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Book Recommendations From The Stars : Bookstrology Feb 2021

Welcome to Bookstrology, your monthly guide to what the stars say you should read. Mercury is going to be in retrograde for most of this month, so you know things are going to get kind of weird. We’ve got some stellar picks for you that are destined to vibe with your mood this month.

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Meet Our Bookstagrammer of the Week: @booknerdbecky

How did you first get into bookstagramming?

When I first created my Instagram account, I had no idea that there were readers around the world who shared their love for reading with beautiful photos of books. I started following bookish accounts that inspired me and I remember adding a lot of books to my TBR list from that very first day. After seeing so many beautiful bookish photos, I decided to start my own Bookstagram account, but I didn’t start to post right away. At first, I was nervous because I kept wondering, “what if no one likes my content?” I also didn’t know anything about photography. Then one day, I was reading an ebook on my nook and decided to take a photo and post it right away… that was the very first photo I posted on my account. Since then, Bookstagram has been an amazing, fun, and incredible experience.

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

I like to share my love for books through photos in hopes that someone might consider reading one based on my recommendation. It means a lot when readers reach out to tell me how they have discovered a new favorite book, or show, because of me and how they trust my opinion.

IMAGE VIA @booknerdbecky

 

Favorite Bookstagrammers?

@booknerd_reads

@myfriendsarefiction

@thereaderandthechef

@inquisitivebookworm

@everlasting.charm

@reverieandink

IMAGE VIA @booknerdbecky

Favorite authors?

– Joanna Hathaway

– Brigid Kemmerer 

– Julie C. Dao

– Leigh Bardugo

– Sarah Glenn Marsh

– Julie Israel

– Jodi Meadows

– Demetra Brodsky

– Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka 

 

 

Favorite Reads?

‘All The Stars and Teeth’ by Adalyn Grace

‘Woven in Moonlight’ by Isabel Ibañez

‘The Cruel Prince’ by Holly Black

– ‘Time of Our Lives’ by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

What is your Bookstagram aesthetic?

I like to think my aesthetic is kind of cozy and warm vibes.

Do you have any special approach to sharing content?

If you look through the photos on my Bookstagram, you will see how much my theme has changed. I have to say, I’m pretty happy with how the current one looks. I used to take my photos the same day I posted them and become stressed about them not looking the way I wanted. Now that I take my photos on the weekend, I have more time to choose the books I want to feature and focus on how I want my photos to look.

 

Do you have a specific posting schedule?

I like to post my photos between 12:00 am and 2:00 pm! I didn’t have a posting schedule before, but I figured having one would help me to be more organized. I try to post every single day but if for whatever reason I can’t, that’s okay. Ever since I started to take my photos on the weekends, I’ve been able to post more regularly.

What does your Bookstagram mean to you?

Everything! It’s a space where I can share my opinions and my love for books. It’s also the place where I’ve been able to meet so many amazing readers who I can talk about books with all the time.

IMAGE VIA @booknerdbecky

What author would you love to get a selfie with?

Leigh Bardugo [author of the novel shown below]. I love her books and her incredible characters so much, it would be amazing to meet her.

Favorite Book Cover?

There are so many to choose from, but I’d have to say King of Scars. I love the design so much. 

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When did you know you’d made it as a Bookstagrammer?

When someone told me they got a book because of a photo they saw on my Bookstagram account.

Well, what did you think about Rebecca? Do you have a favorite Bookstagrammer in mind? Contact us through any of our social media platforms and you might just see them here next week!

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Meet Our Bookstagrammer of the Week: @michellereadsbooks

How did you first get into bookstagramming?

I signed up for Bookstagram in January 2018 on a whim after I stumbled upon a few other Bookstagram accounts looking for a project to get me through the long Boston winters. I had recently committed to a New Year’s resolution of not watching TV for the year and so I had been reading more than ever before. I joined the community as a way to share what I was reading, take creative photos, and connect with other readers. It motivates me to know that my account may be helping someone get back into reading. It’s the best when someone says they came across my account and were inspired to start reading more. It’s also very motivating when people pick up the books that I share or recommend. I love getting messages from friends that say, “I’m reading that book you shared, and I love it!” It’s been such a nice way to connect, or reconnect, over the love of reading. 

Where are you from?

I grew up in Connecticut, but went to college in Boston and lived there until last summer when I moved to NYC.

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

I hope that it brings motivation to everyone to incorporate more reading into their lives. In today’s tech-dominated world, I hear a lot of people claim that they can’t find time to read, but it’s all about prioritizing and finding what you love.

 

IMAGE VIA @MICHELLEREADSBOOKS

Fun fact?

I went to a performing arts high school for classical piano performance! I played for a number of years, but haven’t spent much time playing since college.

 

Favorite Bookstagrammers?

This is a tough one because there are so many and it’s always changing!

 

For book recs:

@somekindofalibrary

@layoversandliterature

@nycbookgirl

@readingbringsjoy

@booksonherbrain

 

For beautiful book photos:

@clumsy.words

@novellevague

@coffeeandbookss

@thebibliotheque

@the_spines

IMAGE VIA @michellereadsbooks

Favorite Books and Authors?

So many! Here are a few of my favorite books by my favorite authors:

Look Alive Out ThereSloane Crosley

Normal PeopleSally Rooney

CirceMadeline Miller

MiddlesexJeffrey Eugenides

 

Do you have any special approach to sharing content?

Using Bookstagram as a creative outlet is a big part of why I started. Typically, I wait for a sunny day so that I can have good light. Then, I have a couple of “buckets” that my content falls into: book reviews, upcoming releases I’m excited to read, and general bookish photos. I try to create a mix of this content to keep from sharing too much of one type. 

Do you have a specific posting schedule?

I generally try to post five times per week on weekdays. I use the Instagram analytics and have found that mornings are when the majority of my followers are most active. I generally try to take one weekend day off from social media and the other I’ll usually try to share content to my stories instead of my regular feed. 

What does your Bookstagram mean to you?

I view it as a creative outlet and a place to share a visual diary of my reading life. Over time, I have really come to value the connections I’ve made through my page. I love seeing my online friends post and having the opportunity to meet them in real life! That’s one of the coolest things about Bookstagram; how it has connected me to some real-life friends.

IMAGE VIA @Michellelovesbooks

What publisher would you choose to supply you with a lifetime of books?

Oh, I’d have to go with Riverhead books. I’ll read anything they publish and I appreciate that they publish such diverse topics and voices.

What author would you love to get a selfie with?

I have a thought that I never want to meet anyone famous that I idolize because I don’t want them to ruin whatever impression I have of them in my mind. But if I had to choose one, I’d say Sloane Crosley. I feel like she would be so funny and easy-going in person. 

Favorite Book Cover?

Recently I’ve been obsessed with The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. It’s such a beautiful cover and I love that I was able to discover a new artist through it. 

IMAGE VIA @MICHELLEREADSBOOKS

When did you know you’d made it as a Bookstagrammer?

I think there have been a series of small moments. As each of them happened, it felt like a small victory. The first time that I requested an ARC (Advanced Review Copy) from a publisher and received it felt like a big moment. When I hit 10,000 followers, that felt like another big moment. Recently I’ve started receiving requests for interviews (like this!) and that, in a small way, also feels like I’ve made it.  

 

Any advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers?

I’d say stay true to the reason that you started your page and don’t pay too much attention to the numbers. Bookstagram should be fun, but I often see people stressing over the numbers or algorithms! If you share the content you like and are genuine, then that is the best. I’d also say learn as much as possible. I had no idea about social media strategy when I started, but I found myself becoming increasingly interested in understanding how it works so I researched things, read blogs, and talked to other bookstagrammers whose pages I admired. That keeps it fun, too, because you constantly get to try new things and see how people respond to it (I’m a bit of a data nerd so I love looking at the analytics). 

Well, what did you think about Michelle? Do you have a favorite Bookstagrammer in mind? Contact us through any of our social media platforms and you might just see them here next week!

Featured image via @michellereadsbooks


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