Question time with Imali 👀

Today I am catching up with Imali who is a sixteen year old blogger, College student and Virtual Assistant from the UK.  Imali likes to blog about all things teen, studies, beauty and lifestyle. She love all things science!

I asked Imali a couple of questions, to try and find out what style she reads in:

“What is your favourite children’s book of all time?”

Great question!  I’d probably have to say ‘The magic of the faraway tree’ by Enid Blyton.   This book is definitely an oldie but a goodie!  I used to love reading about the main characters, Jo, Bessie and Frank and the exciting adventures they’d get up to at the top of the Faraway tree!  I think my favourite land was ‘the-land-of-take-what-you-want’! ‘The land of toys’ was a close second though!

“Who is your favourite childhood author?”

My favourite childhood author was Enid Blyton.  From the ages of around 8-12 years old I read and re-read her books constantly.  Some of my favourites from this author  were ‘The naughtiest girl series’ and ‘The famous five’.  I loved the way she wrote and how she really made you feel as if you were going on adventures with the children.  Reading her stories really set me up with my love of books.  I’ve come a long way with reading since then, but her work is still among some of my favourites to date.  She also really encouraged my love of ‘ginger pop’!!

“What is your favourite genre of book?”

These days my favourite genre of book is “Dystopian romance”.   I know that’s a whole lot different from the days of Enid Blyton – but I like to be different!

“Who is your favourite author?”

Hmm… I think John Green is my favourite author.   My bookshelf is full of his work,  my favourite being ‘The fault in our stars’.   I love how he writes to teach you something, one thing you can always be assured of with his books is that you’ll come away at the end with not only a love of the characters he introduced you to, but a real sense of what they were going through and the emotions they felt.    You’ll also pick up some great quotes!

“Have you ever met a Author? If so what did you think of them?

I have, but not intentionally!  I was on holiday this summer and I decided to pop into a bookshop near where I was staying.  When I walked in a lady asked me to come over to here… She explained she was a dutch author and that she was visiting this bookshop to talk about her new book.  I feel really bad by saying I don’t actually what her name was !   She was a lovely lady though and her book looked good!

“If you could be a fictional character from a book, who would you be and why?”

Oh!  This is a hard question…  I think I’d be ‘Tris’ From the Divergent series.  I like how Tris is very relatable and quite down to earth in the books.  I also admire her courage and like how she was prepared to join Dauntless and do whatever it took to pass initiation, even though the odds were against her!  Although I don’t think the books were as good as others I’ve read, I think her character (and Fours!) really stood out to me and I enjoyed reading about them all the way through.

“How do you find time to read?”

Well, I’m a very busy person – juggling college, work, my blog, family life, seeing my friends.  Finding time to read can be struggle and I admit that sometimes I don’t read for days at a time. However, my aim to read a chapter a day, usually in the evening with a  cup of tea!   I always enjoy reading and find it relaxing, so there really isn’t an excuse for me not to!

“Do you think Reading has an influence on your life?”

Yes, I think reading first of all does wonders for your English literature skills! Growing up I’ve always been a reader and when you are, you take in small details like punctuation and spelling,  by doing so, it helps you in class!    I think reading has also taught me remember to take time to chill out. I know its good for my brain just to stop sometimes and do something quiet!

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Th couple next door is a gripping Thriller published in 2016, by an English Teacher called Shari Lapena.

This book is about a married couple, who attend a dinner party next door. They leave their young baby next door due to unforeseen circumstances and decide to check on her every half an hour. When they arrive back home, the baby is gone! This leaves us wondering who has taken her.

From the moment you open the first page, you are sucked into this world of chaos. You are introduced to some bold characters and are unable to work out who is dishonest and who it’s truthful.

This book has a range controversial characters with different backgrounds. Through out the book I was constantly undecided on which characters I liked and which ones I didn’t. At one pointed I actually disliked them all!

A quarter of the way through the book, I was wondering how they would drag this story out to the end. However Each chapter leaves you suspecting a different character and wondering if the baby is alive.

There are a few shocking milestones throughout the book, and I would never have been able to guess the ending.

If you are looking for a book, that every time you put it down you are still thinking about it… then this is the book for you.

I am excited to discover this Author has another book called A Stranger in the house which was published this year and I cannot wait to read this next!

*****

DL 💋

Wedding Guest

Being a wedding guest is actually so stressful! Especially when it’s in a different town. I mean not only have I got plan what to wear, how to do my hair and what shoes to wear; I have to also plan accommodation and transport. Thank goodness, I am not the bride .. I would be a major Bridezilla.

So I’m attending a wedding Mid August as my cousin is getting married. The church ceremony is in Reading and the reception is a half hour drive away in a fancy hotel.

The outfit

Okay, so being a female my first thought is what to I wear. Actually this thought also guided me to another thought, I probably should loose some weight? It’s defiantly helps having a goal, for weight loss. Now I’ve lost the initial weight, I was ready to order my dress 3 weeks before the wedding. I trolled through website after website, I looked in Next, Missguided and New look. Do I go extra, so I go sophisticated, do I go summery.. what if it rains. Eventually ( 2 weeks into looking) I found a light lilac, off the shoulder, sweat heart cut midi dress that I thought could be the one. I ordered it from Boohoo.com and had it delivered the next day. I loved the colour when I opened it, and I tried it on and it fit great! It was maybe even a little to big for me ( which is good because I always order the same dress size on boohoo.com)

The Nails

I had my nails done a few days before the Wedding. I had Almond shaped weddings, with purple Sheelac and Chrome over the top.

The Hair

So the day before the Wedding! I have visit Pretty Please in Hove ( where I get all my blow drys done) They have washed my hair, and pinned it up! I’m to sleep with the pins in, for my hair to bed ready for the BIG day ( My cousins Big day, I’m sound like its mine)

The Accommodation

This was complicated! So the wedding ceremony is in Wedding but the Reception is in a different town. So I have booked the Premier inn, in Reading by the oracle (£52 a night) for the Friday. Then on Saturday, I’ve book The Bird Hand Inn which is where the reception is! ( so I can get drunk and stumble back to me hotel) and finally I’ve booked the Premier Inn ( again) so that I’m back in Reading as my family live around the corner! NIGHTMARE! But I do think this is the easiest way to do it!

Pre Wedding Eve

It’s the day before the Wedding! Today so far I’ve worked until 1pm, had my hair done and it’s now 3pm. I’m almost finished packing but I’ve taken up 2/3 of the suitcase because I couldn’t decide what make up to bring, so I’ve brought all my pallets! ( not sure where my boyfriend stuff is going to go woooops) I’m waiting for Tony to finish work, so we can get on the road!

On Our Way

4:30pm and we are on our way! There is lots of of traffic, so we are taking the country roads! It takes us a while to get there and we arrive at 6:30pm at the Premier inn by the Oracle in Reading. Time to get ready for some dinner in the hotel, I’m looking a bit crazy with my pinned up hair.

Wedding Day

It’s the Big day ( For Sam and Ashley). We woke up at 8am, and got changed into some comfy clothes for breakfast in the hotel. The breakfast wasn’t that nice, as it was a little greasy for my liking. I enjoyed a Costa Cappuccino and a glass of fresh Orange juice.

Once our bellys were full, it was time for a hot shower and a hour and half to do my make up. For my make up I used my Huda Beauty Rose gold edition for my eye shadow, my Revolution baked bronzing Pallet and my usual make up. I actually did my eye shadow first, as I knew it was going to be quite heavy. Then cleansed my face , before doing the rest of my make up. Once, finished I unpinned my hair and I was ready to go.

My Dress is from Boohoo.com, and it’s a Sweet Heath cut, midi dress. I wore my black scrappy block heels from Primark and my Envelope clutch from New Look.

Once, I was ready ( and took a few selfies) we got in the car to pick up my Auntie Lizzy before driving to the church.

Church Ceremony

The wedding Ceremony started late ( which is typical for a wedding) The Church was beautiful with Tall stained Glass Windows. The church was were my nanny and Grandad for married many many years ago. The Ceremony was lovely and the priest made lots of jokes keeping us entertained throughout.

The Hotel

We checked into the bird in hand Hotel after the Ceremony and freshened up. My dad went in a separate car and managed to sneak KFC into our room! We were all greeted with Pimms and sat outside in the Sunshine. The Hotel was super cute!!!

The Food

Unlike most weddings, the sit down meal was a BBQ!! I Had a hot dog, a burger and lots of salad. I also discovered that the American mustard I had smothered my food in was actually spicy French mustard. The puddings were a miniature selection and were very delicious.

The Toast

I must of been tipsy at this stage because I kept joking that they were going to give us roast, rather then us doing a roast. I realised this wasn’t the case when we were all handed a glass of wine. Lucky my dad and Tony didn’t like there’s, so after I drank there’s too.

The Party

Our tummies were full, our livers were saturated with alcohol and we were ready to boogie. There was lots of R&B tunes for me to dance too.

Bars Closed

At 11pm it was last orders but we were not ready to go to sleep yet. We decided to have an after party. It was the Bride, The Groom, my cousin, their friend, Tony and myself that carried on through. The Hotel told us off for drinking downstairs, so we drank our champaign in the car park. ( classy but fun)

It was safe to say we were all pretty drunk at the wedding. I had consumed Gin, wine and champagne ( I won’t even tell you about my hangover) I thought it was a good idea, to tell everyone to go for a family breakfast at 9am the next day. When i woke up, it didn’t think it was such a good idea.

Overall

It was a great Wedding! So lovely to see my family old ( 13 years I haven’t seen some of them for) that had travelled from America. It was amazing to drink with my cousins, and I’ve actually invited them for a night out in Brighton.

I’m Traveling Along by Samuel Bjork

Traveling Alone is a German book, and in my case I read the version that was translated into English. It is set in Germany is a crime novel about a police drama with some horrific and sinister crimes.

Although I may not of been able to pronounce all of the characters name or all of the towns that they lived in; I felt as if I entered a fascinating and cultured world.

The style of which this book was written in, was very similar to Paul's Hawkins books. In the sense, that there are lots of different characters; all with their own story and link to the bigger picture.

Some characters I found it difficult to love or hate, but in the end it's clear the motives of the characters.

I was interested throughout, not knowing weather each page would bring my closer to the links or to the horrific crimes.

I found this book a longer book then normal and sometimes I loose interest when it's a long read but I was hooked all the way through. It was one of those books that when you put it down, you are left thinking about it.. why did she do that? What was that persons motives?

If your looking for a police novel, that's linked with chilling and unusual crimes, then this book is defo of interest for you!

It's was recommended to me, and now I am recommending it to you!

*****

DL 💋

Kindle VS Book

I have wanted a kindle since I discovered you could get handbag sized with Anti glare screen. 

However, I was held back by the love of holding a physical book. I always enjoy going to a book shop, and looking through to decide what book I would like to read. Opening the first page, and being greeted by a waft of new book smell. It may seem silly to some but the new book experience is magical to others. Holding an actual book may one day become extinct, and technology may take over. Holding and reading a physical book, is also part of the experience. Placing the book mark in your book and seeing how far you have read is also part of the journey. Once you have finished snapping the book shut and feeling satisfied with the ending.


As you can see, I had a lot of reasons to hold back. In June this year, I decided I was ready to try a kindle. My boyfriend bought me the small paper white Kindle costing £89.00. It is 6 inches tall, and has a anti glare screen. He also bought me a leather flip case and a £50 Amazon Voutcher to download books. 
5 weeks later, I am now on my 5th book. When searching for a book to read on the kindle, you are able to click on reviews and find out the average reading time for each book. You can scroll through, and search for books. Once you have finished a book it will reccomend you a similar one from your taste of books. The kindly is lighter then a book, originally I thought this would ruin the experience for me; however I found it more convenient in the sense it was easier to carry around. I carry it around in my handbag every day, I can easily take it out of my bag and walk around with it as it’s size and weight is ideal. I feel I have read more books in the last 5 weeks, sinply due to convenience of the size and weight. The kindle has some handy tricks such as, being able to search words that you do not understand to find the meaning. This is really helpful, especially as I like to read crime books and it sometimes can help me with technical police jargon. You can also highlight parts of a book, that may be important later on to save in a seperate are. Flicking though the book is simply done by clicking on the left or right side of the kindle. Lastly, my favourite part is that it tells you how much of the book you have read. I get excited and determained when I get close to 80%, as I just want to finish the book.


All in All, after much hold back and concideration I have decided that I prefer the kindle for convince of buying books and carrying it around and for it motivating me to read in my lunch break and allocate more time to finish the book.

I would love to know; if you prefer a book or a kindle??? 

Hide and seek by M J Arlidge 

Hide and seek by Mj Arlidge is about a cop who is currently in prison awaiting trial for the murder of three people. She aims to be on her best behaviour and avoid conflict with other inmates and to make it her trail. This become increasingly difficult as murders begin to happen, and the saying curiosity killed that cat comes to mind. She can’t keep herself away from being a cop and what to find out what happens. 

The book is slow to get into at the beginning and I personally found it a little difficult to follow. The book is written in third person, each chapter being 3-4 pages and each chapter flicking from character to character. Once you’ve got a quarter the way through the book, you feel that you almost know everyone but you really don’t know any of them until the end.

The details of the murders are chilling and again very unexpected. When I read books I like to imagine how they would pan out in a movie and it would defiantly be a 18+ movie.

This is a great book if you like guess the murderer type books. It will keep you wondering through out, plenty of cliff hangers. You find yourself going about your daily life and trying to clue together who you think the murdere is. I had around four suspects in my own head, and it wasn’t any of them. 

Defiantly reccomend. 

Missing presumed by Sussie Steiner

Missing presumed is a crime thriller  based on a girl that suddenly goes missing.
 The girls boyfriend and family are worried sick and the police begin to think the case is suspicious and have to rule people out.
 The great aspect of this is book is there a lot of different characters. The more you read, the more you learn about the characters and become suspicious of different people. 
Although, the book is written in third person, each chapter is named after the person that this chapter will focus on. 
There lots of shocking twists through the book, which makes the book even more gripping. 

Defiantly a recommend and I am excited to discover a new book is coming out in 2017! 

The watcher by Ross Armstrong

The watcher is a book by Ross Armstrong . At the beginning the book is slow to get into, this is due to the slow introduction of the character and the character building. Although you learn lots more about through the book. Once you have got passed this, the book is gripping all the way through until the end. Each chapter giving you more thought for food, in the guess the who was the murderer. Throughout the book I had a few different guesses of who it could be. Three quarters of the way through as you thought the story would be coming to the end, an exciting twist is unveiled. Defiantly recommend this book and give it a 4/5 rating. If you like gripping novels, that leaves you thinking and wanting to read more then defiantly give this book a go.