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Meet the Stars of Bookstagram, Who Bring the Glam to Reading Life

It’s no secret that bibliophiles are often creative, artistic, and innovative people: after all, they’ve learned the power of building new, beautiful worlds in every book they’ve read. That’s why Bookstagram, a community within Instagram designed entirely for bookworms like yourself, is the perfect platform to share bookish wisdom and whimsy in creative ways. 

 

At its most basic, #bookstagram is used as a hashtag for book-related images on Instagram, from your latest beach read to the facade of a bookstore you’re dying to visit. But if you’re dying to show the world exactly how much you love reading, you can create an entire “bookstagram” yourself. There are no strings attached here—all you have to do is start a new Instagram account, then start posting all the literary photos your little heart desires.

 

Meet some awesome Bookstagrammers!

 

1. @hotcocoareads

 

 

“A bookshelf is as particular to its owner as are his or her clothes; a personality is stamped on a library just as a shoe is shaped by the foot.” —Alan Bennett . . I finally finished my January bookshelf project! I moved out all my non-fiction and middle-grade books to other rooms in my house so that I could have this area dedicated to classics. There is one small section of Young Adult books in the corner, but it’s fine for now. I’ve also left lots of space on most shelves for growth, and we’ll see how things are looking again next January, when I usually want to reorganize my books again. When is the last time you reorganized your bookshelves? Do you do it very often? Do you enjoy it—because I really do! I love holding my books in my hands again, leafing through them, smelling their pages and dusting them off! ? ? ? . . #bookshelves #shelfiesunday #shelfie #bookshelfie #homelibrary #bookcollection #bookcollecting #collectingbooks #booksbooksandmorebooks #bookseverywhere #booksbooksbooks #readingspot #booknook #readingspace #writingspace #readersofig #ilovebooks #amreading #readmore #homeoffice #surroundedbybooks #bookdecor #janinbooks18 #bookproject

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Jeana has been posting her literary adventures since 2015. With beautifully framed photos of her current reads and stacks of classics, she uses props like flowers and cozy essentials to decorate her content.

 

2. @thxboywthebooks

 

 

Maxi is an Argentinian vlogger who maintains a consistent cool-toned aesthetic on his account. Alternating between stacks, single book highlights, and spreads, he offers seriously addictive visuals of his favorite reads.

 

3. @reverieandink

 

 

Brittney is a book blogger who launched her Bookstagram account back in 2016. Her photos are jam-packed with rustic themed shots of her favorite fantasy and YA reads, each ornamented with cozy additions like her super adorable cat, Wes.

 

And don’t forget to get creative with your own Bookstagram! There are tons of ways to make a splash with your Bookstagram account. You can opt for simply posting swoon-worthy shots of your bookshelves (A.K.A. literary eye-candy) or you can get involved with reading challenges. You can find these on some big-name Bookstagram profiles if you’re willing to sift through your favorite accounts, but @thereadingwomen and @strumpetstea both have active challenges going on right now if you wanna get a headstart!

 

Don’t be afraid to reach out to authors and other Bookstagrammers: comment on their posts, ask questions, invite conversation. It often helps to pick a theme for your content and stick to it. Decide if you’re going to maintain a specific aesthetic (colorful, rustic, black and white, etc) then challenge yourself to deck out your account that way.

 

Sure, Bookstagram is chock-full of mesmerizing bookish photos to make you run to the nearest bookstore, but that’s not the only magic it has. The most beautiful part about Bookstagram is the sense of unity it fosters. An entire community of bibliophiles desperate to share their favorite reads with the world, Bookstagram allows an avenue for connection and comfort with like-minded bookworms all around the world. Don’t know what to read next? Need a bibliobuddy to fangirl with? Just head to Instagram and start swooning over words with bloggers who just might become your new best friends.

 

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This Interactive ‘Game of Thrones’ Map Makes the Story So Much Clearer

The world of A Song of Ice and Fire is so mind-bendingly large, it’s hard to keep track of who was where when. Wait, where was Arya when Bran became the Three-Eyed Raven? Oh, hold up, was Jaime in King’s Landing when Davos was in Braavos? Also, just knowing where Braavos is in relation to King’s Landing is so hard when you’re staring at a bunch of words on a page. And, if you’re watching the show, then the spinny map intro thing is really not much help. It’s all twisty and confusing.

 

Luckily, a few diehard fans have created an interactive map to help everybody keep track of their favorite characters. If you’ve just begun the books or are only a few seasons into the show, you can adjust your favorite character’s path across the world based on what chapter (of which book!) you’re up to, or which episode you’re on. You won’t be spoiled!

 

Follow this link to explore the map here!

 

Part of the fun of reading a fantasy series like GRRM’s is designing the world in your own head. The show does a good job of replacing the reader’s aesthetic with professional design. Because of the show you can see the dragons fly like falcons and that the clothing of the Iron Isles is Viking-y. But the readers lose something. Their, you know, imagination.

 

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This tool is a great balance of providing a totally helpful visual aid to the reader while still allowing people to retain their own conception of GRRM’s world. Kudos to the creators! Now they just have to update it to have all of season seven…

 

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Five Ways to Read Entire Books Online

Trying to read full-length books online can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve put together five of the best websites to read full-length books online!

 

1. Project Gutenberg

 

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Project Gutenberg, a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works and “encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks”, is the granddaddy of eBook publications. Started in 1971 with the digitization and online publication of the first “eBook”, Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, Project Gutenberg has become the standard, as many sites that offer free eBooks gather titles from the public domain, many of which were originally uploaded through Project Gutenberg.

 

Project Gutenberg offers a variety of different download options if you’re interested in an offline reading experience, but reading online via HTML is pretty much as easy as can be.

 

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Ideal: The most comprehensive collection of classics available, and available to read online and download for free.

 

Not ideal: Digitized copies of current books aren’t necessarily a priority.

 

2. Read Any Book

 

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Stephen King, J. K. Rowling, the Gossip Girl series, and many, many others are available through Read Any Book (RAB). While the format RAB uses for their free online reading isn’t ideal, it certainly isn’t terrible. Unlike Project Gutenberg, there isn’t an option to read in HTML, but full books are available in a Kindle-esque viewer which is easily readable on both desktop and mobile devices.

 

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Ideal: If you’re looking to read popular books from major publishers online with no frills and no fuss, this is the one for you.

 

Not ideal: If you want to download any books, you are prompted to sign in with your lucentfun login. Lucentfun is a monthly subscription service offering “all your favorite late night movies, games, books, and music in one spot for $39.95”. Yikes.

 

3. Smashwords

 

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Smashwords is the largest and best developed platform for independent authors and publishers with over 465,000 total books available and over 70,000 free to read online. The search feature is surprisingly helpful, with options to organize search results by price or length.

 

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Ideal: Hands down the best online reading experience. You’re able to customize font style and size, text and page color, as well as line spacing.

 

Not ideal: I’m torn. The platform Smashwords gives independent authors is incredible but there’s just so much to discover. An optimized search feature that gives recommendations based on an author or book you enjoy could really take this site to the next level.

 

4. BookRix

 

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BookRix is a free self-publishing platform that offers eBook distribution services to independent writers. Users can share their writing, connect with other readers, and discover new books and authors.

 

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Ideal: BookRix’s homepage is simple, simple, simple, with two columns: Bestsellers and Recommendations. To compare, Smashwords homepage shows you the most recent books, any price, any length.

 

Not ideal: Like Read Any Book, their format could be better. But hey, free books are free books!

 

5. Scribd

 

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Scribd still makes the list, though I think their shift to a subscription based membership has really limited their audience (free books are no longer available to non-users). After a thirty day free trial, you’ll pay $8.99 a month for unlimited audiobooks, unlimited access to magazines and documents, but will be limited to three book credits a month. Sure, these credits roll over and any book you “purchase” with a credit will be available to you as long as the book is available on Scribd.

 

Scribd online reader

 

Ideal: The book selection is excellent, and so is the iPhone app. They offer an Essential Student Bundle to undergraduate and graduate students, a one time cost of $29.99 that gets you one semester (four months) of Scribd, plus digital access to the New York Times.

 

Not ideal: Currently, there’s no way to access more than three books a month, so if you read a lot, you’re going to feel limited.

 

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These are the Definitive Google Doodles for Book Lovers!

Google has given the human race so much. The most reliable search engine (sorry, Bing), an alternative to Microsoft Office, self-driving cars, and unnecessary amounts of search results. Perhaps the greatest contribution the tech giant has made to civilization, though, is their doodles.

 

New ones are pumped out with such urgency that it’s impossible for even the most devout book lover to keep track. So, here we go, these are the top Google Doodles for us book geeks in descending order of awesomeness.

 

11. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s (“Little House on the Praire”) 148th Birthday

 

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10. Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s 110th Birthday (author of “The Little Prince”)

 

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9. John Steinbeck’s 112th Birthday

 

John Steinbeck doodle

 

8. Celebrating Frederick Douglass

 

Frederick Douglass Doodle

 

7. 161st Anniversary of “Moby Dick” First Being Published

 

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6. Nellie Bly’s 151 Birthday (the woman who re-enacted and beat Jules Verne’s fictional “Around the World in 80 Days”)

 

 

5. Jorge Luis Borges’s 112th Birthday (author of “The Aleph and Other Stories”)

 

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4. Anniversary of “Pinocchio” First Being Published

 

Pinocchio doodle

 

3. 200th Birthday of Charles Dickens

 

Charles Dickens doodle

 

2. Langston Hughes’ 113th Birthday

 

 

1. Georges Perec’s 80th Birthday (author of “The Void”–a 300 page book that doesn’t use the letter “e”)

 

Perec doodle

 

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For When You Aren’t Obsessively Checking Bookstr, Here Are Some Other Sites

We, in the online bookish community, love learning about new books, sharing about old books, and even just reading about reading.

 

Obviously, Bookstr is actually the number one on this list of websites for bookworms, but these are the other websites that equally all tie for second place that every bookworm should check out (after, of course, they have finished reading all our articles.)

 

Goodreads

 

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Essentially the Facebook of books, without the annoying click bait articles or ads, this website lets you add your friends, review books, and see what they are reading or reviewing. You can join lists, browse quotes, or join challenges to get you to read more.

 

BookRiot

 

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Need a podcast? They got ‘em. Need articles? They got ‘em. Need videos? They got ‘em. This expansive brand covers all of the bases of literary fandom.

 

3: AM Magazine

 

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 “Whatever it is, we’re against it,” is this site’s headline. Named for a time that has been seen on all of our computer monitors when we surf the web shamefully late into the night. Finding this website might actually extend that time to 4 or 5 AM for its quality content, covering fiction, poetry, essays, and interviews.

 

The Rumpus

 

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An adorable website, which houses its own original fiction and poetry, The Rumpus is excellent. They cover all sorts of topics other than books, like sex, music, TV, politics, and you can even send into an advice column called “Dear Sugar.”

 

Electric Literature

 

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Electric Lit is probably the only website with content featured under a “Scuttle Butt” option. Check out their recommended readings to find your next book, or “okey-panky” to see submissions.

 

Bookish

 

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This website is incredibly user-friendly for book browsers, as you can search through their archives like you would search through genres. Join a giveaway, read an article, or find all the hot new releases.

 

Largehearted Boy

 

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Perhaps more enchanting for its simplistic spread or its charming title, this website is so endearing. Combine your love of books and music here by listening to the carefully selected playlists for the books he reads.

 

Public Domain Review

 

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Beautifully decorated with public domain images, this website gives articles with in depth research over diverse subjects, like a book of ripple designs and the history of ink. With the images, this website somehow feels like an old-timey library from a steampunk universe.

 

Hazlitt

 

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Done by Penguin Random House, this website is a very polished look into the literary world. You can go directly from an article to the link to buy from their website, which is great for immediate satisfaction.

 

The Nervous Breakdown

 

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In convenient short segments, this website features a lot of poetry. This is a great to add to a weekly routine.

 

The New Yorker’s Page Turner

 

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Known as “the best of the best,” this literary mag has a section just online. It’s tagline is “Criticism, contentions, and conversation inspired by books and the writing life.” Art shapes the world around us and is shaped by the world around us. This is a place where that is the main operative.

 

Literary Hub

 

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With postings daily, this site asks big questions that some readers might not even think when reading. For writers and readers alike, the insight is unparalleled by some other literary websites.

 

LA Review of Books

 

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Join a book club with all of LA… Or at least the parts of LA that read these books, and anyone else in the world connected to this website. With fantastic graphics to navigate this site, you can get stuck in a hole of article clicking and reading for hours.

 

The Paris Review Daily

 

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Famous for fantastic interviews, this website also features magnificent article, poetry and artistic content. If you want to feel classy, this is an excellent news source to start reading daily.