Welcome back to another bookstagrammer of the week! Each week, we here at Bookstr feature an incredible creator in the bookstagram community who is sharing their love of books through incredible book photos. Today, that creator is @bookish.hayden, who strives to promote diverse reading through her bright and minimalistic Insta posts. Check out our full interview with her here.
Why did you start your Bookstagram?
I started my account originally in 2018 but didn’t put a lot of effort into it until April of 2020. I started it because I really loved books but I didn’t have many people to talk to about reading.
Where are you from?
I’m from a small town initially, but I’ve lived in Toronto, Ontario for seven years.
What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world?
I want my Instagram to bring more readers into the world. And more diverse reading. Diversity in reading is so important to me.
Fun Fact about you:
I have four bookish tattoos
Oh my gosh, so many come to mind instantly. Vivian @bookhugged, Amie @booksforamie, Lisa @remarkablylisa, Kat @pretty_little_library, Liv @livs_little_library, Re @rheereads, Farah @foksha_1996, Bianka @bookishdreamlife, Reka @poppypages, Shelly @shellyzev, Pierre @pierrereds & Kasey @kaseybereading to name a few!
Favorite Books and Authors:
Oh gosh, so many! Cassandra Clare, Rick Riordan, Victoria Schwab, Tahereh Mafi, Leigh Bardugo, Angie Thomas, Renée Ahdieh, Victoria Aveyard, Marie Lu, and Nic Stone are long-standing auto-buy authors for me. Some new authors that I’m obsessed with are: Aiden Thomas, Elizabeth Acevedo, Roseanne A. Brown, Tracy Deonn, Chloe Gong, Crystal Maldonado, Ben Philippe, and Rebecca Ross!
My heart has belonged to Jace Wayland since 2007
My TBR list is miles long, but for April some books I want to get to are:
Bone Crier’s Dawn by Kathryn Purdie
Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart
Zara Hossain is Here by Sabina Khan
Sure, I’ll Be Your Black Friend: Notes From The Other Side of the Fist Bump by Ben Philippe
Oculta by Maya Motayne
I also want to read The Poppy War series by R.F. Kuang, The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, and do a re-read of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer at some point this year!
What’s your special approach to content?
I pre-plan everything out in advance, I color code in my planner to make sure I’m posting diverse content. I find this really helps my page stay current yet consistent.
Aesthetic / Instagram page theme:
My aesthetic is fairly minimalist, I aim for consistency in my editing and props that make sense. Everything is either against a white background or my bookshelves so it’s all bright and white!
How often do you post?
Every day between 5-6 pm EST! (oh gosh I sound like a commercial)
What does your Bookstagram mean to you?
It means the world to me. Connecting with people and sharing my love of books with so many brings me brightness every single day.
Who would you have supply you with a lifetime of books?
Also Indigo, it’s my one true love
Author to take a selfie with:
I would love to take a selfie with Zoraida Córdova, Angeline Boulley, Roshani Chokshi, or Susan Dennard, they all seem cool as heck.
Favorite book cover:
Currently, it would have to be Lost In The Never Woods by Aiden Thomas, a gorgeous book inside and out!
Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t:
Ooh, I tend to stay away from this, if I haven’t read something I’ll be honest about it. And then order it and read it quickly because FOMO will get me.
When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer?
I definitely feel imposter syndrome with Bookstagram quite a bit, but whenever someone tells me that they’re reading a book based on my recommendation/review, I feel like I’ve made it.
I find fandoms to be tricky. They can get very toxic very easily, so I tend to be wary of them. But I do love the Grishaverse and the Shadowhunters fandom.
Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers:
As cheesy as it sounds, I find it important to have fun with it and stay true to yourself. It doesn’t matter how many books you own, how much you read, or how fast you read, if you read one book a year you’re a reader. Also, read diversely if you can!
I have a signed copy of Robert Munsch’s Munschworks: The First Munsch Collection. He visited a town close to where I used to live, so my mom and I went and brought my beloved book to be signed. It was the coolest thing ever