It’s National Beverage Day! To celebrate, we’ve paired eleven of our favorite classics with what we think are their perfect drink counterparts.
This Week’s Featured creator: @bookpairings
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 Bookstagrammer with a passion for books and indie bookshops: Laci, or as you would know her on Instagram, @bookpairings.
Here is her story:
image via @bookpairings
Chapter 1: The Birth of a Bookstagram Account
Laci started Bookstagram as a fun project to cope with a difficult period in her life, and her account took off from there.
I started posting “Bookstagram” posts on my personal account during the summer of 2015 when I was recovering from my second brain surgery in 6 months. I have always loved reading and when I found a community of book lovers at my fingertips I decided I wanted to join the conversation.
Because I’m the type of person who needs a project, even when I should be resting, I decided I would create my own Bookstagram account and see how it goes. That was in August of 2015 and it’s crazy to think I have posted almost everyday since then and 41K+ people care about my opinions of books and enjoy my very eclectic reading recommendations.
Laci usually reads over 100 books a year, but her favorite books include classic reads such as:
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- We Have Always Lived in The Castle by Shirley Jackson
As well as some more contemporary books like:
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
- A Tale for The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
- The Need by Helen Phillips
- Bunny by Mona Awad
- The Merewife by Maria Dahvana Headley
- Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
- The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
If given the choice, Laci would take a selfie with Margaret Atwood, her favorite author.
image via @bookpairings
Laci is a part of the Harry Potter, The Night Circus, Game of Thrones, and Good Omens fandoms.
Besides being book-obsessed, she also loves wine tasting.
I almost went through the training and testing to become a sommelier. I am a total oenophile and it’s another thing I love sharing with people.
Chapter 2: To The Bookstagramming
Laci’s photography style definitely gives off a very memorable vibe, but how would she define this aesthetic?
When it comes to the photography aspect of my content, I always strive for cozy feeling photos with warm tones. I like to find interesting textures and angles so I am constantly experimenting.
I love to play with woodgrain and books for texture and I love using shadow for moodier photos.
She also has some photography advice for new Bookstagrammers.
In terms of photography, play around and you’ll improve post by post. You’ll find your aesthetic faster if you experiment and reflect on why you love certain photos.
Laci sticks to a specific posting schedule, so you’ll always know when to look for her newest bookish photos.
I generally post every morning between 7am-8am PST during the week and on the weekends I either post around 12pm or 5pm. I’ve done a lot of experimenting to find the optimal time for engagement, but it also depends a little bit on my schedule. I want to be able to respond to every single comment on my posts, so I try to post when I know I will be able to check-in periodically to reply.
image via @bookpairings
So what are Laci’s personal favorite Bookstagram accounts?
It’s too hard to choose just a few! Here are some of my favorites:
I could go on and on.
Chapter 3: What does bookstagram mean to you?
It’s clear that Laci is very involved in the Bookstagram community, so what does her Bookstagram mean to her personally?
I am still stunned that my account has garnered as many followers as it has. I know that I work hard on each post behind the scenes, but I continue to be humbled by the Bookstagram community. To me my page is a place where I can share my love of books with other amazing, supportive book lovers. I feel like I have grown a lot personally since I started and I am lucky to have made some amazing friends within the community as well.
I strive for authenticity when creating my content above all else. I want to share the books I am genuinely interested in reading and the books I love even if they aren’t the most hyped. I still get sucked into the new releases hype from time to time, but I’d like to think I also get less well-known or well-marketed books on the radar of my followers.
I hope that my Bookstagram inspires people to read outside of their comfort zones.
image via @bookpairings
Her final word to fellow Bookstagrammers and book lovers?
Support your local libraries and indie bookstores when you can. They provide so many services to their communities and it’s becoming harder and harder for them to survive with big business looming.
Featured image via @bookpairings
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Serve your ghoulish guests only the best at your literary Halloween party!
Click on the names of the drinks and the desserts to find the original source and/or recipe.
Images via The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen and Frog Prince Paperie
Mary Shelley, together with her beloved monster is meant to be!
The bitter and acidic flavor of a Bloody Mary goes perfect with a sweet vanilla parfait.
Images via Buzzfeed and One Sweet Appetite
It’ll be a magical occasion once you bring out this drink and dessert combo!
Include apple in your potion and it will complement the fudge.
Images via Thrillist and Feast of Starlight
This apple-based drink and dessert combination will send you to the cold afterlife, then bring you back to the warmth of home sweet home. Be careful who you take it from though, especially if you’ve been recently discovered as the fairest of them all.
Images via Buzzfeed and Lets Eat Cake
Nothing says “A Song of Ice and Fire” quite like the combination of a fiery jalapeño-based cocktail with some chillingly sweet ice cream.
Is the cocktail too spicy for your taste buds? Well, the ice cream is sure to ease that pain away! If only it could heal the pain of all those character deaths…
Images via Best of Las Vegas and Pinterest
Insanity and sweets combined, this is the perfect combo for Halloween! The cocktail also changes color when you add the little “drink me” bottle, adding more to the madness!
Hope these recipes bring you plenty of fun and sweetness for your Halloween!
Featured Image via Photocollage