Bookstagrammer of the Week: @thebookend.diner

This week’s bookstagrammer reps strong farm-girl roots and has a knack for baking delicious sweet treats, which you’ll find out quickly scrolling through her lovely feed of photos. So without further ado, escape the bustling craze of cities and quarantines and enjoy our chat with your new favorite influencer, Chase…

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This week’s bookstagrammer reps strong farm-girl roots and has a knack for baking delicious sweet treats, which you’ll find out quickly scrolling through her lovely feed of photos. So without further ado, escape the bustling craze of cities and quarantines and enjoy our chat with your new favorite influencer, Chase…

When did you start your Bookstagram: 

I started my Bookstagram in April of 2019! I began working on it – planning posts, taking photos, coming up with a “business” plan around January of 2019, and then made my first post.

 

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Where are you from:

I’m from Lexington, Kentucky!

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

Lots and lots of books! One of my favorite feelings is when someone tags me or reaches out to me to tell me that they read a book I suggested and ended up loving it; I feel like I’ve helped someone discover a great book and also helped promote an author who poured their heart into that book.

 

 

Fun fact about you: 

I grew up on a farm in Kentucky. We have everything from dogs and cats to chickens, ducks, llamas, cows, horses, donkeys, and goats. I spent the majority of my childhood running around on our farm, only stopping to sit down and read. 

Favorite bookstagrammers:

It’s difficult for me to pick a favorite bookstagrammer; each person that I have encountered since beginning my account has brought a little bit more light into my life.

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Favorite books and authors: 

One of my favorite books is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen. I just felt such a connection to that book and I haven’t been able to shake that feeling since. I love Taylor Jenkins Reid; I have yet to read a book by her that I haven’t loved. I also really enjoy reading Ruth Ware’s books and J.K. Rowling will always be a favorite of mine! Two recent favorites of mine are Oona Out of Order by Margarite Larimore and Beach Read by Emily Henry.

Fictional crush: 

I LOVE Jonah from The Simple Wild/Wild at Heart and I am also a fan of Gavin Scott from Bromance Book Club.

 

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TBR List:

My TBR grows every day – I feel like I’m finally cutting my list down and then I’ve added another ten books. I will never run out of something to read and it’s the best feeling. On deck for right now are; The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Miller; What You Wish For by Katherine Center and The Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine.

What’s your special approach to content: 

I’m not sure that I have a special approach to content. I feel as if my feed is an ever-evolving project as I’m constantly looking for new things to add or try out (sometimes it fails but at least I tried). I want my content to be genuine, an accurate reflection of my personality, and something I’m proud of. I spent a lot of time putting together my photos and planning out my posts – I think after a year of doing this I’ve finally fallen into a rhythm. I’ve been working to introduce the ‘diner’ portion of my name and am hoping to have more time to feature cookbooks and homemade goodies into my feed.

 

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Aesthetic / Instagram page theme: 

This is another aspect of my feed that took a lot of time to develop. At first, I tried to take all of my photos with a white background as I loved the crisp feel of the photos but then I decided to change it up a bit. Over time, I have finally found the aesthetic that I’ve been searching for, one that is warm and inviting. Instead of trying to force myself into taking these bright and colorful photos that I was interested in at first, I found comfort in the warm vibe that my 1920s home has to offer.

How often do you post:

I try to post every day. I take all of my photos a week in advance and plan out which day I will post which photo. By planning my posts and taking my photos ahead of time, I hold myself accountable for posting every day. I can’t say that I “didn’t have time” or I “forgot” because my post is ready to go!

 

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What does your Bookstagram mean to you:

My Bookstagram means a lot to me. It’s the place that I have worked to create for the last year. I’ve poured a little bit of myself into each post that I’ve made and I will continue to do that. It’s my creative outlet and an opportunity for me to promote one of my favorite things – books.

Favorite bookstore:

I love all the local bookstores. One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to search out local bookstores and peruse their shelves. 

 

 

Author to take a selfie with: 

Delia Owens, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Jennifer Weiner, Riley Sager, Reese Witherspoon, and J.K. Rowling.

Favorite book cover: 

Recently, Untamed by Glennon Doyle has been high up on my list of favorite covers. I love all of the colors and the hint of glitter; plus, the book itself is pretty fantastic.

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

Gone with the Wind. I will read it eventually… I promise.

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

I’m not sure that I’ve really “made it” as a bookstagrammer. I think that what I love the most about where I am, right now, is that I have a great group of friends that I talk to every day. I also love it when people read a book and tag me in the caption telling me how much they loved the book and that they read it because of my review. That means the world to me.

 

 

Favorite fandoms

Harry Potter will always be my favorite. I’m currently rereading the series – one book a month until I’ve made it through all 7!

Advice for aspiring bookstagrammers: 

Just go for it! Create your account, post your pictures, and enjoy meeting all the wonderful people. But, do not let it become your life. Remember why you started your account, it was to share your love of books. It was not to spend all of your time scrolling through photos, stressing about “numbers” and not enjoying time with your family because you are so afraid to miss a post. I have been there and done that. It’s not fun and it takes all the joy out of what you do. I ALWAYS encourage people to reach out to me with specific questions – I love helping people with their bookstagrams. 

 

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Additional bookishness:

I want to encourage you to try out new genres; don’t be afraid to reach out of your comfort zone. If you end up not liking what you read then that’s fine but at least you can say you gave it a try! I’ve discovered some wonderful books by branching out and trying a different genre than I normally go for.

What did you think of Chase? I would love to spend a Sunday morning at her house devouring ricotta pancakes and the latest Taylor Jenkins Reid. If you know of another great bookstagrammer, message us on any of our socials and you may just find them here next time. Happy ‘gramming, y’all!

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