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.”
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.”
I decided to set myself a bit of a movie challenge for October, and the vibe is SPOOKY. We don’t exactly celebrate Halloween in Australia, although each year I feel like I have seen it creep in more and more in the shops and also in our traditions, but I’m not mad about it.
Here are the movies I’m planning to watch in October:
Fifteen movies might seem like a lot to watch in one month, and to be honest I have no idea if I’ll be able to accomplish it, but I feel like it’ll be fun to try. I’ve included a blend of fun Halloween-vibe films and some spookier stuff to keep things interesting. Wish me luck!