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

Christmas To-Do List

 

If you know me, you know that Christmas is my favourite time of year. My loved ones start tagging me in Christmas memes on Facebook in November, and from that point on the season officially begins. Christmas Day always ends up feeling like just another day, although of course it’s lovely celebrate with family. The real magic of Christmas for me is in the lead up. The movies, the gift buying (and wrapping), carols, baking special Christmas treats, the lights and decorations, the TREE. There are so many magical things to enjoy and experience. I like to write a little checklist at the beginning of the season, so I can make sure I enjoy every little thing that makes Christmas magical for me. Here’s my list for this year –

– Decorate the Christmas tree
– Write + send Christmas cards
– Christmas shopping day
– Host a Christmas BBQ
– Christmas baking day
– Visit the German Christmas market
– Do a tour of the Christmas lights in Adelaide
– Watch my favourite Christmas movies
– Celebrate at the work Christmas party
– Participate in Secret Santa
– Buy a new Christmas tree ornament
– Eat a cheese pizza and watch Home Alone

December TBR (Nostalgic Reads)

 

Sweet Valley High #12 – When Love Dies“The Wakefield twins’ older brother, Steven, is heartbroken. His girlfriend, Tricia Martin, no longer seems interested in him. She breaks their dates and doesn’t return his calls. Steven can’t understand why Tricia’s feelings have changed so suddenly. Jessica is thrilled that Steven isn’t dating Tricia anymore. She sees it as the perfect oppotunity to pair him with her best friend, Cara Walker. Elizabeth, Jessica’s twin, thinks that scheming, gossipy Cara is all wrong for Steven. She’s determined to find out the reason for Tricia’s strange behavior—and horrified when she discovers the awful truth.”

Sweet Valley University #11 – Take Back The Night“Jessica Wakefield’s dream relationship has turned into a nightmare. Assaulted by James Montgomery on a date, she finds the courage to report the crime. Now it’s James word against hers, and the whole university stands in judgment. Elizabeth Wakefield is on a crusade to help her sister. She’s found a witness to prove her sister’s case, but can she convince the witness to step forward before it’s too late? Haunted by her troubled past, Alexandra Rollins makes a desperate call to the university hot line. The man who answers has a wonderful voice and a genuine desire to help. Will she fall in love with just a voice?”

All In The Blue Unclouded Weather by Robin Klein“A collection of interlinked stories set in the late 1940s in an Australian country town which focus on the four young Melling sisters. Each story links the girls and their friends together in a variety of domestic events and problems. The stories present a nostalgic feel for the post-war years.”

December TBR

 

Where The Crawdads Sing by Deliah Owens“For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.”

Bunny by Mona Awad“Samantha Heather Mackey couldn’t be more of an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA program at New England’s Warren University. A scholarship student who prefers the company of her dark imagination to that of most people, she is utterly repelled by the rest of her fiction writing cohort – a clique of unbearably twee rich girls who call each other ‘Bunny’, and are often found entangled in a group hug so tight they become one. But everything changes when Samantha receives an invitation to the Bunnies’ fabled ‘Smut Salon’, and finds herself inexplicably drawn to their front door. As Samantha plunges deeper and deeper into the sinister yet saccharine world of the Bunnies, the boundary between fiction and reality begins to blur.”

Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar“Jess Gordon is out for revenge. Last year the jocks from Knights College tried to shame her best friend. This year she and a hand-picked college girl gang are going to get even. The lesson: don’t mess with Unity girls. The target: Blondie, a typical Knights stud, arrogant, cold… and smart enough to keep up with Jess. A neo-riot grrl with a penchant for fanning the flames meets a rugby-playing sexist pig – sworn enemies or two people who happen to find each other when they’re at their most vulnerable? It’s all Girl meets Boy, Girl steals from Boy, seduces Boy, ties Boy to a chair and burns Boy’s stuff. Just your typical love story.”

October TBR

 

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix“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?”

Zero Day by Ezekiel Boone“The world is on the brink of apocalypse. Zero Day has come. The only thing more terrifying than millions of spiders is the realization that those spiders work as one. But among the government, there is dissent: do we try to kill all of the spiders, or do we gamble on Professor Guyer’s theory that we need to kill only the queens? For President Stephanie Pilgrim, it’s an easy answer. She’s gone as far as she can-more than two dozen American cities hit with tactical nukes, the country torn asunder – and the only answer is to believe in Professor Guyer. Unfortunately, Ben Broussard and the military men who follow him don’t agree, and Pilgrim, Guyer, and the loyal members of the government have to flee, leaving the question: what can be more dangerous, the spiders or ourselves?”

The Girl In 6E by Alessandra Torre“Deanna Madden, aka Jessica Reilly, hasn’t touched another person in three years. She hasn’t left her apartment. She makes money from performing to webcams on a sex site, where her clients pay $6.99 a minute for her time. She’s doing alright. The dollars are piling up in the bank. She’s the number 3 model on cams.com. And she hasn’t killed anyone for years. But when Deanna sees on the news that a little girl called Annie has gone missing, the story rattles her carefully ordered world. It’s uncomfortably similar to the dark fantasy of one of her most disturbing online clients. She’s convinced he’s responsible for the girl’s abduction – but no one will listen to her. So, after three years, Deanna finally leaves the apartment. And this is what happens…”

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater“Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Blue and Gansey will be the same. Ronan is falling more and more deeply into his dreams… and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Gansey is needed at home, and is struggling to stay in Aglionby. And Adam? He’s made some new friends. Friends that are looking for some of the same pieces of the puzzle that Gansey, Blue, and Ronan are after. Great power is at stake, and someone must be willing to wield it.”