Category Archives: As Seen on Bookstagram

As Seen on Bookstagram | Book Spirals (and other book structures)

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

 

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Have you ever made any shapes or structures out of books for Instagram?

I don’t usually spend too much time on my Instagram photos anymore but sometimes it’s fun to try something new and go for a big, epic book structure! The other week, I decided to try my hand at making another book spiral!

My spiral was kind of small compared to some of the other big ones and it was pretty unstable once I got to the top — but it held up long enough to get some good photos! Creating a book spiral is a lot harder than it looks! If I turned the books too tightly, it wouldn’t be much of a spiral at all. Too far apart and it doesn’t even look like a spiral — just a bunch of messily stacked books — and it was super shaky if they were too far apart. This was my happy middle ground! I feel like there wasn’t a lot of spines facing out and I was hoping for more spine color than seeing the pages, but I’ll take it!


Do you do anything special like this for Instagram? Which accounts do you follow that make some cool book structures?

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As Seen on Bookstagram | Enamel Pins

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

 

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Are you a fan of enamel pins? I didn’t used to be but my collection started slowly growing!

I ended up getting a few pins from book boxes and publishers as promos or pre-order bonuses but I wasn’t really into collecting pins. I had a bunch of buttons but didn’t have a good way to display them. I actually previously posted on an “As Seen on Bookstagram” about Ardent Adornment and their creation of the “pin pals” which were hoops covered in fabric (like the one seen here) designed to hold pin collections! If you check out my previous post which was a little under a year ago, I barely even had enamel pins and almost everything on that hoop was a button!

Since then, my collection has grown quite a bit. I’m a collector at heart so I usually end up obsessing about one thing or another. I have to work through a lot of my candles and burn the ones I do have and I’m at max capacity on my shelves to add any more new candles (or really just about anything there). I don’t have a good way to display any bookmarks and I already had too many mugs that are just decorations as well, so pins ended up being a fun new way to keep a bookish collection going with minimal space! I don’t have a lot of room on my walls and I’m constantly rearranging my hoops with what pins I want and where so they’re not hung up just yet, but the stack is mighty small and when they’re hung up, all they’ll take up is wall space!

Admittedly, I kind of got into it when I started making my own enamel pins! The first one I made was for the Novelly Yours Stranger Things-inspired box back in June 2018 and I’ve been adding them to the boxes consistently now since the beginning of 2019. The ability to create them definitely fed to the desire to collect them and now I’ve got a pretty decent collection of my own!!


Are you a collector of enamel pins? Do you have any favorite shops or pins that mean something special do you?

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As Seen on Bookstagram | TBR Cart

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

 

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If you’ve been on #bookstagram (aka, the bookish community on Instagram), chances are you’ve seen a “TBR cart”.

I don’t know who first got one or where it started, but TBR carts have become all the rage! I’m guessing it possibly stems from actual library carts? Either way, these metal carts have been adopted by bookstagrammers as places to put their upcoming readers or overflow stacks, but have been often called a TBR (to-be-read) cart.

I loved the look of them and knew I could use one at the shop for my overflow books that didn’t fit on my shelves at home and could be used as props for my photos that I take at the shop! I grabbed this one at Target for about $30 and it was super easy to assemble. I do wish that the shelves were a bit further apart on this one, but it’s still a great storage space and easy to move at any time, consider it’s on wheels.

This simple shot of my own TBR cart was so easy and quick to take and it seems to make for a good instagram aesthetic! I simple point-and-shoot photo was pleasing to the eye and managed to gain a decent amount of likes for my small bookstagram account. This may be another quick fad, but I’ll keep my cart around no matter what!


Do you have a TBR cart, or have you thought of buying one? Where do you put your TBR or overflow books?

If you want to read the original post, check it out above or head to my Instagram page where you can follow for all kinds of bookish photo updates! 

As Seen on Bookstagram | Re-Reading at the End of the Year

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

 

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I’ve been doing a lot of re-reading lately and I have a few more planned before the end of the year!

Once I hit my Goodreads goal this year, I got a lot more lax about picking up new books. I wanted to spend some time resting my brain and I just haven’t really felt like paying attention to some new audiobooks while I’m working so I’ve been doing a lot of binge-watching TV shows and I started to do some more re-reads too!

Earlier this year ILLUMINAE and GEMINA before the release of OBSIDIO, I did my annual birthday re-read of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, and re-read THE DARKEST MINDS so I could finish the rest of the trilogy. I read HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE so it could be my 1000th book on Goodreads and I still need to finish the rest of that series read! And I did another read of The Raven Cycle back in September.

I was trying to decide what I felt like reading and I spotted MISTBORN, which I realized I read for the first time over four years ago! It was such an exciting series to read for the first time! I decided to start the series all over again to refresh my memory on all of those exciting developments! It wasn’t AS exciting upon its reread, I think, since a lot of the set-up wasn’t something I was learning for the first time, but I also think I appreciated it in a different way, knowing what I already knew about the background, the crew, and the overall feel of the world. I also know there will be things I can pick up along the way, knowing how the trilogy concludes and what else I might remember while I re-read!

I’m hoping to do a few more re-reads before the year is over too. I still need to finish the rest of the Harry Potter series, but those are a breeze and once I start those, I may just read those all right in a row! Mistborn will keep me busy for a while with their length and need for me to pay attention so we’ll see how far I make it, but I want to re-read that whole series, including the books in the second era for a total of six.


Do you have any re-reads planned before the year is over? What sort of end-of-year special reads do you have?

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As Seen on Bookstagram | Adult Fantasy Reads

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

 

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I’ve been in a little bit of a YA slump and trying to read more adult-focused novels, especially fantasy!

I’ve been having a great time reading fantasy/urban fantasy series this year like the October Daye series and the Alex Verus collection, as well as trying out some other adult fantasy series like PROMISE OF BLOOD, which I picked up on a whim at a used book store. Some I’ve loved and some were just okay, but it’s been a really fun change of pace from the usual YA reads.

I’m not sure if I’ve read so much YA that I’m getting sick of the themes or if some of these books really just need some more editing, but I’ve been finding that I’ve needed to branch out and away from YA for a little bit, which I also think is a good thing. I get into reading binges where I’ll read all YA or all adult or all of a specific genre so it’s been really nice to try to step out of that little box of reading and pick up something new.

I’ve had some deep loves for adult fantasy authors like Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, and Scott Lynch and ever since I fell in in with their works, I’ve been on the hunt to find something like those reads. It’s difficult because I don’t know where to start and some of my attempts, even books that these authors have blurbed, just don’t live up to the expectations I’ve set for them. It’s not entirely their fault — these are huge names that I’ve pitted them against (well, not against but you know. Looking for something to give that same feel) so hopes are high and sometimes they just don’t quite meet what I’m looking for, but I’ve been loving trying things based on recommendations as well as selecting some random books based on description.

I did recently love FOUNDRYSIDE which was a really neat fantasy read with an original universe and magic system. I just love the heist/misfit concept and things really came together for me in that book with that particular feel. I also adored Pierce Brown’s Red Rising series and that got me picking up a lot of sci-fi too.


What are some of your favorite adult fantasy reads? How about sci-fi? I’d love to hear your recommendations!!

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As Seen on Bookstagram | To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

 

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All the internet can talk about lately is the Netflix release of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before!

Even the Netflix Twitter account agrees Peter Kavinsky is goals and people are just loving this movie! I’ve watched the movie three times now and I still think it’s just adorable. Where so many fantasy, dystopian, or simply drama-filled novels have been hitting the big screens, this romcom was exactly what we needed and Netflix was the perfect place for it! This easy, happy, fun romcom is the perfect kind of movie to watch and love, and in the age of the Netflix binge, when you only have one of them, what do you do? Watch it again! So many fans have watched the movie multiple times and I think Netflix was exactly the perfect places for this sort of feel-good movie.

With all the hype of the movie, I finally decided to read the series for the first time! I listened to the audiobook for all here and plan on posting reviews for the series, but I’m actually super thankful for the movie and maybe feel a little blasphemous saying that I loved the movie so much more. While some things are lost from page to screen (as it is with literally any adaption), I think the movie made Lara Jean and Peter easier to relate to no matter your age. Their relationship is something to appreciate and the movie amped up the “romcom” factor, adding in more humor and taking out some drama, just changing the tone slightly, in my opinion. I actually really enjoyed this change because I had a hard time with some of the unnecessary drama.

One issue I had throughout the whole series was Lara Jean’s narration/stream of consciousness. She was very young for her age and I found myself annoyed with a lot of her immaturity. I’m not sure if that was me reading this series for the first time as an adult and being more sensitive about that, but that aspect really did hinder how much I enjoyed my reads. I still read a lot of YA books but I’ve been having issues with some immaturity lately and I can’t tell if it’s the actual book, the writing style, or just me growing out of some of these YA level books. I felt like the movie still got Lara Jean’s character right and she is still naive, a dreamer, and young, but not being in her head 100% of the time really helped and it was more fun to see a lot of things unfold rather than hearing them in Lara Jean’s own voice.

I personally hope that Netflix ends up taking on some other YA adaptations! I know I’m not the only one hoping for a Stephanie Perkins Anna/Lola/Isla adaptation and of course, I still want to see the rest of the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series hit the screen because there’s still a lot left to tell in this story! With its success, I feel like it has to happen! Hopefully this craze will bring us the rest of the series and will open the door for other adaptions to come through!


How many times have you watched the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie? What other books would you love to see adapted on Netflix?

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As Seen on Bookstagram | Anticipating Kingdom of Ash

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

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As we all know, KINGDOM OF ASH, the finale to the Throne of Glass series, is almost here!

I’ve been a complicated jumble of thoughts regarding this series conclusion and the Throne of Glass series has been such a roller coaster of feelings for me! I really enjoyed THRONE OF GLASS and then positively loved CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, HEIR OF FIRE, and QUEEN OF SHADOWS. QUEEN OF SHADOWS was even my top, top favorite book of 2016.

Then came the downward slide, for me. I had also adored A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES and didn’t quite feel the love for A COURT OF MIST AND FURY, despite it being nearly everyone’s favorite sequel ever. I was very disappointed in EMPIRE OF STORMS and couldn’t believe how bad A COURT OF WINGS AND FURY felt and now I’m still struggling to even finish TOWER OF DAWN. I’m so disappointed still that Chaol’s story was shoved aside in EMPIRE OF STORMS and that TOWER OF DAWN was even “necessary”. I’ve been told it’s important but I’m about halfway through and so far, it really doesn’t feel like it.

It’s so sad to feel so apathetic about a series I once told people they must read, something I bragged about and shared, and now I don’t know what to feel! I really am interested in seeing how the series will end and how everything will wrap up. EMPIRE OF STORMS and TOWER OF DAWN aside, one thing I really liked was how the whole series kept folding in on itself and things from the first books were constantly brought up again, now known to be important. I’m hoping she knew how the series would end the whole time, so I’m hoping to see a lot more of that in the final book and I’m hoping it will bring back those feelings!

After the conclusion of A Court of Thorns and Roses with ACOWAR, well…. it makes me really nervous. You’d think a series conclusion would have ended a lot better than that but since Throne of Glass is a much longer series, I’m hoping there will be a lot of things ready and waiting to wow us.


How are you feeling about the upcoming release of KINGDOM OF ASH? Are you excited? Nervous? Apathetic? I’m such a jumble of feelings!

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As Seen on Bookstagram | Pin Pals, Pin and Button Storage/Display

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

I recently made an excellent purchase to display all of my buttons and pins!

It’s called a Pin Pal and it’s from a shop called Ardent Adornment! These Pin Pals come in various sizes and have the option to include a pocket for your bookmarks too! It’s just exactly what I needed to display my pins and buttons because they’ve just been sitting around in mugs and balance on shelves and I never got to admire them!

I really love the quality of these hoops too. April, the owner of the shop, hand makes each one and they’re quite sturdy! The fabric is wrapped tightly within the hoop and the back is reinforced so if you ever need to move your pins and rearrange, there won’t be glaring holes in the fabric and it helps keep everything stable.

I have one Pin Pal with a pocket where I’ve tucked some bookmarks in and stuck pins on the front pocket, and I have another that doesn’t have a pocket (seen here) so I can fill it up with as many pins as possible!


How do you display your pins and buttons? Do you have anything like a Pin Pal? Don’t forget to stop by Ardent Adornment to check out her shop and Instagram!

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As Seen on Bookstagram | Shefie Sunday

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

Do you ever participate in #shelfiesunday?

There are many different photo prompts for the days of the week — #mapmonday, #socksunday, #stacksaturday, but one of my favorites is #shelfiesunday! I love my built-in bookcases and I’ve truly filled them to the max! (No, really. I have four other bookcases in the house and I STILL can’t fit all of my books on the shelves.)

This magical main feature is filled with all of my favorites, including favorite series, collections, and all the main books that are still on my TBR. I have some overflow shelves for ARCs, other books like my cozy mysteries, and even just other random things on my TBR but this is my pride and joy!

It’s also where a lot of my merch sits and let’s be honest, it’s mostly candles. The above photo was for a Shelfie Sunday a couple weeks ago and I tagged all of the shops I could see in the snapshot! You get a little peek at my Lunar Chronicles shelves, some contemporary favorites, and a little bit of sci-fi.


Are you on bookstagram? Do you have amazing shelves that you show off for #shelfiesunday (or any old day of the week)?

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As Seen on Bookstagram | There’s Someone Inside Your House Movie News!

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

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In case you missed the news, Stephanie Perkins recently shared that her latest novel, THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE, has been picked up by Netflix for production!

The article with the announcement first appeared on Deadline, name-dropping Stranger Things producers & more! It sounds like this is slated to be turned into a movie, which I seriously love! The whole time I was reading the book, I kept picturing it as a 90s slasher movie, so that’s totally on par with the feelings I got from the book.

I’m not sure how far they’ve gotten with negotiations yet but you bet I’ll be follow Stephanie Perkins’ accounts to keep up with the news! I love that it was Netflix who grabbed this one because we’ve seen some amazing things adapted for TV and movies and I’ve been loving the Netflix original series. I feel like sometimes when Hollywood gets involved, as cool as it is to see things in theaters, we tend to lose some of the original story (I mean, you do with any adaption but I’m excited to see what these producers do with it) and I definitely don’t think it has a TV show vibe. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited!


Have you read THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE? How do you feel about the movie news?

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