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Hello everyone my name Annabel Gibson and this is my website. I say that this is my website but in reality I’ll be sharing it with my sister Alice. The reason why the website carries my name is because I’m the one who made it. Recently I bought my new drone, it’s part of my relatively expensive hobby – droning. I was looking for some drones for beginners and found really helpful list at dronesglobe. My effort went into make it, so it only seems fitting that the website is named after me. And yes, I do realise that I have the same name as Bella Swan. Blame my parents for this situation, not me. I’d much rather have a name that isn’t recognisable because of vampire book series aimed at teens, but hey, that’s life.

Who are you and why should I care?

Well my sister and me are a couple of gals in their thirties that enjoy reading books. Alice works as an EMT in a hospital nearby, and I’m a freelance writer that works from home.

We are basically a couple of nobodies, and you shouldn’t really be that bothered with anything that we have to say. Despite that we decided to launch this website where we’d share book reviews, book recommendations, good places where to find books for cheap, etc. We’re talking actual books, made out of actual paper, that you can touch. I prefer holding a physical copy of a book. I don’t like to depend on electricity and electric gadgets to read.

Why don’t you like eBook readers, are you hermits?

I guess I kinda did make myself out to be some kind of tech hater with that last statement. Truth is quite the opposite, I absolutely adore technology, so does my sister. Our interests vary though. Alice is more of a sporty type. Her interests in tech revolves around things like fitness trackers (she has lots of them), fitness apps for the phone (she loves Skimbal), Nintendo Wii (because of Wii Fit U), headphones (cause she breaks them all the time), etc. One of the more recent purchases she made that caught my interest is an electric skateboard.

I told her that it doesn’t make sense to buy an electric skateboard, since you don’t get any exercise riding on it. She said that the skateboard is for when she wants to go out and relax, without breaking a sweat. That actually makes sense, but it also made me slightly annoyed cause I was ready to make fun of my little sis (yep, I’m the “big sister”).

As for me, I’m more interested in indoor activities. By that I mean that I spend most of my time in front of my PC. It’s not just for work, even though most of my time is spent writing articles, I do occasionally play a PC game. Lately I’ve played more than just occasionally cause I’ve discovered Overwatch. It’s very fun and addicting.

Recently I’ve decided that I need to get out of the house more. For that purpose I’ve started learn how to fly drones that can follow you. They are great not just because of the fun one has flying them. There are pocket drones with camera that can capture high quality video. I like to record videos of the park or the city and then make artsy videos out of the footage. On the plus side I can go out with my sister to the park. But enough about all that, let’s talk about Bella’s Shelf.

Books are our first love though

Even though my sister and I have a lot of interests, the thing that we’re both passionate about the most would be books. For me it’s pretty clear why that is, I am a writer after all. As for my sister I gave her the book bug during her visits to my house when she would view my library. There is a literal bookshelf filled with books in my house. That’s where I got the name for this website.

Reading books takes up most of my free time. I mostly focus on horror fiction. Sometimes I read something in the science fiction genre, to mix things up. Up until now I’ve gathered a couple of hundred books on my bookshelf, but I’ve read much more than that over the years. I can’t tell you the exact number since I haven’t kept count. I feel like such a slut, :). Each book that I read doesn’t necessarily end up on the bookshelf. Sadly I am limited with space so some of the books end up in Goodwill and other thrift stores in my area.

One of my favorite authors is Stephen King. He is one of the most famous authors that put the entire horror fiction book genre into spotlight all those years ago. Next to him I also enjoy the works of some of the less known, but still equally as good, authors like James Herbert, Peter Straub, John Saul and the late Richard Matheson. Most of the books in my small library were written by these guys. They are overly represented because of the fact that they cross back and forth between two genres that I like the most, horror and science fiction.

Lately in an effort to mix things up a little I decided to give in to one of my guilty pleasures, reading the Jack Reacher book series. A few years back a movie was made based on one of the books from the series. Book that the movie was based on is called “One Shot” and it’s the first Jack Reacher book that I read. Note that “One Shot” is not the first book in the series. It’s actually the 9th. Now I’m starting from the beginning and reading “Killing Floor”, which was the original Jack Reacher book published all the way back in 1997.

My sister Alicia took a different route when it comes to her taste in books. She started reading the same things that I read, since it was me after all that got her hooked on reading books, but she quickly turned to reading more mainstream books. I’m talking things like “50 Shades of Gray”, “Hunger Games”, “Maze Runner” and “Divergent”. A very mixed bag of books to read of you ask me, but who am I to question my sisters tastes.

What to expect from this website

Well obviously readers of this website can expect to see book reviews and book recommendations from me and my sister. Initially Alicia won’t be present on the website, since I’m still persuading her to jump on board. She’ll crack eventually, she always does. I’ll create a new user account and make an announcement when she does join Bella’s Shelf. I’ll skip writing reviews for more popular titles that I read, since there are plenty of them out there already. Instead I’ll write about less known titles, that aren’t in the spotlight.

My book recommendations are going to be focused on books genres that I like. I try to find, read and then recommend hidden gems, that either were never popular, or have been forgotten over time. An example of a such a book can be seen on the image above. It’s called “The Rats” by James Herbert. This will be my first book recommendation on Bella’s Shelf I guess. This is an older book, published all the way back in the mid 70s, but I really like the story (giant mutant rats eating people, what’s not to like) and how easy it is to follow text.

End note

I will try to make posts on a regular basis, but I’m not making any promises. My schedule is rather hectic lately and I do need to read books in order to make write about them, and make recommendations. When writing book reviews, I’ll try to keep things short, share the likes and dislikes about a particular book and that’s it. I don’t want to end up spoiling the plot by giving out lots of information and besides that, who has time to read long reviews anyways.

Speaking of long reviews, I’ve made this intro way to long, so I’m going to try and wrap it up. I guess that the writer in me is definitely showing. I didn’t even notice that I’ve gone on this long. So thank you for coming to visit our website, we’re very pleased to have you as a guest. Should you feel that you need to contact us, use the “Contact Me” page and the form that I have setup there. We’d like to hear book recommendations from our readers. If you’ve come across an interesting book make sure to tell us about it and if we like it as well we’ll write about it on Bella’s Shelf.

One last thing that I’d like to mention is our shop. It can be found on the “Shop” page. There I’m going to post books that I’ve read and would like to sell. It’s not that these books hadn’t earned their place on Bella’s Shelf, it’s just that I don’t have anywhere to put them. I’ll just put book cover images of the books that I want to sell and you can contact me for their price and shipping details. Be quick because I’m also selling them on eBay, so they are flying off the shelves rather quickly.

That’s it for now, be on the lookout for new posts. Subscribing to the RSS feed makes it easier to stay up to date on new posts that we make. Each post has a comment section underneath it, so don’t be a stranger and drop a line or two. Take care now, bye, bey.