I didn’t have a post for today, and I know it is late in the day, but I weirdly didn’t want to start the week without a post of some kind! So I thought I would share some of the reasons I have come to love being a part of the book community. I’m sure many of you can relate to a lot of the reasons I will be listing!
Bookstagram is what started it all for me. Almost 2 years ago I signed up for a subscription to Owlcrate on a whim, and I ended up loving the box so much! I read the book immediately and I haven’t looked back since. I saw on the Owlcrate box the prompts for taking ‘unboxing’ photos and thought why not! So I took an awkward very unattractive photo and posted it to my personal Instagram account. It got a few likes. I kept doing this where I would take photos of the next box or two and some of the items and post them to my account and they started getting more and more likes. I eventually found the #bookstagram tag and was like WOW holy cats I was blown away by the beauty! I decided right then and there to make a separate Instagram account, and thus, bookishlybrittknee was born.
Below is one of my very first official bookstagram photos and like, wow so bad 😬
I started my official Bookstagram July 28, 2017 and have loved EVERY minute of it. I learned how to take better photos, how to use natural light to my advantage, how to place props and books and everything in between. My bookstagram is by no means perfect but from where I started I have come a LONG way and I am proud of all 3.3k followers I currently have. In the time since I started my bookstagram I have made tons of friends, which is amazing to me because I don’t have many IRL friends 😶 a lot of people think I’m weird for liking books so much and mixed with my awkward personality (hey hi INFJ over here 🙋♀️). This has honestly been the most rewarding part of being in the book community to me, the fact that people like me enough to not only follow me but to also talk to me and get to know me. Thank you to everyone that does because wow I appreciate you all.
I have never seen another community that is so welcoming. So humble and happy and supportive of each other. I fucking love it. I love knowing when I get onto Instagram every day or log in to my blog that there is going to positivity, there is going to be supportive comments and likes and shares. I never see this community as a popularity contest or as something unattainable. If you want to start a blog or bookstagram I urge you to, you will not regret it.
Below is one of my most recent photos. I see definite improvement 🤣
On top of taking pretty photos of all of my books I decided one day to start a blog! Again, why not! Others have blogs so surely I can do it too! Wow, it was a challenge to get to where I am now and it has in no way been easy. Honestly though, I am glad I decided to start my Bookishly Brittknee blog. Before my blog I read a lot of books but I would only rate them on Goodreads, never really review them other than a sentence or two because I always thought there’s so many others reviewing surely mine won’t be important. But it is. They are. Reviewing is so important to not only yourself but to the author and the community as a whole. Reviewing books has also given me the opportunity to stretch my wings in writing. It has given me to chance to express myself creatively through the written word.
Starting my blog has given my reviews a purpose. It has given me a reason to sit down and think about what I just read and how I want to convey that to my readers. One of the best feelings in the world is when someone comments or messages me and tells me they picked up a book because of my review. That. That feeling is what makes me want to stick around with the book community. I have never had that feeling anywhere else and I will forever try to improve my reviews so I can become someone people turn to to get a solid unbiased review of a book they are maybe on the fence about or just curious about.
Because of my bookstagram and my blog I have been given the opportunity more and more recently to early review books! This is another aspect that I have come to LOVE about the book community. How cool is it that publishers send out early review copies to reviewers to read their book and publish a review for it MONTHS in advance!?? I think that is just the coolest thing and like, I am so happy that I get to be a part of it!
Okay so this post ended up being more about my bookstagram and book blogging journey but you know what, #yolo. I did still list reasons why I love the book community, like how many friends it has allowed me to make (and on top of that how friendly and supportive everyone is!), the creativity is has brought out in me, and feelings I can’t find anywhere else. If you made it this far I thank you for reading my ramblings. Why do you love the book community?