LISTICLE The art of book­sta­gram­ming.


In the Moment - - Contents - Words: Lisa Kjells­son (@thelkedit)



“Read­ing is a soli­tary pursuit, so it’s amaz­ing to con­nect with other book lovers and dis­cuss our pas­sion,” says US-based Jen­nifer Lewis, who par­tic­u­larly en­joys clas­sics and lit­er­ary ction. “When I dis­cov­ered book­sta­gram­ming, I found my tribe – kin­dred spir­its who are al­ways on the hunt for the next out­stand­ing book. My rec­om­mended win­ter read is Spin­ning Sil­ver by Naomi Novik – per­fect for curl­ing up with un­der a blan­ket.”


“I read any­thing from po­etry to bi­ogra­phies,” says Siobhan Gra­ham, who lives in Exeter, south-west Eng­land. “For me, book­sta­gram­ming is a way to share the joy of books, both what’s on the printed page and the de­sign. Given that it has re­sulted in col­lab­o­ra­tions with pub­lish­ers, per­son­alised notes from au­thors, co-host­ing the an­nual Book­sta­grammy Awards in Hay-on-Wye and cul­ti­vat­ing friend­ships with other book lovers, I feel I am very blessed.”


“I never dreamt that tak­ing pic­tures of books would re­sult in some of the best friend­ships in my life and get me in­vited to con­fer­ences to dis­cuss so­cial me­dia and books. I’ve been fea­tured in magazines in France and China,” says Hikari Lof­tus, who lives in Cal­i­for­nia and has 125,000 fol­low­ers. She de­scribes her lit­er­ary tastes as “mostly fan­tasy, sci­ence ction, his­tor­i­cal ction, con­tem­po­rary, and any­thing that in­volves food”.


“It makes me so happy when some­one tells me they’ve read a book be­cause I’ve book­sta­grammed it,” says María Elena Al­tami­rano from El Sal­vador. Af­ter los­ing her fa­ther a cou­ple of years ago, she re­treated into read­ing, then found that shar­ing her favourite books on In­sta­gram helped her to over­come her grief. María mainly reads “books by fe­male writ­ers, bi­ogra­phies or me­moirs of mem­o­rable women, and strong fe­male pro­tag­o­nists in ction”.


“I started book­sta­gram­ming as a cre­ative out­let af­ter I had my son, and I fell in love with it,” says Rachael Robin­son from south­ern Cal­i­for­nia. “My favourite gen­res are lit­er­ary and his­tor­i­cal ction, but I have broad­ened my tastes im­mensely through be­ing part of this com­mu­nity. I take a book with me ev­ery­where I go – even to the gro­cery store. You never know when you’ll have a mo­ment to sneak in a few pages.”

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