One Year on Bookstagram: Where I Get All Sagely and Reminisce and Pretend I Know More Than You

I’M A MENTOR NOW! Muahahaha please watch out and take your shoes off before you step inside.

I’m going to interview myself now.

Don’t mind me.

what was your weirdest bookstagram moment?

Mine isn’t as cool or weird as some other people’s, but it’s this: someone DMed me asking “how do you make friends on bookstagram” and then commented on a post saying “check your DMs pls” when I didn’t answer right away. Irony yes!

and the best moment?

AHH WHICH ONE TO CHOOSE??? Happy moments! I like them!

Probably when the accounts that inspired me to pick up bookstagram followed me. Or when smiley boxes come in the mail. (If that’s shallow oops.)

what book(s) did you buy because of bookstagram?

Oh, now this is unfair. I had no idea I could be so cruel to myself.

I never cover-bought books for bookstagram—I have a little bit of dignity left hi—but I did buy some that I discovered through it:

  • Throne of Glass
  • The Secret History (??? maybe)
  • Strange the Dreamer
  • My Everyman’s Library edition of Dickinson poetry
  • Pretty much every PEL I own haaaaaa

I seem to be doing pretty good actually.

what advice would you give a brand-new bookstagrammer?

HAH let’s make a list, shall we? Color me helpful.

  • Just start. Don’t make bookstagram a bigger deal than it is—you don’t have to wait for the perfect moment.
  • Forget that numbers eVER EXISTED. It makes life and math a lot more fun.
  • Invest as much time in your captions as you put in your photos. Rule of thumb: If someone can get away with reading your caption without knowing you better/interacting with you/being prompted to discussion/laugh, you did something wrong.
  • Treasure comments. Reply to them with sincerity. Print them out and use them to smother your enemies. Creativity wins!
  • Never stop trying new things. Give that filter a test! Find a new angle! Make your brother become a hand model! The possibilities are endless.
  • Always be respectful.
  • You don’t have to post every day.
  • Never tell your followers to like or comment on a post—just announce that it’s there and let them do their thing.
  • Have so much fun your non-nerd friends are jealous.

what’s the best advice you’ve ever received, miss smarty pants?

(Rude.) But it was don’t let your camera limit your creativity. Use that crappy iPod touch camera by golly and drench it in VSCO.


Because I’m sleepy, that’s all I’ve got for now. Consider yourself informed.

Mini Review: The Yellow Wall-Paper Was Really Just About Yellow Wall-Paper

I remember reading some crazy awesome reviews about The Yellow Wall-Paper a few years ago, talking about its beautiful writing, important message, and general amazingness. HAHA OK, no.

There were good parts. There were bad parts. (I am a philosopher and I am profound, yes.)

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The False Prince Was Really an Anastasia Retelling and I’m Not Mad About It

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

★★★★ — 75%

BECAUSE IT WAS. Just with a guy instead with a girl. And with an overload of snark. STEP IT UP, SAGE, YOU’RE A ROLE MODEL. HAahahAHAhahh or not, because the snark was hilarious and I really don’t care about anything else. Shallow, I am.

Oh, and also??? May not be a good idea to check this one out at the library. The librarians look at you weird when you’re taller than all the bookshelves in the juvenile department. Juvenile!!! I’ve lost my coolness badge. (And I’m also only 5’2″ so caN YOU IMAGINE how short those bookshelves are. Really, they’re just rubbing it in.) Ebooks and bookstore copies (not stolen–I’M TALKING TO YOU, SAGE) are a much better call. And if you’d like to tell past me that that would be loooovely.

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The Middle Grade Fantasy I Thought Was YA (Help I’m Confused and I Can’t Get Up)

The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen

★★★ — 60%

HA, look at me, I’m still confused. DOES BANGING MY HEAD AGAINST THE MONITOR HELP??? I DON’T KNOW???

The Traitor’s Game wasn’t YA. I’m saying it like a mantra but I’m not bitter. Not! (Totally unimportant sidenote that doesn’t make me want to hide at all: I just checked Barnes and Noble and they have TTG under teen books and I’m crying and laughing and running away but I CONTEST.)

Trust me, mate. Bookstores don’t know anything.

(And thank you, Cait, for sending your ARC along!)

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Christmas Gift Guide

December snuck up on me a bit this year. Did it sneak up on you, too? If it did, no worries, I’m here to make help you empty your coffers. [evil laugh resounds]*

I’ll be forcing a gift guide and some major deals down your throats today, so if you’re a victim of December’s sneakiness, looking for a last-minute gift idea for a tricksy friend, want to find a little something to treat yourself with, or simply want to laugh at me (I can’t blame you, I’m hilarious), this post is for you.

*What are you talking about, it didn’t come from me

DISCLAIMER / WARNING TO NON-BOOKISH FELLOWS

This post is catered to the glorious species of bookworm, so if you aren’t one, you’ll either be super bored, super scared, or super weirded out. It might be better if you run now. Thou hast been disclaimed.

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What Happens When Ancient Rome Gets a Fantasy Makeover

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

★★★★★ — 98%

I’ve been all kinds of evil and have kept An Ember in the Ashes’ goodness to myself these past 82013 months, but it’s finally time to share it with you and I’m not mad. I’M NOT MAD!

It will ruin your life.
It will wreck your soul.
It will destroy your sanity.

And mate, you need it.

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Summer Book Haul Part 2 (And it’s Autumn Now So… Points to Me and My Punctuality)

Now for the second part of my summer book haul. It’s missing some pictures, but you’re a reader. You should have enough imagination to make up for it, right?

But the saddest thing isn’t the lack of pictures, the fact that I’m listening to the Greatest Showman soundtrack again, or crying over A Million Dreams. The saddest thing is that I have like three more of these haul posts to go. If something has to change, I’m ignoring it.

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Everything, Everything was Disappointing, Disappointing

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

★ — 25%

Everything, Everything was my first contemporary. And it promised so much.

But I don’t even know what happened.

The first half was cute and light and adorable and then the second half turned it on its head. Basically it hopped on a train and shot off at 8596 mph and left me in the dust wondering where in the world my feelings were. But I’m glad I missed the train because it ended up heading in a horrible direction.

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Throne of Glass: Assassins, Princes, and A Fairly Pleased Me 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

★★★★ — 90%

Throne of Glass was the second book I read this past August, and I almost had as much fun reading it as I would swimming and drowning in a sea of cake.

I’m aware that this series half lives in perennial shade and there’s very much a love-it-or-hate-it kind of thing running around it, so I’m sorry if it gave you murderous tendencies and you really just want me to choke till it suffocates and dies because I only hate on it for like, a small majority of the review.*

I sort of loved the vile thing.

*Making sense is too mainstream

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