It is my birthday in under a week, and I figured it would be nice to treat myself to a few new books as a little birthday gift. I’ve been trying to curb my book-buying lately because I have a full shelf of new books that I am yet to read. But surely a birthday calls for a bit of a splurge, right? Here is what I picked up –
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
– “Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little. For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.”
Into The Forest by Jean Hegland – “Eva, eighteen, and Nell, seventeen, are sisters, adolescents on the threshold of womanhood–and for them anything should be possible. But even as Eva prepares for an audition with the San Francisco Ballet and Nell dreams of her first semester at Harvard, their lives are turned upside down and their dreams are pushed into the shadows. In a nation suddenly without electricity or communications, Eva is compelled to dance alone to the music of memory, and Nell’s education consists of reading the encyclopedia, devouring knowledge as if it were her last meal. Theirs is an age of darkness and terror… A distant war rages overseas. Resources society had depended on, such as gas and electricity, are no longer available. Riots spread through the inner cities, while deadly viral infections spread across the countryside. Isolated in their home in the northern California woods, Eva and Nell live in a world without television or phones, in a time of suspicion and superstition, of anger, hunger, and fear. Perhaps one day the lights–and their dreams–will return, but orphaned by their parents’ deaths and by society, Eva and Nell have been left to forage through the forest, and through their past, for the keys to survival. As they blaze a path into the forest and into the future, they become pioneers and pilgrims–not only creatures of the new world, but the creators of it.”
Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager – “It was Emma’s first summer away from home. She made friends. She played games. And she learned how to lie. Then three of her new friends went into the woods and never returned… Now, years later, Emma has been asked to go back to the newly re-opened Camp Nightingale. She thinks she’s laying old ghosts to rest but really she’s returning to the scene of a crime. Because Emma’s innocence might be the biggest lie of all…”
Sebastian was sent to Singapore for work this month, and being the total sweetheart he is he offered to pop into Sephora to pick up a few things for me. After spending way too long browsing the Sephora Singapore website, I settled on the following. The Tarte Hydrate, Illuminate, & Glow Beauty Essentials, Too Faced Peach Mega Moisture Lip Balm, Too Faced Peach Mist Mattifying Setting Spray, Fresh Sugar Lychee Eau De Parfum and the Tarte Toasted Eyeshadow Palette. So far so good with most of the products, and the only problem I’ve had so far is that I think the Toasted Palette might be slightly too orange/yellow for my skin tone.