Hey guys! This one is for people who are maybe thinking about starting their very own bookstagram account but aren’t sure about it or are maybe just a little shy of getting started!
So, I’m here to tell you that you can be a bookstagrammer if….
You don’t own a camera.
Most bookstagrammers I know take photos on their phones! And as phones these days have such great quality cameras, you’ll be able to take amazing bookstagram photos with them.
You only read one book a month.
Or less than one book a month. In the bookstagram world, you’ll soon find out that people have very different reading speeds. Some read loads a month, some read one or two books a month. Both are great! At the end of the day, bookstagram is a place for book lovers and for talking about books, so if that’s you, it doesn’t matter how much you read, as long as you love doing it! And life and adulting and crazy addictive shows on Netflix all distract even the most die-hard of readers more often than you’d think!
You can’t afford to spend a lot of money on props.
Yep, loads of funko pops and gorgeous bookish candles make great props, but don’t make the mistake of thinking you need to splurge on those! Some of the best props can be found all around your house. Tealights, flowers, blankets, cushions, scarves, cardigans, mugs and notebooks can all make great props. If you want some ideas, check out an older post I wrote about finding easy props here.
You don’t own many books.
If you don’t own many books, no problem! Take photos of the ones you do own. Join a library and take photos of the books you borrow from there. Borrow a family member’s or friend’s books to take photos of. Scour second-hand/thrift shops for bargains. Save up and treat yourself to a few new books, or ask for books for birthday/holiday presents. Get free, older books to read on your kindle/phone/tablet/whatever and take photos of them!
You don’t know what kind of photos you want to take.
This is actually very normal and even the most seasoned of bookstagrammers go through creative ruts. Our style of photos, our “theme” are always evolving as we discover different things that work for us and if you go back to the beginning of some bookstagrammer’s feed, you’ll see how different their photos were when they first started out! This is the kind of thing that you figure out as you go along, so don’t let this put you off starting a bookstagram account!
You don’t know any other bookstagrammers.
Most bookstagrammers start off not knowing anyone else! Starting a bookstagram account and commenting on other people’s’ photos are great ways to become a member of our little community and make some real, lasting friendships. Don’t worry if you don’t make deeper connections with people straight away either, it took me months before that happened!
You have no clue what to take photos of.
Creativite ruts are common in the bookstagram world! Sometimes I sit down to take photos only to realise I have actually no idea what I want to photograph! When this happens, it’s great to take things back to the basics-take a photo of a stack of hardbacks or paperbacks, fantasies or contemporaries, purple books or black and white books. Show books you’ve read recently, or books you’ve bought recently, or books you’re meaning to get around to soon! Monthly challenges that feature a different prompt each day are a great way to get you thinking about photo content and spark some ideas, too!
You don’t read YA.
Sometimes it feels like all people ever post on bookstagram are YA books! Whilst these do get a lot of attention, particularly the hotly anticipated new releases, there are so many bookstagram accounts that are about so much more than YA, and a lot hardly ever feature YA as well! Some bookstagrammers even have themes that revolve around their favourite genre, crime, for example, or romance or the classics. So, if you don’t read YA, it really doesn’t matter!
I hope this was useful, let me know in the comments if you’re planning to start your own bookstagram account!
Thanks for reading!