The 9 Most Common Types of Bookstagram Posts

About three years ago, I accidentally started a bookstagram account. Since then, I have picked up quite a few things about how this sacred institution works. Today, I’m bringing you insider information on some of the most popular types of bookstagram posts, so that you too can start your journey to bookstagram fame.


1. The Flat Lay
This is a classic, but it can be tricky. It’s great for setting a mood through props (see some examples below) although I usually try to strike a balance between giving the picture interest without overcrowding it.

Composition is also key: depending on the look you’re going for, you might need to arrange and rearrange things a few (hundred) times.

Since this style is usually from a bird’s eye point of view, maybe also find yourself a sturdy chair to stand on.

2. The Throw it in (or Against) a Tree
A bookstagram classic. Are you really a bookstagrammer until you have ventured outside into nature and drawn curious looks from members of the public as you hold a book up against some foliage? Yes. But don’t let that stop you.

Alternatively, bring along a friend or family member who doesn’t get as easily embarrassed. (That’s my mother holding the book in the second photo.)

3. The Book Stack
Perfect for when you go to the bookshop “to look” and walk out with 6.5 things you didn’t intend to get. You can also live dangerously and attempt a book spiral (which is just a fancy book stack in my opinion), but I would recommend saving those for the days you really want to test your patience.

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Sleepy Sunday: Anatomy of a Bookshelf

If you’re a hoarder collector of books, there are some categories of books you will be familiar with. The childhood classic, the one abandoned halfway, and of course the forever unfinished…

Here are books every bookshelf has:

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A: Book I’ve never read.

B: Book I’ve read halfway through and know I won’t continue, but can’t be bothered to/feel too guilty getting rid of.

C: Book I got as a present but have no interest in reading.

D-F: Yet more books I haven’t read.

G: Book I was super excited to get a great deal on, thought I would read that very moment, then boom, three years later and still haven’t read it.

H: Book I started, stopped reading, now I can’t remember anything and have to start over.

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Sleepy Sunday: 10 Books That Influenced (Past) Me

A few years ago, there was a Facebook tag going around, asking people to name ten books that influenced them. I was looking back on the choices made by 18-year-old me and thought I’d share them with you, with some thoughts from present me!


1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern [Fantasy]
Full disclosure: I haven’t actually finished reading this. I must’ve been reading it around the time I made this list, but I definitely haven’t read enough to have the book influence me much. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed what I read, and hope to return to it soon.

2. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller [Play]
I’m quite sure I cried at the end of this, and any story that can evoke that much emotion is definitely an influencer for me. I remember being fascinated by the complexity of the main character — I wrote a blog post about him, if you’re interested. (Don’t worry, it’s spoiler-free!)

3. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling [Fantasy/Children’s fiction]
If you’ve been around here long (at least five seconds) you might’ve noticed that I like Harry Potter. This series truly has been inspiring to me — it fostered not only my love of books and writing, but also stands as an example of what happens when you refuse to give up.

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