Danny tell all, or forever hold his peace?”