“Come for the book recommendations, stay for the friendships!” wise words from our bookstagrammer of the week @readingmaria. If you are looking for more bookstagrammers to follow, you’re sure to feel welcome to her bookstagram with her simple, cozy, and friendly Insta feed.
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Why did you start your Bookstagram?
I started my bookstagram while I was completing my publishing certificate at college. When I realized that editing was not my thing, I knew I needed to immerse myself with as many bookish people as possible to understand the marketing/publicity side of the business more. I already had my blog, so I just used my bookstagram as an extension of that!
Where are you from?
I’m from Canada!
What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world?
I really want to bring fun and possibly put a book or like, ten, on your radar. Posting pictures is great, but I want to give anyone who might come across my feed at least one good reason to buy or borrow the book(s) I’m talking about…and then DM me later on to talk about the book!
Fun Fact about you:
I absolutely LOVE Dance Moms. Seriously, I have watched each season multiple times, and I can definitely drop Dance Moms quotes all day long!
Can I say every single bookstagrammer? LOL! Here are a few of my favorites. All have great reviews, amazing photos, and are just the best people to talk to:
Favorite Books and Authors:
If this isn’t the most loaded question, I don’t know what is! I’ve discovered so many new favorite authors because of bookstagram, but I’ve also loved a couple before I joined. Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley, My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, and Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson are always the top three books I recommend to everyone!
Always and forever Draco Malfoy <3
Way too long! How much time do you have? I will definitely cry if I don’t read The Book of Two Ways, Grown, The Florios of Sicily, and American Spy this year.
What’s Your Special Approach to Content?
My special approach would be to keep it simple and book-focused! I don’t use too many props, but I have been experimenting a little with different layouts. Ultimately though, when people visit my profile, I want them to discover some great new books that they’ve either been meaning to read or have never heard about, and I also want people to be able to express their opinions on a book and have a discussion.
Aesthetic / Instagram page theme:
I used to have a theme and stick with it. I did the same background, switching backgrounds twice, then switching backgrounds three times, and then I discovered filters. For the past little while, my theme has been cozy/wood vibes, with what I like to call an icy/cool finish thanks to the filter I use! It doesn’t sound like those two should be together, but it works for me!
How often do you post?
Once or twice a day
What does your Bookstagram mean to you?
It means everything to me. It’s where I go during the day when I’m feeling down, bored, or just need to add to my TBR. I use it to express myself and share my love of books that I’ve had since I learned how to read. It’s where I’ve built some of the best friendships, and I don’t know what I would do without the bookstagram community.
This is a hard question too! If we base it off of where I do the most shopping, then it would be Indigo.
Who would you have supply you with a lifetime of books?
My dream is to have a whole box of books from Penguin Random House delivered to my door. Whether it’s ARCs or finished copies, it doesn’t matter – I just love what they do and the stories they publish!
Author to take a selfie with:
Tiffany D. Jackson and Steven Rowley! I’ve already got one with Jodi Picoult. The one time I met her, and all I said to her was, “Thank you so much for coming!” How embarrassing!
Favorite book cover:
I’ll base this off of my 2020 reads so far this year, and I would definitely have to go with Saint X and Let Me Hear a Rhyme.
Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t:
For bookstagram, never! In high school and university, though, SparkNotes was my best friend a lot. Whether I was really close to finishing a book or just didn’t read it at all, I used that website for everything, and I’m not ashamed to admit it LOL! There’s just a huge difference between being forced to read VS reading what you want!
When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer?
Besides when I hit 10K? That swipe-up feature is super fancy to use! I love when I post a stack challenge, and then a few hours later people will be tagging me doing the same stack challenge, saying how they saw me do it (even though I never tagged anyone in my own post). I always feel honored that a person who saw one post out of hundreds chose mine to inspire them to make their own post about whatever topic the stack challenge is about. It just gets me all warm and fuzzy inside!
The only one I will probably ever be a part of is the Harry Potter fandom. Fellow Potterheads are the best, and the fanart on bookmarks, magnets, and everything in between is amazing!
Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers:
Be you. It’s ok to change your theme or style 1000 times. Be happy with your feed, and the rest will fall in place. Don’t feel pressured to like a book because everyone else does. Please don’t DM people asking them for a follow back, and don’t follow to unfollow. Come for the book recommendations, stay for the friendships! If you need more tips, my DMs are always open!
Bookmarks and book sleeves are my two greatest weaknesses. Especially book sleeves! I have a ton of them, and all from the same company too!
Featured Image via @readingmaria