My Day in Wonderland

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Incase you didn't know, I recently went to the Lewis Carroll Centre in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. I live in Cheshire myself not too far from Daresbury and I went along with the lovely Meg and Ren. The centre is that back of a church where Lewis Carrolls Dad was actually a vicar. There is a little gift shop within the church, first editions of alice in wonderland and a beautiful stain glass window with the characters from wonderland at the bottom. I wanted to share the pictures from the day because there aren't many around on the internet and we didn't know what to expect. Incase you didn't know, to make this less confusing, Lewis Carroll's real name is Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898) and Alice was inspired by a real young girl called Alice Liddell.

Stain Glass window with famous characters along the bottom such as the hare, dodo, caterpillar and the mad hatter.

List of previous vicars of the church, here we can see Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll's father) was vicar in 1827.

An amazing drawing of the Lewis Carroll world, I wanted a huge poster of it on my wall!

Lewis Carroll with a human skeleton and monkeys skeleton.

Board about Lewis Carroll's love for photography, you can see the feet of Alice Liddell at the top.

Entrance to the centre

Several editions of Alice in wonderland, including a first edition and editions from all around the world.
I had such a great day and it was so interesting to see and to visit.


Stacking the Shelves #7

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I feel like I haven't done one of these in a very long time, though in reality it's been about a month. I have been slowly collecting some books and I thought that I would share them with you all because I really love reading these posts. So without further ado, lets get on with the books.

Look Whos Back by Timur Vermes - So me and Ren were in waterstones (because when are we not) and we saw this book and were like "oh whats that it looks like it's about hitler" so we read the back and Ren was like "Okay so it's Hitler coming back to life in 2011" and then we both saw... that not only does he come back to life... but he becomes a youtube star. How on earth could we pass this up?!

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson - I was kindly sent this by the lovely ladies over at Book Passion for Life and I have heard a lot of hype about this one as well as her newer book. But I have no idea what it is about... sorry.

Animal Cruelty: Pathway to Violence Against People by Linda Merz-Perez and Kathleen Heide -  Another purchase from wolfgang vintage over on instagram, it's a psychology book, never heard of it before and it's about how animal cruelty in childhood is the first signs of violence as an adult, interesting huh?

Encyclopedia Paranoiaca by Christopher Cerf and Henry Beard - I saw this reduced in waterstones for £4 (like how often does that happen) and it looked really interesting, it's basically a book full of things that can hurt/kill/give you disease, as if I wasn't paranoid enough but I think I'll enjoy this one.

Forensics by Val McDermid - My lovely mother got me this one, she pointed it out whilst we were in ASDA and she got a book too (yes I get my obsession from her) and she reads Val McDermoids fiction and she said everything she writes is really gorey, so I was intrigued.

Socrates Defence by Plato (Penguin Little Black Classics) - The first little black classic that I bought! I really wanted to get my hands on a few of these (they're only 80p each, no joke) and I had to get something from good old plato!

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis - As soon as I saw this book on the table of Picador classics in waterstones I fell in love. I've seen the film and I adored it, I have been wanting to pick the book up for a while and I just fell in love with the cover so had to get it. (Also Christian Bale is in the film so thats a bonus)

DSM 5 by American Psychiatric Association - Strange story behind this one. My dear old Nan told me that she had a dream that there was a £300 textbook that I needed for university and no one would buy for me so she did, and then my mum was like "I know theres a book she wants thats like £80" and my nan was like "what is it I'll treat you" and I am so eternally greatful that she got this for me, it's the latest diagnostic and statistical manual for mental disorders. This is essentially a book full of all the known mental disorders and their symptoms, I already have the edition before this which I found incredibly cheap on ebay (£7!) and now I have the latest one!

Wonder by R.J. Palacio - Heard wonderful things about this book. All I know is that it is about a boy who was born with a facial disfigurement and about how he deals with this. It was in the buy one get one half price when i got Look Who's back!

The Passionate Mind: How Children with Autism Learn by Wendy Lawson - If you didn't know I did a placement just before Christmas with a disability school and I was in the class with children with Autism. This placement was something I had to do for university and I had to do a research question whilst I was there so I chose to study how do children with Autism learn, I got this to help me write up my report. Also, I found this placement so interesting and learnt so much.

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Frieddrich Engels (Penguin Little Black Classics) - The second classic I got! I think this is probably something that most people should know about and read at some point in their life, for no reason other than knowledge. (I know, I'm a nerd.)

Your Undergraduate Psychology Project by Mark Forshaw - Recommended textbook when I went to my final lecture of my second year (yes my lectures are done!) I just have my exams left now, but I'm going to be helping a lecturer with their research over the summer and I also wanted to get a headstart and get prepared for my dissertation so I got the book now!

Still Alice by Lisa Genova - Recently turned into a film, this is the story of a woman with Alzheimer's disease, This is another area I am interested in, and when I saw it in the works I decided to pick it up!

Aphorisms on Love and Hate by Friedrich Nietzsche (Penguin Little Black Classics) - My third and final little black classic! I couldn't resist, I learnt a bit about Nietzsche at GCSE and found his ideas really interesting so decided to pick this one up!

Have you read any of these books? What have you been buying recently?


Top Ten Books From My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit

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I couldn't not take part in this weeks top ten Tuesday, I really like the topic and am incredibly interested to read everyone elses! I was always a reader, even from a very young age I was always one of the first people to finish the assigned reading in primary school and was always high up on my level of reading. Me and my mum would read to eachother at night and I always read for fun and would go to Liverpool with my friends to buy new books, I still can't leave a bookshop without one!

Goosebumps by R.L. Stine - I chose say Cheese and Die because it is the first one that I think of whenever someone mentions the goosebumps series, I have to admit, I didn't have very many of these because I was somewhat of a wimp but I had the odd few because my cousin liked them and I do remember them well.

Allys World Series by Karen McCombie - Probably the series I was really obsessed with when I was about 12/13 years old. I even had the "Welcome to Allys World" companion book which had profiles all about her family and life, as well as drawings of her house etc (So you can imagine my excitement when I recognised the drawings in This Book is Gay by James Dawson were the same illustrator for Allys world). Such a good series for young readers.

Nightmare Hour by R.L. Stine - Probably the most prominent in my memories from when I was about 9/10 and had just started going to sleepovers with my friends. This book is a collection of short stories from the author of goosebumps and one of my friends used to read some of the stories out to us at sleepovers, scared the crap out of me! In hindsight, probably wasn't the best book for my age.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon - I was a bit older when I read this one, probably around 14. One of my friends had told me about how much they enjoyed it but never really told me what it was about, of course I bought it and read it anyway, this was way before I even knew what Psychology was and it really did put my interest into this area. This book is written from a point of view of a child with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, so incredibly written.

The Twits by Roald Dahl - I have only read three Roald Dahl books, I never had a collection or anything I just chose some of them and read them. I read; Georges Marvellous Medicine, The Twits and of course James and The Giant Peach. The rest I have never read! But I liked the Twits the most, mainly because it was vile (and I was quite a strange child) and looking back, it had a really good message and some really beautiful quotes.

The Frog Princess by E.D.Baker - I don't remember too much about this book, me and my mum would read this to eachother, we would each take it turns to read a chapter each night and I just know that this was a twist on the kissing a frog as when the princess kissed the frog, she turned into a frog herself! I was always sucked into fairytales.

The Princess Diaries Series by Meg Cabot - Lets face it, the majority of you 90s kids have read these books! I always wanted to be a princess I mean, who didn't? and the idea that a long lost grandma could come out of nowhere and tell you that you are was incredible. I actually remember finding the first one on a market stall when I was about 11 and just being really sucked in.

Dizzy by Cathy Cassidy - Remember absolutely nothing about this book except I really enjoyed this one and really liked the author.

All of Jaqueline Wilsons books - How can I talk about my childhood without reference to Jaqueline Wilson? She's an absolutely amazing author and I really loved the Lottie project, Lola Rose and The Diamond Girls.

Naughty Amelia Jane Series by Enid Blyton - My mum said she actually used to read these books when she was little, so strange. But I remember really loving them too! Can't beat a bit of Enid Blyton!

So what books did you read as a child? Has your taste changed? What books would you like to reread?


Giveaway: 10,000 views on my blog!

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That is right! I reached 10,000 views on my blog! And I think that this is a perfect time for my to do my first ever giveaway! I decided to go with an amazon voucher so everyone, no matter what you read my blog for whether it be books, makeup or psychology can enjoy it as well as I only need your email address to send you the voucher which makes things much easier. I'm sorry that the prize is a small price but I'm a poor student, give me a break! You can do some entries more than once (once a day) and if it's something that you need to do more on, you get more entries! The giveaway will close exactly one month from today (22nd of April 2015). The only rules are that you must be following my blog on either bloglovin', email, google + or blogger, other than that the rest of the entries are a bonus!

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The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

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Star Rating: 5/5
Title: The Psychopath Test
Author: Jon Ronson
Publisher: Picador
Pages: 304
Genre: Non-Fiction, Psychology, Psychopaths, Journalism

Where to buy:
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What if society wasn't fundamentally rational, but was motivated by insanity? This thought sets Jon Ronson on an utterly compelling adventure into the world of madness.

Along the way, Jon meets psychopaths, those whose lives have been touched by madness and those whose job it is to diagnose it, including the influential psychologist who developed the Psychopath Test, from whom Jon learns the art of psychopath-spotting. A skill which seemingly reveals that madness could indeed be at the heart of everything

If you have seen my psychology books tour post then you will be aware that I own quite a lot of Jon Ronson's books. I really want a copy of his new book (So You've Been Publicly Shamed) and also his book on extremeists (Them) which sounds incredibly interesting. To kick off my binge into his books I decided to start with the one that I was most excited about and that was The Psychopath Test. I had heard a lot about Jon Ronson as a person, that he was incredibly witty and funny and explained things in a way that you just wanted to know more, read more, and after watching his TED talk on the psychopath checklist I instantly knew I would enjoy his books.

This book has the main focus on Bob Hare's Psychopath Checklist which is essentially a 20 item list of traits that belong to a psychopath, the higher you score on this test the more psychopathic you are. This includes items such as "Pathological Lying" and "Impulsivity". Jon decides to take Bob Hare's course on how to spot a psychopath (which I am incredibly jealous of) and Jon then feels as though he has these new found psychopath spotting powers which is a really funny way of looking at it. Although it is not true that you are able to easily spot a psychopath even with knowledge of psychopaths (as Bob Hare has pointed out) it was interesting to read how Jon applied what he had learnt to the various interesting people that he met along the way.

He delves into a few questions surrounding psychopaths, he goes to meet people who are in fact not criminals but are incredibly high up in power in the world, and tries to determine whether they may infact be psychopathic which was an incredibly interesting read. The most interesting part of this book for me was Tony (not his real name of course) Jon went to visit a man called Tony who is in Broadmoor Hospital and it was so interesting to read about this man and how it lead onto Jon's interest in psychopathy.

This book does not delve too much into the psychopath checklist itself (if you are looking specifically for a book on psychopathic traits I would recommend Bob Hares book Without Conscience) but rather it looks at the case studies of everyday people, criminals and CEO's and how these people may relate to the checklist, I learnt about a lot of different people on the way and learnt a bit about the checklist itself, I really enjoyed this book and various different people in it. It was so incredibly funny and witty that I would highly recommend it to anyone, I can't wait to read more from Jon Ronson.

Have you read this book? Or any other book from Jon Ronson? What did you think?


Mac Haul

1:42 PM

Well, this is definitely a huge deal for me, considering I am a bit of a cheapskate and usually the thing i'm willing to spend a bit more money on is skincare (because we need to look after our skin!) but with mine and Alex's 3 year anniversary he gave me some money to treat myself to some mac products! I used it to get a lipstick and lipliner and then I bought myself a paint pot! I now own four mac products as my lovely friend Anna had bought me coral bliss for my last birthday and got me wanting more! I thought I would show you what I got because I love reading these sorts of posts myself.

This was what I went into mac for, a lipstick. I had four set in my head that I wanted (Velvet Teddy, Syrup, Twig and Craving incase you were wondering) and at first I went to the actual mac shop and they were out of all of them. Oh the horror! But then I went to Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar (if you live in or around the Liverpool area and haven't been, seriously you need to go it's amazing) and they had both Craving and Syrup in, I tried them both and landed with Craving. Below is a swatch of it below the lip liner that I purchased just so you have a comparison, as you can see the lip liner is a lot more pinkey but they go beautifully together and both seperately. First impressions, it goes on incredibly smooth, lasts a long time especially ontop of the lip liner, looks incredible against my pale skin, so if you pale people out there, you need this in your life! But I just think this would look great on all skin tones, its a beautiful sort of berry red even though it looks more orange on my hand swatch (how strange.) I love mac lipsticks, I think they are 100% worth the money especially if you want to treat yourself, I look forward to wearing this on an outing for my friends birthday on friday!

For this purchase I blame the woman at the counter entirely, she got out craving for me and after telling her I wanted it she said "you know what would look perfect with that" and then she swatched this lip liner on my hand, then again with craving on top and I just fell in love. She then showed me how great it looks under all sorts of colours and I just knew I needed this in my life, so these first two were technically my anniversary present from Alex! First impressions are that it will never come off as soon as I'd swatched them on my hands and tried to wash it off it just would not budge which is fantastic and it just looks beautiful under so many of my lipsticks I can't even.

This I have wanted to purchase myself for a very long time but just haven't gotten round to it, recently my nars eyeshadow primer had run out (which is amazing and I have had for 2 years and used every single day) and as I am in the incredibly oily eyelids category, I took this opportunity to see if there was anything else that I could try out and see how it works. I haven't tried this on my eyelids yet so I can't tell you my first impressions but I feel like this will last an incredibly long time and can't wait to try it out.

I suppose you could say I am a somewhat Mac newbie! So if you have any recommendations for products/shades please let me know and then I can add them to my evergrowing list of wants! Also if there are any products you don't like I'd also love to know about that too!


Psychology Books Tour!

12:27 PM

Apologies for lack of posts recently but I have a bad cold which has made me not sleep very well and not want to do anything, as well as trying to get better for this weekend as I am away for my 3 year anniversary with my boyfriend, it's friday as I write this and it is not going well! I have missed two lectures this week due to my lack of sleep and illness *boo* and normally I wouldn't but I am trying to get better for the weekend, and I've been doing so much extra reading to catch up so i'm exhausted and just haven't had a chance to post! Anyway, todays blog post is going to be... a tour of my psychology books! I wanted to make you a bit different so I have created a prezi.
Above is an interactive Prezi to show you the Psychology books that I have. Note: If nothing is showing up you may have a later browser and need to click the shield in the corner and click to load the scripts (it's perfectly safe just an interactive video). To find out more on the book I have written information below incase some people just wanted to see what the books were. I hope you enjoy this, you can either click around or click the next button to be taken along.


Top Ten Books I Would Classify As My ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years

12:00 AM

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It's time for another Top Ten Tuesday! I have to admit I did have to think long and hard about this one, I do enjoy books immensely but I refuse to count a book as a favourite unless I think that I would happily reread it as soon as I had finished it, which can be quite difficult for me. But I have managed to pick my top ten! I do have a couple of other favourites that I wish I could mention but unfortunately I read them a very long time ago, check my goodreads (link by clicking on my currently reading) if you're interested! So without further ado, in no particular order, here are my all time favourite books from the past three years.