Interview with a Bookstagrammer - June 2021
This month we interviewed the wonderful Lucía, the reader and creator behind the brilliant @fiebrelectora bookstagram account. Lucía's feed is so perfectly curated, and it's easy to see the hard work and thought that goes into each photograph. Take a look at her page to keep up to date with her latest posts! It's so worth your time. Thanks so much for chatting with us, Lucía!
How did you first become involved with the Bookstagram community? Can you remember the moment you decided to create your account?
I’ve always loved reading, so when I discovered that literature blogs existed, a new world opened up for me. From there, to create one of my own, it wasn’t too long. First, came the blog, in June 2014, and the rest of networks (Twitter, Instagram) soon after, which were, in principle, a complement to this first. In fact, when I opened the bookstagram account, I didn’t even use my own personal Instagram account, so it was all pretty new to me, and in Spain there was no established "bookstagram" community. We were few book accounts, and at first we didn’t think about taking too "aesthetic" pictures. Much of what is bookstagram right now comes to us thanks to UK and US influence, at least as far as I know, which were the most "advanced" and were already working the scenarios for the photos...
What’s your favourite part of the Bookstagram community and why is it so important to you?
Without a doubt, and apart from all the literary recommendations that bookstagram provides me... I'm gonna say my favorite part is the wonderful community that we have formed: it is always amazing to meet people with whom to share hobbies and readings, and to be able to talk about books that have made us feel so much. Moreover, what begins as a mere conversation can easily become the beginning of a great friendship.
Do you think your content has evolved over the years, if so tell us more about that!
I have been working on this account for more than six years, so it is clear that the content, and also me, have been changing over time: I feel that I am becoming more comfortable with what I do, and lately I am daring also with the reels and videos, while a while ago I would have thought I wasn’t capable... It’s all about getting down to business!
Do you have any other hobbies alongside books and reading? We’d love to hear more about them!
The truth is that books take up a lot of my time, but I also love watching series and... travel! Although lately with the pandemic it has been very difficult to do so, I love visiting other cities and discovering countries that I have never visited. And I recognize that, when I have to choose a destination, I let myself be guided by if I have read any books set on that place!
Have you always loved books? Tell us the book that cemented your love of reading! Any particular author who’s a huge inspiration?
Definitely yes, even when I was little, my mother would always read me a bedtime story. Over the years, of course I continued reading, but I would say that the authors who made me a great reader were Laura Gallego (a very well-known author in Spain), J. K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer and Suzanne Collins, Even if these books are not my favorites right now, I will always remember them with special affection for all that they have meant to me. My favorite authors now... I'd say Sarah J. Maas, Jay Kristoff and Colleen Hoover!
So you’ve told us about your favourite writers, let’s talk about favourite characters! You can invite three fictional characters from literature to a dinner party, who are they and why did you choose them?
Ah... this is very difficult! I have too many favorite characters, but, ok, I'm gonna go with Peter Pan, Rhysand and Mia Corvere. They're the main characters of my favorite books, and they're all very peculiar, I'd say, it'd be amazing and very funny to see the three of them together!
What book are you most excited to read this year?
Without a doubt, Rule of Wolves! Having recently watched the Shadow and Bone series, I am even more excited about reading the new book by Leigh Bardugo. I’ve read everything she has published so far and I have to say that everything she writes is pure magic.She has an amazing ability to immerse you in her fantasy stories, and to create wonderful characters.
Tell us your favourite account to follow. What do you love about it?
I have so many favorite accounts, but lately, the one that inspires me the most is @annyy94. I’ve known Anny for a long time, and not only does she take beautiful, aesthetic photos, she’s a great person too!
Okay final hard hitting question… Dog ear or bookmark?
Always bookmark! I admit that when I was younger I used to dog ear the pages but now, I try to use some of the bookmarks that I have in my so so huge collection (even though there are some of them that I think they're too pretty to use!)
Anything else you’d like to add or tell us about?
I just want to thank you for thinking of me for this interview, and congratulate you on the wonders you create in Bookishly!
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