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Giveaway and Q&A with @mylittlebooktique


“A book in one hand and a coffee in the other.” That’s the description of one of our favorite Instagram accounts, @mylittlebooktique, which showcases one of life’s most perfect pairings to nearly 50,000 enthusiastic followers. The account was started by Haley from Virginia, when she came across the friendly Bookstagram community and decided to become part of it.

We adore @mylittlebooktique for a number of reasons. Firstly, Haley’s photographic style is immediately eye-catching. Each image is simple, elegant and clearly very well thought out. A handful of books, a fresh cup of coffee, and occasionally a bouquet of dried flowers, reading glasses, or other prop are displayed against a plain white background. The colors of every object in the picture either match or complement one another under lighting that is soft and pastel-like. The effect is extremely aesthetically pleasing and makes you feel like you’re in an actual boutique, or a high-end café.

Second, the coffee is just so fun! Sometimes plain, sometimes frothy, and always in a pretty saucer, it tempts us to make our own cup of joe and spend the afternoon lost in the pages of a novel. If you love books, coffee and talking about both, then @mylittlebooktique is definitely the place for you.

Read on to learn a little bit more about Haley! A special giveaway is also currently running on @mylittlebooktique for followers of both Haley and @abebooks – check out her channel for details on how to enter!

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

It shows where my passion lies and I love sharing it with those who visit my page. Also, it is a great way to make friends all over the world who love what I love.

What type of books are your favorite to photograph?

Any books with beautiful covers are what I love to photograph the most, and I love to take photos of vintage books that are tattered here and there but beautiful in their own way.

Haley of @mylittlebooktique

What is the most memorable book you’ve read recently?

My favorite genre to read is historical fiction, and I have recently read A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Although it made me very uncomfortable while reading it, due to the violence towards women and their life struggles depicted in the story, it is one of those books that will stay with me for a long time.

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

That would be Han Kang, who wrote The Vegetarian and Human Acts. I would love to hear about anything else she wanted to add to Human Acts. The Gwangju Uprising that caused her to write Human Acts was something I learned about when growing up, but it was still shocking to read about. There must be something more she would like readers to hear about it.

What’s your favorite bookstore in the entire world?

I haven’t been to many bookstores, since I usually shop online. However, there is a small town, called Bosu-dong, filled with independently owned small bookstores in a city where I grew up in South Korea.

I used to go there to find English novels back when I was in middle school because that was the only place you could find foreign books back then. I loved the smell of old books and the stack of books piled up that make all bookworms excited.

Any tips to share with a beginning Bookstagrammer?

Be friends with other Bookstagrammers. The Bookstagram community is full of friendly and kind people who are eager to share their love for books with others. Having good company is always a great idea when you do anything in life.

 

 

 

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