Bookstagrammers are weird creatures. I am allowed to say this, because I am one. Books are not just something for reading now, they’re something to photograph. THEY ARE ART. Because of this, getting a new book is much more of a process than it used to be. It’s not about reading the story anymore (psh… who actually reads still??), it’s about CREATING THE MOST PERFECT BOOKISH ART OF ALL TIME.
1. Hold book up to light and examine from all angles.
Examine every inch of the new book (the spine, the pages, the end pages, cover without the dust jacket on, etc). Mentally determine how best to approach the important task of photographing it.
2. Start to smell book, but then realize it doesn’t matter.
Blast! Why can’t new-book-smell be something that is experienced through photographs?!
3. Place book on designated bookstagram backdrop.
Photograph the spine, the cover, and the back without props. Realize the photo is too boring.
4. Spice up the backdrop.
Add other books, chargers, gift wrap, colored paper, etc. to emphasize the book. Of course, the colors need to coordinate with the cover somehow. Photograph and realize that this is far too simple and won’t get you enough likes.
5. Throw confetti.
ALL OVER THE BACKGROUND AND BOOK. Then dust it off the book and take a photo. No, not good enough.
6. Collect knick-knacks from all over your house.
Grab boxes from the attic, raid your child’s room, dig through a collection of things you saved from high school. WHATEVER IT TAKES TO FIND THE PERFECT PROPS. Set next to book in a effortlessly casual look (that took you about 10 minutes to arrange). Take photo. Meh, getting better but still not good enough.
7. Place a mug of coffee next to the book.
Make sure it’s black coffee to be more dramatic, even though no one ever drinks black coffee because yuck. Take photo and determine you’re still not satisfied entirely.
8. Scrap entire set-up, put new book away, and collect rainbow-colored books instead.
Take photograph of bookish rainbow, realize its perfection, and post to Instagram right away .