Recently we got the chance to put a few questions to Mara, who runs the beautiful bookstagram account bookmarauder. With over 90k followers and a whole host of the prettiest bookish snaps, we were thrilled to find out ALL the answers to how she got started on Instagram, what she loves the most about the friends she’s made on the app, and which photo trumps all.
What first attracted you to bookstagram and made you begin posting bookish photos? Even though I come from a family of readers, most of my friends are not. I was looking for an outlet for my very obsessive reading nature outside of my every-day life and I’d had been using a private Instagram account for ages so I decided to switch to a books-only account really from the spur of the moment. When I started my account, “bookstagram” hadn’t really been termed yet, but I quickly found a peer community to share my love for books with.
How long have you been a part of the bookish corner of Instagram? I’ve been a part of this particular bookish community for about three years now. I do feel like I’ve been there from the very beginnings. Seeing it grow into the phenomenon it is now is both surreal and fun.
Could you describe your “Instagram aesthetic” in only three words? I do find that light, colourful and messy are three appropriate words to describe my feed in a nutshell.
We know how great bookstagram is, but what is one of your fave things about it? For me personally, it’s the friends and connections I’ve made. Talking about books with so many good friends is just wonderful. Bookstagram is such a positive community and I’ve never had a bad experience. I’ve made some of my best friends here, and it’s just such a welcoming, diverse and inspiring place to be.
And now, let’s spotlight some of your incredible pics! What is your favourite prop you’ve used in your photos? I do have to say any type of flower arrangement. Nothing makes me happier than books and flowers all wrapped in one picture.
So I collect @rainbowrowell book editions and the lovely @sleepsontables got me this @chaptersindigo #Fangirl hardcover I was missing and made me sooo happy. Do any of you guys collect any author's works? Any specific book's editions? Am I the only crazy one here? | #rainbowrowell #booknerd #bookish #booklover #bookworm #bookgram #bibliophile #yabooks #yalit #authorcrush #rainbowrowellbooks
Is there one book that’s so beautiful you just can’t help but take a million pictures of it? I’m currently obsessed with the Puffin Chalk classic covers. My favourite one is their ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ edition, which is just to-die-for gorgeous.
Overall, ultimate fave picture you’ve ever taken? It’s hard super hard to chose one because a lot of them feel like my babies, but I think it would have to be this one. I’ve recently started using it for my business cards and the most fun part about it is the fact that people seem to recognise my account from that single picture, which is why I also love is so much. Whenever I look at it, I feel like home.
Thank you Mara for chatting to us! You can follow her on Insta at bookmarauder or tweet any further questions you have for her @bookmarauder.
Wish your bookstagram was filled with beautiful pics like Mara’s? Us too – we’re filled with bookish envy. Come chat to us about your fave of her 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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