How to spice up your bookstagram pictures

Unless you’re an Instagram professional (sometimes, not even then) you always have room for improvement throughout your feed. It’s what people scroll through and want to be engaged by.

It’s part of what makes them click the little heart button and keep following you.

Now, I am in NO way claiming to be a bookstagram expert because – news flash! – I am most definitely not, but I am an expert book-lover and I know what I’d like to see more of on Instagram and what catches my eye and what type of posts I scroll right past.

Whether you like flatlays or bookstacks or including yourself in the photo or even taking pictures next to trees and flowers, there are an endless number of possibilities to make things more interesting.


Every time I get on Instagram there is at least one or two people who claim they dislike their feed or want to change it up for something different, to get a new vibe going on without ruining the account.

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong about wanting to change things up but a consistent feed elicits comments like, “Oh, I know who that bookstagrammer is! That’s the one who always posts ‘blah blah blah'” and, personally, I’d like to be known for ONE thing. At least.

(Something I am currently working on, and FAILING at because boy, it’s hard)

If you find a way to rock many themes and have fun while you’re at it… then good for you! Keep doing whatever it is you’re doing ’cause you’re doing great πŸ˜‰

If you can’t find that one specific thing you like doing, or the setting isn’t ideal and maybe the routine is a bit off for posting your pictures, then here’s a few little tips for you to find what you’re good at;

Props

Props are optional – and I’ve seen great, successful pictures without them – but sometimes they tend to add more dimension to a picture. Minimalist and nature accounts don’t normally use props because they make their surroundings flow with the subject they are showcasing.

It all depends on whether or not you like drive the eye to a certain point in the picture.

Here are some examples of a couple of my favorite bookstagrammers using props (whether it be in books or objects):

See? Even everyday objects like a pen or a candle or even your coffee mug can elevate a picture!


People

Including yourself into an Instagram post seems like an obvious thing to do, but the truth is most of us bookstagrammers stick to books or anything bookish related that ISN’T our face… for various reasons I won’t name at this moment.
Sometimes I tell myself it’s okay to put a little bit of me into the feed, and it totally is!
See for yourself how interesting pictures with the bookstagrammer in the shot can be:

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Tomorrow is the release of The Binding, that not only had a GORGEOUS cover but also has a really intriguing story… . . β€œImagine you could erase your grief, imagine you could forget your pain. Imagine you could hide a secret.” In this world, a Book Binders job is to, quite literally capture memories into a book. You will forget whatever is in the book. So, important question, if you could erase some of your bad memories, would you? Or would you want to remember everything, The highs and the lows? An ARC of this book was kindly #gifted to me by @boroughpress . . . . #bookstagram #bookishfeature #bookstagramfeature #photoshop_art #digitalmanipulation #creativegrammer #thesnapsociety #bevisuallyinspired #createamdcapture #distractionsandinspirations #thebinding

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If you where to participate in the Hunger Games what would be your weapon of choice and your chances of survival? πŸ“š This is my attemmpt to replicate that Mockingjay Part 2 poster where Katniss looks super cool… Let me tell you that striking a pose that doesn’t look 100% ridiculous is hard… and the editing was a nightmare lmao. Plus, do you know how difficult it is to keep serious when you pretend to fire an arrow made of books while it looks like flames are coming out of your… Yeah, stuff.πŸ™ˆ πŸ“š Anyway, I think I would choose a sword because I am not good with bows lol. And there’s a 20% chance I would survive.😐 But who knows. πŸ“š Hope you guys have a goooood week. Stay funny! πŸ“š P. S. – Don’t forget that if you post any FALL/AUTUMN themed pics till this Friday and tag me in them you have the chance to be reposted on my page. πŸ“• πŸ“• πŸ“• #thehungergames #portraitvision #thg #hungergames #bookhaul #mockingjay #flatlays #wings #poemsporn #katnisseverdeen #ya #livros #bookstagram #katniss #peeta #catchingfire #suzannecollins #bookblogger #lecturedumoment #小θͺ¬ #book #lifestylephotography #artists #buku #lectores #portrait_vision

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Room Pics
Bring your room into the picture! Nothing yells cozy and intimate like showcasing where you spend all your time reading.
Plus, you get to show off your creative space. Which is always a good thing for your followers… and for motivating yourself.

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happy #socksunday ! this is my first time actually using this hashtag so I’m feeling pretty cool 🧦 how is your Sunday going? today I am thankful for new beginnings, moving forward and always growing πŸƒ I hope you all find the peace you need during whatever time you are going through. ➡ what does your perfect Sunday look like? mine is this: cozy socks, warm blankets, cozy clean sheets, a hot mug of tea and a book. the lovely bookmark you see here was #gifted to me by @saturdayread β™‘ it’s a GoT inspired bookmark featuring the lovely Daenerys and her dragons, swipe to see the closeups 😻 and thank you for this lovely piece of art dear! let’s do a quick this or that // tea or coffee? cozy socks or cozy blankets? HP or LOTR? mine will be in the comments πŸ™‚

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library magic πŸ“šπŸ’« // I’m not sure exactly when my small collection of thirty-ish books grew to something closer to three hundred, but man, nine-year old linh is elated. books (their contents, really) have and will always hold a valuable weight for me. I’ve recently finished what if it’s us (the cutest meet-cute romance ever?) and one day in december (also an adorable romance), and I’m still trekking through a little life! what are you currently reading? [ also pls ignore the fact I’m holding the sorceror’s stone upside down, it looks like I am but really the dust jacket was put on the wrong way and now I look like an idiot wahoooo what’s new ]

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Outdoors
Nature! Is! Awesome!! Prove it by taking your setting outside. Whether taking a pic in front of a waterfall, under a nice little tree, or even in a field of wildflowers, nature enhances the quality of a photo by a LOT.

How serene *sigh*


Fanart/objects
Who doesn’t love bookish candles, artwork of your favorite characters, and bookmarks with quotes you cannot forget? Well, I DO.

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β€œHe’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” β€”Emily BrontΓ«, Wuthering Heights . . . This was the very first bookish candle I owned β™₯️It was a birthday gift from my roommate when I was in grad school (so almost 4 years ago). I still love it so much β™₯️ . . What bookish item has a special, sentimental value to you? . . . Original art by @angela.schiappa β™₯️ . . . . . . . . #wutheringheights #emilybronte #brontesisters #janeeyre #bookish #bookishcandles #bookishpost #booksbooksbooks #bibliophile #booklovers #booknerds #pursuepretty #culturetripbooks #bookishfeatures #vintagebooks #vintagelook #prettycover #coverlove #bookstoread #classicliterature #classics

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Bookshelves
Bookshelfies. Need I say more?
Just looking at these makes me want to go out and get bookshelves as tall as my wall. #shelfiesaturday is a dangerous, dangerous tag. You have been warned.

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Happy #shelfiesaturday! I finally decorated the ends of my bookcases last weekend and it’s made my library so much happier looking! I am finishing up rearranging and cleaning today. I’ve had to hang some shelves up and I’m finally clearing off the last bits of merch from my office chair and desk. PLUS, I got in a pack of hanging clips last night to hang up a couple of tapestries in my room πŸ€— If you’ve received some tapestries in book boxes that you have no idea how to display, I’ll put a link in my bio to the amazon product I bought. All you need beyond that is a curtain rod to hang them on. I’m using my mermaid window tapestry from LitJoy to block the view of the mess in my closet πŸ˜… I love that I FINALLY have it on display! . #bookstagram #bookcollector #thatsdarling #bookishpeepsies #yareader #booknerd #booknerdigans #reader #readersofinstagram #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookaholic #bookworm #youngadult #booksbooksbooks #booksofinstagram #ilovereading #yalit #instabook #goodreads

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Drawing
Doodles on a post always add flair and a personal touch because, usually, you have to draw on the picture yourself. I LOVE posts with doodles on them. LOVE.

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Here’s to all the fictional boys I’ve loved before… β€”β€”β€” It’s 12 am which means it is officially Valentines Day here where I’m from and lol do I have anyone to spend it with? That’s an obvious no. We will stay unbothered though because my fictional boyfriends are there for me πŸ˜‰ β€”β€”β€” Who are your fictional boyfriends or girlfriends? πŸ₯°πŸ’• β€”β€”β€” . . . . . . . . . . . [ #bookstagramfeature #books #yareads #bookaddict #valentines #booknerdigans #booknerd #igreads #vscocam #bookworm #bookgeek #bookishfeature #bookishfeatures #likeforlike #booklove #beautifulbooks #instagram #bookstafeatures #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #bibliophile #bookaholic #valentinesday2019 #culturetripbooks #bookphotography #booklover #booksofinstagram #bookfeaturepage #mybookfeatures ]

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What are some of your favorite things to see on bookstagram? Any favorite bookstagrammers to recommend?

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