Bath & Body Works Haul

 

For years I have used the Bath & Body Works Twisted Peppermint Body Lotion as my Christmas scent. I whip it out in Summer and it does not fail to fill me with Christmas joy. I had run out of the stash I had accumulated back in the days where I would order things from the US via HopShopGo, so I was thrilled when my friend pointed out that the Australian online store had the products in stock this year. I bought up big and threw in a few extra goodies for the hell of it. Here’s what I ordered:

Twisted Peppermint Body Wash & Shower Gel
Twisted Peppermint Body Cream
– Twisted Peppermint Fine Fragrance Mist
Rose Water & Ivy Foaming Hand Soap
Vanilla Bean Noel Foaming Hand Soap
Frosted Coconut Snowball Body Cream

Now if they also release the Warm Vanilla Sugar fragrance range for winter next year I’ll be set!

Summer Book Haul

 

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle – “Meet Naomi and Nicholas: the Perfect Couple. Their glorious, lavish wedding is coming up in three short months… and they are utterly, miserably sick of each other. Unfortunately, whoever backs out first will end up bearing the brunt of the wedding bill. When Naomi finds out that Nicholas has been feigning contentment too, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of sabotage, pranks, and all-out emotional warfare to see who can annoy the other into surrendering first. Now that they have nothing to lose, they’re finally being themselves. In fact, they’re having so much fun getting on each other’s nerves that it starts to feel like something else entirely…”
 
In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren – “It’s the most wonderful time of the year… but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions. But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world–the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy. The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake… she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop–and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.”
 
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 neighboring 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.”

Nostalgic Book Haul (November)

 

Sweet Valley High #27 – Lovestruck“No one at Sweet Valley High can believe that football star Ken Matthews has fallen in love with super-sophisticated Suzanne Hanlon. Suzanne likes poetry, gourmet food, and art films, while Ken’s idea of a good time is listening to rock ‘n’ roll and eating pizza. Two people couldn’t be more different. Elizabeth Wakefield knows that snobbish Suzanne is wrong for Ken. But Ken seems to be blindly in love with Suzanne and is willing to do anything she wants. Can anyone help Ken come to his senses before he gets hurt”
 
Sweet Valley University #24 – His Secret Past“Jessica Wakefield has hooked up with the perfect guy. Nick Fox is sexy, smart, and dangerous. And just like her, he lives for excitement. Jessica knows Nick has secrets to spare – and she’s determined to find out every last one! Elizabeth Wakefield is worried about her boyfriend, Tom Watts. His twenty-first birthday is just a few days away, and he’s depressed that he doesn’t have a family to help him celebrate. Elizabeth’s sure the surprise party she’s planning will cheer him up – but will her gift be more than he can handle? Celine Boudreaux is back at SVU and determined to make a splash with the most exclusive sorority on campus. Celine will do anything to get into Thetas – even if it’s illegal…”
 
Sweet Valley High #47 – You’re Not My Sister“Elizabeth Wakefield isn’t the caring, sensitive sister she used to be. She tried to be nice. She tried to be sympathetic. But all the sweetness in the world couldn’t shake her twin, Jessica, out of her depression. Elizabeth thinks Jessica needs a heavy dose of tough love. But how tough is too tough? Will she push Jessica over the edge… and lose her forever? Jessica Wakefield has no one left to turn to. Her sorority and college have expelled her. Her twin sister has practically disowned her. Her parents are treating her like she’s a helpless child. She wants to end it all… but something keeps urging her to hold on. Is she imagining things or could Nick Fox still be alive?”
 
Sweet Valley University #48 – No Rules“What’s the wildest contest ever? California’s Coast-to-Coast Road Trip Challenge–and it’s putting $5,000 scholarships in the winners’ pockets! Elizabeth is beyond psyched when she’s picked to compete. Her teammates totally rock–except for slacker supreme Sam Burgess. He’s cocky, egotistical, and party-crazy. The kind of guy Elizabeth hates… falling in love with. Jessica Wakefield can’t believe she’s stuck on the same road-trip as Tom Watts and Todd Wilkins! How repulsive. Her only salvation is gorgeous Neil Martin. He’s witty, sophisticated, intelligent, and best of all, single. Jessica’s dying to have her wicked way with him. What could possibly stop her?”
 
Sweet Valley University #49 – Stranded“Jessica Wakefield can’t believe her road-trip teammates would actually ditch her. Now she’s stuck in the middle of nowhere with no money, no clothes, and no wheels! Can she depend on the kindness of strangers to get on the road again? Elizabeth Wakefield feels something strong for teammate Sam Burgess–love or hate, she’s not sure. When she finds out the real reason he’s competing, her feelings burn out of control. Tom Watts and Todd Wilkins are freaking. How could they accidentally leave Jessica behind? They’re sure their team will get disqualified… and Elizabeth will have them both killed. Can they put aside their differences long enough to track down the wayward Wakefield?”

November TBR

 

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.”
 
The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donohue – “Dublin, 1918. In a country doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city centre, where expectant mothers who have come down with an unfamiliar flu are quarantined together. Into Julia’s regimented world step two outsiders: Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney. In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over the course of three days, these women change each other’s lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work.”
 
The Dry by Jane Harper – “After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead. Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.”

Body Shop Haul

 

Juicy Pear Body Yogurt – I love the Body Shop’s body yogurts, so when I saw this juicy pear version in store I had to pick it up. I love to use these body yogurts as a warm weather moisturiser because they are nice and light, almost gel-like, so they sink into the skin quickly which is handy when it’s already 30 degrees at 7am. Pear is a very ‘spring’ scent for me, so I’m loving having this in my product rotation this season.
 
Vanilla Pumpkin Shower Gel – Ok, so when I walked into the store and saw a VANILLA PUMPKIN scented range, was it likely that I was going to leave the store without buying at least one product? I mean, come on. No. The scent is a subtle vanilla/cinnamon blend and perfect for this time of year as the colder weather slowly disappears. It’s also perfectly October-themed, and I do love me some Halloween vibes.
 
Vanilla Pumpkin Hand Cream – I like to have a hand cream on my bedside table to use before I go to sleep at night, and as I am now apparently obsessed with Vanilla Pumpkin scented products I also decided to pick this up. This is a lovely little product, the cream is lightweight and sinks into the skin quickly but definitely leaves my hands feeling more hydrated and soft.