Entering the Thrilling World of Mystery With Bookstagrammer Sara!

Are you in need of some teeth-chattering, bone-chilling, or thought-provoking mystery? Follow this week’s Bookstagrammer @saras_mystery_bookclub!

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This week’s stunning Bookstagrammer is Sara, @saras_mystery_bookclub! For lovers of mystery and thrillers, Sara’s Bookstagram page is the oasis you’re looking for! Beautiful images of the best books, paired with thoughtful, creative reviews, mean you’re in good hands if you’re searching for a book to raise goosebumps and leave you up at night. In this interview, we get to know the mastermind behind @saras_mystery_bookclub and what makes it so magical!

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Sara of @saras_mystery_bookclub

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Thank you for joining us! Let’s start the interview!

Where are you from?

I am originally from Albania, but I moved to the Netherlands to study in 2015, and now I even have my Dutch citizenship.

Why did you start your Bookstagram?

I have always loved reading (ever since I was a kid), but when I started my first full-time job, I stopped for a while. Then, during the infamous lockdown (we had a very long one here in the Netherlands), I started reading again and remembered why I loved it so much. I didn’t think much before creating my Bookstagram; I just wanted to share my opinions and talk to other people who were reading the same books as me.

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

From a reader’s perspective, I want my Instagram to be a safe space where everyone can share their thoughts and hopefully find some great new books to add to their lists. After my platform started gaining some traction, I also started thinking more about authors and how I could help talented “underrated” authors get more exposure.

What’s a fun fact about you?

I am, unfortunately, not a very “fun” person! Maybe something most of my followers don’t know is that the icon I use on all my bookish profiles is created by my sister. She’s an amazing designer, and I especially loved this icon because it fits with my account name (Sara’s Mystery Bookclub).

Who are your favorite Bookstagrammers?

I host an online book club with two fellow Bookstagrammers, Magen @bonechillingbooks and Steph @bookedupgirl; they are definitely my favorites. I also love @crimebythebook.

What are your favorite books, and who are your favorite authors?

This is such a difficult question! Since my Bookstagram is all about thriller books, I will stick to the genre and say that some of my favorite authors are Lisa Jewell, John Marrs, Jennifer Hillier, and Liane Moriarty. Some of my favorite thriller books in the past few years are Watching You by Lisa Jewell, The Stranger in Her House by John Marrs, All the Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham, and Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier.

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Who is your fictional crush?

This has changed so much over the years, but the most recent one I can remember was a character called Lilith from The Whispering Muse by Laura Purcell. Highly recommend this book!

What are your favorite fandoms?

I love the entire thriller genre fandom. You’ll be talking to someone with @crime or @murder in their account handle, and they’re some of the nicest people ever.

What’s on your TBR List?

You don’t want to know! It’s definitely over 200 books. I can’t even keep count anymore.

What’s your special approach to content?

It has been a game-changer to plan 1-2 weeks’ worth of content on Google Sheets and batch content filming. It helps me stay organized and consistent.

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What’s your aesthetic / Instagram page theme?

I went for a clean look (white/gray colors) and a full focus on the books. I also like to give some info (like a short book description or my star rating) of a book on my photos.

How often do you post?

I try to do it four times per week, and it mostly works.

What does your Bookstagram mean to you?

Sometimes, it feels like Bookstagram is the last normal corner of the internet… People are supportive, authors are open to interacting with readers, and it’s a breath of fresh air.

What’s your favorite bookstore?

It’s a bookstore called Donner in the Netherlands. It’s close to my first place in my new country, so it will always be nostalgic (it’s also generally a very nice bookstore).

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

Any of my favorite authors! Whenever I read the books they recommend, I absolutely love them.

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Which author would you love to take a selfie with?

Lisa Jewell!

What’s your favorite book cover?

I love this US cover of Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller.

What are some books you have claimed to have read that you didn’t?

I haven’t directly done this, but for a long time, one of my favorite authors was F. Scott Fitzgerald, mostly because of The Great Gatsby. I have only read three of his books, but the way I talked about the author probably made me sound like a die-hard fan

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

Honestly, there was not a singular “I made it” moment. It usually happens when someone tells me that they read a book because of me; that always makes my day. I’m so grateful for everyone who trusts my recommendations and shares their thoughts with me. These comments and texts kept me going.

A stack of books on a white table in front of a white table. Ratings out of five next to yellow stars have arrows pointing to the books.
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Any advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers?

Just create your account; you won’t regret it :) Everyone is so nice and supportive of Bookstagram; you will absolutely love it.

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