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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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