Book blogging has seen many evolutions in recent years as lovers of the printed word celebrate one of the oldest forms of communication through a variety of new media. There’s been BookTube. And Twitterchats. The latest trend is #Bookstagram.
#Bookstagram is the hashtag used on Instagram with stylized pictures of books. I love #Bookstagram because it honors my favorite hobby of reading in an artistic, downright pretty way. There is solidarity among #Bookstagram-ers as we simultaneously prove to the world how well-read we are and how we surround ourselves with pretty things while we read.
If you love books and you use Instagram, you might consider memorializing your reads through #Bookstagram. There are different styles of #Bookstagram shots to choose from. You could go for the minimalist book + plain background, or book + nature, but there are a multitude of other options!
When you’re crafting the perfect #Bookstagram, consider these possible props:
- White bedspread. This is ideal—but other solid colors work as well. In a pinch, grab a neutral-colored blanket or bedsheet.
- Knee-length socks. The more frills and patterns the better. You can even mismatch!
- If you don’t have the proper #Bookstagram-able socks, you can opt for cute nail polish.
- Food trays are a solid choice.
- So are cute pillows. Oh my gosh… these pillows!!
- Coffee. Starbucks. Coffee in cute mugs. Extra points if you drink a fancy latte while on your bed!
- Candles. Candles on your bed. If you’re concerned about wax (or, you know, FIRE), you might just opt for twinkly lights instead.
- Plants are ALWAYS a good choice: grass (wheat?!), flower petals, flowers, succulents, etc.
- Pets make great props.
- If you’re really good, all of your props will coordinate with the book you’re reading.
You could choose to go with one or a few of these props… or, what the heck, go for everything!
I can’t help but laugh at how this style of book art has taken hold. Even Socality Barbie does it!
There are even STOCK photos of legs + coffee + item + book:
Please know I’m not making fun of my fellow book-loving #Bookstragram-ers. I do it, too! I really do geek out over my books and I love posting posed, unrealistic pictures of my books. Why do we do it? It’s fun, it’s pretty, it celebrates books! We all know that social media is NOT real life.
Here are some of my own #Bookstagrams:
I have every intention of continuing to explore and hone my #Bookstagram skills, and you can follow me on Instagram @arielkbartlett. For more resources on #Bookstagram, check out Book Riot’s Brief Guide to Bookstagram, or the Perpetual Page-Turner’s “10 Instagram Accounts Book Lovers Should Follow.” I also love this discussion of “Blogging vs. Bookstagram” on Katie’s Book Blog.
If you’re a book blogger, do you #Bookstagram? What do you think of it? Any tips or tricks?
This post is dedicated to one of my favorite book-loving friends, Caryn.