BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT

Bookstagramer Spotlight

Welcome to my BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT, where I show some love to our fellow Bloggers, Bookstagrammers and common Romance Readers. I started this because while there might be a lot of us out there, each of us is different and unique in not just reading, photography, books…everything! A fun way to show some love & learn a little more about the romance community members!! Today’s feature is not only an amazing account but blog, pictures, giveaway, review’s you name it!! I was super excited to be able to feature ANA from ANASATTICBLOG! If you don’t know her, here is your chance, her BLOG is GOALS!! ENJOY!


Photo 1 – Ana with EL James Photo 2 – Ana with Kristen Ashley Photo 3 – Ana with Raegan (who helps run Facebook)

Name: Ana Ivies (I don’t use my last name in the book world)

About yourself: I’m 51 but I think I act like I’m in my 30s and I have 2 older sisters. I met my husband when I was 19 and he was 27. I graduated with an advertising degree and that was my career most of my life. We have two boys, ne is 21 and he is a singer/guitar player/songwriter. He has been playing in bands since he was 12 and at 18 even toured with an Allman Brother (his band is Ben Sparaco and The New Effect). The other will be 14 and is an amazing bass player and also plays in a band. So my “other” life is all about music, and we spend most weekends at shows. We live in Parkland/Coral Springs and yes, my son is going to Stoneman Douglas next year like his brother did. ☹

-In addition to Ana’s Attic Book Blog, I have another blog called Starting on Monday (startingonmonday.com) that I started as a place where I, as well as authors and other bloggers could post about things that weren’t books, but I haven’t posted there consistently. I am currently looking for someone to help me redesign it so I can start posting again.


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Logo name? @Anasatticblog

How/Why did you come up with it? Ana is from Fifty Shades, and I started the concept in 2011 when I was searching for books like Fifty. I started with “What to read after Fifty Shades of Grey” and a lot of people found me on google. It grew from there.

When did you start Bookstagramming? What was the first thing you did? I started my IG account back in March 2014 during Wicked Book Weekend, a signing I started in 2013 before there were Indie book signings. We had 6 of them, and 2018 was the last. I started IG to share photos of the weekend.

Why did you start what you started? Influence? My husband actually surprised me with the idea for the blog. He wanted me to sell sexy stuff as an affiliate marketer and have sexy books be part of it. I turned it into a book blog a few months later. I joined IG a couple of years later,

Did you have any help at the beginning or winged it? My husband set it all up for me and did the graphics for the blog. I have always winged IG. I am not a planner (unless it’s events). But now I am finally starting to post in a pattern a bit.

What is your favorite part you would say and why? I love sharing my love for books and recommending a book to someone and having them come back and thank me, or tell me that I made a difference in their reading. That’s died down a bit because there are so many blogs, but the friends I’ve made through the blog and Wicked Book Weekend mean everything to me. If it’s Bookstagram you’re asking about, it’s fun making pretty pictures of books you loved. I used to scrapbook, so this has taken its place for me.

What platforms do you use (for things like posts on any of the social media’s? Or at least your favorite ones? I post direct to Ana’s Attic ( anasattic.com ), then Facebook (which shared to my Twitter automatically until this month), then to IG and Goodreads. I don’t use any third party apps.

What social media’s are you on? And do you have a favorite? See above. Facebook is my favorite because you can have meaningful discussion. (Which is also why I hate it sometimes!)

 Do you have any tips and tricks about blogging? Blogging has changed SO MUCH in the time I have been doing it. I used to make money, a decent amount from it. That doesn’t happen anymore, so make sure you do it because you love it. CHOOSE your books and don’t be obligated to take every book offered. It is so easy to get overwhelmed and lose your love for reading. I only read about ¼ of what I read before I blogged because I spend at least 4 hours a day blogging instead of reading. And I still always overcommit and stress about it. Also, there are nice ways to write negative reviews. Don’t be a dick.

Have you had any bad/negative experiences on Bookstagram? I only had one, a girl used one of my photos of a book I loved and did a not-so-nice review with it, with my photo credit! She refused to remove it until I reported it to IG. In 7 years blogging, I luckily haven’t really had anything worse than that. I kind of stick to myself and avoid drama.

What have you learned from blogging on a public platform like? What you put out there stays out there, even if you delete!

Do you have any goals that you haven’t yet been able to get to, concerning your account? I bought an IG course that I haven’t taken yet. I really want to hit that 10,000!

What are some highlights or special moments that have happened, concerning your book blogging career? Oh I have had so many! Planning Wicked Book Weekend has allowed me to meet all my favorite authors and I met all my best friends that way. Having some of my favorite authors come back multiple times, like Tara Sivec, RK Lilley, Kristen Ashley, Raine Miller, Harper Sloan and so many more, and last year EL James came! I also had 3 authors tell me that my criticism in my review made them change something which got them a publishing deal, so that’s really cool. The coolest was the #OfficialFifty events. My husband and I went to L.A. for the premiere (our first time), then I met Raegan in NY for the video release and they had manservants for us!

Do you think Bookstagram is an effective platform to express your opinion on books? Honestly? No. Are you going to waste time setting up a beautiful photo of a book you didn’t like? I think it’s a nice way to promote a book you love, or share your love for reading, but it isn’t the place for real negative opinions. I also think that people posting the same photo sent from promo companies is ruining the whole point of it, and we aren’t seeing the really good ones now.

What do you use camera vise when taking book photography? iPhone Xs Max

Do you use your own props? Is there a fun or MAGICAL way you set it all up? (loc, props…) I use my own props and I’m running out of storage! I just remodeled my bathroom and it has great lighting and a cool grey wood tile floor, so that’s my new spot. I have weird lighting in my house so it was a challenge before.

Do you have advice for new bookstagrammers on how to start, be, and do? (anything goes here) I’m still new to the actual Bookstagram photos. I’ve always been a book account but have only been doing photos with props for about 1.5 years. I alternate a photo and a graphic, and 90% of the photos are books I have read and reviewed so I know what props might fit the book. I use the photos in my review, so I would say start with taking photos of a book you loved and want to tell everyone about.

Do you have any favorite Instagram accounts that you follow for books, inspiration, ideas…? @James_trevino is OMG amazing, and I love @nsiabblog bookstagram photos – her collection is MASSIVE.


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Now, I have gone through your entire blog, looked around, played around and entered a few things. That said, what made you and your co-partner get this started and when?! I am the only one that touches the actual blog at anasattic.com. Raegan started helping me on Facebook about 3 years ago and co-runs the Facebook page and group, and she also helped a lot with Wicked Book Weekend (as much as she could from Canada). I met her at WBW 15 I think. I started in February 2012 as a website, and changed to a book blog in June 2012.

How often is new content posted and updated? I try to update my new release and sale list daily and post a new list every Tuesday. I also try to post 2-3 reviews per week.

What is the main content people seem to gravitate towards most? My New Release/Sale/Freebie/Preorder list gets a lot of traffic.

How much time is spend on the blog? And do you both alternate what gets posted and when? It’s just me on the blog and I spend WAY too much time on it. I would say about 30-40 hours per week now that I have backed off a bit. It used to be about 80 or more if you included Wicked Book Weekend. But Raegan and I both spend some time setting up graphics and posts for Facebook, We post 10-15 times a day.

How would you rate your blog compared to the social media’s? (meaning, when posting, the traffic it gets…) My blog is pretty established and I get a lot of repeat visitors. I also have 7 years of content on Google. Even though I have 32,000 likes on Facebook, less people see my posts than when I had 5,000. I also get much less interaction. People are burned out from all the book posts. I haven’t found any rhyme or reason to the traffic. I honestly check my traffic every 2 months at the most, because I don’t want to stress about having to change things for more traffic.

What would you say to a new blogger? Any advice, ideas…? It may not be necessary to start an actual blog nowadays. It’s costly, difficult, and unless you do something viral, you won’t get many visitors. I have had over 3.5 million pages viewed on my site, but I know another blog who started when I did that has had only a few thousand and she has been paying the same fees as me. It seems social media “blogs” are the new way to go. Also, don’t compare yourself. The less you look at other blogs the better and more unique yours will be.

Also, can you tell us more about your blog (what’s featured and so forth, just briefly ON the important PARTS!) I started the blog based on lists of my favorites in each genre and haven’t done that in a while, but I have some new lists I’m working on this month. I have a long list of lists planned but I never seem to catch up on reviews! I post all the romance new release books and audiobooks every Tuesday as well as a huge list of 99¢ and free books over 4 stars. I update the list daily which takes up the time. Back when I started doing the lists, books were rarely 99¢ and were only on sale for a few days, so when a great book went on sale I would sell hundreds that day. But I am always looking for a good deal and I like to find them in one place, so I keep doing my list for people like me. My Book and Audiobook reviews are spoiler free but still go in-depth with quotes and a list of my likes and dislikes, but I don’t spoil. If you don’t like in depth reviews, all my reviews feature a down & dirty mini review at the end.


LET’S TALK ABOUT BOOKS!

Tell us, do you know the exact amount of paperback you own? How about ebooks? (I suggest not to count because I did & I regretted it) I haven’t a clue. 2 walls of bookshelves, all signed books. Ebooks about 4,000.

Do you prefer paper or kindle? I HATE reading on paper! I highlight and take notes. I make my print huge for old-lady eyes. And I have a connective tissue disease so holding a book open can cause hand pain.

Do you know your first paperback/ebook? Hmmmm…my first paperback was probably a Judy Blume book in grade school. My first e-books were either the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris or Kim Harrison’s Hollows Series

Do you remember your very first read? No, I was a voracious reader even as a young child.

What is it that draws you to a book? (picture, blurb, author..or all?) For authors I’ve read and loved it’s the author, or it’s an author I’ve heard a lot of buzz about that I want to try, word of mouth, and sometimes the marketing pitch works too.

Do you have a favorite genre you read? And which one? Romantic Comedy. I read to be happy. I like romance with a little action as well. I try to alternate comedy with more serious books, but I avoid real tearjerkers. I also like books with older couples that aren’t virgins.

What is your ideal bookboyfriend like? (looks, actions…) I never really have a visual, just a vague outline in my head. But my favorite book boyfriend is alpha, protective, manly, but respects the heroine’s career, and a guy who can talk dirty, be funny and give great banter.

Do you have a real life bookboyfriend? And if so, care to share a pic of two of him? I have been married for 28 years to my real-life book boyfriend. Whenever I get to the part of a book that reminds me of him, it makes me love him even more. He’s a lot like a Kristen Ashley guy. Very alpha, protective, takes care of me and the boys and kind of grunty—doesn’t talk much unless he’s drinking lol. He’s very private and unphotogenic so he wouldn’t love if I shared a photo. He has NO social media! Eek!

What is your favorite part about a story? (the beginning get to know each other, the sexy scenes, the middle right before the peak…) The build-up!

Do you review more Books (e-books and paperbacks) or audio-books? I would say I am about 60-70% audiobooks now.

What difference does an audio-book as opposed to ebook/paperback make to you? I prefer the lighter, fluffier reads on audio. Books with a lot of detail or an intricate plot don’t work for me on audio. The performance of an audiobook can really make a book fun or it can totally ruin a book. I think there is a huge learning curve to audiobooks. https://anasattic.com/audiobook-tips-tricks/ I love re-reading books I love via audio.

How long does it take you to review an audio-book on an average? I usually listen in 2-3 days, but my audio reviews take longer than book reviews because I use quotes in my reviews and I have to find them from my bookmarks and transcribe them or locate them in the e-book. I take way less notes with audio, so my reviews are harder to write. A review takes about 3-4 hours.

What do you like most about audio-books? I love how a performance can make the book better. But mostly I love that I can get other things done while listening.

What book are you currently reading? I am just starting The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren and I’m listening to Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.

Do you have a favorite book quotes from any recent or previously read books you’d like to share? My first 5+++ Star book of the year was Tara Sivec’s Just my Type. I laughed ridiculously hard throughout the book: “It’s called a piss boner, it makes you pee in two streams instead of one, it looks like a goddamn spitting cobra, and you can look it up.”
“What’s a piss boner?” Lincoln asks. “I want one. Can I have one?”

My second 5+++ Star read was The Slow Burn by Kristen Ashley, and I just love this quote from a poor family who was rich with love: “I wonder what the poor people are doing?”

How long does it take you to read an average book? Lately it takes forever! About 4 days. I just don’t have as much time to sit and read where you can’t do anything else. I’m remodeling my house though and it’s great to listen while I shop online.

How many reads per week do you think you read on an average? 3-4 including audio.

Have you ever considered writing a book? If so, why, how, when and who?! A million times, my whole life. I have stories in my head, but they haven’t wanted to come out on paper.

Who is your favorite author and why? (you’re welcome for this one *smirk*) Kristen Ashley, hands down. There is something magical about the way her books make me feel. Tara Sivec is my favorite romantic comedy author because her humor is just what I love (12-year-old-boy humor), and Lauren Blakely is my favorite audiobook author because not only are her books smart, sexy and funny, the narration is always amazing.

Now, the real important question -> What is your favorite book & why! I can’t answer that! I would say see above, because it would be any one of their books.

Do you have any magical words for everyone out there?! Be your own person, don’t follow the crowds, and most importantly, Don’t Be a Dick!


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That concludes yet another wonderful INTERVIEW! I hope you enjoyed it because I sure did, not only is this a bookstagrammer but a long time blogger that knows what she is talking about. Slightly my idol because we share a lot of the same author’s! NOW go and show her some love, she deserves it. Let’s help her hit that 10K!

BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOT LIGHT!

Bookstagramer Spotlight

Welcome to my BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT, where I show some love to our fellow Bloggers, Bookstagrammers and common Romance Readers. I started this because while there might be a lot of us out there, each of us is different and unique in not just reading, photography, books…everything! A fun way to show some love & learn a little more about the romance community members!! Today’s feature is not only a Bookstagrammer but turned author Jaqueline Francis!! Let’s show some love! ENJOY!


Name: Jackie

About yourself: I am 27 and a public librarian born and raised in Wisconsin! I am passionate about any and all books. When not reading and writing, I enjoy spending time with my family, working on perfecting being a spinster, loom knitting, antiquing, watching British mysteries, and sleeping.


Bookstagram

Logo name? Jackie Reads Romance

How/Why did you come up with it? It was crazy difficult to think of a name for my Instagram so I decided to go super basic and obvious lol.

When did you start Bookstagramming? What was the first thing you did?I started Bookstagramming in April of 2017. The first thing I did was post a picture of myself reading (as one does)!

Why did you start what you started? Influence? I started it after a rough breakup. I tried to think of all the things in my life that bring me joy, and reading romance is one of them! I discovered Bookstagram and the rest is history. I love reading and reviewing books. One of my big influences is @kateolsonreads and of course, the Queen, @theguidetoromancenovels

Did you have any help at the beginning or winged it? I totally winged it. I don’t really try too hard, and that might be obvious, but I’d rather spend my time making good connections than worrying about having the perfect picture. I am, of course, in awe of some of the great photography on Bookstagram! It’s just not a talent of mine and that’s okay.

What is your favorite part you would say and why? My favorite part is meeting new friends on here who I seriously feel like I can talk to ANYTHING about! It has been magical!

What platforms do you use (for things like posts on any of the social media’s? Or at least your favorite ones?  I use Instagram, Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook.

What social media’s are you on? And do you have a favorite? My favorite is Instagram. It keeps it very simple!

 Do you have any tips and tricks about blogging? Always try to be honest and always find a few good things about a book, even if it wasn’t for you.

Have you had any bad/negative experiences on Bookstagram? Sometimes I have had some creepy guys message me, and that’s frustrating. This isn’t Tinder!

What have you learned from blogging on a public platform like? Sometimes your followers don’t want to see videos of hot guys in a male strip club. Sometimes they do.

Do you have any goals that you haven’t yet been able to get to, concerning your account? No. I try not to focus on my follower count, and just be happy with the connections I make.

What are some highlights or special moments that have happened, concerning your book blogging career? The entire reason I decided to write a book was because of Bookstagram. If it wouldn’t have been for some very kind ladies motivating me, my book would not exist. To me, that means the world.

Do you think Bookstagram is an effective platform to express your opinion on books? Absolutely! There’s plenty of room to write your opinion or at least link to a blog or Goodreads.

What do you use camera vise when taking book photography? My iPhone 10 XR. It works okay for what I need it for.

Do you use your own props? Is there a fun or MAGICAL way you set it all up? (loc, props…) I honestly do not give it too much thought. Sometimes I throw in some thematically-appropriate shots. Lots of times my backdrop is just blankets.

Do you have advice for new bookstagrammers on how to start, be, and do? Connect with people who you would want to be friends with IRL! It’s so much fun to make new friends from around the world.

Do you have any favorite Instagram accounts that you follow for books, inspiration, ideas…? YES! I love so, so many. Some of my favorites are: @adore_ian @hksbks @ksquaredreads @alifelivedinbooks @lilmommareader @thecurvysavante @writerahart @kate_reads_ @christine.hapa @kristyb_readsromance @theromancemom AND SO MANY MORE!!!


Lets talk about BOOKS!!

Tell us, do you know the exact amount of paperback you own? How about ebooks? (I suggest not to count because I did & I regretted it) I have downsized my physical book collection quite a bit. I have many that are unread but after I finish, they are donated right to the library. I thought I would die without most of my books and I’m still here! I have lottttttsss of ebooks but also enjoy getting them from my public library!

Do you prefer paper or kindle? Kindle

Do you know your first paperback/ebook? My first romance paperback was The Desert Prince’s Proposal by Nicola Marsh.

Do you remember your very first read? I always thought Amelia Bedelia was a badass, but my favorite book from my early years was a Little Golden Book about a pig getting ready for her big birthday party. She took a long bubble bath and had some cake. She was living her best life.

What is it that draws you to a book? (picture, blurb, author..or all?) ALL OF IT! I love a cover with a hot guy, am fiercely dedicated to my favorite authors, and love discovering new favorites!

Do you have a favorite genre you read? And which one? ROMANCE! I love contemporary romance with lots of rich billionaires.

What is your ideal bookboyfriend like? (looks, actions…) My ideal book boyfriend is about 6’4”, bearded, and burly! Not all muscle, though. He has a little chubbiness to him. He has dark hair, maybe a bit or salt and pepper. He is definitely an alpha but a TOTAL sweetheart, too, and will do anything for the woman he loves! He is successful and dedicated to his career but also likes time just chilling with his lady. He also loves to please his woman as often as humanly possibly. He gets off on getting his lady off. 😉

Do you have a real life bookboyfriend? And if so, care to share a pic of two of him? Alas, he hasn’t arrived yet. I don’t know why. It’s not like I have high expectations or anything, LOL.

What is your favorite part about a story? (the beginning get to know each other, the sexy scenes, the middle right before the peak…) I love the happy ending! I think the climax is my favorite part. I can tell if a book is well written if I’m reading the romance and, during that moment when you think “oh no what if they don’t end up together?” you really believe there’s a chance that they may not!

What book are you currently reading? I am reading Midnight Pleasures with a Scoundrel by Lorraine Heath. Who can resist a scoundrel?

Do You have a favorite book quotes from any recent or previously read books you’d like to share? No.

How long does it take you to read an average book? Two days during the week, less on weekends.

How many reads per week do you think you read on an average? Probably 4-7 depending on my scheudle.

Have you ever considered writing a book? If so, why, how, when and who?! Hehe Why yes I have! My first book came out this year! It’s called Returning His Favor. It’s about a sexy ex-Amish guy and a curvy beautiful woman! I have ALWAYS wanted to write books and I’ve always been a romantic. I have been telling myself for years to write a romance, but always procrastinated. Then, over the holidays, I had off work and wrote my book in four days. I am writing the second one now. (I have read this wonderful book & if you like to see my full review -> CLICK HERE

Who is your favorite author and why? (you’re welcome for this one *smirk*) No! There are so many authors I love and adore and I can’t even begin to pick my favorite romance authors. Jane Austen is amazing and Louisa May Alcott is profound. Sylvia Plath had a big influence on me.

Now, the real important question -> What is your favorite book & why! I’d have to say my favorite book is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.

Do you have any magical words for everyone out there?! Read what you love. Never feel bad about putting down a book that you can’t get into! And follow @theguidetoromancenovels!!! (You’re too kind!!)


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This concludes another BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT, be on the look out for many more to come!! THANK YOU for reading & now head out and show some love!

BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT

Bookstagramer Spotlight

Welcome to my BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT, where I show some love to our fellow Bloggers, Bookstagrammers and common Romance Readers. I started this because while there might be a lot of us out there, each of us is different and unique in not just reading, photography, books…everything! A fun way to show some love & learn a little more about the romance community members!! Today we are featuring my #bookwifey and good friend IT’S Britney BITCH!
ENJOY!


Name: Britney

About yourself: Well ok here we go, I am 30 years old, WHAT!! I know everyone tells me I don’t look it but I don’t care I am not ashamed of my age lol. I am married to my best friend, 11 years this June. We have a son who will be 5 in June as well. June is a very busy month for us as my husband has a birthday as well in June. I am born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, a desert girl for life. We just moved to New Mexico for my husband work (He is in the Air Force) and we are LOVING it here! I am a Scorpio and proud of it!! I have 1 older brother who is pretty cool, he is 4 years older than me. My favorite color is purple any shade of it I love. I am really into photography always have been and love taking nature pictures mostly. Another hobby of mine is cross stitching, been doing that for 15+ years, my great grandma and mom taught me. Also anything crafty I love to make things, which makes working at Hobby Lobby and awesome job for me lol. I just got that job after being a stay at home mom for 5 years.


Bookstagram

Logo name? _britneys.romance.library_

Logo picture, if you have to available? Well the lovely lady doing this spot light made my logo for me that I LOVE!

How/Why did you come up with it? I wanted something book related but wasn’t really used too much, so I thought about what I really read the most and DUH that’s romance and I pretty much share every book I read so it is like a library HA!

When did you start Bookstagramming? What was the first thing you did? I started March 2018 but back then I was just sharing a book I read that I liked. Then my wonderful husband bought me my Kindle because I was reading a lot (thanks to my best friend who is a bookworm like me and was sharing, in her words, mommy porn books for me to read when Will was deployed).

Why did you start what you started? Influence? So after I started posting books that I liked and finding other people who liked to post about books on IG I started to get more into it and really looking up book accounts and what not. That was around July 2018 that I really started to get into it. As for influences I just started to really look at what other accounts were posting and how, that is how I found this lovely lady, The Guide To Romance Novels, and became friends with her. She is stock with me now for LIFE!!

Did you have any help at the beginning or winged it? I have to say in the beginning I was just winging it. Then when I really started to review books and learn more about bookstagramming I asked for help. The other lovely lady in my life is Nicole Rodrigues. She gave me my very first ARC (you NEVER forget your first lol) and was the first author to write me and asked to review her books. I was so honored and that got me really into the reviewing books scene. Then the 3 of us just clicked and became bookwives. They were the 2 to really help me out and still do!

What is your favorite part you would say and why? This whole community is just amazing! Whether it is other bookstammers or authors, big or indie, everyone is so nice and sweet. I haven’t had anything negative come from anyone in this community!

What platforms do you use (for things like posts on any of the social media’s? Or at least your favorite ones? I am only on IG now. I already changed my personal IG page to bookstamming and I didn’t want to post and annoy family on my FB page, so I just stick with IG. And I am hardly ever on FB anyways, so that is mostly for family that I don’t live by anymore to keep up with us.

What social media’s are you on? And do you have a favorite? Just IG

 Do you have any tips and tricks about blogging? I wish! I HOPE to start an actual blog one of these days, so if anyone have any tips for me pass them my way haha.

Have you had any bad/negative experiences on Bookstagram? None at all, other than the random or fake accounts that always add me then delete later.

What have you learned from blogging on a public platform like? That no mater how many other accounts that are out there that are doing the same thing you are, there is only one YOU! Everyone can post the same stuff but you put your own touch or spin on it to make it yours and different.

Do you have any goals that you haven’t yet been able to get to, concerning your account? Oh man this is a good question….I would have to say to be able to get a good amount of followers and to get on some PR listings.

What are some highlights or special moments that have happened, concerning your book blogging career? Other than meeting my bookwives and having their friendship, I would have to say getting authors that follow me whether they are big name ones or indie ones. I just love that the authors really love supporting the bookstagrammers just as much as we love to help and support them!

Do you think Bookstagram is an effective platform to express your opinion on books? YES! It is nice to put your opinion out there to help others who didn’t think that a certain book would be what they thought it would be or something that they would even consider reading. Also I love that if someone doesn’t like a book and they post THEIR opinion about it and others don’t agree with it, they don’t bash them for it or it helps me and others be like “Hmm maybe I won’t give this book a try or maybe I will just to see if I end up not liking it either.” Gosh I hope these answers are making sense to people lol.

What do you use camera vise when taking book photography? I have been only using my iPhone Xr because my computer was packed away, but now that we are moved into our home I might use my Nikon camera. Who knows I might just keep using my phone only.

Do you use your own props? Is there a fun or MAGICAL way you set it all up? (loc, props…) I love posting in my stories the “behind the scenes” of my posts. I try and stay organized with all my props, I have 3 bins full of all my fake flowers, lights, signs and other things. I am ALWAYS looking for more props when I am out shopping. I love going to the dollar store mainly to get props. I am going to try and make some book flowers here when I have the time.

Do you have advice for new bookstagrammers on how to start, be, and do? I would just say don’t try and copy someone, yes you can use other accounts to get tips and stuff but just be YOU. Do what you want to do and what you feel comfortable with. And never be afraid to ask for help with anything from another bookstagrammer. We all are here for the same thing and we love to help others, well most of us are (I haven’t found one yet that hasn’t been helpful).

Do you have any favorite Instagram accounts that you follow for books, inspiration, ideas…? I love A LOT of accounts, too many to name. I still look at other people’s accounts and get tips from what they are posting.


Lets talk about BOOKS!!

Tell us, do you know the exact amount of paperback you own? How about ebooks? (I suggest not to count because I did & I regretted it) Well I am going to count because you told me not too haha. 86 Paperbacks, I know that doesn’t seem like a lot but I really only got back into reading maybe 2 years ago. 105 ebooks, WHOA! BUTTT most of them are ARCs and 10 of them are the borrowed ones from Kindle Unlimited lol.

Do you prefer paper or kindle? I love my kindle because it is easier to carry around in my purse but I LOVE the smell of a paperback, crazy I know. There is nothing like having a paperback in your hands when reading. I go back and forth between the 2.

Do you know your first paperback/ebook? My first ebook was Jodi Ellen Malpas’s Beneath This Man, ugh that series is SO GOOD!!! As for paperback I would have to say one of my Nicolas Sparks books.

Do you remember your very first read? I don’t remember my first read but I remember when I really got into reading, it was my senior year of HS when my English teacher made us read a book every week then would ask us to bring it in and read a little bit and ask about what he read to make sure we really did read the book. So that really made me fall in love with reading. Back then it was any Sarah Dessen book. Then it turned into Nicolas Sparks thanks to my mother.

What is it that draws you to a book? (picture, blurb, author..or all?) I look at covers first, if it draws my eye then I will read the blurb or look it up to see if it has good reviews or if any of my friends have read it. If it is an author I absolutely love then I always end up getting the book because I know I will love it because I love the author.

Do you have a favorite genre you read? And which one? Romance. Pretty much anything romance. I don’t really do dark romance, it depends on the kind of dark romance it is.

What is your ideal bookboyfriend like? (looks, actions…) Right now it is Jack Hawthorne from Marriage for One by Ella Maise! UGH that man, I fell in love with him right away! Go read that book if you haven’t.

Do you have a real life bookboyfriend? And if so, care to share a pic of two of him? Oh man, you are going to hate me because you are always on my case to pick one but I never can!!! There are too many to pick just ONE! hehe

What is your favorite part about a story? (the beginning get to know each other, the sexy scenes, the middle right before the peak…) Well of course I love the sexy scenes I mean DUH. But I really love the get to know each other and the build up of the story. It really helps me to get into the book.

What book are you currently reading? The ARC for Never & Forever By: Gabrielle G, comes out May 15th and so far I am loving it. Only up to Chapter 10. Super good.

Do You have a favorite book quotes from any recent or previously read books you’d like to share? It is from Marriage for One, I don’t remember it all but she says something that she still hates him or she hates him and will never forgive him and he goes “I know but I still love you anyways.” I mean SWOON!!!!

How long does it take you to read an average book? Normally if I don’t have a little man bothering me every minute or any housework in the way, it takes me a day or 2 to finish a book. Now that I am working we will see how well I can get a book done.

How many reads per week do you think you read don an average? Oh man if they are ARCs I try and get them done on a timely manner, so 2-3 books a week maybe. If it is just fun reading for me it takes a little longer but 1-2 a week.

Have you ever considered writing a book? If so, why, how, when and who?! Hehe BAHAHAHAHA NOPE! I am sure you can tell by my writing skills in these questions I am not made to write, I am made to read haha. I will GALDY be a beta reader for people.

Who is your favorite author and why? (you’re welcome for this one *smirk*) Ughhh WHYYYY!!!!! I have wayyy too many favorite authors out there. To name a few, Kennedy Fox, Piper Rayne, Nicole Rodrigues, Ella Maise, JEM, Nicolas Sparks, Maya Banks, Tia Louise, Shanna Swenson and soo many more! If I could name all of you I would. These are just the start of that list!

Now, the real important question -> What is your favorite book & why! I would have to say any of Nicolas Sparks books. His books were my first romance books that I read and I have read all of them expect that last few new ones he has came out with. IF I had to pick one of his it would be The Last Song! Gah that story was beautiful, better than the movie FOR SURE!

Do you have any magical words for everyone out there?! Just be you, I know I have said that a lot but it’s the truth. Follow your heart and post whatever you want to post. Don’t think about what others are posting or if people will like it, if it makes you happy and you love it then POST IT! And be happy, that just goes for anything in life. I always try and stay positive and smile all the time! 



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That concludes this SPOTLIGHT, thank you Britney & look out for more to come!!

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Bookstagramer Spotlight

Another week another feature! Today we have a lovely soul that I met a little while back on IG of course, and we have since become very good friends. I hope you ENJOY a little about her & let’s show her some love!


Name: Alexandria Goncalves

About yourself:
I am 20 years old, turning 21 on November 15 which means I am a Scorpio! I was born and raised in Canada, but have a full Portuguese background. I currently reside in Toronto because I am studying English Literature at a University downtown. I am actually from a small town in Southern Ontario which most people have no idea exist. I live with my boyfriend, who is most definitely the most amazing person in my life. I didn’t have very supportive ex’s in the past and to find someone who supports and pushes you to do what you love is absolutely amazing. He is my best friend and my love, I don’t know what I would do with him! As for family, I have a younger brother who is 8 years younger than me, but that doesn’t stop us from being close. My parents are divorced, but still the best parents a girl could ask for (even when we don’t always agree). Two interesting facts about myself is that I am the first person in my immediate family to go to University. My second favourite fact is that I have 6 tattoos (and more to come *wink*) that all have a personal meaning. Besides my obvious love for books, I really enjoy writing, cooking, baking, and being outside (when the weather is nice, Canada is bipolar with weather, lol).


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Logo name? BeautifulBitchBookReviews

How/Why did you come up with it? I was actually inspired by Christina Laurens novel Beautiful Bitch and thats how I came up with my name. I really love that entire series, so I went with something that sounded fun and unique.

When did you start Bookstagramming? What was the first thing you did? I started on June 21, 2018. I immediately started posting reviews for books I was reading. I actually left for a trip to Portugal I think a week later? And I wanted something to do while there, so I brought 9 books with me and finished them all in 3 weeks with reviews.

Why did you start what you started? Influence? I had always wanted to create a blog, I had a website earlier from 2016, but I hated the way it looked so I took it down and never thought about it again. Interesting story, I was actually inspired by another bookstagrammer. I was already following him, and one day my boyfriend said to me “I have a friend that runs a book account that I used to work with.” And I asked him who it was and freaked out knowing it was the same person I followed. I actually ended up meeting with this bookstagrammer and ended up having a great conversation with him. I am now friends with him and its just so cool to look back and think about. I also think a major part of wanting to create an account is that I wanted to find people who had a passion for romance novels like I do. I wanted people to freak about books with and to have people understand me.

Did you have any help at the beginning or winged it? Honestly, I just winged it. I had no idea what I was doing or if it was even any good, but I continued with it anyways.

What is your favorite part you would say and why? The people who engage with me. I have so much fun meeting new people and have made some of the best of friends. I love finding people to talk about books with, I never really had that in real life, so Instagram made it happen.

What platforms do you use (for things like posts on any of the social media’s? Or at least your favorite ones? I mainly use Instagram, but I recently created a website. I love Instagram and I think its so much easier to use and engage with others. I created my website because I want to be able to write more lengthy blogs in regards to book related topics.

What social media’s are you on? And do you have a favorite? Instagram, Facebook, Goodreads and a Website!

Do you have any tips and tricks about blogging? Google will become your best friend when you are looking for tricks. I am constantly on Google trying to figure out tips and tricks, but just be yourself. I have found when you post more often and add yourself in photos it makes a huge difference.

Have you had any bad/negative experiences on Bookstagram? Oh man, well its still social media, you know? There are always going to be people out there that like to rattle others. A while ago there was a blogger that was stating that bookstagram is only to make money which I believe is SO false! I believe this community is meant for finding others who love your passion as much as you do, to help others find their next read, and to help your favourite authors succeed.

What have you learned from blogging on a public platform like? People are going to love you and some won’t and that IS okay! We aren’t meant to please everyone, so have fun and enjoy your account.

Do you have any goals that you haven’t yet been able to get to, concerning your account? Honestly, I think hitting 10k will be a goal. I never expected to even hit 1000, so I believe anything is possible if you put your heart into it. Other then that, I am really happy with my account. My followers are engaging and absolutely so sweet.

What are some highlights or special moments that have happened, concerning your book blogging career? I would say:

  1. Hitting 1000 was a special moment for me, I never expected it at all.
  2. Getting to edit two novels for Gigi Birtie (seeing your name in a novel is absolutely insane, and that wouldn’t have happened without blogging).
  3. Making new best friends, although I have never met them, they are SO special to me (shout-out to Gigi Birtie and Amorettes Reviews!)
  4. Finding new authors! Holy crap, I thought I was in the loop before, but Bookstagram holds a whole other world when it comes to finding new authors!

Do you think Bookstagram is an effective platform to express your opinion on books? Absolutely!

What do you use camera vise when taking book photography? My iPhone X or Nikon DSLR.

Do you use your own props? Is there a fun or MAGICAL way you set it all up? (loc, props…) I do use my own props, I really need to go shopping for some new ones because they are becoming repetitive, but what can you do on a budget? Lol!

Do you have advice for new bookstagrammers on how to start, be, and do? Do what you love, be unique and have fun with your account. Everyone wants to follow others with themes and photos, but I believe that it is your account, so do as you please.


Lets talk about BOOKS!!

Tell us, do you know the exact amount of paperback you own? How about ebooks? (I suggest not to count because I did & I regretted it) Oh you know I counted every book because I am a nut! I currently own 562 paperbacks. Thats not including my school novels, that is just Romance novels, lol.

Do you prefer paper or kindle? Paperback!

Do you know your first paperback/ebook? I don’t remember my first read, while in elementary I HATED reading. I only got into reading in Grade 8 when my parents had recently separated and I needed something to keep my mind off family issues, which is when I got my first paperback Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire! My first ebook was Raising Ryann by Alyssa Rae Taylor!

Do you remember your very first read? Not at all, probably something by Robert Munsch lol.

What is it that draws you to a book? (picture, blurb, author..or all?) Honestly I start with the cover, but a cover sometimes isn’t enough, so I obviously go for the blurb. If I know the author and they are amazing, I don’t even think about it, I just read it!

Do you have a favorite genre you read? And which one? Romance, duh! My heart sits with romance. I have to read other genres for school but find they don’t interest me.

What is your favorite part about a story? (the beginning get to know each other, the sexy scenes, the middle right before the peak…) I love plot-twists, sexy scenes, and getting to know the characters. I love how every character is always different and we picture them differently in every book.

Now, the real important question -> What is your favorite book & why! HOW DARE YOU ASK SUCH A QUESTION! Haha, I am kidding. I haven’t read it in a long time, but my favourite is Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. I was going through a lot of crap in high school with family and relationships and this book was my getaway. This novel has such a special place in my heart, I even have “God gives us the ugliness, so we don’t take the beautiful things in life for granted” tattooed on my arm. I had doodled it into my notebook in Grade 10 and always knew one day, I will have it tattooed. Do you have any magical words for everyone out there?! Don’t ever allow anyone to make you feel bad for what you love reading. We live in a society where a lot of people like to judge others, and by reading “smut” we may find that judgement is aimed towards us. Keep reading it though, and hold your head hella high while doing so. Reading is your escape, don’t allow anyone to have hold of something you love so dearly.


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Bookstagramer Spotlight

Hey everyone, here we are again, another day another great person to show off! Today we are featuring a awesome bookstagrammer and friends. ENJOY!


Name: My name is Caroline Hedegaard

About yourself:
I am 20 years old looking 16, I am born in January so I am an Aquarius. I am a ginger/redhead who has never had a tan in my life and will die without sunscreen in the summer. I am born in Denmark and I still live here. I live with my boyfriend Mike who I have been together with almost 5 years now, we don’t have any kids but want to have some, one day soon. I am the youngest of three with an older brother who is 10 years older than me and an older sister who is 7 years older than me… If you can’t tell I wasn’t planned hehe.. Some of my favorite hobbies other than reading, of course, is baking, makeup and just anything creative I love to draw, paint, make DIY project, and anything creative I can get my hands on but I also suck at keeping an interest in things so I quickly move on to a new project. 


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Logo name? The book queen

How/Why did you come up with it?
Well, I am a huge girly girl and wanted something that represented that but also how big of a part books are in my life, I thought The book queen is something to remember, it can’t get more woman like than that and if I am the queen of books then they must be important.

When did you start Bookstagramming? What was the first thing you did?
I started my bookstagram account October 18th, 2017 it wasn’t as big of a thing for me then I just found this community and wanted to be a part of it. So I didn’t post often and when I did it was in the moment pictures. But summer 2018 I started getting ARC’s and started upping my pictures and in January 2019 I started my blog and got a calendar to schedule my bookstagram and since then it is only getting better and better.

Why did you start what you started? Influence?
I started for one reason and one reason only. I wanted to share the love for romance books with someone, anyone. I don’t know anyone who reads romance book or just read other than when they are on holiday. So I was looking for someone who I could talk books with. And pheew did I find some!

Did you have any help at the beginning or winged it?
Well, Google was my friend. I started searching for everything I could do to be better anything new I needed to know, I saw youtube videos, read blog posts about how to take pictures better, which app to use to edit, how to get you bookstargram up and running. When I started needing help with ARC’s and Giveaways @Thequidetoromancenovels was there to teach me how to talk to authors, what to expect and just help me when I got nervous.

What is your favorite part you would say and why?
The community, the people. I love that I have someone to recommend books to or get recommendations from all the other bookstagrammers. I love I get to talk to so many sweet people and discuss the books I read and hear what other people think. I love I get inspired every day in one way or another. If it is the creativity to take pictures, to read the review other people write or just how people share their love with each other.

What platforms do you use (for things like posts on any of the social media’s? Or at least your favorite ones?
I use Bookbub, Instagram, Goodreads and I have a blog

What social media’s are you on? And do you have a favorite?
My favorite is Instagram and also what I use the most.

 Do you have any tips and tricks about blogging?
Try to find you in it. What will get you noticed is when you start putting yourself in it and you do something so people, in the end, will recognize when it is you that is posting either through your pictures or your words. Just be friendly and open and it will all come by itself in the end. Oh and Google!! Google will answer all your questions.

Have you had any bad/negative experiences on Bookstagram?
No not really. I have never had any bad comment or had any negativity around me in the Bookstagram community and that is what makes it so amazing to be in.

Do you have any goals that you haven’t yet been able to get to, concerning your account?
Well, I would love to one day try to get a pr package! But because I live in Denmark that is close to impossible and I totally get it, the cost to send one to me is the same as sending three to some in the US but I hope one day I get to try it even if it takes me years to get there. But it is always good to have dreams.

What are some highlights or special moments that have happened, concerning your book blogging career?
My first Giveaway. I was a wreck when I had to write to authors to ask if they wanted any part of it and just put my self out there. I was so lucky I meet author Nicole Rodrigues through that and she was a sweetheart and we talked almost every day from beginning to end. If I remember correctly we were each other first (in giveaways) and what a thing to experience together.

Do you think Bookstagram is an effective platform to express your opinion on books?
YES! I have never seen a trash review on there where they were trash talking the book or author. But I have seen reviews where they say this book isn’t for me tell me if it gets better or something like that. It is okay to have an opinion on a book but it always gets delivered in a good way.

What do you use camera vise when taking book photography?
I just use my phone. I have no clue about cameras.

Do you use your own props? Is there a fun or MAGICAL way you set it all up? (loc, props…)
Yes, I have so many fake flowers and sparkly things to take pictures with. I have a white table cloth I use as a background. Most of my pictures are flatlay inspired.

Do you have advice for new bookstagrammers on how to start, be, and do?
BE YOU! Always be true to yourself and just let your personality shine. Ask, ask, ask. Everyone is so sweet and would love to help so never be afraid to start a conversation. But to get noticed. Start following some other bookstagrammers and always try to interact in there pictures. Is there a question on their new post, answer if you can people will notice you that way.


LET’S TALK BOOKS

Tell us, do you know the exact amount of paperback you own? How about ebooks? (I suggest not to count because I did & I regretted it)
No, I didn’t but I went out to count and I have around 119 books and I have some I have borrowed to friends and family so that is even more + I have 5 more books on the way so it is slowly growing even more. I just made a deal with my boyfriend that I get an new bookshelf whis weekend and I cant wait!

Do you prefer paper or kindle?
Paper, I love to own the books and read them but because of the price I often end up buying ebooks or read on Scribd ( if you don’t know what check it out you can thank me later)

Do you know your first paperback/ebook?
No, I don’t I have always owned book even before I could read.

Do you remember your very first read?
No, I forced my parents to read for me even as a little girl. I refused to sleep without having read a whole book and if I had a nightmare I got a new story.

What is it that draws you to a book? (picture, blurb, author..or all?)
Well, I start with the cover if I like that I read the blurb and if I am in doubt after that I read reviews. But sometimes if I know an author that can draw me in too but it still has to pass the test in cover and blurb first.

Do you have a favorite genre you read? And which one?
Romance. Anything with romance in it. I don’t read many historical or dark romance but sometimes I try some of them too.

What is your favorite part about a story? (the beginning gets to know each other, the sexy scenes, the middle right before the peak…)
How they meet, and why they notice each other. I always love the beginning of a book. It is where the magic starts.

Now, the real important question -> What is your favorite book & why!
Oh, dear god don’t ask me that! Do I have to choose only one?
If I have to choose one it will be The golden dynasty by Kristen Ashley. That book has magic in it! I know it. I can’t even describe this book to you, it was one of the hardest reviews I have ever had to write because it just has it all and it has to be experienced. I cried, I laughed, I got horrified, I cheered, I hoped, I got angry, I was nervous, I was through every emotion you can think of and to this day I can’t hear the song ‘’Over the rainbow’’ by Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole without tearing up it takes me right back to the book every time.
So even if you aren’t a fan of paranormal romance please do your self the favor and read it and then write to me what you thought I would love to hear about it.

Do you have any magical words for everyone out there?!
Remember to show your fellow bookstagrammers that you like them, that they mean something to you. They are probably sitting just as in insecure as you are, and if they aren’t well everybody loves to hear somebody likes what they do.


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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_book_queen_/

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/74318209

Blog: https://thebookqueendk.wordpress.com/

Email: Carolinehedegaard1@outlook.dk


THANK YOU SO MUCH Caroline for showing us a little bit of you! Keep a look out for more to come! Thank you everyone!

BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT

Bookstagramer Spotlight

Here we are again, I will do my best to do more, more frequently! TODAY we are featuring my #bookbestie and the girl who has been with me from day one. And I mean day one, she was my first interaction and person I spoke with, also helped me out a lot from the start! Love you Ames! E N J O Y


Name: Amy

About yourself:
I’m 29. I was born in Oregon. I have an older sister and brother, I am the baby of my family. I have a bachelor’s degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology and an emphasis in forensics. When I’m not reading or working I enjoy baking.


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Logo name? The Little Bookworm

Logo picture, if you have to available? My gorgeous logo was created for me by my book bestie ❤

How/Why did you come up with it? Honestly, I don’t even remember how I came up with it. I think it was just the first thing that popped into my head and I ran with it.

When did you start Bookstagramming? What was the first thing you did? I started the middle of 2018.  I started with just posting anything book related from meme’s, to just random images of books.

Why did you start what you started? Influence? I was following a few authors on my personal Instagram account and just thought it would be nice to have something purely book related to share my love of books and connect with other readers.

Did you have any help at the beginning or winged it? I had no help at the beginning. I just started following other bookstagram accounts and saw what they were doing and just find of found my own thing. It was trial and error for me. Of course, I met some AMAZING people along the way.

What is your favorite part you would say and why? The people! The romance book community is AMAZING. Everyone is so friendly, welcoming and supportive. I love it!

What platforms do you use (for things like posts on any fo the social media’s? Or at least your favorite ones? I don’t use any. I pretty much just post on Instagram and it is linked to my blog facebook page, but I don’t use any third party platforms for social media posts. It might make my life easier if I did. haha

What social media’s are you on? And do you have a favorite? Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. I would say Instagram is my favorite to use and the one that I use the most.

 Do you have any tips and tricks about blogging? Just be consistent with posting, that’s where I struggled and just get your blog link and blog name out there by posting about it everywhere.

Have you had any bad/negative experiences on Bookstagram?  I haven’t, well, other than a few creeps sliding into my DM’s but when it comes to the bookstagram community I have not.  

What have you learned from blogging on a public platform like? I don’t know if I have truly learned anything as of yet. I’m still trying to figure it out myself. I know when I first created my blog and started I wasn’t consistent with posting but I have gotten much better at it over time.

Do you have any goals that you haven’t yet been able to get to, concerning your account? None that come into my mind. I would love to be able to spend more time on it, but unfortunately, it is difficult with working a full time job.

What are some highlights or special moments that have happened, concerning your book blogging career? Meeting my book bestie is one! She’s been there from almost the beginning and honestly has been so helpful throughout this wild ride. Also, having some of your favorite authors interact with you is amazing and I will never stop freaking out when they follow me back or being able to talk to them about their books. It is such an amazing feeling.

Do you think Bookstagram is an effective platform to express your opinion on books?  I do! Unless you have a lot to say since you are limited on space, but it is pretty easy to direct other people to your blog, goodreads or wherever else you may post a review.

What do you use camera vise when taking book photography? I use my Iphone 8 plus for my pictures, so nothing fancy!

Do you use your own props? Is there a fun or MAGICAL way you set it all up? (loc, props…) I use my own props. I usually just take pictures around my apartment, pretty much where I can find the best natural lighting.

Do you have advice for new bookstagrammers on how to start, be, and do? Just be yourself! Don’t worry about what other people are doing, how their pictures look, how many followers they have. Just do what makes you happy, post what you enjoy and just interact with your followers. You will find something that works for you and that’s what truly matters. No one is going to judge you.


LET’S TALK BOOKS

Tell us, do you know the exact amount of paperback you own? How about ebooks? (I suggest not to count because I did & I regretted it) Because you said not to count I will….just kidding, I don’t have that amount of time! Paperbacks I have probably 200 ish and growing. Moving half away across the country I got ride of a ton of stuff and so I’m building up my collection again. Ebooks I have about 1500 currently on my kindle, most of those are unread but eventually I’ll read them all.

Do you prefer paper or kindle? Kindle, mostly because I have all my ARCS on mine, but nothing beats holding a paperback in your hand.

Do you know your first paperback/ebook? I have no idea on my first paperback, but the first ebook I purchased myself was The Davinci Code by Dan Brown.

Do you remember your very first read? No idea, but the very first book series I remember reading is The Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix.

What is it that draws you to a book? (picture, blurb, author..or all?) Author and cover. I like to go into books without reading blurbs 98% of the time because I love the surprise. Though, if the author is new to me I will check out the blurb.

Do you have a favorite genre you read? And which one? Romance, obviously. But I also enjoy true crime. I feel like that is such an odd combination but I am little weird.

What is your favorite part about a story? (the beginning get to know each other, the sexy scenes, the middle right before the peak…) I think we all love the sexy scenes, but besides that I always love the beginning of books. Its where I get hooked to the story and fall in love with the characters as they are getting to know each other.

Now, the real important question -> What is your favorite book & why! THIS IS THE WORST QUESTION EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have so many favorites and don’t even know how to answer this question. I feel like I need to line up all my favorites, close my eyes and just pick one of them. Okay, this this was a tough choice for me but if I just picked a random one from my pile of favorites and it is Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren. I have read this one many times and I never get tired of Bennett and Chloe. To this day they will always be one of my favorite book couples and Bennett will always be one of my top book boyfriends.


Do you have any magical words for everyone out there?! Just be yourself, have fun, do whatever you want to do!

The Guide To Romance Novels -> This will forever be my favorite photo Amy has taken. This is the level I want to be at, at her age! #doingitright

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BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT!

Bookstagramer Spotlight

Welcome to my very first BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPORTLIGHT where I take a fellow bookstagramer & introduce you to them, get a little more info…basically I want to share the love. The Romance Community is a fantastic community to be in. We are here to help each other, stick together and well, move together. We do this for the love of books & the authors! So hope you enjoy, as I go along I will learn what, how, when & who! E N J O Y


Name: Allyson “Ally” Murphy

Tell us a little about yourself:
I’m 26, 27 in June (Gemini!). Im originally from Florida but currently live in Alabama. I’m the youngest of four… by 9 years. Can you say oops baby?!  I have 6 nieces and 2 nephews. No kids but with that many nieces and nephews, I don’t need them! My hobbies include: reading (duh!), travel, sports… on tv or at a game, and binge watching TV shows.

Contact Bookstagramer: INSTAGRAM / GOODREADS


LET’S TALK BOOKSTAGRAM

Logo name? @Ally.Always.Reads

How/Why did you come up with it? I tried to come up with something creative and catchy but I ended up thinking that they all sounded stupid so I went with something kind of unoriginal… I’m just always reading (or trying to, at least. )

When did you start Bookstagramming? What was the first thing you did? I actually made my bookstagram in February of 2017, posted one picture then kind of forgot about it. One year later, I’m dying to find an outlet for all my book recs. *light bulb* my forgotten bookstagram reenters the scene. 

Why did you start what you started? Influence? I just needed a place to talk books. My family isn’t made up of readers so I had to find my bookstafam. 

Did you have any help at the beginning or winged it? I definitely winged it. There was no planning, no help, no creativity. It’s all a learning process. 

What is your favorite part you would say and why? The people! I have gotten to know some of the most amazing people because of bookstagramming. Some of the sweetest, goofiest, most incredible people I know are the ones I’ve met through IG. 

What platforms do you use (for things like posts on any fo the social media’s? Or at least your favorite ones? I’m strictly instagram. I don’t blog or anything. I do post all my reviews through Goodreads though!

 Do you have any tips and tricks about blogging? Be active. Talk to other bookstagrammers. Talk to authors. Put yourself out there a little bit. 

Have you had any bad/negative experiences on Bookstagram? The follow/unfollow thing people do. It’s VERY annoying and a little confusing. Why follow just to unfollow? I don’t get it. What have you learned from blogging on a public platform like? 

Do you have any goals that you haven’t yet been able to get to, concerning your account? Honestly, I don’t set too many goals. If I do, it’s follower-wise and I’ve already exceeded my expectations on that. I never thought I would have more than 5 and now I’m sitting at around 1,500. It’s crazy!

What are some highlights or special moments that have happened, concerning your book blogging career? I think the best moment was when I finally got to meet Beth Ehemann in person at a signing. I’ve been reading her books for years and I love to take pictures of them (and the ScentPopCandles that go with them). Well, she started talking to another author about me and my pictures while I was standing at her table. She had them saved on her phone and was showing them off. Her husband told me that she gets excited whenever I post a picture of her books. It was awkward and amazing and I will never forget it. 

Do you think Bookstagram is an effective platform to express your opinion on books? Yes! Bookstagram is my favorite way to share my thoughts. 

What do you use camera vise when taking book photography? I just use my iPhone. I would love to get a camera and take some awesome pictures but that’s a few steps above where I’m at now. 

Do you use your own props? Is there a fun or MAGICAL way you set it all up? (loc, props…) I am queen of the Dollar Tree props. I grab some of the most random things but it works out later when I need it.  I also use random stuff around my house. Whatever I can get my hands. 


LET’S TALK BOOKS

Tell us, do you know the exact amount of paperback you own? How about ebooks? (I suggest not to count because I did & I regretted it) I don’t know but I’m literally unpacking them from a move so I could probably get you a number.  ebooks… my paperwhite says I have over 7,000 items total but that’s including some duplicates, lots of betas (which can be up to like 10 or 15 docs per book), random documents from my email, etc. BUT that’s still an insanely high number. 

Do you prefer paper or kindle? I read more on my kindle because of ARCs and betas.

Do you know your first paperback/ebook? The first book I loved was And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. The book that made me fall in love with reading was One Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury. The very first ebook I bought was 50 Shades. 

Do you remember your very first read? I read for school but never really loved it. The only book I truly remember enjoying and not getting SparkNotes for was And Then There Were None. 

What is it that draws you to a book? (picture, blurb, author..or all?) typically it’s the cover. Trope is also a great way to get me! 

Do you have a favorite genre you read? And which one? Romance… single parent is my favorite trope though. There’s just something about a man with a kid that makes me all gooey inside. 

What is your favorite part about a story? (the beginning get to know each other, the sexy scenes, the middle right before the peak…) probably the beginning because of you don’t get me there then I’m not going to get into the middle… it’ll just fall flat, you know? I need to be hooked in and find out who these characters are and watch the meet and get to know each other. Because I’m going to be falling in love right with them. 

Now, the real important question -> What is your favorite book & why! Worst. Question. Everrrrr! The Coppersmith Farmhouse by Devney Perry. 1. Single mom 2. Hot, grumpy cop 3. AMAZING WRITING 4. It had love, laughs, sexy times, AND a little suspense.
I’m adding my top read of 2018 too because EVERYONE needs to read it… Memories of Us by Fabiola Francisco. I felt EVERY. SINGLE. EMOTION. in this book. It was absolutely incredible. The writing. The story. Everything. I read this in one sitting and stayed up until 7AM to finish!

Do you have any magical words for everyone out there?! I’ve been asked a few times by different bookstagrammers how to grow relationships with authors and other readers, so I’ll tell you what I told them: be active. Like, comment, share, reply to stories, whatever. Just put yourself out there. Who cares if you say something goofy? Chances are that a lot of people were thinking it.  for real, just be active. Post daily or every other day. Comment on other people’s posts. Make friends. That’s all that this bookstagram community is about: friendship… and a mutual love of books.


Here you have it, a fellow #bookstagrammer LET’S show some love to her & more to come like this! T H A N K – Y O U – E V E R Y O N E