It’s time for another Bookstagrammer of the Week, where we here at Bookstr feature an incredible member of the bookstagram community sharing book recommendations and incredible book pics. Today, we’re featuring @bibliovirgobrewstea. You can always find a great book recommendation or review or find an amazing tea blend to go with your next read on her bright and colorful Insta feed.
Why did you start your Bookstagram?
I started my Bookstagram account five years ago on January 21, 2016. I was a huge reader growing up and fell out of it in high school, so I used it as a way to get back into reading again.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Amherstburg, Ontario (a quaint little town), but now I live in Waterloo, Ontario, the tech hub of the province. I moved for work purposes.
What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world?
This is a big question because I strive to do a few different things with my account. At first, it was solely book reviews and book recommendations —anything literature. Then, I started talking about mental health more because one of my goals is to normalize mental health talk to end the stigma. Just a few months ago I got into the #Teagram world. With that, I review teas and talk about tea blend recommendations. I’ve also suffered from chronic pelvic pain for three years now with suspected endometriosis, so I also try to normalize talks of reproductive health.
Fun Fact about you:
I’m a cat mom to four lovely fur babies. I can sing, but my passion for reading and writing took over. I’m the author of More Than Us, a YA contemporary novel that surrounds mental health.
@acouplereads, @flaviathebibliophile, @readwithangie, @danishmustardreads, @thelittlethingsandmore, @findherreading (to name a few)
Favorite Books and Authors:
I’m a reader who loves all genres, but some of my favorite authors are Scott Westerfeld, Lauren Oliver, Jojo Moyes, Blake Crouch, Nina LaCour, Francesca Zappia, and Heather Smith. Branching off from this, some of my favorite books are Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia, The Agony of Bun O’Keefe by Heather Smith, the Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver, Recursion by Blake Crouch, and Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld.
Growing up and being a teenager in high school, I binged the Immortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare and definitely developed a huge crush for Jace. I feel like this will be evergreen because teenage Ryan will always adore that series and its characters.
Oh dear! I could write an entire novel worth, but some of the top ones on my radar are Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo and the Shadow and Bone series by Leigh Bardugo.
What’s your special approach to content?
I’m an organization snob. Before, I used to plan content with a desk calendar. Now, for the past two years (ish) I’ve been using a Google Spreadsheet. It helps me to keep a healthy balance of book, tea, and writing content. I do check to see if there are any national days or awareness months, but aside from that I’ve created a routine content schedule:
Monday: #BookTeaPairing – This is where I match tea blends to books.
Tuesday: Tea review
Wednesday: #WritingWednesday – this is where I share snippets of poetry or sections from More Than Us
Thursday: Book review
Friday: Tea review
Saturday: Book review
Sunday: This is usually a freebie/unplanned/in-the-moment post
Obviously, with partnership posts or giveaways I’ll sometimes change things up, but this is my base.
Aesthetic / Instagram page theme:
Just like I’m a mood reader, I’m a mood with my theme too. As you grow as a person and content creator, it makes sense to change up your theme. I’ve had my warm/pink theme since winter of 2020, so almost five months now. I plan to keep this theme for the next couple of years because people have been enjoying it more than my previous themes and it’s cozy yet bright at the same time. For my themes, I always edit photos the same way but I’ll always switch up layouts and locations. I don’t use props, just things in my condo, like a mug of tea or plants.
How often do you post?
I always post once and a day and sometimes I’ll post twice a day. I haven’t seen a difference when I post twice a day, both posts perform well.
What does your Bookstagram mean to you?
This is a deep question. To me, it’s a safe space where I can talk about what I love and who I am with other like-minded people.
I love going to indie bookstores, but when I need to unwind and get a good book haul in, my go-to is Indigo.
Who would you have supply you with a lifetime of books?
Author to take a selfie with:
Favorite book cover:
Iron Heart by Nina Varela
Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t:
I don’t think I have a book for this question. I’m very honest about what I have and haven’t read, no matter the reactions!
When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer?
Another fantastic question! We all know it’s not about the numbers, and this proves true for me because I didn’t get that “made it” feeling when I hit 10K. It was last year where I really felt like I “made it” because my self-identity strongly shone through my content and it continues to today. When people tell me they’re looking forward to things that I’ve shared or follow my recommendations, it’s in those moments when I know I’ve “made it”.
I’m not a fandom person.
Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers:
Be you. Be unique. Don’t base your content off of other creators and don’t go buy all the hyped books! If I was starting out now I’d recommend sitting down and creating a vision board: What do you want your content to look like? What’s the purpose behind your content? What do you want people to know you for?
Dog-earring book pages truly pains me.