don’t get me wrong, i absolutely love bookstagram. but i recently did a question of the day (qotd) on instagram asking what people hated most about bookstagram. boy, i wasn’t expecting the response i got. i genuinely thought no one would reply, but i was overwhelmed with the responses.
today, we’re going to discuss what i dislike most about bookstagram, and i’ll include some of the comments i received also.
* fyi, this is a fun post to highlight some of the annoyances of bookstagram. i dislike some things, but i love bookstagram as a whole.
the need to own all the latest releases
to put it mildly, bookstagram has this unspoken rule: you must own all the latest releases. if you don’t, you kinda become irrelevant. i have nothing against owning all the books, but it’s not possible. especially being international. that shit expensive.
buying brand new
this one kinda goes in with owning all the latest releases. buying brand new books instead of second hand. idk who decided that owning second hand copies was a crime, but they need to answer for it. buying second hand is amazing if you’re on a budget, or even if you’re environmentally conscious. as much as i love owning books in perfect condition, what’s the point in owning something that’s never going to get used.
never going to the library
again, this all fits into that umbrella of owning all the latest releases. but what’s wrong with the library? i love going to the library, i know that it doesn’t cost me a single cent to read (well, my library is YA books are free, adult books cost a couple cents each). not only is it cheap, it’s helping out the community.
posting every single day
do any of you realise how hard this is? and i say this as someone who takes their photos on the weekend so i have something to post during the week. (also, i work away from home, so i only see my books on the weekend anyway🤷). it takes so much effort to post every day, to interact and engage with the community. it’s almost a full time job by itself. in saying that, if you enjoy what you do, it never feels like work. i like to mix it up every now and then – sometimes i skip a day. scandalous. unfortunately, it feels like this affects my engagement. *sigh*
i genuinely can’t believe that there are some people out there who take photos on a as they need them basis, and have props? that’s the time and energy i wish i had! (honestly, if you do this, there’s something magical about you).
points made by others
so yes, there’s a lot to dislike about bookstagram, but there’s also heaps to love.
here’s a few things that i love about bookstagram
the community. yes, sure there’s peer pressure to read certain books and only own new ones, but the community has been great. i’ve been on bookstagram for many years now (and having had a 2 year break), but i always love the friends i’ve made because of it.
never running out of books to read. is this even a point? idk. prior to bookstagram, i could never find a book that i wanted to read next. i’d read one book and leave a good few weeks or months before picking up another. bookstagram has definitely been keeping me busy!
interacting with authors. same as the community, i suppose. but i really enjoy that i can interact with authors and get to know them a little bit (even though it feels like a bit of a one sided relationship!!).
free books. these are one of the best things. it’s like receiving a gift (that comes with a bunch of stress over trying to finish it in time). granted, not everyone receives these, but netgalley and edelweiss are wonderful tools for international people. (although, these are more blogging perks, and aren’t easy to photograph).
and i guess the one that my parents love the most: at least i’m not doing drugs. (although in a way, reading is a bit like a drug – it’s very addicting and it’s expensive).
what do dislike most about bookstagram?
i’d love to hear your thoughts about bookstagram! comment them below, and lets chat!