LISTICLE The art of bookstagramming.
MEET THE BOOK LOVERS CELEBRATING THEIR PASSION FOR READING ON SOCIAL MEDIA
“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.”