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Giveaway and Q&A with @bookmusings

What do bibliophiles love as much as reading books? Talking about them, of course! If you’re looking for a community of literary aficionados, we recommend Instagram’s @bookmusings, one of our personal favorites. Managed by Michelle Moghina of Glendale, Arizona, @bookmusings is a cozy space for talking about and recommending books with people all over the world. We sent Michelle a few books from AbeBooks to post on her account, and this week, she is hosting a giveaway for followers of both @bookmusings and @abebooks, so check out the details on her Instagram feed!

Michelle started @bookmusings two and a half years ago – to share her passion for reading and generate discussions with like-minded people. In fact, even more than she enjoys creating and posting pretty pictures, Michelle absolutely adores the community of literature lovers, the musings, if you will, about books that take place here. Her 30,000 followers couldn’t agree more.

Michelle’s images are certainly inviting of discussion. The books she posts are frequently accompanied by a pretty tea cup, a meal tray and fresh-picked flowers from her garden. Occasionally a little silver spoon sits ready, waiting for you to stir in the milk and sugar. The resulting vibe is homey and comforting. You can’t help but feel as if you were talking about books while having tea with a friend, at home or in the garden.

This Bookstagram account focuses on the classics, modern classics and early 20th century middlebrow fiction, so if those are genres that you enjoy reading, you’ll love joining the conversation on @bookmusings.

To kickstart the discussion, we asked Michelle a few questions to help us get to know her better.

What is your favorite thing about sharing pictures of books on Instagram?

My favorite thing would have to be the discussions the books I post generate.  I love having a place where I can discuss my favorite books and books I’m currently reading with fellow bookworms. I have finally found my tribe and I no longer feel I’m the only one who loves reading and books as much as I do.

What type of books are your favorite to photograph?

Recently I’ve been inspired by vintage books and am enjoying photographing them.  The dust jacket designs from the 1940s-1950s are my favorite.

                                                                                      What are you reading right now?

Michelle from @bookmusings

I read several books at a time and I’m currently in the middle of reading My Antonia by Willa Cather, Sunlight on the Lawn by Beverley Nichols, a review copy of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, and The Bird in the Tree by Elizabeth Goudge.

What book have you loved the longest?

This is a difficult question to answer because I have loved and been shaped by so many books, but if I had to choose one it would have to be Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery.  Anyone who loves Anne is a friend for life.

If you could share a cup of tea with an author, who would it be and why?

I’d love to share a cup of tea with Anthony Trollope.  I love his sense of humor.  I think he had much to say about political, social, and gender issues and offered acute insight into the human heart.  I also imagine him to have been a bit of a gossip so we’d probably not run out things or people to talk about.

What’s your day job?

I’m a stay at home mom to my four children but before I became a mother I worked as a school librarian and a teacher.

Any tips to share with a beginning Bookstagrammer?

Photograph and post books you love and books you’d like to discuss with other people on Bookstagram.  Don’t obsess over the number of followers.  If you post what you love and are passionate about it people will find you, follow you, and continue to support you.





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