Bookstagrammer of the Week: @bookishkaren

Where are you from? I’m from the Philippines. Why did you start your Bookstagram? I have known about the community for a while by exploring Bookstagram posts on Instagram every now and then. I didn’t really think about joining until a couple of friends convinced me to give it a try. I had all these books in my room staring at me anyway as if to say, “What are you waiting for?” One day, I just grabbed a stack of books, put them on my bed, took a picture, and that was the beginning of it. I think deep inside …

Bookstagram

Where are you from?

I’m from the Philippines.

Why did you start your Bookstagram?

I have known about the community for a while by exploring Bookstagram posts on Instagram every now and then. I didn’t really think about joining until a couple of friends convinced me to give it a try. I had all these books in my room staring at me anyway as if to say, “What are you waiting for?” One day, I just grabbed a stack of books, put them on my bed, took a picture, and that was the beginning of it. I think deep inside I’ve always wanted to create an account because it looked like something I could be good at— being a bookworm and all that. Also, it’s nice to communicate with people who have the same love for reading. 

image via @bookishkaren

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

I want people to look at my account and see how influential, fun and beautiful reading can be… that there’s nothing to be ashamed of about being a reader. 

Fun fact about you?

I’ve been called Karen my whole life, but that’s not even my real name. It’s a childhood nickname that stuck. 

 

Favorite Bookstagrammers?

I love Meredith of @fromlibrarywithlove and Emma of @loveofboooks. They are both individually unique and crazy talented. 

Favorite books and authors?

There’s too many! I’ll settle with my favorite book right now, which is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Authors that I look up to are J.K. Rowling, Victoria Schwab, Leigh Bardugo, and Marie Rutkoski, to name a few. 

image via @bookishkaren

Fictional crush?

Valek from The Chronicles of Ixia series by Maria V. Snyder. 

TBR List?

Oh god, that’s a long list! At the moment though, I’m really looking forward to reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

 

What’s your special approach to content?

I want my posts to be relatable but at the same time, thought-provoking. It’s this wonderful balance between making things engaging and making them last. 

Aesthetic of your Instagram page theme?

Minimalist. I want my followers to see that a simple feed can be pretty too. You don’t need to go buy all the props; you can make use of whatever you have at home. 

image via @bookishkaren

How often do you post?

Whenever I want to. I’ve stopped pressuring myself about posting daily or following a specific posting schedule.

What does your Bookstagram mean to you?

It’s my creative outlet. But more than that, it’s something that I’m passionate about and that I love doing. Bookstagram brings me so much joy, and all the bookstagrammers I’ve interacted with since day one are nothing but incredible people. 

Favorite bookstore?

We have quite a few where I live. My favorites are definitely Fully Booked and National Book Store. 

 

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

Big Bad Wolf Books. 

Author to take a selfie with?

Can I pick two? Renée Ahdieh and Shelby Mahurin.

Favorite book cover?

Books are never without a gorgeous cover nowadays! My personal favorites are Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, and Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young.

image via @bookishkaren

Book you’ve claimed to have read that you didn’t?

Ha! A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. I remember lying about that when I was in high school. In my defense, I did read some books, just not the entire series.  

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

I’m still working on it, but I’ve had a few people thank me for inspiring them to pick up a book or read more, and that for me is already enough.

Favorite fandoms?

No doubt the Harry Potter fandom. Potterheads are the absolute best. 

image via @bookishkaren

Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers?

Do it for passion, not competition. Experiment with your photos until you find what works for you. Most importantly, engage. 

Additional bookishness?

Every time I give a book five stars, I message the author of said book to express my gratitude and love. It can be in the form of a long email or a short tweet. It’s something that I have done consistently for many years.

featured image via @bookishkaren

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