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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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??? 

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.