Bookstagrammer Ashley Lewis Charms Us With Her Colorful Feed of Fantasy and Pride!

Read on for a special edition of Bookstagrammer of the Week, as we feature Bookstr team member Ashley Lewis of @booksandcoffeewithashley!

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When she’s not working for Bookstr, our very own Ashley Lewis is busy curating her colorful bookstagram! She’s got a stacked collection of fantasy and romance books, often highlighting those with racial diversity and LGBTQ+ representation. Ashley’s got a wicked sense of humor, too. Whether it’s through her insatiable curiosity about Godzilla films or her love of memes, this bibliophile is bound to charm you. QOTD, Ashley: Will you take us through your Bookstagram journey?

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Ashley of @booksandcoffeewithashley

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Take it away, Lewis!

Why did you start your Bookstagram?

I had been posting about my current reads, reviews, and book hauls to my personal account for a while and had been tossing around the idea of making an account solely for my books, but I didn’t think there was really a community for it. After a while, I started to attract actual Bookstagram accounts, so that’s when I said YOLO and decided to make an account too!

Cover of "Touch of Power" by Maria V. Snyder surrounded by pink and gold stationary, and a yellow mug, on a wooden tile surface.
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Where are you from?

Malta, Ohio!

Tell us a fun fact about you!

I have a very strange interest in Godzilla films and even based my final History Capstone project on it!

What are some of your favorite bookstagrammers?

I have so many! Definitely want to give some love to Cassidy at @thewildmageslibrary and Hailey at @page_pixie since they’ve been with me since the very beginning! @darkfaerietales_ is another one as their flatlays actually inspired me to do flatlays! Some of my other favorites are: @marcyreads, @sips.and.stacks, @britt.sbooknook, @beezysbooks, and @tata.lifepages.

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What about your favorite books and authors?

The number one spot goes to The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer! The world building, plot, and characters were just perfection! (And it got me back into reading!) Some of my more recent favorites are: The Baker and the Bard by Fern Haught, A Little Like Waking by Adam Rex, I’d Rather Burn Than Bloom by Shannon C.F. Rogers, The Dos and Donuts of Love by Adiba Jaigirdar, Of Light and Shadow by Tanaz Bhathena, The Other Side of Infinity by Joan F. Smith, Promise Boys by Nick Brooks, and Seven Percent of Ro Devereux by Ellen O’Clover, to name just a few.

Vertically stacked, hardcover editions of "The Lunar Chronicles" book series by Marissa Meyer, surrounded by different red, black, and white items, and a gold crown, on a wooden tile surface.
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Do you have any fictional crushes?

I don’t know if I’d call them crushes but my heart is held by any comic relief character. So, Carswell Thorne from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, Thomas Cresswell from Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, Kenji Kishimoto from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Nathaniel Thorne from Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson, and Cassian from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

What’s on your TBR currently?

[My TBR is] endless. You name it and it’s probably buried in there somewhere. But for May, I’m prioritizing my three ARCs: A Crane Among Wolves by June Hur, Flawless Girls by Anna-Marie McLemore, and Maelstrom: A Prince of Evil by Lorian Merriman. I’m also hoping to read Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim, The Hub by Audrey M. Stevens, Supernova by Marissa Meyer, and The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings, as they are some sequels I need to finish!

How would you describe your aesthetic / Instagram page theme?

I would say that my overall theme is seasonal. I use filters that kind of reflect the respective season. Content-wise, however, I usually do color-themed flatlays that change day by day. So, I guess I have a very colorful feed.

Pink and green spread of stationary, on a wooden tile surface, featuring the book "I'd Rather Burn Than Bloom" by Shannon C.F. Rogers as a centerpiece.
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How often do you post?

I try to post once a day, but life happens so I’ll occasionally have to skip a day. I’m also starting to skip weekends too since I like to sleep in and relax, and not stress over getting a post out.

What does your Bookstagram mean to you?

It’s my place to make friends and connect. I’m not the most social person and don’t know a lot of readers, so Bookstagram was a way for me to finally meet people who had similar interests, and encouraged me to post whatever I wanted, and experiment with themes and styles.

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Favorite book cover?

I have a few, but Prism by Nina Walker is gorgeous! The cover was changed recently but the original had a beautiful mix of pink, purple, and red!

When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer?

When I got offered my first ARC! I remember I was waiting to go to class and got a DM from Entangled Teen about receiving an ARC for Find Me Their Bones by Sara Wolf. I thought it was spam at first but I decided to accept it, even though I hadn’t read the first book yet (and still haven’t 😬).

Do you have any advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers?

This is probably the most commonly given advice but it’s true: it’s your feed and you can do whatever you want with it. You can have elaborate or minimalistic setups, solely feature indie authors or feature books from marginalized communities, have a theme, or not. There is a place for you and your unique voice and perspective on Bookstagram and we can’t wait to have you! (And your bank account).

Vertically stacked hardcover books, surrounded by other books and bookmarks, with a cat sitting among them.
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Thank you so much for inviting us into this side of your world, Ashley. Readers, if you haven’t already, be sure to follow @booksandcoffeewithashley across all her socials. Moreover, check out her articles right here on Bookstr!

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