The Book Nerd Community Thrives on Instagram

January 13, 2021 | Scottie Campbell
The Book Nerd Community Thrives on Instagram

One of the benefits of social media is being able to find people with the same interest as you, and, let’s face it, reading can often feel like a solitary habit. Type “bookstagram” into the search bar on Instagram and you’ll uncover a worldwide bibliophile community that not only embraces reading but does so with panache. Below is but a sampling of our favorites.

 

@theunreadshelf
@theunreadshelf

If you love books, you doubtless are guilty of having unread books on your shelf. Impulse buys, gifts, or thousand-plus-page tomes – they look pretty but wouldn’t it feel better to be able to point to them and say you read them? Whitney has you covered with unread book challenges and bingo.

 

@littlefreediverselibraries
@littlefreediverselibraries

Sarah Kamya, a school counselor from New York City, sought harbor in her hometown of Arlington, Massachusetts during the pandemic. She noticed a lack of diversity in the little free libraries she encountered. After putting out a successful call for donations, Sarah began placing books by and about people of color in these little libraries, and the project has now spread to all 50 states.

 

@rarebooksleuth
@rarebooksleuth

Kevin Sell has been a book dealer for more than a decade, specializing in rare books. He uses his gram to sell the books, so collectors will enjoy it, but it’s also a great spot for those of us who geek out over book covers.

 

@candygourlay
@candygourlay

Full disclosure: we have a soft spot for Candy Gourlay because she once gave our “These Three Things” videos a shout-out, but we’re confident you’ll love her too. Candy is an author for young audiences. Her books include Bone Talk and Shine, and her Instagram gushes with support of her fellow authors.

 

@library_planet
@library_planet

In addition to giving access to free resources, libraries are inspiring physical spaces usually serving as landmarks in their city. Founded by Christian Lauersen, Director of Libraries and Citizen Services in Denmark’s Roskilde Municipality, this feed celebrates libraries from around … well, the planet.

 

For more bookstagram suggestions read 10 Bookish Instagram Accounts You Should Be Following by library staff member Luis Rivera.

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