Top Ten Ways #Bookstagram Has Taken Over My Life

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! It hasn’t even been a year on #bookstagram, and yet it has overtaken my life and reawaken the book dragon that I truly am (which, you know, I had tried to buried but obviously failed). More than once, I’ve caught myself in a conversation trying to reference bookstagram with people who are not in the community and scratch their heads at what I say (which may end up on the list…).

If you don’t know what bookstagram is, it’s a bunch of instagram accounts dedicated to books and talking about books and basking in their glory. If you want an example of an account, check out mine. Then check out the beautiful people I follow.

Now, without further ado. THE LIST.

1. Cover buys are more justified because I can take beautiful photos of them and feel like they have a purpose.

But really. So many cover buys. Before I would justify that I didn’t know if the book would suck, so I could just rent it from the library and buy it if I liked it. But now, I have a harder time not buying them. Because they’re beautiful and make my feed pretty and I NEED HELP.

2. My tbr knows no chill.

I mean, this was a problem before. Because I just was the worst at keeping up with it. Bookstagram has made it 100000 times worse. Every time I get on I feel like I add five more books to my tbr. And I get on a lot. So PROBLEM. It just doesn’t stop growing. People keep talking about such great books and I must read them. I need to know. I need them.

3. When I walk into a craft store, I tend to think “Oh, that would make a great prop!”

Before I would think, “Oh, that looks like a craft I’d never do!” Then I would happily walk out without spending a dime. But then I saw the flowers. And the pinecones. And literally everything else that would make a good prop. It’s harder to resist the crafty things because I have all the the justification now. So basically, bookstagram gives me more justification for everything.

4. My library has more than doubled in size.

Which, you know, isn’t a bad thing really. Because it’s great and I love books. And it really wasn’t hard, because my library at university was literally five books. But I have to move and pack all of these books. And books cost money, which I lack a lot because #poorcollegestudent. This one’s like a double-edged sword. I love it, but it’s making me more broke and wishing I had more money. I NEED MORE MONEY. And a bigger bookshelf.

5. All I seem to talk about is books.

Everyone likes to talk endlessly about books, yeah? No? WHY NOT, BECAUSE THEY SHOULD. I can’t help it, I need to talk about the book that just broke my feels 😭 I think the real problem here is that everyone doesn’t talk about books like I do. They should fix this problem.

6. I reference bookstagram in everyday conversation.

I mentioned this before. It’s no big deal. Just, no one knows what I’m talking about. It’s fine. The strange looks are fine.

7. I have great book recommendations.

I mean, yes my tbr may have grown, but so has the amount of books I’ve read. And even if I haven’t read them, I’ve heard about them through other bookstagramers. So yeah. Basically, my friends now know to come to me if they want recommendations. Which, they would if they were avid book readers.

8. Aside from books, my money now goes toward bookish merch.

I didn’t even know bookish merch was a thing before bookstagram. Now I have a growing candle collection of all the bookish candles, funkos grace the shelves of my bookcase, and beautifully designed quotes are starting to fill my walls. It’s as if I needed my nerdiness to be on display more (which, I did).

I think it’s my favorite when someone outside of the community sees my bookish stuff and says they want it. That’s right, it’s from a book and you don’t even know the half of it!

9. I have friends who understand me and why I cry over books.

Thanks to bookstagram, I have a group of beautiful friends who understand my soul. We talk about books, lament over the feels, and cry about how broke we are and how we can’t afford all of the bookish things.

10. I’m the happiest book loving person on the planet.

Time to get a little sappy. Bookstagram has changed my life. It reminded me of my love for books and I’m once again obsessed. I love it! I love my love for books. It’s what makes me, me. And all of the beautiful people I’ve met. AND MY BEAUTIFUL COLLECTION OF BOOKS. Basically, bookstagram may have taken over my life, but I’m not sorry about it.

How has bookstagram taken over your life? Do people judge you for being a bookstagramer? How much has your book collection grown since joining?


  1. Esther @ Queen of Fantasy

    9 August, 2017 at 05:02

    Omg all of these are so relatable hahaha 😅 cover buys are the bane of my existence. Bit also I cry when I think about JUST how many dragon coins I have spent on bookish merch????? Because shipping to Germany ain’t cheap my friend and sometimes one must sacrifice a lamb at sunrise on the solstice to achieve it. I actually really shy away from the topic of bookstagram in public haha but I have gotten questions when people have seen me taking photos of books outside. #awkward.

    1. Lindsey @ Word Me Write

      15 August, 2017 at 06:47

      Yeah, shipping to you is literally the worst. Which is sad. POSTAL SERVICE, JUST LOVE EVERYONE. At least that maybe prevents you from huge buys? But not really, because nothing can save our wallets. Nothing.

  2. Cait @ Paper Fury

    16 August, 2017 at 12:06

    THIS IS AMAZING AND ME TOOOOO. Like my TBR was wild before from just blogging, but now bookstagram goes and shows me all these amazing covers and I just. 😍😍😍 *twirls majestically and tries to eat all the books* Also I relate to the pinecones. 😂I literally collected pinecones while walking for insta props. Also if my family makes an interesting dessert I DEMAND I get to take photos of it with books before it gets all eaten. So strange? Judged? WEIRD? Yes.😂 NO REGRETS.

    1. Lindsey @ Word Me Write

      17 August, 2017 at 18:21

      I know, bookstagram just makes our addiction to pretty things SO MUCH WORSE. Whatever. It’s fine. My family judges me and that’s okay. I haven’t demanded desserts because they don’t make any…but I have demanded random decorations from around the house. And help moving my library out to my apartment. I’ve also trained them to turn a blind eye to all of the new books that get mailed to me 😅

  3. Lara

    18 August, 2017 at 07:35

    I agree, the biggest problem with bookstagram is the serious book envy I get and the impact it has on the size of my tbr…. It’s a big problem! I haven’t been reading much lately but my tbr has still been increasing in size! Not good!

    1. Lindsey @ Word Me Write

      18 August, 2017 at 09:12

      Oh man, I have that problem all of the time! Booksta is dangerous for tbrs and wallets everywhere!

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