When you read a good book, it’s hard not to share your love of it with the world and connect with other book lovers. That is what makes bookstagram so great, and our bookstagrammer of the week, @librarycutie would totally agree! If you are looking for a friendly bookstagrammer to inspire you or your feed needs more nature and cozy vibes then check out our interview with her below!
Why did you start your Bookstagram?
I started bookstagram in 2014, right after I graduated High School, because I was bored mostly. I didn’t read much. I was lucky to read five books in a year, but 2013-2015 were very hard years for me, and I found comfort in The Fault in Our Stars earlier in 2014 and was mindlessly browsing Instagram when a bookstagram account popped up on my explore page. I went with it. I picked up Divergent and started reading it and fell in love and created my account. My first username was not @librarycutie, but something really bad, and I believe Disney related—glad I changed it! Six years later, it was and still is my best decision yet. Books were my escape back then but have become a friend to me, something I can jump into to start an adventure.
Where are you from?
A small town in Kentucky, USA
What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world?
Happiness, inspiration, and friendship! Books make great companions but finding friends to discuss and really just freak out about a book you loved (or even hated) is so much fun. You can make so many friends on Bookstagram!
Fun Fact about you:
I used to honestly hate reading, I didn’t start enjoying it until Twilight, but even then, it took a few years (when Divergent became popular) for me to enjoy reading enough to seek more books to read.
There are honestly so many! But I’ll name just a few: @abigailscupoftea, @fictiontea, @whisperingchapters, @laurabookish, @bookish.bones, @darkfaerietales_….. there’s sooo many more!
Favorite Books and Authors:
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is my all-time favorite book—I’ve read it maybe five times and got a tattoo of one of my favorite quotes from the series, and there’s just so much about that book/duology that makes me obsessed.
Other favorite books are Daisy Jones and the Six, Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin, A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas, Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey, anything in the Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare (all her series are amazing!!!), The LUX Series (best alien series you’ll read!), The Raven Boys, The Shadow Between Us, Vampire Academy, Ready Player One, Shatter Me… I could go on for a while!
Rhysand from ACOTAR… Daemon from LUX… and Adrian from Vampire Academy/Bloodlines.
This could take a while… but I really need to read Chain of Iron, Illuminae, Nevernight, The Raven King, Percy Jackson…
What’s your special approach to content?
Take pictures in bulk. It will save so much time and effort! Also, I like to switch off from a photo with me in the photo and then a photo of a flatlay or lifestyle photo in the next and repeat; It makes my feed look better, in my opinion. I liked to be creative with editing, but don’t overdo it (unless that’s your style?) Last year I got really into Picsart, and almost every photo was photoshopped or something, but now it’s pretty simple. I liked to use the Preview app to see how my photos would look together and plan out my photos for the week. It is super helpful and even allows you to schedule a notification to post! I also usually have a question right off the bat to engage my followers to comment.
Aesthetic / Instagram page theme:
I have been changing mine up quite a bit, but I’m trying to move into a more natural, cozy, and authentic theme/aesthetic with pictures of a mixture of books, lifestyle, and motherhood.
How often do you post?
I used to post once or twice a day, but it became too much once I had my son, so now it’s every other day.
What does your Bookstagram mean to you?
When I first started my account, it was such a meaningful thing to me. It helped me escape into a community of friends when life was hard. Now it’s blossomed into such a creative and happy space to share my life and love of books.
Barnes and Nobles and Half Price Books. They’re the only two bookstores near me besides the library.
Who would you have supply you with a lifetime of books?
Simon & Schuster/ Simon Teen, and Penguin Random House/Penguin Teen.
Author to take a selfie with:
Cassandra Clare… she’s my favorite author.
Favorite book cover:
That’s hard! I really love King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo and, basically, all the special editions (mostly UK) of Chain of Gold/Chain of Iron. Have you seen them? *drools*
Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t:
None! I don’t like lying. There might’ve been a book or two I said I finished sooner than I did, so it didn’t look like it took me weeks to finish.
When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer?
When I received my first ARC by ATRIA BOOKS, I was honestly so excited about that. I still have it and actually enjoyed the book.
Harry Potter and Star Wars are THE main ones, for both my husband and me!
Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers:
Have fun! Bookstagram is a place to connect with people who have a common interest in books and maybe even like to be creative with pictures/photography. It’s a place to have fun! Don’t let the numbers stress you out. I’ve been on Bookstagram for six years, and my favorite time was when it was still new and growing, there wasn’t any stress behind it, and I miss it so much. So please don’t stress. Have fun and read as many books as you can and then freak out about it with fellow book readers like myself!!
If you don’t have time to read, Audiobooks and e-books are a HUUGE lifesaver. I have my kindle with me most of the time and I have both Audible and the Kindle app on my phone so I can read wherever I am and whenever, especially now that I have a 6-month-old son, I have to read when I get the chance, and that’s usually an audiobook when he naps and a few chapters before bed. Reading is reading, no matter what form it is, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Oh and, it’s okay to stay up at 3 am finishing a book, that means it was good!
Featured Image via @librarycutie