It’s time for Bookstagrammer of the Week! For our final Bookstagrammer of the Week of 2020, we are featuring @readbyred! Full of color and satisfying angles of book covers, Rivka’s bookstagram is a must add to your feed.
Check out our interview with her below!
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Why did you start your Bookstagram?
I remember going to my first book signing back in 2016 and meeting a ton of fellow readers. I ended up talking to some of them, and someone asked me if I was a bookstagrammer. I had no idea what it was. I looked it up, came home, and posted a picture of my book haul.
Where are you from?
I am originally from Belarus, which is a small country in Eastern Europe, but I have lived in NYC for the last nine years. It’s home now.
What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world?
I love letting people know about new artists and special editions of different books. I always try to be myself, and I hope someone out there will realize that there are people who will love them for who they are and not for who they think they should be.
Fun Fact about you:
I name my playlists after the month and year they were created.
Honestly, there are so many. But here’s some:
Favorite Books and Authors:
Anyone who knows me will tell you I have the biggest Sarah J Maas collections out there. I mean it. Her books have been with me for years, and I can’t imagine my life without them. FYI, Nesta is my favorite ACOTAR character.
I think VE Schwab creates the most amazing worlds.
Arc of Scythe trilogy absolutely blew me away.
And if you’re a paranormal romance fan, checkout the Psy-changeling series by Nalini Singh. Perfection.
A book I would recommend to everyone would probably be Atlas Shrugged. One of the best classics out there.
Hmm, I’ll have to go with Rowan, Hunt, and Cassian first. Those boys are awesome. I love Lincoln (The Violet Eden Chapters by Jessica Shirvington), Ezra Mason (The Illuminae Files), and Fin (Aurora Rising)
So, I am not a huge fan of making TBR lists (because I never follow them), but I definitely can’t wait to read A Court of Silver Flames, A Sky Beyond the Storm, From Ash and Blood, Kingdom of Wicked, Lightbringer, and Tales from the Hinterland.
What’s Your Special Approach to Content?
One thing I don’t do is schedule my posts. What you get that day is what felt right to me. I try to pair every picture with a quote from the book, so if someone hasn’t read the book, they can get a little taste of what the book is about. And if they did read it, the quote will hopefully give them all the feels.
Aesthetic/ Instagram page theme:
I am all about simplicity and angles. The wooden background I use is perfect because no matter what color the book or the art is, it stands out. I am always a little bit jealous of all the super talented people out there who make all the complicated setups that look absolutely gorgeous.
How often do you post?
Every Day (except for Saturday and Jewish Holidays).
What does your Bookstagram mean to you?
It’s a place when I can be myself, where I can talk about my interests and always find someone who likes the same things. Some of the people I’ve met there became real-life friends, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
That’s a hard one. To visit? Books of Wonder. That place is just so magical. To order from? I would say B&N and Waterstones.
Author to take a selfie with:
Definitely Sarah J Maas.
Also, Jay Kristoff (I can’t even imagine if it’s possible with how tall he is).
Favorite book cover:
Okay. I know it’s cheating, but all the Russian Throne of Glass series covers are incredible. I am also a huge fan of French Shades of Magic covers.
Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t:
Hmmm, honestly can’t think of one. But it probably happened once or twice in high school with the books we had to read for class.
When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer:
When I went to a book signing and someone said, “You are ReadByRed, right?”
I still can’t get over how crazy that is every time it happens.
At the moment, JATP. I know it’s not bookish, but that show took over my LIFE.
Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers:
One thing I tell people is “It’s not about the numbers.” I know it’s an amazing feeling when your post does well, or you have followers. But at the end of the day, just do it for the love of it. If you’re putting a piece of yourself out there, numbers will come with time. And even if they don’t, you’ll meet some awesome people along the way