Best of Two Beautiful Worlds: Romance and Fantasy With Bookstagrammer Tia!

Calling all romance and fantasy lovers! You’ll want to check out this week’s Bookstagrammer, Tia, @tias.bookshelf_!

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Bookstagrammer of the Week collage for Tia @tias.bookshelf_. On a purple and white background are photos of Tia and books from her Instagram account.

This week’s stunning Bookstagrammer is Tia, @tias.bookshelf_! Often posting about her current romance or fantasy reads, she fosters a gorgeous Bookstagram community through beautiful photos, annotations, and bookish discussions. Her peaceful space is one where readers can indulge in all things literature and reading and connect with one another about the things they love. In this interview, we get to learn more about Tia and the power behind her page!

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Tia of @tias.bookshelf_

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Thanks for joining us! Let’s start the interview!

Where are you from?

I am from the UK, and I am half English and half Ghanaian. I live in Buckinghamshire, a city not far from London.

Books with covers with purple color schemes are arranged overlapping in a half circle. In the middle, on top of a pair of legs in purple socks and sweatpants, is the Hurricane Wars by Thea Guanzon.
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Why did you start your Bookstagram?

I started my Book Instagram at a time when I wasn’t the best version of myself, and it was an escape from reality and a way to connect with people about something I love and they love. I wanted to create a space where people could be unapologetically themselves and ramble on about the things they love without being judged by other people.

Tia of @tias.bookshelf_ sitting on her bed, blowing a kiss with one hand and holding a small cake with gold candles displaying the number 10. Books are arranged neatly in front of her.
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What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world?

I wanted to create a safe space free from judgement and where I could be unapologetically myself as well as other people getting to be themselves without judgement.

The title page for a book titled "Alive at Night" sits on a bedspread with red, pink, brown, and gray hearts. A hand with a gray sweater holds the corner of the book. A vase of white tulips, a blue perfume, a pink lipstick, a white jar of skincare, and a purple crate with three more books and a white bow frame the novel.
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Who is your favorite Bookstagrammer?

Larissa, a.k.a. Larry. I absolutely love her I adore her YouTube channel and her TikTok. It just feels like you’re sitting there with one of your Book Besties, having a great conversation.

Books by Elsie Silver and Ana Huang are stacked spine up on a white fabric. On top of them is a white bow.
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What are your favorite books, and who are your favorite authors?

One of my favorite books is Twisted Lies by Ana Huang. She is also one of my favorite authors because the Twisted series holds a special place in my heart. Another one of my favorite books would be Fourth Wing. It is what started my fantasy era, and I am forever grateful for that book.

On a white fabric, numerous fantasy books are stacked in a way that makes a circle.
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Who are your fictional crushes?

Nate Hawkins, Christian Harper, and Xaden.

On a Michigan sports jersey, a variety of romance books are aesthetically but haphazardly placed.
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What’s on your TBR list?

Never-ending.

A white tote bag with purple flowers and the phrase "The most beautiful people are those who read" hold a bouquet of red tulips. Four books are leaning against it, spines up. Everything is on a white fabric.
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What’s your aesthetic / Instagram page theme?

I would say my theme is clean girl with an arty aspect to it.

Three hardcover Stephanie Garber books are lined up, framed by wavy playing cards on a white fabric.
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How often do you post?

I try to post every day, but if I don’t post every day, I post at least four times a week.

Books in the Shatter Me series are arranged in a half circle, overlapping one another on a white fabric. A hand in a gray sweater holds the first book underneath the circle.
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When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer?

I realized I made it as a Bookstagrammar when I hit 10K, and the reality of something that I was just doing for fun had taken off in a big way, and when I got accepted into three influencer programs, one being my favorite author, Miss Ana Huang.

A person sitting on a white bed wearing a white sweater with multi-colored dots, blue jeans, and cow socks holds Done and Dusted by Lyla Sage in front of their crossed legs.
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Any advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers?

Advice I would give to a aspiring Bookstagrammar would be to be yourself, be consistent, and don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do it.

Tia of @tias.bookshelf_ poses in a gray cardigan, holding a white graphic tote bag with red tulips. She is in front of a pink wall with tiny wall shelves stacked with books.
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Tremendous thank you to Tia for allowing us this invaluable insight into her beautiful Bookstagram! Be sure to follow her on Instagram, TikTok, and Goodreads!


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INTERVIEW VIA EMMA JAMRIN