Can you ever follow too many bookstagrammers? We don’t think so. This week, we here at Bookstr are shining a light on another incredible creator of the bookstagram community, @kalisbookishrambles. Kaliisha brings incredible book photos and book reviews to your Insta feed with a vintage style that uses muted colors. Get to know her in the full article below!
Why did you start your Bookstagram?
So, I’ve been a bookstagrammer for a little over four years now. My first post was of a few books formed in the shape of a sun. I never had any friends that were into reading as much as me, and I remember seeing bookstagrammers like Paperfury and got inspired to make a bookstagram. I didn’t think it would become such a major part of my life. I think my sole purpose for starting a bookstagram was to find others like me and share what I’m reading.
Where are you from?
I live in Massachusetts in the United States. I’ve lived in MA all my life.
What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world?
I want my Instagram feed to inspire others to read or even just to appreciate the art that books bring to one’s life. It isn’t just about books anymore. It has grown into a platform for me to experiment with books to create fantasy-esque photos that will catch a viewer’s eye.
Fun Fact about you:
I didn’t start loving to read until 7th grade when I picked up A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Something major happened when I picked up that book. Now I read about 100-150 books a year.
Currently, I have quite a few, but here is a list of ones that I really enjoy:
Favorite Books and Authors:
Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart
Maximum Ride by James Patterson
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
I don’t really have any! I’ve never really fallen into that trope of having a fictional crush. I think maybe Legolas from Lord of the Rings maybe if I had to pick someone.
Oh man, so many, but on my recent TBR list I have:
All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant
Sweet and Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley
Cemetery Boys by Adrien Thomas
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
What’s your special approach to content?
I think my special approach to my content would be making sure that I put out posts that are different every time. Right now, I’ve kept a pretty consistent theme because I’m limited to where I can go right now. I plan to do photoshoots with different people and go to different nature locations this summer to take some really stellar photos. I think my greek column/pillar really sets my photos apart from other bookstagrammers for sure.
Aesthetic / Instagram page theme:
Currently, I would label my account under a vintage aesthetic, and I would also say for colors, I like to use muted colors. Bright colors or overly dark tones intimidate me, especially since my phone camera doesn’t do colors justice all that much. I love to use my shelves as my background because it allows for no empty space since they take up most of the photos.
How often do you post?
I post every day just about. I had a period where it wasn’t very consistent because I was in the process of moving. Nowadays, if I don’t post, it’s either because time has escaped me or I have something that requires me to be away from social media the entire day.
What does your Bookstagram mean to you?
My bookstagram means so much to me now that it’s been growing from last summer to now. I have grown to love photography and the art that books can make when you put it all together. It feels like I create a fantasy world when I post now. I also think that my bookstagram will really benefit me in the future when I look for a career, hopefully in the publishing world.
I don’t have many local independent bookstores around me, but one place that I frequent besides Barnes & Noble is Bullmoose which is a local multimedia store that is mainly in upper New England.
Who would you have supply you with a lifetime of books?
I would love for HarperTeen or PenguinTeen to supply me with books because I always purchase titles from them. I’m always envious of those who receive massive ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) boxes.
Author to take a selfie with:
Mark Oshiro, for sure. I’ve met them once and loved hearing them speak when I saw them in person at a book festival in Boston. They are so charismatic!
Favorite book cover:
One book cover that I adore is Mermaid Moon by Susann Cokal. It’s so beautiful.
Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t:
I like this question. Especially when I am swamped with book tours all at once on top of school and on top of work, it can get really hard to finish books in time for the dates. I haven’t not finished a book and posted about it in a while, but recently it was All-American Muslim Girl, which I posted about on March 30th. I had no time to finish it before the tour date.
When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer?
I think I really knew that I made it as a Bookstagrammer when I was getting noticed by authors, and other bookstagrammers had told me that I was their inspiration. This past year has really solidified the fact that I can call myself a bookstagrammer. Major book tour services like Storygram Tours and MTMC Tours have noticed my account now where they haven’t before, and I’ve participated in quite a few. It is only going up from here, and I’m thankful for every moment of it.
I’m not huge into fandoms like others are. I was definitely into the Shadowhunter fandom for a bit, but I haven’t read enough of the series to really consider myself a part of it anymore. Fandoms are difficult for me to really get into.
Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers:
Don’t follow what everyone else is doing. You don’t need a theme, and you don’t need to keep it strictly about books. Explore different parts of the world around you and throw a book in it. Books open so many doors for you, and it will for your bookstagram if you allow it to.
I can’t stay still while reading. I play with my hair, I scratch at my face, and I shake my leg. It is constant movement, and I wish I could just stay still and relax while I read. I also cannot move on to another book unless I absolutely have to. I need to finish one in order to start another.
Featured image via @kalisbookishrambles