Meet Our Bookstagrammer of the Week: @michellereadsbooks

How did you first get into bookstagramming?

I signed up for Bookstagram in January 2018 on a whim after I stumbled upon a few other Bookstagram accounts looking for a project to get me through the long Boston winters. I had recently committed to a New Year’s resolution of not watching TV for the year and so I had been reading more than ever before. I joined the community as a way to share what I was reading, take creative photos, and connect with other readers. It motivates me to know that my account may be helping someone get back into reading. It’s the best when someone says they came across my account and were inspired to start reading more. It’s also very motivating when people pick up the books that I share or recommend. I love getting messages from friends that say, “I’m reading that book you shared, and I love it!” It’s been such a nice way to connect, or reconnect, over the love of reading. 

Where are you from?

I grew up in Connecticut, but went to college in Boston and lived there until last summer when I moved to NYC.

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

I hope that it brings motivation to everyone to incorporate more reading into their lives. In today’s tech-dominated world, I hear a lot of people claim that they can’t find time to read, but it’s all about prioritizing and finding what you love.

 

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Fun fact?

I went to a performing arts high school for classical piano performance! I played for a number of years, but haven’t spent much time playing since college.

 

Favorite Bookstagrammers?

This is a tough one because there are so many and it’s always changing!

 

For book recs:

@somekindofalibrary

@layoversandliterature

@nycbookgirl

@readingbringsjoy

@booksonherbrain

 

For beautiful book photos:

@clumsy.words

@novellevague

@coffeeandbookss

@thebibliotheque

@the_spines

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Favorite Books and Authors?

So many! Here are a few of my favorite books by my favorite authors:

Look Alive Out ThereSloane Crosley

Normal PeopleSally Rooney

CirceMadeline Miller

MiddlesexJeffrey Eugenides

 

Do you have any special approach to sharing content?

Using Bookstagram as a creative outlet is a big part of why I started. Typically, I wait for a sunny day so that I can have good light. Then, I have a couple of “buckets” that my content falls into: book reviews, upcoming releases I’m excited to read, and general bookish photos. I try to create a mix of this content to keep from sharing too much of one type. 

Do you have a specific posting schedule?

I generally try to post five times per week on weekdays. I use the Instagram analytics and have found that mornings are when the majority of my followers are most active. I generally try to take one weekend day off from social media and the other I’ll usually try to share content to my stories instead of my regular feed. 

What does your Bookstagram mean to you?

I view it as a creative outlet and a place to share a visual diary of my reading life. Over time, I have really come to value the connections I’ve made through my page. I love seeing my online friends post and having the opportunity to meet them in real life! That’s one of the coolest things about Bookstagram; how it has connected me to some real-life friends.

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What publisher would you choose to supply you with a lifetime of books?

Oh, I’d have to go with Riverhead books. I’ll read anything they publish and I appreciate that they publish such diverse topics and voices.

What author would you love to get a selfie with?

I have a thought that I never want to meet anyone famous that I idolize because I don’t want them to ruin whatever impression I have of them in my mind. But if I had to choose one, I’d say Sloane Crosley. I feel like she would be so funny and easy-going in person. 

Favorite Book Cover?

Recently I’ve been obsessed with The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. It’s such a beautiful cover and I love that I was able to discover a new artist through it. 

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When did you know you’d made it as a Bookstagrammer?

I think there have been a series of small moments. As each of them happened, it felt like a small victory. The first time that I requested an ARC (Advanced Review Copy) from a publisher and received it felt like a big moment. When I hit 10,000 followers, that felt like another big moment. Recently I’ve started receiving requests for interviews (like this!) and that, in a small way, also feels like I’ve made it.  

 

Any advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers?

I’d say stay true to the reason that you started your page and don’t pay too much attention to the numbers. Bookstagram should be fun, but I often see people stressing over the numbers or algorithms! If you share the content you like and are genuine, then that is the best. I’d also say learn as much as possible. I had no idea about social media strategy when I started, but I found myself becoming increasingly interested in understanding how it works so I researched things, read blogs, and talked to other bookstagrammers whose pages I admired. That keeps it fun, too, because you constantly get to try new things and see how people respond to it (I’m a bit of a data nerd so I love looking at the analytics). 

Well, what did you think about Michelle? Do you have a favorite Bookstagrammer in mind? Contact us through any of our social media platforms and you might just see them here next week!

Featured image via @michellereadsbooks


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