Interview With a Bookstagrammer - October 2020
It's time for October's 'Interview With a Bookstagrammer' and this month we spoke to the brilliant Ova (@excusemyreading). If beautiful book photos and exciting giveaways are your thing then make sure you go and check out her feed!
Thanks for chatting with us, Ova. 😊
How did you first become involved with the bookstagram community? Can you remember the moment you decided to create your account?
I had a book blog to begin with, and I just created the Instagram to reserve the handle “excusemyreading”. I didn’t really post for months. I started posting on Instagram after realising it reached more people than the website did.
What’s your favourite part of the bookstagram community and why is it so important to you?
I feel less judged, and freer in Instagram. It feels like a safe, positive space. A place to breathe!
Your content has evolved over the years, tell us more about that! What opportunities has bookstagram brought you?
Definitely did. I began with flatlays and a little image editing. In years I stopped flatlays and liked to take pictures of things that caught my eye. I also do a lot more image editing now.
Do you have any other hobbies alongside books and reading? We’d love to hear more about them…
I love drawing though it needs a lot of patience which I lack. And cooking. Trying new flavours is always a challenge I’m happy to take on.
Have you always loved books? Tell us the book that cemented your love of reading! Any particular author who’s a huge inspiration?
I always loved books. My mum is an author and I grew up in a house of books. There was always something to read in the house. I read many adult novels in a younger age. I would say Emily Bronte and Oscar Wilde as they taught me to seek beautiful, elegant melancholy in literature at a very young age.
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?
Behemoth from Master and Margarita, because he is more fun and deliciously wicked than any human being, Billy Pilgrim from Slaughter House 5 because I would love to get drunk with him, and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights because well, let’s say I have a crush…
What’s the best book you’ve read in the last year?
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh.
Tell us your favourite account to follow! What do you love about it?
There are too many! I love honest / imperfect / real stuff you know?
Okay final hard hitting question… Dog ear or bookmark?
None. I remember the page number.
Anything else you'd like to add or tell us about?
Not really! Thanks for these questions.