Recently we got the chance to put a few questions to Reagen, who runs the beautiful bookstagram account reagen.reads. With over 10k followers and a whole host of seriously awesome bookish snaps, we were thrilled to see his autumn aesthetic feed and share in his love for the Vintage Classics new rebranding of ‘The Night Circus’.
What first attracted you to bookstagram and made you begin posting bookish photos? Honestly, I believe it was my genuine love for reading, and photography. Before bookstagram, I had a personal Instagram that was mostly for photos I had taken while out with friends, or on a hike in the local forests, but I never truly felt connected to it. I remember one day scrolling through the ‘Popular Photos’ page and coming across a STUNNING photograph of some books, arranged in a flat lay style.
Shortly after, I began to brainstorm about the idea of an Instagram devoted solely to READING! What a delight! The photo I remember belonged to a friend of mine, Adam, and ever since I have grown to love the community that is bookstagram.
How long have you been a part of the bookish corner of Instagram? Wow, I can’t believe it but it has been every bit of a year and 4 months, give or take? I feel as though I have been a part of this corner of Instagram for a lifetime now!
Could you describe your Instagram ‘aesthetic’ in only three words?
Only three words, gosh this is a tough one. If I had to pick, it would have to be: cosy, warm, and inviting. I would compare it to the description of a Hobbit Hole from J.R.R. Tolkien’s work ‘The Hobbit’.
We know how great bookstagram is, but what is one of your fave things about it? This is not difficult at all: my favourite thing about bookstagram is the community. I have made so many life-long friends through bookstagram, all over the world. I have friends that live in Dubai, New York, Hungary, Sri Lanka, and so many other interesting places!
We are very much like a family, in a sense that everyone includes one another, and looks out for each other. We all speak a universal bookish language, and share a passion for reading that transcends social media platforms.
And now, let’s spotlight some of your incredible pics! We found 7 gorgeous props to make our bookstagram photos pop, but what is your favourite prop to use? Definitely my Crosley Vinyl Record Player. The exterior is built like a vintage suitcase, which pairs well with a lot of my photos. During the past month and a half, I have been using natural props such as dead leaves from outside, or even the trees themselves!
HELLO Friends! 🍁🍂✨ Today I'm bringing you more of a serious-ish post, not like a bad serious – but one that I for some reason felt needed to be said. This quote from one of my favorite books of all time has really stuck out to me the past couple of days, I'll write it out here for ya: "You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood, soul, purpose. The tale will move &a drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role. That is your Gift." This quote really had me thinking, what books have done THIS to me? Left something with me, taught me a valuable lesson, showed me an aspect about myself that I was unaware of. The books above have done just that – The Night Circus by @erinmorgenstern , This Savage Song by @veschwab , and the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. The author of each one of these literary treasures gave me a piece of itself, when I didn't know I needed it. What I guess I'm trying to say is – for those of you that DO write stories, especially with prep. for NaNoWriMo starting remember one thing. While you are writing to impart something for someone out there somewhere, write it for YOURSELF first. Write this novel with the full intensity of all the emotions you have felt, and will feel. Flesh out issues that YOU feel need to be addressed, because who knows? There may be one Reader out there that needs to hear (read) what you did, they've just been waiting for YOUR own writing. You got this. Never, ever give up! ✨- – – – – – – -[ #YAlovin #YAlit #epicreads #goodreads #bookish #bookstagram #booknerd #booklover #bibliophile #booknerdigans #bookphotography #vsco #VSCOcam #vscobooks #instaread #novel #fandom #ilovebooks #bookhaul #fiction #fantasy #bookhaul #bookishquote #igreads #tbr ]
Is there one book that’s so beautiful you just can’t help but take a million pictures of it? There are too many to count, as I am unashamedly a “Cover Lover”. I would have to say ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern, the book itself exudes magic!
Overall, ultimate fave picture you’ve ever taken? My favourites are constantly changing, especially now that we are in the season of Autumn. As of right now, I would have to say that my favourite photo would have to be this one.
I feel like I've had an unusually peaceful, non-cutthroat evening in the Autumn Court today. 🍂🍁🎃 Wonderful feast, pumpkin pie, and some sweet cinnamon cookies. Perfect way to relax after a long weekend of working.- – -I have yet to read this gorgeous book, but I've heard amAAAAAAZZZING things about Rae Carson's work – the Sequel, Like A River Glorious, comes out TOMORROW alongside only bloody CROOKED KINGDOM! 😭😭😭 My mind and body haven't emotionally accepted the fact that it's coming out. tomorrow. I'll also be going to meet Leigh this Friday on her Book Tour. Idk I'm going to be a mess. 😂- – – – – – -[ #YAlovin #YAlit #epicreads #goodreads #bookish #bookstagram #booknerd #booklover #bibliophile #booknerdigans #bookphotography #vsco #VSCOcam #vscobooks #instaread #novel #fandom #ilovebooks #bookhaul #fiction #fantasy #bookhaul #bookishquote #igreads #tbr ]
It’s bright, warm, spicy, and you can almost smell the fresh baked cookies! Perfect for this season!
Thank you Reagen for chatting to us! You can follow him on Insta at reagen.reads or tweet him your own questions @reagen_reads.
Wish your bookstagram was filled with beautiful pics like this? Us too – we’re filled with bookish envy, but it’s a good job we’ve got some quick tips to up your Insta game.
Who’s your favourite bookstagrammer? Let us know in the comments below. And, if you’re feeling generous, you can give the MP! Books Instagram a lovely little follow too.
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