If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you’d probably remember my attempts to switch to book blogging for some time and then coming back to lifestyle/personal posts because writing book reviews wasn’t actually my thing. However, I still dearly loved books and I wanted to share my passion with the world, so, last August, I opened a secondary Instagram account to dedicate solely to books.
For a while, I really enjoyed sharing my staged bookish photos, I’ve made some nice connections in the bookstagram community (that I’ve found more welcoming than the book blogging one), joined some nice challenges and had fun. But the more I explored the community, the more I realized that I wasn’t reading what everybody else was reading and I often felt the need to rush through the book I was on just to be able to share a picture of it with my comment or my feed would be empty for more than a week.
The truth is that I’m a very slow reader, mostly because I have too much to read for my thesis that I feel my head exploding by the end of the day. Also, due to lack of space and money, I’ve stopped buying physical books lately, except for some beautiful editions of my favourites. Not to mention that I love my Kindle and I will never get why so many people are against a piece of technology that allows unprivileged people to read as much as they want. I’m happy for you if you can afford to buy 20 hardcovers at a time and actually have some storage space for them in your home, I can’t and so I use my Kindle, but it doesn’t mean that I’m not a “real reader” because of that. I’m not accusing anyone in particular, I’m just thinking about all the discussions and blog posts I’ve seen online in the last few years.
That said, Bookstagram changed my reading habits. I’ve started trying to get and read what was cool and trendy rather than following my heart, literary tastes and my wallet like I used to do before. So I decided to quit.
I’m not going to say it’s a forever choice since I know myself too well and it’s possible I will change my mind again in the near future, but I’d like to keep my reading life more private for now. I will still probably share something bookish here on the blog or on my personal Instagram, but nothing crazy.