Welcome back to another Bookstagrammer of the Week where we here at Bookstr feature an incredible creator sharing their love of books through photography. This week we’re turning the spotlight on bookstagrammer @lex_withthe_text. If you are looking for some diverse books, then Lex has you covered with her #ownvoices recommendations and reviews. If you still need a reason to follow her, check out her warm, inviting, and colorful bookstagram photos.
When did you start your Bookstagram?
In November of 2018.
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Where are you from?
Houston, Texas (suburb: Sugar Land)
What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world?
I primarily focus my book blogging platform on ‘amplifying #BIPOC literary voices.’ BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. This is so important for me as a Black woman because it took entirely too long for me to feel truly represented in a book.
Everyone, literally everyone, deserves to see themselves in books.
Fun Fact about you:
I am currently completing my Ph.D. in Public Health during a global pandemic. The irony is not lost on me, lol. I’m also a dancer and have been dancing since I was in elementary school, competitively, on school teams, and in college. I served as dance captain on both my high school and college dance teams.
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Favorite Books and Authors:
Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
Men We Reaped – Jesmyn Ward
Hunger by Roxane Gay
Heavy by Kiese Laymon
Stay With Me – Ayobami Adebayo
Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson
Allegedly – Tiffany D. Jackson
What I know For Sure – Oprah Winfrey
Rebel – Beverly Jenkins
The Street – Ann Petry
The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo
Caucasia – Danzy Senna
Daniel Collins from The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
It’s so long LOL, but here are some I’m looking forward to reading one day! Raceless by Georgina Lawton, The Three Mothers by Anna Malaika Tubbs, Passing by Nella Larsen, How Beautiful We Were by Imbola Mbue, Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert, Destiny’s Embrace – Beverly Jenkins, Parable of the Sower – Octavia E. Butler, and A Promised Land – Barack Obama.
What’s your special approach to content?
I try to post/share images with vibrant colors that pop! I like to post every day with at least one pose serving as a book review. I also love to partner with other bookstagrammers and publishers to host giveaways for new releases. Overall, my Instagram feed consists of a nice mix of book reviews, current reads, reading wrap-ups, giveaways, and more for books primarily written by BIPOC writers/authors.
Aesthetic / Instagram page theme:
I love to incorporate vibrant colors and positivity throughout my page.
How often do you post?
What does your Bookstagram mean to you?
I started this account at the end of 2018 – before I had even the *slightest* clue that #Bookstagram would become such an essential part of my life. I have made so many great friends and found so many great books through this platform. Bookstagram is almost like an addiction to me. I love it so much and wouldn’t trade this outlet for the world.
In Houston, Brazos Bookstore. In the US, Mahogany Books.
Who would you have supply you with a lifetime of books?
Hmmm, I’d definitely say Elizabeth Acevedo! Her books really speak to me. Never fails.
Author to take a selfie with:
James Baldwin. RIP
Favorite book cover:
Black Girl Unlimited – Echo Brown, Speaking of Summer – Kalisha Buckhanon, and Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t:
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer?
When I reached 1,000 followers :)
I am definitely Team Jesmyn Ward, James Baldwin, and Elizabeth Acevedo.
Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers:
Post consistently and post what you want! Never forget that Bookstagram should be fun. It’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others, but always remember why you started your page in the first place.
I love collecting various book covers for my favorite books :)
Featured Image via @lex_withthe_text