Meet the Bookstagrammer @michellereadsbooks
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHY YOU BOOKSTAGRAM
I signed up for Bookstagram in January 2018 on a whim after I stumbled upon a few other Bookstagram accounts and was looking for a winter project to get me through the long Boston winters. I had recently committed to a New Year’s Resolution of not watching TV for the year and so I had been reading more than I had been before. I joined the community as a way to share what I was reading, take creative photos, and connect with other readers! It motivates me to know that my account may be helping someone get back into reading. It’s the best when someone says they came across my account and were inspired to start reading more. It’s also very motivating when people pick up the books that I share or recommend. I love getting messages from friends that say “I’m reading that book you shared, and I love it!”. It’s been such a nice way to connect, or reconnect, over the love of reading.
"I joined the community as a way to share what I was reading, take creative photos, and connect with other readers!" - @michellereadsbooks #bookstagram #bookstagrammer
WHAT IS YOUR TOP BOOK REC?
This completely changes based on what I’ve recently read and who is asking! This summer I was telling everyone I encountered to read The Summer Demands by Deborah Shapiro because I loved it so much as a quiet, beautiful character study for the way that ambition changes as we age and how transitions affect us.
Other favorite recommendations are Awayland by Ramona Ausubel for dark fairytale-esque stories, Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness by Jennifer Tseng for some of the most beautiful writing I’ve ever read, and White Noise by Don DeLillo because that is an old favorite of mine.
"In the last year I have started reading more contemporary romance and some of the tropes in those books are so ridiculous, but you have to love to hate them! " - @michellereadsbooks #bookstagram #bookstagrammer
WHAT TROPE DO YOU LOVE TO HATE?
In the last year I have started reading more contemporary romance and some of the tropes in those books are so ridiculous, but you have to love to hate them! I think my favorite one I have come across in that genre is the ‘second chance at love’. It’s always so cheesy while they pine for each other and then realize they have a second chance, but also so great.
LAST FIVE STAR READ? The last five star book I read was Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. I was blown away by her writing and her observations on marriage, motherhood, and aging. It was simultaneously hilarious and depressing and I loved every minute of it.
WHAT ARE THE ELEMENTS OF A GOOD STORY?
Characters are such an important elements of a good story to me. I find that I am drawn to stories where the characters are well written, relatable in some way, and interesting. Sometimes you have a great setting and story line but the characters just don’t work!
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE VILLAIN?
In thinking about this one, I’m realizing I don’t read many stories with villains! I’m a Pisces, so that makes sense because I hate a lot of conflict. I’ll have to go with Snape from Harry Potter because in the end he just wants to be loved.
FAVORITE FICTIONAL UNIVERSE?
I feel like Harry Potter is the obvious answer here! But in an attempt to spotlight some other fictional universes I’ll go with the Hinterland from Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood. It’s a strange, dark place that makes you feel like you are in a fairy tale fever dream and I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out!
FAVORITE BOOKISH QUOTE?
“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” - Oscar Wilde
WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU LOVE TO SEE ADAPTED TO SCREEN? WHO WOULD STAR?
I know it’s already been picked up for an adaptation but I was so happy to hear that they are making Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens into a movie. The whole book was so atmospheric in it’s swamp setting and I could so vividly picture it translating to the screen. And, of course, I would go back in time and cast young Matthew McConaughey as Tate because that is what I pictured the entire time I was reading!
FIVE BOOKSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS SHOULD WE BE FOLLOWING?
@somekindofalibrary to keep up with all the latest releases
@oxfordjanebooks for creative and lovely bookish photos
@layoversandliterature for great reviews and insight into flight attendant life
@the_spines for reading and home inspiration
@shelfbyshelf if you love literary fiction and want to add the BEST Instagram Stories to your feed ...and many others.
The list could easily go on!
Do you have a bookstagram acoount? What do you like most about the community?
Let us know in the comments!
"The last five star book I read was Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. I was blown away by her writing and her observations on marriage, motherhood, and aging.." - @michellereadsbooks #bookstagram #bookstagrammer
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