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.

Random Book Haul

 

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.”
 
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin – “Ever since her true-crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall has become a household name–and the last hope for people seeking justice. But she’s used to being recognized for her voice, not her face. Which makes it all the more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield, addressed to her, begging for help. The new season of Rachel’s podcast has brought her to a small town being torn apart by a devastating rape trial. A local golden boy, a swimmer destined for Olympic greatness, has been accused of raping the beloved granddaughter of the police chief. Under pressure to make Season 3 a success, Rachel throws herself into her investigation–but the mysterious letters keep coming. Someone is following her, and she won’t stop until Rachel finds out what happened to her sister twenty-five years ago. Officially, Jenny Stills tragically drowned, but the letters insist she was murdered–and when Rachel starts asking questions, nobody in town wants to answer. The past and present start to collide as Rachel uncovers startling connections between the two cases–and a revelation that will change the course of the trial and the lives of everyone involved.”
 
The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall – “Mim’s husband is missing. No one knows where Ben is, but everyone wants to find him – especially The Department. And they should know, the all-seeing government body has fitted the entire population with a universal tracking chip to keep them ‘safe’. But suddenly Ben can’t be tracked. And Mim is questioned, made to surrender her passport and threatened with the unthinkable – her two children being taken into care at the notorious BestLife. Cornered, Mim risks everything to go on the run to find her husband – and a part of herself, long gone, that is brave enough to tackle the journey ahead. From the stark backroads of the Australian outback to a terrifying sea voyage, Mim is forced to shuck off who she was – mother, daughter, wife, sister – and become the woman she needs to be to save her family and herself.”

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.”