#Bookstagrammer of the Week: @amanda.the.bookish

For this week’s #BookstagrammeroftheWeek, we’re featuring @amanda.the.bookish (and her adorable Bernese Mountain dog, Vin). Read on to see how her passion for books, photography, and the book community shines through her beautiful bookstagram.

Bookstagram

For this week’s #BookstagrammeroftheWeek, we’re featuring @amanda.the.bookish (and her adorable Bernese Mountain dog, Vin). Read on to see how her passion for books, photography, and the book community shines through her beautiful bookstagram.

 

 

Why did you start your Bookstagram:

I have loved books single-heartedly my entire life, and when I kept seeing ARCs on a few larger bookstagrammers’ pages, I knew that my love of books and photography had finally found a purpose.

Where are you from:

I live on my family’s heritage guest ranch in Colorado, USA!

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What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world:

My passion for my platform is that it is a place where everyone can come and be welcome, a place where they are inspired to read, be brave, and be loved. I am also passionate about helping books and authors succeed!

Fun Fact about you:

Oh gosh. These are always so hard for me to come up with! Let’s see… I don’t use bookmarks when I read. I just memorize the page or chapter number where I stopped. It seems weird to everyone, but it’s just natural to me. I have no problems with it.

Favorite Bookstagrammers:

I have a lot of genuine friends on bookstagram! I love @inkfeatherbooks, @fablesandwren, @thisdreamofmine, @dystopianserenity, and @somethingofthebook, to name just a few. I’m also continually inspired by the incredible moody content of @lizgriffinwords, @wherethelostboysmet, @bookwormgram, and @thehookandtale.

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Favorite Books and Authors:

I love Brandon Sanderson’s books. His work is by far my favorite, especially the Mistborn Series and the Stormlight Archive series. I also really love Erin Morgenstern’s books as well as Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy and The Daevabad Trilogy by S. A. Chakraborty.

Fictional Crush:

So probably Matthew Clairmont from the All Souls Trilogy! Or Waxillium Ladrian from Mistborn Era Two. My first fictional crush was Samwise Gamgee (when I was 9) so he probably deserves an honorable mention too.

TBR List:

Bahaha. Like… my TBR for next month? The rest of the year? This list literally (pun intended, haha!) changes daily! As far as what books I’m hoping to get to next, that’s also difficult because I’m what the reading community likes to call a ‘mood reader’. I don’t like to force myself to read something arbitrarily if I’m not feeling it! Books I’m hoping to get to soon, however, are The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab, The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant, and The Empire of Gold by S. A. Chakraborty.

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What’s Your Special Approach to Content:

I want to make my Instagram a place that I love and think is beautiful. I also obviously love having people around, but the way my brain works, I need to go all in for me. That way, my bookstagram is as much a haven for me as I hope it is for everyone else.

Aesthetic / Instagram page theme:

My page doesn’t have a consistent theme, really, unless you count the pictures of my Bernese Mountain dog, Vin. She’s the real reason so many people stick around– she’s a cutie! As far as color scheme, I do tend to go cooler in the winter and warmer in the summer, but I’ve been on a blue kick lately and it’s making me happy.

How often do you post:

I post every day or more. During the summers I have a lot less time to post, so it’s usually once a day. In the winter, it can be up to three times, though that can be exhausting.

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What does your Bookstagram mean to you:

This has been answered a little in the previous questions, but to add to what I’ve already said, my bookstagram is a haven for me. I live very remotely in the mountains and have no neighbors or friends outside my own family, so it’s vital to me that I have a place online where I have friends and like-minded readers to connect with and support.

Favorite Bookstore:

As I live remotely, I don’t have a local bookstore. I do love the big ones in Denver: Tattered Cover and Boulder Books, but I mainly purchase my books online. I love bookshop.org!

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Who would you have supply you with a lifetime of books:

Um. What publisher? What author? I mean, I’m definitely open to whatever and whoever wants to give me books! I love presents! (psst, my birthday is August 17th!) As far as publishers, I find myself most often purchasing books from Tor, because I love basically everything they put out. For an author, I’d definitely choose Brandon Sanderson.

Author to take a selfie with:

I have been able to meet and get a photo with two of my faves: Brandon Sanderson (obv!) and V. E. Schwab! I’d love to meet Libba Bray and Deborah Harkness someday and get photos taken though!

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Favorite book cover:

Well. I just bought a third special edition copy of The Court of Miracles? So maybe that speaks for itself. I also really love simple designs like the cover of Addie Larue and Naomi Novik’s fall release A Deadly Education! I’m big into calligraphy so I always notice the typography of book covers.

Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t:

Oh no! I never lie about what I’ve read. That’s not really my style.

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

I’m still kind of waiting for that moment. I’ve met a lot of my goals, slowly, over the two and a half years I’ve been on this platform. I was asked to be on a panel at a book conference last year before COVID ruined everything, and that was the moment that I realized in some people’s eyes I’m kind of a bookish celebrity. But I want to keep loving, learning, and enjoying bookstagram, and for me, that’s all I need.

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Favorite fandoms:

Tolkien. I’ve been a Tolkienite since I was 8 years old when I read The Hobbit for school. That’s always been number one for me and I try to read The Hobbit every fall during a perfectly crisp day. I’m definitely a Ravenclaw, and if I haven’t made this obvious yet, I love Mistborn and the Stormlight Archives! As far as non-bookish, I love Doctor Who and murder mystery shows.

Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers:

I have so much to say about this! I actually was on a podcast and talked about this! You can find this linked in my bio on @amanda.the.bookish.
Just remember, there’s no easy ride. It’s a passion, but it’s also work, and there’s not a way to succeed where your bookstagram does not cost you blood, sweat, tears, and a lot of hard work to get to where you want to be. People ask me all the time ‘How can I succeed like you?’ but usually they recoil when I tell them this is a lot of effort. It’s effort I delight in, but there’s not a quick success button.
Truly, though, find your tribe. Find other bookstagrammers and bibliophiles that love the Darkling, or Illuminae, or the Grishaverse as much as you do. Become true, genuine friends! That’s what this is about, and where you’ll find fulfillment. Find your booktribe!

Additional bookishness:

Oh wow. I’m not sure! I’m a published author, freelance editor, and when I moved to Colorado I brought 36 boxes of books? I’ve read 75 books already this year and I am on track for at least that many more? Haha. I’m not sure what else to say except I love books and spreading bookish love around! I want to know you. Please, please slide into my DMs with any questions you may have, and find me! I’d love to be friends.

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