Winter Book Haul

 

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell – “Vanessa Wye was fifteen years old when she first had sex with her English teacher. She is now thirty-two and in the storm of allegations against powerful men in 2017, the teacher, Jacob Strane, has just been accused of sexual abuse by another former student. Vanessa is horrified by this news, because she is quite certain that the relationship she had with Strane wasn’t abuse. It was love. She’s sure of that. Forced to rethink her past, to revisit everything that happened, Vanessa has to redefine the great love story of her life – her great sexual awakening – as rape. Now she must deal with the possibility that she might be a victim, and just one of many.”
 
Keeper by Jessica Moor – “When Katie Straw’s body is pulled from the waters of the local suicide spot, the police are ready to write it off as a standard-issue female suicide. But the residents of the domestic violence shelter where Katie worked disagree. These women have spent weeks or even years waiting for the men they’re running from to catch up with them. They know immediately: This was murder.
Still, Detective Dan Whitworth and his team expect an open-and-shut case–until they discover evidence that suggests Katie wasn’t who she appeared.”

 
If It Bleeds by Stephen King – “Holly Gibney of the Finders Keepers detective agency is working on the case of a missing dog – and on her own need to be more assertive – when she sees the footage on TV. But when she tunes in again, to the late-night report, she realises there is something not quite right about the correspondent who was first on the scene.”

Autumn Book Haul

 

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio – “Oliver Marks has just served ten years for the murder of one of his closest friends – a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day he’s released, he’s greeted by the detective who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, but before he does, he wants to know what really happened ten years ago. As a young actor studying Shakespeare at an elite arts conservatory, Oliver noticed that his talented classmates seem to play the same roles onstage and off – villain, hero, tyrant, temptress – though Oliver felt doomed to always be a secondary character in someone else’s story. But when the teachers change up the casting, a good-natured rivalry turns ugly, and the plays spill dangerously over into life. When tragedy strikes, one of the seven friends is found dead. The rest face their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, and themselves, that they are blameless.”

No Exit by Taylor Adams – “On her way to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. With the roads impassable, she’s forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop. Inside are some vending machines, a coffee maker, and four complete strangers. Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm… and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked in an animal crate. Who is the child? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her? There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, and no way out. One of her fellow travelers is a kidnapper. But which one? Trapped in an increasingly dangerous situation, with a child’s life and her own on the line, Darby must find a way to break the girl out of the van and escape. But who can she trust?”

Nightingale by Amy Lukavics – “At seventeen, June Hardie is everything a young woman in 1951 shouldn’t be–independent, rebellious, a dreamer. June longs to travel, to attend college and to write the dark science fiction stories that consume her waking hours. But her parents only care about making June a better young woman. Her mother grooms her to be a perfect little homemaker while her father pushes her to marry his business partner’s domineering son. When June resists, her whole world is shattered–suburbia isn’t the only prison for different women… June’s parents commit her to Burrow Place Asylum, aka the Institution. With its sickening conditions, terrifying staff and brutal “medical treatments,” the Institution preys on June’s darkest secrets and deepest fears. And she’s not alone. The Institution terrorizes June’s fragile roommate, Eleanor, and the other women locked away within its crumbling walls. Those who dare speak up disappear… or worse. Trapped between a gruesome reality and increasingly sinister hallucinations, June isn’t sure where her nightmares end and real life begins. But she does know one thing: in order to survive, she must destroy the Institution before it finally claims them all.”

Autumn/Winter Bucket List

 

My favourite time of year is finally here. We survived another Summer and the cooler weather is starting to creep in at last. I like to write a little bucket list for each season so I can remember to make the effort to do the things I love. There will be a few things on this list that I might not have a chance to do this year because of social isolation and everything that is going on in the world right now, but if the opportunity presents itself I will definitely be making the effort to get out there and get involved. My bucket list for this year –

– Make Sunday Roasts a thing (I have been trying to do this for years)
– Take a week off work to relax
– Buy a new winter coat
– Pick up a new Autumn/Winter nail shade
– Host a dinner party
– Watch some spooky movies
– Perfect making a Massaman curry (from scratch)
– Find an amazing hydrating facial serum

Autumn/Winter Bucket List

 

We are deep into the Autumn/Winter season and I am thriving. I’m a little late with this, but here is my bucket list of things I want to do this season to fully make the most of the cold weather –

– Participate in a readathon
– Learn how to make a great curry from scratch
– Make Sunday Roasts a thing
– Spend a weekend away in the country
– Make pumpkin soup
– Buy a new winter coat
– Pick up a new Autumn/Winter nail shade
– Go for a walk along the coast
– Spent weekend mornings in bed reading

Autumn/Winter Bucket List 2017

Although the sun blazing overhead might make you think otherwise, my favourite time of year is here. I love Autumn/Winter, and all that it brings. I’m a little late with this, but here is my bucket list of things I want to do this season to fully make the most of the cold weather (when it finally arrives) –

– Plant lots of new things in the front & back yard
– Try a new exercise class
– Participate in a readathon
– Learn how to make a great curry from scratch
– Rewatch the Alien movies
– Go away for the weekend to celebrate Sebastian’s birthday
– Make pumpkin soup
– Buy a nice new winter coat
– Make popcorn on the stove
– Make an Autumn/Winter playlist to listen to while driving