Birthday Book Haul

The wonderful Riley was kind enough to send me a lil Amazon gift card for my birthday this year, and I had so much fun spending it. I managed to find a bunch of Sweet Valley University books that are almost impossible to find here in Australia. It’s so exciting for me to find these, it would have taken me years otherwise. I am one step closer to finalising my collection! Here is what I picked up:

 

 

Sweet Valley University #28 – Elizabeth’s Heartbreak“Tom Watts has found the perfect woman. Talented, intelligent, and a total knockout, Dana Upshaw is everything a guy could want. But can she ever live up to Tom’s passion-filled memories of ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Wakefield? Gin-Yung Suh is keeping a fatal secret from boyfriend Todd Wilkins. The only way she can protect him is to keep him wrapped up in the arms of his first love, Elizabeth. But can Gin-Yung bear losing her love and her life? The women of SVU are posing for a calendar to raise money for the homeless, and Jessica Wakefield is desperate to be one of the 12 women picked. How far will she go to be Miss April, May, or June?”

Sweet Valley University #37 – Breaking Away“Is this the beginning of the end? Elizabeth Wakefield is leaving SVU! She and Scott Sinclair have been accepted to a journalism program that will take her far away from Sweet Valley… possibly forever. Does Elizabeth really want to go? Or is she hoping that someone will stop her? Jessica Wakefield will do anything to keep her twin sister from leaving SVU – including impersonating her! Is Jessica good enough to fool Tom Watts into believing he and Elizabeth still have a chance? The last thing Dana Upshaw wants to see is Tom and Elizabeth back together. She knows Scott feels exactly the same way. When these two schemers hook up, will every last lingering feeling between Tom and Elizabeth be destroyed?”

Sweet Valley University #50 – Summer Of Love“A $5,000 scholarship is just a mission away, but Elizabeth Wakefield would rather win Sam Burgess’s love. Impossible–since Sam’s girlfriend is waiting for him at the finish line. Well, Elizabeth hasn’t come this far for nothing. She’s going to show Sam how strong she really is… even if it kills her. The final straw? Jessica Wakefield has had it! Her team does nothing but argue, she hasn’t hooked up with anyone, and her final mission involves facing one of her biggest fears. Will she abandon her team at the last minute? Tom Watts and Todd Wilkins–best buddies? Absolutely! Angered by Sam’s treatment of Elizabeth, they’re ready to fight for her–unless they wind up fighting over her instead!”

Sweet Valley University #54 – Rush Week“Everyone knows Chloe is a shoo-in for Theta… at least that’s what she thinks. Elizabeth can’t wait for her next date with Finn… but might not be so enthused if she knew what he really wanted. Todd’s suddenly single… too bad that campus girls aren’t into townies. Nina trades studying for partying… but finds snoozing in class isn’t much fun.”

Sweet Valley University #58 – The Dreaded Ex“Chloe doesn’t care that her ex is dating her best friend… so why is she jealous? Elizabeth wants lying, cheating Sam out of the duplex… but will her housemates vote against her? Todd’s trying to impress the girl of his dreams… too bad nothing he says is true.”

Nostalgic Book Haul (December)

 

Goosebumps #7 – Night Of The Living Dummy“Lindy names the ventriloquist’s dummy she finds Slappy. Slappy is kind of ugly, but he’s a lot of fun. Lindy’s having a great time learning to make Slappy move and talk. But Kris is jealous of all the attention her sister is getting. It’s no fair. Why does Lindy always have all the luck? Kris decides to get a dummy of her own. She’ll show Kris. Then weird things begin to happen. Nasty things. Evil Things. No way a dummy can be causing all the trouble. Or is there?”
 
Sweet Valley High #42 – Caught In The Middle“Sandra Bacon has finally found a boy to love. Manuel Lopez is kind, sensitive, and handsome, and he cares about Sandra as much as she cares about him. But there is one problem: Sandy’s parents don’t approve of Manuel. So the couple must keep their love and their precious moments together a secret. Then eyewitnesses place Manuel at the scene of a life-threatening accident, and only Sandy can clear his name. If she tells the truth, she may lose her parents’ trust and love; but if she doesn’t, she will certainly lose Manuel forever.”
 
Sweet Valley High #46 – Decisions“Robin Wilson’s aunt is putting pressure on her to apply for early admission to Sarah Lawrence, her aunt and grandmother’s alma mater. Since her aunt is paying for her education, Robin is torn between making her aunt happy and not leaving her boyfriend, George.”

December TBR (Nostalgic Reads)

 

Sweet Valley High #17 – Love Letters“Caroline Pearce has always been one of the least popular girls at Sweet Valley High. But when she invents a new out-of-town boyfriend, people finally start to pay attention to her. Brown-eyed, six foot Adam and his romantic love letters are the talk of the school. Caroline has everyone fooled – even clever Jessica Wakefield. But what begins as a bid for love and attention quickly becomes the worst jam of Caroline’s life, when her friends insist on meeting the boyfriend she’s been bragging about. Can Caroline keep the truth a secret, or will her lies be her downfall?”
 
Sweet Valley University – Super Thriller #3 – Kiss of the Vampire“Elizabeth Wakefield is falling in love… with Nicholas des Perdu, her boyfriend Tom Watt’s new boss. Nicholas is tall, dark, dangerously handsome… and keeper of deadly secret. Will Elizabeth abandon her friends, her family – and even her life – to be with the man she longs for? Jessica Wakefield is desperate to save her twin sister – but she’s up against a force stronger than any she’s ever known. Together Jessica and Tom must fight the evil that threatens to destroy them all.”
 
Goosebumps #6 – Let’s Get Invisible!“On Max’s birthday, he finds a kind of magic mirror in the attic. It can make make him become invisible. So Max and his friends start playing “now you see me, now you don’t.” Until Max realizes that he’s losing control. Staying invisible a little too long. Having a harder and harder time coming back. Getting invisible is turning into a very dangerous game. The next time Max gets invisible, will it be… forever?”

December TBR

 

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey – “Late on a hot summer night in the tail end of 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress. Jasper takes him through town and to his secret glade in the bush, and it’s here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper’s horrible discovery. With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion as he locks horns with his tempestuous mother, falls nervously in love and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey Lu. And in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth, and why white lies creep like a curse. In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.”
 
In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren – “It’s the most wonderful time of the year… but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions. But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world–the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy. The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake… she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop–and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.”
 
All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton – “Darwin, 1942, and as Japanese bombs rain down, motherless Molly Hook, the gravedigger’s daughter, is looking to the skies and running for her life. Inside a duffel bag, she carries a stone heart, alongside a map to lead her to Longcoat Bob, the deep-country sorcerer who she believes put a curse on her family. By her side are the most unlikely travelling companions: Greta, a razor-tongued actress and Yukio, a fallen Japanese fighter pilot. The treasure lies before them, but close behind them trails the dark. And above them, always, are the shimmering skies.”