January Reading Wrap Up


Total Books Read: 8
January TBR Books Read: 2
Total Pages Read: 1,734
Total Hours Listened: 14 Hours 20 Minutes

Sadie by Courtney Summers – 3/5 – If you’re going to pick this book up I highly recommend checking out the audiobook format. It features a full cast, and the podcast element of the story is presented as if it were a real podcast (theme music included). All in all, it was very well done. This was a decent YA thriller that kept me entertained throughout. The ending was different from what I’m used to in thrillers, which made it all the more enjoyable for me.

The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey – 4/5 – This was a good Australian thriller that kept me entertained until the end. Not being able to guess the ending of a thriller is rare for me, and it tends to bump the book up in my opinion when it happens. This was the first book of Sarah Bailey’s that I have read and I am interested to pick up more from her in the future.

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter – 3/5 – This was my first buddy read for the year (with my friend Michael), and it was a WILD RIDE. This book contained nearly every single theme you can imagine to the point where it was almost too many themes for one book, but it sure made for an entertaining buddy read with a lot to discuss. This felt different to all of the Karin Slaughter books I have read before, but I still really enjoyed it. Both Michael and I agreed that we would love to see a spin-off book featuring some of the incredible side characters from the story.

Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar – 3/5 – I am always down for a disaster story and if you throw a potential conspiracy theory into the mix on top of that, you have my favourite kind of story. The author’s theory as to what happened to the hikers was pretty compelling, and I enjoyed the way he presented all of the information. I can imagine this would have been a little dry if I had read a physical copy, so I’d recommend picking up the audiobook if possible.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – 4/5 – I know I enjoyed this book because not even halfway through I started googling people’s dreamcast of characters for the upcoming TV series. I really loved the character and story development, and I’m keen to keep reading and see how the rest of the series plays out.

January Empties


Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment (2% BHA) – Truth be told, Sebastian used the majority of this product and it was because he had asked me for something that would help control the pores on his nose. There was a noticeable difference in the size and condition of his pores after using this, and he was pleasantly surprised. After finishing this up he asked if I had anything similar he could use, which I think is a testament to the quality of the product.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater – These Mario Badescu Facial Sprays are my new obsession. I have one of these and one of the Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea in regular rotation. I sometimes use this in place of a toner, or just to give a nice refreshing boost to my skin throughout the day. This smells incredible, and has been such a treat to use during summer.

Paula’s Choice Redness Relief SPF 15 Mineral Moisturiser – This is my favourite facial sunscreen and I’ve gone through quite a few tubes of this over the years. I like this because it doesn’t leave a white cast on the skin and it has an almost mattifying effect, which is the opposite to all of the sunscreens I’ve tried in the past. It also works really well, which is saying a lot because my skin LOVES to burn.

Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel – I like to rotate my Paula’s Choice moisturisers, but after this round with the Invisible Finish Moisture Gel I think I’ll be giving it a miss in the future. I’m not sure if it was because my skin is drier than usual at the moment but this was not doing me any favours in the hydration department. I think I’ll be sticking to my old faithful Hydralight moisturiser for a while.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Wipes – These are my favourite facial cleansing wipes and I try to always have some on hand for nights where I’m too lazy to properly remove my makeup. They are reasonably inexpensive, gentle on my skin, and do a good job of removing makeup.

Current TV Shows


The Sopranos (season two) – This is the show that Sebastian and I are watching together at the moment. Sebastian has never seen the series before, and I have never seen it in its entirety. This show really stands the test of time because it’s still as enjoyable as it was back when I originally watched it. It’s also very binge-worthy, which makes it perfect for us because that’s how we tend to watch TV together. The only problem with this show is that the characters are always eating huge amounts of delicious looking pasta and it makes me hungry.

13 Reasons Why (season one) – I had been meaning to watch this show for a while, so when I was browsing my Netflix to-watch list recently I saw this and decided to give it a go. I’ve left it long enough to get spoiled by what happens in the series, but I am still enjoying watching it all play out. Can we talk about how adorable Ross Butler is as Zach?! So. Cute.

The OC (season one) – This show was a huge part of my late teens/early 20s (my ringtone was even an obnoxiously loud rendition of CALIFOOOORNIAAAAA at one point), so when I saw it on Stan I knew I had to do a full re-watch. I don’t think I ever watched the entire series back in the day, so I’m excited to see what happens. As I mentioned in my Current Podcasts post, I am watching this while simultaneously listening to corresponding podcast episodes and it’s making the re-watch experience so much more enjoyable.

The X Files (season one) – This is one of my all-time favourite shows, and this will be the third or fourth time I’ve re-watched the series. For me, there is no show that possibly comes close to recreating the chemistry between the two main characters on this show. I’m so excited to go through another re-watch of this and rediscover all of my favourite episodes. As with The OC, I am listening to a podcast series alongside this which is making the experience a lot of fun.

January Book Haul


Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert“When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support. But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new… the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself – or worse.”

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne“Crush (n.): a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach… Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty-ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough. When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade. Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying-and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.”

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes“Joe Goldberg came to Los Angeles to start over, to forget about what happened in New York. But in a darkened room in Soho House everything suddenly changed. She is like no one he’s ever met before. She doesn’t know about his past and never can. The problem is, hidden bodies don’t always stay that way.”

Current Podcasts


Not Another X Files Podcast“Welcome to Vancouver, the home of The X Files. Join us as we take a journey from pilot to finale, complete with improv, shipping, and lots of singing!” – I get into the mood to re-watch The X Files every few years, and this time around I have decided to do it while simultaneously listening to a podcast. This seemed like a good one to start with because one of the hosts has never seen the show before and I thought it would be fun to hear about the show from a new fan’s perspective. I’m already loving it because the girl who has never watched the show before immediately fell in love with Mulder. I RELATE.

Slow Burn“Leon Neyfakh excavates the strange subplots and forgotten characters of recent political history – and finds surprising parallels to the present.” – Around the time I decided I wanted a break from listening to true crime, I saw this recommended on a list of top podcasts of 2018 and I decided to check it out. This has been really interesting for me to listen to because as much as I had a general idea about what happened during Bill Clinton’s presidency, I have learned a lot through this podcast about the details of what actually went down.

Dr Death“We’re at our most vulnerable when we go to our doctors. We trust the person at the other end of that scalpel. We trust the hospital. We trust the system. Dr. Christopher Duntsch was a neurosurgeon who radiated confidence. He claimed he was the best in Dallas. If you had back pain and had tried everything else, Dr. Duntsch could give you the spine surgery that would take your pain away. But soon his patients started to experience complications. And all they had to protect them was a system ill-equipped to stop the madness.” – I had seen this podcast recommended by quite a few people on my twitter feed, so it had been sitting on my “to listen” list for a while. If you have any sort of paranoia about surgery or hospitals or anything of that nature I would highly recommend NOT listening to this podcast. If not, go for your life because it’s fascinating and utterly terrifying.

Let’s Talk OC“Do you love The OC? Do you miss the show? Well you’re in luck! Let’s Talk OC is the podcast for you. Join obsessed fan Michelle, Liss, who has seen the show once and Ingrid the newbie, as they watch and share their thoughts every Monday!” – As soon as I spotted The OC on Stan, I knew I had to do a re-watch. This show is super nostalgic for me and brings back so many memories of late high school and the years that followed. Similarly to first podcast mentioned here, I am watching television episodes and then listening to the corresponding podcast episode, and it’s been a lot of fun so far.