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Giveaway and Q&A with @bluestockingbookshelf

If you love beautiful books and beautiful paper, then you’ll want to mosey over to Instagram’s @bluestockingbookshelf. Run by Jen from the state of Utah, this Bookstagram account is a real gem, featuring vibrant, colorful and creative images of classic, beloved books.

Originally started as a blog, @bluestockingbookshelf was converted into a book photography account in March 2016. Because books have influenced her life profoundly, Jen has worked very hard at her account, treasuring every single comment, message and follower she receives, and relishing the incredible feeling of interacting with so many people who care about books the way she does. Evidently, her hard work has paid off – @bluestockingbookshelf has grown from 1,200 to nearly 50,000 followers in just a year and a half!

We’re not surprised. Jen’s creative arrangements are sure to please any booklover instantly. The images she posts are simple and oh so stunning. Usually, the arrangement includes just a handful of books, occasionally accompanied by a funky coffee mug, cute tea cup, or illustrated quote. But what really makes the images pop is their patterned backgrounds. Tigers, peacock feathers, bicycles, ice cream treats, hot air balloons – you name it, Jen probably has it on a piece of patterned paper tucked away in her home, awaiting its debut alongside a beautiful edition of a classic book.

Jen also hosts read-alongs, so be sure to check out her latest novel and follow along with the hashtag #bluestockingreads. This week, Jen is also hosting a giveaway for followers of both @abebooks and @bluestockingbookshelf – check out all the details on her Instagram account!

In the meantime, read on to learn a little bit more about this lovely Bookstagrammer.

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

I love meeting other people who love books as much as I do. That’s the beauty of social media—I’ve met so many kindred spirits from around the world, and that just wouldn’t be possible without Instagram.

What type of books are your favorite to photograph?

Jane Austen novels are my favorite because there are so many gorgeous designs out there. I always tell myself I have enough editions, and then I come across one more and of course I have to buy it.

Jen (@bluestockingbookshelf) and her husband, Jake

What are the last three books you read?

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, and Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee.

What is your favorite book of 2017 so far?

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. She is such an incredible writer, part of me wants to forget I’ve read it so I can experience the story for the first time all over again.

What is your favorite bookstore in the entire world?

There’s a Half-Price Books by my parents’ house that is my favorite because I have so many great memories of visiting it with my father. He would buy me as many books as I wanted, as long as they were Classics—and as soon as I finished them all, he would take me back for more.

What’s your day job?

I’m a fashion merchant for an online retailer. Growing up, my two loves were books and fashion, so I feel pretty lucky to be pursuing my two passions in life every day.

Any tips to share with a beginning Bookstagrammer?

Find an original theme, and make it your own. My favorite accounts are the ones I can recognize instantly, before I see the account name.



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