Nostalgic Book Haul (October)

 

Goosebumps #8 – The Girl Who Cried Monster“Lucy likes to tell monster stories. She’s told so many that her friends and her family are sick of it. Then one day, Lucy discovers a real, live monster: the librarian in charge of the summer reading program. Too bad Lucy’s told so many monster tall tales. Too bad no one believes a word she says. Too bad the monster knows who she is… and is coming after her next.”
 
Sweet Valley University #53 – Truth or Dare“Jessica never wanted to grow up… but being 19 has its price. Todd loves Dana more than anything… but is he willing to give up everything for her? Chloe thought she’d make a million friends in college… but now she’s lonelier than ever. Sam can feel Elizabeth getting under his skin… so he’s got to push her away for good.”
 
Sweet Valley University #57 – Who Knew?“Elizabeth thinks Sam is her new boyfriend… so why is he completely ignoring her? Neil can’t believe his best bud, Jessica, would betray him… but he catches her in the act. Is that ex-serious, ex-studious Nina coming home from a date at seven a.m… again?”
 
Sweet Valley High #101 – The Boyfriend War“Jessica Wakefield and her best friend, Lila Fowler, are at war! The battlefield is the white sandy beach of Club paradise, a fabulous island resort owned by Lila’s uncle. Jessica’s dreams of lounging by the pool and dancing the night away are shattered when she learns that Lila’s uncle has less relaxing plans for them: Jessica and Lila aren’t guests, they’re hired hands! Jessica’s going to make Lila pay for this, and she’s determined that the price will be Lila’s new Club Paradise boyfriend.Back home in Sweet Valley, Jessica’s twin sister, Elizabeth, makes a shocking discovery. While researching her family history, she unearths a secret about her mother’s past that could change the future of the Wakefield family.”

Audio Book Haul

 

Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams“Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our life, health and longevity and yet it is increasingly neglected in 21st century society, with devastating consequences: every major disease in the developed world – Alzheimer’s, cancer, obesity, diabetes – has very strong causal links to deficient sleep. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why its absence is so damaging to our health. Compared to the other basic drives in life – eating, drinking and reproducing – the purpose of sleep remained elusive. Now, in this audiobook, the first of its kind written by a scientific expert, Professor Matthew Walker explores 20 years of cutting-edge research to solve the mystery of why sleep matters. Looking at creatures from across the animal kingdom as well as major human studies, Why We Sleep delves in to everything from what really happens during REM sleep to how caffeine and alcohol affect sleep and why our sleep patterns change across a lifetime, transforming our appreciation of the extraordinary phenomenon that safeguards our existence.”
 
Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art“There is nothing more essential to our health and wellbeing than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. Journalist James Nestor travels the world to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. The answers aren’t found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of São Paulo, Brazil. Nestor tracks down men and women exploring the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya and Tummo and teams up with pulmonary tinkerers to scientifically test long-held beliefs about how we breathe. Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance, rejuvenate internal organs, halt snoring, allergies, asthma and autoimmune disease, and even straighten scoliotic spines. None of this should be possible, and yet it is. Drawing on thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry and human physiology, Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again.”

Spring Beauty Haul (part 2)


 

 

Ultra Violette Supreme Sunscreen – I have been faithful to my Paula’s Choice SPF for a few years now, but I decided to branch out and try something different this season. I’ve heard many great things about the Ultra Violette range, so I’m excited to try this out and see what I think.
 
L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil – I haven’t used this shower oil in years, but when I was thinking about what I wanted to stock my beauty cupboard with this season, this instantly came to mind. It’s a beautiful lightweight oil that lathers up slightly, and leaves my skin feeling silky soft. The smell is also lovely, light and fresh with just a hint of almond.
 
Glasshouse Montego Bay Hand Cream – I keep a tube of hand cream on my desk at work, and thanks to the amount of hand washing and hand sanitising I’ve been doing lately, I’ve been using a lot of it up. I love the Montego Bay scent range from Glasshouse, it’s a warm-weather fragrance for me so I thought it would be a good choice to use for Spring and Summer this year.
 
L’Occitane Cleansing and Exfoliating Shower Scrub with Flaked Almonds – I wanted to pick up a body scrub that would compliment the shower gel I was using, and as this was in the same range as the Almond Shower Oil I felt like it would be a good fit. As soon as I opened this to use it in the shower I was instantly transported back to my last trip to Singapore. The smell of this reminds me so much of the Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt fragrance (which I wore on that trip to Singapore). I’m officially obsessed.

Nostalgic Book Haul (September)

 

Sweet Valley High #44 – Pretenses“Cara Walker feels that her boyfriend, Steven Wakefield, isn’t paying enough attention to her. Suddenly he’s acting aloof and withdrawn. Cara’s good friend Jessica, Steven’s sister, suggests that Cara add some mystery to the relationship. When Cara takes Jessica’s advice, it backfires. Steven starts to act even more distant, and Cara is sure he’s hiding something. He used to confide in her, but now it seems he’s tuming to his sister Elizabeth’s friend Abbie Richardson. Will Cara discover Steven’s secret before she’s replaced by someone new?”
 
Goosebumps #19 – Deep Trouble“Billy and his sister, Sheena, are visiting their uncle Dr. Deep on a tiny Caribbean island. It’s the perfect place to go exploring underwater… and Billy’s ready for an adventure. There’s only one rule to remember: Stay away from the coral reefs. Still, the reefs are so beautiful. So peaceful. Billy can’t resist. But he’s not alone in the water. Something’s lurking deep below the surface. Something dark and scaly. Something that’s half-human, half-fish…”
 
Sweet Valley University #44 – Love Me Always“Nick Fox is leaving Sweet Valley–forever. In exchange for his testimony against Clay DiPalma, the government is sending him away with a new identity, and not even his beloved Jessica Wakefield can know where–or who–he’ll be. Nick and Jessica can hardly stand the pain of saying good-bye. And there’s a shocking twist of fate in store for them both… Elizabeth Wakefield can’t deny her heartbreaking suspicions about what really happened between Tom Watts and Dana Upshaw… and she’s about to hear the awful truth from Dana herself. Will Elizabeth write it off as one of Dana’s wicked games? Or will she find the strength to confront the real liar–the man she loves?”

Spring Book Haul

 

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage – “On the outside it looks like Suzette has it all. A stunning ultra-modern home, designed by her handsome Swedish husband. A beautiful, but silent, seven-year-old daughter who is fiercely intelligent. But under the shiny veneer, the cracks are all too clear. For her daughter Hanna isn’t just clever, she’s dangerous. Her behaviour is carefully calculated. She adores her father, yet wants Suzette to disappear. And as Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated – from tampering with her mother’s daily medication, imitating a rabid dog, to setting Suzette on fire – it’s increasingly clear that there is something seriously wrong with their little girl. Because what kind of child wants to kill their own mother?”
 
Out of the Ice by Ann Turner – “When environmental scientist Laura Alvarado is sent to a remote Antarctic island to report on an abandoned whaling station, she begins to uncover more than she could ever imagine. Reminders of the bloody, violent past are everywhere, and Laura is disturbed by evidence of recent human interference. Rules have been broken, and the protected wildlife is behaving strangely. On a diving expedition, Laura emerges into an ice cave where she is shocked to see an anguished figure, crying for help. But in this freezing, lonely landscape there are ghosts everywhere, and Laura wonders if her own eyes can be trusted. Has she been in the ice too long? Back at base, Laura’s questions about the whaling station go unanswered, blocked by scientists unused to outsiders. And Laura just can’t shake what happened in the cave. Piecing together a past and present of cruelty and vulnerability that can be traced around the world, from Norway, to Nantucket, Europe and Antarctica, Laura will stop at nothing to unearth the truth. As she comes face to face with the dark side of human progress, she also discovers a legacy of love, hope and the meaning of family. If only Laura can find her way… Out of the ice.”
 
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed – “Who are the Nowhere Girls? They’re every girl. But they start with just three: Grace, the preacher’s daughter who unwittingly moved into the old house of a victim whose pain adorns the walls. Bold Rosina, whose heart has become hardened by all of the straight girls who broke it. And misunderstood Erin, the girl who finds more solace in science and order than she does in people. They are brought together by the idea of changing the narrative of a girl they had never met, Lucy Moynihan, the victim of a sexual assault who was victimised further by people who found it easier to believe she had cried wolf than to confront what had really happened to her. A girl who, through the course of one evening, went from an excited teenager who felt wanted by a boy for the first time, to someone else entirely, with ‘a voice in the darkness, giving her a new name: ‘Slut’. Together, they form the Nowhere Girls, and decide to avenge the rape of a girl none of them knew.”