Need more beautiful book pics, shelfies, or book recommendations in your life? Look no further than Bookstagram. Here at Bookstr, we love to recognize those bookstagrammers that post incredible book photos and spread their love of books through Instagram each week. Today, our Bookstagrammer of the Week is @alittlebiblio! Bright and warm with a touch of natural vibes, her feed is sure to bring some coziness to your Instagram.
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Why did you start your Bookstagram?
I actually stumbled across ‘bookstagram’ one day. I’m not sure how I came across it, but as soon as I did, I thought ‘these are my people,’ and it stemmed from there. I’m a very introverted person and had no one in my actual life who read, so I wanted to be able to talk about and share my love of books and reading with like-minded people.
Where are you from?
I’ve lived in a small village in the south of England my whole life. I’m very much a country girl because of it, and I’d hate to live in a city!
What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world?
I just want to share my love of books with everyone! It’s something relatively small that brings joy to so many of us, and that’s what I’d like people to get from my account- along with book recommendations, of course!
Fun Fact about you:
I’m not a fan of this question, and I genuinely don’t have any fun facts about myself! I’m a bit of a history nerd, especially when it comes to the Tudor period … does that count?!
There are so many to choose from! A few are:
Favorite Books and Authors:
Some of these actually coincide, and some are more series than just single books.
– VE Schwab
– Jay Kristoff
– Sarah J Maas
– Leigh Bardugo
– Maggie Stiefvater
– Jane Austen
– Rick Riordan
– A Darker Shade of Magic, Vicious, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab
– Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
– The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
– A Court of Thorns and Roses and Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
– Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
– The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
– Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
– Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
– A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
– From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
– Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I won’t lie; this is a long list, so I’ll have to narrow it down! Rhysand, Cassian, and Azriel (yes, I love all three). Hawke, Matthew Clairmont, Mr. Darcy, Jamie Fraser. We’ll leave it there!
I don’t have a list so much as actual TBR shelves. That’s right, TWO of them and well over 100 books. Some I’m hoping to get to soon are the Mistborn trilogy, The Poppy War, The Bone Season, Red Rising, The Priory of the Orange Tree, and The Lies of Locke Lamora.
What’s your special approach to content?
I don’t really have a special approach. I like to alternate between book covers and title pages, as that gives a tiny bit of variety and from plenty of different angles. I don’t like them all to look too samey.
When it comes to actually taking the photos, I usually spend a couple of hours each weekend to take enough to last the following week, in enough angles to use as spares in case I don’t have time for new photos one weekend. It’s always good to have backups!
Aesthetic / Instagram page theme:
I aim for a warm, cozy aesthetic. At the moment, I use pine cones and dried orange slices with little bits of greenery to help that theme.
I also love book merch, so you’ll find items from book boxes, candles, and occasionally clothing all relating to books.
How often do you post?
What does your Bookstagram mean to you?
It means community and friendship. I’ve met so many lovely people through bookstagram, a couple which I actually think of as best friends even though we’ve never met! It’s also a creative outlet, which I love.
There aren’t that many bookshops local to me, so I tend to buy most of my books online. I only have a Waterstones in a town about half an hour away, so that’s where I go whenever I’m in the area.
Who would you have supply you with a lifetime of books?
Are we talking authors? I’d say it’s between Jay Kristoff, VE Schwab, and Sarah J Maas.
If we’re talking publishers, well, I’d be happy with any books from any publisher, providing it’s not horror!
Author to take a selfie with:
Jay Kristoff would be a good one because he’s about a foot and a half taller than me, so if we’re both standing, it would be a funny selfie to look back on!
Favorite book cover:
There are so many beautiful ones, and it’s hard to choose. I tend to like more simplistic covers over bright, busy though.
Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t:
I don’t think I’ve ever actually done this! I’m pretty honest in what I’ve read or not read.
When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer?
I honestly still wouldn’t say I’ve made it, but I think when I hit 10k followers, it felt like a pretty big achievement!
I love the fandoms for ACOTAR, Throne of Glass, the Grishaverse, Shades of Magic, and now From Blood and Ash (which needs way more fan art, by the way).
Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers:
Be kind and genuine. Don’t be afraid to comment or talk to people. Post what makes you happy; not what you think others want to see. And if it starts to feel more like a chore than because you enjoy it, take a break and come at it from a different angle.