Explore Beautiful Stories with Up-And-Coming Bookstagrammer, Ceci!

Meet Ceci @winstonandbooks, this week’s Up-and-Coming Bookstagrammer! Read on to learn more about her journey filled with an incredible variety of books!

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From exploring beautiful bookstores to the vibrant colors of nature and food that paint the background of her book reviews, Bookstagrammer Ceci’s posts invite you to experience and learn from the pages of books and beyond! Whether you want to dig deep into the complexities of what characters face or even your next romance read, Ceci has a great array of recommendations across various genres.

Bookstagrammer Ceci holding a copy of Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson.
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Why did you start your Bookstagram?

Growing up, I was always an avid reader but fell off quite a bit when I entered college. A few years after graduating, I wanted to get back into reading and set a goal of reading one book a month. I ended up reading 42 that year. I wanted to talk to other people about the books I was reading and would post on my personal Instagram stories what I now know are called “Monthly Wrap-Ups.” I had several friends who suggested I start some sort of blog about the books I was reading. One day, in the depths of the pandemic lockdown, I decided to make a book account, not thinking much of it. I didn’t even know that there was such a large book community on Instagram. I thought I’d get less than 100 followers, that it would be mostly people I knew in real life that would follow my account. But when I was immediately welcomed into the community as my followers continued to grow, I was only mad that I hadn’t made a Bookstagram sooner!

Book cover of Beasts of a Little Land on top of a map with flowers surrounding it.
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Where are you from?

As a multiracial, racially ambiguous person, this question activates my fight or flight, lol. I have lived in Portland, OR my entire life. I love the trees, the weather, the coast, the mountains, the bridges, the food, and the illogical way we pronounce many street names. I’m an immensely proud PNWer!

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

I want my Bookstagram to shine a light on the gray areas in the world. I am Chinese, Lebanese, and English, with dual citizenship in the UK and the USA. My appearance is racially ambiguous. I am a gray area in a world of black and white, in a world that sees me in pieces rather than as a whole. Bookstagram has been the place that has helped me articulate and shape my voice around my frustration with our binary world. I’ve connected with other Bookstagrammers who have similar experiences to me. I’ve also been told who I am, what I am, and what my experience is from Bookstagrammers I’ve never met, whose thinking is reserved to glasses that only see black and white. It’s especially frustrating when it comes from Bookstagrammers that politically I believed I was on the same page with until they employ an essential tool of the colonizer: gatekeeping.

All this to say, I want my Bookstagram to bring a different perspective to the world, one that can only be seen through gray-colored lenses — a perspective that seeks out more questions, a perspective that can see that more than one truths can exist at once, a perspective that, ultimately, can be used to help dismantle the oppressive power structures that are shaded in black and white.

Bookstagrammer Ceci holding a book, alongside bookshelves filled with books.
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What’s a fun fact about you?

When I was 12, I read Charlotte’s Web, and I haven’t eaten a mammal since.

What are your favorite books and authors?

Some of my favorite authors are Elaine Hsieh Chou, Jane Austen, Qian Julie Wang, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Lauren Kung Jessen, Sadeqa Johnson, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, Chloe Gong, Yaa Gyasi, Emily Henry, Tia Williams, R. F. Kuang, Evie Dunmore, Denise Williams, Angeline Boulley, and Amanda Montell. I recommend anything written by them!

Book cover of Disorientation by Elaine Hsieh Chou on a bed of flowers.
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Who is your fictional crush?

As a huge Pride and Prejudice fan, many would assume Mr. Darcy – but he’s too sadboi for me. I have a perpetual crush on Tristan Ballentine from A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore.

What’s your special approach to content?

Whatever I feel like! I approach my Bookstagram as my roller coaster, and my followers are along for the ride.

How often do you post?

I post when I want to AND when I have time. My Bookstagram is my creative outlet, and I knew early on that if I set expectations for myself that I reasonably couldn’t meet, I’d burn out and end up resenting it. I don’t post as often as I’d like to, but I’m okay with that because I want my creative outlet to stay just that — and not a chore or something that brings me stress.

What does your Bookstagram mean to you?

I never expected my Bookstagram to mean so much to me, but I was so wrong! At its core, my Bookstagram, to me, means the relationships. I have met so many friends here who are a part of my life outside of books. One of my Bookstagram friends, we actually went to the same tiny college for three years and never met until Booksta! She also lives in Portland, and not only is she a bookworm like me, but she’s also a fellow foodie. People always told me it is so hard to make friends as an adult, but that has not been true at all for me, thanks to Bookstagram. I met one of my best friends, who lives across the country, through Bookstagram, and it’s crazy to me to think that if I had never made this silly little account to talk about books, it’s likely we would have never met. I’ve had moments that made me question continuing my Bookstagram, but at the end of the day, I’m here to talk books and life with the amazing friends I’ve met thanks to this platform.

Bookstagrammer Ceci, with other fellow book lovers.
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Which author would you want to take a selfie with?

Can I say Jane Austen? I would love to meet Elaine Hsieh Chou, author of one of my all-time favorite books, Disorientation. I’m excited to meet one of my favorite authors, Amanda Montell, at her book tour next month and, hopefully, will be able to snag one with her!

What are your favorite fandoms?

The incredibly niche, passionate Pride and Prejudice (2005) movie enthusiasts.

Thank you to Ceci for allowing us to learn about her Bookstagram journey! Be sure to follow her on Instagram @winstonandbooks and on Goodreads!

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