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!
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And here’s a fun little Bloglovin’ button:
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.
We’re excited to get started! See you soon!
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