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#Bookstagrammer of the Week: @booksturnyouon

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This Week’s Featured creator: @booksturnyouon


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 Bookstagram account that is worldly and feminine positive: Cátia, or as you would know her on Instagram, @booksturnyouon.

Here is her story:

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Chapter 1: The Birth of a Bookstagram Account


When Cátia stumbled into the Bookstagram community, she decided she wanted to find a way to share her love of bookish culture with her country too.

At the time, I had been studying Portuguese Literature for at least seven years. However, and sadly, I didn’t encounter people who loved reading as often. I had this major passion but couldn’t really share it with anyone. I just wanted to discuss books with others. So, one night I was in bed and couldn’t sleep. I was checking my personal Instagram account and Penguin Random House stories came up. They had shared a post by @bookbaristas. That’s how I found the world of Bookstagram. I couldn’t find one similar account in Portugal, where I’m from. So that’s when I decided to become a Bookstagrammer!


Cátia is a fan of world lit, so her favorite books come from many different countries and genres, including:


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Cátia’s fun fact is that she reads in a very unique way.

When I connect to a character in a book, I like to say their lines out loud, like I am playing their role in a movie or something. I think that’s funny and I have no idea if other readers do the same. It’s just something I do because I feel very close to that character. My world completely fades away to be replaced by that life. But, when I notice that I am doing it, I laugh at myself.



Chapter 2: To The Bookstagramming


Bookstagrammers have a trained eye that finds the most photogenic book covers to post to their Bookstagram. Cátia has lots of favorites, but there’s one in particular that stood out to her.

Alfred A. Knopf shared the cover of Yaa Gyasi’s new novel that’s coming out on July 2020 and I must say that it’s terrific! I even shared it on my stories because I was amazed when I saw it.



image via @booksturnyouon



Cátia’s followers consider her personal Bookstagram aesthetic to be vintage.

My aesthetic reflects my own personal style and taste. I love to have a balance between reviews, bookshops, outfits and even lifestyle so I have that in mind when I am creating content.



What are Cátia’s favorite Bookstagram accounts, and what advice would she give to aspiring Bookstagrammers?

My favorite accounts are @magicpages, @bookmateriality, @brisoler, @umacertagabi, and @coffeeandbookss. I love their authenticity and deep and well-argued reviews. Moreover, all these Bookstagrammers have similar literary tastes to mine so I end up connecting more with their accounts.

If aspiring Bookstagrammers are looking for a curated feed, then I’d recommend to think carefully about the kind of aesthetic they would like to have. The Instagram handle is also important. And, I would suggest they take some photos before creating the account so they can share content consistently at the beginning!



Chapter 3: TBR

Cátia has over 200 books on her TBR list—that’s a lot of reads! Some of her top TBR books are:


Cátia’s publisher of choice to supply her with a lifetime of books would be Riverhead Books of Penguin Random House.

They publish great books and they have an amazing team!



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Chapter 4: What does bookstagram mean to you?


It means a lot. It was life-changing for me. I’ve always thought I wasn’t particularly creative. That’s why I was researching literature instead of writing. For a person who has always loved all forms of art, that made me feel sad. Then, when I created my account two years ago, I had no pressure. I just wanted to have fun and create. So, that’s what happened. In such an innocent and unexpected way, I discovered I am very creative. Today, I work as a creative director and I write. As important as this, my account is a digital space where I can share my passions and ideas: books, bookshops, feminism, fashion. 

I want my account to inspire people to read more. I want to introduce my followers to books they haven’t heard about. I want my account to be a digital space where people can actually have meaningful discussions about books. And, I also discuss feminism on my account so I want to raise awareness. I want to spread the meaning of tolerance, respect and equality on Books Turn You On.


Well, what did you think of @booksturnyouon? Isn’t it amazing how passionate she is about spreading her love for books and creativity? Do you have a favorite Bookstagrammer in mind? Contact us through any of our social media platforms and maybe you will see them here next week! 


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Yes, babies in cigarette ads.

Vintage Children’s Books Are Pretty F*cked Up

If we were fortunate enough to have access to books in our childhood, there’s a strongly likelihood we encountered picture books about animals—possibly of the talking variety. From Clifford the Big Red Dog (who, let’s be real, no landlord would ever tolerate) to the Very Hungry Caterpillar who, fortunately, had no access to Taco Bell, most of our children’s books were bright and cute. When we reached a higher reading level, many of us graduated to Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia to learn about all the magic the world has to offer. Don’t get me wrong: children’s early chapter books aren’t all about friendship and soul-bonds between ponies and rich girls. Especially nowadays, many address relevant social issues such as LGBT+ topics and immigration to address the lived experience of a diverse breadth of childhoods.

While browsing at BookCon, I happened upon Attic Books, a business selling journals made from vintage books. I purchased an honest-to-god stackload, and, when I looked through some of the book pages left inside, I realized that children encountered a different kind of magic in the 70s. While we were waiting for our Hogwarts letters, readers of Don’t Call Me Orphan by Michael Leach were pining for their first pack of Camels.


Apparently, more doctors smoke Camels. Maybe not anymore.

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Remember how the Boxcar Children rubbed their sad little hands all over the window of a bakery when they were out on the street ogling the cakes? After fleeing an orphanage, our protagonist’s first move is to hit up a convenience store for some cigs:

‘How old you say you are?’

‘Fourteen.’ Well, I was almost in my fourteenth year. ‘Why?’

‘Enjoy your smokes,’ she said.

‘I told you. They’re for my pa.’

She disappeared, and I could almost hear, ‘I’m sure.’


Childlike wonder can turn a bare field into a magic kingdom, a moonlit street a bridge to a secret world, a regular gas station into a den of debauchery and delight. Do you think they have cigarettes and porn at Hogwarts? Take a look at the different sort of magic our protagonist discovers:

I noticed the magazine that old Pizza-face had dropped on the radiator cover. It was called Fever, and it had a color picture of this really stacked dame stepping out of a shower with nothing on. On the bottom, like a lot of those things, FOR ADULTS ONLY was stamped on real hard.

It’s possible this seems so ludicrous because, born in the mid-90s, I have never encountered the porno mags that the Beastie Boys screamed about. Is this any different than seeing highly sexualized images of women in advertisement and the media? That’s a different conversation. This is a conversation about never encountering a children’s book like this in my own childhood, in which most of the books on the children’s and middle grade shelves were relatively sterile.

I saw the FOR ADULTS ONLY and got even madder and more confused. Is this what you read when you’re a man? I opened it. Another picture inside, black and white, and it got me even crazier than the cover.

Maybe there’s a stacked dame out there waiting for me. I’m sure using that particular phrase will help me find her.


70s Pinup Girls

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Oh, and we do hear from his parents eventually. Like our protagonist, we probably wish we hadn’t:

There’s twenty feet of rope in the basement, ya bum. You can hang yerself on the pipes. Aww, what’s the matter? Did I make ya feel bad? Well, ain’t that too bad! Stick yer head in the oven and I’ll turn on the gas.

I’m certainly not passing judgment on these older children’s books, nor am I attempting to pass judgment on children’s books today. Instead, I’m merely observing that there’s a difference—and that it’s pretty f*cking gigantic.




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