Fiction Friday: Books I Read in November!

Now I’m jumping the gun a little with my Books I Read in November post considering we have two days left of the month. However, I decided to attempt Blogmas again this December so my Fridays are already booked up with Wintery reading goodness! I’ve actually been reading a lot online this month so my book consumption is down but hey. Reading is reading.

Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand by Carrie Vaughn
This series had a bit of a dip with the second and third books, coming back up into greatness with the fourth and continuing in this. Set in Vegas we deal with more werewolf hunters, magic, were-things and that extra bit of romance too. The characterisation is dead on because while Kitty made some choices I would definitely not make in my own life, I completely understood why she did. And oh was there drama!
Also, this was the first of the Kitty Norville books to end on a cliffhanger and the only time that I didn’t have the next book to dive in straight away! Sods law! But I had a £10 voucher for eBay and the remaining 3 books were quickly on their way to me.

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
You can read my review (and enter my giveaway) for this book here! Basically, it’s perfect.

Y: The Last Man, Volume 8, Kimono Dragons by Brian K Vaughn, Pia Guerra, Goran Sudzuda, José Marzán Jr.
I don’t know if it’s because I took a break from reading this series or maybe it’s just me but this volume felt a little- off. A lot was happening, a lot of backstory was put in, but it managed to feel like too much and not enough at the same time. Don’t get me wrong, I love this series but this volume didn’t wow me as much as the others. My least favourite of the ten but still worth reading.

Y: The Last Man, Volume 9, Motherland by Brian K Vaughn, Pia Guerra, Goran Sudzuda, José Marzán Jr.
Back to four stars, I went straight into this volume from the last and preferred it. There was less backstory but more explanation as we finally find out what caused the plague and it’s not a bad explanation. I don’t want to give away spoilers so I’ll just leave this by saying that Yorick is one of my favourite comic book characters.

Y: The Last Man, Volume 10, Whys and Wherefores by Brian K Vaughn, Pia Guerra, José Marzán Jr.
I cried. I admit. I cry every dang time I read this volume and I’m not talking just the one time. There are two distinct points in this that make me tear up.
In general, I’m not a fan of endings. Mostly I’m left unsatisfied or annoyed compared to how I felt about the series as a whole, (looking at you Lost) but this comic ended the way it did and I might not be happy in the sense of- not crying, but I’m happy by the way it ended because it was the ending this amazing series deserves. The whole run of Y: The Last Man is five stars in total.

I’m also hoping to finish To Kill A Mockingbird in the next couple of days but I’ll put it in Decembers wrap up. And that’s another month down! I can’t believe I only have one more ‘Books I Read in..’ post for this year. Where has the year gone?

What did you read this month?

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links which means if you buy anything from the links, I get a few pennies at no extra cost to you. Pretty neat, huh?

Pop in a Box: November 2014!

Today I’m going to be talking about a nerdy subscription box that I stumbled upon this month. And that is Pop in a Box where for £11.47 a month you get a Funko Pop! sent to you from a selection that you have up voted. So it’s not a usual subscription service where you might get something you don’t want, it’s always going to be something you like.

So I popped (heheh) over to their website and gave the thumbs up to a few pops! Mainly The Walking Dead and Firefly and soon enough this little box was delivered to my door.

Inside was Maggie from season 2 of The Walking Dead and she’s super cute! And it came with popping candy much like the Pop Rocks in this Lootcrate!
I like Funko Pops but I just don’t think this is the subscription I’ll be going for monthly. I’ll probably use it if there’s a pop I really want as it is slightly cheaper though and if you’re a collector I really recommend it, the collection tracker is really neat and sometimes people get double pops and exclusives! Fancy it? You can sign up here!

What do you think of Pop in a Box?

A Year of Imogen’s Typewriter.

I realised a couple of days ago that my first ever post on Imogen’s Typewriter went up on this day, a year ago. That’s pretty crazy to me. I’ve now been blogging since 2011 and I’ve never been happier with what I’ve been putting out there into the internet as I have been the past year.

Statistically my most popular post has been my Best Harsh Winter Skincare post and I have no idea why, maybe my SEO was accidentally good, but look for an updated version soon. Followed by my Sephora Haul. And my Indie Cosmetics Haul, probably because Chloe Dykstra retweeted it.

Personally my top moments include that retweet, being invited to the Essence Event in Manchester, and getting the opportunity to interview New York Times bestseller Lauren Oliver. I’ve also had several writers write posts for my blog which is still amazing to think about for me. And I participated in Blogmas vaguely successfully and will be trying again this year.

I’m still writing about beauty but I’ve also started writing about bookscomic books and one of my greatest passions- TV! I’ve even started doing life posts, which is intimidating for me but I’m enjoying it. I’ve ranted about not feeling guilty about what you love, and explored everything I want to do before I’m 30– which I’ve been updating here!

I own my domain, I figured out how to have a little favicon of a typewriter, I have original art done my a friend of mine over there to the right and I think this year I’m finally going to get my blog designed professionally.

All in all I really love my blog and I’m looking forward to another year of blogging, so I’d love if you’d leave me links to your favourite post on your blog if you’re a blogger or if you’re a reader- link me to a blog you love.

Fiction Friday: Review: I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

I think this book is one of my favourite books. I’d put it in my top five books and it’s so re-readable, every time I read it, I get something different from it. Of course, it’s Richard Matheson’s ‘I am Legend.’

It has a few flashbacks but this book is mainly split into 3 times between 1976 and 1978. And I think what this book does better than anything is character, it focussed on one guy- Robert Neville. He’s dealing with alcoholism, depression and the end of the world and I feel that this gives you a real insight into what the end of the world and being alone for a long time can do to a person.

Although this book is technically about vampires, Matheson will always be the grandfather of the zombie genre in my eyes with this book. I think I love it so much because so much of it is surviving. You go through the motions with him of everyday survival, finding food and gasoline, researching into the science side of what is happening and this is something glossed over in a lot of these books, much to my annoyance. It’s not easy to live in the apocalypse, literally or psychologically- this book truly shows that like no other.

Unfortunately this is not the case of the film, but that is a completely different blog post!

 book. Now and forever.

You can buy it here! But to celebrate this extraordinary book I’m giving away a copy! While my copy is beaten within an inch of it’s life, your copy will be brand spanking new. So just fill out the Rafflecopter to be in with a chance!

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Fine Print: This giveaway is international so you can enter anywhere in the world. I bought the book myself with my own money. If you’re under 18 please ask a parent or guardian for permission to enter. No giveaway blogs or twitters will be accepted.

Have you ever read I am Legend? What did you think?

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links which means if you buy anything from the links, I get a few pennies at no extra cost to you. Pretty neat, huh?

Fiction Friday: The Book People Haul!

Okay I bought more books. And maybe I didn’t even haul my last The Book People order so really I’ve bought more books that even this post suggests but… Books. I have no self control. I swear I’ll get round to reading them eventually. Books aren’t a bad thing to hoard, right?

And these books came from my favourite place to buy books. The Book People. Who were doing 20% off at the time (they aren’t anymore but don’t worry, they do these sales a lot) and I couldn’t resist picking up a few things that had been knocking about on my wish list for a while. Starting with…

The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. You might remember, if you have a seriously impressive memory, that I already have the first book in this series and posted about it here but I haven’t read it yet. However, I have two friends who rave about this series and since all four cost £5.60, it made sense to just buy these and put my old copy up on Read it, Swap it. The Uglies series is about a girl in a dystopian society where at 16 they go through extensive plastic surgery to go from ‘Uglies’ to ‘Pretties’, that’s pretty much all I know about it so I’m really looking forward to finding out more. And these covers are great too, they’re the slightly rubbery feeling ones like a Nars palette. Love them.

Next thing I added to my basket was The Immortals by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell for a jaw-dropping 80 pence. 80 pence. Seriously. Now The Edge Chronicles were some of my favourite books growing up as they were fantasy adventure books that had flying boats and these beautifully constructed worlds that I adore and still draw on as inspiration to this day. I believe there are now 11 books, but I just have the original three trilogies and this is a conclusion book to them all so I think next year I’m going to sit down and marathon them all. Good idea? Good idea.

The next two I got where hardbacks which is pretty unusual for me as I’m a paperback girl myself but at the prices- I couldn’t leave them. Firstly, The Bone Season. I’ll admit, I know next to nothing about this book apart from that Andy Serkis tweeted a picture with the second book. That was enough to make me buy this for £4.79 and look into it a little more and find out that he bought the film rights. This is the first book in a seven book series and is a supernatural dystopian debut novel by British author Samantha Shannon. Pretty exciting stuff.

And last but not least, I bought The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. This was everywhere when it first came out but I haven’t heard a lot about it since, I’m really looking forward to reading it though as I have a serious love for the old fashioned doll houses and this historical kind of creepy sounding book sounds perfect for a winter read. And I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover but just look at it! I paid £3.99 but it’s now £3 on The Book People so go! Go get it now if it sounds like your kind of book!

Have you read any of these books? What do you think?

Blog Love #1

Today I thought I’d start my new series of Blog Love. In the post I’m going to link a couple of blogs I love in case you were looking for something new to read. We all have our favourite blogs, the ones we check up on daily, re-read, then there are some blogs I just find then read in the entirety. I will sit there on my laptop or phone and read every word, look at every picture until I come to their first post. So I want to honour those blogs the best I can by this new series. I’m going to do four blogs a post so these’ll go up whenever I have four blogs to tell you about!

First has to go to my friend Ashley, I’ve linked her a couple of times on my old blog but she’s genuinely one of the nicest people I know and writes a pretty amazing blog over at Legally Redhead. Ashley’s is one of my favourite blogs because within two pages it makes me want to curl up with a cup of tea and read amid browning autumn leaves- and fly out to California and live in the sunshine state. She blogs about life, beauty, and all sorts and I pride myself in being the first one to read her new posts.

Secondly is the lovely Angela over at Paper Love Story. Not only is she kind and always has something nice to say on Twitter- especially during my broken laptop sob session- I just love scrolling through Angela’s blog. It makes me want to go to my desk and work, which is a rare feeling! She’s incredibly intelligent and somehow has appeared to master time management. If you have any interest in stationary, study techniques or just want a peek into a life that is much more put together than anyone I know- Paper Love Story is a must.

Third I have Vicki from Let’s Talk Beauty. I’d be surprised if any of my readers aren’t already following Vicki but if you aren’t, I recommend that you do. Let’s Talk Beauty is the place on the internet I go to when I want to read good honest beauty reviews, and I’ve spent more than enough money based on Vicki’s opinion and never been disappointed. We’ve also met a couple of times at blog events and she’s truly lovely.

And last but not least, Rachael from Rachael Amy Reads
Rachael’s only been blogging a couple months but I already love her reviews and her writing style, she has great choice in books as well. I think she’s definitely one to watch!

So that’s my first Blog Love. Make sure to go check out these great blogs and leave me links of your blog and your favourite blogs so I can get some new reading material! 

Fiction Friday: Books I Read in October!

I’m pretty pleased with my October reading! I read five books at a total of about 1700 pages and I accidentally kept with a bit of a theme. Two alien books, two werewolf books and a murder mystery. Yep. Definitely October.

A Bone to Pick by Charlaine Harris
I read the first book of this series last month and loved it. It was a five star book and this series continues to be strong in the second book. In fact, exactly like the first book, I read this in one evening as part of my Hallowreadathon as I predicted in this post!
The story continues an untold amount of time later but I’d put it at about 6-8 months after the last book ended, and Roe has just inherited a house. And a skull.
The mystery in this story is just as gripping as the last although there was less immediate danger and less of the thrill that comes with danger. However, I think that Harris has done a great job of keeping it realistic and I enjoy reading about Roe’s life even without the drama. That’s a good sign in my book.
I got the first three of these books from The Book People here so I have one more to read before I have to buy the rest at full price, but I’m fairly sure I will!

Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn
Now this book was good! I’ve been reading this series through the year and I was browsing my book nook for something to read and despite this being at the bottom, hidden behind a second layer of books and with the weight of three layers of books on top of it, it was worth the time wiggling it out. I really like the Kitty Norville Series as a contemporary take on werewolves and magic and the supernatural.
However, this book had one downside that really had me struggling when I star-rated it and that was that the first 200 pages were great. Amazing. Reminded me of what I loved about this series after the bumpy second book even without the radio host element that made me pick up this series in the first place. I liked the new werewolf element being brought back and the Thoreau references. But the last 100 pages felt more like the second book where the legal stuff was happening and I don’t feel it was the author’s strong suit. It’s a four star book- but it was this close to being a three star.

Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn
This book convinced me to continue with this series. If Kitty Takes a Holiday was a four star book that was nearly a three star book, then this is a four star book that was nearly a five star book.
Without getting too much into the plot, we return to exploring the werewolf pack dynamics and radio show setting that I loved so much in the first book. The romance followed on well from the third book. All while adding some vampire politics.
The writing continues to be strong, the story carried through the whole book and there was none of the kind of writing that put me off the second and third book.

Conquest by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard*
Don’t let the size of this ARC fool you, this was only 40 pages shorter than Endgame and packed in a lot of information.
The premise of this book is that an alien race similar to humans has gone around the galaxies conquering planets, and decide to conquer Earth. As you can imagine, not a popular decision and there is a Resistance that is constantly trying to get them to go away. That’s the base, now imagine a huge amount of other stuff on top like teen romance, robots, witches…
Trying to explain this book simply is a challenge but I really really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to the sequel,  Empire, that I tweeted the cover of. I know, I know, never judge a book by its cover but- pretty. It’s being published on the 1st of January and I’m all over that.
The main character is totally loveable even though she’s an alien, the romance is believable- no love at first sight in sight, and the plot is thick and way beyond what I expected for a YA book. It is a long book, and it takes some getting into but I really like the world and love that it’s based in Scotland.

Endgame: The Calling by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton**
And the second alien book of the month. This was a total flop for me and you can read my thoughts here!

What did you read this month?

* I requested this book from Book Bridgr. As a fan of the book I was asked if I wanted to become a Chronicles Champion which I am and now have a very snazzy badge on my About Me pageIt has not changed my opinion. Honesty as always.
** I received this book for review purposes. It has not changed my opinion and I am not obligated to talk about it.

Finished Products of October!

Seriously. How is it November? If anyone knows, I sure would appreciate a heads up about why this year is almost up! Anyway! One more quick not to apologise for how quiet it’s been on the blog. I’ve been hit with a spot of wrist pain which makes typing quite difficult and a big deadline tomorrow! Hopefully I’ll be back on form soon. So lets look at what I finished up this month.

Berlin i+m Shampoo.
I’ve mentioned this before on the blog as I finished another tube of this last month! It’s gentle on my scalp and hair while washing well. I love it, but this is my last tube. I don’t suppose I have any German readers that want to do a swap? :’) 
Repurchase? I wish!

Berlin i+m Conditioner.
I didn’t like this as much as the shampoo as it was a little too watery and weak to have a big effect on my hair. However, I can see this being great for people with hair that gets greasy quickly but still needs nourishment. It’s also vegan, silicone free, artificial ingredient free and preservative free. I need to try more of this brand.
Repurchase? Maybe..

Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash mascara, £18.50.
I’m a little disappointed in this mascara, mainly because I just didn’t get much use out of it. It was very dry when I bought it and just did nothing but add clumps to the base of my lashes. I don’t know what I did wrong with it but that wasn’t for me. Which is a shame because it was very pricey. 
Repurchase? I don’t think so.

BarryM Lash Vegas, £6.49.*
I was given this at an event a while back and when I got round to using it, mascara everywhere. This was so liquid it just never seemed to want to dry and I could wait an age but the first time I blink, panda eyes. Not a fan and I’m surprised because BarryM normally does such great things!
Repurchase? Definitely not.

*I received this at an event but I am not obligated to talk about it and it has not changed my opinion.