Spring/Summer Bucket List 2020

 

My least favourite time of year is upon us, and as the heat is starting to creep in I am beginning to think of activities I want to do to make hot weather season more enjoyable for me. I know most people prefer this time of year, but I am all about the cold weather so summer is a struggle for me. Here is what I’m hoping to do this Spring/Summer season:
 
– Complete my October Spooky Movie Challenge
– Add five new vegetarian recipes to our meal plan rotation
– Bake a honeybun cake
– Find a walking trail near our new home
– Write a Christmas themed bucket list
– Finish my painting (that I started back when Covid self-isolation became a thing)
– Have fish and chips at the beach and watch the sunset
 
Granted, this is a short list, but life is slightly different now and things can change at any moment so I’m trying to make this an achievable list full of things that I will enjoy doing and will be able to make time to do. Here’s hoping I can achieve them all. Wish me luck!

October TBR (Nostalgic Reads)

 

Goosebumps #4 – Say Cheese And Die“Greg thinks there is something wrong with the old camera he and his friends found. The photographs keep turning out wrong. Very wrong. Like the snapshot Greg took of his father’s new car that shows it totalled. And then Greg’s father is in a nasty wreck. But Greg’s friends don’t believe him. Shari even makes Greg bring the camera to her birthday party and take her picture. Only Shari’s not in the photograph when it develops. Is Shari about to be taken out of the picture permanently?”
 
Sweet Valley High #16 – Rags to Riches“No one would have guessed that Roger Barrett, the poorest boy in Sweet Valley, was really one of the Patmans, the wealthiest family in town. But when Roger’s mother dies, the secret of his birth is revealed, and overnight he becomes a millionaire! Immediately Jessica Wakefield sets her sights on Roger and his newfound wealth. Only one thing stands in her way – Olivia Davidson, Roger’s longtime girlfriend. But not for long. Jessica has a surefire plan to take care of her!”
 
Sweet Valley University #14 – Shipboard Wedding“Jessica Wakefield has a plan. She’s going to reenact her first thrilling encounter with the man of her dreams by throwing herself overboard – in the hopes that he’ll come to her rescue again! Will Jessica’s stunt lead to romance or tragedy? Tom Watts is so desperate to win back Elizabeth Wakefield’s love that he asks Todd Wilkins, Elizabeth’s ex-boyfriend, for help. Will Todd and Tom bury the hatchet – or use it on each other? Jason Pierce, Danny Wyatt’s best friend from high school, is about to make the biggest mistake of his life – by marrying his two-timing fiancée. Should Danny tell all, or forever hold his peace?”

Random Book Haul

 

All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton – “Darwin, 1942, and as Japanese bombs rain down, motherless Molly Hook, the gravedigger’s daughter, is looking to the skies and running for her life. Inside a duffel bag, she carries a stone heart, alongside a map to lead her to Longcoat Bob, the deep-country sorcerer who she believes put a curse on her family. By her side are the most unlikely travelling companions: Greta, a razor-tongued actress and Yukio, a fallen Japanese fighter pilot. The treasure lies before them, but close behind them trails the dark. And above them, always, are the shimmering skies.”
 
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin – “Ever since her true-crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall has become a household name–and the last hope for people seeking justice. But she’s used to being recognized for her voice, not her face. Which makes it all the more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield, addressed to her, begging for help. The new season of Rachel’s podcast has brought her to a small town being torn apart by a devastating rape trial. A local golden boy, a swimmer destined for Olympic greatness, has been accused of raping the beloved granddaughter of the police chief. Under pressure to make Season 3 a success, Rachel throws herself into her investigation–but the mysterious letters keep coming. Someone is following her, and she won’t stop until Rachel finds out what happened to her sister twenty-five years ago. Officially, Jenny Stills tragically drowned, but the letters insist she was murdered–and when Rachel starts asking questions, nobody in town wants to answer. The past and present start to collide as Rachel uncovers startling connections between the two cases–and a revelation that will change the course of the trial and the lives of everyone involved.”
 
The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall – “Mim’s husband is missing. No one knows where Ben is, but everyone wants to find him – especially The Department. And they should know, the all-seeing government body has fitted the entire population with a universal tracking chip to keep them ‘safe’. But suddenly Ben can’t be tracked. And Mim is questioned, made to surrender her passport and threatened with the unthinkable – her two children being taken into care at the notorious BestLife. Cornered, Mim risks everything to go on the run to find her husband – and a part of herself, long gone, that is brave enough to tackle the journey ahead. From the stark backroads of the Australian outback to a terrifying sea voyage, Mim is forced to shuck off who she was – mother, daughter, wife, sister – and become the woman she needs to be to save her family and herself.”

Nostalgic Book Haul (October)

 

Goosebumps #8 – The Girl Who Cried Monster“Lucy likes to tell monster stories. She’s told so many that her friends and her family are sick of it. Then one day, Lucy discovers a real, live monster: the librarian in charge of the summer reading program. Too bad Lucy’s told so many monster tall tales. Too bad no one believes a word she says. Too bad the monster knows who she is… and is coming after her next.”
 
Sweet Valley University #53 – Truth or Dare“Jessica never wanted to grow up… but being 19 has its price. Todd loves Dana more than anything… but is he willing to give up everything for her? Chloe thought she’d make a million friends in college… but now she’s lonelier than ever. Sam can feel Elizabeth getting under his skin… so he’s got to push her away for good.”
 
Sweet Valley University #57 – Who Knew?“Elizabeth thinks Sam is her new boyfriend… so why is he completely ignoring her? Neil can’t believe his best bud, Jessica, would betray him… but he catches her in the act. Is that ex-serious, ex-studious Nina coming home from a date at seven a.m… again?”
 
Sweet Valley High #101 – The Boyfriend War“Jessica Wakefield and her best friend, Lila Fowler, are at war! The battlefield is the white sandy beach of Club paradise, a fabulous island resort owned by Lila’s uncle. Jessica’s dreams of lounging by the pool and dancing the night away are shattered when she learns that Lila’s uncle has less relaxing plans for them: Jessica and Lila aren’t guests, they’re hired hands! Jessica’s going to make Lila pay for this, and she’s determined that the price will be Lila’s new Club Paradise boyfriend.Back home in Sweet Valley, Jessica’s twin sister, Elizabeth, makes a shocking discovery. While researching her family history, she unearths a secret about her mother’s past that could change the future of the Wakefield family.”

October TBR

 

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage – “On the outside it looks like Suzette has it all. A stunning ultra-modern home, designed by her handsome Swedish husband. A beautiful, but silent, seven-year-old daughter who is fiercely intelligent. But under the shiny veneer, the cracks are all too clear. For her daughter Hanna isn’t just clever, she’s dangerous. Her behaviour is carefully calculated. She adores her father, yet wants Suzette to disappear. And as Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated – from tampering with her mother’s daily medication, imitating a rabid dog, to setting Suzette on fire – it’s increasingly clear that there is something seriously wrong with their little girl. Because what kind of child wants to kill their own mother?”

The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley – “The Harmony Resort promises hope for struggling marriages. Run by celebrity power couple Drs. Miles and Grace Markell, the “last resort” offers a chance for partners to repair their relationships in a luxurious setting on the gorgeous Mayan Riviera. Johanna and Ben have a marriage that looks perfect on the surface, but in reality, they don’t know each other at all. Shell and Colin fight constantly: after all, Colin is a workaholic, and Shell always comes second to his job as an executive at a powerful mining company. But what has really torn them apart is too devastating to talk about. When both couples begin Harmony’s intensive therapy program, it becomes clear that Harmony is not all it seems–and neither are Miles and Grace themselves. What are they hiding, and what price will these couples pay for finding out? As a deadly tropical storm descends on the coast, trapping the hosts and the guests on the resort, secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested and not one single person–or their marriage–will remain unchanged by what follows.”

The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson – “The rule is simple: don’t bleed. For as long as Molly Southbourne can remember, she’s been watching herself die. Whenever she bleeds, another Molly is born, identical to her in every way and intent on her destruction. Molly knows every way to kill herself, but she also knows that as long as she survives she’ll be hunted. No matter how well she follows the rules, eventually the mollys will find her. Can Molly find a way to stop the tide of blood, or will she meet her end at the hand of a girl who looks just like her?”