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Book Shelf Tour and Recommendations..



After have to squeeze all my new books on top of the rest, because I am a slight book hoarder, I decided it was probably the time to rearrange my bookshelf, and clear a bit of space so everything could fit nicely - so I cleared a shelf, rather than having 2 shelves for book, I now have three. I spent a bit of time putting them in colour order, because uh, it looks great.

Rather than doing a tour of my book shelf which I've done before here. Today I thought I'd do a bit more of a specific book based post - with my recommendations, to read list etc.


The Top Shelf



 Contents from left to right:
The Allure of Chanel by Paul Morand, Now We Are Six by A. A. MilneThe Million Dollar Blog by Natasha Courtenay SmithAfter You by Jojo MoylesThe Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie KondoThe Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k by Sarah KnightThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen ChboskyEverything Everything by Nicola YoonThe Other Half of Happiness by Ayisha Malik, Brave Enough by Cheryl StrayedThe Aniexy Solution by Chloe BotheridgeA Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara BarnardIf I was Your Girl by Meredith RussoBecoming by Laura Jane WilliamsAn Abundance of the Katherines by John GreenOn the Other Side by Carrie Hope FletcherThe Modern Love by Will Darbyshire, Now We Are Six (I've only just realised I've got two copies of that?!), Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch AlbonThe Sun is also a Star by Nicola YoonGirl Online Going Solo by Zoe SuggDon't Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard CarlsonEveryday by David Levithan.


Still on my to Read List:
-  The Million Dollar Blog by Natasha Courtenay Smith
The Other Half of Happiness by Ayisha Malik
The Aniexy Solution by Chloe Botheridge
Becoming by Laura Jane Williams

Fiction Recommendations:
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky,
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
If I was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Everyday by David Levithan


Non-Fiction Recommendations:
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo
Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed
The Modern Love by Will Darbyshire
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson


Have Previously Reviewed:
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon review here
A Quiet Kind of Thunder review here
This Modern Love review here
Everyday by David Lethivan review



The Middle Shelf

Contents from Left to Right:
It's Not How Good You Are It's How Good You Want to Be by Paul ArdenIcons of Fashion: The 20th Century by Gendra BuxbaumHumans of New York by Brandon StantonThe Diary of A Young Girl by Anne FrankCtrl Alt Delete: How I Grew Up Online by Emma Gannon, Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon (yes, I have two copies of this!), The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan, Bloom by Estée Lalonde, Beautiful Broken Things by Sara BarnardWe Were Liars by E. LockhartThe Potion Diaries by Amy AlwardBilly and Me by Giovanna FletcherCalm by Micheal Acton SmithGirl Online by Zoe SuggGirl Online on Tour by Zoe SuggThe Bricks that Built the Houses by Kate TempestThe One We Fell in Love with by Paige ToonBig Magic by Elizabeth GilbertWill Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David LevithanAll The Bright Places by Jennifer NivenHigh Fidelity by Nick HornbyHow to Style your Brand by Fiona Humberstone


Still on my to read list:
The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward
The Bricks that Built the Houses by Kate Tempest
How to Style your Brand by Fiona Humberstone
The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Fiction Recommendations:
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Non-Fiction Recommendations:
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
Ctrl Alt Delete: How I Grew Up Online by Emma Gannon
Calm by Micheal Acton Smith
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Previously Reviewed
Ctrl Alt Delete review here
We Were Liars reviewed here
Bloom by Estée Lalonde review here
Big Magic post here



The Bottom Shelf

Contents from Left to Right:
Chanel: the Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany, 100 Years of Fashion Illustration by Cally Blackman, Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstein, The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, Pretty Little Liars by Sara Sheppard, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, Another Day by David Levithan, Paper Towns by John Green, Thirteen Reason Why by Jay Asher, Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan, Make Up by Michelle Phan, The Version of Us by Laura Barnett, I Was Here by Gayle Forman, Peter Pan by J. M Barry, You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour David LevithanFan Girl by Rainbow Rowell, Nina is Not Ok by Shappi Khorsandi


Still on my To Read List:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan
The Version of Us by Laura Barnett

Fiction Recommendations:
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstein
Paper Towns by John Green
Thirteen Reason Why by Jay Asher
Nina is Not Ok by Shappi Khorsandi

Non-Fiction Recommendations:
Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll

Previously Reviewed:
13 Reasons Why review here
Paper Towns by John Green review here
The Night Circus review here



So that was a little long winded but I hope it inspired you to pick up a book!
Also worth noting, there are, of course, other books I love, which I just don't keep on my bookcase (Harry Potter - obviously, Looking for Alaska etc)

Please let me know if you have any book recommendations also!

xxx


MOTD




Today, I thought it would be nice to share a makeup look I've been enjoying recently, as it's been a while since I've posted beauty, and I've definitely been enjoying my reflection in the mirror when I've to finish carefully smearing it across my face.

This is a pretty classic look with an orange-red lip and winged liner. It is also very simple and doesn't use too many products.


Products used (all of which are linked!):
IT Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC Cream in Light
Bourjois  Healthy Mix Concealer in Light
Hourglass Ambient Light Powder in Luminous Light
Tanya Burr Beautifully Defined Palette Champagne Shimmer Highlight and Caramel Kiss Bronzer
Maybelline Master Brow Pro Palette in Soft Brown
Marc Jacobs Brow Tamer
Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Primer
Becca Champagne Pop as eyeshadow
Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Kiko Lavishly Intense Lip Pencil in 03 (no longer available, sorry!)
Mac Lady Danger

What do you think?

6 Loves: Blogs.


I thought I'd throw a little positivity into the blogosphere today, and share some of my favourite people of the internet with you. This is going to be the first part in a little series, beginning with my favourite blogs. I've got to be honest I struggled to narrow it down, but these are the ones I've found myself reading most recently.

Wish Wish Wish -The Photography on Carrie's blog is stunning, she has got her style down. Carrie travels plenty,  so you're sure to feel that wanderlust when scrolling. Not only is the photography flawless, but her writing is relatable. I recently read this post on Instagram and loved every single thing she said.

Grace Francesca - I think Grace is one of the most real, honest people I have come across in the blogosphere, she such a  girl boss. I love everything about her blog, the raw honesty and relatability. She is just very inspiring. Her recent post,  'Why I Started Blogging' was such a positive reflection on the world of blogging, and I found it really interesting to hear why somebody so successful started out!

Jaynie Shannon x - Jaynie is my BFF IRL, and she also has a great blog. If you're into reading beauty, it's the place to go. Her pictures a crisp and her she writes the best beauty pieces. Her writing also really just sounds like her, reading Jaynie's blog, I feel like I am just having a chat with her.

Madeliine Grace Blogs - Madi is someone else I know IRL. I love reading her blog, her style of writing just sits well with me, it's easy and interesting to read. Her blog has a diary feel to it, which I love.

The Cornish Life - I don't live in Cornwall, but this blog has given me some serious envy of those who do. Just looking at Anna's blog brings a calmness over me, the photography is full of beautiful blue landscapes. Anna is so relatable and in general a really nice girl. The Cornish Life is a great lifestyle blog where you can read everything from places to visit in Cornwal to leading an echo friendly life. I loved her recent post 'Summer. This is it', it was such a great reminder to not let time slip away.

Wonderful--you - I love Megs writing for wonderful you, there is a true honesty to it, which makes it so relatable, and all of Megs writing is very heartfelt. Meg works with her friend Alexandra to get the most amazing, editorial style photography for the blog. Along with the sleek layout, this gives it a real profession magazine feel.

What are your favourite blogs?

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The New Years Resolutions 7 Months On.


It is the start of July, so we are officially over half way through the year. I'm sure, like me, you're all freaking out about where 2017 is going.

I decided to refresh my brain and look at my New Years Goals which I set for myself at the start of the year, to see if any of them are actually happening and which ones have gone out of the window completely. Hopefully, this will give me some focus for the remainder of the year.

1) Be Better at Replying to Text and Emails - this has definitely gone out of the window, I'm still completely rubbish at it

2) No more social breadcrumbing - I do think I've improved slightly on this one, I'm getting better at not saying 'let's go for coffee' in passing, although I definitely do it sometimes.

3) Be more proud of my blog and youtube - This one is actually happening. I've got some pride in the things I create now. I've even made a facebook page for my blog (here), so the people I know IRL can see the stuff which I was once embarrassed to talk about too!

4) Take better care of my belongings - I feel like I'm improving on this one. I'm definitely a lot tidier which tends to come hand in hand with looking after things.

5) Save some money - uhh about that...

6) Go to life drawing classes - I've not done this, but there is still time.

7) Post spoken word on my youtube - I technically did this, and then took it down. It is something I intend to do again, just when I'm feeling a little happier poetry.

8) Meet more like-minded people, make friends - I am getting better at this one. I've definitely met more like minded people this year, but there is still room for improvement.

9) Pass my driving test - I'm still having lessons, but I can't see any reason I wouldn't pass by the end of the year.

10) Go to acting lessons - This is something I recently began doing.

11) Look after myself more - In some ways, I do this, in some ways I don't.

12) Keep doing me - I'm 100% feeling more comfortable with who I am at the moment.



I'm pleasantly surprised looking back over those, although I definitely haven't stuck to some of them, some of my goals for the year I've been putting into action! Did you have any goals for 2017?

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Sex.

Sex. Am I really typing out some thoughts on sex to post online? Yes, I am. I tend to talk feel the urge to write about whatever is on my mind - and today, sex is. Not, in I am really horny and would quite like sex right now way. more like, I'm trying to work out how being single, and sex play into each other.

If you are a family member of mine, this is definitely time for you to close the tab and do something else. If you are not, grab a cuppa because I feel like this may be a long post.

If you read my post on dating, you will see I mentioned there I'm not having any sex. A little TMI, but there you have it, it has been while, to say the least.

I feel as though I go through phases with sex, and at the moment, I've pretty much taken my virginity back steered clear of any penis. That's not because I don't want sex because let's face it, everyone wants sex, everyone enjoys sex, as a society we're pretty damn obsessed with it. And it's also not as though I don't have the opportunity, a couple of swipes on Tinder and I could get lucky.
And even if I didn't want to sleep with someone from Tinder, there have been opportunities, because like I said, everyone wants sex. And there have been times I've wanted to. But I've felt the need to stop myself.

Why?
Goddamnit Chloe.

I am slut shaming myself? Will I feel like a slut if I have sex with someone I want to have sex with?Even if I were a slut, what is the issue with that? It's my body to do what I want with.

I would never judge another person depending on their sexual experiences, so why do I place such judgment on myself?

You don't have sex and you're frigid, you do and you're a slut, you come pretty close to it, but stop through fear of being called a slut, and congratulations, you're now a tease.

But does it matter which of these things you are? As long as sex is consensual on both parts, it's all good right?

And then they are feeling. I'm sure many girls have thought, if I charm him with my vagina, he might catch the feelings, and he doesn't then you feel used and stupid. Sex won't make someone fall in love with you, contrary to what the rom coms tell you.

But what if I don't want them to fall in love with me?
Why do we attach so many emotions to sex? Even if I don't want them to fall in love with me, I need to think about this, a lot.

I completely believe sex can just be sex, it came mean nothing. If you're in the right frame of mind, doing it with the right person and know exactly where you stand. But maybe no if it becomes a regular thing, or you feel the desire to text every day for updates on their life the week after.

And then there are fuckboys. I've got to be honest, I can't help at least you know where you stand with a fuckboy, there is no confusion, you know what it is. So why not fuck the fuckboy. It's just sex after all - but then there is a worry, of that post sex hangover, where you feel pretty crappy about yourself. Also, fucking a fucking boy is kind of shooting yourself in the foot. You're setting yourself up for disappointment.

And then there is love, is love a requirement for sex? Well, no it's not - but give it a bit of love, and then maybe I won't feel so cheap in the morning. Having said that, we've got desires, so why shouldn't we enjoy ourselves if we're not in love. I mean, we're not having those loved up butterflies, so we may as well deserve an orgasm once in a while.

We are at our most vulnerable when we have sex. Sex in an intimate thing. Which I guess in my eyes means the thought of it is a little intimidating - when it gets to actually doing it, it's fine, but the thought can make me nervous, and I don't know if that's normal.

I don't want to be a slut, I also don't know if I want a relationship, and just because I'm out of a relationship why does that restrict my rights to have sex? And why do I put so much weight in the word slut?

At the end of the day, sex is just sex, and it means different things to different people, which I guess makes it confusing and encouraged this stream of thoughts. I think everyone is completely entitled to have a little or a much or no consensual sex with whoever they wish, but my own personal preference I'm unsure of.

I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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