A Colorful Splash of Sapphic Literature and Wanderlust: That’s Bookstagrammer Nina’s Feed for You!

Dive into the vibrant universe of @sapphlit that illuminates the joy of reading and exploring sapphic stories and adventurous discoveries.

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Our Bookstagrammer of the Week, Nina Haines, holds up a book of Old Enough by Haley Jakobson

We love how supportive Bookstagram is as a community. It’s a safe space that brings together book lovers and influencers who truly celebrate their love for literature. It really feels like a big virtual party where everyone’s invited and enjoys the best hospitality. We at Bookstr especially love the support the LGBTQIA+ community has received here, and as allies, we’re here to join in that spirit of love, inclusion, and all things literature!

Welcome back to yet another Bookstagrammer of the Week, where we recommend a new Bookstagrammer each week for you to follow. This week, we’re indulging in the celebration of sapphic literature with the incredible Bookstagrammer Nina Haines, the heart and soul behind @sapphlit! Nina’s Bookstagram account is painted with the most joy-inducing hues and is meticulously curated with reading recs we’ll all enjoy, no matter our orientation or preference. Whether you’re an ardent bookworm or an intrepid adventurer seeking new horizons, her account is a haven that invites all to share in the magic. Ready? Let’s dive right in!

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We love your vibrant and joyful presence on Instagram; it’s clear that you have a deep love for reading, and it seems you enjoy discovering new places.

Could you share with us some more about your interests and the places you’ve been exploring?

Thank you!! I studied art history in college and love visiting museums in every place I visit — my favorites so far have been the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and the Tate Britain in London. I’m also a massive foodie and thrifter and always crowdsource recommendations from my followers for restaurants and vintage spots when I have a trip planned. I’m currently planning my next trip to Mexico!

What’s your favorite part of the Bookstagram community, and why did you decide to start your account?

I love how deeply creative and supportive everyone is!! I’ve made the most wonderful internet friends, several of whom have translated into amazing IRL friendships. I didn’t necessarily choose to start a Bookstagram account; I just started sharing more book content on my personal Instagram. I got back into reading for pleasure during the pandemic after four long years of academia completely zapped my love for reading, and I shared my book reviews on my Instagram stories. This quickly evolved into posting on BookTok, and then creating Sapph-Lit.

Are there any queer books that have left a lasting impact on you? Could you share a few of your favorites?

Oh my god, YES!! Old Enough by Haley Jakobson, everything by Casey McQuiston (Red, White & Royal Blue was the first book I read when I was restarting my reading journey), anything by Audre Lorde and bell hooks; of course, Open by Rachel Krantz, The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, Detransition Baby by Torrey Peters, and In The Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado.

What advice would you give to non-queer individuals who want to be supportive allies in the literary community?

Read more queer books and champion queer authors! Support them on social and at indie bookstores — the more the publishing industry sees that queer books are for everyone, the more queer authors they’ll publish.

What are your aspirations for @Sapphlit in the coming years?

Are there any new projects you’re excited about? We just launched a Sapph-Lit rebrand and reduced our reading to just one book a month after doing two books (one fiction and one non-fiction) a month for over two years, so I’m wicked excited for what’s to come! I’m currently planning some more IRL events, author interviews, and a Sapph-Lit merch line.

Finally, what advice do you have for aspiring bookstagrammers who also want to use their platform to promote diversity, inclusivity, and the expression of one’s identity?

Find your niche, find your people, reach out to and support your community, post books that YOU’RE interested in and you enjoy reading — don’t get caught up in what everyone else is talking about. Just keep sharing and creating and make it playful — make sure you’re having fun.

What a gorgeous feed and such infectious energy Nina has, right? Unfortunately, this is a wrap for our Bookstagrammer of the Week. But, while you’re here, why not show Nina some love with a follow? Follow us on our Instagram to be in the know about similar features through the visual delight that is our beautifully designed carousels. Until next time, happy reading!


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FEATURED IMAGE VIA JHADE GALES / BOOKSTR; ORIGINAL IMAGE VIA NINA HAYNES (@SAPPHLIT)