Love colorful book stacks? Then we have the bookstagrammer for you. This week, Bookstr is featuring @travelingbookshelf who’s colorful and fun bookstagram is sure to bring good vibes to your Instagram feed.
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Why did you start your Bookstagram?
I followed probably one or two bookstagrammers for the past two years, but I had no idea the community was so large. The more I got into reading, the more people I followed, and then I started to realize what the book community was really about. I love sharing books with my friends and family, and I thought, what better place to do it than on my own bookstagram account. I had been posting books on my personal page, but I was not sure that my real-life friends were all that interested. I knew starting a bookstagram account would give me the outlet to find new books and share some of my favorites.
Where are you from?
I was born in a very small town in South Central Pennsylvania. Although I love to travel, I have lived here my whole life with no plans of moving away.
What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world?
Truthfully, I just want to continue making friends and being a friend to other book worms out there. In the short year that I have been on bookstagram, I have made so many wonderful friends and connections. I thought I was just going to be sharing pictures of books. I had no idea I would meet such amazing, creative, and grounded people. I love to keep a bright colorful feed and hope that my reviews and posts can brighten up my follower’s day when they’re scrolling through.
Fun Fact about you:
My whole life, I never left the United States, but in the past four years I have traveled to ten different countries. I would’ve definitely added one or two more this year if Covid didn’t stop all forms of travel. There is nothing I love more than traveling and exploring new cultures and places.
The list is way too long, but some of them include:
Favorite Books and Authors:
My favorite books include Small Great Things, Verity, Final Girls, The Woman in the Window, and Clap When You Land.
My favorite authors are Elizabeth Acevedo, Riley Sager, Katherine Center, Elin Hilderbrand, Colleen Hoover, and Nicholas Sparks.
Any man in a Nicholas Sparks novel.
My TBR is unending. I have over 100 books unread right now, and you would think that would stop me from buying more, but it doesn’t.
What’s Your Special Approach to Content:
I try to keep my page bright and colorful. I like to share reviews and participate in new stack challenges. I also love to host giveaways, and I make custom Starbucks cups that I give away often!
Aesthetic / Instagram page theme:
Colorful, fun, bright.
How often do you post?
For the most part, I post once or twice a day. It is really rare for me not to have something to post. I like to take backlog pictures in case I’m feeling particularly uninspired one day or the weather is bad and there isn’t good lighting for pictures.
What does your bookstagram mean to you?
Bookstagram, to me, is a supportive community of people who love to read and collect books like me. I truly don’t know if I would’ve survived 2020 without my bookstgram friends and account.
Sadly, I live in a super small town where there are no local bookstores. I mostly buy books online, but if I were to go to a bookstore it would be Barnes and Noble.
Who would you have supply you with a lifetime of books?
I feel like I am already supplied with a lifetime of books, but I’m definitely never going to stop buying books so I would say myself.
Author to take a selfie with:
Elizabeth Acevedo. I’m obsessed with her books. She is beyond gorgeous, and I would LOVE to meet her.
Favorite book cover:
Untamed. Glitter, pink, purple. Nothing more is needed said.
Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t:
I am always super honest about books I have or haven’t read. I’ve never lied about books I’ve read.
When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer?
I don’t know if there is really a scale of “made it.”After I made some really supportive and good friends, I definitely felt like I was officially a bookstagrammer.
The Hunger Games
Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers:
Be yourself and post what you like to post. There are so many accounts out there, but there is only one you. You will bring something unique to the community just by being yourself. I would also make sure to post regularly if you are looking to grow your page.
“Books, she has found, are a way to live a thousand lives – or to find strength in a really long one.”
– The Invisible Life Of Addie Larue.