Step Into the Magic of New Worlds With Bookstagrammer Kaylee!

Do you love fantasy or cosplaying? If so, keep reading and check out this week’s Bookstagrammer, Kaylee!

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Bookstagrammer of the Week, Kaylee in cosplay with a mauve background, showcasing Shades of Magic merch, with character Kell Maresh

From book recommendations to transforming into different characters, Kaylee’s Bookstagram transports us into the very pages of incredible books! If you loved the Shades of Magic series, you’ll find everything from fun reels, merch, and more fantasy and romance reads that you’ll enjoy! Without further adieu, let’s learn more about Kaylee!

Bookstagrammer Kaylee is holding two books in front of her bookshelf with different color-coordinated books.

Kaylee of @verypeculiarpages

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Welcome, Kaylee! Let’s start the interview!

Why did you start your Bookstagram?

After I graduated college, I wanted an outlet to talk about what I was reading, so I decided to start a book blog. I made a Bookstagram as well, and though the blog is long gone now, I’m happy to still be active over here on Booksta!

Where are you from?

The Bay Area in California!

What’s a fun fact about you?

I have six cats, and two of them are named after book characters! (Silas from Sorcery of Thorns and Astrid from A Darker Shade of Magic).

Merch from the Grishaverse from candles, brooches, books with red sprayed pages, and fan art are on display.

Who are your favorite authors?

  • V.E. Schwab
  • Leigh Bardugo
  • Madeline Miller
  • Sabaa Tahir

What’s on your current TBR list?

Endless! But right now the ones I’m most excited to get to:

What’s your special approach to content?

It’s so easy to get caught up in metrics and content burnout, so I’ve recently taken a bit of a step back so I could recalibrate and ensure I’m making things that bring me joy.

What’s your aesthetic / Instagram page theme?

A mix of book flatlays, reels, and cosplays!

A merch spread of Shades of Magic character Kell is displayed. There is a candle, Funko Pop, art work and a bookmark that showcases Kell.

How often do you post?

I used to try to post every (or most) weekday, and that definitely helped me to create a bigger audience, but now I try not to stick to any schedules. It brought pressure to be constantly creating, and that’s just not sustainable for my mental health. So now I take my time and just post whenever I’m up to it!

What’s your favorite bookstore?

I unfortunately don’t have many indie bookstores near me, so my go-to is my local B&N. I am hoping to visit Caspian Books in Tracy, CA soon!

What author would you love to take a selfie with?

I luckily have photos with a few of my favorite authors already, but I’m still hoping to meet Sabaa Tahir and Holly Black one day!

Bookstagrammer Kaylee poses with author V.E.Schwab holding a copy of The Fragile Threads of Power, as Kaylee is in her Lila Bard cosplay.

What’s your favorite book cover?

The French edition of A Conjuring of Light (my favorite Shades of Magic novel and one of my most prized possessions. I have a tattoo from those editions on my wrist!)

What are your favorite fandoms?

  • The Grishaverse
  • Shades of Magic
  • Cruel Prince
  • Percy Jackson

Do you have any advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers?

Give yourself time to discover what you want your account to be! My account now is draaaastically different than when I first started out (I swore I’d never do any videos of myself LOL). Everyone has to start somewhere, and you’ll find your aesthetic and community as you grow!

Kaylee stands in front of a mauve background as she holds a small dagger.

Thank you to Kaylee for giving us an opportunity to learn more about her awesome Bookstagram! Make sure to follow her on Instagram @verypeculiarpages, as well as on TikTok and Goodreads.

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