Do you love books? Do you also love drooling over aesthetic photos of those books? Allow me introduce you to your new favorite corner of the internet. From steampunk-inspired backdrops to rainbow stacks to elaborate literary cosplay, the bookstagram sector of Instagram was carved out by book lovers who appreciate that novels sometimes should be judged by their covers. And as stunning as the photography is, bookstagram is more than just photos—it’s a full-blown literary community. Many bookstagrammers are also bloggers, and will review their most recent reads in the descriptions of their posts. Others participate in challenges and tags as a way to interact with the bookish community online. Below, four experienced bookstagrammers share their favorite photo of the past year, and talk books, snaps, and why you should bookstagram, too.
Bridget, age 31, U.S., one year on bookstagram
Carollina, age 27, Brazil, one year on bookstagram
Eden, age 19, New Zealand, one and a half years on bookstagram