It only takes a couple of scrolls to get both book recs and laughs on Olivia’s profile. Welcome back to Bookstagrammer of the Week! We had the pleasure of getting to know Olivia, known as @olivesbookshelf on Instagram, and we thought you’d love to know her too!
Fun Olivia Facts!
The 22-year-old Georgian shared a few fun facts about herself, including how her adorable dog is named after Poppy from From Blood and Ash.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia, just north of Atlanta and right next door to my public library.
My heart and soul will always belong to Once and Again Books, a small and local bookstore I grew up begging my parents to take me to every other day.
As Once and Again’s time has passed, I now spend my evenings strolling Barnes and Noble and Half Price Books. (Reminder: be sustainable and support used bookstores!!)
Fun fact about you?
I am obsessed with the ocean! If I could put a library on a boat and sail the world, I would do it.
Who are some of your favorite Bookstagrammers?
My dream is to own a library one day–whether personal, public, or both, I’m not sure.
I will also admit my childhood dream was to be an author but my 30,000 word fantasy book draft from ten years ago has convinced me my talents lie elsewhere. However, this has always given me the utmost respect for authors everywhere! I’m only 90% sure they’re actually human.
One of our favorite features of Olivia’s profile is the array of content she has on her Instagram highlights. Olivia creates templates for anyone to use to track their reading for the month! She also has Highlights that feature her mini book reviews, recommendations, and resources that cover minority representation. Make sure to check each one out!
Why did you start your Bookstagram?
I graduated college in three years and began working in healthcare all amid a worldwide pandemic. To say it was overwhelming would be an understatement.
How often do you post?
This is such a hard question to answer because it’s very variable. It fluctuates a fair amount.
What’s your special approach to content?
Sometimes I think my special approach is that I have none. I like to be very genuine and up front with all of my content–No filters, filmed and posted the same day, honesty in every endeavor. One thing that I have had people reach out to me saying they enjoy about my page is how transparent and open I am.
What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world?
I aspire for my Instagram to be a lot of things, but mostly I want it to be a little spark of joy on someone’s timeline or explore page.
When did you know you made it as a Bookstagrammer?
This is such a funny question because I’m not sure anyone in bookstagram ever feels like they’ve “made it.”
Olivia’s advice to aspiring Bookstagrammers:
Just do it. (Don’t sue me Nike.)
I never would have started this bookstagram without a global pandemic pushing me to think, “Why not? What else would I be doing?” And here I am 9 months and 14,000 followers later.
My advice is to be genuine; take something you’re passionate about and put it on social media. Don’t worry about doing anything fancy. If you look too closely at my page, you’re going to realize I take photos using random sheets from the linen closet, my nightly tea or morning coffee, a favorite blanket, and basically 10 other random items I’ve managed to scrounge up from around my house (both inside and outside). And no one has ever seemed to mind!!!!
Start quality conversations and people will come to love your genuine heart, no matter if your photos don’t have the best lighting or the newest books.
We can’t talk about Olivia without mentioning her hilarious Instagram reels. She speaks for all bookish people, whether it be reacting to when authors pay too much attention to side characters or crying over fictional characters instead of guys who aren’t worth it!
Favorite books and authors?
A seemingly impossible question. I would break it down into subgenres if I could but I’ll save you the reading and just do genres instead.
Fantasy: ‘The Shadows between Us by Tricia Levenseller, ‘The Bridge Kingdom‘ by Danielle L. Jensen, and ‘From Blood and Ash’ by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
Science Fiction: ‘Red Rising‘ trilogy by Pierce Brown
Romance: ‘The Bromance Book Club‘ by Lyssa Kay Adams, ‘The Hating Game‘ by Sally Thorn, and ‘Red, White & Royal Blue‘ by Casey Mcquiston.
Books I would make everyone read if I ruled the world: ‘Know My Name‘ by Chanel Miller and ‘The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks‘ by E. Lockhart.
My favorite authors are Casey Mcquiston, Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Hafsah Faizal.
Who would you have supply you with a lifetime of books?
This is hard but I’d have to go with Half Price Books.
An author you’d want a selfie with:
Casey Mcquiston! I am (only slightly) in love with them but their book ‘Red, White, and Royal Blue‘ was life-changing and I take a copy with me everywhere!
Favorite book cover?
Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t:
I could probably list a million books here because I have the horrible habit of getting 200 pages into a book, not picking it back up for another year, but secretly telling everyone I finished it so they don’t think I’m that weird.
I did this with Six of Crows for the longest time!
Lastly, we just HAD to know what Olivia has on her TBR list:
My TBR list is always a million books long so it’s a little intimidating to figure out which ones to answer here.
‘Six Crimson Cranes‘ by Elizabeth Lim, ‘Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating‘ by Adiba Jaigirdar, ‘She Who Became the Sun‘ by Shelley Parker-Chan, ‘The Poppy War‘ by R.F. Kuang, ‘Redemptor‘ (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko, ‘Love and Other Words’ by Christina Lauren.
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