Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter – “Andrea Oliver knows everything about her mother Laura. She knows she’s always lived in the small town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. But she’s hiding something… Then one day, a trip to the mall explodes into a shocking act of violence and Andy suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. And it could destroy you both… Hours later, Laura is in hospital, her face splashed over the newspapers. But the danger has only just begun. Now, Andy must go on a desperate race to uncover the secrets of her mother’s past. Unless she can, there may be no future for either of them…”
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.”
You by Caroline Kepnes – “When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works he is instantly smitten. But there’s more to Joe than Beck realises and much more to Beck than her perfect facade. And the obsessive relationship quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences…”
January TBR Books Read: 2
Total Pages Read: 1,734
Total Hours Listened: 14 Hours 20 Minutes
Sadie by Courtney Summers – 3/5 – If you’re going to pick this book up I highly recommend checking out the audiobook format. It features a full cast, and the podcast element of the story is presented as if it were a real podcast (theme music included). All in all, it was very well done. This was a decent YA thriller that kept me entertained throughout. The ending was different from what I’m used to in thrillers, which made it all the more enjoyable for me.
The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey – 4/5 – This was a good Australian thriller that kept me entertained until the end. Not being able to guess the ending of a thriller is rare for me, and it tends to bump the book up in my opinion when it happens. This was the first book of Sarah Bailey’s that I have read and I am interested to pick up more from her in the future.
Cop Town by Karin Slaughter – 3/5 – This was my first buddy read for the year (with my friend Michael), and it was a WILD RIDE. This book contained nearly every single theme you can imagine to the point where it was almost too many themes for one book, but it sure made for an entertaining buddy read with a lot to discuss. This felt different to all of the Karin Slaughter books I have read before, but I still really enjoyed it. Both Michael and I agreed that we would love to see a spin-off book featuring some of the incredible side characters from the story.
Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar – 3/5 – I am always down for a disaster story and if you throw a potential conspiracy theory into the mix on top of that, you have my favourite kind of story. The author’s theory as to what happened to the hikers was pretty compelling, and I enjoyed the way he presented all of the information. I can imagine this would have been a little dry if I had read a physical copy, so I’d recommend picking up the audiobook if possible.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – 4/5 – I know I enjoyed this book because not even halfway through I started googling people’s dreamcast of characters for the upcoming TV series. I really loved the character and story development, and I’m keen to keep reading and see how the rest of the series plays out.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater – These Mario Badescu Facial Sprays are my new obsession. I have one of these and one of the Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea in regular rotation. I sometimes use this in place of a toner, or just to give a nice refreshing boost to my skin throughout the day. This smells incredible, and has been such a treat to use during summer.
Paula’s Choice Redness Relief SPF 15 Mineral Moisturiser – This is my favourite facial sunscreen and I’ve gone through quite a few tubes of this over the years. I like this because it doesn’t leave a white cast on the skin and it has an almost mattifying effect, which is the opposite to all of the sunscreens I’ve tried in the past. It also works really well, which is saying a lot because my skin LOVES to burn.
Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel – I like to rotate my Paula’s Choice moisturisers, but after this round with the Invisible Finish Moisture Gel I think I’ll be giving it a miss in the future. I’m not sure if it was because my skin is drier than usual at the moment but this was not doing me any favours in the hydration department. I think I’ll be sticking to my old faithful Hydralight moisturiser for a while.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Wipes – These are my favourite facial cleansing wipes and I try to always have some on hand for nights where I’m too lazy to properly remove my makeup. They are reasonably inexpensive, gentle on my skin, and do a good job of removing makeup.
13 Reasons Why (season one) – I had been meaning to watch this show for a while, so when I was browsing my Netflix to-watch list recently I saw this and decided to give it a go. I’ve left it long enough to get spoiled by what happens in the series, but I am still enjoying watching it all play out. Can we talk about how adorable Ross Butler is as Zach?! So. Cute.
The OC (season one) – This show was a huge part of my late teens/early 20s (my ringtone was even an obnoxiously loud rendition of CALIFOOOORNIAAAAA at one point), so when I saw it on Stan I knew I had to do a full re-watch. I don’t think I ever watched the entire series back in the day, so I’m excited to see what happens. As I mentioned in my Current Podcasts post, I am watching this while simultaneously listening to corresponding podcast episodes and it’s making the re-watch experience so much more enjoyable.
The X Files (season one) – This is one of my all-time favourite shows, and this will be the third or fourth time I’ve re-watched the series. For me, there is no show that possibly comes close to recreating the chemistry between the two main characters on this show. I’m so excited to go through another re-watch of this and rediscover all of my favourite episodes. As with The OC, I am listening to a podcast series alongside this which is making the experience a lot of fun.