Nostalgic Book Haul (January)

 

Sweet Valley High #35 – Out Of Control“Aaron Dallas, the handsome co-captain of the Sweet Valley High soccer team, used to be friendly and likeable. But suddenly he’s changed. He explodes whenever the smallest thing goes wrong, and lashes out at everyone, including his teammates and his girlfriend, Heather. Elizabeth Wakefield is concerned about the change in Aaron. Her boyfriend, Jeffrey French, is Aaron’s best friend. Jeffrey keeps making excuses for Aaron, and Elizabeth can’t persuade him that his best friend really needs help – until Jeffrey himself becomes the target of Aaron’s rage.”
 
Sweet Valley High #49 – Playing For Keeps“Jessica and senior A.J. Morgan are in love. He is different from most of the guys she has dated, and Jessica is sure that he would love her even more if she acted more like her sister, Elizabeth. But when she begins to act like Elizabeth, A.J. gets bored, and she has to fight for her man!”
 
Sweet Valley High #50 – Out Of Reach“All Jade Wu wants is to be as all-American as her classmates, but her traditional Chinese father will not let her do anything the other kids do–especially date attractive David Prentiss. Then an ugly rumor threatens to destroy her dreams, and Jade despairs of ever being happy.”

January 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 High #18 – Head Over Heels“Bruce Patman and Regina Morrow in love? No one at Sweet Valley High can believe it. Regina is beautiful and shy, one of the nicest girls at school. Bruce is a real snob, and the only person he’s ever cared about is himself. Jessica Wakefield figures the romance can’t last. She knows Bruce too well. She’s even willing to bet Lila Fowler that Bruce and Regina break up within two weeks. The stakes are high, and Jessica can’t afford to lose. If she has her way, Regina and Bruce won’t be happy for long.”
 
Sweet Valley University Thriller Edition #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.”
 
Sweet Valley University #15 – Behind Closed Doors“Jessica Wakefield has sworn off love forever. Tired of heartbreak, she’s throwing all of her passion into her classes. And no one’s more surprised than Jessica when Louis Miles, her gorgeous professor, asks her to stay after class… for private lessons. Elizabeth Wakefield has promised to help Todd Wilkins regain his starting position on the SVU basketball team. Elizabeth is willing to take on the corrupt athletics department, but when the whole administration turns against her, will she be able to stand her ground? Winston Egbert has been so absorbed in his relationship with Denise Waters that he hasn’t opened a book for weeks. Now he’s willing to do anything to pass his physics exam. Is Winston about to make the biggest mistake of his life?”

January TBR

 

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.”
 
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby – “Do you know your desert-island, all-time, top five most memorable split-ups? Rob does. He keeps a list, in fact. But Laura isn’t on it – even though she’s just become his latest ex. He’s got his life back, you see. He can just do what he wants when he wants: like listen to whatever music he likes, look up the girls that are on his list, and generally behave as if Laura never mattered. But Rob finds he can’t move on. He’s stuck in a really deep groove – and it’s called Laura. Soon, he’s asking himself some big questions: about love, about life – and about why we choose to share ours with the people we do.”
 
Beach Read by Emily Henry – “Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast. They’re polar opposites. In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighbouring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block. Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.”
 
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummings – “Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable. Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same. Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?”

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.”