Today, I’m joining in with Jillian @ Jillian’s Books to celebrate her Blogger Positivity Campaign, in which we all spread a little bit of positivity around the blogosphere. Since I’m the owner of a positivity blog (which is currently on hiatus, but, you know, details), I jumped at the chance to participate, as I feel we could always use some cheer. Especially around this time of year, when everyone’s feeling a bit meh.
Our first task is to put up an introductory post and tell you guys a little bit about ourselves. So here goes! I’m really excited to meet everyone participating!
Introduce yourself and your blog!
Hello! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Inge. I’m 23 years old and I run Bookshelf Reflections with two other crazies, Aly and Karolina. I love reading, writing, and blogging, and am a big fan of wearing pyjamas and drinking tea. Despite my anxiety and depression, I try to spread smiles and positivity wherever I go, which is the reason I created my second blog, Whimsicality. I’m fluent in four languages, namely Dutch, English, sarcasm, and cat.
Bookshelf Reflections was created in February 2014 by Karolina, who quickly realised she didn’t actually have time to blog as a law student, so I joined the party in June 2014. Aly joined a year later in the summer of 2015. Karolina is exasperated a lot while Aly and I continue to fangirl over things like Rupert Graves and Harry Potter. I believe this picture describes our blog the best.
Where do you blog from?
I currently reside in Belgium, although I’m originally from The Netherlands. Karolina spends most of her time in Greece and Germany, while Aly blogs from the UK. Quite an international blog, here. Yes, very cultural.
Who or what made you the reader you are today?
Believe it or not, Twilight. I hated reading up until the age of 16, because all the books surrounding me were high school required reading. If there’s anything that puts you off books, it’s requirement. But somehow I stumbled upon Twilight back then and I loved it, so I read the sequels. And then I read Harry Potter and branched out further into YA, and here I am, having read 500 books! Crazy. I’m mostly talking about myself, but the situation is crazy too.
Who or what made you decide to create a book blog?
Karolina found me on Goodreads and decided she liked my reviews enough to invite me to come disturb her blog. I was pretty content just writing reviews on Goodreads, but I had to admit I liked the sound of being able to write about other bookish things. And here we are, a year and a half later! I’m honestly not sure how Karolina puts up with me, but I’m not going to question it. I like it here. I’m comfortable.
What are your thoughts on the blogosphere today?
I’m seeing a lot of burned out bloggers at the moment and it makes me sad. I’m hoping it’s just a seasonal depression and everyone returns to blogging with renewed vigour. I’ve met so many wonderful people through blogging, though, and everyone’s so lovely. So I’d just like to give everyone who’s reading this a great big hug, and I hope you’re doing okay.
5 random facts about you?
This question is always so hard!
- I suffer from anxiety and depression, but try to advocate positivity as much as I can, because I honestly believe it helps. It’s hard work, but so worth it.
- I’m an Anglophile, which means I love anything and everything English. Aside from drinking lots of tea, it’s also my dream to live in an Anglophone country one day. Right now, my heart is set on Scotland, with Ireland as a close second.
- My favourite YouTube channel is Jacksfilms, because he has sass in buckets and makes fun of everything. I’m also in love with Carrie Hope Fletcher, who never fails to put a smile on my face.
- My new hobby is yoga! I’ve been practising on and off for the past few months, but it’s not until recently that I really got into it and started enjoying it. I believe this is thanks to the 30-day yoga challenge I’m doing with my yoga buddy Jolien @ The Fictional Reader!
- While I love novel writing, I haven’t actually properly written anything since April. This has to do with the medication I’m currently on for my mental illnesses and I basically have no energy to write. It’s totally worth it, though, because I’m doing so much better, but I do miss it. At least I still have the blog!
5 favorite books you’ve read and loved?
I have many favourites and couldn’t possibly pick five, but I’ve decided on books I’ve read recently that have made me smile on more than one occasion. To spread a little positivity, and may they put a smile on your faces as well!
- The Martian || Definitely the read of the year for me. It was the first 5-star read of the year (in July!) and it really pulled me out of my reading slump. It has nerdy space stuff, nerdy science stuff, a hilarious protagonist, and a good dose of humour. Sign me up again and again.
- The Rosie Project || This was such a delightful read. If you need a pick-me-up or one of those rainy day reads that make you feel cosy inside, this is the book you’re looking for.
- The Mistake || This is the sequel to The Deal and was equally hilarious and sexy and all things wonderful. Even if New Adult is not your thing, you should give this a try. Made me laugh from beginning to end.
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society || I’m not exactly one to dive into World War books and I kind of “accidentally” read this, but oh my, was it worth it. It’s a heart-warming story told solely in letters and is bound to make you smile.
- Three Amazing Things About You || Jill Mansell’s books are like big puzzle pieces, separate storylines that come together in the end and are wrapped up with a pretty little ribbon. This book especially has a few storylines that are stinkingly cute and will leave you with a cheesy smile on your face. Prepare for the fuzzies.
5 favorite book bloggers!
This is incredibly difficult, because I have more than 5 favourite bloggers. I have a few bloggers in mind, but I’m saving them for a future Positivity Campaign post. In the meantime, here are five amazing blogs that should definitely be on your feed.
- Jenny In Neverland || I’ve only been following Jenny for a few months, but I pretty much read everything she writes. She’s such an inspirational and positive person and her posts always make me smile.
- Tea & Titles || Although there’s a noticeable lack of tea on the blog, I’m definitely a fan of Ely and Michelle. They’re satisfyingly nerdy and funny and lovely and I also really enjoy talking about writing with Ely, who’s my unofficial critique partner — I say unofficial because I’ve read one of her books and she’s read none of mine. But one day!
- Oh, the Books! || Kelley and Asti are actually on indefinite hiatus at the moment, but I do have to mention them, as I include them in any favourites list. Aside from interesting discussions, great guest posts, and beautiful photography, they also host the Bookish Games, which is a blog version of Mafia/Werewolves. It’s addictive and stressful and makes you paranoid, but I can’t stop playing!
- Six Impossible Things || Topaz Winters is as beautiful as her name is, both on the inside and out. She has such a magical way with words and she enchants me time and time again.
- Perks of Being A Reader || I’ve been noticing Giselle’s blog more and more lately, as she tends to post about positivity and mental health and her writing is always really insightful and amazing.
Whew, okay, that’s quite a post! I applaud you if you’ve made it all the way to the bottom. Hello to any returning readers, and if you’re new here, welcome! Hope you’re having a good day.