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#Bookstagrammer of the Week: @booksturnyouon

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This Week’s Featured creator: @booksturnyouon

 

Each week Bookstr is going to be highlighting your favorite Bookstagrammers. A Bookstagrammer is someone who shares all of their literary interests, ranging from book reviews and aesthetically pleasing book pictures to outfit pictures featuring their current reads. Anything that evokes bibliophile feels is on their Instagram pages. Make sure to give these Bookstagrammers the love they deserve! This week we are getting to know a Bookstagram account that is worldly and feminine positive: Cátia, or as you would know her on Instagram, @booksturnyouon.

Here is her story:

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Chapter 1: The Birth of a Bookstagram Account

 

When Cátia stumbled into the Bookstagram community, she decided she wanted to find a way to share her love of bookish culture with her country too.

At the time, I had been studying Portuguese Literature for at least seven years. However, and sadly, I didn’t encounter people who loved reading as often. I had this major passion but couldn’t really share it with anyone. I just wanted to discuss books with others. So, one night I was in bed and couldn’t sleep. I was checking my personal Instagram account and Penguin Random House stories came up. They had shared a post by @bookbaristas. That’s how I found the world of Bookstagram. I couldn’t find one similar account in Portugal, where I’m from. So that’s when I decided to become a Bookstagrammer!

 

Cátia is a fan of world lit, so her favorite books come from many different countries and genres, including:

 

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Cátia’s fun fact is that she reads in a very unique way.

When I connect to a character in a book, I like to say their lines out loud, like I am playing their role in a movie or something. I think that’s funny and I have no idea if other readers do the same. It’s just something I do because I feel very close to that character. My world completely fades away to be replaced by that life. But, when I notice that I am doing it, I laugh at myself.

 

 

Chapter 2: To The Bookstagramming

 

Bookstagrammers have a trained eye that finds the most photogenic book covers to post to their Bookstagram. Cátia has lots of favorites, but there’s one in particular that stood out to her.

Alfred A. Knopf shared the cover of Yaa Gyasi’s new novel that’s coming out on July 2020 and I must say that it’s terrific! I even shared it on my stories because I was amazed when I saw it.

 

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Cátia’s followers consider her personal Bookstagram aesthetic to be vintage.

My aesthetic reflects my own personal style and taste. I love to have a balance between reviews, bookshops, outfits and even lifestyle so I have that in mind when I am creating content.

 

 

What are Cátia’s favorite Bookstagram accounts, and what advice would she give to aspiring Bookstagrammers?

My favorite accounts are @magicpages, @bookmateriality, @brisoler, @umacertagabi, and @coffeeandbookss. I love their authenticity and deep and well-argued reviews. Moreover, all these Bookstagrammers have similar literary tastes to mine so I end up connecting more with their accounts.

If aspiring Bookstagrammers are looking for a curated feed, then I’d recommend to think carefully about the kind of aesthetic they would like to have. The Instagram handle is also important. And, I would suggest they take some photos before creating the account so they can share content consistently at the beginning!

 

 

Chapter 3: TBR

Cátia has over 200 books on her TBR list—that’s a lot of reads! Some of her top TBR books are:

 

Cátia’s publisher of choice to supply her with a lifetime of books would be Riverhead Books of Penguin Random House.

They publish great books and they have an amazing team!

 

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Chapter 4: What does bookstagram mean to you?

 

It means a lot. It was life-changing for me. I’ve always thought I wasn’t particularly creative. That’s why I was researching literature instead of writing. For a person who has always loved all forms of art, that made me feel sad. Then, when I created my account two years ago, I had no pressure. I just wanted to have fun and create. So, that’s what happened. In such an innocent and unexpected way, I discovered I am very creative. Today, I work as a creative director and I write. As important as this, my account is a digital space where I can share my passions and ideas: books, bookshops, feminism, fashion. 

I want my account to inspire people to read more. I want to introduce my followers to books they haven’t heard about. I want my account to be a digital space where people can actually have meaningful discussions about books. And, I also discuss feminism on my account so I want to raise awareness. I want to spread the meaning of tolerance, respect and equality on Books Turn You On.

 

Well, what did you think of @booksturnyouon? Isn’t it amazing how passionate she is about spreading her love for books and creativity? Do you have a favorite Bookstagrammer in mind? Contact us through any of our social media platforms and maybe you will see them here next week! 

 

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4 Incredible Mexican Authors to Celebrate Mexican Independence Day

It’s Mexican Independence Day! To celebrate, we put together just a few recommendations of great books by Mexican authors. Whether you’re a huge fan of Mexican literature or you’re just dipping your toes into the water, these books are guaranteed to bring a lot of life to your bookshelf.

 

 

1. The Story of My Teeth – Valeria Luiselli

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Luiselli’s 2013 novel tells the story of an auctioneer in Mexico City who auctions off the teeth of famous literary and historical figures. It received almost universal acclaim upon its release, and its praise is just as deserved today! Named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, NPR, and the San Francisco Chronicle among others, this playful comic memoir is definitely worth checking out.

 

2. Among Strange Victims – Daniel Saldaña París

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John Powers, the pop-culture critic on NPR’s Fresh Air, likened París’ 2016 book to existential ruminations of yore:

Brief, brilliantly written, and kissed by a sense of the absurd….like a much lazier, Mexico City version of Dostoevsky’s Underground Man.

If you’re interested in pondering the minutiae and tragedy of modern life, you’re in for a treat. Upon release, Publisher’s Weekly called it a “shaggy picaresque” with “a charming tendency to digress, and satisfying flashes of Rodrigo and Marcelo getting their act together.”

 

 

3. Down the Rabbit Hole – Juan Pablo Villalobos

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Villalobos debut short novel was long-listed for The Guardian‘s First Book prize in 2011. It tells the story of Tochtli, a drug lord’s son, who witnesses the mayhem of narco violence from an innocent perspective. In their initial review, The Guardian described Villalobos’ debut as:

“Perfectly formed . . . Although easily devoured in one sitting, this clever little book is to be contemplated at length afterwards.”

At just 96 pages, you could easily read the whole novel in one sitting. Learn what all the hubbub’s been about!

 

4. Natural Histories – Guadalupe Nettel

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Nettel’s 2014 short story collection explores the complexities of human nature from an interesting perspective. Each story examines humanity’s relationship to pests and pets as a way of illuminating the complexity of what it means to be human. Natural Histories is also the winner of the 3rd Ribera del Duero International Award for Short Narratives, a prestigious Spanish literature prize.

 

 

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