It’s time for another Bookstagrammer of the Week! Here at Bookstr, we love featuring Instagrammers posting incredible book photos and sharing their love of books with the bookstagram community. Today, check out @universewithinpages, whose Instagram features bright, colorful, and warm images bringing cozy vibes to your feed.
Why did you start your Bookstagram?
I initially started my bookstagram in 2018 to promote my blog, but then I ended up really enjoying it! I found it to be a great creative outlet where I could post what I was reading and have an enthusiastic, book-loving audience to communicate with. I was actually pretty on and off with my account until this March, but the extra time from COVID let me be a little more consistent and involved with it!
Where are you from?
I live in New Jersey from the USA!
What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world?
I want to use my Instagram to encourage others to pick up a book that they maybe haven’t heard of before! I think there are a few books that get most of the attention when it comes to general recommendations, and I want to help my audience discover new, thrilling reads.
Fun Fact about you:
I have never read the Harry Potter or Twilight series in my entire life! Even though they’re so crazy popular, they’ve never really interested me. There are just so many other books that just sound more intriguing, and I probably won’t be getting to them anytime soon in the future.
There are so many! Other than the 284 (and counting) people I follow, I really love @fromthelibraryofalexis, @esmee_books, @booksandjil, @tata.lifepages, @lostinbookworld, and @_acourtofbooksandreviews_. They’re all really amazing people who just happen to have equally amazing accounts. I’m always jealous of how pretty their photos are.
Favorite Books and Authors:
I absolutely love A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. It’s super cliche, but it’s one of my favorite comfort reads! I also love Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Beach Read by Emily Henry, and I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. To be honest, there are a billion others I love that I will rotate between when it comes to this question because I’m terribly indecisive.
I fall in love with fictional characters *really* easily, so it’s a long extensive list. It’s really bad. But, I think some of my favorites are Azriel from A Court of Thorns and Roses, Kaz from Six of Crows, and Matthew from Chain of Gold.
I actually don’t really have one! Other than a select few that I just happened to add on Goodreads with some free time, I don’t have them documented anywhere. I pick most of my reads based on how I’m feeling, so the books I want to read shift all the time. However, the ones I really want to get to soon include City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty, The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, and Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas.
What’s Your Special Approach to Content?
I alternate between photos of my bookshelf and general book-themed ones daily! I don’t think I do have much of a special approach to content, unless you include the hours of me sitting on my bed, scrolling on my phone, and thinking of the best possible photo to take. I do try to post consistently every day, if that counts!
Aesthetic / Instagram page theme:
I feel like there are a billion words to describe my page, but I would describe it as being cozy, warm, busy, and colorful.
How often do you post?
I post daily! Sometimes, I’ll post twice a day if I really need to get something out to meet deadlines.
What does your Bookstagram mean to you?
Bookstagram is a place where I can share my bookish thoughts and be myself. There aren’t many readers where I live, and I’m not involved in any book clubs, so this is one of the few places where I feel like everyone understands me. Everyone is super welcoming, and it’s easy to swipe up on someone’s story and end up making a new friend. I’m beyond grateful to be a part of it, and it’s honestly my second home.
I love The Strand in NYC! I’ve only been there once, but it is such a beautiful, cozy place.
Who would you have supply you with a lifetime of books?
I’ll take books from practically anyone! Maybe some publishers? Maybe some random people on the street? My arms are wide open to anyone willing to give me books.
Author to take a selfie with:
I’d love to take a selfie with Sarah J. Maas! Going back to my love for A Court of Thorns and Roses, I really love all the books she has come out with. Plus, maybe I can sneak some burning questions I have about the fates of my favorite characters.
Favorite book cover:
There are so many good ones, but I absolutely love the cover for King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo! It is so intricate with its design, and it has an equally beautiful embossed cover. From this year specifically (since it’s impossible to narrow all the pretty books I know down), I really loved House of Earth and Blood, The Inheritance Games, and Chain of Gold.
Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t:
I don’t think I have many! There might be some times where my friends were having an in-depth Harry Potter conversation, where I’ve pretended that I’ve both read and liked it. I promise that’s it though!
When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer?
I feel like it’s hard to find a defining point, but for me, it was definitely when I started to get free books from publishers. It’s like, “you guys are willing to give *me* of all people *free* things?” It’s crazy.
I feel like this kind of goes back to my favorite books? Maybe the A Court of Thorns and Roses fandom. I think I’m a part of a lot of fandoms though. If you name a random book I’ve loved, I’m probably in that fandom too.
Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers:
First, have fun! Unless you’re one of the few people using bookstagram to promote something of yours, it’s supposed to be a hobby. If you feel stressed or uninspired, just remember that fact! I think that I’m a very numbers-focused person (and regrettably, I still am), but I always tell everyone not to focus on their likes and followers. I’m a horrible hypocrite, and I’m still working on it myself, but the comparison is the worst thing you can do to yourself.
Other than that, for growing your account, you should stay consistent and engage! Both are super important for growing your account, and, it will integrate you more into the community. Both will help more people discover your account, which will help you grow it. Plus, you’ll be able to meet so many amazing people through either method.
I have no idea what to write here, so I’ll give you another fun fact! I don’t buy that many books! I’ll probably buy less than ten books a year. I get most of my books for free from either my local library or publishers. I guess it’s because I’m on the stingier side, but I’ll always feel bad spending too much money on them (unless I absolutely need it).
Featured Image via @universewithinpages