Spring Book Haul


 

 

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix – “In horror movies, the final girl is the one who’s left standing when the credits roll. The one who fought back, defeated the killer, and avenged her friends. The one who emerges bloodied but victorious. But after the sirens fade and the audience moves on, what happens to her? Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre twenty-two years ago, and it has defined every day of her life since. And she’s not alone. For decades she’s been meeting with five other actual final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, putting their lives back together, piece by piece. That is until one of the women misses a meeting and Lynnette’s worst fears are realised someone knows about the group and is determined to take their lives apart again, piece by piece. But the thing about these final girls is that they have each other now, and that no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife… they will never, ever give up.”
 
Force of Nature by Jane Harper – “Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side. The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case – and Alice knew secrets. About the company she worked for and the people she worked with. Far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell Falk a tale of suspicion, violence and disintegrating trust. And as he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers may run far deeper than anyone knew.”
 
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix – “A heartwarming story of friendship and demonic possession. The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act…different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby. Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries—and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?”
 
Survive The Night by Riley Sager – “Charlie Jordan is being driven across the country by a serial killer. Maybe. Behind the wheel is Josh Baxter, a stranger Charlie met by the college ride share board, who also has a good reason for leaving university in the middle of term. On the road they share their stories, carefully avoiding the subject dominating the news – the Campus Killer, who’s tied up and stabbed three students in the span of a year, has just struck again. Travelling the lengthy journey between university and their final destination, Charlie begins to notice discrepancies in Josh’s story. As she begins to plan her escape from the man she is becoming certain is the killer, she starts to suspect that Josh knows exactly what she’s thinking. Meaning that she could very well end up as his next victim. A game of cat and mouse is about to play out. In order to win, Charlie must do only one thing… survive the night.”
 
The Divines by Ellie Eaton – “The girls of elite English boarding school, St. John the Divine, were notorious for flipping their hair, harassing teachers, chasing boys and chain-smoking cigarettes. They were fiercely loyal, sharp-tongued, and cutting in the way that only teenage girls can be. But for Josephine, now in her thirties, her time at St. John feels like a lifetime ago. She hasn’t spoken to another Divine in fifteen years, not since the day the school shut its doors in disgrace… But an impromptu visit reawakens blurry recollections of those doomed final weeks that rocked the community. With each memory that resurfaces, she circles closer to the ugly secret at the heart of the school’s scandal. But the more Josephine recalls, the further her life unravels, derailing not just her marriage and career, but her entire sense of self.”
 
In The Clearing by J.P. Pomare – “Amy has only ever known life in the Clearing. She knows what’s expected of her. She knows what to do to please her elders, and how to make sure the community remains happy and calm. That is, until a new young girl joins the group. She isn’t fitting in; she doesn’t want to stay. What happens next will turn life as Amy knows it on its head. Freya has gone to great lengths to feel like a ‘normal person’. In fact, if you saw her go about her day with her young son, you’d think she was an everyday mum. That is, until a young girl goes missing and someone from her past, someone she hasn’t seen for a very long time, arrives in town. As secrets of the past bubble up to the surface, this small town’s dark underbelly will be exposed and lives will be destroyed.”

Spring/Summer Bucket List 2020

 

My least favourite time of year is upon us, and as the heat is starting to creep in I am beginning to think of activities I want to do to make hot weather season more enjoyable for me. I know most people prefer this time of year, but I am all about the cold weather so summer is a struggle for me. Here is what I’m hoping to do this Spring/Summer season:
 
– Complete my October Spooky Movie Challenge
– Add five new vegetarian recipes to our meal plan rotation
– Bake a honeybun cake
– Find a walking trail near our new home
– Write a Christmas themed bucket list
– Finish my painting (that I started back when Covid self-isolation became a thing)
– Have fish and chips at the beach and watch the sunset
 
Granted, this is a short list, but life is slightly different now and things can change at any moment so I’m trying to make this an achievable list full of things that I will enjoy doing and will be able to make time to do. Here’s hoping I can achieve them all. Wish me luck!

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.

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.”

Summer To-Do List

 

As well as a list of things I want to do to celebrate the Christmas season, I have a list of things I want to do to try and make the most of Summer this year. Summer is my most hated time of year (I’m sure you feel me, if you’ve had to sweat your way through a number of days where the temperature rises over 35 degrees) so if there is anything I can do to make it more enjoyable I will. Here is what I’m hoping to do this season –

– Host BBQs at our house with friends
– Make iced tea
– Go for walks along the coast
– Make a summer playlist
– Try fake tanning
– Make musk vodka
– Buy some pretty pot plants for the back yard
– Set up the courtyard with a little reading area in the sun
– Spend days up the river with friends
– Try and wear more colour