Nostalgic Book Haul (July)

 

Sweet Valley High #34 – Forbidden Love“Maria Santelli’s engagement to Michael Harris is the talk of Sweet Valley High, but they must keep it a secret from their parents. Years ago, the two families had a huge argument, and Michael and Maria were forbidden to see each other. At first, the sparkle in Maria’s eyes nearly matches the sparkle of her diamond ring. But being engaged isn’t as easy as Maria had expected. She’s used to doing things on her own; but not Michael acts as if he owns her . He’s even jealous of her helping Winston Egbert with his campaign for Student Council. Maria’s beginning to think that she and Michael were happier before their engagement. Will Michael and Maria resolve their differences and go ahead with their wedding plans? Or will their secret engagement destroy their relationship forever?”
 
Goosebumps #4 – Say Cheese And Die!“Greg thinks there is something wrong with the old camera he and his friends found. The photographs keep turning out wrong. Very wrong. Like the snapshot Greg took of his father’s new car that shows it totalled. And then Greg’s father is in a nasty wreck. But Greg’s friends don’t believe him. Shari even makes Greg bring the camera to her birthday party and take her picture. Only Shari’s not in the photograph when it develops. Is Shari about to be taken out of the picture permanently? Who is going to take the next fall for… the evil camera?”
 
Sweet Valley High #37 – Rumors“It’s every girl’s dream at Sweet Valley High to attend the fabulous Bridgewater Ball, and Susan Stewart has the chance to go with handsome, wealthy Gordon Stoddard. Nobody knows where Susan gets her money and style – or who her real parents are – but everyone agrees she’s beautiful, friendly, and fun to be with. Then jealous Lila Fowler starts spreading vicious rumors about Susan’s mother – who she really is and why she abandoned Susan. No one wants to talk to Susan anymore, not even Gordon. To clear her name, Susan has to find out the truth about her parents. But is she better off not knowing?”

Nostalgic Book Haul (June)

 

Sweet Valley High #33 – Starting Over“Sally Larson is thrilled when she moves in with her cousin Dana’s family. After years of living in foster homes, Sally longs to have a real home, and she’s determined to make a good impression. As long as Sally lets Dana control her life, she feels she’ll be accepted. After all, her cousin is pretty, popular, and the lead singer for the Droids, Sweet Valley High’s smash rock band. Sally even hopes to overcome the resentment of Dana’s brother, Jeremy. But when Dana begins to resent her, too, Sally’s afraid she’ll have to leave–and she knows this is her last chance to make a life for herself. Will Sally ever be able to call Sweet Valley home?”
 
Sweet Valley University #30 – Beauty and the Beach“Ben Mercer has a big surprise in store for Jessica Wakefield. He’s returning to Sweet Valley Shore–and bringing his supersmart girlfriend, Priya Rahman, along with him. Elizabeth Wakefield is heading back to the beach and straight for the arms of gorgeous head lifeguard Ryan Taylor. But Ryan is hiding something from her–something important. Will Elizabeth’s perfect summer romance be over before it even begins? The last thing Nina Harper wants to do this summer is fall in love. Can Stu Kirkwood, a sweet, sexy surfer, make her change her mind?”
 
Goosebumps #3 – Monster Blood“While staying with his weird great-aunt Kathryn, Evan visits a funky old toy store and buys a dusty can of monster blood, It’s fun to play with at first. And Evan’s dog, Trigger, likes it so much, he eats some! But then Evan notices something weird about the green slimy stuff it seems to be growing. And growing. And growing. And all that growing has given the monster blood a monstrous appetite…”

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.”

Nostalgic Book Haul (May)

 

Sweet Valley High #30 – Jealous Lies“It’s pledge season for Pi Beta Alpha, and everyone in the exclusive Sweet Valley High sorority expects Sandra Bacon to nominate her best friend, Jean West. But Sandra’s tired of always hearing about Jean’s perfect figure, terrific grades, and fantastic cheerleading. The sorority is the only thing Sandra has that Jean doesn’t, and even though Jean is her best friend, Sandra wants to keep Pi Beta Alpha for herself. When Sandra unwillingly becomes Jean’s pledge sponsor, she’s determined to do everything she can to insure Jean doesn’t make it through the pledge period. But how far can Sandra go and still remain friends with Jean?”
 
Sweet Valley University – Super Thriller #12 – Don’t Answer The Phone“SVU Hot Line operator Alexandra Rollins doesn’t know what to do when she begins receiving vicious calls from a man threatening to commit a murder. She can’t tell the police – all calls are meant to be confidential. Besides, it’s probably just a practical joke. It’s best not to get involved… right? Wrong. The maniac’s threat turns into a promise when one of Alexandra’s closest friends is killed on campus. Over come with guilt, she decides to trap the killer herself. But he’s watching her every move… in fact, he’s even closer to Alexandra than she realizes. Is the end of her life just a phone call away?”
 
Sweet Valley High – Super Thriller #3 – No Place To Hide“When Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield invite Nicholas Morrow on a picnic to help cure his blues, their plan has unexpected results. Nicholas falls in love with Barbara, a beautiful girl who involves the twins in their most dangerous mystery yet. Barbara tells Nicholas they must hide their relationship from the uncle she’s visiting. Hearing the fear in her voice, Nicholas decides to tell the twins, and they start investigating. The more they find out, the more desperate Barbara’s situation seems. Then Jessica and Elizabeth are threatened by an anonymous caller. Now they face a terrible choice either give up their search and leave Barbara in deadly trouble, or save Barbara’s life and risk their lives and Nicholas’s!”

Adore Beauty Haul

This haul was basically just me indulging the voice inside my head who kept saying that I deserved to treat myself. And look, it’s been a hard couple of months. So why not? I had a few things in mind that I wanted to pick up so I decided to do an Adore Beauty Haul. Here’s what I picked up:

 


 

 

 

Aveda Nutriplenish Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner – I’ve really been loving Aveda hair care products lately. I recently walked past a salon near my office in the city and saw this range being advertised, so I decided to give it a go. It really does not take much to market to me, apparently. I’ve been using it since it arrived and I am a huge fan. I have quite fine hair and it is prone to getting tangled after I wash it (unless I use a deep conditioning treatment) but I’ve had no issues combing through my hair after using these products.
 
Glasshouse A Tahaa Affair Candle – Sebastian likes to have a candle in his home office, and because he’s currently working from home full time he is burning through them faster than usual. He is a major sweet tooth and a big fan of caramel everything (scent included), so I knew he would like this.
 
Circa Home Vanilla Bean Allspice Candle – Glasshouse have culled a lot of my favourite scents from their range, so I am on the hunt for a new candle for our main living space. The scent of this is more floral than I thought it would be, but it’s still a pleasant fragrance. I’m not sure yet whether I will repurchase it again for our living space, but we’ll see.
 
Philosophy Cinanmon Buns Shower Gel – The weather is getting colder in Adelaide, which apparently means I want to smell less like a piece of summer fruit and more like a delicious baked good. I’ve had my eye on this shower gel for a while now and it felt like the perfect cold-weather product to have in the shower. The smell of this is absolutely incredible and I am obsessed.
 
Kiehl’s Creme De Corps Whipped Body Cream – I like to have a lotion that is either neutral, or pairs well with my shower gel so I picked this up to use in conjunction with the Philosophy shower gel. I also figured as the weather gets cooler my skin gets drier, so the thicker the body lotion I’m using the better.