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Cheers to the Weekend 6.7.19
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Hello friends and happy JUNE! We are so excited that summer is upon us full of lazy days and summer reading and excellent adventures. We’re busy over here planning literary dinner parties, real life escapades, and plotting our summer TBR’s. You all know we love to read seasonally, and we have been waiting for this exact moment to pick up a few books that have been waiting for us through the colder months! What’s on your summer TBR?

“Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder”

―Robert Frost, Mending Wall

AROUND THE WEB

Where the Crawdads Sing is still getting so much buzz. Delia’s interview with Read It Forward is a wonderful read while we anxiously await the film! The book is a perfect summer read if you' haven’t yet.

There are countless lists and guides out there for summer reading, but we’re on the hunt for the best of the best. A list on thought-provoking books that inspire empathy and joy is too good to pass up.

The Millions put out their most anticipated June releases the other day, and the line up is GOOD.

Alllll the love for our small town libraries! This was such a sweet piece, and a good reminder for us all to appreciate the amazing resource that our libraries are.

What book made you fall in love with fantasy? Fantasy authors share theirs!

In praise of the DNF (did not finish). We could not agree with Sarah more!


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I’m increasingly inspired by those who live abroad (from me) and share books that are specific to their geographical location. I learn about so many novels from Padmaja that I wouldn’t otherwise find, and she has good taste!

A fellow tea and classic book lover, plus a perfect lifestyle feel in all of her photos.

Oh so pretty, Kat visits the best places. Two plane tickets to England please!

WHAT WE’RE READING

Michaela - I’m headed into the weekend determined to finish Milkman, and to hopefully pick up Picnic at Hanging Rock to continue my streak of reading short classics!


Rikki - May was such a great reading month, and June is looking just as great. I’m over half way through Franny and Zooey and really enjoying it, alongside The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, and Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking.

Cheers to the Weekend 5.3.19
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“It is always safe to dream of spring. For it is sure to come; and if it be not just as we have pictured it, it will be infinitely sweeter.”

L.M. Montgomery,The Story Girl

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If you’re looking to find books for your mom this Mother’s Day, Swapna has compiled a list that details ‘if she likes this, then read this’ just for you.

I really appreciate others who take the time to make and share playlists to fit seasons and moods, and if you throw in a good mix of oldies and new, I’m totally in!

It’s Asian and Pacific Islander heritage month, and it’s fun to celebrate and/or brush up on reading from such writers. Thanks Simone for this great list. There are at least two I am looking to read rather immediately.

I’ve been exploring new poetry, at least once a month is my new trend. This is a good list to explore. Have you read any, or have any poetry to recommend?

I recently talked about self-care for readers, and of course, that extends to writers. How timely to see Anne’s comprehensive post on things to help track our habits and establish healthy routines and just give ourselves a minute.

More positivity surrounding readers and how books affect us, versus the time spent watching television, and the behavior we inevitably display.


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I’m in love with ‘an ordinary girl’s’ feed and her mix of genres

A simple and lovely lifestyle vibe, Arina gets all the pretty editions

I really enjoy seeing books mixed in with life instead of the usual other way around. El has a mix of cozy, architecture, and books that I am so entranced by.

WHAT WE’RE READING

Michaela - I’m finishing up A Brightness Long Ago before hopefully seeing Guy Gavriel Kay in Seattle in a couple weeks, and listening to Death on the Nile on audio while painting my house. Gotta love Agatha Christie!

Rikki - I’ve finished 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as my buddy read with my oldest kiddo and Barracoon, for a historical non-fiction fill, and am still deciding what to read next.

Cheers to the Weekend 4.26.19
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"The place in which I'll fit will not exist until I make it."
― James Baldwin

We’re definitely enjoying the spring weather over here, planting in our gardens, exploring nurseries for more plant babies, and making the most of our fireplaces on the last cool, gray, rainy days of the season. This weekend is bringing us new brunch spots, dinners on the grill, and a lot of celebrating Independent Bookstore Day at some of our favorite local haunts. What are you up to this weekend?

AROUND THE WEB

Thrilled to see Powers win the Pulitzer Prize for The Overstory; we can’t wait to read this book!

Planning to celebrate indie bookstore day? This article is the cutest, and is a bookstore crawl not the BEST idea? Count us in!

This is a wonderful article by an author about why you should support your local indie bookstores (and here’s our take, too!)

Are you guys ready for the Battle of Winterfell? I will be definitely be blasting one of these playlists Sunday afternoon to set the mood.

Did you see us featured over on Bustle yesterday? Honored to be included with so many other talented accounts talking about what we love about Bookstagram and how we take beautiful book photos.


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Ashley balances reviews, bookstore glimpses, and lifestyle vibes effortlessly

Lou’s account is what light, colorful, literary lifestyle dreams are made of, and we can’t get enough.

We want to just go live inside Claudia’s photos, enough said.

WHAT WE’RE READING

Michaela - I have been so focused on house projects this week that I’ve barely even touched a book. I did manage to start The Hate U Give for our IRL book club though!

Rikki - I’m putting all other books aside since my son wants to buddy read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and I want to give it my undivided attention.

Cheers to the Weekend 4.12.19
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“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...” 
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

AROUND THE WEB

Self-care is not just a trend, it’s a way of life. With that in mind, I need realistic ideas for myself that don’t always include a night out on the town, gorging on junk food, or anything incredibly time consuming. I find this article of Finding Self-Care in the Little Things to be everything I need.

I keep finding incredible historical non-fiction books lately. I’m beyond enthusiastic about A Woman of No Importance! This NPR article does an fantastic job at discussing Sonia Purnell’s novel and highlighting one incredible woman.

Tiffany discusses an important topic on the representation of foreign literature, specifically Indonesian, being accepted and translated into the English speaking culture.

Ali Smith recent release of Spring is well-timed and gaining speed in popularity. The Artfulreader writes a brilliant piece on Smith’s book, as well as other interconnected literary references.

I’m always on the hunt for YA books that my teen and I can read together. I love the sound of White Rose, but think my fantasy-loving kid would be most interested in the other two: Wicked Saints and Descendant of the Crane. Have you read any of these?

As a kid, you most likely remember your summer trips to the library. Those trips were life-changing and made summers infinitely greater. I loved reading this sweet note To the Librarian Who Changed My Life. I can only hope my children have such a positive experience and influence from our visits to the library!

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It can prove challenging to combine your other hobbies with your reading life on Bookstagram, but traveling happens to be another passion of mine, and Courtney blends her adventures and books so well.

A classically beautiful blend of the literary lifestyle. Although being in Switzerland helps, all the heart eyes over here!

New to bookstagram and killing it! Deliliah’s taste is simple yet aesthetically pleasing, and we love browsing her feed.

WHAT WE’RE READING

Michaela- Moving this past weeek has put reading completely on hold, with the exception of The Raven King, which has been keeping me company on audio while I build furniture and unpack. I love, love, LOVE this series, friends, and will be sad to have it end!

Rikki - Middlemarch, Love and Death in the Sunshine State, Dandelion Wine, and The Octopus Museum; I’m just not sure I’m reading enough right now!

Taking Better Bookstagram Photos

A new year brings about all sorts of motivation to improve ourselves, our lives, and the details that make up both. One of the things I find myself thinking about is the shift from holiday photos to winter and then to the much anticipated spring. I won’t lie, I’m ready to be outside again, but our beloved #bookstagram is still holding onto those cozy vibes. Thus, I’m stretching myself to find a mix of working with low light and cozy indoor vibes to document our reading lives.

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If you’re stuck inside because of the cold, rain, or snow, fear not friends, you aren’t alone. Unless you live in Australia, we’re all struggling to find inspiration and take beautiful photos to share. The days are indeed getting longer, but we still have some time before it’s a substantial difference. I have a few tips to help you through.

  1. Plan ahead - I cannot say this enough: plan ahead. What does that mean exactly, you ask? It means that if you want decent content to post without stressing or burning yourself out, plan a day during the week that you’ll be home when there’s ample sunlight. Taking a few varied bookish photos to get you through the week will help immensely.

  2. Find the light - There has to be at least one spot in your home that gets some decent light in the late morning or early afternoon. Whether it means scooting a chair over, bringing in a blanket, or setting up a little prop spot, use this area and plan to shoot in. Going out for coffee? Sit by the window and snap a few shots there too. And just because you take the photos now, doesn’t mean you have to post them right away.

  3. Change your angle - When you have a setup that you love, consider taking an extra shot or two from different angles. This gives you additional photo content to mix in throughout the week and add some consistent interest to your feed.

  4. Add variety - Even if you have to use the exact same spot, you can easily make a few small adjustments to keep it interesting for you. Add in a cup of coffee, a plant, change up your book choice, pose the book open and closed, add a blanket, get yourself in the frame. The options are endless. Also, if you’re working with window light, change your angle. If you subject is lit from the left side, move to the right, above, eye level, step in closer and move away.

  5. Keep your captions interesting - Ok, so this isn’t exactly a photo tip, but if you are planning ahead with your photos, you’ll need to ensure that your written content is just as interesting and diverse. Not only do you not want to post too similar of photos back-to-back, you also want to keep the conversation interesting. Think about your book AND your reading life, and mix both into your posts.

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Welcome to #Bookstagram | Decoding the Community
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We've been doing this whole #bookstagram thing for about a year now, so we thought it might be time to share a little of what we've learned about this community. I'll be honest, when I first started this, I had no idea what was going on in this community. I sincerely couldn't make heads or tails of what was happening, and couldn't find a good guide to the community online either. So here I am, sharing the secrets of the bookstagrammers for all you newbies confused by all the fairy lights and hashtags.

First, let me say, this community is the nicest little corner of the internet I've ever had the pleasure of inhabiting. Quite truthfully, everyone on here is just the absolute best and we've made some genuine connections with people, making it feel like a real community and not just a crush of pretty photos. People on here genuinely want to talk to you, so don't be shy about messaging people.

Hint: Click on the images to see bookstagrammers we love!

SOME BASICS: Bookstagram is a bookish little corner of Instagram, where accounts are dedicated primarily to people's reading lives, with the purpose of connecting with other readers and sharing great books. Because of this, if you choose a username that sounds bookish, people are going to be more likely to click over to your profile versus your name or something. 

With that said, INTERACTION IS EVERYTHING. Let me tell you, shy or not, message people that interest you. The worst that can happen? You might not get a response, nothing is lost and you move on. If you simply can't reach out so boldly, respond to their stories and comment on their photos. It's the most effective way to make friends and make you feel like this space is worthwhile. The entire concept of Instagram is CONNECTION.

DEVELOP YOUR OWN STYLE. Hate the colorful explosions? Hate the fairy lights? Hate the ultra-minimal? Find your own groove for what you personally like in a photo and try to follow accounts that inspire you. USE THE LIBRARY, because it's just not worth it to purchase every book you read, nor does it make financial sense when you're photographing books on the daily.

TALK ABOUT BOOKS, because nothing is more conflicting than being interested in a photo (or specific book in said photo) and the caption doesn't relate in any possible way. Most people don't do this though, and will talk about the book they're featuring - because readers simply love to talk about books. This can be a great way to find out about titles, learn peoples tastes, and figure out who's recommendations you trust - or even - find you new online bff, or bookish soul mate. Seriously.

DON'T TAKE NUMBERS PERSONALLY. They don't mean a thing; interaction is all that matters! Accounts grow and shrink all the time, and the algorithm makes posts perform inconsistently, so pay no mind to the numbers attached to your account. Granted, it can be hard when you have a purpose, want an audience, want to raise awareness, or whatever, but authenticity (or lack thereof) comes across whether you realize it or not. Focusing on numbers and not on the people will kill the joy for you so fast.

THAT BEING SAID, IF YOU WANT TO GROW stay consistent, post often, join in on community things, and simply talk to people! Develop your own aesthetic and showcase your taste in books, talk about what you're reading, what you like, what you recommend. INTERACT INTERACT INTERACT! That's the only way you're going to genuinely grow! Honestly, what is the point of being on a SOCIAL media platform, if you don't plan to socialize?!

PHOTO CHALLENGES. A ton of people do these. They're a great way to stay inspired to take photos, or just join in on occasionally. They're also a great way for you to find other accounts and connect. Challenges create their own microcosm of community, and are just a fun and easy way to connect. We started ours at the beginning of the year and have reached over 1,500 posts, simply because we genuinely love to connect with people interested in literary lifestyle like we are.

STORIES. Post them and encourage people to respond to them. It's a great way to show a less polished side of your bookish life and let people get to know the person behind the account. It's not just about 'shout outs', it's about books, you, and the community.

If you are interested in doing Shout Outs (SFS = shout out for shout out) on your stories, do it because you like that person/account, and if you're genuinely interested in the bookish community, do not ask for them. There is an etiquette here. We're looking to create real interactions and engagement. Show off accounts you love and they might return the favor, or join in when people specifically ask for people to do a SFS if you feel like you want some exposure for your account!

HASHTAGS. Use them. People scroll through them a lot. Find some that are big and some that are smaller, check what other accounts are using on their posts and see if there's one that's a good fit for you. We struggled to find others who shared and were interested in what we were when starting in on the Bookstagram community. It was through hashtags that we found #literarylifestyle existed and then created our own #theardentbiblioreads.

BE PATIENT. It takes time to get immersed into a new community of people, whether online or in person. If you're really interested in something (like books), then share that with others through your photos and interactions. Getting involved in conversations, in photo challenges, and anything else you can find that sparks your interest. We don't have it all down and we aren't pros at social media by any means, we just had an idea and went with it. From the beginning we've shared exactly who we are and stuck to our own style. For the most part, it has worked for us and we are so happy with the people who we've become "friends" with. 

We wish you the best of luck, and if we haven't connected already, don't be afraid to reach out and say, "Hello!" We're friendly, promise!

 

Photos shown include some of our very favorite Bookstagrammers who have taken the time to engage and build a community with us. Whether through photo challenges, message conversations, and/or photo comments, we have built incredible friendships with these ladies (click the photo to see their Instagram) and it has made all the effort so worth it!

Did we miss anything? Tell us about your experience with Bookstagram!