Welcome back to #bookstagrammer of the week! For today’s article, we’re spotlighting @amal.books. With quote-filled captions and countless book recommendations, @amal.books‘ bookish content is the perfect way to spruce up your Instagram feed.
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“I think it’s brave. I think it’s brave that you get up in the morning when your heart aches and life is messy and you don’t feel like being soft for the world. I think it’s brave that you continue to love and express and open your soul, despite the way you were treated in the past. I think it’s brave that you keep going, that you keep believing in something more, something bigger, even when you may not know what you are hoping for. I think it is brave that you fight. I think it is brave that you choose, every single day, to move forward because that is what makes you strong. That is what makes you strong.” – quote from @rainbowsalt ❤
Why did you start your Bookstagram?
I have started sharing what I was reading with my back-then 20 Instagram friends out of boredom actually. I was a high school senior in desperate need of a distraction. A year later, I noticed that the community had grown and people started following me solely for my book reviews and book recommendations, so I kept sharing them. Now, almost six years later, I am still here, sharing what I love the most; books and reading.
Where are you from?
Tunisia, North Africa.
What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world?
I am desperately trying to bring to the world what my younger self was looking for: a place to belong. I am sharing my reading journey as it is with my bookfriends; genuine and unfiltered.
I have tried my best to make my bookstagram a safe space for people who, like me, prefer to seek refuge in books when life gets tough. We hide, read, share snippets of our mental health and we go back to our normal lives, lively and ready.
Fun Fact about you?
I don’t like sniffing books. Does that make me a bad reader? hihi
Although I follow a lot of bookstagrammers, these ones managed to influence me in one way or another through their book recommendations, thus shaping me to the person that I am today.
@sofia_reading / @ilhamreads / @shereadsox / @khubaibliophile / @radical_reading / @zebatalk / @booklovers_tn / @literandra_ / @nonfirqtion
Favorite Books and Authors?
I believe that no reader should be asked about their favourite books haha. But I’ll try and name a few:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen / Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig/ Born a Crime by Trevor Noah/ Woman At Point Zero by Nawal Al Saadaoui/ So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo / Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
My favourite writers are: Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, Matt Haig, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Nawal El Saadawi, Joan Didion, Asma Lamrabet and many more.
The one and the only Fitzwilliam Darcy.
Aesthetic / Instagram page theme?
If you scroll down my Instagram, you’ll find out that I have been a fan of aesthetic bookstagram themes, but not anymore. I like to keep my Instagram as lively, genuine and life-like, as possible.
How often do you post?
Whenever I feel like I have something valuable to add or a good book to recommend. I don’t like posting for the sake of posting.
I don’t have a favourite bookstore in Tunisia. Hopefully I will visit it soon, it’s Shakespeare and Company in Paris.
Who would you have supply you with a lifetime of books?
Sofia from @sofia_reading and the writer Zeba Talkhani. I trust their reading recommendations.
Author to take a selfie with?
Definitely Nawal El Saadawi.
Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t?
The Second Sex by Beauvoir. I have only read the Vintage Short Edition.
When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer?
Early 2016, I was invited to several national TV and RADIO stations to talk about how I’m using social media to encourage our youth to read more. Ever since, I get recognized almost immediately whenever I walk into a bookstore and people always ask me for book recommendations.
Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers?
Be yourselves! The bookstagram community needs as much diversity as possible so I highly advise you to be yourselves, read what YOU want to read and talk about what YOU want to talk about. Your unique voice and input matter. One more thing, let your passion shine through your posts and stories, the “followers” will come accordingly.
Thanks for joining us! Be sure to follow @amal.books on Instagram, and stay tuned for our next Bookstagrammer of the Week!