Welcome back to another Bookstagrammer of the Week! One of the best things about bookstagram is the people your get to meet and connect with about a shared love of books, with the added bonus of some incredible book photos. Our bookstagrammer of the week, @missmaddychats, certainly shares this idea of the bookstagram community. She describes her aesthetic as light academia with a dash of chaos thrown in. Check out our full interview with her below!
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Why did you start your Bookstagram?
I wanted to connect with like-minded book lovers in the online community, and bookstagram seemed perfect! I’m so lucky to have not only found amazing book recommendations but to have connected with so many people who are all so lovely!
Where are you from?
I’m from Manchester in the UK!
What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world?
I aim to encourage diverse reading and a cozy lifestyle, hoping that others will see my Instagram as a cozy, safe place.
Ah, so tough! I love so many bookstagrammers, especially: @wonderingkatherine , @lifebytheink, @fromjuliereads, @exquisitepages, @ardently_adele, @booksnest, @ve_xo, @fieldofpages, @inkandfables_, @agirlmadeofwords , @readbysalma, and @mariaoverbooked !
Favorite Books and Authors:
Wow, really asking the hard questions here! I’ll list a few but I could never have just one favorite!
Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
The Ember quartet series by Sabaa Tahir
Now, this could change immediately after reading a book I love, but an all-time fave is Kaz Brekker, and a recent favorite is Séverin from The Gilded Wolves!
Always adding to this list, but these are some books I’ve been dying to read:
Sisters Of The Snake by Sasha Nanua, Sarena Nanua
Jade City By Fonda Lee
Legendborn by Tracey Deonn
Yolk By Mary H.K. Choi
Darius The Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
What’s your special approach to content?
When approaching content, I like to get the bookstagram community involved. Whether that be through fun QOTDs, exciting photo challenges, or even book clubs- being inclusive so that my content is loved is really my only goal!
Aesthetic / Instagram page theme:
I currently have a light academia aesthetic, which is lowkey chaotic too! Although, my theme has changed quite a lot during my time on bookstagram.
How often do you post?
I prefer to post every other day, but sometimes life happens and posting can be less frequent!
What does your Bookstagram mean to you?
Honestly, words can’t express how much bookstagram means to me! I developed my creative side through photography, connected to so many amazing people, and in general, it really has given me a space to be so passionate and unapologetic about what I love- I couldn’t be more grateful for booksta ;)
Waterstones, it’s so comforting walking in!
Who would you have supply you with a lifetime of books?
Waterstones/ B&N, 100%! Just imagine all of the signed and special edition books I could own!
Author to take a selfie with:
I love so many agh! Hmm, maybe Leigh Bardugo and Roshani Chokshi, they’re the authors I would most likely be able to meet!
Favorite book cover:
The Six Of Crows/ Crooked Kingdom collector’s edition is very much worthy of a chef’s kiss. I also really love the A Darker Shade Of Magic series covers!
Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t:
All of the Throne of Glass series, one day I’ll finish it!
When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer?
Honestly, I didn’t even think I had made it until this question haha! Oh, and when people slid into my DMs complimenting me/my account. The fact that a lot of people valued my work, some even saying I am one of their favorite accounts, had me feeling like, damn, guess I’ve made it in the bookstagram community ;)
Grishaverse, Demigods, Shadowhunters if we’re talking bookish! Then there’s of course the other fandoms I will always nerd about, like Marvel ;)
Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers:
If you start your bookstagram with the goal of getting followers and likes, then your journey will not be as enjoyable as it can be. Don’t get worked up about an algorithm that can be harsh to many creators. If you absolutely love the content you produce, then that will be enough. By just being yourself, meeting others, and growing your platform will come second after that.
And honestly, the best part of bookstagram is 100% the community, nevermind the numbers ;)
My weaknesses are special edition books and buying a book for the sake of collecting them! Which isn’t the best for my mood reader tendencies- whatever is on my shelf is never what I am in the mood to read ;)
Featured Image via @missmaddychats