That's right, it's been a whole year since I started my bookstagram journey. I've not only found new depth and passion for reading, but I have been inspired to embark on my own creative journey. Here are just some of my highlights from the year.
Becoming an IG Rep for Goodnight Boutique
"We're all mad here". - Lewis Carroll • I've been so excited to take photos of this beautiful Alice in Wonderland inspired print by @goodnightboutique because it looks AMAZING on my shelf 🙆🏻🙆🏻 I couldn't believe it was only £5 for such a unique piece! All Alice fans will absolutely love this 😍 link to @goodnightboutique Etsy shop in bio - go and check out her must-have bookish creations 💖 #TMLRepSubmissions
I had never heard of 'IG reps' before I stumbled onto Goodnight Boutique's advertisement for one. I had been following Laura for a long time because her designs were not only beautiful, but a clear representation of the literature lover behind them. When it was announced that I would join two other talented reps, I was elated. I can't tell you how happy it made me feel, and the new challenge of working with a company I already admired was just exhilarating. Thanks again, Laura.
Creating my beloved blog, The Reader's Review
✨ BOOKSTAGRAM HAS INSPIRED ME ✨ So, I studied journalism at University which I absolutely loved. Writing has always been the one thing I knew I was good at, and it's been a big part of my life. However since finishing Uni, I haven't got a job where I need to write, and I've lost all of my confidence in my writing abilities and now it's just one of those things I 'think' I'm good at. Which I'm not okay with. So, I've decided I'm going to create a blog and write book reviews (seemed like the best idea for now as I read enough to be able to add regular content!) so that's what I'm going to work on this week whilst I'm off 😀 wish me luck! EDIT: Absolutely overwhelmed by everyone's response to this and offers of help, you're so kind! Thank you! 🙆🏻💕 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #bibliophile #bookstagram #bookreview #chanel #bookporn #hplaptop #glasses #booklover #bookworm #blog #blogger #instablogger #cocochanel #nails #booknerd #nerdybookchallenge #bookish #booktag
As you can read in the above caption, this time last year I wasn't writing at all, and I wasn't okay with that. I studied journalism, and even as a child I had a passion for writing which couldn't be explained. However, I haven't gotten into a job that required any writing and so my confidence in my abilities plummeted. After viewing and reading all the gorgeous posts on bookstagram, and some inspiring conversations with Beverley Lee, author of The Making of Gabriel Davenport, I was inspired to create The Reader's Review. Since April last year, my blog has gone from strength-to-strength and provides me with so much happiness. Thank you to you all who have supported me from the beginning, and continue to support me.
Connecting with seriously talented authors of all genres
That's the thing with roses; they may be beautiful, but you still have to watch out for the Thorns 🌹 • Review of Colors of Immortality by @j.m.muller (link in bio!) is now up on my blog! This book is INCREDIBLE ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️If you are looking for a brand new reading experience, then you definitely need to get this on your TBR list. P.s you are going to have to read the book just to find out the significance of the roses 😉😉 #sorrynotsorry • Please let me know what you think of my review (link in bio!) 📚❤️ • Also if want to find out more about author J.M. Muller, you can also find my interview with her on my blog too ✨
As an aspiring author, I never imagined that I could connect with other authors in the way I have through bookstagram. I have not only been lucky enough to receive ARC's of some incredible reads, but I have also had the opportunity to interview several talented authors including G.R Thomas and J.M. Muller. Getting a sneak peak behind the writing-process curtain has just been inspiring.
Setting up the #bookstagramletterexchange which connected me with reader's all over the globe
Just a quick message guys to say that I sent out all of your letters today 🙊 considering how many there were in the end, and from lots of different countries, it didn't cost me a lot at all! Not that that matters, I enjoyed doing them, but it's always a perk 😏 the guy in the post office wasn't happy with me at all. I was like 'Excuse me can you tell me how much a letter to Australia, India, America, Africa and Canada costs?' - he wasn't happy 😂 it would be awesome guys if when you finally receive them that you use the hashtag #bookstagramletterexchange so that we can see just how far my little notes have travelled! Thanks again to everyone who wanted to be involved, I've really enjoyed doing it and I hope you will enjoy receiving them 💌❤️
Now this was a fun one. One day back in May last year, I realised that I loved hand-writing letters, but hadn't actually sent one for many years. So I posted an appeal on IG, asking people to send me their address, so I could send them a little letter. The response got CRAZY. I ended up sending letters all over the UK, South Africa, China, the US, Australia and many more. A lot of people (even non-bookstagrammers) felt the same as me, and wanted to bring back the art of letter writing.
Discovering new friendships with like-minded people
I don't know why I've been so lucky to have found @girlofbookishdreams as a friend, but she honestly has the most beautiful heart! I've been up all morning preparing for something really important on Monday, and I've been stressing about it none stop. Then when I was about to just crumble and give up I heard the postman come up my drive, and he posted these #letterboxflowers by @bloomandwild 😍😍 they were off my little T-Lizzle because she found out she had missed my birthday in February (I mean how adorable is she!?) and also for hitting 2000 followers! Thank you so much poppet, the kindness you consistently extend towards me, even by messaging asking how I am, is amazing and appreciated so much! I have quite a few months until your birthday so at least I've got some time to prepare 😏 lots of love Liz! ❤️
This is my biggest highlight. I've always been a reader, and I've always loved buying pretty books and admiring talented authors. It's been incredible to share that passion with the people of bookstagram, because before, I was very much alone in that interest. I have made some genuine friendships which I believe will continue to grow and blossom. You know who you are, and I thank you for the support and love.
If you are a bookstagrammer, what have been your stand-out moments since starting? Let me know in the comments.