2017 reading so far…

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Dissertation Books- 

  1. Adult Children: The Secrets of Dysfunctional Families by John C. Friel
  2. Twentieth- Century Suspense: The Thriller Comes of Age by Clive Bloom
  3. Thriller: Genesis and Structure of a Popular Genre by Jerry Palmer
  4. Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative and History by Cathy Caruth
  5. The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction by Martin Priestman
  6. Crime Fiction from Poe to the Present by Martin Priestman
  7. Trauma and Survival in Contemporary Fiction by Laurie Vickroy
  8. Too Scared to Cry: Psychic Trauma in Childhood by Lenore Tear

University Books- 

  1. Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
  2. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
  3. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
  4. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  5. Close Range by Annie Proulx

Books I read for fun-  

  1. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  2. The Girl Before by J.P.Delaney
  3. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  4. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
  5. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  6. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  7. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  8. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
  9. My Favourite Manson Girl by Alison Umminger
  10. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
  11. The Book of You by Claire Kendal
  12. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  13. Strictly Between Us by Jane Fallon
  14. Twist Me by Anna Zaires
  15. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  16. This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  17. Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
  18. Ordeal by Linda Lovelace
  19. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  20. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
  21. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

 

So, that is 34 books so far this year…not great but it was a challenging academic year.

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Little life lowdown…

Hey everyone, I have recently been absent because I went to Reading Festival and I have been organising my life ready to move to Oxford in September.

So, for the last three years (2014 – 2017) I have been doing my undergrad degree in English Literature in Bristol. (Only 40-50 minutes down the road from my hometown Swindon) Upon reflection, those three years were incredible. Of course at times I got caught up in the anxiety, stress and depression but I have gone out on the other side smiling…and you know what-for the first time-EVER- I feel proud. Proud of myself for gaining a high 2:1 in my degree and I am super proud of all the blood,sweat and tears I put into it.

I F**KING DID IT. YAAAASSS. 

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As mentioned above, university was incredible. I absolutely love learning and I am always hungry and eager for new information. Not only did I get to read some fantastic books along my journey but   I also met the most amazing people. I LOVE THEM AND TRULY APPRECIATE THEM. True friends for life. As cliche as it sounds, it is true…when you work so intensely with someone or live with someone you skip early stages of friendship and BAM you’re besties for life. Oh sometimes this can go wrong an people clash but that didn’t really happen to me, I am still friends now with two of the people I met on the first day and still really close to those who I lived with in years two and three.

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Do you live in Oxford? Where would you recommend going, eating, drinking, exploring. Tell me, tell me, tell me. I have only ever been to Oxford for theatre trips so I don’t know a lot.

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Also, how fricking cool is it that I am going to be starting my Publishing Masters?? Like me? Oh yaasss, learning all about the wonderful world of publishing…watch out future publishing houses…I am coming for you. (*fingers crossed* hopefully) They can just pile my desk up with books to edit and market and I won’t even complain, “BRING MORE” I’ll shout.  Remember when I did my publishing work experience last year and LOVED IT, that would be my life!!!

Any of my lovely followers completed an MA/ MASTERS? If so, how did you cope money wise? Actually anyone with money advice help me out because I am struggling to comprehend how I am going to survive the next year.

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How did you feel about this informal little chat up we just had? We became best friends right? But – seriously – I love interacting with you and would love to actually get to know you more, so drop a comment below…please.

Makeup Storage.

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How good does it feel when your make up is all organised and nicely presented? A-MAZ-ING, am I right?  How do you organise your make up? Leave me a comment below and let me know. I dream of having a dressing table in my future house…please-please-please!  I can’t right now because I am flittering between houses because I am living the student life right now.

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So, for now I organise my make up like this. (well some of my make up, like my lipsticks and eyeshadow- the others are in my MASSIVE make-up bag.

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I love this little storage thing, isn’t it preeeetttyyyy. 

Highlighter Galore ✨✨

I have six go to highlighters that I absolutely adore! 😈

Chameleon Highlighter In Mother of Pearl. £12.99 at Topshop

Look at my poor baby!! I smashed this while travelling and I am too attatched to get rid and too poor right now to treat myself to a new one. *downfall to being a student* I still use it daily so it’s all good. 


I Heart Makeup Unicorn Heart Highlighter only £4.99 at Superdrug 

 

I absolutely love this Highlighter, just look at it! My only downfall to this is that it is a little bit blue for my liking. 

 I Heart Makeup – Goddess of Love Triple Baked Highlighter. £4.99 Superdrug 

 

M.U.A Highlight Shimmer £4 Superdrug 


M.U.A Undress Your Skin- Iridescent Gold £3 Superdrug 

 

M.U.A Undress Your Skin- pink shimmer £3 Superdrug 


M.U.A highlighters are A-MAZ-ING



                           (Left to right) 

  1. Mother of Pearl. It’s subtle yet powerful! -£12.99
  2. Triple Baked Highlighter -£4.99
  3. M.U.A – Pink Shimmer -£3
  4. M.U.A – Iridescent Gold- £3
  5. Unicorn Heart -£4.99
  6. M.U.A – Highlight Shimmer – £4 

Thank you for reading ✨ What’s your favourite Highlighter? 

3100 Followers Giveaway…

I WANT TO CELEBRATE YOU WONDERFUL PEOPLE…

A few rules first…

  • You have to be following my blog. p.s…I can tell when you comment without following 😉
  • Comment below that you want to be entered.
  • Open worldwide

Giveaway-Time

I wanted to something aimed at both my book followers and beauty followers.

What you can win…

  • £20/$20/€20 to spend at any book retailer e.g Amazon, Waterstones and Book Depository.65b30ef27669cd8f61438f2790c46f87
  • The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette.

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  • So thats the Modern Renaissance Palette PLUS £/€/$ 20 to spend on books or anything bookish.
  • You will have a chance to wins these if you follow my blog and comment below.  
  • This giveaway will end in a week (or maybe two depending on entries).

Thank you for reading.

 

My weird (yet wonderful) bookish habits – Part Two.

I had a really positive response to the first post about my bookish habits…we are all a little weird and I LOVE IT. This is my second post and I love hearing what you reply, so please comment below and lets be weird and wonderful together.

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Read part one here –

Here I discussed my impulse to talk to anyone reading a book, stifling a yawn with my book, hating on people who abuse books and my favourite reading location.

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  1. Smelling books. New or Old I will give a book a cheeky little smell. Have you ever walked into a old vintage book shop and thought wow, it smells amazing. I wish they made candles in old book scent because I would burn that for daaayyyyssss. I always think old books smell well loved if that makes any sense at all. P.S. Early season Rory gives me life, she was a complete bookworm.giphy.gif
  2.  Leaving books scattered around the house. I am sooo guilty of this and it irritates my mum so much, she would always say she knew when I was back from university because she would just find books in random places. I need access to books at all times okay, what if something happened and I had to stay in that room…it would be okay because I would have a book with me.

rapunzel-books.gif  3. Always having a book on me.  I won’t leave the house unless I have a book with me. You never know when you will have a spare minute to read. Waiting for someone?-read. Early somewhere?-read. Unhappy?- Read. Bored?- Read. Legit the other day I went to Bath for the day with my best friend and I thought I would be early to the station so I grabbed my trusty version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 

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4. Going on holiday and packing more books than clothes. THANK YOU KINDLE FOR MAKING MY LIFE EASIER NOW! When I use to visit my dad in Denmark over summer I would take like ten books for a week trip and SMASH them all. He would have to work somedays so I would just read in his apartment or walk to the park and read.  I still sometimes take physical copies of books with me but prefer to take my kindle nowadays because it is lighter and easier to carry. Although I prefer reading books over kindle books? what’s your thoughts on this matter?

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5. Spending hours on end in libraries and bookshops.  Guilty again. I got spend an endless amount of time roaming the shelves in bookshops and libraries. Being surrounded by books fills me with a sense of comfort and belonging and I LOVE IT.

tumblr_o14lftvOZc1tzv1dpo1_500.gif 6. Talking about fictional characters as if they are real. I am a nightmare when it comes to this. They are real to me okay, they have touched my heart and now live in there. When I was going to my dissertation meetings my supervisor had to sit me down and advise me to stop writing and discussing the characters as if they were real. So…instead of writing Nick and Amy volitile relationship, I would have to write Flynn constructed the characters of Nick and Amy to give the illusion of a volatile relationship.Blah Blah Blah.

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So here are six more reading habits of mine. Do you do the same? What do you think of mine?

 

 

More Lime Crime 💄✨

Yay! I got two more Lime Crime lipsticks. ✨ This time I went for Suedeberry and Red  Velvet.

  YAAAASSS MULTIPLE SHADES OF RED!! 

 


You seriously cannot get enough of reds. I legit have like 20 shades of red and honestly they are allllll different. 

 
Suedeberry is the top swatch and Red Velvet is the bottom one. I love the orange tinge to it. Love love love. 💄✨

  • Are you a red lip lover? 
  • What’s your favourite brand of red? 
  • What’s your favourite shade of red?