Books I Read in March and April!

It has been, unsurprisingly, a weird time over the past couple months. What with the pandemic and all, and my reading has been all over the place as a result. I’m not one of those people who have been devouring books as an escape, although I’m very jealous of them. Instead, I’ve been struggling to actually sit down and read without being incredibly aware of the fact that I’m reading and it being a struggle. So these are the books that I haven’t just thrown back onto my to-be-read pile within ten pages!

Pile of the books reviewed in post

Sweet and Deadly by Charlaine Harris
This is my favourites author debut and I didn’t love it. Charlaine Harris is my go-to. But it took her a couple go’s before she got the voice that I love so much now. It definitely makes me think I should give some other authors another try if I didn’t like their debut…

Atlas Alone by Emma Newman*
This was what I wanted from Ready Player One by Ernest Cline; immersive video games, post-nuclear apocalypse, real life consequences. It’s great! I read Planetfall last year and Atlas Alone really solidified how Emma Newman is one of those writers, like Charlaine Harris, where I seem to match with them. I just love their writing style so much that I will follow them anywhere.
I did have some weird feelings about the representation of asexuality in this one though. But I’m not asexual and that isn’t my place, so I went searching around and found some own-voices reviews. Please check them out for further detail; Sarah didn’t like the rep (spoilers in this one), Mairi did like the rep (spoiler-free).
“It’s the sense of total mental absorption that I love, the fading of my own noisy mind into the background with only the work filling the space.”

Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes*
This is the first space opera style novel that I’ve enjoyed! I really want to like the sub-genre. I’ve tried many a different book in attempt but I’ve never found one that has done it for me. But space cats? I had to. So when I was sent this, it took me a couple of weeks to build the courage to pick it up. I’m going to do a full review on it and I am so looking forward to the sequel!  
“Favours are delicious,” Pink said. “I ask myself, ‘Dr. Jones, what do you want to eat for lunch?’ and favours are the first thing-“

Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salib
This is required reading for my last essay of my term at uni and I can’t say that I enjoyed reading it. However, it’s pretty interesting to read about. The author specifically chose to work with the stereotypes that both the West and the East have of Arab-Africans. So its the perfect book for an essay based on subverting readers expectations. It’s just a little unfortunate that it didn’t subvert my expectations that I wouldn’t have fun reading it. Post-modernist texts are not my favourite.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Stress has been making it hard for me to focus and enjoy reading, as weird as that may seem in a wrap-up of seven books. But it has, at times, felt like a bit of a chore. So I listened to the audiobook of The Bell Jar on a weird hunch and yeah, Plath describes the exact feeling. I loved this completely. And want to re-read it and do a full review on how much it meant for me in these weird times.
“The letters grew barbs and rams’ horns. I watched them separate, each from the other, and jiggle up and down in a silly way.”

The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler*
I have a full review of this one coming soon! 

Lady Susan by Jane Austen
This may be a controversial opinion, because when I asked the question: what Jane Austen should I start with? Nobody said Lady Susan. But over the past couple years I’ve read Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Northanger Abbey in one month, and Persuasion. So I feel pretty confident in saying- Lady Susan is a good starter Austen.
It’s an epistolary novel, so told in letters. And it’s about a truly awful society woman who is trying to get her daughter, and herself, married again. At less than 100 pages you get a real glimpse into Austen’s style without the pressure of staring down 500 pages of prose.
-for the pleasure of learning that the danger is over, is perhaps dearly purchased by all that you have previously suffered.”

What books have you been reading lately? What do you think of my new blog design? (please bear with me as I get my footing)

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Under My Christmas Tree!

It’s that time of year again! Post-Christmas, when everything has finally settled and I finally get around to showing what I got for Christmas this year. I love looking back at what I’ve been lucky enough to receive in past years, like how in 2014 I got Julius House by Charlaine Harris which I loved! And in 2013 I got Animal Crossing New Leaf, I was just playing that half an hour ago!

So here is what I got this year…

I was lucky enough to get more than a couple books this Christmas, clearly Santa/ my family members have been reading my Books I Want to Buy and Why series! I’m sure these will pop up in future blog posts because I am so excited to have them on my shelves. There’s Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris, How to be a Heroine by Samantha EllisHeartburn by Nora EphronA Christmas Carol and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles DickensComing Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War II by Allan Bérubé, Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffery Cranor, Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales, The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell and the Harry Potter Colouring Book!

What is Christmas without a DVD boxset? This years pick was Monk; a show about a detective who suffers a breakdown after his wife dies and has OCPD. Having OCD myself, I find it really interesting to watch and like seeing a show with a good representation of how hard it can be without making it into a joke.

I also needed some fitness gear and was lucky enough to get a foam roller that I’ve been wanting forever, the Captain America compression shirt from my Christmas Wishlist post, and the cutest galaxy yoga mat!

I’ve actually wanted one a terrarium for a while since I saw different ones on various blogs, and I think this one with the roof that lifts up is just so cute. 
What I got my Sister-in-law for Christmas: Two Illamasqua nail polishes. What my Sister-in-law got me for Christmas: Two Illamasqua nail polishes. I love her, it was pretty neat.
My auntie got me a de-stress kit from Neom that comes with a candle, bath oil and spray that smells so good. It was such a thoughtful gift because I’ve been stressed to high heavens lately.
Socks! I felt very much like Dumbledore opening these; “I see myself holding a pair of thick, woollen socks. One can never have enough socks. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a pair. People will insist on giving me books.” And they are so pretty. I never have pretty socks. Stoked about socks, I am definitely growing up. 
I’ve been getting various Liberty products with this print for years and this year was an umbrella! Living in the North West of England, this is going to get a lot of use!

And chocolate! And no, that Toblerone is not really far away, and it was really hard to fit in the picture because it is 4.5Kg and absolutely massive. Last year my cousin got a lot of chocolate in her stocking and we counted it up to 1.7Kg and it became a bit of a joke. With this ridiculous and amazing Toblerone, I told her she’d have to bring her A-game to beat me next year. 

What did you get for Christmas?

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Under my Christmas Tree!

I’m a bit late on the bandwagon with this but I love seeing what people got for Christmas. I love the variety in gifts and as a super over planner, I start getting ideas for what I can get people for the next year. Maybe I’m just getting older but it weirdly doesn’t feel like Christmas happened? It’s not even that it went by in a blur as much as it just didn’t feel- like Christmas. Anyone else feel that way? But I know it must have happened because I have some new things! So here’s what I was lucky enough to get from Santa!

As always, the usual disclaimer for these types of posts, not bragging.

Books and DVDs first. I’m excited to expand my Tolkien collection with this tiny book of Tom Bombadil adventures.
Guardians of the Galaxy was one of my favourite movies from 2014 so it’ll be nice to watch it again. Peter Quill is the love of my life :’)
My brother got me the DVDs of True Detective, a show he’s been recommending to be since Summer and I haven’t got around to yet. Now I have no excuse and just need to find a day I can sit down and marathon the whole series.
I’m a big Miranda Hart fan- anyone else super sad that her show is over? I’ve never seen her do stand up though so it should be interesting!
This Kate Mosse book is going to be saved for next Christmas because it sounds like he perfect mood setter.
And Santa clearly knew I finished the third book of the Aurora Teagarden series and didn’t have the fourth!

I learned to crochet in 2014 and really enjoyed it so hopefully with my new super cute crochet hooks I can make some cool things in 2015!
I mentioned in my Christmas Wishlist that I was after a German daily calendar and look what appeared in my stocking! (Okay I may have pointed it out to my mum at the garden centre.)
My parents went to Amsterdam last year and brought back this cute pencil box and mini bowls, since I love green, that are going to look really nice on my desk keeping things tidy.

My aunt and uncle who live in America sent me this gift set from Sephora, I think I actually squealed when I saw it. It has so many things in it that I can’t wait to try, and blog about!
I have trouble sleeping so I can’t wait to try out the Tisserand Luxury bath oil de-stress blend. Fingers crossed it works.
I’ve nearly finished my tube of Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream I got last year so the new tube was very much appreciated. As was the Rose Nurturing Body Oil I can’t wait to try.

The slippers are a cute fold up pair for me to take on my travels this year. I love the pattern on these, so dainty and cute.
My favourite thing I received this year has to be my new Night Vale mug. I have a love for mugs and part of my 30 before 30 is to have a collection. This is a welcome addition!
Speaking of Night Vale, my new teeshirt is super snazzy. As is the typewriter print which- I think Santa picked for obvious reasons. Say hello to my new blogging shirt!

And of course- Chocolate! That screaming you may be able to hear is my personal trainer.

What did you get for Christmas? Leave me links!
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Sephora Giveaway Winner!

My first giveaway here at Imogen’s Typewriter has finished! Thank you to everyone that took part, it was really fun seeing all your tweets 🙂 But there can only be one winner and that is…. *drumroll* Vicki!

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Congratulations! I’ve just emailed you and I will get the prize sent out to you ASAP! <3

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Thank You to Helen!

Just a short post from me today! Last week I had some amazing luck and won Helen’s 50 follower giveaway for some Lush goodies and some chocolate and sweets which have- mysteriously disappeared. Helen is a super sweet blogger who’s blog I actually found via the UK Black Milk Facebook group and I was absolutely thrilled to win.

I got a little carried away with the props but look at how dang cute!

So thank you again to Helen and I urge you all to go and check out her blog at Beautiful Curiosities! <3
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Under My Christmas Tree..

I know it’s January now but I thought I would show a few of the things I was lucky enough to receive this Christmas from family and friends, I’m still reading all the posts from Christmas on my Bloglovin’ feed so hopefully you don’t mind too much. As always, not bragging, just showing.

And in more detail..

If you saw my Under My Christmas Tree post from last year you’ll recognise the print of the make-up bag, now I have a matching set. This is great because the wash-bag I got last year was used a lot and is great quality for travelling with. I’m thinking that this’ll be great to separate things up a little when I go on trips.
And if you read my Christmas Wishlist you might recognise the duvet and pillowcase as the ones that you can write on and they wash it out. I haven’t tried them yet but I will report back! They feel nice and soft since they’re 100% cotton and both came with 10 double-sided pens.

Another thing off my wish list! I really love Frasier and I’m excited to finally see what happens past season 9. I recommend this show to anyone that likes an easy laugh and nice short 20 minute episodes.
My brother got my the new Animal Crossing game by Nintendo where you get to be Mayor rather than just a resident. I have to say I’ll be excited not to have Tom Nook’s loans to pay. Now to just pick a town name…

Books, glorious books. And a bit of a mixed bunch! I got the history of the company that came before Lush, Snooki’s second novel which I’m going to save for holiday reading I think, a book of P.G. Wodehouse stories and a history book about George VI who truly is one of our more fascinating kings in my opinion.
On the beauty side of things, another Liberty print item was dropped into my stocking- can you sense a pattern? It’s a lovely Andrea Garland lip balm in this really high quality pill box with a mirror. I have no idea what I’m going to do with it once the lip balm is gone but I feel I’ll find something because it’s beautiful! Any ideas?
I must’ve mentioned this cream in passing to my mum back in October when I saw it in this Lisa Eldridge video. I swear I had it years and years ago but of course, I had no idea what I was doing at the time, now I’m hoping it’ll be a good for my painfully dry winter skin.
On the nerdier front, this Worst-Case Scenario calendar has been giving me a lot of laughs/ unnerving information like how to make a bow and arrow and how to survive torture :’) I’ve been instagraming a couple of my favourites and I’ve had the book for years. Invaluable information for a writer.
My lovely friend Ashley sneaked in a couple Walking Dead related goodies into a delivery that she sorted out for me and I couldn’t be more grateful. The teeshirt is a perfect fit and the mug, shaped like a crossbow is brilliant for pretending to shoot walkers perfect for the soothing tea I’m going to need if they don’t stop killing people off!
Snooki Slippers. Enough said. They are literally like walking on clouds and keep my feet warm and comfy while I look slightly like a cartoon character with massive feet.
And lastly, chocolate. This doesn’t include what I’ve already eaten. Luckily I made no healthy eating New Years resolution. 
What did you get for Christmas? Leave me links!
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On the 6th September 2011 I wrote my first post on my old blog, and now I’m writing it again. I wanted a new place to blog, a little less beauty and more- a little bit of everything. Probably still a lot of beauty though. I’m really excited to be blogging again after taking a few months off, I missed it. So! Hello! I’m Imogen and  I hope to be posting more interesting things soon.

And please excuse the theme, I’m still ironing it out.

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