Bookstagram: Pro’s and Cons // Let’s Discuss, Is It Really Worth IT??


Heyyy everyone! 😝

Welcome to another discussion post on my blog! Today I am going to discuss bookstgram. Bookstagram is basically an Instagram, but you take pictures of books. A lot of books. In this post, I’ll be discussing the pro’s, and con’s of bookstagramming.

What Is A Bookstagram?

Like, I said a bookstagram is an Instagram account, but rather than taking pictures of yourself, you take pictures of books! It’s a great way to rave about a cover, and spread some book buzz!


  • Meet new friends –Β The internet is a great place too meet new people. Instagram is just a small part of this vast world. But it is very large. In Instagram I met soo many people who share the same taste as me, and my DM’S are filled with CAPS-LOCKS messages about this certain book.
  • Earn some more followers –Β If your pictures are really good, most people will probably check out your links. I’m speaking this from personal experience, because I do this myself. I check out peoples instagram, if they have a blog I check it out, and if it’s too my liking I’ll follow them!
  • Find your new hobby –Β Although, I am on a hiatus taking pictures of books was kind of my hobby. Before (or sometimes after) I read a book, I usually take a photo. Before long, it became a habit.
  • SatisfyingΒ –Β Just looking at your great feed, that YOU worked hard on can be so satisfying. It could also can give you a confidence boost, and who doesn’t mind that?


  • Time-consuming –Β Not everyone has time too spend hours waiting for the perfect lighting, and getting props ready for books. Plus, making tags takes forever!
  • Stressful –Β There are so many components for a bookstagram to be good. Perfect lighting, aesthetic feed, hashatgs, captions… It can be pretty stressful. You’re expecting likes, follows, and comments. And if you don’t… you can feel pretty dissapointed.
  • Too much materials –Β  You need lighting, a good camera, props, and that amounts too a lot of $$$. And money don’t grow on trees, people.



I do have an Instagram account, but I am currently in hiatus. I don’t know if I’m going back too taking pictures. I think other people should definitely Β try it out, because you never know what is going to inspire you!


Will you ever make a bookstagram? Do you have one? What’s your username, so I could stalk you?Β  What is your stance on bookstagram? And a fun bookish question: What is your favorite character πŸ˜› ?Β 



29 thoughts on “Bookstagram: Pro’s and Cons // Let’s Discuss, Is It Really Worth IT??

  1. I’m horrible at photography… so I may not make a bookstagram account…. but I really really want to πŸ˜… I do have a blogstagram account @teenmemoir . I think bookstagraming is great, but like you said, it takes a lot of time and effort… 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I LOVE bookstagram (@nutfreenerd), but I definitely take a relaxed approach to it. I post a few times a week and try not to focus too much on the numbers of likes/followers I get. I just love the bookish community and looking at everyone’s gorgeous photos ❀ Great post!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I love taking pictures of books but I don’t think I have enough material to make them bookstagram worthy. I also feel more comfortable in showing them off on goodreads and on my blog so for now I’ll just stick to that πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I love taking photos of books… but just take photos of books. No props. XD So I guess it would be a VERY minimalist stylenon bookstagram! Honestly, I don’t have enough books to take photos of — the ones I get are library books… and THE GLAAAAAARE.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. My instagram account is kinda a weird mix between bookstagram and then pics of myself with books or just in my daily life. Why? Not sure. I could make seperate accounts, personal and then just for my book posts, but it just seems like so much work! I LOVE going through others’ bookstagrams and gaining inspiration and no matter how hard I try, no matter how long I wait for the perfect lighting, no matter how many props I accumulate, my bookstagram posts never seems to compare.
    All in all, bookstagram is stressful, yet once you get the hang of it, a great hobby and wonderful way to meet other bibliophiles.
    Great post! Thanks for sharing ! πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  6. I have one! It used to be personal but now the handle is my blog name because books > selfies unless they’re shelfies or selfies with books! Anyway! I have some props lying around but definitely not as many as other accounts showcase. I don’t have enough of a photography inclination to arrange them in a way that makes it less noticeable either! XD But I’m trying to work with what I have and make it pretty anyway. It’s hard sometimes, and unavoidable comparing myself, but if one really does enjoy it then it’s worth it!

    My acc is @reveriesociety_ aaand my fav character has to be Quintana from the Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta. Oh but also Puck, from the Iron Fey series, because that guy is awesome!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. A little late to the party, but I just wanted to add that I have a Bookstagram and love it! Connecting with the book community has become my favourite hobby. I take a more relaxed approach though and have a very basic feed because I can’t afford/don’t have time for props. Mostly plain book photos on a clean white background. If anyone wants to connect, I’m @o.m.g.books and I always follow back other bookstagram accounts 😊 this was a great discussion – sorry I missed it originally!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. I have a bookstagram account too but instead of those perfectly curated accounts I use mine to just show off what I happen to be reading! Plus it does give me a link to my blog so I think that helps a little.


  9. I can’t just pick one favourite character! But probably Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices, or Cath from Fangirl πŸ˜€
    I have one (@TheReadingBee) for me, Bookstagram was very stressful at the beginning, I had zero vision when it comes to backgrounds, props and I didn’t even care about the lighting! I was a mess! But, then I got the hang of it with time, and when I let go of the idea of having a “theme”, it became fun! XD I totally agree that props are too expensive, I normally use whatever I have lying around if I used them at all, lol!

    Liked by 1 person

    • I loooove Will Herondale 😍
      I have been thinking that I should go back to instagram, but this time with a minimalist theme, or like you said, not theme at all! When I used to bookstagram I didn’t spend to much money on props.


  10. I absolutely love my Bookstagram and the community. Although the cons that you’ve mentioned are totally valid and I understand that standpoint as well. My Instagram is @wordfae if you’d like to check it out!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s