January 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?”

Slumber Party by Christopher Pike = “It was a perfect weekend… for murder. Lara thought the ski trip would be a blast. The old gang was getting together for the first time in years. But then there’s a very unexpected visitor…”

January TBR

 

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black“Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe. One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal. As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong. But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looming over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan…”

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…”

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.”

Reading Goals 2020

 

2019 was varied in terms of my reading schedule, goals, and what I actually managed to achieve throughout the year. I started off the year with my reading quite structured, but then as time progressed my priorities changed (with an unplanned move and an upheaval at work) and my plans went up in smoke. But as with everything else in my life I am happiest when I have some structure in place and a few goals to work towards. So with that said, here are my reading goals for 2020 –

* Read 50 Books
* Run/Participate in ReadYourFaceOff Book Club
* Participate (fully) in each ReadYourFaceOff Readathon
* Participate (fully) in two Readathons (suggestions welcome!)
* Continue reading and collecting nostalgic books
* Get back into reading comics/graphic novels
* Make time for audiobooks
* Make time to read every day of 2020

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