Friday, 26 August 2016

#AskAmber: Books, Bands and Tiramisu

Waddup, favourite Internet specimens? A while ago I tweeted to see if you had any questions for me (always awkward...) using the hashtag #AskAmber, and it turns out quite a few of you did. I've always done Q&As as videos on my YouTube channel (gotta get that promo in) so this time I decided to mix it up a bit and do it here on the blog.

Beaches are better than mountains because they're flat and I'm lazy. I don't drink because I don't like the idea of not being in control of myself, and relying on a drink for fun. I mean, I'm also underage, but it's not like that stops anyone... And as for tiramisu? Nope, I haven't had it. Yet.

Something I've come to realise over the years is that I don't have a favourite colour - I like them all. But the colour scheme in my bedroom is white, grey and yellow, if that means anything. There are two places I want to visit most in the world, and they are Paris and New York City. My favourite band is Cimorelli (any other fans here?) and my favourite food is my own version of the Californian burgers you can get at Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

I think the best things you can do are, firstly, to let them know that you are there for them and, secondly, to encourage them to get help. And if the help they get doesn't seem to work, remind them that there are so many other options and just because one thing doesn't help doesn't mean nothing else will. It's also worth asking them what you can do to make things easier for them.

As someone who has had to support my own friends with their mental illnesses, I also want to say that it's not your job to look after them. Support them and care for them when you can, yes, but you have your own life to live and if you find it's stressing you out/having an effect on your own mental health, don't feel bad for taking a step back. Professionals are there for a reason and while it's important to do what you can for your friend (and I know they'll really appreciate the fact that you're sticking with them through this) you have to remember to take care of yourself, first and foremost.

The first review I ever wrote was in June 2009 and it was for Bindi Babes by Narinder Dhami. I still love Dhami's books, but it wasn't Bindi Babes that made me want to write a review... it was Chicklish, one of the biggest book blogs in the UK. They were looking for reviewers and, after stumbling upon it, I applied. The rest is history...

If you haven't read The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, don't highlight this: Jem. *cries* So there we go.

I LOVE THIS QUESTION. Teletubbies, apparently, although looking back it's more than a bit creepy. Tweenies, Mona the Vampire, Jakers!, Underground Ernie, Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids, 64 Zoo Lane, Come Outside, Lazy Town (I know...), Balamory (again, I know...), Charlie and Lola... I was also partial to a bit of Fireman Sam, although it gave me nightmares more than once. I was a sensitive child, clearly.

I don't mind dogs, but cats are way better - you know it's true. So I'd never pet a puppy again, because I could still have kitty cuddles and eat my favourite food. Boom.

Thanks for sending in your questions, and sorry I couldn't answer them all! If you want to watch the last Q&A I did, click here.


  1. Beaches, yes! I have never had tiramisu, either. Ha ha. I like cats and dogs equally, so that last question would have been difficult for me, although it said specifically puppies, and puppies are a bit annoying, so if I could still pet grown dogs, no problem. Thanks for featuring my question! The only one of those shows we got here in the US was Teletubbies, and they were a big hit in our house. In fact my son's father and I continued to watch them after my son was too old for them! We watched it to decompress. We had all of the promo toys because my ex worked for PBS Broadcasting. In fact, I still have them all packed away somewhere. I thought Boobah was the creepy one. Did you ever see that show? XD

  2. Oh! I didn't see this tweet otherwise I'd have asked what your favourite sandwich filling is! Lovely post
    Kate xxx

    1. Thanks! I would've said nothing as I hate sandwiches haha.

  3. not very happy. Got a notification on my phone about this post and immediately opened it up to read since I am an avid fan of this site. Was scrolling down and reading but when I got to the part with the infernal devices spoiler, a series where I have only read the first book and am waiting to acquire the next two, however on my phone, which is at the lowest brightness, it showed the spoiler, even through the black box,very clearly. I am not happy to have had the series basically ruined especially since I have been excited to read the tearjerker in book three.

    1. Nice to hear that you like (or now used to like, probably) my blog, and sorry you saw the spoiler. I just had a look on my phone at low and full brightness and couldn't see it at either point, so I'm not sure how that happened.

    2. @Anonymous, pretty sure that's not something Amber could have foreseen. I've read this post on laptop and phone and I couldn't see the spoiler. Not really fair to blame her. Also, I'm sure you will still enjoy the books if you read them, to say it's basically ruined is a bit of an over reaction.

    3. I'm sure you'll still enjoy the series, "anonymous". I knew the Titanic sank long before the movie came out and I've still watched it like 47 times. So you'll be fine.