There are 3 very important reasons I love books.
And because I am the magnanimous kind of queen, I’ll share these three reasons with you: (1) they are portable tomes of magical adventures, (2) if I stand on a small stack of them I become normal height and other humans can stop using my head as an elbow rest, and (3) THEY LOOK JUST DOWNRIGHT SUFFOCATINGLY RIDICULOUSLY PERFECTLY GORGEOUS.
Obviously today we’re going to focus on reason #3. And call it shallow if you want, but I shall shake my head most fiercely at you, good sir, and say YOU ARE WRONG! It is perfectly acceptable to be obsessed with how pretty books are because we spend more time looking at them than reading them. Humans like good art. Book covers should be good art.
Which leads me to the glorious creature of #Bookstagram. And if you haven’t heard of #bookstagram or aren’t sure what the flippity flying pumpkin froth it is, LET ME EXPLAIN. It is just accounts on instagram wholly devoted to books. Basically it can be summarised like so:
Accurate Representation of Instagram:
Human 1: Look at this cute picture of my child!
Human 2: Look at this cute picture of my dog!
Human 3: Look at this cute picture of this delicious food I will eat!
Bookworm: LOOK AT MY GORGEOUS SHELFIE AJFDSKALD I’M IN LOVE.
And we call it #BOOKSTAGRAM. Genius, I know.
I only really got obsessed with bookstagramming this year hence I feel we are long overdue of a post on 10 reasons I’m thankful bookstagram exists. I’m linking up with the Top Ten Tuesday prompt of Thanksgiving-themed-thankfulness…DESPITE THE FACT I AM NOT AMERICAN. I AM AUSTRALIAN AND WE ARE NOT THANKFUL. HA! *
* I’m just kidding!! We are thankful for lots of things!! We’re thankful for the wallabies we ride to work each day and the koalas who raise our children and the lamingtons that is our sole diet.
OTHER BOOKSTAGRAMMY POSTS YOU MIGHT LIKE:
1. BECAUSE IT’S JUST SO DOWNRIGHT PRETTY.
If you ask me which is prettier, books vs cake, I will actually smack you in the face with a lemon tree because HOW DARE YOU ASK ME TO CHOOSE. IT’S IMPOSSIBLE. Cake is life, obviously, but books are a feast for my dear delicate eyeballs.
2. SO MUCH #SHELFIE APPRECIATION
It is a known fact on #bookstagram that if you share a photo of your bookshelf (kindly dubbed #shelfie because they’re more important than a #selfie) you will receive choruses of heavenly singing from (A) every bookworm ever, (B) every human who knows what beauty is, (C) probably a stray alien surfing the human’s interwebs, (D) probably inanimate objects too who just know when they see something divine. WHAT I’M TRYING TO SAY IS BOOKSHELF PHOTOS ARE THE REASON THE PLANET IS STILL SPINNING. *
It doesn’t matter if you disagree on dog-earing pages…we bookworms will ALL come together to praise shelfies. Any shelfie photos I post get a gazillion ** more likes than any other kind of photo.
* Because goodness knows 2016 has made the entire earth weep into the void. Without shelfies I’m not sure earth would still be here.
** This is actual accurate maths because I wouldn’t lead you mathematically astray.
3. IT’S A QUICKER & EASIER WAY TO BLOG.
Sometimes we don’t have enough time to blog. It’s the #2 most sad fact of life. * But if one has a bookstagram account, you have a very quick way to share you bookish enthusiasm. You can give recommendations, write a mini-review, just flail over a book you love, or make a list about why the term BOOK DRAGON is better than BOOKWORM and start a war in the comments. **
* The #1 sad fact of life is, obviously, that we don’t all have pet dragons who are skilled at baking and toasting cakes.
** NOT THAT I WOULD EVER DO SUCH A THING OF COURSE HAHA HA HA HA.
4. BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS GALORE
Because nothing sells me on a book quite so much as someone shouting, “LOOK HOW PRETTY IT IS” and then possibly adding, “oh and the actual words are kinda good too”. That’s quality recommendations, my fiends! I’m all for that!
5. CHALLENGES TO CONQUER LIKE THE NAPOLEON YOU ARE DEEP DOWN INSIDE.
Once upon a time, when Cait was a very new bookstagram user and saw people participating in “challenges” where they followed prompts for each day of the month, she thought this was FOR MERE SHEEP who LIKE TO BE CONTROLLED. And she is neither sheep, nor controllable, so she turned her nose up at challenges.
Why are we talking in 3rd person? Who can know.
BUT NEEDLESS TO SAY, I tried a challenge and rapidly fell in love with how fun they are. Not only do they give you inspiration for what to take photos of (trust me, sometimes it’s hard coming up with new photo ideas) you get to make friends, join in the community, maybe win a shoutout from a host, aaaaaaand you get to make a long list of prompts and CROSS THEM OFF. And we all know the most fun and satisfying thing in the world is crossing items off lists. #win
And I mean, why do one challenge when YOU CAN TRY TO BALANCE NINE????? Which is where I am right now. #help
6. YOU GET EXCITED ABOUT THE STRANGEST THINGS
This is totally something to be thankful for, because who wants to be normal? Hahahahah. BORING. And if you’re averted to being normal regularly — join bookstagram! We are absolutely bizarre in the things we get rabidly happy over. FOR INSTANCE:
- We flail when we buy a hardcover and it has a naked-spine the colour we were missing for our bookish rainbow stacks.
- We get so excited over matching series.
- We are ridiculously happy when we get some cool fake flowers, or little paper stars, or like a really weird stick that’s epic for photographing.
- We have huge appreciation for spine art.
- We love books that stand on their own and don’t need no man.
- Deckled pages. JUST SO MUCH LOVE FOR DECKLED PAGES.
- Lines of books makes our heart beat faster.
7. IT HELPS IMPROVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS
I’m really thankful about this because I love my camera. I use a Nikon D3200 and only use automatic and have no idea about lighting or aperture and just GENERALLY I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING. But taking so many photos a week has really improved my photography skills! You need proof? Here is proof.
FIRST BOOKSTAGRAM PHOTO EVER VS RECENT PHOTO:
Great strides have been made by humankind. So proud of me.
8. THERE ARE SO MANY ACCOUNTS I’M THANKFUL THAT EXIST IN THIS UNIVERSE.
I follow 106 people and I want to recommend them all to you. BUT ALAS. I cannot. So here let me recommend you some absolutely exquisite accounts I think you should be following right now. Like actually ditch my blog * and click these photos and GO FOLLOW THEM IMMEDIATELY.
These creatures are so incredibly talented, I CAN ONLY MARVEL AT THEIR GENIUS.
* But come baaaaack afterwards or I’ll miss you and you don’t want to cause me grief and suffering, do you? I am too precious for this world to be caused pain. Protect me.
9. HARDCOVER BOOKS.
I’m thankful hardcover books exist. Ohhhhhhh am I thankful OR WHAT. Pre-bookstagram-days I always loved hardcovers but kind of distantly because they’re freaking expensive. But now? NOW MY PRIORITIES ARE IN ORDER.
Actual Conversation My Brain And I Have These Days:
Brain: We kind of need new clothes because these are kind of dying.
Me: I have one shirt.
Brain: um wait but —
Me: So it’s totally okay if I spend my money instead on hardcover books.
I love books. I LOVE BOOKS. I love arranging them and petting them and admiring the covers and lining them up and organising them by colour and being surrounded by shelves of pretty books. ESPECIALLY IF THEY’RE HARDCOVERS. I mean, I love paperbacks too. But hardcovers. You know what I’m saying?
THANKFUL, OH UNIVERSE, FOR THE GIFT THAT IS HARDCOVER BOOKS.
10. IT’S A REALLY HAPPY COMMUNITY.
All the best people hang around on #bookstagram. IT IS A FACT. (Well, except for the half dozen I block per week for stealing my photos BUT THIS IS A HAPPY POST SO WE WON’T FOCUS ON THAT.) They are creative! And kind! And welcoming! I get comments saying that they love my photos! They love the book I love! They love my captions! They love when I visit their accounts! See something here?
I’ll be real with you, fiends: lately the internet has been kind of scaring me. I got seriously attacked on twitter/goodreads over a review recently. My blog has been plagiarised. I’ve lost several blogging “friends” who’ve said some really cruel things. I’ve had trolls try to severe my skull on Goodreads. But you know what??? Despite all of that, EVERY TIME I COME TO BOOKSTAGRAM, I’M SURROUNDED BY LOVELY PEOPLE. It’s so refreshing! They inspire me to take better photos! Read more books! Flail over mutual love for fairy lights and bookish-themed mugs. Bookstagram is a really positive community still and that’s amazing. Please oh please let’s hope it stays that way because IT IS MY FAVOURITE.