This is late on my end. But I'm almost caught up. Mostly. Anyways. This is the first box of the Lavish Bath Box seasonal boxes.
There are ten full size items in the box (it was heavy!). The first item (not one of the 10) is actually the pamphlet included which has descriptions of the product and the shops included. I like things like this personally.
Lucky Caller by Emma Mills
I have a feeling this hurricane season is going to be not fun. Mostly because that tiny little tropical storm (well, it did kill people, so not tiny) Claudette took me out for a week. I still have a twitchy eye from the migraine. UGH!
Anyways, I didn't get a lot of reading done this week because of it but I'm back in the saddle. I managed to get most of my mail sorted and my desk is a little more clear.
Let's get to the book! I think Emma Mills is one of those authors that I just enjoy. I discovered her through a book subscription and then kept up with her output. Lucky Caller is the last book I read from her. She (or the publisher) has changed the artwork cover, which is very annoying mid series but since her books are stand alone - I can deal with it. It is sad how they don't match (since the others do). Her old books were re-released with new covers so that's nice. For other people.
This is a YA contemporary romance, set in a large high school in the States. It features two friends who had drifted apart end up in the same group in their elective class.
I have made a huge dent in my bookmarks. I don't know what I was doing with myself when I saved all these random things to read but I'm going through them now. Mostly because I'm stuck on what I want my office décor to look like. I had started with yellow and bright/happy, but that's as far as I've gotten. Anyways...
7 James Street is an interactive longform article (I love these). This is a true crime one about a murder in the UK. It's about the murder of Lynette White, a welsh woman, who was found in Cardiff after being stabbed. People reported seeing a white man, bloodied on the steps of the house where Lynette had been found, but police arrested 5 black men instead. These five men became known as the "Cardiff 5." Eventually the five men were freed and in 2000, the police reopened the Lynette White murder case and found usable DNA from under the baseboards and on some cellophane. The article also touches on corruption and manipulation of witnesses, the economy of the docklands in Cardiff, and miscarriages of justice.
The Fifth Force of Physics is Hanging by a Thread by Nautilus writer Philip Ball. It was written in 2017, so that's how behind I am. I'll be absolutely honest, physics is not my love. I struggle with it. The article talks about how the four forces already known (gravity, electromagnetism, strong and weak nuclear focus. A fifth force would be either an entire new force or just a modification of general relativity (thus only four forces, with one needing tweaking). I understand enough of this to understand that I don't understand any of it well enough.
Macy's Beauty Box: January 2021
Oh God. JANUARY!!! I'm so behind here! I don't even have the other months uploaded! Get it together girl!
This is Macy's Beauty Box, which is a subscription from Macy's. It's a monthly box filled with skincare, makeup, and haircare. Also sometimes another goodie. I think this is a great box because I tend to prefer the brands here, plus if I really like something I can pick it up via Macy's.
They have a waitlist to join, they don't do spoilers, and you don't get choices. Still, I prefer it. I've had it for awhile now (at least a year) and I tend to keep most of the items they send me. Maybe not the men's cologne since I don't personally need it.
There's always a coupon, usually for $5 the next beauty purchase at Macy's. This month's card was for $5, but I waited for them to send me a $10 one so I could buy a Dior lipstick. I don't need another lipstick...I was just enchanted. The coupons only last for the month, so you can't stack them together.
Today is just not a "get dressed" day. I've been having a slow start. I had a doctor's appointment and apparently I'm Vitamin D deficient? So...I've been trying to go out in the sun a little. Which is odd because normally I try to stay way out of the sun!
This is the exciting book where Darcy and Georgie get married! Well, mostly. There is a mystery before the wedding, and there is some luck that Georgie falls into, and of course the wedding.
The Book Drop: January 2021
This is my "Bubbly" selection, which is the genre encompassing friendship and romance. I switched it up after this month and went with a mix of romance/friendship and fantasy/sci-fi. I can't remember what it is off the top of my head.
The subscription gets you one softcover book, usually an author goodie, a bookmark and the Indie booklet.
I signed up for the Postmarked (I guess it's Postmark'd) box awhile ago. Mostly because I love stationery and I'm in a penpal group. Do I already have a huge amount of stationery...yes. But I always want more.
They ship fairly early in the month and I get mine before the 10th (usually) so the turn around time for me is nice. The box comes with stamps that match the "theme", cards, at least one postcard, and a little stationery extra. All of the items are beautifully packaged.
Looking at my stack of books, I don't feel like I've made a huge dent but I can see the second row in my bookshelf, so I absolutely have made some little dent.