Aly & Inge’s Monthly Wrap Up: February 2016

Posted February 29, 2016 by Both in Wrap-Ups & Unboxings / 12 Comments


With the installment of Aly into our software came the idea to start writing monthly wrap-up posts. This is my first wrap-up post, so bear with me here.

So February was kind of an exciting month for Bookshelf Reflections! We’ve been given a brand new make-over (again) and we’ve been merged with my positivity and mental health blog, Whimsicality. I didn’t have the energy to man two blogs, two Facebook pages, and two Twitter accounts anymore, so I decided to run the whole shebang right here. On that note, we’ve got a few exciting things for you in store, but more on that another time.


Me Before You by Jojo Moyes // ★★★★★
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness // ★
Birth of a Killer by Darren Shan // ★★★
Nutters by P.J. Davy // ★★
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon // ★★★ 1/2
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb // ★★★
Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern // ★★★★★
Life After the Undead by Pembroke Sinclair // DNF
Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach // DNF
The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan // ★★
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch // ★★
Red Rising by Pierce Brown // ★★★
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson // ★★★★

Not a crazily good reading month in terms of ratings, but I still got to tackle some books I’ve been meaning to read for a long time! And I also finally reread Where Rainbows End, which I got in 2011 and have loved ever since. Also, I read Me Before You exactly when the trailer came out and it looks so good. The book BROKE ME. In all the good ways. But oh my god.


Compared to Inge’s spectacular reading month, mine is very much “meh.” However, although I didn’t read lots and lots of books, those I did read were pretty damn amazing!

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton ★★★★★
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye ★★
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig ★★★★

I have been screeching about the amazingness of Rebel of the Sands pretty much every day since before it came out, and have managed to convert at least three people into hardcore fans. Also, my fangirling tweet was mentioned in a Maximum Pop Books article, and so my job here is done.

If you haven’t read it — what are you waiting for? We’re talking sharp-shooting, badass heroines, a love interest to die for, desert battles, myths and mysteries, and an unbreakable Sultan’s army. It’s literally the best of YA fantasy all rolled into one, with some added smartass to make the recipe just that more delicious. It should be on everyone’s favourites list or, at the very least, bumped up to #1 on your TBR.

On another note, I’m currently reading A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab and it’s so, so, so amazing. I am super, super glad to be back in Red London with my favourite thief, Antari and a ship full of pirates. YES PLEASE. Also, starting from today, the 29th February 2016, I have a week off work (SHOCKING!) which means I can do stuff like READ and take non-work related naps! But mostly read. Yay!


These include the posts that have been moved from Whimsicality, so this month had a few double posts.

Feb 1: We’re Back! + Meet Angie, Another New Blogmonkey (+ Giveaway!)

Feb 2: Hufflepuff Are Not Just A Bunch of Turnips

Feb 3: Share Your Serenity // Aly’s Monthly Wrap Up: January 2016

Feb 7: Stock Up On Smiles #014 (this is a weekly feature filled with links, videos, pictures to make you smile, as well as links to mental health-related things)

Feb 9: These Are A Few of My Favourite Ships

Feb 10: Creating An Anxiety Box (guest post by the lovely Topaz Winters ♥) // Aly & the Reread Conundrum

Feb 12: Angie & Her Favourite Books (Angie’s official first post!)

Feb 14: Stock Up On Smiles #015

Feb 16: Why You Should Watch Doctor Who (spoiler alert: David Tennant’s hair)

Feb 17: It’s The Little Things #003 (another feature for little things that are wonderful)

Feb 19: What I Don’t Tell You About My Anxiety

Feb 21: Stock Up On Smiles #016 (with extra puppies) // New Year, New Look! (oh look Karolina’s alive)

Feb 22: Hire Me to Beta Read!

Feb 23: Benedict Cumbersmurf and Other Peculiar Dreams (if “a dream is a wish your heart makes”, I’m screwed)

Feb 28: Stock Up On Smiles #017



So I don’t really expect this section to be really exciting because I’m house bound, but we’ll give it a go.

First of all, moving Whimsicality to Bookshelf Reflections! That was a bit stressful and a lot of unexpected work, which I’m still not finished with, so bear with me here. But I’m happy to have everything in one place again.

I’ve decided to start a beta reading service! This is really exciting for me because it means I can actually do something productive. You can find more information here. Also, I’d really appreciate it if you could help me spread the word!

Also, mum and I started frequenting a nearby kitty shelter. We go there for about an hour to cuddle with these attention-deprived cats who purr like an engine. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.

tough life
such hard work


This month was pretty awful for me, and I won’t sugar coat it. With the added stress of doing more and more overtime every week at work, I actually worked out that I was getting less than 5 hours sleep a day, and so I put in an emergency request to take a week off at the end of the month. Surprisingly, it was approved, and so I am now officially on holiday! Although I am sick, so it’s a good thing I wasn’t planning on doing anything extraneous this week.

And because of all the work stress and sleeplessness, I’ve hardly had the energy to read or write, but I did start watching The 100, and I can’t believe I waited this long to start it! SO GOOD! Except it’s super, super dark, so after every six episodes or so, I have to watch at least one Disney film to cheer myself up.

So that’s my month! Hopefully next month will be slightly more exciting.

How was your month? What’s the most fun thing you did?


12 responses to “Aly & Inge’s Monthly Wrap Up: February 2016

  1. I am so glad that you combined Whimsicality and Bookshelf Reflections. Now two of my favorite blogs are in the same spot which is good for someone as lazy as me. I also love the new blog design. You can certainly gone through a lot of them, but I have adored every single one.
    I have been thinking about reading Me Before You, especially since everyone started raving about it after the release of the trailer. I do not normally read adult fiction/romance, but I think Me Before You might be the perfect place to start in the genre.
    I hope you both have an amazing March.

    • Thank you so much for your neverending kind words, Tessa. ♥ It really means a lot to me that you’re a fan of both blogs! I’m happy to have them in one place now. It’s much easier, haha.

      I honestly have not been able to stop gushing over Me Before You. Do let me know what you think of it!

  2. YES ALY YOU HAVE ANSWERED MY PRAYERS. I finished A Gathering of Shadows today and it was AMAZING and no one I know was reading it or talking about it and AAAAH WHY NOT IT’S SO GOOD. Ahem. As you can see I am tackling my emotions like an emotionally balanced adult. (Seriously though, feel free to squee at me when you’re done.)

    Yay for beta reading and kitty cuddling hour (I didn’t know this was a thing?? I want to do it) and boo to being sick and overtime. I just bought Rebel of the Sands as it was on my to read anyway and the ebook was cheap-ish, so hopefully I’ll like it too. The 100 is amazing. I haven’t watched the newest episodes yet (I’m waiting until I can binge watch the entire season in a weekend, as one does), but the first two seasons – especially season two – were really, really good.

    • Aly

      AGOS FOR LIFE!!! Although am I the only one who ships Kell and Holland? The tension is real.


  3. Whoa–what a lot of reading you’ve accomplished in February between the two of you! So glad to see a high rating for The Girl From Everywhere, too, because I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about it and I’m hoping I’ll like it as well. 🙂

    Inge, that is super cool that you’re offering beta reading services now–good for you, and best of luck with your new venture! Also, I know it must be super difficult for you to sit cuddling cats for an hour, but stay strong. You can do it. 😉

    Aly, I’m sorry you’ve had such a stressful month, and I hope you find yourself refreshed and rejuvenated after your week-long holiday! I also hope you enjoy your time off as best you can, despite your illness. (Read lots of books!)

  4. Wow, that’s a lot of reading done! I’m so impressed!

    Inge, I’m really glad you enjoyed Me Before You. Even though it breaks every reader. Trust me, I’ve been there too. It’s so exciting that you’re starting as a beta-reader! It sounds really intriguing to me as well, but I’m not ready to take on something extra yet. I’m definitely going to try and help spread the word!

    Aly, I’m so sorry your month has been so hard. I hope you’ll enjoy your holidays (or at least take it easy so your body can calm down a bit)! Sleep as much as you can! 😀 I’ve been wanting to read The Crown’s Game for so long, so I’m intrigued by your rating. It’ll help to lower my expectations for this book, because I think they are too high at this point…

    • I know, I really wanted to like it as well but it just didn’t work for me at all. I did like The Rest of Us Just Live Here, though, so Ness is definitely still on my to-read list! 🙂

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