Welcome back to Bookstagrammer of the Week, where each week we here at Bookstr highlight a standout creator sharing incredible book photos in the the bookstgram community. Today we are featuring @theobviousmystery, who will have more than a few book recs for you. A bookstagrammer from India, Hari’s bookstagram is dedicated to helping people find their next book or encourage them to pick one up. Check out the full interview below!
Why did you start your Bookstagram?
Reading has always been an integral part of who I am. I’ve always searched for book recommendations and suggestions through a number of sources, both online and offline. It was back in 2016 when I discovered Goodreads for the first time. I was very fascinated with the website and the community it was built around. It became my newest and fondest source to discover new books and interact with like-minded people. In early 2019, while mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, I came across this brilliant and aesthetic account under the handle @askthebookbug. I remember spending nearly an hour looking through the posts and writing down the names of the books that interested me (we did not have the save option back then), and that was the initial spark that inspired me to start my own space where I could talk about the books I love with people who loved them too. I took the plunge soon after, and it has been one of the best decisions of my life.
Where are you from?
I was born and brought up in this beautiful hill station in Tamil Nadu, India, called Coonoor. I spent my entire childhood there, and now I’ve moved to a city called Bangalore for work.
What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world?
Since the beginning, I’ve only ever had one goal, helping people read. This, however, has two facets to it, like two sides of a coin. On one side, I want to help readers discover more books and help guide them in reading outside their comfort zone, and on the other, I want my account to help nonreaders find that inspiration to finally pick up and enjoy a book.
Fun Fact about you:
I have constructed an elaborate imaginary world in my head with its own physics, magic system, and culture. I hope to bring it on paper someday!
It has been quite the journey, and I have had the fortune to meet and interact with a number of accounts. A few are,
Favorite Books and Authors:
For the longest time, I’ve not been able to rank a single author as my favorite author. That changed last year when I read the Mistborn Trilogy. From then to now, I’ve managed to get everything that Brandon Sanderson has written and am currently reading The Stormlight Archive.
I also adore Japanese literature and Keigo Highashino is another favorite author. I love all his books, but The Devotion of Suspect X is my favorite.
Another favorite book of mine would be The Mountains Sing by Nguyẽ̂n Phan Qué̂ Mai, and I am looking forward to reading more books by her.
I have a huge fictional crush on Steris from Mistborn Era 2 and also on Sayuri from Memoirs of a Geisha.
My TBR List is extensive as every other bookworm I know. But here are a few books that I want to read as soon as possible
The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick
The Realm of the Elderlings (Universe) by Robin Hobb
What’s your special approach to content?
My content revolves around what I write rather than what I click. I write the caption (reviews, recommendations, or even musings and rants) and then click a picture that would in some way relate to the caption.
Aesthetic / Instagram page theme:
I have not set on a particular aesthetic yet. I have been experimenting with a few themes and layouts and will continue to do so to find one that both I and my followers would enjoy.
How often do you post?
I try to post at least three times a week. My work schedule is pretty busy at the moment. If I am able to get some time, I would be happy to post everyday.
What does your Bookstagram mean to you?
It is the place that I go to when everything else is crumbling around me. I love the posts, or moreover, I love the people I’ve met there.
Blossoms Bookstore from Bangalore. It is a huge bookstore that has a huge collection of pre-loved books. It has always been a safe haven for me, and I remember spending hours there just looking through the different books that they have to offer.
Who would you have supplied you with a lifetime of books?
Frankly, I’d expect it only from myself. Cause I can choose the books I want to read and omit the ones that I don’t.
Author to take a selfie with:
Definitely Brandon Sanderson. I gotta thank him for the Cosmere!
Favorite book cover:
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon! Dragons on the cover? Color me impressed!
Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t:
I don’t think I have ever done this. Sorry? Not Sorry?
When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer?
I was featured as one of the top bookstagrammers in India by Buzzfeed. That’s when I knew it.
The Cosmere Fandom
The LOTR fandom
Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers:
Creating what you want to create is important. I would not argue with that but it is also necessary to scope out, look at others and analyze the strategies that they have implemented, and learn from them and implement that in your own style! And do not be afraid or lethargic to engage; it is the biggest thing that can help you grow. And most importantly, Have Fun!
Here’s a tip to be a more consistent reader. Read every day for at least 15 minutes. The best time to do this is before you go to bed. It helps you catch up on your reading and destresses you and helps transition into getting a good night’s sleep.
Featured Image via @theobviousmystery