Bookstagram Spotlight: @thereadingfaery

For those of you who are not familiar with “bookstagram,” it’s basically a community of readers on Instagram who shares photos of books. (Makes sense, right?)

As someone who is fairly new to Instagram, I was blown away when I discovered this whole amazing community of readers.

And let me tell you – I am trying to learn how to take beautiful book-related photographs for my own account and it is not as easy as it looks.

I have fallen in love with this whole book-loving community, and I wanted to feature some accounts that I thought my readers would enjoy.

And that’s how the Bookstagram Spotlight came about.

For my first interview, I reached out to @thereadingfaery. Her feed is fresh and fun and vibrant, and I just love looking at her posts.

So, without further ado, here is my Q&A with @thereadingfaery.

 

How did you first get into bookstagramming?

I actually don’t really remember, to be honest. I started my blog in the beginning of 2015, and I’d recently joined Goodreads, so I was just getting into the community. Then, a year or so later, I found my first bookstagram account that I started following on my private account. I thought it seemed fun to take photos of books, since it’s my biggest interest, and decided to try and start one connected to my blog. It just escalated from there.

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Photo provided by @thereadingfaery.

Where do you get the inspiration for your photos/theme?

I get inspiration for my photos when I see other photos. It doesn’t have to be bookstagram photos, looking at any photos always gives me inspiration. As for my theme, I like to take really bright photos. For me, the light in a photo is one of the most important things, and I think a bright background really helps, so I use that. When it comes to editing, I try to edit as little as possible, I just brighten my photos a little if necessary.

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Photo provided by @thereadingfaery.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give someone who is interested in bookstagramming?

Persist. I started my bookstagram in April 2016, and it took over a year before I found a theme I liked and started gaining followers. Building a following takes time and patience and dedication, so don’t give up if it feels like an uphill battle at first. And don’t worry so much about likes and followers, because I made that mistake at first, and it wasn’t that fun then. It became much more fun when I stopped caring about how many likes my photos got and focused on being part of this wonderful community.

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What is the last book you read?

Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton.

What’s next on your TBR list?

I actually don’t keep a TBR list, because I’m a big mood reader. Right now I’m reading The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and I might end up rereading the Lux series after that, since it’s set in the same world. I also have a few ARCs I’ll get to reading soon.

Do you prefer physical books or ebooks?

I definitely prefer physical books, but considering how much I read, it’s very expensive, so I read most books on my Kindle. It will never be the same as holding a book in your hands, but I love my Kindle, too.

For physical books, do you use bookmarks or fold corners?

Bookmarks! I’d never fold corners in a book. I don’t judge people who do, because what you do to your books is your business, but personally, I hate imperfections in my books. I’d probably have a panic attack if I tried to fold a corner in my book, haha.

What is one of your favorite bookstagram pages that you follow? What do you like about it?

I can’t possibly pick just one! I love @rattletheshelves, because her nature photos are just really pretty and I love talking to her. @chezreadz, @stellasbookishworld and @thebookishcourt are also really sweet people that I love talking to and that take beautiful photos. Finally, I recently found @novelknight, who takes really cozy photos.

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