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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Twitter Troubles

I recently decided to join Twitter in order to be more in touch with the publishing world, and to find out about any potential internships, jobs and opportunities.

Here is what I learnt whilst creating my account.

1. Any/all forms of your name may already be taken.

I don’t know how I didn’t see this coming. After testing every single form of my name, including ridiculous ones I would never actually use, I found that even the username ‘alreadytaken’ is already taken.


It was a long and winding process (especially because I started testing random usernames halfway through) and it made me really annoyed at the people who’d stolen my potential usernames but hadn’t tweeted a thing in seven years, but I eventually settled for one that vaguely captures what I do.

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My Thoughts on the “Don’t Judge Challenge”

The “Don’t Judge Challenge” involves taking a video of yourself with all sorts of ‘blemishes’ and other features that are supposed to be ‘ugly.’ Then, you must cover the camera. When you take your hand off, your ‘blemishes’ will have vanished and ideally, you will look flawless. This is the newest trend in social media.

Even though it becomes more ridiculous the more you think about it, I think I can see the initial intention of this particular trend. I’m guessing it’s supposed to say, “Don’t judge a person by their looks. There may be more to what you see.”

But unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there.

The trend is also supporting the message that you shouldn’t judge a person by their looks not because it’s wrong, but because someone’s appearance might mask a beauty that fits society’s conventions. 

Thankfully, there have also been several negative responses to this trend. Some have protested against the challenge and written articles urging people to stop participating. Others have made videos of themselves doing the opposite – transitioning from a done-up version to a natural version of themselves.

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