January Wrap Up – Books

 

All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton – This book was an excellent way to start the reading year. Trent Dalton is able to write such charming and vivid characters, and the backdrop of Darwin in wartime was unlike anything I’d read before. This was a truly beautiful story, and I feel like the imagery of Molly Hook’s journey will stay with me for a long time.
 
Beach Read by Emily Henry – This was a light and refreshing read, a perfect choice for the aftermath of All Our Shimmering Skies. I love reading a romance where I feel like I might actually be attracted to the male character, it makes things a bit more interesting for me. This was a fun little romance, and was a page turner that warmed my heart.

January Wrap Up – TV Shows

 

The Reagans [ season 1 ] – We kick-started the year off with this four part series about the Reagan presidency. I didn’t know much about Reagan going into this so it was an informative watch for me. I now understand why so many people think the Reagan administration was the beginning of the downfall of the USA. This was a good watch for anyone interested in a quick and informative political doco series.

Schitt’s Creek [ season 6 ] – What a bittersweet thing to finally finish this perfect show. It has been quiet a while since I have been so charmed by a television series and it’s cast of characters, but this show is now nestled firmly in my heart as one of my all-time favourites. I am sad that it’s finally finished but so happy that I got to experience it.

The Ripper [ season 1 ] – A friend at work recommended this true crime series to me, and it was one of those shows where you sit down to watch and you end up finishing the entire thing in one day. This was a great little series, informative, suspenseful, and it didn’t drag on for too long. If you’d like to learn all about the Yorkshire Ripper, check this out.

The Night Stalker [ season 1 ] – First things first, please do not watch this if you are planning on spending any time home alone at night. This is one of the creepiest true crime documentary series I’ve watched so far, and it will stay with me for a very long time. My only exposure to Richard Ramirez prior to this was American Horror Story, and having seen this I feel like it was pretty disrespectful for them to include him in the story they way that they did. He was a monster, pure evil.

The West Wing [ season 1 ] – We have commenced another watch of The West Wing, which is one of my all-time favourite shows. Watching this feels like coming home. It can be pretty cheesy at times, but the characters will stay with you forever. Season one is a great introduction to the show, with a cliffhanger at the end of the last episode that made us jump straight in to season two.

February TBR

 

Erotic Stories for Pubjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal – “Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she’s spent most of her twenty-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father’s death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a creative writing course at the community center in the beating heart of London’s close-knit Punjabi community. Because of a miscommunication, the proper Sikh widows who show up are expecting to learn basic English literacy, not the art of short-story writing. When one of the widows finds a book of sexy stories in English and shares it with the class, Nikki realizes that beneath their white dupattas, her students have a wealth of fantasies and memories. Eager to liberate these modest women, she teaches them how to express their untold stories, unleashing creativity of the most unexpected–and exciting–kind. As more women are drawn to the class, Nikki warns her students to keep their work secret from the Brotherhood, a group of highly conservative young men who have appointed themselves the community’s moral police. But when the widows’ gossip offers shocking insights into the death of a young wife–a modern woman like Nikki–and some of the class erotica is shared among friends, it sparks a scandal that threatens them all.”
 
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez – “Kristen Peterson doesn’t do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don’t get her. She’s also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children. Planning her best friend’s wedding is bittersweet for Kristen — especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He’s funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm, and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he’d be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it’s harder and harder to keep him at arm’s length.”
 
You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle – “Meet Naomi and Nicholas: the Perfect Couple. Their glorious, lavish wedding is coming up in three short months… and they are utterly, miserably sick of each other. Unfortunately, whoever backs out first will end up bearing the brunt of the wedding bill. When Naomi finds out that Nicholas has been feigning contentment too, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of sabotage, pranks, and all-out emotional warfare to see who can annoy the other into surrendering first. Now that they have nothing to lose, they’re finally being themselves. In fact, they’re having so much fun getting on each other’s nerves that it starts to feel like something else entirely…”
 
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia 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.”

Adore Beauty Haul

 

Kérastase Reflection Bain Chromatique Shampoo & Conditioner – One of my goals for this year is to stop spending money I don’t need to be spending (hello building a house life), but I am “allowed” to repurchase things where needed. This is my first repurchase of the year, as I am close to finishing up the Living Proof Shampoo & Conditioner Duo I’ve been using for the last few months.
 
O&M Original Queenie Firm Hold Hairspray – This is another repurchase, as I’m getting close to finishing up yet another tube of this amazing hairspray. Sebastian now uses this whenever he washes his hair and needs to style it, so I am going through bottles much faster than I used to. I feel like the fact this works just as well on his thick curly hair as it does on my fine straight hair says a lot about the quality of this product.
 
Adore Beauty Rose Quartz Facial Massage Set – So forgetting everything I said before about only repurchasing things, I felt that I desperately needed this facial massage set. So I bought it. I want to try and implement facial massage into my daily skincare routine this year, so I can reverse whatever extra ageing 2020 added to my face and try to end the year looking younger than I did when it began.

Nostalgic Book Haul (January)

 

Sweet Valley High #35 – Out Of Control“Aaron Dallas, the handsome co-captain of the Sweet Valley High soccer team, used to be friendly and likeable. But suddenly he’s changed. He explodes whenever the smallest thing goes wrong, and lashes out at everyone, including his teammates and his girlfriend, Heather. Elizabeth Wakefield is concerned about the change in Aaron. Her boyfriend, Jeffrey French, is Aaron’s best friend. Jeffrey keeps making excuses for Aaron, and Elizabeth can’t persuade him that his best friend really needs help – until Jeffrey himself becomes the target of Aaron’s rage.”
 
Sweet Valley High #49 – Playing For Keeps“Jessica and senior A.J. Morgan are in love. He is different from most of the guys she has dated, and Jessica is sure that he would love her even more if she acted more like her sister, Elizabeth. But when she begins to act like Elizabeth, A.J. gets bored, and she has to fight for her man!”
 
Sweet Valley High #50 – Out Of Reach“All Jade Wu wants is to be as all-American as her classmates, but her traditional Chinese father will not let her do anything the other kids do–especially date attractive David Prentiss. Then an ugly rumor threatens to destroy her dreams, and Jade despairs of ever being happy.”