– Participate in a readathon
– Learn how to make a great curry from scratch
– Make Sunday Roasts a thing
– Spend a weekend away in the country
– Make pumpkin soup
– Buy a new winter coat
– Pick up a new Autumn/Winter nail shade
– Go for a walk along the coast
– Spent weekend mornings in bed reading
[create-a-sim – read a book that is first in a series] – Heaven by V.C. Andrews – “Of all the folks in the mountain shacks, the Casteels were the lowest– the scum of the hills. Heaven Leigh Casteel was the prettiest, smartest girl in the backwoods, despite her ragged clothes and dirty face… despite a father meaner than ten vipers… despite her weary stepmother, who worked her like a mule. For her brother Tom and the little ones, Heaven clung to her pride and her hopes. Someday they’d get away and show the world that they were decent, fine and talented– worthy of love and respect. Then Heaven’s stepmother ran off, and her wicked, greedy father had a scheme– a vicious scheme that threatened to destroy the precious dream of Heaven and the children forever.”
[buy a house – read a contemporary or book set in our world] – Normal People by Sally Rooney – “Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.”
[get a job – (criminal) – read a thriller] – The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor – “It was only meant to be a game… None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning. Was it when we started drawing the chalk figures, or when they started to appear on their own? Was it the terrible accident? Or when they found the first body?”
[get a promotion – read a book you think will be 5 stars] – Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – “They were the new icons of rock and roll, fated to burn bright and not fade away. But on 12 July 1979, it all came crashing down. There was Daisy, rock and roll force of nature, brilliant songwriter and unapologetic drug addict, the half-feral child who rose to superstardom. There was Camila, the frontman’s wife, too strong-willed to let the band implode – and all too aware of the electric connection between her husband and Daisy. There was Karen, ice-cool keyboardist, a ferociously independent woman in a world that wasn’t ready for her. And there were the men surrounding them: the feuding, egotistical Dunne brothers, the angry guitarist chafing on the sidelines, the drummer binge-drinking on his boat, the bassist trying to start a family amid a hedonistic world tour. They were creative minds striking sparks from each other, ready to go up in flames. It’s never just about the music…”
[cook french toast – read a travel book] – Sweet Valley High: Perfect Summer – “It’s summer in Sweet Valley, and the Wakefield twins and their friends are taking a bike trip up the beautiful California coast. What could be more exciting than four weeks of glorious sunshine, sandy beaches, and endless fun at every stop? But the dream of a perfect vacation soon fades. Elizabeth Wakefield is about to break up with her boyfriend, Todd, over another girl. Her twin, Jessica, chases after sexy Robbie October, who ignores her. Bruce Patman is mean to his cousin Roger, Lila Fowler holds a grudge against Ms. Dalton, and Ms. Dalton is barely speaking to Mr. Collins. Can this feuding group unite when an unexpected disaster threatens their lives?”
[get married – read a book with an established couple] – Sweet Valley University: No Means No – “Jessica Wakefield’s met the perfect guy. James Montgomery is gorgeous, intelligent and, best of all, he adores her. But James wants more from Jessica than she is willing to give. Can he take no for an answer? Elizabeth Wakefield has learned something terrifying about Jessica’s new boyfriend. Can she save her sister before it’s too late? Lila Fowler and Bruce Patman are stranded in the wilderness, driving each other insane. Is there a secret attraction behind their stormy arguments? William White has returned to the SVU campus with one thing in mind – Elizabeth Wakefield. He’s going to get her back any way he can.”
1. A book featuring one of your bucket list items – Lick, by Kylie Scott
2. A book you’re in the mood for – The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner
3. Read a book completely outside of your home – Sweet Valley Confidential, by Francine Pascal
4. A book in a non-traditional format – Lullaby, by Leila Slimani
5. A book set during your favourite time of year – Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
6. Read a book that features a library – The Body In The Library, by Agatha Christie
asap Daily Facial Cleanser (with AHA) – Because I stick to using Paula’s Choice and Dermalogica facial cleansers for the most part, I’ve had Sebastian use up a few bottles that were sitting unused in my beauty cupboard. This cleanser did the job well for him, and Sebastian has noticed that he prefers skincare that contains AHA (to help control his milia), so this was right up his alley.
Philosophy Christmas Cookie Shower Gel – I purchased this as part of Sebastian’s Christmas present last year, and it was so tempting to steal this and use it all for myself. This smells incredible. If you are someone who loves vanilla/sweet scented products this is definitely for you. The Philosophy shower gels are always a pleasure to use, they lather up well, rinse off easily, and leave your skin smelling amazing. I would definitely repurchase this again – maybe as another little treat this Christmas?
Avène Micellar Lotion – Random fact about this product, I picked it up in Bali a couple of years ago because I needed to break some change in a pharmacy and this looked like something I might want to try. I didn’t like this at all, it had an overwhelming rose fragrance to it and I felt like it wasn’t the best for my sensitive skin.
Ahava Velvet Body Lotion in Tropical Pineapple & White Peach – This was a deluxe sample that came along with a skin care purchase I made a couple of years ago, and I finally made the effort to use it up. This was a really nice lotion that hydrated my skin without leaving too much of a residue. The smell was nice–fresh and fruity without being too sweet.