We’re back with another installation of our Bookstagrammer of the Week! Last week, we were focusing on diversity in literature. This week, we’re turning the corner to talk with Janni of @theladysparks about all things Bookstagram. Let’s take a cruise down Janni’s immaculate feed today and bask in the warmth of this Bookstagrammers knowledge!
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With every Bookstagrammer interview we do, we’re going to be asking some hard-hitting questions and some not-so-hard-hitting questions because we believe that balance is essential to life.
Where are you from?
I’m from a super small, blink and you’ll miss it, kind of town in the Texas Hill Country.
Ah! A fellow Texas woman, be still my heart. That wasn’t one of the intimidating questions that needs people to debate their whole being. Let’s ask one of those harder questions now.
Why did you end up starting your Bookstagram– @theladysparks– and what does it mean to you?
I started my Bookstagram a few months after I rediscovered my love of reading again as an adult. I found a few Bookstagrammers and started following them on my personal Instagram and realized that I could combine two of my favorite things – photography and reading. It’s been a really great experience personally!
If you’ve taken a gander at Janni’s feed, you’ll know that photography and book reviews are definitely her strong suit!
You clearly have a passion for reading, and we’ve just gotta know– when did you first get into reading?
I wish I could say that reading has been a constant joy in my life but I didn’t first discover my love of reading until I was in the third grade and I first realized this while reading a nonfiction book about Helen Keller. I just wanted to learn all I could about the people that I ended up hyperfixating on as a kid. As I got older, I stopped reading for fun when it really started being pushed as a thing that was required of me in school.
But I’d say probably in the 8th grade, I fell back in love with it wholeheartedly which was also around the time when all the vampire books were coming out– so I devoured them. I read all the fantasy books that I could get my hands on up until I graduated and didn’t rediscover my love of reading until about 4 years ago after I had my daughter and was heavily in the throws of postpartum depression. Books and reading really helped pull me out of it and helped me find myself again.
“Reading helped me find myself again” I want that embroidered on a throw pillow. Us Texas girlies need to stick together, so here’s the real test to see if we can be friends IRL, Janni.
What are some of your favorite books and authors?
Leigh Bardugo, Holly Black, Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao is my favorite book of all time, Hafsah Faizal, Giana Darling, Harley Laroux, Katee Robert, For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten, Dark Night Golden Dawn by Allison Carr Waechter and literally anything that Hannah Bonam-Young writes!
Picking your favorite authors and books is hard (makes me glad we’re always the interviewER and not the interviewEE). Such is the life of a reader!
What’s currently haunting your TBR list?
As a reader, it’s a never-ending list, but here are a few books you’ll find on my TBR right now: Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert, Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan, A Far Wilder Magic by Allison Saft, The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid, Belladonna by Adalyn Grace, Babel by R. F. Kuang, A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos, the Truthwitch series by Susan Dennard, Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim, Crier’s War by Nina Varela, You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria.
Those are some great books! And yes, my TBR is definitely never-ending. What we can’t get enough of right now, though, is your Instagram feed!
How would you describe your Instagram page aesthetic?
Thank you!!! I always have just catered to my own taste as far as my photos go. I love warm tones and how easily florals and greenery can help fill a space without making it overwhelming. And I would definitely say that fall is my favorite time of year!
One thing I know from doing these articles is that Bookstagram is not easy. I honestly don’t know how y’all make it look like it is. Becoming a successful Bookstagrammer, like yourself, can be challenging for those just starting out!
What is one piece of advice you would give to aspiring Bookstagrammers?
Try not to get super caught up in numbers! I know it’s really hard, but Bookstagram should be a fun thing that you do for yourself! And I’d say as long as you’re having fun, then you’re doing great!
That’s fantastic advice! Unfortunately, though, our time together has come to an end. My final question for you is:
What’s a fun fact about yourself?
This one always surprises people, but I don’t drink coffee, I don’t like it. LOL
I hope that you enjoyed our conversation with the lovely Janni of @theladysparks, our Bookstagrammer of the Week! Be sure to check out her Instagram page, it’s like stepping into a warm hug!
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