In 2016, I stumbled upon the magical world of bookstagram, and it has come to be be one of the best online communities I've ever discovered.
Being a bookworm amongst friends who prefer Netflix and video games over books, I had been yearning for an external community where I could feed my passion for reading and befriend fellow bibliophile. As an introvert, I felt that I lacked the courage during my younger years to physically join bookclubs and meet new people who share the same love of reading. You can't even imagine the number of times I've walked into a bookstore wanting to befriend a bookseller, only to find myself picking up a few books quickly, paying over the counter with my lips sealed shut from the fear of speaking to someone new.
It is pretty embarrassing recalling those days, especially with how I eventually ended up in the bookselling trade and most of the work day is spent talking to all sorts of people about books! Nonetheless, I am glad I discovered a book loving community on Instagram during my younger and less confident days, scrolling through endless accounts of beautiful book feeds, recommendations and reviews. It is comforting for an introvert to remain anonymous but still be able to engage with all sorts of bookish content.
Here are some of my favourite international bookstagram accounts that I have been following for a long time:
@thereaderandthechef is a bookstagram account run by sisters Melissa and Isabel based in Mexico. Their feed is definitely a rustic aesthetic at its finest! Their individual book reviews and book stacks will never fail to get you motivated to pick up a book or two.
CG drews is an author, blogger and bookstagrammer based in Australia. Both her books A THOUSAND PERFECT NOTES and THE BOY WHO STEALS HOUSES are widely adored, her work has been translated into four languages and she was nominated for the 2020 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Her bookstagram feed is filled with colours and endless amount of books, and is definitely the go-to page when you want to discover new titles with beautiful covers.
Regan is a booktuber since 2013, and a bookstagrammer since 2014 currently based in New York City. Regan started out solely with book content, but is now actively posting about fashion, books, lifestyle and home. She frequently talks about her book hauls, to be read list and bookstore visits in New York, and her endless bright and positive energy in all her Instagram and Youtube content is highly infectious.
Jesse has to be one of the longest standing booktuber and bookstagrammers around. Joining Instagram in 2011 and Youtube in 2012, Jesse has been regularly posting book content for almost 10 years now. As funny and engaging as ever, Jesse is one to follow if you love Young Adult and Fiction.
Jack Edwards is an author and research assistant based in London by day, and does both bookstagram and booktube by night. We all love an academic who is well read, perceptive, incredibly entertaining and well dressed all at the same time, right? Follow Jack Edwards through his book recommendations, bookshop tours, daily life as an author and book research assistant.
On to some of our outstanding local bookstagram accounts:
Joy is a former journalist in two local newspapers and is currently a content creator and bookstagrammer. Her experience with writing is well reflected through her articulated reviews, and her feed deserves to be crowned as one of the most aesthetically pleasing bookstagram accounts in Singapore.
Rachel is a History major and a huge fan of dark academia, fantasy, anime and tea! Her entire bookstagram feed is consistent with her love for dark academia, and I reckon you'll be deeply attracted to the dark and mysterious aesthetic too.
Kim is an avid reader, book reviewer and an absolutely beautiful mum to to her son, Caleb! Other than reviewing books on her main bookstagram account, Kim also has a separate bookstagram at @littleceebookescapades where she shares all the wonderful Children's titles through their mother and son reading journey.
Olivia Ho is an assistant life editor at The Straits Times and she writes about books, literary news and columns full time. She has an outfit for every book she reviews on her bookstagram, and it is so mesmerising to see how she dresses to match the covers of the books!
Grace is a copywriter by profession and has been frequently writing book reviews through her bookstagram since 2015. We love how Grace rates the books she has read through a "curiousity level" punch line right at the start of each of her posts. Definitely makes it accessible for anyone to get to know a book better!
Priscilla went on a hiatus since 2019, but is now finally back again on bookstagram! She goes through books like Kleenex (as stated in her bio) so you'll be able to get book review updates every now and then. Priscilla also has a distinct feed aesthetic which sets her apart from other bookstagrammers.
From all these wonderful bookstagram accounts, I hope that you will be able to find one to get you through the worst reading slumps or to simply discover new titles that you have yet to come across.
Happy reading and bookstagramming! 📖
x Jasmin (Commerce Manager @ The Moon)