April TBR

 

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim – “In rural Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine – a pressurised oxygen chamber that patients enter for “dives”, used as an alternative therapy for conditions including autism and infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos’ small community. Who or what caused the explosion? Was it the mother of one of the patients, who claimed to be sick that day but was smoking down by the creek? Or was it Young and Pak themselves, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? The ensuing trial uncovers unimaginable secrets from that night–trysts in the woods, mysterious notes, child-abuse charges–as well as tense rivalries and alliances among a group of people driven to extraordinary degrees of desperation and sacrifice.”
 
Honeybee by Craig Silvey – “Late in the night, fourteen-year-old Sam Watson steps onto a quiet overpass, climbs over the rail and looks down at the road far below. At the other end of the same bridge, an old man, Vic, smokes his last cigarette. The two see each other across the void. A fateful connection is made, and an unlikely friendship blooms. Slowly, we learn what led Sam and Vic to the bridge that night. Bonded by their suffering, each privately commits to the impossible task of saving the other.”
 
Every Last Secret by A.R. Torre – “Cat Winthorpe has worked hard to get what she has: a gorgeous home; social standing; and William, her successful, handsome husband. Then a friendly new couple moves into the estate next door. While cautious, a good neighbor like Cat greets them with open arms and warm hospitality. Neena Ryder isn’t a fellow lady of leisure. A life coach with off-the-rack dresses, personal issues, and a husband who hasn’t delivered, she’s anxious to move up in the world. This beautiful new town is a step in the right direction. It’s also making Neena aware of what she doesn’t have. Namely, William. When Neena’s infatuation escalates into obsession, it’s just a matter of eliminating a few obstacles to get the life she wants. The life next door. As Neena’s secret fixation grows, so does her friendship with Cat. But beneath their cordial interactions is a wealth of temptations, secrets, and toxic jealousy. For both women, the desire for a perfect life can turn perfectly dangerous.”
 
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin – “Ever since her true-crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall has become a household name – and the last hope for people seeking justice. But she’s used to being recognised for her voice, not her face. Which makes it all the more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield, addressed to her, begging for help. The new season of Rachel’s podcast has brought her to a small town being torn apart by a devastating rape trial. A local golden boy, a swimmer destined for Olympic greatness, has been accused of raping the beloved granddaughter of the police chief. Under pressure to make Season 3 a success, Rachel throws herself into her investigation – but the mysterious letters keep coming. Someone is following her, and she won’t stop until Rachel finds out what happened to her sister twenty-five years ago. Officially, Jenny Stills tragically drowned, but the letters insist she was murdered – and when Rachel starts asking questions, nobody in town wants to answer. The past and present start to collide as Rachel uncovers startling connections between the two cases – and a revelation that will change the course of the trial and the lives of everyone involved.”

February Empties

 

Firebird Almond Milk Body Lotion – Words can’t express how happy I was to discover that this Etsy shop was still in business, and on top of that they still stock my favourite scent range. This lotion was beautiful and lightweight, and the scent lingered on my skin throughout the day. I bought two of these when I placed my order, and I’m glad I have another tub ready to use so I can keep smelling like a baby’s head 24/7.
 
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender – Every year at Christmas I put the Mario Badescu spray set on my wish list, I love them and they are so handy to have on hand in my beauty cupboard. The lavender scent is not my favourite of the four, but it’s pleasant and is a nice refresher to use as part of my nightly skincare routine when the weather is warm.
 
Bath & Body Works Foaming Hand Soap in Vanilla Bean Noel – This was a bit of a novelty purchase last year, but it smelled delicious and I’m always happy to have something Christmas themed in the house around December. I had forgotten how much I like these foaming hand soaps from Bath & Body Works, but unfortunately I’m no longer someone who will regularly fork out a lot of money for hand soap. Priorities!
 
Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish – This was part of my Christmas gift from Sebastian last year. I’m a big fan of this brand, so I was really excited to try something new from their range. I loved this scrub. The sugar did a beautiful job of exfoliating my skin and the oils left me feeling glowy and hydrated. It also had the classic sweet lemon fragrance that I love from products in this range.
 
Lancome Hypnose Mascara – I’ve used up countless tubes of this stuff. If you have never tried this mascara, please put it on your list of products to try because it’s absolutely amazing. It is my holy grail mascara, and I can’t live without it.

March TBR (Nostalgic Reads)

 

Sweet Valley High #21 – Runaway“Jessica Wakefield is sick and tired of taking second place to her twin sister, Elizabeth. Everyone adores Elizabeth; she’s kind and loving and generous. But Jessica can’t seem to do anything right. Then Jessica meets handsome, sensitive Nicky Shepard, who feels the same way she does. Nicky is running away to San Francisco and wants Jessica to join him. At first she doesn’t take him seriously. But when things reach the breaking point at home, Jessica starts to see that she might be better off if she left Sweet Valley – forever!”
 
Sweet Valley High #22 – Too Much In Love“Bill Chase and DeeDee Gordon have been happy together for a long time. But lately DeeDee has become too dependent on Bill. She wants to do everything and go everywhere with him. Bill feels that he doesn’t have any room to breathe and decides it’s over between them. Elizabeth doesn’t know why DeeDee is acting the way she is, but she knows DeeDee’s strange behaviour is killing her relationship. Can Elizabeth help DeeDee regain her strength and independence before its too late?”
 
Sweet Valley University #18 – Billie’s Secret“Billie Winkler is breaking Steven Wakefield’s heart. By competing for a scholarship to study in Spain, she has shattered Steven’s plans for their perfect future. Will Billie win a year abroad and risk losing Steven forever? Jessica Wakefield is miserable. She has the job from hell at Taylor’s department store, and if she messes up one more time, she’ll be fired! Everyone’s taking bets on how long Jessica will last, even her ex-husband Mike McAllery. But there’s no way she’ll let Mike get the last laugh. Posing as a waitress in a sleazy nightclub, Elizabeth Wakefield is about to uncover a major scandal. But can she expose the crooks without exposing too much of herself?”
 
Sweet Valley University #19 – Broken Promises, Shattered Dreams“Billie Winkler and Steven Wakefield are having a baby! But Steven’s joy quickly turns to misery when Billie tells him that marriage is not the only option. Will this mean the end of Billie and Steven? Now that she owns her own clothing business, Jessica Wakefield’s life is perfect. But then her flirty partner, Val Tripler, and scheming ex-husband, Mike AcAllery, disappear with all the company’s borrowed money. How will Jessica find her way out of this one? Lila Fowler’s sick of her freeloading friends! She opens a non-profit doughnut shop to help the neighbourhood, and her friends help themselves to all the free food. Can Lila keep her store without losing her friends?”

February Wrap Up – TV Shows

 

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel – As you can tell by this post, it was a light TV watching month for me, and I only finished one TV season in the entire month. And I’m sad to say, it was a disappointing watch. I remember being fascinated with the Elisa Lam case when it first broke, I remember watching the elevator footage and feeling uneasy about the way she was acting. But now knowing what she was going through, and how things ended for her is just… sad. This series drags things out and plants unnecessary seeds that detract from what Elisa was experiencing. By all means research the case, learn about Elisa’s story, but it’s probably not necessary to do so by watching this.

February Wrap Up – Movies


 

 

Pretty In Pink – This was such a fun movie. I remember watching this as an early teen, after being encouraged by my big sister to watch a few 80s movies. This era was so much fun, and the film was still enjoyable to watch today, all these years later. Molly Ringwald is a queen.
 
Snowtown – I heard a lot of jokes about Snowtown from my Perth friends before we moved to Adelaide, but I didn’t know much about the story. This was a an eye-opening film for me, it was quite beautiful in a way but overall so incredibly bleak that it left me feeling uneasy and sick to my stomach.
 
Godzilla – This is one of my all-time favourite cheesy action movies. I love Godzilla, and the cinematography in this version was really beautiful. Honestly, any movie that features a tsunami or any kind of big wave has my heart and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
 
Mean Girls – I have not watched this movie in years, and Sebastian had never seen it so I forced him to watch it with me one Saturday night. Still a classic, still funny, and still makes me sad that Lindsay Lohan’s career fizzled out. She had so much potential.
 
Pocahontas – This was never one of my favourite Disney movies growing up, but I thought I might have more of an appreciation for it as an adult. I did not. This one just doesn’t resonate with me, the only thing I enjoyed was how much the raccoon friend reminded me of our cat Pepsi.
 
American Psycho – I always had it in my head that this movie was sick and twisted and too horrific for me to watch (probably because I couldn’t finish reading the book for this reason), but I found it really funny and enjoyable. I’m not sure what that says about me or my mindset, but I liked it.
 
Bohemian Rhapsody – As a big fan of Queen and Freddie Mercury, I honestly can’t believe it took me this long to watch this film. I loved this, and it kicked me into a huge phase of listening to Queen on repeat that lasted for most of the month. I was not complaining.
 
Animal Kingdom – I started season one of this TV series last year but didn’t make much progress with it. I was in the mood for something a bit gritty one night, and this absolutely fit the bill. I love Australian film, and this was a shining example of how incredible they can be.
 
Iron Man – We recently started watching WandaVision, and decided we want to go back and re-watch all of the Marvel movies. We watched this first, before deciding we wanted to watch them in chronological order but hopefully it won’t have too much of an impact on the flow of the films.
 
Cars – This was my Pixar movie of the month. This one holds some fond memories for me, so it’s one of my favourites from the Pixar collection. Still sweet, still adorable, still enjoyable as an adult.