Of Wonderland: An Introduction (+ FairyLoot Giveaway!)

Posted June 1, 2016 by Both in Announcements / 44 Comments


Well, it’s been a while. Sorry about that – after Karolina and Angie so brutally abandoned us decided to leave Bookshelf Reflections, we wanted to take our time to make sure we got everything in order. All the blog posts, images, comments, and other info needed to be moved to this blog; old posts needed a little extra love; a new layout had to be created; and Aly and I needed to figure out where we wanted to take this blog.

For our grand opening, we thought a re-introduction of sorts might be in order, for those who are new and those who need a refresher. We are Aly and Inge, two twentysomething bookworms who met on Goodreads in March of 2014 and who’ve been talking each other’s ear off ever since. We share a brain cell named Gary, as well as a love for sloths and fantasy novels.

Here are some random facts about us:


  • I have the most unsteady walk. I seem to be incapable of walking in a straight line – I sort of automatically gently sway to the left, then to the right. This makes me extremely unbalanced and dangerous to hold on to. I, however, like to think it gives me a swagger reminiscent of Captain Jack Sparrow. A girl can dream.
  • My love for fantasy is based on the idea that everything and anything is possible. If you can dream it, you can do it. For me, living with anxiety and depression, fantasy provides the ultimate escape. When reality becomes a bit too much, I like to mentally travel to Hogwarts and hang out with the Weasley twins or Sirius Black.
  • Aside from a reader and a blogger, I have also grown quite fond of novel-writing. My current WIP is a Young Adult contemporary about a long-distance relationship between an American girl and a Dutch girl. The story will be largely set in The Netherlands, but seen through the eyes of the American girl, so you as the reader can get to know the beauty of the Dutch alongside her. It’s snarky and filled with puns.
  • My last three five-star reads were Happiness for Beginners, Big Magic, and Cress.
  • If I somehow won the lottery, I would:
    • visit all the Harry Potter attractions;
    • visit all the Disney attractions;
    • travel through every Anglophone country, from Ireland to New Zealand;
    • buy a shitton of books;
    • make sure my family is comfortable;
    • and eventually settle down in Scotland or Ireland. These countries sing to my soul.
  • I have met my favourite band, Nickelback, and Steve-O from Jackass. I am quite proud of this and gently remind people of it at random occasions.
  • I feel guilty about every purchase I make. I always feel like I should invest my money, but there’s also books to be bought and people make nice things and… help…?
  • I’m the type of person that feels bad for objects. Like when I accidentally slam car doors too hard or trade in an old phone for a new one.
  • As most of you will know, I have anxiety and depression. So when I have a day when I have to do something and I need a little mental boost, I try to draw strength from objects, such as a Harry Potter top or a necklace.


  • Before we moved to England, my family and I lived in Italy, right up in the mountains and up close and personal with all sorts of wildlife. I’d wake up in the morning with the smell of snow and freshly baked bread, and nothing beats that feeling of freedom.
  • I write YA/NA novels about morally questionable teenagers that are really easy to hate, but also really easy to love. Inge once called me a YA Gillian Flynn and I want to have it tattooed on my forehead so whenever I question something about my writing, I can prance in front of the mirror and remind myself that I am awesome. My recent WIP is about a boy that was raped as a teenager by a girl, and how, four years later, he comes back to town and she turns up dead. *Insert ‘Murder, She Wrote’ them tune*
  • I’m a disgustingly proud fan of The Raven Boys and Throne of Glass and if you hurt my babies, I will steal your cookies and make you watch whilst I eat them. IT WILL HURT.
  • Skyrim is my life, and I’m so proud I hooked Inge into playing with me because I’m pretty sure I ruined her life. It’s awesome.
  • I’m a serial hoarder. Like, I still have a huge box of school essays up in the attic somewhere, gathering dust and mould and God knows what else, but I can’t bear to throw it away. I finished school five years ago.
  • My dream is to own a bookstore in Scotland. I’ve been a huge fan of Scotland since I was a tiny child with stars in her eyes, and all I remember ever wanting to do was live in a tiny cottage in the middle of the woods, a la evil witch from Hansel and Gretel, with nothing but cats and a very irritable internet connection. Maybe a dog.
  • I have done absolutely nothing interesting with my life, except get a tattoo, and now I’m that person everyone hates that is always yelling, “LOOK AT MY TATTOO!” whenever I’m at some sort of social gathering. Much arm-waving and some sort of stripping usually ensues.
  • There is nothing I love more than the cold, long months of winter, and nothing I loathe more than summer. I work in customer service and I have to deal with drunk students, drunk tourists and drunk locals on a regular basis, so winter is a godsend. YES TO WINTER!

Follow us on our social media, because we are lonely and need people to talk to. Our Facebook page is mostly an extension of the Stock Up On Smiles feature and will have loads of fun videos and pictures. // Goodreads: Inge & Aly // Instagram: Inge & Aly // Twitter: Inge & Aly

And here’s a fun little Bloglovin’ button:

As well as our shiny new blog button, which you can place on your blogs if you wish:


To celebrate our official launch, we have decided to give away one FairyLoot box! In case you don’t know, FairyLoot is a monthly subscription box dedicated to all things fantasy and the past few boxes have been amazing, so you’ll definitely want to get your hands on one! This giveaway is international because we’re nice people who die a little inside at every mention of “US only”. We only ask that you please do not use giveaway accounts, as they will be disqualified.

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We’re excited to get started! See you soon!

Welcome to Of Wonderland! And how are you?


44 responses to “Of Wonderland: An Introduction (+ FairyLoot Giveaway!)

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury

    AHHH YAY YOUR BLOG IS HERE!! I AM SO EXCITED!! And I loved your list of facts…you are both amazing beans and you have me laughing already. Omg, and can I just say that both your books sound SPECTACULAR. *shrieks* Aly, I need that murder mystery immediately. I am just sayin’. And did you say PUNS, Inge?! I LOVE PUNS AHHHH.
    *tries to calm self*
    aNyway I’m very excited for the start of Of Wonderland! 😀 Can’t wait to read all your marvellous posts.

    • Aly

      AHHH THANK YOU! I’m so excited about my WIP, even though it’s slow-going because not everyone is an awesome novel-writing machine like yourself. 😉

      Also, Inge is the Queen of All Puns. She makes me chuckle on a daily basis. One of the reasons why I keep her around.

  2. You’ll have a house/tour guide in Australia, Inge <3 I'll even protect you from the nasty wildlife…mostly. Unless there are sharks, then you're on your own. Anywaaaay, I'm so excited to have you back—I've missed seeing the two of you around the blogosphere!

    • Aly

      Ahhhh, thank you! All the hugs! I’m so happy everyone is loving our new blog. It warms the cockles of my cold, cold heart. Bwahaha. So happy to be back!

  3. Oh yay! I am super excited to see this blog taking off 😀

    All the luck and all the gingers for you, lovely Inge! And hi there Aly, I can’t wait to start reading you as well 🙂

  4. Ah! I am so very delighted that you lovelies are back once more – and with a Through the Looking Glass-themed name as well. Be still, my heart. 😉 So looking forward to seeing more posts from you both! <3

    • Aly

      Hiiii! Thanks so much for your comment! I’m so happy you love our new theme and name — Alice in Wonderland is my favourite story ever. I couldn’t say no when Inge suggested something Wonderland-y for our blog!

  5. I AM SO HAPPY YOU GUYS ARE BACK <3 I've always been a fan of Bookshelf Reflections way back in the years (sometime in 2014 and 2015). I was completely heartbroken and sad, to be honest, when Bookshelf Reflections was shut down because I thought you guys would end blogging then and there. I'm really happy that you decided to be back! <3

    I'm excited for you guys, and I'm looking forward to those events that you mentioned in your sidebar — especially the Shattering Stigmas event. Thank you for the giveaway! (And thanks for understanding the pain that we INT'L friends undergo upon that little "US ONLY" note.)

    • It was definitely not the end of blogging for me — I’d miss you guys too much! Thank you for your constant support throughout the years, it means a lot, Jillian ♥

  6. Yay, I’m so glad you’re back! I’m sorry I won’t be able to participate in either of your readalongs or in the read-a-thon, but I think I will be a little bit busy in Germany this summer. 😛

    I enjoyed reading your random facts. I guess I’m a nosy (curious?) person. xD

  7. This is the first time I’m coming across you guys *awkward silence* but it’s kind of fitting since you’re starting over again here, right? 😀 Loved your list of facts about yourself! I have a very unsteady walk too, Inge- thanks for sparking the idea that I might have a swagger reminiscent of Captain Jack Sparrow- how come I never thought of THAT before? And a YA GILLIAN FLYNN YOU SAY, ALY? I want to read your books already!! <3

    Looking forward to see what you guys have in store for us- Shattering Stigmas sounds particularly awesome! Thank you for the giveaway, and for making it INTL! God knows how frustrated I get seeing so many US ONLY ones 😛

    Ruzaika @ The Regal Critiques <3

    • Aly

      Welcome to madness, Ruzaika! We hope to see more of you in the future!

      Hahaha, thank you so much! I’m excited for the world to read my books too… if I ever actually finish them. I’m very good friends with Captain Procrastinator, and it’s a curse. A curse, I tell you.

      You’re very welcome for the giveaway — we totally understand the horrors of the “US Only” ban!

  8. Hello Inge and Aly! I LOVE your blog name- I’ve been a fan of Alice in Wonderland from when I was a little kid. And thank you so much for the giveaway! Glad to finally see an international giveaway 😀

    • Aly

      Hi Divya!

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment! I’m a huge fan, too, and I’m so happy to meet more Alice fans! It’s the start to a beautiful journey, I can tell.

      You’re very welcome! We totally understand the horrors of not being able to enter a much coveted giveaway.

      See you soon!

  9. GUYSSSSS I am so happy that you are BACK! Karolina is just salty because she was my husband and I accidentally helped murder her. (In seriousness, tell her I hope she’s doing well if/when you talk to her!!) Also, I am having some trouble signing up for your emails, which I obviously need to do because I do not want to miss anything! It keeps telling me “Please select at least one list.” when I click the sign-up button? Just figured I’d let you know 😉 Inge, I shall DM you back soon, I promise I have not forgotten, I just… well I am pretty sure I have LESS than a full brain cell. Like at least you guys have Gary? I have no one. 😀

    • Aly

      WE ARE HAPPY TO BE BACK! Wooooo! *pops Champagne bottle*

      And noooooo, I shall need to tell Inge all about it because it’s probably my fault it doesn’t work. Oops.

      Pfft, Gary is so temperamental. Although he’s very helpful when it comes to illness, because we get sick together. 😛

    • I don’t know if we’re lucky to have Gary, since he spends an awful lot of time on sunny beaches being useless in general. Which is probably why the newsletter thing didn’t work, my bad! It should be okay now.

  10. Olivia-Savannah

    Yay! Congratulations of the launch of Of Wonderland! I can’t wait to read all the wonderful posts that shall be coming. I loved the facts that you two shared as well. It must have been so epic to wake up every morning in Italy and have the fresh wildlife surrounding you. And Inge – it’s funny because someone once stopped me to tell me I have ‘catwalk’ walk… I end up putting one foot directly in front of the other when I walk naturally. We’re opposites 😀

    Haha I loved your reasoning for the giveaway. Living internationally as well, I understand the feels of US only giveaways. I try to avoid them, but I can’t always when I collaborate…

  11. I AM OVERJOYED THAT YOU ARE BACK. Seriously, I’ve missed your blog! I feel you on that Captain Jack swagger thing, Inge, I can’t walk in a straight line either. Also, I am ALL EXCITE for that insta message book of yours, it sounds amazing! And I will be visiting that bookstore of yours in Scotland, Aly. I shall be joining you in the UK in September, but I can imagine that it would be amazing to live in Italy. I’m not a huge fan of summer either, because it gets too frickin’ hot (and I have also worked in customer service, so I feel you on that). I quite like summer when I don’t have anything to do, but right now I have an attic room and it’s unbearable when it gets really hot.

    Welcome back, guys!

  12. Welcome back! I did have much time reading a lot of your posts from Bookshelf Reflections, because I was only new to the book blogging community when you recently switched to Of Wonderland, so I’m really excited to finally get to read more of your posts! Here’s to a great new start. <3

    Oh and also, thank you so much for the giveaway – I really appreciate the fact that you guys made it an international one. 🙂

  13. Hello! *waves* I love all the facts about yourselves. Inge, can I visit all the Disney attractions with you? 😉 Aly, I didn’t know you lived in the UK. Me too! 😀 Also, The Raven Boys!!! My fave! I miss them! I want more books about them! And omg, someone else who loves winter! I HATE summer! Lol.

    The blog looks beautiful. 🙂

    • Hello, stranger! 😉 Thank you so much for your kind words. How fun it would be to go to all the Disney attractions together! Aackk I really hate summer as well. It’s so waaarm!

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