Bookstagram 101: How to become a Bookstagrammer

Hi there! Today’s post is a little different. I’ve been on bookstagram for a while now — almost 3 years already! What I love most about this community is the general kindness and easy connection. What a better conversation starter than book you share in common with someone else! I’m pretty sure if you start your bookstagram account, you’ll soon start making new friends.

Today I wanted to share some tips about the things I’ve learned these past few years. I gotta admit, the first year and a half I wasn’t as active, weeks could pass without me even logging in to my account. That changed on January 2020, when I decided I’d been on bookstagram long enough to start taking it more seriously, while still having fun.

Here are 5 tips to get started:

  1. Choose your handle: It doesn’t necessarily have to be book-related, but it helps if it does. You could include your name to help others identify you (e.g. Amy’s Bookshelf). But if you want to stay anonymous that’s completely fine too. I’d suggest going for a name that’s easy to pronounce/remember. While coming up with a name, keep in mind that are opportunities for becoming a book influencer or building a personal brand later on. So how would you want to be remembered?
  2. Select a profile picture: I’ve personally struggled with this one. Deciding between a logo or a photograph can be tough. I’d recommend going for a logo if your vision is more on brand-building, perhaps opening up a book-related business or bookclub — it’s also useful if you want to remain anonymous. A photograph of yourself can generate more connection with potential followers, people are curious and always want to see the person behind the account. However, if you’re a bit shy or simply don’t want to go through the process of creating a logo, a picture of books will work just fine! Or in my case, I have a picture of myself holding a book, but my face isn’t entirely visible — many bookstagrammers do this too.
  3. Pick a theme (or not!): You might be thinking “we’re in 2021, themes are so 2016“. Yes, and no. Keep in mind that bookstagram is a visual place, the accounts with the nicest aesthetics are the ones who generally have more followers. You can play around with different editing apps and use a theme to communicate your reading preferences (e.g. dark academia lovers tend to share somber pictures). But if you rather not do this, that is okay! Not everything is about the aesthetics.
  4. Find your niche: Which leads me to this point, it’s useful to determine the type of content you’ll be sharing. Some accounts focus more on photography and briefly discuss books. Other accounts focus more on sharing reviews. You can also concentrate on sharing certain genres of books only — such as YA novels or classic literature. It’s up to you to decide how narrow or wide you keep your content.
  5. Experiment: Nothing is written in stone. Trends shift over time and so does Instagram’s algorithm. Don’t be afraid to start. Share pictures, connect with other fellow readers and along the way you can determine if you’ll be sticking to a theme or switching it up later. Just be you.

Last but not least, a bonus tip: share often. If you want your bookstagram platform to grow, it’s important to be posting often (2 – 3 times per week), sharing stories and engaging with other accounts. And if you’re curious about statistics, switch up to a professional account. You’ll have access to data that can help you see what’s working and what’s not.

So are you ready to start your bookstagram adventure?

For any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me via the Contact form or send me a DM on Instagram. ‘Til next time!

2020 Recap

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Hi there readers! I wanted to do a quick recap of the books I read this year. It was a total of 15 books, and while the majority of bookstagrammers read way more, I felt it was a good reading year for me.

Here are the books I read:

  1. Emma by Jane Austen
  2. 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin
  3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  4. The House Of Spirits by Isabel Allende
  5. The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
  6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (reread)
  7. One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  8. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  9. 1984 by George Orwell
  10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (reread)
  11. To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  12. Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
  13. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (reread)
  14. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  15. Outliers by Malcom Gladwell.

The book that took me by surprise was One Hundred Years Of Solitude. I’d read mixed reviews before and I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but I’m so glad I decided to read it! Complicated yes, but the prose was remarkable. ⠀

The book that didn’t meet with my expectations was To The Lighthouse. I’m not denying that Virginia Woolf’s was an exceptional writer (I loved Mrs. Dalloway), but I felt it was too slow. The writing was captivating but I felt not much was happening.

And last but not least, the book that was a total page turner was Midnight Sun. Thanks to Stephenie Meyer I was able to relive my teenage years. I literally devoured that book.

As for this year, I do hope to read more in 2021. I’ve set myself the goal of reading 20 books. I’m pretty sure it’ll be possible. But once again, what matters is going at your own pace and most importantly, enjoy reading! Bookstagram shouldn’t be viewed as a competition.

2018 Recap

Who else gets inspired to write when there is barely enough time? I noticed I hadn’t blogged in a while but hadn’t checked the exact date of my last post. October 4. It’s been over two months since I’ve last written here, yet it feels like an eternity for me.

So why haven’t I updated the blog recently? Well, I’ll be honest. After finishing The Glass Castle, I read Alice In Wonderland. It’s a timeless classic, one that I wish I’d fully read sooner (but better late than never, right?). I had nothing to review after it — I mean, it is Lewis Carroll after all, I simply loved it. Afterward, I *tried* to read The Bell Jar. But two things happened. One, I didn’t have much time to read, considering that during these past few months I’d use my free time to study for a course I’m taking. Secondly, while Sylvia Plath has some touching and intriguing poems, her narrative in The Bell Jar didn’t quite catch my attention. I understand that some books are slow at first, but at some point before the middle, they make you dive right in and continue reading non-stop. I was waiting for that moment to happen, but it never did. So I gave up and placed it again in my To Be Read pile.

I’m guessing it’s because of work and the course I’m taking, I’ve been so stressed out that I needed a light and distracting read. However, The Bell Jar was anything but that. I felt like I was being dragged into the same state of loneliness as Esther, it didn’t make me feel well. So I’ll just wait until I’m in a different (emotional) place so I can read it again.

Anyway, here is a summary of all the books I read this year:

  1. Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  4. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gardner
  5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  6. All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
  7. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  8. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  9. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  10. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
  11. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
  12. Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
  13. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  14. Back Talk by Danielle Lazarin
  15. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  16. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  17. Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Never in my life had I read so much in just one year. Yes, I’m a newbie bookworm. As for 2019, I have planned reading Michelle Obama’s memoir, more Agatha Christie novels and perhaps reread some of my favorites.

I hope you all have a lovely holiday, filled with books, hot chocolate, and blankets.

My favorite reads of this year