BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT! @fs_of_d_and_j


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 a very beautiful young woman who I met through Instagram and am glad to have gotten to know as well! ENJOY!


PERSONAL

Name: Lozzie

About You: I am 22 years old; I am from the UK, but currently live in Milan, Italy with my family. My favorite colors are green and red, and I am studying towards being a teacher, and currently work as a TA in a school.

BOOKSTAGRAM

Logo/IG name? Fifty Shades of D and J

How/Why did you come up with it? It was initially a Fifty Shades fan account where I would post updates about the cast or the movie, however, I would always post something book related on my page as well.

When did you start Bookstagramming? What was the first thing you did? I had family members and  friends that liked to read books, but couldn’t understand why I liked to read romance so much, or to say ‘Smut’. My love for reading romance came from reading Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James and I just read more and more books in this genre. I expressed my love for FS with IG and Twitter, and then moved on to FB with a few posts in between about books. Throughout time, my passion for books grew more and more, and with the final movie released, it gave me the opportunity to allow my passion to flourish.

Why did you start what you started? Influence? I am still very new to Bookstagramming, and am still trying to learn the ropes of the industry. I started my Blog/Bookstagram July last year, and would always try to look at other bookstagram accounts for inspiration.

Did you have any help at the beginning or winged it? I started this account because I just wanted to express my love for books. With one of old accounts being deleted, years of dedication just washed away, I felt rejected and it had put me off from creating another account. Around 4 months later, I finally pushed myself and opened a new account. It wasn’t initially a Bookstagram, but it came to be around a year later. Through my fan account I would post simple pictures of books that I was reading at the time and decided that I wanted to pursue it further, so then I transitioned slowly to Bookstagram.

What is your favorite part about BOOKSATGRAMMING and why? My favourite part of Bookstagramming is seeing beautiful images on my feed and seeing people have the same passion as me for reading. I love seeing their creativity flow through their pages. I also loved communicating with others about books and how much these books meant to them. I am a very shy person, so yet again, I´m still learning the ropes to this, but I just love seeing the love for books on every page I see.

What platforms do you use (this is meant for APP’s mainly, things like Canva and so forth.) I mainly use Canva, Snapseed and PicsArt. I would sometimes use the IG app for filters etc..

What social media’s are you on? And do you have a favorite? I am on Facebook and Instagram. I have also created a new Twitter account that will both be Fifty Shades and Book related.

 Do you have any tips and tricks about blogging? I have one tip for blogging: Be yourself. Show your creativity the way you want to show it and run your account the way you want you. Show your passion through your eyes and express it in however way you want to. Be honest to yourself, to authors and to your readers/followers.

Have you had any bad/negative experiences on Bookstagram? Personally, I have never had a bad experience on Bookstagram, I have heard of such, but I have never had one.

What have you learned from blogging on a public platform like? My creativity has flourished so much from blogging. If not from making sure my posts are colourful and different, I try to make sure my reviews each have their own flair without sounding repetitive or boring. 

Do you have any goals that you haven’t yet been able to get to, concerning your account? I feel that I haven’t reached my full ability with my account. Due to work, I have been falling behind and have been struggling with the upkeep on my account. I also find that sometimes I compare my account with others, and I feel that it is not as strong as it could be, and that can translate onto my page. One of my goals is to update my account as much as possible, and maybe post more original photos and make them my own. Another one of my goals is to start an online blog; however I feel that I must focus on improving my Bookstagram beforehand.

What are some highlights or special moments that have happened, concerning your book blogging career? I will always have special moments when authors contact me about reading their book. I feel so honoured when they trust their precious babies in my hands, or when they want me to promote their books. It makes me feel happy that they can trust me with this task. Highlights would be when authors follow me on social media and share my post. I guess a highlight for me was when BB Easton included a small part of my review in her newsletter. I was giddy with excitement. I just felt so privileged to be included. Every time I’m asked to review a book, or to post something or when an author thanks me for my review, it´s a special moment that makes it all worth it.

Do you think Bookstagram is an effective platform to express your opinion on books? Defintiely! I feel that Bookstagram is the perfect way beside online blogging to promote a book. It can help publishers decide which account is more suitable for them to ask to promote. It helps followers communicate and express their love for book, and it also brings the community together and other bookstagrammers can share their love for books and make friendships that are so strong and will last a lifetime.

What do you use camera vise when taking book photography? I actually use my phone, I would like to use a camera, but seen as this is just the beginning of everything for me, I want to test the waters first by using a phone, and when I feel more confident in my pictures, I will look into buying a camera for my pictures. Also, right now it is also very convenient for me when editing and posting.

Do you use your own props? Is there a fun or MAGICAL way you set it all up? (loc, props…) I try to find props from around the house when doing my bookstagram. There are always flowers and candles in my house so I usually use those in my pictures.  I try to be different and use as little props as possible. There is very little natural light in my house, so I am always trying to find way to make sure that the pictures look as clear as possible, which isn’t always easy, so the places I would usually find light are in the most unusual of places.

Do you have advice for new bookstagrammers on how to start, be, and do? I think it would be the same as the tip above, just be yourself, and be creative and expressive in a way only you can do. Just let your passion for books flow and the rest will follow. Oh, and that being honest is essential in this world.  Also, don’t be afraid to ask for advice if you’re stuck or to look online for inspiration. This is a great community that will help you if you ask.

Do you have any favorite Instagram accounts that you follow for books, inspiration, ideas…? The Ginger Bookworm. The owner of the account is so sweet and honest and her account is so incredible. It is colourful and creative and she is always so responsive to her followers. I definitely recommend giving her account a follow. Plus many more such as @devoted_pages and tweezyreads, etc. whose account just kicks butt!

What was the first book you officialy bookstagrammer, how about the first book you reviewed and posted on Instagram? The first book I bookstagrammed before I set up my blog was Scandalous by LJ Shen. It was a simple picture of the book on my bed. I was just so excited that I was reading the book and just had to share that to others. As expected it was a REALLY good book, and from there on I would just update my followers on what I was reading with a simple picture of the book I was reading at the time.  I don’t usually post reviews on my IG pages. I may express what I though a little about the book, but I usually post my reviews on sites such as Goodreads, Amazon, Bookbub but it is something that I am considering doing in the future.

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) Before I moved to Italy two years ago, I had so many I struggled to find room for them, but since moving, I had to leave my books behind, which was very sad to me. However, I am slowly rebuilding my collection and have 49 physical books in my possession. In the format of eBooks I have 907.

Do you prefer paper or kindle? I most definitely prefer paper to eBook. I just love the feeling of a book in my hands, but with paperbacks being heavy and expensive I usually read with kindle. It is cheaper and more convenient as I can carry all my books with me on one device, but if I get the chance to really spoil myself, I will most definitely do that with a paper copy.

Do you know your first paperback/ebook? My first book in paper and digital form was the Fifty Shades series by E.L. James. I was just obsessed with the series and wanted to get it in every shape and form. However, my first ebook purchase on my Kindle was King of New York by Diamond R. James.

Do you remember your very first read? I can’t actually. It’s sad actually because I would like to know what pushed me and my love for reading.

What is it that draws you to a book? (picture, blurb, author..or all?) I like a pretty cover. Who doesn’t? But if the blurb doesn’t match the cover, or doesn’t pique my interest I won’t read it. I give anything a try, but if it really seems like something that I wouldn’t read, then I won’t.

Do you have a favorite genre you read? And which one? I have two! My first favorite will always be romance. I love the stories that sweep me off my feet and make me swoon, however a dark romance can never go amiss. My second, which I got from my mother and grandmother, is Crime Thrillers and sometimes the darker the better. I love a thriller that makes me gasp from my seat, uncomfortable (to a point) and speechless from such a good ending. I always get recommended something by my mother, and if I see something that maybe she would like, I’d always recommend it to her. It truly is a family thing for me.

What is your ideal bookboyfriend like? (looks, actions…) My ideal book boyfriend would be muscular, but not overly done so, with short brown hair, and mesmerising eyes, no matter the colour. He would have to have a sense of humour, be generous and kind, but take no prisoners if wronged. He would have to be loyal and allow himself to be vulnerable with the right people, and loveable and strong enough to carry my food shopping for me. Wealth doesn’t matter to me, as long as he has a kind heart and is determined, I am good.

Do you have a real life bookboyfriend? If he is a celeb, book model and so forth, care to share a photo of who? Jamie Dornan. A sweet Irishman who is a great father, husband and actor. What more do I need to say?

What is your favorite part about a story? (the beginning get to know each other, the sexy scenes, the middle right before the peak…) My favourite part of the story is the build-up in the relationship where the characters are allowing themselves to be vulnerable and open up to one another. I just love the emotional aspect of the romance so much; it’s what keeps me reading. The other parts; the angst, the steam are just very, VERY good perks.

What book are you currently reading? I’m not reading anything at the moment, but I will be starting my ARC of Forever and Never by Ella Fields, and I can’t wait!

Do You have a favorite book quotes from any recent or previously read books you’d like to share?  ‘You’re my lifeline’. The words from Christian Grey that never fail to make me swoon.  (Darker)

How long does it take you to read an average book? It depends on the size of the book. If it’s a big book (500 pages +) it can take me between two to three days. If it’s smaller than that, maybe one to two days. If the book has completely taken over my life, a day for sure.

How many reads per week do you think you read on an average? I used to be able to read around 5-7 books a week, but now that I have a job, I can only usually manage around three books a week.

Have you ever considered writing a book? If so, why, how, when and who?! Hehe I have considered writing a book. I always have something in my head that floats around and drives me wild with need to write it down, but down to fear and cost I haven’t had the guts to do it.

Who is your favorite author and why? (you’re welcome for this one *smirk*) I can’t say I have a favorite author. Every story that I read touches me in a different way. There are so many I can’t decide. It’s so hard!

Now, the real important question -> What is your favorite book & why! To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It was a book that I studied ages ago that just touched me. The story was so fascinating and eye-opening. I remember reading this book, and thinking, WOW! Books don’t always show the dark side of society and being exposed to that made me start thinking about life and precious it truly is and formed certain opinions of the world. It was a book that truly inspired me to be a decent human being to all, and that everybody is equal no matter the colour of their skin. Whenever I see the movie on the television, I never hesitate to watch it. 

Do you have any magical words for everyone out there?! You are all strong wonderful human beings that deserve the good in your life. If it’s hard right now, be strong, and when you can’t be strong let others be strong for you. It’s a tough world out there, and there is room for you, just fight for it. Take your time and breathe. Be happy and live happily. Oh, and keep reading! You may never know what you will find in between the pages.


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BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT! @RomanticLit


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 a very beautiful person and I really enjoyed reading more about her!! ENJOY!


Name: Aline Azevedo

About yourself: It’s always so difficult to talk about me hahaha! But here it goes: I’m a Gemini from São Paulo, Brazil and I have 24 years old. I study Portuguese and Italian on college and work at the second biggest library of Brazil! I love reading, writing, organizing stuff and learning new (and super different) languages! I have four dogs that matches my personality: CRAZY. I love rock, horror movie, glitter and learning new and random stuff! Oh, and my favorite color is blue! Nice to meet you!


BOOKSTAGRAM

Logo/IG name? @RomanticLit

How/Why did you come up with it? Well, actually my blog had a different name before, Uma Leitora, but there was already a blog with that name and at a certain time, I realized I was reading and writing so much about romance novels that I decided to direct my blog just to this genre. Then I made a really poor brainstorm with some of the keywords of the genre and came with RomanticLit, short for romantic literature.

When did you start Bookstagramming? What was the first thing you did? When I started doing book reviews it was on my blog on blogger. Sometime later I created accounts to RommyLit on social media and Instagram was the one I liked most. I love visual content and my followers interacted more in it, so I directed more time and creativity to IG. I don’t remember the exact time when I started, but in I think it was 3 or 4 years ago. I started with pictures of the books I bought and as promotion to the content posted on the blog.

Why did you start what you started? Influence? Mostly for promoting the reviews I wrote for my followers and for the authors and publishing houses of my country. Then I started making some content to IG and now huge part of what I create is focused on Instagram. I don’t remember a single influence, but lots of Brazilian bloggers that rocked the photo game ans inspired me to try and do something similar. 

Did you have any help at the beginning or winged it? Only for the reviews on the blog, but for the IG it was always only me.

What is your favorite part about BOOKSATGRAMMING and why? I LOVE when a picture catch my eye. I don’t know how to explain it, but when I see a book in a good picture it makes me automatically want to read it. I love how creative everyone is to create the set to the pictures, arranging color and objects and themes that matches the book… WOW I could spend my entire life talking about it. The other thing that gained me on IG was the practicity to interact with the people that like the same things that I like, and how people seems more open and inclined to really interact, give indications, expose their opinion… This makes the experience there much more rich and inspiring. 

What platforms do you use (this is meant for APP’s mainly, things like Canva and so forth.) I use mostly Canva (to create banners for the posts on the blog), VSCO, Repost for Instagram and Boomerang (one of my favorites). But I love trying new apps, so there’s always something different on the photos I post.

What social media’s are you on? And do you have a favorite? I’m on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr. For the blog my number 1 is Instagram, but personally I love Tumblr (even with the annoying changes), I search for lots of inspirations there.

 Do you have any tips and tricks about blogging?

  1. Post at least 3 times per week
  2. Create content. Photos, stories, questions, tests… Just interact with your followers. They’ll love it and will go to your straight to your IG when searching for news and good content.
  3. Use hashtags, but use it wisely. The right ones, not that much, AND USE HASHTAGS ON STORIES TOO! PLEASE!
  4. Be original. I know now days being original is hard. Sometimes it seems there’s nothing else to be created but when I say original I’m not excluding having inspirations. Everyone has it, it’s super normal and healthy to keep your mind working. Just do what YOU like, not what is always trending. Followers search for a unique opinion too, someone that are curious, that shine a light in something they haven’t noticed yet. So snap your crazy pics, write your true opinion, even if it is controversy, read your different sub genres. DO YOU AND HAVE FUN! 

Have you had any bad/negative experiences on Bookstagram? Not baaad. Just some comments of people that didn’t like my opinion about a book, a theme and stuff like that. But I was always super happy in my IG experience until now. Even when I made some mistake with information or something people came to talk to me with the best intentions.

What have you learned from blogging on a public platform like? I’ve learned that everyone see Instagram as the kingdom of perfection. You know that sensation that everyone on IG gave the perfect life? Yeah, I’ve struggled with that at the beginning. I was unemployed  when I started, didn’t have all the new books, the good phone with awesome camera and that made me feel bad for some time. So, I’ve learned that you can make a good content with less. And learned to keep being me and being humble (this is a fragile subjects for some bloggers on Brazil due to partnerships with publishing houses and how this made some bloggers and bookstagramers go super Paris Hilton about it).

Do you have any goals that you haven’t yet been able to get to, concerning your account? I really want to get closer to a font of news regarding the romance novel world. A account/blog that people go to learn more about the genre, the fresh news of romance books, events, movies, TV, etc. And my ultimate dream at the moment is to save some money and doing a tour for different book events and different countries. First to show my people at Brazil it’s possible to go see the world and to show the differences from here and other countries events structures, activities, ideas and much more. Send me good vibes please! Hahaha.

What are some highlights or special moments that have happened, concerning your book blogging career?  My first trip alone at 16 to the biggest book event of Brazil, Bienal do Livro at Rio de Janeiro. I’m from São Paulo, so some bookfriends rented a microbus and we’ve gone to another state to the event. It was FANTASTIC! Bought lots of books, met a dozen friends that I met online, and I met Sylvia Day at a signing. My heart goes insane just to remember it! Most of the highlights are meeting my fave authors like Jamie McGuire, Tammara Webber and Brittainy C. Cherry.

Do you think Bookstagram is an effective platform to express your opinion on books? Yes! Mostly because you can catch the usuer attention not only with your text but with visual content too. Than the chance of someone stop scrolling to read your opinion is bigger. And I think we’re at the flash generation, where small and direct text are most appreciated ever for the ones that likes to read. So the word limitation of the word limitation of the app obligated bookstagramers to created shorts and rich content that calls for the attention of everyone.

What do you use camera vise when taking book photography? Well, I only use my smartphone camera and apps to edit the photos.

Do you use your own props? Is there a fun or MAGICAL way you set it all up? (loc, props…) I’m kind of obsessed with flat lay, so I like to spead the books and lots of items that remind me of it on a neutral background, like old and yellowish book pages, or a pallet. Then I edit with lots of bright and shiny effects and BAAM! It’s ready to post!

Do you have advice for new bookstagrammers on how to start, be, and do? (anything goes here)

  • Search for tips and tricks about Instragram. This is super important to make your posts visible, high quality and to enjoy every action that could help you being the best! 
  • Choose hashtags that matches what you post, but don’t flood your post with it! I recommend 15 at max.
  • Experiment. Take some books with your and go see your city, try taking some experimental pics, learn what you like, what’s your style and don’t be afraid of not being the best. You’ll conquer your followers with your originality and with time. 
  • Do brainstorms! Read more about your fave genre, interact, leave your confort zone!
  • Post regularly!
  • Please, don’t stress about number of likes and stuff like that! HAVE FUN!

Do you have any favorite Instagram accounts that you follow for books, inspiration, ideas…? Recently @musingsofthemb, @ursula_uriarte  and @clayci are my top inspirational IGs, but I like to go to some hashtags like #bookshelf #booksaremylify #booksobsessed and just scroll and see what catches my attention.

What was the first book you officially bookstagrammed, how about the first book you reviewed and posted on Instagram? I don’t post reviews on Instagram ☹ But the first book I reviewed (I think) it was Dark Prince, by Christine Feehan. The first picture of books I posted on IG was of Never Too Far, by Abbi Glines.


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 have no idea! I think I have close to 170 paperbacks and e-book… Only god knows! HAHAHAHA

Do you prefer paper or kindle? I love paper, but I spend the entire day out so Kindle is much better to carry around.

Do you know your first paperback/ebook? My first paperback was Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer and e-book was The Devil’s Lady, by Deborah Simmons.

Do you remember your very first read? It was a comicbook for children called A Turma da Mônica, by Maurício de Souza. It’s pretty popular in Brazil even between adults!

What is it that draws you to a book? (picture, blurb, author..or all?) Cover, for sure! Than blurb. If I like both than it’s automatically on my TBR list.

Do you have a favorite genre you read? And which one? Oh, I LOVE dark romance. Actually I love all the B side subgenres of romance. Like Sci-fi, shapeshifters romance (yeah, the dragon and sexy puma ones), merman, etc… 

What is your ideal bookboyfriend like? (looks, actions…) The funny and sexy tattoed guy who hides his scattered heart and soul with jokes. This type always wins my heart just to torn it into pieces. Its SO PAINFUL but I love every second of it!

Do you have a real life bookboyfriend? If he is a celeb, book model and so forth, care to share a photo of who? OMG, I have two. Both models, both showed on book covers! First is Stephen James (@whoiselijah) and the second is Jord Liddell (@jord_liddell). Come drool with me, my friends!

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 slow burn scenes! Right after the characters have that cliché thought “it’s not possible that I’m into him/her”. And then they start noticing the other, the jokes are no more only jokes, they get nervous when are alone… OMG. This road of torture to the first kiss is FABULOUS!

What book are you currently reading? I’m starting “The Summer I Turned Pretty”, by Jenny Han.

Do You have a favorite book quotes from any recent or previously read books you’d like to share? I love this one from “The Bet”, by Rachel Van Dyken: “The past is called the past for a reason. If you are constantly looking behind you, your eyes aren’t on the road ahead. You don’t drive the car that way, so why should you live your life that way?” 

How long does it take you to read an average book? I’m a super slow reader! 4-5 days ☹

How many reads per week do you think you read on an average? I think 2. 3 at max!

Have you ever considered writing a book? If so, why, how, when and who?! Hehe I already write books and post them on Wattpad! The book I’m posting now (with a long hiatus) is called “The Perfect Opposite” and it’s romantic comedy about a woman than had a crush for a man that don’t have interest in her, but she doesn’t give up. And in order to convince him to give her a chance they both fall in love, with super different personalities, lives, countries, desires… Oh, it’s my baby. I love this story!

Who is your favorite author and why? (you’re welcome for this one *smirk*) J.R. Ward! Because she seems to have and multiverse on her head. I love how she mixes tradition and modernity in her vampires on the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, how every character are completely different and evoke all the craziest feelings on the readers… She is a Midas to me, and I’ll keep reading everything she writes!

Now, the real important question -> What is your favorite book & why!  Lover At Last, by J.R. Ward. I love LGBTQ+ romance and since the first time I’ve read Qhuinn and Blaylock interact, on the begging of the BDB series, I knew they would fall in love and that their story was going to end my heart for sure and I wasn’t wrong! This book is SO BEAUTIFUL that brings tears to my eyes just to remember it.

Do you have any magical words for everyone out there?!  I want to thank you for inviting me for this Spotlight! I loved answering this questions and I hope I can help some new bookstagramers! And thanks for everyone that read it! You guys rock! Never stop reading, writing and conquering the world! Bye!


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That Concludes another wonderful SPOTLIGHT, thank you everyone, more to come of course & let’s go show some love to our fellow bookstagrammer!

BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT! Carly @CarlehWilsonBooks

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 a very lovely young woman who I met through Instagram and glad to have! ENJOY!


PERSONAL

Name: Carly Wilson

My name is Carly, I am 30 years old, and I am originally born in Newcastle, but currently live in Leeds (UK) with my husband Craig. My favorite color is purple, which ironically ties in with my birthstone Amethyst making me an Aquarian. I’m a creative person at heart and love being crafty and getting to make things. You can often find me trying my hand at glass painting, knitting or sewing. I’m super talkative and love getting to know new people and socializing. I am an absolutely appalling cook, pretty much nearly everything I try to make ends up being a disaster!


BOOKSTAGRAM

Logo/IG name? @CarlehWilsonBooks

How/Why did you come up with it? My account became a ‘bookstagram’ account purely by accident. I began an Instagram account with the intention of interacting with friends, following celebrities and posting about my life. I then became very aware of the amount of books I wanted to talk about, post pictures of and fangirl over, so started to take pictures as and when and posted them. Over a few months I realized it wasn’t fair to people like my boss and my non-book loving friends having to see all my posts, so I created a separate profile for my personal pics and kept my initial account for books. The conjuring of the name is my name, surname and books. I simply have not found a title I’d like to keep and stick to, so in the meantime I’m keeping it simple.

When did you start Bookstagramming? What was the first thing you did? I first started intentionally bookstagramming back in August 2018, which doesn’t seem that long in hindsight. The first thing I did was just casually take pictures when I bought a book or began reading. I only started amping up my posts properly March this year when I made my account fully about books.

Why did you start what you started? Influence? I started innocently as just a regular user of Instagram and joined because my husband thought I’d enjoy ‘seeing all the book related pages’, and he was so right! I love everything book related and realized that despite my profile being about me and what I was up to, I just wanted to tell people what I was reading, and what I enjoyed. I then got offered a number of opportunities to review and share artwork, and the chance to apply to share things, so it has continued from there.
I have been influenced by so many good bookstagrammers, I just love seeing what different people come up with, and how they display or promote books.

Did you have any help at the beginning or winged it? I am a complete amateur when it comes to social media. I have no experience of how I should post, of trends and I most certainly do not have any photography skills. So I have completely winged it. My husband is a Digital Marketing Manager for a football club and he sometimes makes helpful suggestions, but I am very independent in terms of wanting to learn myself how to do things and what works. I get a buzz seeing new people follow and like my reviews or posts, and love being able to meet new people via my hobby.
Where I am an amateur at social media, I excel in being a passionate reader. I have pushed myself over the past few years to be an active member in several online book groups, and I am part of quite a few ARC teams for authors. I have been offered some amazing opportunities when it comes to reading, and I can’t help but want to post or talk about them.

What is your favorite part about BOOKSATGRAMMING and why? I adore sharing book covers, and feel real excitement when I see one that is absolutely stunning. I love the freedom to post that I have on this type of platform, and I feel like it is more interactive. I am still very much in an early ‘trying out’ stage for my account, but I am very grateful to those who like or comment on my posts, as it makes me smile and want to continue discussing books.

What platforms do you use (this is meant for APP’s mainly, things like Canva and so forth) Some people will be horrified to learn this, but it’s just me and my iphone.  

What social media’s are you on? And do you have a favorite? I have a Facebook, Twitter and Instagram account, but I use them each for different reasons. My Facebook account is mainly for keeping in touch with my family and friends, and I view this as my ‘personal account. Facebook does however have lots of author/reader groups which I am a part of, where I regularly join in conversations that fellow book lovers are having.

Twitter is my mixture of personal and hobby, I will post about about things I watch, things I see and books. My account username is @carlehwilson.

Instagram is my hobby account, and it is the account I try to post on every day. This would be my favourite by far as I love the lack of drama, and how it is a place for everyone to showcase their hobbies, talents and lifestyles.

Do you have any tips and tricks about blogging? Try and show your personality in your posts, and post what you love.

Have you had any bad/negative experiences on Bookstagram? I have not personally had any bad or negative experiences on Bookstagram. The book community is a very friendly and open group and most readers I encounter enjoy the conversation.

What have you learned from blogging on a public platform like IG? I have learnt about ‘themes’, I have learnt about different types of accounts and about injecting personality into posts.

Do you have any goals that you haven’t yet been able to get to, concerning your account? I really want to start taking more pictures of paperbacks whilst trying to be more creative with my images.

What are some highlights or special moments that have happened, concerning your book blogging career? The first was being asked to do this (completely flattered), the second would be getting the chance to beta read a book for someone, and them adding my name in the dedications in return for my opinions and advice.

Do you think Bookstagram is an effective platform to express your opinion on books? I am a bit advocate for Bookstagram. I love having the freedom to post, and to me it has always felt less judgmental in comparison to other platforms. I think this is due to people only following you if they want to, so they are essentially following because they like what you post, or because you have a shared interest. I am incredibly thankful for the people who like my posts. I have seen so many people do amazing things with their book accounts, and honestly I’m in awe of them all.

What do you use camera vise when taking book photography? Iphone camera

Do you use your own props? Is there a fun or MAGICAL way you set it all up? (loc, props…) I would love to certainly explore things like this, but usually it’s me and my kindle or images that I get supplied.

Do you have advice for new bookstagrammers on how to start, be, and do? (anything goes here) Start because you want to, post what you love and enjoy it.

Do you have any favorite Instagram accounts that you follow for books, inspiration, ideas…?The Guide To Romance Novels’ is my absolute favourite!  I love the reviews, the pictures and content. I think your passion for books and your genuine love for the authors is evident in all that you do, and it looks like you have fun with it. I also love James_Trevino, he is just so clever in what he creates and thebookdisciple…just obsessed!

What was the first book you officially bookstagrammed, how about the first book you reviewed and posted on Instagram? The first book I ever posted about was ‘A Little Too Late’ By Staci Hart (amazing book) my first ‘review’ on Instagram was ‘The Fallback’ by Mariah Dietz.


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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 would honestly be on for days. I once made the mistake of adding up how much money I’d spent on books from amazon in one year…don’t ever do that!

Do you prefer paper or kindle? I love the feel and smell of an old paperback book, but I love kindle books as it saves me from having to find space for another bookshelf in my house.

Do you know your first paperback/ebook? First e-book read would have been Debt and the Doormat by Laura Barnard.

Do you remember your very first read? My first ever ‘proper read’ which I can remember was ‘Alice’s Adventure’s In Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll, and I can honestly say this is one of my favorites and a book that gave me a passion for reading. I loved it that much my parent’s got a cake for my 30th birthday with the cover on it.

What is it that draws you to a book? (picture, blurb, author..or all?) I am particularly attracted to book covers, I love anything that stands out, or is unusual etc. Once I read a book by an author, if I love their work I will binge read their books for days.

Do you have a favorite genre you read? And which one? I’d have to say Romance all the way. I’m just a sucker for it, love historical romances, angst, chicklit, all of it! I’m just a sucker for love and reading about characters finding their Happy Ever After’s.

What is your ideal bookboyfriend like? (looks, actions…) Interesting question, for me I seem to love the broody heroes in books. They always have dark hair, tall with that chiseled jawline and they are protective of their heroines.

Do you have a real life bookboyfriend? If he is a celeb, book model and so forth, care to share a photo of who? It would have to be Ian Somerhalder, or ‘Smolderhalder’ as I call him :p (I will happily share a picture of him!)

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 that pivotal moment where a hero or heroine needs to admit their feelings. It just gets me every.single.time.

What book are you currently reading? I am currently reading ‘On The Rocks’ By Kandi Steiner.

Do You have a favorite book quotes from any recent or previously read books you’d like to share? ‘The best kind of love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I’d hope to give you forever.’- The Notebook
‘We were still broken, and cracked, and growing and learning. We were mistakes and perfection, flowing steams and hurricanes’ – Eleanor and Grey by Brittainy C. Cherry

How long does it take you to read an average book? I read around my job so about approx. 2 days.

How many reads per week do you think you rea don an average? 4-5 books

Have you ever considered writing a book? If so, why, how, when and who?! Hehe I have written books, but I am terrified of letting anyone other than my close family and friends read them. I have toyed with the idea of a pen name, letting people see snippets to test the water etc, but I guess I worry about negative opinions and how that would affect me.

Who is your favorite author and why? (you’re welcome for this one *smirk*) I am going to have to list them as I couldn’t possibly choose one. I love Deanna Raybourn, Meg Cabot, Melissa Foster, Staci Hart, Kandi Steiner, Katy Regnery and Brittainy C. Cherry (you are lucky I narrowed it down, this could have went on a while)

Now, the real important question -> What is your favorite book & why! Tough question, one of my all-time favorite books which has stuck with me ever since I read it back in January 2018, is ‘On The Way To You’ by Kandi Steiner. It was thought provoking, touching and emotional, and it gave me all the feels whilst breaking my heart and healing it. I could relate strongly to the topic of grief, and it captivated me.

Do you have any magical words for everyone out there?! Do what you love.


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BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT! Cleo @devoted_pages

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 a very beautiful young woman who I have learned a lot from on Instagram and am glad to have gotten to know as well! ENJOY!


Name: Cleo

About Yourself: I’m a Libra, I was born and raised in Bronx, New York and currently reside in Sunny South Florida. Not many know I’m a book blogger; it’s my little secret and passion. I’m currently a Footwear Design Assistant/Product Developer. I’ve been in the footwear industry for over 15 years. I travel a lot overseas to China for development. I’m a dog lover and currently have a mixed gsp named Hudson, my English bulldog Luna was my every thing and she said farewell last year. I’m obsessed with spinning (indoor cycling); it’s what keeps me fit and helps with my stressful days.


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Logo/IG name? Devoted Pages

How/Why did you come up with it? I’m pretty much devoted to my books, I always wanted the word devoted included. I thought it was the perfect fit! The style of the logo is almost my handwriting ☺.

When did you start Bookstagramming? What was the first thing you did? I started Bookstagramming July 21st, 2018. My first post was a teaser for the book Anchored by Ruby Rowe and my 2nd post, which is one of my favorites, Wanting Mr. Cane by Shanora Williams.

Why did you start what you started? Influence? I befriended @feelingsofabookaholic (Marjorie) from my personal Instagram page. I came upon one of her teasers and was so intrigued. I started using Marjorie’s page as my personal library. Every time I needed a new book I would take a peek at her recommendations and reviews. We started chatting one day and she asked me a simple question Do you review your books? Because you read a lot of books and it would be a shame not to share your reviews with others and most importantly the author. To be honest I had no idea it was a thing… She introduced me to this world and I thank her every opportunity I have.

Did you have any help at the beginning or winged it? I totally winged it!

What is your favorite part about BOOKSATGRAMMING and why? Wow… My favorite part would have to be meeting new people and the welcoming that this community gives to one another is pretty cool. Sometimes you feel as if you’ve known each other for years. And of course I can’t leave out, its pretty amazing supporting Indie authors and getting their babies out to the world for others to embrace.

What platforms do you use (this is meant for APP’s mainly, things like Canva and so forth.) Since I’m on the computer all day for work I mainly use Adobe Illustrator for my layouts. I currently get my pics of the hot models from Pinterest.

What social media’s are you on? And do you have a favorite? I’m currently on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads & Bookbub. My favorite by far is Instagram! Not a Facebook fan at all!

 Do you have any tips and tricks about blogging? It’s not easy, that’s for sure. I notice some people have trouble taking good pics… Easy props Paper! Go to Michaels or Hobby Lobby and their craft sections have the best paper, it’s great to use as backdrops! Reviews always be honest, stay true to yourself and what you believe. That’s the whole idea about blogging it’s about you and how you envision this book world.

Have you had any bad/negative experiences on Bookstagram? I personally have not had any bad or negative experiences. Super thankful!

What have you learned from blogging on a public platform like? It’s not about the number of likes or the number of followers you have. It’s about who you are and how you want to share your enjoyment for books. Stay honest and true followers will always keep following.

Do you have any goals that you haven’t yet been able to get to, concerning your account? To be honest I had never set any goals when I started this. I just wanted to be able to help Indie Authors get their books out to others. I’m pretty much doing that now and super happy to be able to.

What are some highlights or special moments that have happened, concerning your book blogging career? I think many would agree it’s an amazing feeling when your favorite author starts following you or they comment on the review you have made for their book. One of my 1st interactions with an author was with Grahame Claire, I was super excited when I received her comment and we always keep in touch. Hopefully we will meet at the Shameless Book Con in October along with many of my other favorite authors.

Do you think Bookstagram is an effective platform to express your opinion on books? Yes, especially with the teasers. You’re able to create a beautiful scene of the book to give readers a glimpse into the characters.

What do you use camera vise when taking book photography? Just use my Iphone, which recently got upgraded!!! Iphone Xs Max

Do you use your own props? Is there a fun or MAGICAL way you set it all up? (loc, props…) I don’t own too many props. Just a few here and there, it’s all about the lighting!! I must say my best pics are taken at the beach.

Do you have advice for new bookstagrammers on how to start, be, and do? Be patient, Be honest and Stay True to Yourself.

Do you have any favorite Instagram accounts that you follow for books, inspiration, ideas…? Jeez, there’s so many!!! It’s incredible the talent that’s out there. To name a few:

@feelingsofabookaholic @totallybookish28 @tweezyreads @buttthisbook @bookisflove @lianareadsblog @dreamyreads  and the sisters @it.sgottabethebooks @bookeverlasting

What was the first book you officialy bookstagrammer, how about the first book you reviewed and posted on Instagram? Let’s see my first bookstagrammer I would say was for the book Desolate by Autumn Grey. My first book I reviewed and posted was Anchor by Ruby Rowe.


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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) Let’s just say I made the mistake before I found out about Kindle Unlimited to add up my monthly charges from my Nook at the time and I almost had a small attack.

Do you prefer paper or kindle? That’s tough. I prefer e-books because it’s practical for me but I’ve decided if it’s a favorite read the paperback will be purchased and added to my library. Best feeling is a holding a book in your hand with our favorite beverage and enjoying your read.

Do you know your first paperback/ebook? Paperback: Oh damn… We have to go way back! I actually still have it and was so proud at the time when it was passed on to me. Shakespeare Romeo & Juliet. My first e-book YA: Gates of Paradise by Melissa de la Cruz.

Do you remember your very first read? It was one of those Little Golden Books: Walt Disney’s Mother Goose

What is it that draws you to a book? (picture, blurb, author..or all?) Cover and Blurb

Do you have a favorite genre you read? And which one? Contemporary & Erotic Romance

What is your ideal bookboyfriend like? (looks, actions…) A nice handsome, Sexy AF alpha male!

Do you have a real life bookboyfriend? If he is a celeb, book model and so forth, care to share a photo of who? Can’t get over the hotness of Christian Hogue!

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 actually really enjoy when an author writes an Epilogue! You’re always wanting a little more at the end of a book especially if it’s not a complete future ending… It’s a good bonus when they include an epilogue.

What book are you currently reading? I’m currently reading Deceit by Ava Harrison.

Do You have a favorite book quotes from any recent or previously read books you’d like to share?

“Regret lives in the past and fear in the future, but neither exist in the present. Let’s live in the moment, one day at a time.” The Fall Before Flight – L.M. Halloran

“Do what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe, love as long as you live.” Unbroken Promises – Nikki Ash

How long does it take you to read an average book? It depends on my work schedule, but it usually takes me 2 days.

How many reads per week do you think you read on an average? Again, it usually depends on my work schedule. A slow workweek, I usually can read at least 3 books and a busy workweek 1 ½.

Have you ever considered writing a book? If so, why, how, when and who?! Hehe I wish!!! I’m a horrible writer!

Who is your favorite author and why? (you’re welcome for this one *smirk*) Oh man! This is difficult to be honest! So I’m going to name a few and these authors are my top favorite because of their unique writing styles and their books have left a mark with me (This is in no particular order).

Autumn Grey, Brittainy C. Cherry, L.M. Halloran, Trilina Pucci, Gabrielle G., Kate Stewart, K. Webster & Sarah J. Maas

Now, the real important question -> What is your favorite book & why! No… This is difficult!!!! Ok I’m going to try and make this easy for myself. I’ve mentioned this a couple of times and especially when I’ve seen readers post about this book. I still think about this book and I don’t think I sobbed so much reading a book. I was so torn and broken; the story of these two characters affected me so much. I put myself into their world and felt every pain and struggle. The writers did such an amazing job and the best part at the end it was so satisfying and the authors gave you closure.

Heartbreak Warfare by Kate Stewart & Heather Orgeron

Do you have any magical words for everyone out there?!
“Si vis amari, ama.” If you wish to be loved, love.


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BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT! Jasna @JV_readinglist


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 a very beautiful woman who not only loves books but also is Bosnia a town called Mostar, we don’t only share the language or background but also a story I am sure she went through just like I did during the war of 1995. That’s another story but I hope you ENJOY!



Name: Jasna Vegar

About Me: I am 37 years old and I come from a beautiful little town of Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) which is located in the heart of Europe. I was born in this town, but during my life, I have lived in Sweden for almost 4 years, and 5 years I lived in Sarajevo (capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina) where I studied English literature. I am professor of English by profession, but I work as a translator. I am happily married for 10 years now (we are actually celebrating our 10th anniversary on June 20) and I have a daughter (8 years old), for whom I hope that will love reading and books as much as I do. Besides reading, which is everyone’s hobby here in the bookstagram world, I really like to travel. I am especially excited for the road trips that I go on with my family. Our family goal regarding travelling is to annually visit two countries where we haven’t been before. I am born in January, which means that my zodiac sign is Aquarius; a fun fact is that both my husband and daughter are the same zodiac sign as I am, and we function very well. Spring and summer are my two favorite seasons and I like to spend as much time as I can outdoors in the nature or by the seaside.


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Logo/IG name? JV_readinglist

How/Why did you come up with it? When I decided that I would like to try bookstagramming, my inspiration was on a very low level, but I thought that I will usually post about the books I am reading or would love to read, so basically the IG name means Jasna Vegar’s reading list. Regarding the logo, because I am not yet very good with graphics, I had a little help by @bobi_book_ero, @mimi.dekoracije and the latest one is made by @hopeless.romance.readaholic.  So thank you guys so much ☺ I love them all!

When did you start Bookstagramming? What was the first thing you did? I started my bookstagram account not so long ago, actually on February 7 this year. The first thing I posted was a picture of a book that I was reading at the time just and I started my account.

Why did you start what you started? Influence? I have had my private IG account for years, and lately (before I started bookstagram), I used to post photos of books and different giveaways, and there were some people that used to say I should start my own bookstagram account because I love to read so much ☺   

Did you have any help at the beginning or winged it? At the beginning I wanted to try by myself, and I managed to figure out most of the things, but on the way I had little help from my dear bookish friends @bobi_book_ero and @hopeless.romance.readaholic and my dear colleague and friend @xenaratnica.

What is your favorite part about BOOKSTAGRAMMING and why? I simply love this bookstagram world because in these couple of months that I have been active everyone along the way has been so helpful, and I am very proud of this community and the people that are part of it. I have met people and authors from all over the world, and everyone has been so supportive and helpful. So thank you all for being so amazing!

What platforms do you use (this is meant for APP’s mainly, things like Canva and so forth.) I have just started using Canva, and I am still getting used to it. Regarding photos I am using Pixlr, Fotor, and Photo Editor.

What social media’s are you on? And do you have a favorite? I have private accounts both on Facebook and Instagram, and I must say that Instagram is my favorite.

 Do you have any tips and tricks about blogging? Being a pioneer in this blogging world perhaps the best tip is to just be yourself,  the more you are yourself the more will people appreciate you.

Have you had any bad/negative experiences on Bookstagram? I haven’t had any negative experiences so far, and hopefully it will stay that way.

What have you learned from blogging on a public platform like? The answer is the same as on the previous question. It is very important to be yourself. The world is full of different people but everyone has some kind of a sparkle that will shine bright one day.

Do you have any goals that you haven’t yet been able to get to, concerning your account? I am pretty happy with how things are going right now but who knows, maybe I become inspired soon.  

What are some highlights or special moments that have happened, concerning your book blogging career? I was really happy when some authors contacted me and were willing to send me their books for a review. I really had no idea that things like that were happening in this bookstagram world.

Do you think Bookstagram is an effective platform to express your opinion on books? Yes, I think it definitely is.

What do you use camera vise when taking book photography? I simply use the camera on my phone – Huawei Mate 20 Lite ds

Do you use your own props? Is there a fun or MAGICAL way you set it all up? (loc, props…) Yes I do use my own props, usually searching my home for new ideas, and natural light is very important too, so I try to take photos during daytime.

Do you have advice for new bookstagrammers on how to start, be, and do? Just be yourself and you will be surprised how many similar people to yourself you will meet.

Do you have any favorite Instagram accounts that you follow for books, inspiration, ideas…? There are so many beautiful accounts that are my daily inspiration such as: @abooklover73, @bookishlife.123, @knjigesuumodi, @love2read_, @kayloo.reads, @cassidyreads, @milicasbookshelf, all those I mentioned in previous questions that have been very helpful and of course @theguidetoromancenovels.

What was the first book you officially bookstagrammer, how about the first book you reviewed and posted on Instagram? The first book with which I officially started my bookstagram was To All the Boys I Loved Before, because I was currently reading that book. And the first two books that I officially reviewed were Bad Saint by Monica James and The Best Kind of Mistake by Jasmin Miller.


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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) The last time I counted my paperbacks there were approximately 250 books and regarding ebooks there are about 100 books on my kindle app.

Do you prefer paper or kindle? I prefer paperbacks, but regarding the fact that the publishers in my country and neighboring countries (we speak the same language ☺) are very slow in translating new books, lately I am reading more ebooks in English.

Do you know your first paperback/ebook? If I remember correctly I think that my first paperback besides the obligatory school books was some book by Danielle Steele and my first ebook was I think On Dublin Street by Samantha Young.

Do you remember your very first read? My very first read was probably some fairytale such as Cinderella or The Little Mermaid ☺

What is it that draws you to a book? (picture, blurb, author..or all?) There are some authors whose books I buy without even reading the blurb, then I really love to see beautiful covers and at the first sight it is the cover that attracts me, and also there are recommendations by the people with whom I have similar taste in books.

Do you have a favorite genre you read? And which one? I really love to read contemporary romance, new adult and historical romance, but sometimes when I want to take a break from those books I like to read drama or books that are set in WW2.

What is your ideal bookboyfriend like? (looks, actions…) I don’t know, perhaps someone like Braden Carmichael from On Dublin Street

Do you have a real life bookboyfriend? If he is a celeb, book model and so forth, care to share a photo of who? I have a real life book husband if that counts ☺

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 like the beginning of the story whether it is enemies to lovers or friends to lovers, but I like to see the flow of the story from the beginning.

What book are you currently reading? A Pizza My Heart by Teagan Hunter and I am loving it.

Do You have a favorite book quotes from any recent or previously read books you’d like to share? Here are two quotes from Slammed, my favorite Colleen Hoover book: “Don’t take life too seriously. Punch it in the face when it needs a good hit. Laugh at it.” “Push your boundaries, that’s what they are there for.”

How long does it take you to read an average book? Usually it takes me 3-4 days sometimes even longer depending on my work schedule.

How many reads per week do you think you read on an average? I believe that 1-2 books are my weekly average.

Have you ever considered writing a book? If so, why, how, when and who?! Actually I have never considered writing a book, by I have been thinking about establishing a publishing house, but after I have seen how complicated it is to set up a business in my country, for now I have dropped that idea.

Who is your favorite author and why? (you’re welcome for this one *smirk*) My favorite author is definitely Colleen Hoover. I simply love how she writes. Her books are all different and yet they are all amazing. I even read her latest book Verity which is totally different from her other books, and I loved it.

Now, the real important question -> What is your favorite book & why! My all-time favorite book is (surprisingly it is not a romance) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I love it because it is not an ordinary book, the narrator is very unfamiliar and it is a very sad story of a young girl’s life during the WW2.

Do you have any magical words for everyone out there?! I believe that it is very important to be true to yourself and believe in yourself. I am a very positive person, and to me the glass is always half full, not half empty. My life moto is “Always look on the bright side of life”.


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BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT! Caitlin, Kelly, and Emily @themommabookclub

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 just one but THREE lovely ladies running one IG account!! I rather really enjoyed their answers, I know you will too. ENJOY!


Name: Caitlin, Kelly, and Emily

About yourself: We are three sisters who live on the shoreline in Connecticut. Caitlin and Kelly are identical twins and Emily is the baby sister. As far as the usual day-to-day work-life we all run the gamut. Caitlin is a huge nerd and teaches computer science. Kelly is a takes no shit contract negotiator for a large corporation. And Emily is a hair stylist extraordinaire.


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Logo/IG name? @themommabookclub

Logo picture, if you have to available?

How/Why did you come up with it? We came up with the name because we figured that there MUST be other moms out there looking for sexy reads. Our logo is actually a tattoo that all three of us share.

When did you start Bookstagramming? What was the first thing you did? When we started bookstagramming we started thinking about the types of reviews WE wanted to see as hard-working full-time moms with very little free time. After some discussion, we felt that narrowing our reviews down to three main criteria would allow for us to cut to the chase: storyline synopsis, sex scene analysis, and cost breakdown (time and money).

Why did you start what you started? Influence? Honestly, we were providing verbal reviews for each other anyway—so why not help more people, right? None of us had ever even heard of bookstagramming before starting our own.

Did you have any help at the beginning or winged it? We TOTALLY winged it. In fact, we only just recently started taking our own bookstagram pictures.

What is your favorite part about BOOKSTAGRAMMING and why? The community is hands-down the best part! We love interacting with readers, authors, and other bookstagrammers. There is SO MUCH support to be had out there and it’s AMAZING to see everyone helping each other out. We are all just out here having fun with our hobbies (whether it’s reading, writing, or taking pictures).

What platforms do you use (this is meant for APP’s mainly, things like Canva and so forth.) We are old school and pretty much stick to what we have readily available on our phones. We might use picstitch for an edit. Sometimes Lumyer to make pretty altered reality effects. Instagram has SO much that’s already embedded into the platform—you just need to try it out and use it!

What social medias are you on? And do you have a favorite? We live that ‘gram life! We post reviews to Goodreads and Amazon, but all of our Facebook activity is through our personal accounts. All three of us would agree that The ‘Gram is our favorite platform.

Do you have any tips and tricks about blogging? Be honest. Be consistent. Be present. So far, it has served us well!

Have you had any bad/negative experiences on Bookstagram? We can say that we have never personally had any! We have been very lucky.

What have you learned from blogging on a public platform like? We have learned that you can’t be in this for the likes. You need to do this for YOU. The likes will follow if you stay true to yourself and do this because you love it.

Do you have any goals that you haven’t yet been able to get to, concerning your account? We had a goal to help make a difference (albeit it’s a small difference) in the lives of others. We just want to save you time, give you a laugh, or something to share with a friend. Based on the DMs  and comments that we get from readers and authors I’d say we’ve reached that goal.

What are some highlights or special moments that have happened, concerning your book blogging career? One of our earliest author supporters was Layla Frost. I remember when she posted a story on Instagram about how people should follow our account. It was totally unprompted and a huge surprise. She will ALWAYS hold a special place in our hearts.  Now, anytime an author or a big time bookstagrammer recognizes us we all get giddy and fangirl like idiots.

Do you think Bookstagram is an effective platform to express your opinion on books? Absolutely! We keep things short and sweet, so we are able to maximize those character limits.

What do you use camera wise when taking book photography? That iPhone portrait mode!

Do you use your own props? Is there a fun or MAGICAL way you set it all up? (loc, props…) We all use our own props. It’s all about great natural lighting and ways to express elements of the book. We like to add little hints about personality traits of characters or hidden details in the books. Our favorite props are flowers, interesting backgrounds (coffee table, floor, placemats, etc), and Caitlin is obsessed with using that gd doilie.

Do you have advice for new bookstagrammers on how to start, be, and do? As stated above, be honest, be consistent, and be present. Don’t be in this for the likes. It’s the QUALITY of the relationship with your followers, NOT the quantity of followers.

Do you have any favorite Instagram accounts that you follow for books, inspiration, ideas…? Some of our favorite bookstagram accounts include: Musings of the Modern Belle, Book Twins Reviews, devoted_pages, YOU (obviously), rotellareads, and sister duo: it.sgottabethebooks and bookeverlasting. Favorite author accounts: Layla Frost, Nicole Rodrigues, Gabrielle G, Amy Daws, Meghan Quinn, Lylah James, Amo Jones, Willow Winters, Nyla K, Anne Malcom, and Giana Darling

What was the first book you officially bookstagrammed, how about the first book you reviewed and posted on Instagram? First bookstagram post was Skye Warren’s The Pawn. Our first review was Vines by Brynne Asher. Both are SOLID romance reads!

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) No freaking clue for paperbacks, BUT on Caitlin’s kindle account alone there are 634 books.

Do you prefer paper or kindle? That’s a tough question. Kindle books take up WAY less space, but there’s something about the smell of ink and paper—and seeing all of the books lines up on your shelf.

Do you know your first paperback/ebook? We’ve been readers since WAY back. I can’t remember the first book that I ever purchased. We are old biddies

Do you remember your very first read? Heck yes. Go Dogs Go. It’s a classic. Gotta love those CVC books!

What is it that draws you to a book? (picture, blurb, author..or all?) Would it make us shallow to say that the cover entices us??? With that being said, an intriguing blurb can reel us in. The author is also a key deciding factor.

Do you have a favorite genre you read? And which one? We all prefer an erotic romance read, but we are also drawn to different tropes: Caitlin– Dark, Mafia, PNR Kelly– Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic Emily– Contemporary with an HEA

What does your ideal bookboyfriend like? (looks, actions…) I think that we can all agree that we just like an alpha male that has his dirty talk on lock.

Do you have a real life bookboyfriend? If he is a celeb, book model and so forth, care to share a photo of who? No real life book boyfriends. Kelly and Emily are married to their HEAs.

Caitlin #BookBoyfriend

What is your favorite part about a story? (the beginning get to know each other, the sexy scenes, the middle right before the peak…) As seen in our reviews, we all fully appreciate a well-written sex scene (and will rate it on a scale of 1-5 flames). Emily always looks for an HEA to end things.

What book are you currently reading?

Caitlin- An ARC for The Trouble With You by LA Cotton

Kelly- I just finished Faking Ms. Right by Claire Kingsley

Emily- Until Mercy by CC Monroe

Do You have a favorite book quotes from any recent or previously read books you’d like to share? Caitlin likes to add her favorite quotes from books at the tops of her reviews. Go check them out!!

How long does it take you to read an average book? We all read about 100pgs an hour.

How many reads per week do you think you read on an average? Caitlin and Emily read about 3-5 per week. Kelly reads about 1-2 (she works 10hr days!).

Have you ever considered writing a book? If so, why, how, when and who?! Hehe Emily is actually in the process of outlining a book! It’s going to be a contemporary romance featuring, wait for this…. three sisters!!

Who is your favorite author and why? (you’re welcome for this one *smirk*)

Caitlin- I honestly have way too many to choose! But I love Layla Frost and Amelia Hutchins. Both write amazing alpha males with snarky and intelligent females. They also write PNR—which is my first love!

Kelly- Sarah J Maas. She builds beautiful worlds, complex character development, and epic romance!

Emily- I’m currently loving Laura Kaye. She feeds my need for a well developed, well written series. Her Hs are alpha and dirty and I don’t mind paying for her books because they are worth it!

Now, the real important question -> What is your favorite book & why! Caitlin- Ever? This isn’t a romance read, but I think it was my first brush with romance as a kid and it set me on the course as a romance reader: Anne of Green Gables. She is SO smart and witty. Determined and motivated. A devoted friend and committed lifelong leaner. Add in that tension and angst with the dreamy and swoon-worthy Gilbert Blythe and I was HOOKED.

Kelly- Fave book is tough, but I love Voyager (Book Three in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series). It’s about true, time transcendent soulmates—who find each other and choose each other every. single. time. I also like that they’re older in the third book. Love doesn’t stop being sexy and romantic just because you’re in your 40s!

Emily- If we’re talking romance, I have to give my nod to Nora Roberts. She was the first author in the genre I read, specifically the Irish Born trilogy. I live for a story with amazing character development, cross overs and happily ever afters. I blame Nora for this, she’s ruined me in the best way,

Do you have any magical words for everyone out there?! Do what you love! Be true to yourself! And make sure to have fun as often as possible!


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That concludes another wonderful SPOTLIGHT of three lovely ladies. Thank you for participating and I enjoyed getting to you all little more! Let’s show them some love!!

BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT! Anna @annasreadings

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 a very beautiful soul, glad to have met her on Instagram!! ENJOY!


Name: Anna Murra

About Yourself: I’m a Gemini and I just turned 25 this month (for some reason I feel I’m starting a new phase of my life). Born and raised on a city in northern Mexico, called Torreon. Growing up I had an “Elle Woods” phase in which I LOVED pink, but now I love neutral colors like black, white or gray. I have a younger sister named Barbara, she’s 1 year and 3 months younger than me. We have 2 cocker spaniels “Dandy” and “Capi” and we love them so much! In December of this year, I’m going to graduate with a degree in International Business and a distinction in Logistics. Besides reading, I love baking, hanging out with my friends and family and watching every single game of the Pittsburgh Steelers with my dad. My favorite city in the world is Florence and I LOVE British culture.


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Logo/IG name? @annasreadings – Anna’s Readings

How/Why did you come up with it? I wanted to use my name and something related to reading books. I created a logo on Canva at first and when I wanted to “change my image” you made my logo and helped me create a more standard image. Thank you!

When did you start Bookstagramming? What was the first thing you did? December 10, 2018. I posted my first review and followed the writers I enjoyed reading.

Why did you start what you started? Influence? I’ve always love reading books so I wanted to keep track of the ones I’ve read, get involved and get to know other readers and writers.

Did you have any help at the beginning or winged it? I winged it, I didn’t knew anyone that was a bookstagrammer and I didn’t even knew “bookstagramming” was a thing but I did ask for advice really early on, Ally from @ally.always.reads and you @theguidetoromancenovels where and still are 2 of the first people I turn for advice and you both have been, since the beginning, kind enough to help me out but also encourage me every step of the way, so THANK YOU!!!!

What is your favorite part about BOOKSATGRAMMING and why? If I’m being honest, it surprised me that it has nothing to do with the books, but with the people. My favorite thing is to get to know and talk to writers and people from all sides of the world. Everyone I’ve met has been extremely nice. I’ve also been a bit anonymous as a bookstagrammer, my closest friends and family know I have a bookstagram but they don’t know my name so I like that anonymous side because I get to really express myself, that’s why I don’t really post pictures of myself but as I’m slowly becoming more confident doing this, I’m becoming more open about it.

What platforms do you use (this is meant for APP’s mainly, things like Canva and so forth.) I’m starting to make little tiny videos with a song and a quote and I use an app for that but I use Canva for almost everything I post and diybookcovers.com 3D mockcovers creator too.

What social media’s are you on? And do you have a favorite? As a bookstagrammer I’m only on Instagram, but with my personal accounts I’m on Instagram, facebook and twitter.

 Do you have any tips and tricks about blogging? Sounds a bit of a cliché but just be yourself. Everyone is really different, and there’s not just one or a right way to do it. Everyone’s reviews and posts are very different, you just need to find out what you want people to get from your work. I always follow my mom’s advice “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything”. If I don’t feel I like he book I don’t say anything, because I don’t want to make a writer feel bad about all the work she/he put into the book or someone from reading it, just because of me. Maybe I was in a bad mood, or I just didn’t like it but that doesn’t mean its not a good one and someone else might like it. That’s why I don’t use stars or grade the books I review.

Have you had any bad/negative experiences on Bookstagram? Not really. I can’t think of anything right now and I hope I never do. I stressed out when time flies and I can’t write a review before or during release day.

What have you learned from blogging on a public platform like? Even if we are all different and unique, everyone I have come across, have a similar goal than you have, and if you ask and try to be involved and care about others, they will inspire you to always improve yourself.

Do you have any goals that you haven’t yet been able to get to, concerning your account? I really want to get to a point where I can get the “swipe up” option on Instagram stories. I would also love to become someone people turn for advice and care about what I have to say.

What are some highlights or special moments that have happened, concerning your book blogging career? Every time I become friends with a writer, when someone asks me directly to review their work and just becoming friends with other bookstagrammers I’ve never even met in “real” life.

Do you think Bookstagram is an effective platform to express your opinion on books? Totally! Between the captions, the stories, the design and the posts, there are unlimited ways to be yourself and let people know your opinion of books.

What do you use camera vise when taking book photography? Just my iphone

Do you use your own props? Is there a fun or MAGICAL way you set it all up? (loc, props…) I only use props when I have the paperback and I always try to use natural light to take my pictures.

Do you have advice for new bookstagrammers on how to start, be, and do? (anything goes here) If you want to become a bookstagrammer just start! You’ll get better with time. It took me awhile to discover what I want to be my “signature” and what makes me different from everyone else, but I discovered it after I started bookstagramming. Be patient, don’t lose motivation. I also found really helpful that I had a clear reason to do this. I wanted to this for me and and my love for reading not for followers or anything like that, so if I post something and I don’t get lots of comments or likes, it doesn’t discourage me from still post things, because I do this for me not for others’ validation.

Do you have any favorite Instagram accounts that you follow for books, inspiration, ideas…? @ally.always.reads @theguidetoromancenovels @bookaddict_reviews @ktbookreviews @the_book_queenWhat was the first book you officialy bookstagrammer, how about the first book you reviewed and posted on Instagram? The first book I reviewed on Instagram was Execution by Lucia Franco I just loved the book and thought of opening my own reader Instagram, I later found out the concept of being a bookstagrammer. The first book I officially bookstagrammed was Wished for you by KD Robichaux. Kayla was the first writer to contact me. She actually wanted me to review “Steal you” but she then told me that she wrote her real love story with her husband in her The Blogger Series so I ended up binge reading her very emotional, I must add, heart breaking then warming story. She also gave me an advice that changed my approach to bookstagramming and it was to get a @kindle address for Arcs.


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) Thanks for asking! I’ve been wondering for awhile so I just counted them! I have 111 books on my kindle app and 149 paperbacks.  

Do you prefer paper or kindle? Paperback and if its signed even better!  But I think its easier and faster to read ARCs on kindle, so I read more on kindle now.

Do you know your first paperback/ebook? First ebook was Missing Pieces by Ivy Smoak just last year and my first independent/ self published book (which are the ones I love to review the most) was Balance by Lucia Franco.

Do you remember your very first read? the first paperback I ever read was Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen when I was in the 3rd grade. It’s a funny story actually, my sister and I loved watching tv at that age and my dad didn’t liked it, so he told us we couldn’t watch it unless we read 3 pages a day from a book, so I chose Pride and Prejudice from somewhere in my house and long story short, I ended up leaving TV for books!

What is it that draws you to a book? (picture, blurb, author..or all?) A mixture of all! I have some writers I know anything I read will be great, the blurb makes me understand what the idea of the book is and the cover gives me the general vibe or feels about the book.

Do you have a favorite genre you read? And which one? It honestly depends on the mood I’m in. But I love Romance! I read every troupe but for some reason I love books with babies or kids in them, so I tend to read a lot of single parent/secret baby ones. I’m also fine reading emotional roller coaster books but I need a HEA.

What is your ideal bookboyfriend like? (looks, actions…) Big hearted, kind, optimistic, protective, loving and loyal, not a cheater! I don’t usually mind the physical look but I like tall, and a bit older than the heroine, and if they have an accent even better!

Do you have a real life bookboyfriend? If he is a celeb, book model and so forth, care to share a photo of who? For some strange reason, I always picture British actors like Michael Fassbender, Tom Hiddleston, David Gandy, Jude Law, Jamie Dornan and Benedict Cumberbatch. I enjoy watching your Book Boyfriend selection as well!

What is your favorite part about a story? (the beginning get to know each other, the sexy scenes, the middle right before the peak…) If it’s a romance book, I love when both characters find out that both of them have feelings for each other.

What book are you currently reading? Hero by Jolie Vines

How long does it take you to read an average book? A day, if I have things to do or I’m not into the story it takes me 2 or 3 days.

How many reads per week do you think you rea don an average? Depends on what I have to do that week but usually between 2-4 books per week.

Have you ever considered writing a book? If so, why, how, when and who?! Hehe I wish! It would be my dream to become a writer but I can’t write haha, I’m just really good at coming up with different stories in my head.

Who is your favorite author and why? (you’re welcome for this one *smirk*) Oh no!!! I have so many!! I couldn’t choose just one! But I love Ashlee Rose, Cara Wade, Devney Perry, Lucia Franco, Kahlen Aymes, Karli Perrin, KD Robichaux, Kayley Loring, Jasmin Miller, Jolie Vines, Karla Sorensen and LK Farlow.

Now, the real important question -> What is your favorite book & why! OH NO!!!!! Please don’t ask me this!!!!! I had a hard time answering the previous question and now this one! If I don’t like the book I read, I don’t review it, so I guess every single book I have read? I do love every Kayley Loring book I have read because I always find personal similarities with them. I got “book hangovers” after reading the Entwined in You series by Ashlee Rose, Off Balance series by Lucia Franco, and the Marry the Scot series by Jolie Vines. Do you have any magical words for everyone out there?! Have fun! Do everything you do because you want to not because you have to. Try to get involved in other people’s work and projects, comment, like and ask questions. Care about other people’s opinions and be yourself! People will love to get your honest opinion! Also, my DM are always open if you want advice or just to talk.


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BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT! Mindy & Sam @Cool_Moms_Who_Read

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 an dual account that does everything PERFECT! The posts, pictures and so forth, really enjoy their posts along with the fact that Sam is the sweetest person! ENJOY!


Name: Mindy & Sam

About yourself: Hi, my name is Melinda (some people call me Mindy) and I’m the introvert of this duo. I like people most of the time, I swear! I’m just awkward so dealing with tons of people, especially if they’re new to me, isn’t always my idea of a good time. I met Sam after our daughters become close friends a few years ago. My daughter kept asking me to set up a playdate with this other girl and I kept putting it off (because I don’t people well) but I finally gave in. It didn’t take long for me to figure out that I LOVE Sam! She’s my extroverted other half, she gets me to do all the people-y things that I’d NEVER do on my own. Go to my very first book convention by myself? NO THANK YOU. She was my nurse mom while I muddled through nursing school and I couldn’t have graduated this May without all of her pep talks. Of course we both love Mean Girls and quote it on the regular. I also love going to the movies, so my husband and I take the kids to the theater as often as we can. I am soooo not an interesting person. I am basically a house cat. I don’t want to go outside, I’ve never been good at sports, BUT I can curl up on the couch with a blanket and a book with the best of them.

About yourself: Sam- As above I am in the extrovert of this ying yang twins team. How dang sweet is what she wrote about me. So yes she shoved this 44 chapters book at me and I lugged it around on the beach in Waikiki before I discovered she had given me a SIGNED copy SIGNED TO HER!! Oh lord. SO I read it finally and fell off my couch laughing and then we went to our first signing. We were clueless we didn’t bring a tote or talk about how much money we should spend but it was the best day ever! It was AWESOME! We met BB and saw KEN! Met Teagan Hunter who is the most precious thing ever! Jessica Florence who I love! It was def a these are our people moment. I stated talking about bookstagramming I think on the way home. I’ve been a nurse for 16 years. Ive been married to my black rain cloud who balances my overly optimistic sunshine sam stuff for 13 years. We have an almost 18 year old son, and a daughter Bella who is 10. They are both spitting images of me and it is weird. I also mom anyone I can all the time. I can’t help it I try not to but it doesn’t work. Just let me love you and take care of you, it’ll be so much easier on you.


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Logo name? Cool Moms Who Read

How/Why did you come up with it? We are fluent in Mean Girls quotes and throw them around like they’re confetti. We went through a options for our name but Cool Moms is really the one that stuck. I think I prob say the words you know not a regular mom like a cool mom at least 10 times a week, trying to convince myself I am still relevant!

When did you start Bookstagramming? What was the first thing you did? I have been a huge fan of the romance community for a few years now. I found BB Easton through Colleen Hoover’s Instagram and three pages into 44 Chapters About 4 Men I thought, “Oh, I really like this girl.” This was just before she released Skin, the first book in her spinoff series. I joined her Facebook group immediately and fell in love with the romance community. I needed so badly to share my book love with someone and after months of telling Sam to read BB’s books, she FINALLY read 44 Chapters and had the same reaction. Then we both needed a way to talk about our book obsessions with people and Sam said, “Hey, we should do this! We can totally do this!” I’m pretty sure our first post was even about 44 Chapters and how it made us book besties. The first thing I did was spend 3 months talking her into this HAHAHAHAHH! Our first post is about BB and how that’s what led us to branch out to this ahhhmazing bookstagram community.

Why did you start what you started? Influence? We had this thing that we both loved so much and it was a huge part of our lives and I think we just needed a place to talk about it. I remember reading one book that will always be in my top five and thinking, “Why isn’t this book everywhere? How have people never heard of this?” It’s so cool to live in a time where it’s so easy to spread the word about the things you’re into. I think that I have known since I was a kid that other people didn’t read like me. It didn’t mean the same thing to them. So I never really had people to nerd club with until my hubs found reading  and then Mindy. Like whoa we’re part of the cool crowd here. They get it! These folks are nice and understand what books mean to me!

Did you have any help at the beginning or winged it? I Googled a lot, honestly. We totally winged it. I mean, who starts something like this in their last semester of college when they have no free time? This is why Sam has described me as, “Part-time here, full-time awesome.” It’s good that there are two of us because Sam is great at some of the things I just can’t do. We pinterested A LOT. Theres so much info out there about themes and different photo techniques. I think we are too eclectic to them our page out. I want to be spontaneous with it I want you to know us and be able to say silly inappropriate stuff. I need to get Mindy posting more reviews bc she is soooo good at that. She writes just great stuff. I on the other hand am pieceing together pictures of things I liked from the books to make teasers and trying to work on flat lays. I’m the crafter of pair for sure.

What is your favorite part you would say and why? I have found books that changed my life. They’ll stay with me forever and I met them through other people in the Bookstagram community. I love meeting new people who love books the way we do! I love that authors are so accessible and want to chat with you too! I love being able to message Nicole Rodrigues and tell her how awesome the sex scene she wrote is and have a chat about it! Gabrielle G and I talk on IG, text, fb, and the snap of chat.

What platforms do you use (for things like posts on any of the social media’s? Or at least your favorite ones? I just do what Sam tells me to do *shrugs shoulders* She’s crazy!

What social media’s are you on? And do you have a favorite? We are currently just on Instagram. I just graduated and started a new job, so we both work full time now and have families. I’m not sure I’d be able to be manage more than one platform right now. And that’s even with Sam doing way more than I have been since nursing school was all consuming. I don’t know that I want to be bigger than IG I’m not sure you can stay genuine in your nonsense if you are on 8 diff platforms. It’s too much like work. But who knows what the future holds.

 Do you have any tips and tricks about blogging? Don’t overthink it. I’m soooo good at this and if I were doing this by myself, I’d still be planning my first post. Do what you like. If you love flat lays do it! Do it the way you like not the way Emily reads or naardsbooks does it.

Have you had any bad/negative experiences on Bookstagram? The dudes we get in our DMs. I don’t even read the messages, I just block them all. Mindy has turned into the DM police! She doesn’t put up with that trash!

Do you have any goals that you haven’t yet been able to get to, concerning your account? Not really a specific goal, but I will find a gorgeous teaser someone made and think, “How do they do this?” I’d love to get better at the aesthetic aspect. I hadn’t really thought about it in specific goals because it’s been a whirl wind like —what? People actually like what we post? WHAT Staci Hart shared my red lipstick selfie(almost died) Meghan Oquinn watches my crazy stories what in the world is happening!!

What are some highlights or special moments that have happened, concerning your book blogging career? Before we ever started Cool Moms, I sent BB Easton a song that I felt fit one of her characters perfectly. It’s like I could close my eyes and SEE the book playing out every time the song played. BB actually added the song to her Spotify playlist for the book. That will always be a highlight for me. **The book was Skin and the song was “You’re Mine” by Phantogram, if you guys would like to add that however you’d like** We recently had an author we both adore send us an image and ask what we thought of it. That was crazy to me that this woman we both love so much actually thought of us and wanted our input on something. That was an awesome moment the other night! Im still fangirling over it! It always really tickles me when I make a teaser of a picture and the author flips out over it! Charity Ferrell, Nicole Rodrigues, and Gabrielle G are always so sweet when I make them something,.

Do you think Bookstagram is an effective platform to express your opinion on books? I think it’s a great platform. There are a few changes I’d love to see. The way links work (or don’t work) drives me nuts. I would LOVE to be able to use my computer more.

What do you use camera vise when taking book photography? Whatever model iPhone I have. But I hardly ever make images. Sam is really good at them and I’ve learned some authors provide some images and teasers for the people promoting the book. I really like the paid for version of word swag. And pic seed. I use those 2 the most of anything to edit and mix pics.

Do you use your own props? Is there a fun or MAGICAL way you set it all up? (loc, props…) Sam I have  alittle basket full of picture props and things I like to use when taking photos=. Def something I want to develop more in the next few months.

Do you have advice for new bookstagrammers on how to start, be, and do? Getting started is the hardest part. Make sure you give credit to anyone involved. Have fun with it!

Do you have any favorite Instagram accounts that you follow for books, inspiration, ideas…? @Tiffany.the.Bibliophile makes the absolute best graphics and any time I’m having a hard time finding a new book to read I find something she’s mentioned, and she’s never let me down. Omg there are so many awesome accounts out there. Its nuts!


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 don’t have many paperbacks right now. Our house is old and small and we have limited space. So my paperbacks are usually my top favorites with a few others thrown in. Probably between 15 and 20. **She is such a liar! She has more than that! She bought prob 8 at the book signing! I have lots of books and my hubs had to build bookshelves into the wall in our living room.

Do you prefer paper or kindle? Loooove paper books but college and all the textbooks I carried around forced me to start using a kindle app on my phone. Now I’m so glad I did that because Kindle Unlimited saves me so much money and has led me to some pretty awesome authors.
I was against KU and fought Mindy on it. I know im stubborn toddler evidently. But now I tear it up on KU and the Romance Package.

Do you know your first paperback/ebook? My first special paperbacks were 44 Chapters About 4 Men and Skin by BB Easton. They were my first signed books and they’re my babies.

From my early days Shel Silverstein books, and then my mom bought me my first Daniele Steel The Gift. I think I was a freshman.  Then in 2001 I was pregnant with my son and discovered Harry Potter . The n me and hubby having late night book club in bed over Game of thrones books with maps all over our bed.

Do you remember your very first read? First ever? Oh, I have no idea. Reading was always the thing I was best at growing up and I remember getting in trouble for reading during class instead of listening to my teacher.

What is it that draws you to a book? (picture, blurb, author..or all?) It can be any of these. Sometimes it is just the cover that pulls me in. There are definitely some authors that I will read no matter what. Sometimes a blurb will pop up in my Instagram feed and I find it that way.  

Do you have a favorite genre you read? And which one? This is so hard to answer! I’ll read anything as long as the story is good. Sometimes I go on a historical nonfiction binge or I’ll read lots of fantasy for months and months. I just like good stories, no matter which genre. BUT I do love romance. I just love reading about love.  Same for me

What is your ideal bookboyfriend like? (looks, actions…) I hate the assholes usually. Staci Hart writes the most incredible good men. They’re some of my favorites.

I love the broody broken ones. Staci Hart does writes some really good ones. I love Tricky. We also say because Tricky all the time. I also really love Teagan Hunters text series guys they are just so cute and Shep I wanted to hate and fell in deep. And I think Melanie Harlow writes great boyfriend too. Miles is probably my favorite and my current boy toy is Patrick Odoul of the Brooklyn Bruisers Series. I love him so much!

Do you have a real life bookboyfriend? And if so, care to share a pic of two of him? I have a real life book husband and he’s sexy as hell, but he’d never let me share his picture for all the world to see. We met in December twelve years ago, started dating in February, and got married in July.

He is also one of my favorite real life dads EVER. Mindy’s hub made me 3 different kind sof homemade cookies when I had to have unexpected surgery in March. And my daughter just adores him and that means so much to me that she loves them like her family.  

**My real life guy is my total opposite and we met in high school. I remember the first time I met him and I did that whole touch the forearm too long thing! Might have been a glitter cannon fire or time stood still. Or something! But it wasn’t the right time. Few years later with a cute little boy on my hip I marched into where he worked and said what do I need to do to make you break up with your gf. He turned called her and broke it off. I’ve never done anything that ballsy ever!

What is your favorite part about a story? (the beginning get to know each other, the sexy scenes, the middle right before the peak…) It doesn’t have to be a sex scene (although those are preeeetty great) but I love the point where you can feel that little something click between the characters. Who doesn’t love some steamy stuff. I love the moment the broken broody guy realizes hes in love. Swoon!

What book are you currently reading? I’m reading Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. I started it during school last semester and realized it was something I wanted to put all my focus on because I loved the first book in the series and wanted to savor it. So I stopped reading it at the time and just started over this week so I can soak it all in.

**Im working my way through a couple arcs and enjoying the Brooklyn Bruisers on Romance Package.

Do You have a favorite book quotes from any recent or previously read books you’d like to share? Staci Hart’s Red Lipstick Coalition series will always be a favorite of mine. In it, a group of close friends go together to buy their perfect red lipstick to wear whenever they needed a little extra push to do something that scares them. They have something like an oath that I just freaking adore:

“We do so solemnly swear to use this shiny little tube of power to inspire braveness, boldness, and courage. We promise to jump when it’s scary, to stand tall when we want to hide, to scream our truth instead of whisper our fears. May we be mistresses of our destinies, and to hell with anyone who tries to tell us otherwise.”

I agree with the RLC quote abover. It means a lot to me too. And its totally true red lipstick cn change your life. Makes you brave and sexy.

How long does it take you to read an average book? Usually if it takes me more than three days, I feel like I’m off my game. I can read really quickly and still absorb the story. Last year, I read over 300 books but this past semester was so busy I don’t think I’ll be close to that for this year.

How many reads per week do you think you read on an average? I’m supposed to be studying for my licensing exam, plus studying about my new job. I’m not reading very much right now, but I hope that’ll get better soon. I am currently on my second book this week.

Usually I ready maybe 4-5 a week. Depends on if its cold and yucky out too then def more!

Have you ever considered writing a book? If so, why, how, when and who?! Hehe Nooooooooo. I wouldn’t know where to start, I’d get overwhelmed, and it would never get finished.

I don’t think I am nearly that  brave to put my soul out there like that!

Who is your favorite author and why? (you’re welcome for this one *smirk*) Can I list three? BB Easton, Staci Hart, and Mary Elizabeth. I just love their characters. The women are such badasses, even the ones that are a little broken. They each have a writing style that just pulls me in.

JK- Harry’s story hit my heart like nothing in the world ever had. Maybe because I was pregnant and falling in love with someone I had never met and it made my heart hurt for him to not have that.

Staci Hart- if she writes I I want it ASAP! I want to be part of the circle of friends she writes, I want to be wild like  Penny. And she is the cutest thing EVER!

Danielle Steel- my very first bad thoughts about book boyfriends.

Now, the real important question -> What is your favorite book & why! Aaahh I can’t do this! Mudvein by Tarryn Fisher and 44 Chapters About 4 Men by BB Easton both changed my life.  Depression is something that’s followed me my entire life and Tarryn gave me words that woke me up in a way that’s hard to put into words. 44 Chapters is the most honest, self-deprecating, hilarious look at life as not just a mother but also a teenager. Anyone who ever spent their days as a misguided youth, who felt like they’d lost their Mom of the Year award, or needed to shake up their relationship can identify with this book.

GAHHHHHHH I don’t know how to even answer this! I really think The Song of Ice ad fire series GRRM. I have no idea how many night my hubs laid watching me read and begging me to hurry up. Late night book club was some of the best times ever and the story can go a million ways and so many different conspiracies. Was the first al grown up fantasy I had read and the first time I had really dealt with ohhhh I hate you villainous piece of garbage ohhh now im in love with you and you’re dead.  

Do you have any magical words for everyone out there?! Don’t be a dick

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BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT! Ana @Anasatticblog


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! Jackie @jackiereadsromance


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.


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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! Britney @_britneys.romance.library_


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! 



STALK THE BOOKSTAGRAMMER

Instagram –
https://www.instagram.com/_britneys.romance.library_/

Goodreads –
https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/79523393


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

BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT! Alexandria @BeautifulBitchBookReviews

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).


BOOKSTAGRAM

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.


STALK THE BOOKSTAGRAMMER

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

Website: https://beautifulbitcbookr.wixsite.com/blog

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/34606302-alex-victoria

BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT! Caroline @The_book_queen


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. 


BOOKSTAGRAM

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.


STALK THE BOOKSTAGRAMMER

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/49091242-caroline

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

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.


BOOKSTAGRAM

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!

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BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT! Ally @Ally.Always.Reads

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