I love bookstagram (bookstagram being bookish things on Instagram). I wouldn’t call myself a true book blogger. But I love posting book photos and I love talking to people about books. But there is one thing about it that annoys me. And that is the bookstagram aesthetic. You’ll probably know what I’m talking about.
All those lovely flat lays featuring a book along with a fluffy blanket, maybe a cup of tea or a fancy bookmark (usually featuring some funny quote about reading). A candle or fairy lights and various other bits of ephemera that is somehow related to the book.
MY ACTUAL PROBLEM WITH BOOKSTAGRAM
Now I should point out I love these photos, the thing that annoys me is I want to achieve that effect and can’t. I don’t have lots of fluffy blankets and candles and interesting things. What I do have is a white sheet and some funkos. I wouldn’t even say I have bookmarks. The closest I get to a bookmark is using a train ticket. Most of the time I just fold the corner of the page down. Apparently some people think this is wrong, but some people also like Twilight. Now the thing that annoys me about this aesthetic is that I can’t achieve it with what I have so part of me wants to buy stuff so I can.
And that is totally ridiculous. I’m annoyed at myself more than anything because I want to spend money on things I wouldn’t normally buy so I can get internet karma. Those little hearts and comments aren’t worth the money I would spend on those accessories. But I want my photos to look as good as possible and part of me thinks that spending money on stuff would make them look better. Which is silly. Really silly.
I think I need to remind myself that the whole point of buying books is that I enjoy reading them. I don’t buy books to post nice photos on Instagram.