August Reading Wrap-Up

Total Books Read: 7
July TBR Books Read: 4
2017 TBR Challenge Books Read: 1
Total Pages Read: 1,611
Total Hours Listened: 9 hours 13 minutes

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy – 3/5 – This was a Netgally ARC, and the first book I read in August. This was a decent thriller, but thinking back on it now I have to admit it wasn’t exactly memorable. I can barely remember what happened in the story (besides the part where the families were on a cruise ship – which was minimal), but it was a quick read and it was enjoyable enough at the time.

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone – 4/5 – I bought this book last year with the intent of reading it for Spookathon, but I never got around to it and to be honest I hadn’t really been interested in reading it until now. I went into it (mostly) blind, and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story. If you’re not afraid of spiders and are in the mood for something fast-paced and a bit spooky, this is worth checking out.

He Said She Said by Erin Kelly – 4/5 – This was my library book for the month, and although I enjoyed it I’ll admit that it took me a couple of goes to get into the story. Once I was able to get into the story and connect with the characters I couldn’t put it down. This was a great thriller, and did a good job of keeping me guessing until the end.

The Fever by Megan Abbott – 3/5 – This was my audiobook for the month, and like the previous book this took me a few tries to get into. The first half of the book felt completely different to the second, and not in a good way. The cover sucked me in, what can I say.

Sweet Valley University #1 – College Girls – 5/5
Sweet Valley High #48 – Slam Book Fever – 4/5
Nightmare Hall #2 – The Roommate – 1/5

August Empties (P50P Pt 7)

23: Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Seasilk Volume Shampoo – I don’t feel like this had any sort of anti-aging impact on my hair (is that even a thing?) and it didn’t seem to add any volume, but having said that I did really like this shampoo. It smelled nice and citrus-y, lathered up well, and left my hair feeling clean and soft.

24: Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Seasilk Volume Conditioner – This is one of the few times I’ve been able to include both a shampoo and conditioner from a duo in one month’s empties. As with the shampoo, I liked this and would consider repurchasing both if I ever get the urge to splurge on some hair care.

25: Evo Mane Attention Protein Treatment – This is my favourite conditioning treatment. Because I have fine hair (a lot of it), when I use hair treatments I tend to only use them on the bottom half of my hair and this does an amazing job of tending to my frazzled ends.

26: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – I’m sad that I finished this. Although it’s probably a good thing because I feel like I’ve had this particular tube for so long it’s probably gone past its use by date. This is my favourite manual exfoliant, and I really wish I had another tube stashed away in my cupboard. Alas, I do not, which means I’ll need to use up some other stuff before I’m able to repurchase this.

27: Glasshouse Candle in Coney Island (Burnt Sugar & Fig) – Words cannot describe how much I love the scent of this candle. A LOT. There we go. I will definitely be tracking down a full-sized version of this once I’ve burnt through the candles in my stash. This is one of my favourite scents of all time, and if I could eat this candle I would.

Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Noir Black – As you can see I am not including this in the Project Pan tally, because I repurchased it. And I will repurchase it FOREVER as it is my all-time favourite mascara and what I wear on my lashes every single day.

September TBR

Nothing by Annie BurrowsNothing ever happens to Charlotte and Frankie. Their lives are nothing like the lives of the girls they read about in their YA novels. They don’t have flowing red hair and hot romantic encounters never happen—let alone meeting a true soul mate. They just go to high school and live at home with their parents, who are pretty normal, all things considered. But when Charlotte decides to write down everything that happens during their sophomore year to prove that nothing happens and there is no plot or character development in real life, she’s surprised to find that being fifteen isn’t as boring as she thought. It’s weird, heartbreaking, silly, and complicated. And maybe, just perfect.

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind. Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy smalltown family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father – Pikeville’s notorious defence attorney – devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself – the archetypal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again – and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatised – Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case which can’t help triggering the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime which destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried for ever…

The Leaving by Tara AltebrandoEleven years ago, six five-year-olds went missing without a trace. After all this time, the people left behind have moved on, or tried to. Until today. Now five of those kids are back. They’re sixteen, and they are… fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mother she barely recognises, and doesn’t really know who she’s supposed to be, either. But she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, but they can’t recall where they’ve been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn’t come back and everyone wants answers.

Mr Mercedes by Stephen KingA cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by ‘the Mercedes massacre’, a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter. Now he’s preparing to kill again. Each starts to close in on the other in a mega-stakes race against time.

TBR Book Challenge 2017 (Update #2)

TBR Books completed: 4
Total TBR books completed so far: 8

Books read: Amnesia by Peter Carey, Black by Fleur Ferris, The Haunting of Gillespie House by Darcy Coates, and It by Stephen King

Nostalgic books purchased: Sweet Valley High #2 – Secrets, and Sweet Valley University #5 – A Married Woman

September is here and I have only completed 8 of 25 books for this challenge. Which is not ideal, considering I read about four books a month on average and don’t like to be restricted to reading books I already own. It’s not looking good for me completing this challenge for 2017, but I’ll have to wait and see how things pan out. In the meantime, maybe I should think about hiding my library card.

July Empties – Part 2 (P50P Pt 6)

21: L’Oreal Everstrong Strengthening & Repairing Conditioner – I seem to run out of shampoo way before I run out of conditioner, so I always have a few half-empty bottles floating around in the shower. This is one-half of another of my favourite drug store shampoo/conditioner duos, it works really well the frazzled and dry hair that I am living with at the moment.

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Bisque – As with the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer mentioned in my previous empties post for July, this is a holy grail product so it’s not being included in the tally because I repurchased before it had even run out. I really like this as an under eye concealer because does a good job of covering my purple circles (cruel genetics).

22: Dermalogica Active Moist – When I feel like my skin needs a break from Paula’s Choice or I just feel like using something a bit different, I reach for Dermalogica products. This is one of my all-time favourite facial moisturisers because it feels like it does a really good job of moisturising without being too heavy on my skin.

Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory – This is another holy grail item that I repurchased as soon as I had finished the bottle up. I’m sure we’re all aware by now that this is my absolute favourite foundation and I would be lost without it. I pray to the Givenchy cosmetics gods that this will not be discontinued.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – Another holy grail item that isn’t being included in the Project Pan tally (there seem to be a lot of these lately), and a long-standing favourite in my bathroom cupboard. I use this every day in the shower as a body cleanser, and it’s a product I remain faithful to after many years.