It’s time for another bookstagrammer of the week! Today, we’re featuring @libraryinthecountry, who’s bookstagram is full of book stacks and shelfies showing off what books she is reading and loves that will bring a cool, beautiful, and colorful aesthetic to your Instagram feed.
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Why did you start your Bookstagram?
I first learned about bookstagram after reading Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I saw some posts shared in a Facebook group for fans of the series and thought it was wild that people spent so much time just photographing books and posting them to Instagram! But, the more accounts I saw, the more I felt the desire to start my own. I have always enjoyed photography, and the idea of combining that with my love of reading held a lot of appeal. Plus, I wanted a space where I could talk about books with people and start a platform where I could review books. I was certain I would get bored with it after a few weeks but, instead, it’s become a staple of my life and a piece of my identity.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Northern California but I have lived in Northern Nevada for about the last ten years. We live in a rural farming community a little over an hour from Lake Tahoe.
What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world?
I want the world to know that people still read! Maybe they read ebooks, or maybe they listen to audiobooks, but we never stopped reading. I also want people to know it’s okay to read what you want to read, not what the world says you should read! While many are worth reading, there’s more out there than the literary canon and books that have spent years on the bestseller lists. I hope that my photos and perspective can help people find and connect with the books that fly under the radar or might be considered hidden gems. Do you love romance? Read some romance! Do you love fantasy? Read some fantasy! I remember, I used to believe romance and sci-fi/fantasy was something I wasn’t “supposed” to read because people would judge me …. Now, it’s practically all I read!
Fun Fact about you:
I am currently attending university as an English Writing major and Journalism minor! I actually worked in the veterinary field for three years and was attending school to become a licensed veterinary technician before feeling as though I needed to change my path in life. Bookstagram is a large part of why I decided to go back to school and pursue my current area of study. I’ve always enjoyed writing and I hope to pursue a career in publishing and write my own novels.
Oh gosh, there are so many, and I am sure I’ll miss a few! Definitely @beverageandbook, @corymareads, @onetruedaydreamer, @a_feast_of_pages, @fablesandwren, @starlightbooktales, @literaryxqueen, @abookishknight, and @lostintomes … among so many others! Bookstagram is a lovely community, full of so many great people.
Favorite Books and Authors:
I hope you have a pen ready! My auto-buy authors are Laura Thalassa, Jewel E. Ann, Amy A. Bartol, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Sarah J. Maas, Pierce Brown, Joanna Hathaway, Leigh Bardugo, Cassandra Clare, L.J. Shen, Jay Kristoff, V.E. Schwab, Margaret Rogerson, Brandon Sanderson, Sierra Simone, Colleen Hoover, and so many more! I love every book I’ve read by these authors, but some other favorite books include The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen, The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller, A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown, Fable by Adrienne Young, Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin, The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh, The Earthsinger Chronicles by L. Penelope and The Falconer series by Elizabeth May. Can you tell that I could go on and on and on?
Hawke and Kieran, from Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Blood and Ash series, are my latest fictional crushes. I just finished reading the second book and, well … *swoon.*
All the sequels! A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin, Famine by Laura Thalassa, A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas, Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare, Namesake by Adrienne Young, Blessed Monsters by Emily A. Duncan, A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir and A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer, to name a few!
What’s Your Special Approach to Content?
I don’t particularly have one other than being careful when I share anything negative about a book I disliked. If I do, I never tag the author (they work hard and don’t need to see that!) and always try to make my thoughts constructive. Otherwise, I like to mix it up with different setups but always make sure book stacks and shelfies are my go-to. I pay attention to what catches the most attention and do my best to incorporate that type of content into my page!
Aesthetic / Instagram page theme:
Books! Books! Books! Really though, themes are hard. I don’t really think I have one. Maybe someone else can tell me what it is! Haha. It took me forever to create a filter I actually really liked using, and even then, I sometimes second guess it.
How often do you post?
In the past, it was about 4-5 times a week, but lately, I’ve been posting every day! I’m pretty proud of my consistency.
What does your Bookstagram mean to you?
Bookstagram is a space to just be me. I’m probably more myself in that space than any other aspect of my life (except when I decide it’s a messy hair, PJs, and coffee all day kind of day). I don’t feel ashamed talking about what I love or dislike. I also feel like I am in a unique position to share things that I feel are important issues in the world today, and I like to use my stories as a space to create those conversations. I am more than just a reader. I’m a mom and a woman. I’m a person with feelings and desires and opinions, and I want other people to see me as human and not just another social media account.
My favorite bookstore to shop at in-person is Grassroots Books in Reno, Nevada. They have a great selection of new and used books and are locally owned! My favorite bookstore to shop at online is The Collective Oakland in Oakland, California. They are Black-owned and my go-to source to find new and upcoming books by BIPOC authors! They always keep in touch when I place an order, plus they’re not very far away so the books arrive quickly!
Who would you have supply you with a lifetime of books?
Author to take a selfie with:
Joanna Hathaway, if we can dress our best and take one in front of a Spitfire or P-51!
Favorite book cover:
I am loving the covers of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Blood and Ash series. Also, the newly recovered editions of Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series, I love the fresh and updated feel they’ve given the series and am looking forward to seeing the cover of A Court of Silver Flames!
Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t:
Besides almost every book that was required reading in high school? Hmm. Probably The Lord of the Rings trilogy — everyone just assumes you’ve read them when you read a lot of fantasy, but I actually never have. I do own them though, and hope to finally read them next year. I was obsessed with the movies when I was in middle school!
When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer?
I mean, I still don’t really know if I’ve “made it,” but there was a moment of surreal understanding when I realized my bookstagram was actually successful. Part of it was when publishers started reaching out to me with collaboration offers, or when they’d share my photos or snippets of my reviews in their articles or emails. Another big moment of realization was when I mentioned my bookstagram in an English class last Fall, and a few people started gushing over my account — it felt like things had really paid off, but at the same time, I still think of myself as just me … a simple book nerd who just wants a place she can fangirl over her favorite book characters.
Grishaverse, ACOTAR and Throne of Glass, Red Rising, Shadowhunters, the Cosmere Universe, Star Wars, Dragon Age, Fallout, Elder Scrolls — when I’m not reading, I’m usually gaming!
Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers:
Don’t worry about the numbers! Followers, likes, comments; don’t worry about these things when you’re starting out. Instead, reply to comments people leave on your posts, comment on other bookstagrammer’s posts, post consistently, engage with your followers and your favorite accounts! That is the way to see those numbers grow. Never hesitate to shoot someone a message and strike up a conversation when you love similar books — this is how I’ve met some of my closest bookstagram friends. Keep an eye on what works for other people, and consider ways you can incorporate those aspects into your own account! Take a ton of pictures from every angle; you never know what will look the best. Sometimes simple is best, and remember … you can never go wrong with crowns, shelfies, or book stacks.
I am obsessed with making Pinterest boards and Spotify playlists for my favorite books. I also have a book review blog and Twitter where I talk about (mostly) book stuff!