@parisperusing – Bookstagrammer of the Week

With an Instagram feed full of color, natural light, and fun book stack photos, @parisperusing is a must follow.


Each week, we’re shining a spotlight on the creators sharing their love of books through their Instagram posts. Today we’re featuring @parisperusing! With an Instagram feed full of color, natural light, and fun book stack photos, Paris is a must follow. Check out our interview with him below!

Why did you start your Bookstagram?

I started my bookstagram because I noticed there was a community of readers who enjoyed engaging books the same way I did. I also enjoy photography, so it felt like I was combining my two loves. Not to mention, the friendships I’ve forged on bookstagram have been so invaluable.



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Where are you from?


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

When I first devoted my account to focusing more on books, it had felt second nature because I read in my leisure time. More than anything, though, I want people to know that I am a person — not a personality — with feelings and emotions and heart. Although most of my content centers books, I’ve become more open to speaking about mental health, self-care, and everyday racism. Instagram is an outlet.

Fun Fact about you:

I’m an avid baker. I bake so many vegan desserts: cookies, brownies, etc.

Favorite Bookstagrammers:

Ugh, so many! @theartisangeek, @magicpages, @mentallybooked, @adoredwords, @bookmateriality, and @theliteraturearchive are some who immediately come to mind.



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Favorite Books and Authors:

A lot. Brandon Taylor’s Real Life, Raven Leilani’s Luster, Zinzi Clemmons’ What We Lose, Claudia Rankine’s Citizen and Just Us, Bonnie Jo Campbell’s American Salvage, Danez Smith’s Homie, and Halle Butler’s The New Me.

As for authors, my favorites include Catherine Lacey, Yaa Gyasi, Maryse Meijer, Gillian Flynn, Jesmyn Ward, Claudia Rankine, and Danez Smith.

Fictional Crush:

Christian Grey and Miller from Brandon Taylor’s Real Life. Yeah, my fictional crushes are problematic.

TBR List:

Whew… a lot. On my nightstand: Ijeoma Oluo’s Mediocre, Sarah Schulman’s Conflict Is Not Abuse, Robert Jones, Jr.’s The Prophets, and Brandon Taylor’s Filthy Animals.

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What’s Your Special Approach to Content:

Be honest, not scripted. It’s okay to let people know when you truly did not enjoy a book or that you simply don’t have time to read. Real-life is happening all the time and I’ve bonded more with people about non-book related things than anything else.

Aesthetic / Instagram page theme:

I’m more point-and-shoot, in-the-moment. If I had to describe my aesthetic, it would be easygoing: messy room, bed undone, cluttered desk, and random book stacks. Natural lighting is a must.

How often do you post?

Once or twice a week, any more than that is rare.



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What does your Bookstagram mean to you?

It’s really an outlet of creativity and healing through books and community. I’ve discovered so many new books because of the people I follow and those who follow me. It’s been a real joy.

Favorite Bookstore:

Schuler Books in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Who would you have supply you with a lifetime of books?

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. I’m addicted to their work.

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Author to take a selfie with:

Danez Smith! I love them.

Favorite book cover:

Danez Smith’s [insert] boy.

Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t:

Too many.




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When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer?

Ha! I guess when people started engaging with my reviews, which is what most if not all my followers know me for. My review of Brit Bennet’s The Vanishing Half got me invited to speak with her on Good Morning America this summer. That was a big deal for me.

Favorite fandoms:

Not a fan of fandoms.

Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers:

Be intentional with what you write and share. Don’t feel pressured to post only about books. And you don’t need a costly camera to start a bookstagram — you’d be surprised what you can do with a smartphone.

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