I Started A #Bookstagram

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A snippet of my #bookstagram. See more @redqueenofbookland.

Hello friends! I know I’ve been absent from this blog for quite a while now. I’ve been out of school since the end of May, but I’ve been spending my time relaxing, watching plenty of Netflix, doing a ton of reading, and bookstagramming. For those of you that don’t know, #bookstagram is essentially a community of book lovers on Instagram. Having a bookstagram seems to be almost mandatory for most bloggers who are as crazy about books as I am, so I’m excited to share what I’ve been working on with you (if you don’t already follow me, hint hint)!

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One of my favorite pictures at the Alabaster Bookshop in New York City.

The Theme. I’ve been told I’m supposed to have a theme… to which I say, what theme? Most of my pictures are of books in the woods, coffee cups that aren’t mine, and old cars I spot on the street, which I guess is a sort of theme?? Who knows. I don’t really have a room full of beautiful shelves, so most of my #shelfies (pictures of bookshelves) help me document my random wanderings around San Francisco and New York.

The camera. Unlike most bookstagrammers out there, I don’t use a fancy DSLR camera or even that many props for my pictures. I’ve been using my iPhone SE camera for the most part, although I did start experimenting with a real “digital” camera for a few photos. But I’ve found that they’re not really that much better.

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The Secret History, one of my favorite reads! Recommend this one to anyone who’s interested in Greek epics or murderers.

The books. Honestly, I mostly use bookstagram to document my current reads. I also write mini-reviews on a highlight on my story, but most of my photos are just pictures of what I’m currently reading, a caption about it, and a question for my followers related to the photo.

The studio. My “studio” for my staged bookstagram photos is usually (a) the frame of my bed and an unused shelf from my IKEA bookshelf or (b) a bush or tree I find on walks with my dog or (c) some random thing I saw while I was out wandering the universe. (I know, bookstagram goals.)

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The Dry, a book I read a few days ago and didn’t quite love.

The edits. I recently found out that most bookstagrammers don’t edit their photos, but come on, I fiddle with the Instagram filters for several minutes before I upload. I tend to use the “Lux” setting to bring out the color in my photos!

The hashtags. The final step, of course, is to add a million hashtags. Well, Instagram will only let you have 30 per post, but they all kind of blur together after a while. I use #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #bookish #booknerdigans #igreads #instaread and #bookworm a lot.

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Broken Harbor, another of my favorites reads of the summer from one of my favorite authors, Tana French! Also, a tiny fancy tiramisu in a cup.

Obviously, as someone who’s been bookstagramming for just a few months, I’m qualified to write a blog post about my #bookstagram. I don’t have nearly as many followers as the more popular bookstagrammers out there, but I still think it’s pretty cool! Emilyjmead wrote a post I stumbled across a while ago about bookstagram and privilege, and while I definitely have a ton of privilege in terms of my ability to afford books, I don’t have more than one bookshelf or a million books, like some bookstagrammers out there. It’s a good reminder to follow others who may only have ebooks or library books.

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Joe Biden’s new book, which I haven’t yet read and which is absolutely beautiful.

Speaking of other bookstagrammers, you guys may want to check out:

@reviews_from_a_bookworm // @bookloversnest // @of_nargles_and_nifflers // @bookaddictsguide // @starburnt // @dutchessofbooks // @smbucklin // @readswithdogs // @booksiegram // @bluestockingbookshelf // AND, of course me, @redqueenofbookland

Do you have a bookstagram or other Instagram account? Drop your handle in the comments!

2 responses to “I Started A #Bookstagram

  1. Woohoo! And also, I feel kind of cool for finding your blog through your Instagram, given the latter is more recent 🙂

    And loving the mini-reviews in your stories.

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