Whoever said paper books are a dying thing must not be on Instagram. I can’t stop seeing books in my feed. I wanted to dedicate an article to a very special group of ladies I’ve been fortunate to find. They are book lovers who have cultivated an entire movement creating art with books. Their official title: Bookstagrammers. Their photographs are lovely and creative — and they make me want buy more books! I wanted to celebrate them and their unique artistry, so I interviewed each one asking why they started taking pictures of their favorite books.
Alexandra Ling aka @twirlingpages “I created my #bookstagram after realizing Instagram would be a wonderful platform to share my love for books and challenge my creativity through photography.”
Tracey Spiteriaka aka @youngadultbookaddict
“I originally started my Instagram account in the hopes of finding one or two people who shared my love of books, since none of my friends or family are really readers. I never in my wildest dreams expected my photos to garner as much attention as they do, but I’ve met some truly wonderful people because of it!”
Adriana Vélez aka @booksthetics “I started bookstagramming because in it, I found a community of people that share the same passions as I do, which is to say books and photography and arts and everything that relates. And I must say, that my passion for all of these has grown and grown ever since I joined. Not to mention I’ve met so, so, so many loving, caring people, and in them I’ve found friends that I don’t doubt I’ll cherish forever. I love it, and I love them!”
Cherry aka @_forevermint “I started taking photos of books because I needed an outlet for my inner fangirl, at the time I had no idea bookstagram existed but I was quickly introduced to the amazing community and it’s been my second home ever since.”
Taylor Knight aka @taylorreads “I wanted to share the books I love with fellow readers and connect with others about books.”
Jeanette Le aka @myriadinklings Jen wanted me to write something about her, so I’ll tell you why I love her pictures. Her color palettes are impeccable and she’s incredibly charming. Oh, and her room is pink!
Raeleen Lemay aka @raeleenlemay
“I’ve been making videos about books on YouTube for over four years now, and I’m finally getting into taking pictures of books (and loving it). It’s another great way to express my creativity, while also including my love of books.”
Tamsien West aka @babblingbooks “One of my favourite things about sharing book photos and reviews is all the incredible friends I have made from all over the world. It is a joy to connect with inspiring, encouraging & sometimes challenging people. They motivate me through reading slumps, blow me away with excellent book recommendations, press me to read outside my comfort zone, and enrich my world far more than I ever could have anticipated. To me, it’s not just about taking photos of books, it’s about sharing stories on pages and the stories in our hearts. It has been said that readers live a thousand lives, and I think that truth is only amplified when shared with friends.”
Gabby Gibson aka @_myfictionalworld/ “I started taking pictures of books because I love instagram and I wanted to share my love for books on a platform that I know and love.”
Allissa Lemaire aka @abookishloveaffair “My reason for starting my bookstagram account is simple; I love to read and I needed some way to express and share that love with people who could fully understand just how much books mean to me. Bookstagram is such a beautiful and inviting community of people we book lovers can relate to.”
There are plenty of #bookstagrammers on Instagram, so go out there and find your tribe! Your feed will be filled with endless streams of beauty. And your TBR pile will increase exponentially.
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