Recently we got the chance to put a few questions to Cherry, who runs the beautiful bookstagram account _forevermint. With almost 30k followers and a whole feed full of gorgeous bookish snaps, we were thrilled to find out all about how she got started on the site, what she loves most about being a part of the community, and how to-die-for beautiful her copy of ‘The Night Circus’ is.
What first attracted you to bookstagram and made you begin posting bookish photos? It was definitely the community and aesthetics that first hooked me into becoming a part of the community and posting my own pictures. When I was first starting out with bookstagram, it shocked me how interactive people were, leaving comments and liking my photos. Everyone was sooo nice too. I quickly made a few friends and became addicted to everything about it from setting up photos, editing them and talking to people in the comments.
The bookstagram community were very welcoming and I’m so grateful I found an amazing little niche on Instagram where I can unabashedly share my love for books and know that there are others out there who can relate to it.
How long have you been a part of the bookish corner of Instagram? It’s been a year and three months since I first joined the community and it has been the most book-filled year of my life to date.
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Could you describe your Instagram ‘aesthetic’ in only three words? When I first started out I really liked taking bright, white photos that were a bit minimalist but now I edit my photos to be a bit darker and use as many props as I want. In three words I would say my Instagram aesthetic is a colourful, floral mess.
We know how great bookstagram is, but what is one of your fave things about it? Making friends on bookstagram is for sure my favourite thing about the community. Through bookstagram I’ve met like minded individuals who share similar tastes not only in books but music, tv shows and other hobbies as well.
I’ve also met a lot of people who have introduced me to new cultures and ways of thinking. I never thought that I would meet so many people through Instagram but I am so grateful that I did. Making friends is so much more than just commenting and liking each other’s photos, it’s also reading books together, creating challenges, supporting each other during book slumps, and knowing you have someone to go to when you just can’t decide on what picture to post. It’s amazing.
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? My favourite prop has to be fake flowers. At first I started using them because it was spring when I bought them and it gave my feed a nice “floral” vibe. They add the perfect pop of colour and I feel like it really represents the things I like because I adore flowers and pretty things. Of my hoard of flowers, my current favourite is my little branch with pink blossoms. I like them because they remind me of cherry blossoms!
Is there one book that’s so beautiful you just can’t help but take a million pictures of it? My Vintage edition of ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern. It’s one of my favourite books of all time and this is my second edition of it actually. I’m in love with the white cover featuring Celia and Marco and the red stained pages literally give me heart eyes. I still have so many pictures of this book on my phone that I’m dying to post but haven’t yet.
When Vy @thelibrocubicularist posted a picture of this gorgeous edition of The Night Circus, I had to have it 😍 this is one of my favorite books of all time and I loveee Celia and Marco on the front cover it's just ugh ❤️❤️❤️ the feels. Such a beautiful and imaginative story 💛 This is the Vintage edition published in 2012, the ISBN number is 9780099581543 😊 Thanks Vy for sharing! Do you have multiple copies of any books?
Overall, ultimate fave picture you’ve ever taken? This one is my favourite because I’ve always wanted to take this type of photo where I’m holding a book and facing my bookshelves. I recently got a second bookshelf and as soon as I finished setting everything up, I took several pictures like this one! Also any photo where I can incorporate an outfit or cute accessories is an instant fave for me.
I finished Paper Princess 👑 yesterday morning and it felt soo good to finally finish a book! Contemporaries seem to be perfect for getting out of reading slumps. The second half of the book really picked up the pace and was hard to put down. I don't normally like contemporary romances because the writing style just isn't my taste but this was entertaining like a bad tv show with lots of angsty teen drama and hot rich boys. I didn't particularly care for any of the Royals but Ella was tough and sassy and fun to read about. If you like saucy romance novels def check this one out ~ . So glad I got to buddy read this with @thebooksbuzz!❤️ (sorry I took so long to finish it 😅) . What's the last book that got you out of a reading slump?
Thank you Cherry for chatting to us! You can follow her on Insta at _forevermint or tweet any further questions you have for her @_forevermint.
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.
Come chat to us about your fave of Cherry’s snaps or the other bookstagrammers you love @maximumpopbooks. And, if you’re feeling generous, you can give the MP! Books Instagram a lovely little follow too.
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