Meet the Bookstagrammers: Christine from @weereader

Today, I caught up with Scottish bookstagrammer, Christine from @weereader, to talk bookish pics, Insta tips and fave reads.

Christine particularly loves fantasy and historical fiction and takes beautiful, simple shots of her current reads, recommendations and tea! She also writes bubbly, enthusiastic captions in which she explains what she loves about each book. Here is just a sample of her gorgeous account:

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Christine, thanks so much for joining me! Can you start by sharing a little about yourself: Where are you from? What do you do when you’re not on Insta? How did you get into bookstagramming?

Hello I am Christine, a 21 year old from Scotland. When I am not over on Instagram, I am usually doing university work or working the first draft of my book. I stumbled across bookstagram by accident in 2014. I was looking through the #bookcase tag and came across bookstagrammers. I initially made my account just so that I could follow other people and keep things organised, but then one day I decided to post. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

Can you tell us a bit about your Insta account: What inspires your posts? Do you have a particular aesthetic or theme? Has your account changed/developed over time?

My account has definitely changed over time, when I look back at my first pictures I am horrified. I didn’t think about the lighting or about following any sort of theme back then. Now though I try to make sure my pictures look similar in terms of lighting and I always take them at my desk. One day I added a tartan blanket to my pictures and I ended up loving it, now I use it in them all.

My favourite thing is recommending books, especially ones I don’t see on bookstagram often. So trying to show them off the best I can is my goal. I get really inspired by other bookstagrammers, although as I only take pictures in one place so I can be quite limited. I find myself buying funkos or bookish props for pictures, so buying new things can be inspiring (which isn’t good for my bank balance!)

What camera(s) and editing software (if any) do you use for your pics?

To take my pictures I use my iphone 6. To edit I use the apps Afterlight and Snapseed, I adjust the brightness and the saturation to make sure that the picture is similar in colour to my other recent pictures. Then I use the clarifying and sharpening tools to improve the quality. I will be making a blog post all about how I edit soon, so keep an eye out for that

How often do you post and do you plan posts in advance or are they more spontaneous?

I try to post every day, however if I am busy or don’t feel like it then I don’t push myself. I don’t want to ever make bookstagram feel like a chore. I try to take pictures in bulk and take advantage of good lighting so I do try to plan in advance. For example, if I know I want to post about a specific book or something like posting a review for a bookish box then I take that in advance.

What do you think makes a good post?

Good lighting and an interesting caption. I always like seeing posts that have a question for the followers, it’s fun to read through the responses and interact with everyone.

What do you love most about being part of the bookstagram community?

The wonderful people I have met since I started bookstagram! It’s great to have met so many people from around the world whom I would never have spoken to if it weren’t for bookstagram. Since starting bookstagram I am a lot more up to date with new book releases and I’ve bought so many books because of other bookstagrammers recommendations!

Is there anything you’d like to see change/improve in the community?

Bookstagram is a great community and so is the book community across social media! I think at times, I like to see slightly more positivity, I sometimes notice people focus a lot on books they don’t like rather than the books they do like. My bookstagram pet hate is seeing “shoutout for shoutout” or “shoutout sessions”. I just think it’s slightly odd to ask your followers for a shoutout.

Who are some of the bookstagrammers who inspire you?

It is impossible for me to list everyone who inspires me as everyone that I follow inspires me! I will narrow it down to six accounts.

  1. Lauren – @fictiontea
  2. Kate – @infinitelynovel
  3. Mia – @cosyreads
  4. Sey – @sey_books
  5. Evangeline – @evieherondale
  6. Shannon – @shannons.bookshelf

I also need to mention these wonderful ladies whom I love chatting with everyday: @bookwormeverlasting, @dropandgivemenerdy, @ifreakinlovebooks, @littlebookwormig, @eatdrinkreadrepeat and @girlthatreads_

What kinds of books do you like to read?

I mainly read fantasy, mostly YA fantasy or high fantasy! I do also enjoy historical fiction and sci-fi however I read a lot less of those two genres. I just love immersing myself in a new world which is completely different from real life.

What are three key things you look for in a good story?

In a story I look for thorough world building, character development and of course an interesting plot.

What do you love most about reading, and why do you believe reading is important?

As I mentioned before I love immersing myself in a new world. It so wonderful that reading can be an escape for people who need it and gives you a chance to get away from the real world for a while. I think reading is important as it really does improve your vocabulary, your memory and helps you learn – no matter what age you are. I also think reading about other people really helps you understand human beings better. You get to read about situations you have never faced before and develop empathy for things you previously had never even thought about or experienced.

What’s been your favourite read so far this year?

I haven’t had the best year when it comes to reading due to university work and a reading slump, but my favourite has to be A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. (It’s definitely NA not YA so watch out if you don’t like saucy scenes!)

What five books should everyone who’s reading this add to their TBR pile? 

It is so difficult to narrow it down to five, but I am going for: 

  1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas.
  2. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.
  3. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb.
  4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.
  5. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.

What advice would you give to new bookstagrammers?

Be yourself! Post what you want to post and not what you think people will want to see. If you love what you are posting then you will find and attract others who love it as well.

Don’t be afraid to reach out and speak to people. Bookstagram is a great place to connect with readers all over the world, so don’t be nervous about messaging people or commenting on their pictures. You may not always get a reply, but at least you tried!

Take pictures with good lighting! I think this is the most important step to taking good pictures, bad lighting can really make or break a picture.

Try not to worry about how fast or slow you are gaining followers. It is pretty difficult not to keep checking, but having fun and loving what you do is the most important thing. I have around 27k followers now which is crazy, but I’ve been posting since 2014. It just takes time!

And finally, where else can we find you talking books? 

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/weereader/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/weereader

WordPress – https://weereaderblog.wordpress.com/

Tumblr – http://weereader.tumblr.com/

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/39719286-christine-weereader

Pinterest – https://uk.pinterest.com/weeereader/ (Here I create boards relating to my writing, not about the books I am reading.)

Whilst writing down where you could find me, I realised that I have so many social media accounts. I just really wanted to have the WeeReader name on everything!

Thank you so much for having me on your blog! I always love reading your interviews with bookstagrammers!

Pop over to @weereader, say hi to Christine and see what she’s reading on Instagram.

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