In need of more book recommendations or just more stunning book pics to add to your Instagram feed? Then we’ve got you covered with another Bookstagrammer of the Week! Today we are featuring bookstagrammer @okinmybook. With a feed aesthetic of rainbow colors that promotes diverse books, she’s a must follow. Check out our full interview with her below.
Why did you start your Bookstagram?
I started my Bookstagram after I finished high school because I suddenly had too much time on my hands and not enough friends who liked to read. After finding BookTube years ago, I ended up discovering Bookstagram and it was the right community at just the right time. I’d always loved reading, but finding Bookstagram made me feel like I could join in for the first time, instead of just following other people online.
Where are you from?
I’ve lived in small towns in the state of Bavaria, Germany almost my entire life, but I was born in New Jersey. So I’m either from Germany or from the United States, depending on who you ask.
What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world?
My Bookstagram and the community that comes with it brings me so much happiness, so I guess that’s what I’d like others to take from it too. But more specifically, I want to introduce people to new books and authors they’ll love, since that’s what other Bookstagram accounts help me do. Especially diverse books and authors, regardless of sexuality, ethnicity, religion, race, or gender. Growing up in a very homogenous area and country, it never really occurred to me as a kid how many different stories I was missing out on. That’s why I’d like my account to be a shortcut for other people with a similar experience to realize there’s a whole new world of books out there and discover it with me.
Fun Fact about you:
I’ve had the name for the first cat I’ll have on my own picked out for three years. It’s Tortellini.
Whew, that’s a hard one and I’ll probably miss so many I love, but here goes. All of these Bookstagrammers have amazing accounts and seem like such lovely people: @honeybuttergal @drawmeabookreview @sajdareads @jlm.bookstagram @mentallybooked @theliteraryheroin @_pagesandleaves @simoneandherbooks @pretty_x_bookish @thenursereader
Favorite Books and Authors:
I’m notoriously noncommittal when it comes to favorite books and authors, so these change all the time. Here are some of the ones that came to mind first:
Dear Martin by Nic Stone, Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer, In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado, Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker, and my newest favorite (just finished it yesterday) The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert!
Any and all cats I read about (excluding Church from Pet Sematary for obvious reasons).
I could give you an itemized 200-page document of all the books I’d like to read, but I feel like that might be a tad much. A few books I’m really looking forward to reading (and that are on my actual physical TBR) are: Know my Name by Chanel Miller, Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi, Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century edited by Alice Wong, The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson and Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger.
What’s your special approach to content?
I really like color coordination, so I try and pick a new color for each month. That way I’m forced to look outside of the box of new releases or old favorites for posts. Instead, I really dig around each month (on my own shelves and online) to find books that match my color scheme. I’ve discovered so many fantastic books that way, that I never would’ve read otherwise! And it just makes me happy looking at a rainbow when I scroll through my feed.
Aesthetic / Instagram page theme:
Like I just mentioned, I’m a big fan of color coordination, which is why I have a rainbow feed where I assign each month a specific color or shade (and font) that I try to integrate into all of my posts. I made January of 2019 blue-themed just for fun and then loved it so much I just never stopped. At this point, my rainbow feed is just a natural part of my Bookstagram and I don’t know if I’d ever stop doing it that way.
How often do you post?
I post every two to three days, depending on how busy I am. That makes me very unpopular with the Instagram algorithm but it keeps me from spending too much time on content and keeps Bookstagram feeling like a hobby instead of a job.
What does your Bookstagram mean to you?
Bookstagram honestly means the world to me. Without it, I don’t know if I’d ever have started reading so diversely and I would have missed out on an endless amount of fascinating perspectives. It keeps me motivated to read, it gives me a creative outlet, and it lets me speak on things that really matter to me with people who genuinely care. Especially during Covid, Bookstagram just felt like a window into a different world that helped me distract myself and get through being stuck at home.
I do love a good library (as does my wallet) but some of my all-time favorite book stores would be the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver, Colorado, the Booksmith in San Francisco, California, and The Book Loft in Columbus, Ohio!
Who would you have supply you with a lifetime of books?
Honestly, any of the three bookstores I just mentioned would be great contenders. All of their selections are on point!
Author to take a selfie with:
Maybe Chanel Miller, she seems like an incredible person I’d love to meet.
Favorite book cover:
All of them! Publishers have been really stepping up their game these last few years. A specific cover I loved is The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker, probably because the inside was just as great as the outside.
Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t:
I’ve gotten very comfortable with DNFing books I don’t like and I don’t believe in ‘good’ or ‘bad’ literature anymore, so nothing recent. I do think there was a classic or two I claimed I’d read as a preteen because I thought that would make me look cool, even though I actually hated classics.
When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer?
Doing this interview makes me feel pretty legit, to be honest.
I’m a bit of an outlier on this one but I’m not big on fandoms. If I had to pick one, I’d go with the Sherlock fandom though, since I’ve seen every movie and tv adaptation and enjoyed the books.
Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers:
Try stuff out! I was on Bookstagram for almost a year until I really figured out what things I liked to post about, which captions really felt like me or how I wanted my feed to look. Instead of stressing about every little detail, I’d say give yourself some grace and just do whatever is most authentic to you.
You can find me absolutely nowhere else besides Bookstagram, but that might be changing in the future!
Featured Image via @okinmybook