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#Bookstagrammer of the Week: @booksnest

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This Week’s Featured creator: @booksnest


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, blogger, and book lover: Beth, or as you would know her on Instagram, @booksnest.

Here is her story:


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Chapter 1: The Birth of a Bookstagram Account


Beth, a Bookstagrammer from Berkshire in the South of England, joined the Bookstagram community purely for her love of books and as a personal goal for herself.


I loved following other book accounts so I started my own in 2013 as a New Year’s resolution. I took photos I loved and have continued to do so ever since. I wanted to feel part of this community and that is exactly what I have achieved.


Beth’s favorite books are mostly from the fantasy genre, including The Priory of the Orange Tree, Vicious, The Poppy War, Strange the Dreamer and A Good Girl’s Guide to MurderHer favorite authors are V.E. Schwab and Samantha Shannon.

If given the chance, Beth would take a selfie with V.E. Schwab, of course.



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So what books does Beth plan to read in the near future?

I don’t tend to set a TBR to be honest, but in my head I know soon I want to get to Ninth House, A Little Life and The Dragon Republic.


Her fandoms are Harry Potter, Star Trek, and The Lord of the Rings.


Beth’s fun fact is more about horses than about books.

I used to ride a horse called Treacle as a kid, but as an adult I’ve never got on a horse. 


Chapter 2: To The Bookstagramming


Bookstagrammers carefully choose the prettiest book covers to fit their aesthetic and theme, and Beth also has some personal favorites.

I think the covers for the Caraval series are stunning and so clever! 


She can describe her Bookstagram aesthetic in one word:



Beth adjusts her schedule to her followers’ activity in order to determine what times she should post. She rightfully takes pride in the followers she has.

I always post around 8pm GMT during the week and sometimes in the morning around 10am GMT at the weekends. I either post daily or every other day, I base this on how well my last post did and if I want to give it more time to grow. I get these times by looking at my Instagram insights and seeing when my followers are more online. 

When I hit 10k in May of 2019 I felt a real sense of pride and accomplishment and I felt really happy. That was a big day for me and really hit home that my hard work had paid off. 


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Beth is most inspired by these four fellow Bookstagrammers:







Chapter 3: What does bookstagram mean to you?


Beth’s Bookstagram page is a beautiful representation of her favorite reads, but what does it mean to her personally, and what does she hope it means to other people?

Bookstagram is living proof of my dedication and motivation to grow and develop a space to create my content. It shows my love of reading and photography, but also somewhere for me to fuel my creativity and that means an awful lot to me! 

I want to offer a cosy and happy space for people to come to enjoy both the photos and the books I feature. I also love being able to offer help and advice to other Bookstagrammers.  


She also has some advice to offer aspiring Bookstagrammers.

Building up an audience takes time, but as long as you’re doing what you love and learning and developing each day, you will grow. Don’t take it too seriously, have fun with it and keep putting in the effort. With persistence, you will see growth, but it does take time. 


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"The Bone Season" and Samantha Shannon

Will “The Bone Season” Be Television’s Next Big Hit?

UK producers Harriet Hammond and Daz Spencer Lovesey have acquired the rights to Samantha Shannon’s young adult novel The Bone Season which they plan to adapt for television.


'The Bone Season' Cover

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Named the first book in NBC’s Today show’s monthly book club, the novel was published on August 20, 2013 by Bloomsbury Publishing. Set in 2059, the book follows Paige Majoney, nineteen, who is a dreamwalker, better known as a clairvoyant, and who lives in a dystopian world where she commits treason simply by breathing.

It’s a dystopian novel with a supernatural twist. I’m in. But wait! There’s more!

Samantha Shannon? She was only twenty-one, TWENTY-ONE, when the book was published. She’s living the dream, and that was before Harriet Hammond and Daz Spencer Lovesey of Bad Penny Productions, who’ve been involved in such films as the still in production Waiting For Anya (based on Michael Morpurgo’s book of the same name) and Mad To Be Normal nabbed the rights to her book.

It hasn’t been an easy road getting there, though. Previously, the rights were owned by Andy Serkis’s Imaginarium Studios having “struck a deal with 20th Century Fox to develop the project back in 2013” but, according to Screen Daily, that only “recently expired”.

Harriet Hammond and Daz Spencer Lovesey are now going to make this book into a television series. The Book Seller wrote that, “[t]he first series will be comprised of eight episodes, with further series to follow. The deal for television rights was brokered by Kirsty McLachlan at DGA Associates”.


Samantha Shannon

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Shannon herself recently said that:

“Once a book is out in the world, it’s essentially set in stone, but adapting The Bone Season for TV will allow me to explore the world of Scion in even more depth and consider the story from new angles. I’m looking forward to the journey.”

I’m looking forward to that journey too.

But there’s one thing to keep in mind. Today noted that Bone Season is only the first episode in a seven-book deal with Bloomsbury. The second novel, The Mime Order, was released January 27th 2015. The third novel, The Song Rising, was released March 7th, 2017. The fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh novels remain unpublished.


The 3 books published in Samantha Shannon's series

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I don’t know about you, but I’m getting flashbacks.


George R R Martin and the Night King

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But I can’t quite place them.


George R R Martin

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Oh well!



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Our Top Genre Picks This Week: Sci Fi/Fantasy

Each week, Bookstr will be offering a look at some of the best novels in a particular genre for your continued reading list. Today, we’ll be recommending five recent science fiction and fantasy novels for your reading pleasure. Sci-Fi and fantasy novels provide gateways into other worlds, full of aliens, monsters, magic, and cool technology while addressing themes that cannot be showcased in nonfiction reading. Here are some of the top five recent ones!


5. The priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon


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Most fantasy epics these days divide their content into trilogies or even longer. But author Samantha Shannon decides to throw that out and crams an entire trilogy’s worth of content into a single volume monster. The Priory of the Orange Tree follows the tale of three remarkable women whose fates are bound to the world.  Sabran IX is a queen whose bloodline binds the Nameless One, a dragon of god-like power that is sealed at the bottom of the sea. Her bodyguard, Ead Duryan is the queen’s bodyguard, part of a secret society of mages protecting the queen with magic. And across the ocean, Tane is a dragonrider about to commit a societal taboo. Full of intriguing characters, dragons, monsters, and more, this is a must read for any fantasy. And best of all, its one and done: no sequels here to wait for!


4. The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson


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The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson is a historical fantasy novel set during the Spanish Inquisition. It follows two members of the royal court,  a woman called Fatima and a palace cartographer called Hassan. Hassan has a special ability: he can draw maps to other worlds, enabling him to go anywhere he pleases. When Fatima accidentally reveals her friend’s powers, they’re forced to flee, pursued by enemies and aided by strange individuals. Blending the fantastic and the real, this is a unique novel centered on the relationship between the two fire-forged friends.


3. The Fever King by Victoria Lee


A man glowing with ethereal light stands amidst a forest sprouting from his form

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A fusion between post-apocalyptic and fantasy, the novel takes place in the distant future, where the United States has collapsed and a magical plague is spreading throughout the world. A young man awakens in a hospital, discovering the virus has killed his family but left him with the power to control technology. Reading like a superhero novel at points, the boy is taken into a refuge to be trained among other teen ‘witchlings’ as they’re called. A nuanced YA read, this one is definitely worth picking up for themes that heavily touch on our own political climate.


2. The Infinite Detail by Tim Maughan


Multiple colored dots are arranged together to resemble a continent above a swirling hurricane

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The Infinite Detail by Tim Maughan is another post-apocalyptic novel that’s scarily relevant to our world, telling about fake news, the lack of privacy brought on by the internet, and an inability to tell what’s truly real. It takes place on an island nation called the Croft separated from the rest of the world. A terrorist organization, however, attacks the island and destroys all its technology, including the internet. Global trade, communication, and more actively cease overnight. The book centers on the island’s inhabits in the aftermath of the cyberattack, struggling to survive as they hoard things like CDs as precious treasure. The portrait of the novel is a harsh reminder of what the world could turn into overnight, a scary, yet relevant portrait of the possible near future.


1. Titanshade by Dan Stout


A noir detective in sunglasses and an alien in a suit stand side by side in the bustling city streets

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Titanshade by Dan Stout is a debut novel combining the rich, cynical layered world of a detective noir with a fantastical world. It takes place in the titular Titanshade, a bustling metropolis in the heart of a frozen wasteland on the corpse of a demigod. The plot is kickstarted when a detective named Carter is hired to investigate the death of a frog-like diplomat from a neighboring. His investigation takes him into the seedy heart of the city, mixing the cynical detective tropes with a magical world thats sweet on the outside but rotten within.



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