There is a phenomenon that exists in our social media world today that you would be forgiven for not having heard of. It’s called ‘bookstagram’. No, it’s not a new app, it’s a community of Instagram accounts that are based around books! For the people on bookstagram, it is an important and vibrant community. It’s a group of likeminded individuals who all love books, and who can talk about the books they love, knowing that they’ll find someone in this group who love the same books they do!
What does bookstagram involve? In short, taking photos of books! Using the Instagram platform, people take photos of their books and share them. Simple. The photos can be detailed, using lots of merchandise and props, or simply a book on a table. Each person has their own way of looking at it and their own style and theme. Each photo is accompanied by a caption – again something that will vary greatly between users. Some people use quotes, others ask a question of the day, others just give updates on their life or day. There is space for everyone and every style of communication on bookstagram.
It is one of the most welcoming communities I have been a part of. Since joining two years ago, I have made some fantastic friends. These aren’t just internet friends (although there are plenty of those too), but people I’ve now met in real life. We text almost daily and our friendships have expanded past more than just books.
Just before Christmas a bookstagram friend and I decided to host a ‘Bookstagram Brunch’ for a pre-Christmas celebration. It was a group of 14 people, all of whom liked different genres and read different books, and many of whom had never met before, gathered together at a local café, where we had brunch and talked about books for a good couple of hours! But it was more than that. It turned into its own #BetterthanChristmas hashtag. Everyone left with tote bags bulging with books (thanks to both publisher contributions and a self-generated book swap), hand-stamped cookies, cross-stitched bookmarks, and a whole bunch of new bookish friends. We also all left happy, content and just a little bit exhausted – what can we say? Introverts need time to recharge!
If you like books, photography and connecting with people all over the world from the comfort of your lounge room, bookstagram might just be the place for you. It’s a place where I can be creative, meet other creative people and just enjoy fangirling over books with people who won’t think I’m weird for it.
Bec is an avid YA fantasy and science fiction reader. Occasionally she branches out into YA contemporaries, or even – heaven forbid – regular adult titles! She’s been reading since before she could walk and always has a book with her, whether in a physical copy, an e-book or an audiobook! The Harry Potter series cemented her love of reading when she was just 11 years old. PrincessBecReads is where she shares her bookish thoughts and reviews of books, and you can also catch her fangirling almost every day on her bookstagram account @princessbecreads