Autumn Book Haul

 

Girl A by Abigail Dean – “Lex Gracie doesn’t want to think about her family. She doesn’t want to think about growing up in her parents’ House of Horrors. And she doesn’t want to think about her identity as Girl A: the girl who escaped. When her mother dies in prison and leaves Lex and her siblings the family home, she can’t run from her past any longer. Together with her sister, Evie, Lex intends to turn the House of Horrors into a force for good. But first she must come to terms with her six siblings – and with the childhood they shared.”
 
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim – “In rural Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine – a pressurised oxygen chamber that patients enter for “dives”, used as an alternative therapy for conditions including autism and infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos’ small community. Who or what caused the explosion? Was it the mother of one of the patients, who claimed to be sick that day but was smoking down by the creek? Or was it Young and Pak themselves, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? The ensuing trial uncovers unimaginable secrets from that night–trysts in the woods, mysterious notes, child-abuse charges–as well as tense rivalries and alliances among a group of people driven to extraordinary degrees of desperation and sacrifice.”
 
Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier – “Marin had the perfect life. Married to her college sweetheart, she owns a chain of upscale hair salons, and Derek runs his own company. They’re admired in their community and are a loving family. Up until the day Sebastian is taken. A year later, Marin is a shadow of herself. The FBI search has gone cold. The publicity has faded. She and her husband rarely speak. The only thing keeping her going is the unlikely chance that one day Sebastian reappears. She hires a P.I. to pick up where the police left off, but instead of finding him, she discovers that Derek is having an affair with a younger woman. Kenzie Li is an artist and grad student-Instagram famous-and up to her eyeballs in debt. She knows Derek is married. She also knows he’s rich, and dating him comes with perks: help with bills, trips away, expensive gifts. He isn’t her first rich boyfriend, but she finds herself hoping he’ll be the last. She’s falling for him-and that was never part of the plan. Discovery of the affair sparks Marin back to life. She’s lost her son; she’s not about to lose her husband, too. Kenzie is an enemy with a face, which means this is a problem Marin can fix. But as she sets a plan in motion, another revelation surfaces. Derek’s lover might know what happened to their son. And so might Derek.”

Nostalgic Book Haul (February)

 

Sweet Valley University #29 – One Last Kiss“Gin-Yung Suh is dying! A crushed Todd Wilkins is devastated by the news–especially since he’s been rekindling his love for Elizabeth Wakefield during Gin-Yung’s hour of need. Now he must take what little time he has to make it up to her–to fill her last days with laughter instead of tears. Tom Watts madly loves Elizabeth. But she’s too busy with Todd to notice. Tom’s determined to tell Elizabeth how he feels, how he’s sorry for all he’s done. It’s never too late for true love… is it? Undercover cop Nick Fox is hot on the trail of a dangerous felon… until feisty Jessica Wakefield gets involved and blows the whole case. Something’s got to change for Nick. He can’t be a cop and Jessica’s boyfriend at the same time. But can he live without her?”
 
Sweet Valley University #31 – The Truth About Ryan“Ryan Taylor has gone back to his dangerous old habits. Can Elizabeth Wakefield help him out before he’s kicked off the Sweet Valley lifeguard squad for good? Jessica Wakefield has sacrificed so much this summer. In order to lure Ben Mercer away from brainy Priya Rahman, she’s been hitting the books when she should have been hitting the beach. But how someone new is tempting Jessica… someone forbidden. Will Jessica give up her studies–and Ben–for a risky summer fling? Life with surfer Stu Kirkwood is pure bliss–that’s what Nina Harper thinks. But will a woman from his past make her think again?”
 
Sweet Valley University #32 – The Boys Of Summer“Jessica Wakefield finally has Ryan Taylor all to herself. He’s wild, daring, spontaneous–everything Jessica wants in a boyfriend. He’s also the guy who broke her sister’s heart. Elizabeth Wakefield’s summer can’t get any worse, now that Ryan has left her for Jessica. But Elizabeth knows Ryan is spinning out of control, and he could be putting Jessica in danger. Can Elizabeth ignore her jealousy long enough to save them both? Wendy Paloma wants to leave her superstar husband, Pedro, but her friend Winston Egbert knows they belong together. When Winston and Pedro team up to win Wendy back, is their plan too crazy to work… or just crazy enough?”

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.

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.”