Bookstagrammer of the Week: @marissa_writes

Welcome, fellow bookworms, to your brief escape from the mundaneness of quarantine. We can’t wait for you to learn all about this week’s bookstagrammer, who hosts a page straight out of a fairy tale… fitting, given her love for fantasy! Where are you from? Northeast Ohio. Why did you start your Bookstagram? It’s a long story… basically, I went from an office job to freelancing back in 2010, and to help keep my writing and editing skills up to par, I started a book review site and of course, social media profiles were part of the process. Instagram was a …

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Welcome, fellow bookworms, to your brief escape from the mundaneness of quarantine. We can’t wait for you to learn all about this week’s bookstagrammer, who hosts a page straight out of a fairy tale… fitting, given her love for fantasy!

Where are you from?

Northeast Ohio.

Why did you start your Bookstagram?

It’s a long story… basically, I went from an office job to freelancing back in 2010, and to help keep my writing and editing skills up to par, I started a book review site and of course, social media profiles were part of the process. Instagram was a more comfortable fit for my abilities and personality.  It’s been my favorite place to “work” since then!

image via @marissa_writes

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

If words are power, to pull a bit from Margaret Atwood, then I hope to give others the confidence to wield them well. If my tiny corner of Bookstagram gives courage to someone to write down their story, or to try a new book club, or simply admit to being an absolute fan of some fandom, then I’ll be happy. Being a wordsmith and a consumer of stories should be something that can be admitted without fear of a label such as “nerd.”

Fun fact about you?

I originally went to college on a chorale/singing scholarship, but I refuse to sing for an audience of any size now. 

 

Favorite Bookstagrammers?

I have such a hard time answering questions like these, because I have so many great friends, and love finding new accounts! But I do have to give a special nod to my fabulous co-hosts for Read & Gush: @tall_telle_tells_tales, @KylieLovesBooks, @JusticeReads, and @read.write.coffee.

Favorite books and authors?

I go through phases… An all-time favorite is CS Lewis, for The Chronicles of Narnia, but also for The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce.  I always return to Anne of Green Gables for a mood boost. Most recently, I have gobbled up all of Brigid Kemmerer’s books and Marissa Meyer is a must buy author for me.

Fictional crush?

Alright, so this is one of those questions I hate answering because, before Bookstagram, I did not think about OTPs or book boyfriends. This feels like a “Bookstagram made me do it” kind of answer… but I would be pretty happy if, when I was looking for a guy (as I’m married, and have been for 13 years), I came across some version of Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. 

TBR List?

I’m a total mood reader, and I am always adding new books to my TBR on Goodreads thanks to bookstagrammer recommendations… but, out of the 165 books on my Goodreads list right now, I want to pick up The Grace Year soon. 

image via @marissa_writes

What’s your special approach to content?

As I said earlier, I’m a huge fan of words, so I always include a quote from a book, or an author, or something that can be pondered over. Otherwise, I just follow the prompts from the challenge I co-host, Read & Gush, or I wing it… I wish I had some fabulous formula to share.

Aesthetic of your Instagram page theme?

Again… I wing it… I have used the same two locations in my house for the last two years, so my white porch floor bathed in natural light is what most bookstagrammers would recognize – well if they would recognize my photos at all. 

 

How often do you post?

I post daily, on my own feed and three times a week on the Read and Gush page. Usually… I’ve been known to randomly miss a day. I do not stress about it. Life happens. 

What does your Bookstagram mean to you?

Bookstagram is a place to remember that the quiet book worms are not a dying breed. We are only a quieter section of society. 

image via @marissa_writes

Favorite bookstore?

As far as an actual bookstore, I enjoy browsing through Barnes & Noble. Though, I get most of my books from Amazon, Book Outlet, or Target. 

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

Actually, I’d be happy with a pass to get all my books from Barnes & Noble, so I wouldn’t be limited to one publishing house.

Author to take a selfie with?

This is going to sound horrible, I honestly do not know if I could handle meeting an author in person. I would never think to ask for a selfie. Introverts with anxiety might get this… I’m actually, painfully, an introvert. 

Favorite book cover?

I really love the hardcover for Heartless – the naked cover. It’s so unique!

image via @marissa_writes

Book you claim to have read that you didn’t?

Oh, a ton of classics, I was a true believer in SparkNotes in college. The biggest one I can often reference and no one knows I haven’t read is Moby Dick… although I’ve fooled a bunch of people about Grapes of Wrath too. 

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

Have I made it?  

 

Favorite fandoms?

Disney… because fairy tales. Actually, any Beauty and the Beast retelling. As far as Bookstagram fandoms, I’m a big fan of the crew from The Lunar Chronicles and the Illuminae gang. 

Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers?

Ask a question in your caption or stories, and then be chatty with those people who answer it. Those are the accounts I tend to follow, the ones where people are just chatty about books, it is more authentic. 

image via @marissa_writes

Additional bookishness?

If anyone ever feels like they aren’t seen on Bookstagram, I am inviting you to join a Read & Gush book club!  They are 100% online, and it’s a fun way to connect with other book lovers inside of Bookstagram (@readandgush).

That’s all for now, folks! What did you think of Marissa? I’m just waiting for my invite to whatever fantasy land she takes her photos in! If you or someone you know has a Bookstagram worthy of sharing, feel free to contact us on any of our socials, and you might see it featured here next week.

Featured image via @marissa_writes

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