12 Days of Bookstagram! (Recap)

I recently participated in the 12 Days of Bookstagram hosted by Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy, and it was a really fun challenge to join in on! I thought 12 days was long enough to feel challenged without getting bored, and the variety of prompts pushed me out of my comfort zone, which is fun to do sometimes as a budding bookstagrammer!

The results are in and I wanted to share my photos by style and how I feel about them going forward on my feed!

1. The Single Book

Posting a photo of a single book is my favorite style! I like to set up the backgrounds to help tell my story, but let the cover steal the show. I find it important to show my followers the whole cover, including the author so they could look up the book if my caption piques their interest. For five of the twelve days I was able to use my personal style, which I was happy about!

2. Multiple Books!

I always love a good book stack photo – and so do the people on bookstagram. I used these photos for the days Shelfie and Book Stack and got a positive response to both photos! I think bookstacks give the viewer extra chances to connect with one of the books in the photo – especially in the case of the thriller stack, a lot of bookstagrammers were excitedly commenting about which book they loved and asking about others they hadn’t read yet.  I love when posts get a lot of interaction so book stack day was one of my favorites!

3. House photos!

I had so much fun taking photos of my apartment during this challenge! I don’t usually share photos of my house, mostly for the reason that this is a book account and not an interior design blog! I love following blogs like Apartment Therapy, and as much as I love my space, it doesn’t totally feel instaworthy. That being said, I loved the excuse to post pictures of my home because my space does interact with my reading life and it makes me so happy. I posted these photos for Bibliophile Life, My Reading Spot, and On My Nightstand day. These photos got less likes than my typical style, but it was fun to put them out there and have people say that they enjoyed seeing my space!

4. Busy Busy

My two least favorite days of this challenge were Bookstore and Flat Lay. These aren’t styles that I typically share on my account, because to me they end up looking busy. There are people on #bookstagram who totally nail this style, but they just don’t work for me – and that’s ok! At the end of the day this is my account and I can do what I want 🙂 .

 

I hope you enjoyed reviewing the 12 days of bookstagram with me! Let me know if you have a favorite style of book photo!

#theUnreadShelfProject2018

Yes.. I know that a week ago I was pretty anti-bookstagram trends and cliques and giveaways (still kinda against those things…) but can’t deny that I said it here first – I will read books from my own shelf this year!

So when I allowed myself to go back on Bookstagram after a holiday break, I was so happy to see The Unread Shelf Project of 2018. If you haven’t heard of it, head over to @theunreadshelf and check out her highlighted stories! I’ll highlight the challenges so far below

Challenge 1: Count and make a list of all your unread books!

My total is 16! That’s a lot for me to read in a year since I’m sure I’ll also want to read a whole bunch of new books, but I think I can aim for one per month.

Challenge 2: Feature one unread book every day!
Where you got it? Why you got it? Do you still want to read it?

I shared three on my stories, but then thought a post would be even better! So here we go!

My top seven unread books are… drum role please!

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1. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Where I got it
Book of the Month!

Why I got it
I wanted it as soon as it came out as a BOTM (January 2017) but was intimidated by the length, but then, the desire to read it never went away so I added it to my box in December 2017.

Do I still want to read it?
Yes! In fact, as I’m writing this I’m 250 pages in. Can’t wait to get back to it after I finish this post!

2. Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Where I got it
My mom!

Why I got it
This one was also a BOTM that I never hit “Add to my box” on. I saw it from one of my first months in 2016. I saw that my Granny was reading it and she got it from my cousin Patty, who often shares book recs with my mom. I reccomended to my mom that she ask my Granny to borrow the book and she did and loved it — so when she visited me in San Diego she gave it to me to read!

Do I still want to read it?
Yes! It was my idea in the first place right 😉 . Only joking – it actually sounds like a great book and I know a lot of people who loved her other book The Paris Wife.

3. The Confusion of Languages by Siobhan Fallon

Where I got it
Amazon Prime

Why I got it
I saw this on Bookstagram once and thought the plot sounded amazing – and the cover was beautiful! Then it was Amazon Prime Day and books were on sale and I had no self control

Do I still want to read it?
Yes! I was nervous because I didn’t like The Alice Network at all and thought I was not a historical person anymore. But reading Pachinko is restoring my faith in historical fiction. I also read Behold The Dreamers in November 2017 and loved it! I think I’m ready to dive back in to the historical fiction pool

4. What Happened by Hillary Clinton

Where I got it
Amazon Prime

Why I got it
Honestly, Bethany at @bethanyslibrary posted excerpts in her instagram story and I loved the writing she was showing! Also my birthday was coming up so….

Do I still want to read it?
Yes! I love owning this book and I don’t think I should continuing owning it without reading it – plus I already have a strong indication that I’ll love the writing!

5. Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

How I got it
The @ardentbiblio holiday book exhchange!

Why I got it
Well this one wasn’t my choice, but Chelsey at @hereadsshereads stalked my instagram feed and mailed me a book she thought I’d like! (I think she nailed it!)

Do I still want to read it?
Yes! I’m not sure if Chelsey saw on my instagram story, but I actually got Stay with Me from the library but didn’t have time to read it and had to return it! I saw Rachael at @booksforbrunch raving about it no more than a week later and was kicking myself for returning it.

6. Playing Through the Whistle by S.L. Price

How I got it
This one was a Christmas gift from my sister and brother-in-law. They are the biggest non-fiction readers I know!

Why I got it
Playing through the Whistle is set in Alliquippa, Pennsylvania — on the other side of the river from where I grew up, and a huge football school. A lot of the students who go through Alliquippa High School play for Pitt or even the Pittsburgh Stelers. I am a Pittsburgh football lover so after my sister and brother in law loved it they got it for me (and my dad)!

Do I still want to read it?
Yes! I do love football and Pittsburgh, so this is sounds like a perfect pick for me. It’s not screaming my name at this EXACT minute, but I think I’ll get in to it as the year moves on — maybe once the steelers win the superbowl and I’m missing football in my life!

7. Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Where I got it
The Denver Airport! 

Why I got it
I finished my book on the way to Denver and still had a train ride and flight back to worry about, so I grabbed a couple books in the airport to read on my trip! 

Do I still want to read it?
Yes! Picking it up and feeling it in my hands still brings me joy – I love the weight of it, and the colors on the cover, and the memory of the weekend before I left New York City going to Books are Magic, which is owned and curated by Emma Straub. I’m waiting for a warm month and a nice vacation to read it! In my mind, I think I’ll read it on my June trip to Savannah, GA for a bachelorette party!

So there we have it — My goal is to read these 7 [and review them all] and post an #unreadshelfproject2018 recap post in the end of the year! Here’s to a great year of reading!