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#Bookstagrammer Of The Week: @talesbytheshire

Welcome back! Today’s bookstagram feature is Federica/@talesbytheshire. Check it out to find gorgeous vintage pics of all your favorite books.

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Happy november 1st, readers ☁️⠀ which book will be your first november read?⠀ ⠀ On holiday in lake geneva, switzerland, with poets Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley and the physician John Polidori, a young Mary and the group entertained themselves indoors by reading from a book of ghost stories. Afterwards, Byron set a challenge: they would each write their own ghost stories and vote for the winner. Mary based hers on a dream, writing through the voice of her protagonist: “my dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed – my dearest pleasure when free.” Byron described her story as “a wonderful work for a girl” and she decided to make it into a novel. Two years later, in 1818, frankenstein was published and immediately became a success ⚖️🕯️📜⁣⠀ ⠀ It's no secret that frankenstein is one of my all time favorite books and I'm so happy I'm going to reread it for #TheUndeadTales with all of you and my lovely friend @caffeaulait 🖤 so here's my first november's read! ⠀ . ⠀ . ⠀ . ⠀ Buon primo novembre, lettori ☁️⠀ quale libro ha inaugurato questo nuovo mese? ⠀ ⠀ In vacanza sul lago di Ginevra, in Svizzera, con i poeti Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley e il medico John Polidori, la giovane Mary e il gruppo si sono intrattenuti in casa leggendo un libro di storie di fantasmi. In seguito, Byron ha lanciato una sfida: ognuno avrebbe dovuto scrivere una storia di fantasmi e votare il vincitore. Mary ha basato il suo racconto su un sogno, scrivendo attraverso la voce del suo protagonista. Byron descrisse la sua storia come "un bel lavoro per una ragazza" così che Mary decise di farne un romanzo. Due anni dopo, nel 1818, fu pubblicato Frankenstein che divenne subito un successo ⚖️🕯️📜⁣⠀ ⠀ Non è un segreto che Frankenstein sia uno dei miei libri preferiti di sempre e sono così felice di rileggerlo per #TheUndeadTales con tutti voi🖤 quindi ecco la mia prima lettura di novembre!⠀

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Why did you start your Bookstagram: 

I decided to start my bookstagram account because I have been a reader since I was little and I felt the need to share my passion with people who would surely understand me. I wanted to create something that would allow me to connect with people like me from all over the world, and without thinking twice I did.

Where are you from:

I’m from Italy, born and raised.

What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world:

First of all, I want my bookstagram to be a safe place for everyone to express themselves and be who they really are. My main goal, as I said before, is to be able to share my passion for reading and literature. I want it to be a place where we can exchange opinions, ideas, recommendations, advice, where we can start interesting discussions and conversations that can enrich each other.

Fun Fact about you:

I don’t know if that’s funny about me, but I’m very clumsy and I often put myself in weird and embarrassing situations. The most striking a few years ago, when I mistook one person for another, having a conversation with this one until they politely told me they didn’t know what I was talking about.

Favorite Bookstagrammers:

All the people i follow are my favorites, but if I have to choose a few I say: @a_fictional_affair, @warmcupofmagic, @bits_faeritales, @blackbookoftales, @jessbetweenlines, @liteartha, @danielapardor, @ introverted.bookworm, @pagesofelysian, @chrissyjread, @woodland.poem, @caffeeaulait and many others. Not only they have beautiful and interesting accounts, but they are also wonderful people.

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Favorite Books and Authors:

I have lots of favorite books and authors, so I’ll list some that are the most precious to me.

Books: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, The Shadow Of The Wind and The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Pet Sematary by Stephen King, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights by the Bronte sisters, the Harry Potter books, The Lord Of The Rings series and many more. I’m probably forgetting lots of them! And as for the authors, all the ones mentioned above :)

Fictional Crush:

I loooove Aragorn (The Lord Of The Rings), Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice) and I have a thing for Julian (Caraval)

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TBR List:

Tooooo long to list it here! But next on my list are The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, few Italian releases, Emma by Jane Austen, Anna Karenina by Tolstoy and lots of gothic novels (my fave books!!) 

What’s Your Special Approach to Content:

I love talking about literature and giving reading recs, but especially getting them! I love talking to my followers under my posts, being able to interact with them, knowing what they are reading at the moment and their opinions. I really like to create new projects that we’ll bring us together as a community and collaborate with my fellow bookstagrammers!

Aesthetic / Instagram page theme:

I didn’t start my bookstagram with a specific aesthetic in mind, but many of my followers and friends point out to me that my aesthetic would be very dark academia cause of my love of literature and warm tones! I love autumn, gloomy days, and scary stories to read by a candlelight, and I always try to covey that with my pictures!

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How often do you post:

It really depends on my schedule and my inspiration. I try to be very present and bring lots of content, but sometimes I just can’t. So minimum twice a week!

What does your Bookstagram mean to you:

It means a lot more than I can explain. I’ve met wonderful people, read amazing books thanks to this community, and feel I’ve found my place. The one where I can be myself.

Favorite Bookstore:

I often shop at my local bookstore, trying to support it as much as I can! And if I can’t, then I’ll shop online helping Italian companies.

Who would you have supply you with a lifetime of books:

All the publishers on this planet honestly! Ahaha

Author to take a selfie with:

100% Stephen King!

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Favorite book cover:

I have many favorites covers, but the first one that came to my mind is the Bloomsbury Publishing PLC edition of The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell (a book that I love and I always recommend!)

Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t:

I never claim to have read a book that I actually have never read! I’m always very honest with my followers!

When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer:

Honestly? When I got my first follower! I feel like if you have even one person you can share your love for books with, then you made it as a bookstagrammer! That was my main goal.

Favorite fandoms:

I’m not really into any fandoms! Maybe the Harry Potter one!

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Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers:

Be yourself, post what you like, don’t get too stressed about posting everyday. Just do your thing and don’t focus on the numbers. In other words: enjoy it as best as you can!

Additional bookishness:

I love making and collecting bookmarks sooo much! I also collect Victorian or other old articles and illustrations!

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#Bookstagrammer Of The Week: @atinyreader

It’s that time of the week again! Today’s feature is Sharfin/@atinyreader. She’s got gorgeous book scenes with incredible lighting for every mood.

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Swipe to see the original photo! Thank you, @netgalley for sending me an epub copy of this book! The Devil All the Time is a smalltown drama/thriller that revolves around a set of VERY interesting characters. Set during the aftermath of World War II to the 1960s, it deals with religion, devotion, love, lust, and murder. I haven’t come across a gritty drama so full of grey characters and written so well outside of Stephen King. Mr Donald Ray Pollock has definitely made to my list of thriller authors. The events take place chronologically despite being spread across two generations. There are several characters, but it’s easy to keep up as each has a personality that really stands out. The writing is raw and the author really goes into depth with the situations that each person faces. This book definitely requires a trigger warning though nothing is described in too much detail. Even so, the message is clear and the picture created is vivid. There are VERY few characters that I was able to root for, and even that was done half-heartedly. That’s not technically a bad thing, at least it wasn’t for me. I just enjoyed going through the events and wondering what would come next. I won’t say this book is for everyone, but it IS a great read for people who don’t mind a good build-up. As with all small-town setting, the characters were all somehow connected to each other and the events come a full circle towards the end. This is something that I really enjoy because it really lets an author’s skills show through with foreshadowings and setups. Overall, an excellent read, especially while listening to the audiobook alongside! You can check out my full review through the link in my bio! Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 • 240/366 • [01.10.20] • #bookworm #fandoms #bookstagramBD #lightroompreset #darkliterature #darkacademia #bookreview #grittysoutherngothic #southerngothic #dark #thedevilallthetime #booktomovie #arc #netgalley

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Why did you start your Bookstagram: 

I’ve been into reading for as long as I can remember, but I never really had anyone to talk to about them. Most of my fangirling took place behind the screen where I didn’t even get to interact with anyone. During the few months of break after my A levels, I came across a few accounts on my explore that were dedicated to books. After I got over scrolling obsessively through their feeds, I decided it is the perfect place for me. At first it was somewhere I could garner my creative side mixed with my love for reading, but eventually it became my ultimate dumping ground for all my thoughts and musings!

Where are you from:

I’m from Dhaka, Bangladesh!

 

 

What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world: 

I want to show people that reading isn’t simply a hobby. I want them to be curious and appreciate it in the way it deserves to be. It’s something that everyone needs in their lives. The rich experience and lessons you get to come across in the pages of books can help you grow in a way no other medium can. It nurtures your imagination and ability to think for yourself.

But the best part? You never have to worry about running out of books to read!

 

Fun Fact about you:

My insta handle describes me quite literally! I’m a tiny person (4’10”) who loves to read!

I also tried out 5 different handles across the first three months before I finally decided to stick to this one.

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Favorite Bookstagrammers:

While I love a lot of the bookstagrammers I follow, I’ve drawn inspiration from @britishbookreader, @mylittlebooktique, and @stefiereads from time to time throughout the years!

 

 

Favorite Books and Authors: 

Top 3 Books: A Man Called Ove, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and The Night Circus

 

Favourite author:

Fredrik Backman

 

Fictional Crush: 

I think it’ll always be Ron Weasley!

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TBR List:

Oh, I’m an absolute mood reader. I literally choose a book at the last moment! However, I do plan to read the Great Alone by Kristin Hannah soon. I also have A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon on my list!

 

What’s Your Special Approach to Content:

I love to change things up from time to time and can never stick to a particular theme too long. But no matter how many different things I try, they always end up being very… well “me”!

My approach is to always have fun. I keep in mind that this isn’t my job and I shouldn’t treat it like one. There are no rules, so no mistakes can be made. While I do try to cater to what my audience likes, my own choices always come first. I know it sounds pretty selfish, but it’s worked great for me so far! 

 

Aesthetic / Instagram page theme:

I move from bright colours to dull hues – and have now even ventured into the dark academia aesthetics. However, they’re all always warm tones that give off cozy vibes and hints of nostalgia which reflects all my feelings towards reading! 

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How often do you post:

I’ve been posting everyday since the beginning of 2020 (except for a couple of breaks in between) as a challenge I took on myself. I’d normally post 5 to 6 times a week at least, though.

 

 

What does your Bookstagram mean to you:

Bookstagram is my solace. It’s a part of who I am and it’s where I’m able to unleash my creative side. It’s a source of my confidence and validation, and it’s also where I feel like I can make some changes in this world, no matter how small they are!

 

Favorite Bookstore:

I love to buy my books from my local bookshops! International-wise, I do like doing yearly hauls from Book Outlet!

 

Who would you have supply you with a lifetime of books:

If money were not a problem, I’d love to get my friends to keep giving me their favourite books. I think it’ll let me get to know them better!

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Author to take a selfie with: 

Colleen Hoover, for sure!

 

Favorite book cover: 

I love my copy of the Night Circus!

 

Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t:

I actually have never done that! 

 

When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer: 

I think around the time strangers and friends alike began coming to me for book suggestions, whether it is as a gift for their loved ones or because they want to take up reading themselves. Also, when people have approached me saying that my posts influenced them to get into reading!

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Favorite fandoms: 

Oh Harry Potter for sure! I’ve joined the Percy Jackson fandom recently as well!

 

Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers: 

Have fun and don’t take yourselves too seriously! While numbers and engagement play a huge part in motivating you to stay on, it’s worth nothing if you don’t like what you’re creating. 

Also, respect others’ opinions and learn to criticize constructively without shoving your views down people’s throats!

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