As our latest bookstagrammer of the week will tell you, one of the best things about bookstagram is the wonderful community. Getting to chat and bond with other book lovers about the stories you love and what you are reading is the best feeling. Of course, the incredible book photos are a great bonus! @thelibrary_isopen shares her love for books and the bookstagram community through her cozy, fun feed. Check out the full interview below!
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Why did you start your Bookstagram?
I had been interested in the bookish side of Instagram for a while, although I didn’t have the confidence to create something of my own just yet. I’d always looked to it for book inspiration and admired the pretty picturesque photos. There was one night in February where I couldn’t sleep and I was watching RuPaul’s Drag Race at like 3 am and then a username came to me- @thelibrary_isopen – and it started from there! I was so inspired that I grabbed a notepad and wrote down any ideas I had for book pictures, and the next day I posted my first ever picture!
Where are you from?
I am from Torquay, a little seaside town in Devon, England.
What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world?
Wow, that’s a big question! I think what I want my Instagram to bring to the world the most is a little comfort. My heart just lights up when I get a message or comment saying that they are reading something I’ve recommended or they’ve enjoyed a book I suggested. Knowing I being enjoyment and happiness to others makes my day!
Fun Fact about you:
I hate these questions. What is a fun fact about me? Ummm, well, I’ve found other hobbies other than reading during lockdown! I took up calligraphy and taught myself how to do my own acrylic nails (neatly, might I add), so if you spot a good manicure on my reels, I most likely did them myself!
Favorite Books and Authors:
Since joining bookstagram, I’ve discovered a love for fantasy and Sarah J. Maas, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Jay Kristoff, and Tahereh Mafi.
My all-time favorite book is Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. I will also buy anything from Khaled Hosseini, Beth O’Leary, Helen Hoang. The list can go on and on! Oh, and I’ve recently read The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and fell in love!
Rhysand, Hawke, Prince Carden, Rowan, Ruhn – does this make me basic?!
Too long to name! I literally have a whole bookcase of TBR books! Some books on the top of my list are Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, and The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare.
What’s Your Special Approach to Content?
I always love interacting with my followers and ask what they want to see in my reels and pictures. You ask for it, and I’ll give you recommendations! Also, I only make content when I’m inspired to post. I hate posting for the sake of posting!
Aesthetic / Instagram page theme:
I don’t really stick to a ‘theme,’ but I like making my posts cozy with cute little props or a nice backdrop.
How often do you post?
I try and post once a day but don’t kick myself if I need a break! Self-care is the best care. ♥️
What does your Bookstagram mean to you?
Honestly, it’s the community. I’ve met some lovely people who I would never have met if it wasn’t for bookstagram!
During the lockdown, I have been doing a lot of my shopping online, but I have missed shopping at @waterstonesex, and there’s this lovely independent shop called Book Cycle in Exeter, which is like a book recycling charity shop. Go check it out!
Who would you have supply you with a lifetime of books?
Honestly, I envy Belle from Beauty and the Beast! Why does she need freedom? Lock me up in that library any day!
Author to take a selfie with:
Jay Kristoff – I heard he’s a great author to meet, but I’d like proof of just how tall he is!
Favorite book cover:
I’m a sucker for Barnes and Noble or Penguin Leatherbound classics! They’re beauties! Oh, and the new MinaLima children’s classics. Beautiful!
Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t:
Uhhhh, I don’t really do that! If someone mentions a book I haven’t read before I’m like, ‘what’s that like?’ And it usually ends up on my never-ending TBR list!
When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer?
Such a hard question! When do you ever know you’ve ‘made it’? I guess when I got my first ARC of The Switch by Beth O’Leary, I was literally jumping with excitement.
Also, my engagement skyrocketed once reels took off. I still can’t believe that at the beginning of the year, if you told me I’d reached out to 15k people, I’d probably laugh in your face! Thank you, reels!
Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers:
Post what you’re passionate about and when you’re inspired. Make it personal – people feel more connected when they see the person behind the account, your life, hobbies, likes, and dislikes. Reach out to people and bookish groups – they’re like a second family!
Shout out to @oktoberdotsshop, who make the most beautiful bookmarks! I’m obsessed and have a little shrine on my bookshelves.
Featured Image via @thelibrary_isopen