Bookish Lifestyle Blogs With Our Bookstagrammer of the Week: @theespressoedition

Our Bookstagrammer of the Week, Stephanie of @theespressoedition, is a multipotentialite! She helps people find peace through coziness, reading and coffee!

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Have you missed me? Don’t worry, I’m gracing your screens again with another installation of Bookstagrammer of the Week! If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about then allow me to explain. Every week, our fabulous outreach team (shout out to them) talks with different Bookstagram accounts that we are in awe of. This particular week we’ve got a doozy for you, I mean seriously, this Bookstagrammer is a knock-out! We’re talking with Stephanie of @theespressoedition about her cozy account and her experience as a bookish creator!

Stephanie Whitman

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Bookstagrammer of the week
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Stephanie has made a career out of writing about her life and her experiences! Making yourself accessible and human to your audience is incredibly vital when you’re positioning yourself as a content creator. So when it comes to Bookstagram, Stephanie’s account caters to the bookish community.

It’s plain to see that you have a passion for reading and as your fans, we’re curious —when did you first get into reading?

My parents like to say I was born a reader. I’d beg my mom for “just one more” every night as a kid. When I was six, we read The Chronicles of Narnia as a family and it definitely fueled my love for stories. After that, I inhaled every book I could get my hands on. I guess you could say I never stopped!

Every reader has an origin story! Not only that, we’re quite territorial. However, we do have to ask about some things!

Where are you from? And do you have a favorite bookstore close to home?

I was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. A year ago, my husband and I purchased our first home in rural VA, closer to Charlottesville. While I never grew up going to bookstores (I’ve always been a library gal), after our move, I fell head over heels in love with Bluebird & Co. If I could visit every weekend, I would!

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Your account (and blog) are stunning! How do you find the motivation and creativity to make such wonderful content?

Thank you so much! That means the world to me! I’ve been a full-time blogger for going on eight years after being diagnosed with a chronic illness that forced me to find something to do “from my bed.” I was originally a fashion blogger who then transitioned to lifestyle and then eventually caved and fully committed to books. I find that cozy, warm colors and coffee are always very comforting elements for me to play with, so I took my freelance photography skills and put them to the test to create my signature The Espresso Edition style. I’m constantly on Pinterest or the Instagram explore page, getting inspired and finding new ways to learn and grow with my page!

Bookstagrammer of the week
cr. Stephanie / @theespressoedition

Now that you have the following that you do, what is one book that you’d recommend everyone read?

This is tough to answer because I think everyone should read different books for different reasons. But, if I had to choose just one book to recommend to everyone, I would say The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. This book genuinely changed my life for the better. I think it could impact countless lives.

Over the years, I’m sure that you’ve related to different characters. Which fictional character do you feel most connected to, and why?

I find little bits of myself in a lot of characters, but I have to say that Nina Hill from The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman is probably my bookish doppelganger. She’s an introverted, bookish, cat-lady with anxiety. She even has red hair and glasses like me!

With a few years of experience under your belt wearing the different hats that you have, I’m sure that you’ve acquired a myriad of advice.

Do you have any advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers?

Find an aesthetic and stick with it the best you can. Engage and never stop engaging!!! This is a vital part of creating a community. Get creative with your caption questions and try to always answer the ones you see others ask. Read and post about the books you love, not just the ones that are hyped. Your audience will trust you a lot more if you don’t just follow the crowd. And it might sound horribly cliche, but stay true to yourself! Authenticity goes a long way in this world of content creation.

We are at the close of our interview with Stephanie. Of course, we have to end this on a good note! What’s a fun fact about yourself that you’d like to share with the class?

I’m a library lover! I don’t purchase books unless I’ve read them, loved them, and know I’ll read them again — and I’m only able to do that because of the library. I was eight when I got my first library card and I cried with excitement. If only eight-year-old Stephanie knew she would have five library cards by the time she was nearly thirty… I think she’d happy-cry even harder!

Be sure to check out Stephanie’s feature on our Instagram, @bookstrofficial! And don’t forget to follow Stephanie for more of her bookish lifestyle content!

Want more Bookstagrammers of the Week? Check out our last feature, here!

FEATURED IMAGE VIA @THEESPRESSOEDITION / STEPHANIE & BOOKSTR / KARLY KOLEHOUSE