Recently we got the chance to put a few questions to Ursula, who runs the beautiful bookstagram account ursula_uriarte. With almost 70k followers and a whole host of wicked bookish snaps, we were thrilled to find out all about how she got started on Instagram, how extensive her ‘Alice In Wonderland’ collection is, and just what lengths she would go to to show her ‘Nevernight’ appreciation.
What first attracted you to bookstagram and made you begin posting bookish photos? I’ve always been into photography, I was a newborn photographer before I started to photograph books. I started a bookstagram without intending to do so, I posted a few photos to enter a contest for Leigh Bardugo’s Ruin and Rising and I noticed people started following more than usual that week, little by little I started posting more and more photos of books until that was all I posted.
How long have you been a part of the bookish corner of Instagram? I changed my Instagram from a personal account to a bookstagram in June of 2014, so a little over 2 years now.
Could you describe your Instagram ‘aesthetic’ in only three words? Diverse. Metal. Unapologetic.
We know how great bookstagram is, but what is one of your fave things about it? The feeling of community. I have made such great friends in the past few years, some that I now call my closest friends. Sharing the love for photography and reading with others has just been overall a great adventure.
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? I have so used some cool stuff overtime but I think my favourite has to be this nest I used for a Harry Potter feature not to long ago.
So who's jumped into this one already? I'm not only excited for more of this world but to read it in a brand new format! – ⚡️ Without spoilers tell me if you like it or not so much… Or if you haven't read it, are you planning to? – ⚡️ #potterhead #harrypotter #pottermorejourney #pottermore #jkrowling #cursedchild
Is there one book that’s so beautiful you just can’t help but take a million pictures of it? Lately it has been ‘Nevernight’ by Jay Kristoff, I’d say it’s been the book I’ve featured the most in the last 4 months, I just can’t get over how beautiful it is plus it is in my top 3 reads this year. This particular photo is very special because the tattoos on my fingers are a ‘Nevernight’ quote.
5⭐️ Review for Nevernight by @misterkristoff on the blog today + a Podcast with Jay and a Hardcover giveaway courtesy of @stmartinspress Follow the link on my bio! – ⚔ “The girl felt the words in her chest. In the deepest, darkest place, where the hope children breathe and adults mourn withered and fell away, floating like ashes in the wind” – ⚔ Nevernight is in my top 3 reads this year. It absolutely blew my mind and left me with the worst hangover EVER, I finished it about a month ago and I haven't been able to pick up another book since then… so yeah you guys, it is THAT good so you should all pre-order like right this second. – ⚔ Jay took some time off his really busy schedule to chat with me over the phone so if you wanna check it out there is a Soundcloud link and a YouTube link with the audio as well. We talked about all things Nevernight, smutty scenes and new projects .. I hope you guys enjoy it! (Please excuse my very thick accent, apparently it gets thicker when I'm nervous LOL!) There is also a Rafflecopter at the bottom for a Hardcover Copy of Nevernight which will be ending August 12th. – ⚔ Nevernight hits shelves August 9th all US pre-orders will be signed first editions. – ⚔ What are some of your favorite fantasy novels? – ⚔ #Nevernight #JayKristoff #stabstabstab #MiaCorvere #MrKindly #RecommendationFriday
Overall, ultimate fave picture you’ve ever taken? This was a really hard decision to make, but I think I’d ultimately have to go with this one. ‘Alice In Wonderland’ is my favourite classic and I collect different editions of it and this photo features some of my favourite ones.
If these are not the best fingerless gloves you've ever seen then I don't know what is! 😍 I've had my eyes on these Alice In Wonderland writing gloves from @storiarts for quite sometime now but procrastinated then when I went to get them they were sold out 😩 A good friend of mine got me a pair for Xmas and I'm soooooooo in love with them!!! (They are back in stock now), Storiarts' merchandise is so whimsical and elegant I really love all of their stuff, they have scarves, shirts and pillow cases too 📚 Of course the bookmark comes from Olena's fabulous shop @mybookmark 💕 What is your favorite character in Alice In Wonderland? Mine is the Mad Hatter ☕️ he's so gentle and kind even though he's cray cray 🎩😂 I love the Caterpillar as well 🐛 • ❗️ Reminder: my Alice in Wonderland giveaway closes tonight at midnight, I will count all entries til then, there are over 4,000 entries and it will take me a few days before I'm able to announce the winner so I very much thank you in advance for your patience. Thanks to all for entering and sharing, I never imagined it would be such a popular giveaway 😂 Good luck to everyone ✨ #aliceinwonderland #weareallmadhere #downtherabbithole #feedyourhead #curiouserandcuriouser #storiarts #mybookmarkalice #handsinframe
Thank you Ursula for chatting to us! You can follow her on Insta at ursula_uriarte or tweet her your own questions @Urs_Uriarte.
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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