#Bookstagrammer of the Week: @quoththecrow

This week’s feature is Jackie/@quoththecrow all the way from Portugal. She’s a horror and gothic lover with a soft spot for Poe.

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It’s #bookstagram time again! This week’s feature is Jackie/@quoththecrow all the way from Portugal. She’s a horror and gothic lover with a soft spot for Poe. And she’s got an adorable black cat to match.

 

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Why did you start your Bookstagram?

I started my Bookstagram when I was writing my MA thesis in Anglo American Studies. I felt like I was only reading for work and missed reading for pleasure, so Bookstagram has always been a way to remind myself of the different powers of literature, from work to pleasure, from easy and relaxing reads to the discussion of complex social, economic and racial issues that need to be represented, debated and confronted.

Where are you from?

I am from a small town in Brazil, but I have been living in Portugal for almost 7 years now and I started my Bookstagram already living in Europe.

 

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

I want my Bookstagram to be a safe place for everybody, I think that’s what I can do right now. Hopefully one day I will be able to do more and give back to this community in different ways. I have a couple of projects in mind, all around the accessibility of literature.

Fun Fact about you?

I have been researching horror fiction for over 6 years, but I still cannot watch any horror movies by myself. I don’t know if that qualifies as a fun fact or just a sad one though. 

Favorite Bookstagrammers:

That is such a difficult question! Bookstagram is filled with such talented and inspiring people. I will mention two accounts that have been my favorites for a while now: @jobis89 and @kenyan_library. Johann’s Instagram is the perfect place for horror fiction and true crime lovers and Bill’s page is aesthetically perfect! Both are accessible and incredibly smart people.

I would also like to mention the page @ladiesofhorrorfiction, which is dedicated to promoting the works of women horror writers. Their cause is already extremely important, and they also share some beautiful photos and host great read-a-longs.

 

 

Favorite Books and Authors:

Even harder than the last one! My favorite book keeps changing as I get older, but I can assert for sure that The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison will always make the list.  And Toni Morrison herself is one of the greatest authors I have ever read. I also have to mention my favorite Brazilian author, Machado de Assis, and some of his books I love the most: The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas, also translated as Epitaph of a Small Winner, and Quincas Borba, apparently translated as Philosopher or Dog?, which makes me want to read the English translation right away! Flannery O’Connor is also one of my favorite writers, and I highly recommend her novel Wise Blood and any of her short stories. Finally, I have to mention Edgar Allan Poe, the subject of my ongoing PhD research. Some of my favorite Poe’s tales include “Berenice”, “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Black Cat” and “Loss of Breath”.

Fictional Crush:

I don’t believe I have a single fiction crush. Even when I am trying to read only for pleasure, I am always over analyzing the work and the characters, so I guess that doesn’t leave much space for romantic aspirations, unfortunately. Oh, maybe the Romantic poets, does that count?

 

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TBR List:

My TBR is a never-ending list, but the next books I am going to read are probably Beloved, by Toni Morrison and The Last Man, by Mary Shelley

What’s your special approach to content?

I like to share what I am reading, what I intend to read, and the feelings I had or anticipate having while reading. I like to be open about times when life happens, and I am just not able to read at all. I am also opened for suggestions and requests and always opened to try new reads and new genres I am not used to.

 Aesthetic / Instagram page theme:

I think my theme could be summarized by the maxim “death before decaf”, it’s a page basically filled with caffeine and deceased nineteenth-century authors.

 

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How often do you post?

I try to post every single day, even if only on IG Stories. 

What does your Bookstagram mean to you?

It is also my safe place, my digital Arcadia. I can always go there to discover new books, new authors, and discuss literature without the pressures of Academia.

 

 

Favorite Bookstore:

I preferer second-hand bookshops, I love a well-used, well-loved book! 

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

Penguin Books, I would love to have a room filled with a rainbow of Penguin Classics.

Author to take a selfie with:

Dead or alive? Alive, probably Stephen King. Dead, I would probably have to pass, let them rest!

 

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Favorite book cover: Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination illustrated by Harry Clarke.

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

James Joyce’s Ulysses. I have read most of it, but never finished, and to be honest, I will probably never finish it.

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

Oh, I don’t think I actually made it as a Bookstagrammer, but whenever someone asks me for a good horror book recommendation I always feel so appreciated!

Favorite fandoms: The Nightmare Before Christmas, probably.

 

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Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers:

There is only space for fear in horror literature, otherwise, be fearless, have fun taking your bookish photos, and connect with the community. The best part of Bookstagram is the bookstagrammers!

Additional bookishness: 

We didn’t have any libraries or bookshops in my town when I was growing up, so I used to ride a bus for almost 3 hours to a bigger city so I could buy books, my town wasn’t even in the map for online bookstores deliveries!

 

 

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