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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: @morrighanrose

Hello again! Today’s bookstagram feature is Morrighan/@morrighanrose. She’s got a gorgeous gothic vibe to her posts that are somehow cold and cozy at the same time.

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“𝚃𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎’𝚜 𝚙𝚘𝚠𝚎𝚛 𝚒𝚗 𝚊 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚜𝚎, 𝚗𝚘 𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚒𝚝 𝚝𝚘.” —𝙱𝚛𝚘𝚔𝚎𝚗 𝚆𝚒𝚜𝚑 . . [ qotd ]: which book is at the top of your wishlist?! . . Sixteen-year-old Elva has a secret. She has visions and strange powers that she will do anything to hide. She knows the warnings about what happens to witches in their small village of Hanau. She’s heard the terrible things people say about the Witch of the North Woods, and the malicious hunts that follow. . . The Mirror: Broken Wish marks the first book in an innovative four-book fairy-tale series written by Julie C. Dao, Dhonielle Clayton, J. C. Cervantes, and L. L. McKinney, following one family over several generations, and the curse that plagues it. . . Thank you to @disneybooks for sending me a copy of the book and teaming up with me for a great giveaway! . . [ GIVEAWAY ]: Win a copy of Broken Wish . . TO ENTER – follow me, @disneybooks, @juliecdao and @storygramtours – tag a friend you think will be interested For EXTRA extra: visit @yaallegiance tomorrow and repeat these steps RULES – Giveaway will end Oct 12th at midnight EST – US ONLY – not affiliated with Instagram -must be 18 or have parents permission -must be a public account so I can verify entries . . [ hashtags ]: #invokingbooks #BrokenWishtour #BrokenWish #disneybooks #storygramtours #bookstagram #bookish #ireadya #witchesofinstagram #bookadict #fallaesthetic #bookstagrammer #bookcommunity

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Why did you start your Bookstagram:

I stumbled onto this incredible community back in 2017 while reading reviews on Goodreads. I knew instantly that I had found MY PEOPLE. This quirky collection of bookdragons is my forever home.

Where are you from:

I live in the mountains of Pennsylvania with my four children and a strange collection of furry critters. 

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

I am a total book pusher! I would love to inspire people to be themselves, but also– please read all of my favorite books so I can cry and fangirl with you!

Fun Fact about you:

I used to be a total extrovert. You could often find me at music festivals, dancing with a flaming hula hoop in front of large crowds. 

Favorite Bookstagrammers:

I have a soft spot for the darker feeds– I’m loving @of.books.and.bone @thehookandthetale and @twinklesandstars lately!

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Favorite Books and Authors:

Here comes the book pusher– RED RISING by Pierce Brown will always be my number one. The amount of both heartbreak and hope in that series never fails to consume me completely. Some runners up are The Black Witch Chronicles by Laurie Forest and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

Fictional Crush:

EEEEP! Only one?! I collect book boyfriends like my kids collect Pokemon. Darrow of Lykos is pretty incredible though.

TBR List:

I honestly don’t even want to know how many books are on this list. My tentative August TBR will include Empire of Gold, the conclusion to The Daevabad Trilogy by Shannon Chakroborty because I NEED to know what happens to my babies!

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What’s Your Special Approach to Content:

I try to be as honest as possible with the books that I post and the reviews that I write. I feel like my followers would rather hear me rave about a book I enjoyed than just post the latest pretty cover out there. 

Aesthetic / Instagram page theme:

Oh, this is a tough one because my feed is ever evolving. I think the cozy, forest witch vibe has been a constant aesthetic of mine for quite a while now. It reflects my personality rather well!

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How often do you post:

I post once a day. As a single mama of four with a full time job, I just don’t have the free time to be on here or post as much as I would like. 

What does your Bookstagram mean to you:

The Bookstagram community and the friends that I have made here are incredible. This honestly is my getaway, my escape from the monotony of everyday life. 

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Favorite Bookstore:

I will always have a soft spot for Barnes & Noble, but I’ve been loving on some of the smaller, privately owned shops in my area.

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

Umm, anyone that wants the job, I’m doing interviews all week! 

Author to take a selfie with:

Jay Kristoff! His constant smirk makes me happy, and he’s at least a foot taller than me. 

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Favorite book cover:

Ahh! There are SO many I love. Fable by Adrienne Young is a recent favorite, as well as Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake! 

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

Dante’s Inferno for a world history class. My brain was not having it! 

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

Hahah, I remember last year when a follower picked up a book based on my recommendation. It blew me away! People actually listen to my often poorly worded rants and raves about books. It boggles my mind. 

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Favorite fandoms:

Did I mention that I love Red Rising? I’m a Howler to the end. Nevernight is another of my favorites and the art for that series is just *chef’s kiss*

Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers:

Find your aesthetic, post what you love, and show your quirky side! 

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Additional bookishness:

I just want to take a moment to thank everyone in this amazing bookish community– from the aspiring Bookstagrammers to the people that base their livelihood on readers. I see you. I appreciate you. 

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