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5 Bookish TikTok Users to Check Out!

These days, TikTok is taking over the world! From dance routines to yummy recipes to sneaky life hacks, TikTok is a platform that lets users create sixty second videos and upload them to a whole web of users centering around virtually anything! Books and literature are no exception, so here are five bookish TikTok users to check out the next time you find yourself scrolling through the app!

 

1. @berrybookpages

@Berrybookpages is all of our favorite book memes but in real life! Her bio, which reads “CEO of falling in love with emotionally unavailable book characters,” perfectly sums up the essence of her TikTok account. She frequently acts out what it’s like to love the villain of a story or what it’s like to have to wait a year for the next book in a series. Berrybookpages videos are sure to be relatable for every book lover!

 

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2. @penguin_teen

From publishing giant, Penguin Random House, @penguin_teen brings all of your favorite book and publisher memes to life. They have a variety of videos all centered around books and publishing and even have guest star appearances (see their TikTok featuring Broadway’s Krysta Rodriguez, Alex Boniello, and Steven Sater). If you want to see the humorous side of working in publishing with irl book memes peppered in, then check out @penguin_teen!

 

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3. @bearcub79

If you’ve ever wondered what the bookbinding process looks like, then check out @bearcub79’s account. Sprinkled throughout his rugged style videos are the most mesmerizing bookbinding demonstrations. Bearcub79 shows his viewers everything from different bookbinding methods to book restoration projects. If you’ve ever wanted a closer look at the bookbinding process, then be sure to check out @bearcub79.

 

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4. @epic_reads

@epic_reads’ account perfectly captures all the ups and downs book lovers go through. From lending your book to a careless friend to receiving a new book delivery right before the COVID-19 quarantine, epic_reads has tons of hilarious and relatable content. They are always on top of the latest TikTok trends, all with a bookish spin on it.

 

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5. @24hourlibrary

With a bio reading “books, coffee, cats, and crafts,” this perfectly sums up @24hourlibrary’s account. From a real librarian, 24hourlibrary posts helpful book recommendations based on all your favorite reads, as well as concise book reviews and updates on what she is currently reading. If you find yourself stuck in a reading rut, check out @24hourlibrary for some great recommendations for your next book! 

 

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And after you’ve checked out these five, bookish TikTok users, be sure to follow our new Bookstr TikTok account, @bookstr. Get ready for lots of fun, relatable bookish content!

 

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Meet Our Bookstagrammer of the Week: @bookish.bones

What is the story of your Bookstagram?

Around the time I started college, I saw that Instagram had featured a “Bookstagram” account. I clicked on it and was so fascinated to find photos of books and a bookshelf covered in string lights like the treasure trove it really was. I was even more amazed by the fact that she [the user] was able to share these types of photos and become so popular. I had posted a few book photos on my own personal account, but most of the people I knew in real life didn’t share my love of reading. I was actually nervous I would annoy them with all my book photos. 

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I finally went about creating my own Bookstagram account where I wasn’t worried about annoying anyone or being judged for taking photos of books. In fact, I kept my account completely anonymous for the first few months since I didn’t want any reason to think I couldn’t just be my nerdy self. Hence why my name is still Kris on my page, even though everyone in real life calls me by my full name, Kristen. 

Low and behold, a handful of years later and I barely get on my normal account anymore. I never knew how to get my introverted self connected to other bookworms before, or even how many there actually are out there, but now that I’ve found a way that mixes my love for stories with photography, I’ve never gone back. 

 

Fun fact your followers may not know?

Despite loving to read in general, I typically did not enjoy the material I was required to read for school! I always grew frustrated trying to decipher it and yearned to read more modern stories that were not only more to the point and faster-paced, but also fueled that imaginative, curious spark inside me. To this day, I still haven’t picked up a classic of my own volition, but I’m hoping to try Pride and Prejudice one day, or perhaps Wuthering Heights.

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Favorite Bookstagrammers?

This is a dangerous question. I could probably fill pages with usernames of accounts I adore, but here are a few I’m limiting myself to for now:

Amber from @YearOfAMillionReads has been a huge inspiration, a great friend, and a fellow cat mom. I often find myself picking up books she’s just finished like I’m a mouse behind her trail of crumbs. I honestly don’t understand how her account isn’t of massive proportions yet.

Another is @Br.enda, a Bookstagram queen and one of the friendliest ones at that! Despite the size of her account, she regularly engages with so many fellow Bookstagrammers of different audiences. She was another huge inspiration to me, and you can always count on her for an honest review and for her bubbly, uplifting personality. 

A few more to check out are Seline from @lifebytheink, Wulan from @twinklingchapters, Joee from @booksandacupofjoee, and gosh I need to make myself stop here! 

 

Favorite Books and Authors?

I am trash for Sarah J. Maas’s books. Harry Potter, Goosebumps, and Sarah Dessen’s contemporaries are also big factors in why I grew up to love reading. A few more notable favorites this year have been Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin, Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson, Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson, There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool, The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test by Helen Hoang, and I’m just getting into R.S. Grey’s romantic comedies and falling in love with her characters too!

 

TBR List?

I’m very much a mood reader nowadays, but I’ve just started the Stalking Jack the Ripper series! I would also like to dig into the Renegades and The Cruel Prince trilogies before the year ends.

image via @bookish.bones

Do you have a special approach to sharing content?

There’s a lot of thought and effort that goes into my account, but I do tend to use the same setups when taking batches of photos and then alternate between those styles.

 

Posting schedule?

I tend to post daily, though I’m also a writer and with Nano coming up I’m slowing down to about every other day instead. 

 

 

What does your Bookstagram mean to you?

It feels silly, but it’s really such a huge outlet for me. It’s not just a place to post book photos and try to get likes. It’s where my bookish friends are. It’s the most welcoming, laid back community, and it’s where I think I’m most understood- besides with my husband (he’s amazing). 

 

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

Perhaps @Fiercereads!

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Which author would you love to take a selfie with?

Sarah J. Maas, though I would probably act like a fish out of water and forget how to speak. Or breathe.

 

Favorite book cover?

I’m a notorious cover buyer, but maybe Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett.

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What is the aesthetic of your Instagram?

Bright and white with pops of bokeh, color and cat bombs… hard to nail down!

 

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

I think even accounts bigger than mine don’t ever truly feel like they’ve “made it,” but I will say I was beyond elated when I first passed 100 followers, and then much later 1,000. I think the experience for me really began to blossom and bloom when I started making friends and being more consistent with posting. I’ve also seen a lot more growth ever since I got an actual camera this past Christmas, but that is not to say you need a fancy, expensive camera to have a successful Bookstagram!

 

Advice for people interested in becoming Bookstragrammers?

Yes! I actually have a story on my page called Bookstagram Beginners that is the guide I would have wrote for myself starting out. I have one more segment to add there soon, but it’s nearly complete. Besides that: Use natural light, give yourself plenty of time to experiment while starting out, and make new friends!

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Additional Bookishness?

If you have a cat, the string lights around your bookshelves miiight not work out…

 

What did you think of Kris? Has she inspired you to create your own visual diary of books?! Given the state of our world at the moment, this certainly makes for the perfect quarantine activity. Once again, thanks for tuning into our “Bookstagrammer of the Week.” We’ll catch you next time!

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Meet Our Bookstagrammer of the Week: @britishbookreader

What is the story of your Bookstagram?

I created my Instagram in 2011, though at the time it was just my personal account. I didn’t really set out to create a Bookstagram, I just shared my life which happened to be very bookish! Over time, readers began to notice me and for a while, I did lean more into the community. However, this year I went back to it being my personal account that also happens to be a Bookstagram, if that makes sense! In other words, my account is my life, told through book photos.

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

I want it to be a cozy, bookish corner of the internet that gives people a safe and welcoming space to be inspired and share their love of books.

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Fun fact that your followers may not know?

One fun fact about me is…I love facts! I’m a big “did you know” person and I have a book of 2,000 facts beside my bed that I read every night. 

Favorite Bookstagrammers?

I love so many: @blogaboutalatte, @themusicofalice, @reader_vvn,  @spicypages, and @thelibraryofpeculiar all come to mind. I’ve known some of them for years and they’re the sweetest, most genuinely kind people ever! Plus, their accounts are gorgeous and I love watching their stories.

 

 

Favorite Books and Authors?

I don’t have a single favorite author or book, but I love ‘The Secret History’ by Donna Tartt, ‘The Truth About Keeping Secrets’ by Savannah Brown, and ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins.

TBR List?

Oh my gosh, so many! ‘The Goldfinch’ by Donna Tartt, ‘A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder’ by Holly Jackson, ‘The Testaments’ by Margaret Atwood, and ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman. I’m also on a real self-help kick right now, so lots of those books too!

Do you have any special approach to sharing content?

I try to be as authentic and honest as possible. My followers know me very well and I think that’s because they’re genuinely a part of my life. I don’t think I do anything special other than share myself in a very organic way.

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How about a posting schedule?

My schedule is fairly loose. I tend to post on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, but only if I’m in the mood. I went through a slump a while ago where social media felt very toxic and the whole process became so mechanical. It had become a numbers game for me and I felt forced to post photos out of fear of falling behind. An uncomfortable weight hovered over me on evenings I knew I had to post, so I ended up taking a break to reset my mind and when I came back, I only cared about creating a happy online space for myself and my followers, regardless of how many there were.

I do keep it professional, of course, since it is still a part-time job for me, but authenticity and mental health come first. I won’t post anything unless I want to.

What does your Bookstagram mean to you?

It’s my creative space, first and foremost. I love having a platform to share my passions and life, like a virtual diary. But it’s also the root from which everything else derives. My art business, my collaborations, my future career as an author, events I attend, etc. – they all stem from my Bookstagram platform, so it’s extremely important to me both personally and professionally.

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

Oh, that’s hard! Maybe Harper Collins. Their YA section is brilliant.

 

 

Author to take a selfie with?

I’ve met a lot of authors but the only one I’ve asked for a selfie with is Alice Oseman, so I suppose my answer should be her!

Favorite Book Cover?

I love the meaningful, plain white cover of ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’.

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Aesthetic / Instagram page theme?

Definitely cozy and warm (and bookish, of course). I built my aesthetic around my life, so my feed is gold, brown, and beige because my house and city are those colors. As I said, this is my personal account first and foremost.

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

I didn’t until just now! [Laughs]

I suppose when I hit 10,000 followers, and people started asking to meet me in person, which was surreal. Then when I did start meeting followers in real life, they were so lovely and complimentary, it made me realize the effect my little Bookstagram was having on real people. Also, getting free books and earning money from my account were good signs too! I’ve recently been getting some very exciting collaboration offers that remind me that the outside world knows I exist!

Fandoms?

Harry Potter and Gilmore Girls (Team Jess!) 

 

 

Advice for people interested in becoming Bookstagrammers?

Do it! It’s so much fun and the community is so welcoming.

Just remember to create a corner of the internet you’re happy to spend time in, and don’t worry about the numbers. This is your space to share whatever you want. You get to design and create your world, so enjoy it! If people come, that’s just a bonus. Also, make sure to let me know when you join so I can peep your account!

image via @britishbookreader

Any additional bookishness to share with our audience?

If you like bookish gifts, art, reading trackers, prints, or bookmarks feel free to check out my Etsy shop ‘britishbookart’. I do a lot of book-related products but the main things are painted characters on their book pages. The Harry Potter-themed ones are the most popular(my art account is @britishbookart on Instagram).

image via @britishbookart

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