Why I Love Romance Bookstagram

Posted October 10, 2019 by Kim in Discussion / 0 Comments

 Why I Love Romance Bookstagram

There are many things I love about the bookstagram community, particularly the romance bookstagram community. I’ve made some amazing friends in this group of passionate readers and bloggers. I’m honestly not sure I would’ve found these folks if not for bookstagram and that would’ve been really sad. Especially considering several of these folks started as bookish friends and became IRL friends along the way.

I love my romance-loving ladies. I basically live for the bookish discussions I have with folks in the romance bookstagram community. Why? Well, I have very few romance readers in my “real life,” and I’m not sure if you’ve noticed or not, but I love talking about books… and tropes… and authors… and basically anything bookish. Bookstagram has been a much-needed outlet for me (and my #strongopinions). Sure, I have the blog, but for whatever reason, I just find bookstagram an easier place to express myself. Maybe it’s because it’s more casual? Or that I find it easier to be consistent there? Mostly it’s likely because it’s a place where I don’t feel like I’m shouting into the void.

Publisher and PR emails (or Twitter or Goodreads) used to be my go-to for book recs, but bookstagram has become that place. Not that I’m ever TRULY in need of new books to add to my (overflowing) TBR, but I still seek them out. I’ve legit lost count of the number of books and authors I’ve been introduced to thanks to bookstagram. Do my wallet and bookshelves hate it? Probably. But I don’t! There are SO MANY books being published all the time, I can’t possibly keep track of all of them. Particularly when you consider both indie pubbed and trad pubbed books. I feel like I can pay attention to one or the other without totally blowing up my inbox with all the newsletters. Which isn’t cool, because I love both. Bookstagram to the rescue!

It’s funny, when I first started following bookstagram accounts, I was all about the pretty photos. I couldn’t have cared less about the captions or the discussion. But those photos? I was here for them. Now I still appreciate a pretty photo, but it’s not the first thing I notice. Or, at any rate, it’s not the most important thing to me. Romance bookstagram is definitely more than just pretty photos, with passionate readers who just love to discuss books. And everything related to books, honestly. It’s one of the things I love most about it.

As with all communities, it’s the people who make it what it is. I can’t wrap up this post without giving a shoutout to a few of my favorite bookstagrammers. I’d be lost without these ladies and what they bring to bookstagram and Romancelandia in general. I always get a little anxious when I do shoutouts like this, because I know I’m going to forget someone. I value everyone I follow and appreciate all who follow me. Know I don’t mean to slight anyone by leaving them out of this list. All that said, here are some of my favorite accounts to follow:

@reads_romance | @greadsbooks | @1kinilei | @romanceschmomance | @feminist_romance | @utcbookblog | @ideallyinspiredreviews | @loren96 | @pinkcowlandreads | @kate_reads | @ksquaredreads

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