February Book Haul

 

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus“A perfect town is hiding secrets. Two teenagers are dead. Two murders unsolved. And a killer who claims to be coming back. Ellery’s never been to Echo Ridge, but she’s heard all about it. It’s where her aunt went missing at age sixteen, never to return. Where a Homecoming Queen’s murder five years ago made national news. And where Ellery now has to live with a grandmother she barely knows, after her failed-actress mother lands in rehab. Malcolm grew up in the shadow of the Homecoming Queen’s death. His older brother was the prime suspect and left Echo Ridge in disgrace. His mother’s remarriage vaulted them to Echo Ridge’s upper crust, but it could all change when mysterious threats around town hint that a killer plans to strike again. And the return of Malcolm’s brother doesn’t help matters. But his return is just a coincidence… isn’t it? Ellery and Malcolm both know it’s hard to let go when you don’t have closure. Then another girl disappears. As they race to unravel what happened, they realise every secret has layers in Echo Ridge. The truth might be closer to home than either of them want to believe. And somebody would kill to keep it hidden.”

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater“Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…”

I Am Still Alive by Kate Marshall“Jess is stranded in the woods. She has few supplies and only her dog for company. Her survival skills are limited, and she has disabilities that make physical labor a challenge. And winter is on its way. How did she get here? Alternating between the past and the present, this tightly-paced novel tells the story of a girl who survived a car crash that killed her mother, then was pulled from foster care and sent to live with her estranged survivalist father in the remote Canadian wilderness. Jess was just beginning to get to know her dad when a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving their cabin burned to the ground and Jess’s father dead. Now, Jess must fight with everything she has to forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. But she will survive. She has to survive. Because she wants revenge.”

Current TV Shows

 

The Sopranos (season two) – This is the show that Sebastian and I are watching together at the moment. Sebastian has never seen the series before, and I have never seen it in its entirety. This show really stands the test of time because it’s still as enjoyable as it was back when I originally watched it. It’s also very binge-worthy, which makes it perfect for us because that’s how we tend to watch TV together. The only problem with this show is that the characters are always eating huge amounts of delicious looking pasta and it makes me hungry.

13 Reasons Why (season one) – I had been meaning to watch this show for a while, so when I was browsing my Netflix to-watch list recently I saw this and decided to give it a go. I’ve left it long enough to get spoiled by what happens in the series, but I am still enjoying watching it all play out. Can we talk about how adorable Ross Butler is as Zach?! So. Cute.

The OC (season one) – This show was a huge part of my late teens/early 20s (my ringtone was even an obnoxiously loud rendition of CALIFOOOORNIAAAAA at one point), so when I saw it on Stan I knew I had to do a full re-watch. I don’t think I ever watched the entire series back in the day, so I’m excited to see what happens. As I mentioned in my Current Podcasts post, I am watching this while simultaneously listening to corresponding podcast episodes and it’s making the re-watch experience so much more enjoyable.

The X Files (season one) – This is one of my all-time favourite shows, and this will be the third or fourth time I’ve re-watched the series. For me, there is no show that possibly comes close to recreating the chemistry between the two main characters on this show. I’m so excited to go through another re-watch of this and rediscover all of my favourite episodes. As with The OC, I am listening to a podcast series alongside this which is making the experience a lot of fun.

#ReadYourFaceOff TBR – January

 

The general goal for a #ReadYourFaceOff readathon is to get through as much reading as you can in a 24-hour window of time. It’s a fun (and short) readathon that was created by Riley from RMFickFack. This round will run from 9am on Saturday 12th January to 9am on Sunday 13th January in your time zone. My focus for this round is to catch up on a couple of my January TBR books, because I spent this week working on a buddy read with Michael. Good luck to everyone participating in this round!

June TBR

One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

The Fever by Megan AbbottThe panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community. The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie’s best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community. As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town’s fragile idea of security.

Black by Fleur FerrisEbony Marshall is in her final year of high school. Five months, two weeks and four days …She can’t wait to leave the town where she’s known only as ‘Black’. Because of her name, of course. But for another reason, too. Everyone says Black Marshall is cursed. Three of her best friends have died in tragic accidents. After Oscar, the whispers started. Now she’s used to being on her own. It’s easier that way. But when her date for the formal ends up in intensive care, something in quiet little Dainsfield starts to stir. Old secrets are revealed and terrifying new dangers emerge. If only Black could put all the pieces together, she could work out who her real enemies are. Should she run for her life, or stay and fight?

I’ll Eat When I’m Dead by Barbara BourlandRAGE Fashion Book is the world’s most dynamic, ambitious magazine. Its editors – like Cat Ono – have the power to change minds and the market. They’re savvy, sisterly and polished to perfection. Even the one found dead in her office. Everyone thinks Hillary starved to death – but Cat knows her friend’s dieting wasn’t a capital P problem. If beauty kills, it’d take more than that. Hot-headed and fiercely feminist, Cat’s sure she can match the investigating skills of Detective Mark Hutton, solve the case, and achieve sartorial fulfillment. But going undercover, Cat’s in over her head, and soon becomes snared in a very stylish web of drugs, sex, lies and moisturizer that will change her look – and outlook – forever. Cat’s about to find out what it really means to be a fashion victim.

How to find just the right mirror for your home

Buying a mirror is no easy task. There are numerous things to be considered and purchase can easily go wrong. The biggest issue here is that most people do not even realize that certain mirrors have a specific use; use that no other mirror can fulfill. That being said, it is necessary to get educated beforehand. Small errors can cost you a lot in terms of interior décor and functionality. So check this article and learn how to buy a mirror that your home can benefit from.

1. LED mirror
LED mirrors are a type of mirror that can be seen in homes with modern interior. Due to its numerous LED lights surrounding it, this item looks like a space ship. But do not be fooled. LED mirror is actually a highly functional item. Due to the fact that mirror is surrounded by numerous lights, it is easy for you to see everything. There can be no issues as you can always check all the angles. This is a perfect thing for all those women who otherwise have issues putting makeup in the morning. On top of it, this mirror is really stylish.

2. Hollywood mirror
Before there was LED mirror; there were Hollywood mirrors. These items are like an old memorabilia reminding us of those good old times when Hollywood was still a mysterious and somewhat secluded place. You could see them in almost any movie. Over time, they became popular in theaters and TV studios as well. Although not as popular as it once was, Hollywood mirror can still be bought. In fact, they are still a good choice for bedrooms.

3. Folding mirror
A lot of homes have trouble with space. This is usually obvious in a bathroom as they take the biggest hit. If you have a small bathroom there is a good chance you had to compromise and get a tiny mirror. But fear not! There is a solution! Folding mirrors are great just for this purpose. You can open its wings and spread them getting some additional coverage. Besides the fact this mirror is good for small space, it has another big advantage: it can show different angles of your face making a pretty nice choice for putting makeup.

4. Standing mirrors
Although not the best choice for homes, standing mirrors can still be utilized efficiently. They are commonly used in department stores and other shops where you need to see your whole figure. They are not so much popular at home as there are other options and it is much nicer if you have a mirror on your wall. But, there are certain situations where it is totally legit to get one such item (for example lack of space for full-size mirror). The good thing about standing mirrors is that they can be removed at any time giving you some additional space. Simultaneously, they need time to set up. So it’s a tradeoff of a sort.