It’s Friday again! And I’m so happy that I’ve been having time to write these day-themed posts. They’re so much fun to write, and I hope that all of you are having as much fun reading them!
This meme is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee.com, and you can find all of the details in her most recent Feature & Follow post! But basically, people post in responses to a prompt every week, and then people vote on each others’ posts on that topic. The person with the most votes, is chosen as the next week’s feature!
And this week’s prompt is:
Bookstagram Challenge: Fall Color Books Photo!
I’ve been excited about this prompt ever since I saw it on the post schedule some weeks ago! Those of you who know me well, will be aware that I started out in the bookish community on Instagram! And those of you who have read my reviews will have also noticed that I usually feature an Instragram post of the book which I am reviewing! I love instagram, and I really, REALLY love Bookstagram, so this Feature & Follow Friday will be a lot of fun (definitely for me, and hopefully for you as well)!
So, here is my Instagram account (@flaviathebibliophile) dedicated to books, books, and more books! I started the account in late April of this year, when I was finishing up Graduate school. I remember that I’d started following a lot of Bookstagram accounts on my personal Instagram account, and that they were very inspiring. Bookstagram is one of the reasons why I started blogging about books! I’d always wanted to start a blog of some sort, but for some reason, I’d never made the connection between my wish for a blog, and my love for books.
Bookstagram taught me that, not only are there a lot of book lovers like myself out there, but that they also like to write and read about books on each others’ blogs, and social media accounts. Thus my Bookstagram account was born.
I have been on Instagram itself for over 4 years now, with my personal account. And the Fall season has always been my favourite season for photography. I posted Autumn photos on my personal account every year, and this first year on my Bookstagram account is no different!
I started taking Autumn photos while I was in Romania visiting family! The trees in the mountains were especially pretty, but I was on a 5 hour bus ride going through the mountains and couldn’t just demand for the bus driver to stop so I could take photos (sadly, haha). I therefore only got a photo through the bus window…but I think it still turned out nice (middle photo).
The next set of photos are from the first photoshoot I did after returning to Canada! It was Halloween and I wanted to do something Halloween-themed. I thought hat my Penguin clothbound books hadn’t gotten some love in a while, so I picked out the classic horror novels Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Picture of Dorian Gray for the occasion.
I had so much fun with the colours in my backyard that day (the colourful leaves, the blue sky… *gush*) that I decided to take more photos than I normally would.
And the next shoot happened not too long after. It was early morning, and I loved the amount of sun spilling into our backyard. So I took the two books I’d borrowed from the library (Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm) and took photos of them. I was a bit embarrassed to be taking pictures of library books, and I didn’t like the stickers which were ruining the aesthetic a bit….but people in Instagram and Twitter were really nice and reassured me that it’s okay to borrow books from the library and take photos of them.
I did another photoshoot soon after. But it was an overcast day, and I didn’t keep most of the photos on my account, except for one.
I may re-do this photoshoot altogether. I did like the colours of the props and everything, but the poor lighting just ruined it all. The next photoshoot took place this past weekend while I was in Muskoka (Northern Ontario, Canada). And couldn’t resist taking pictures of the one book I’d brought with me, Siege and Storm. I found a red pine tree, and while I wasn’t sure whether it was dead or dying, or if it simply changes colours in the Fall, I did know that I just had to take a picture of my book with them.
I also couldn’t help but take some pictures of Siege and Storm with some green pines. And while I know that these are not “Fall colours,” I wanted to share these photos anyway.
And in my defense, you can see fallen Autumn leaves in the 2nd photo! The next shoot happened earlier this week, when I received my ARC of Spindle Fire in the mail. The lighting was just right, so I grabbed the book, my camera, and headed outside.
Finally, the last photoshoot was taken yesterday when I received a giveaway win from Dhonielle Clayton, author of Tiny Pretty Things and Shiny Broken Pieces. I was very, and still am very, excited to have won an ARC of Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake!
And that’s it for now. Although, most of the leaves have fallen off the trees in my backyard (I noticed today), so maybe there really won’t be any more Autumn photos from me until next year. But I suppose we’ll see! You can follow my Instagram account if you want to find out!
Did you participate in this week’s Feature & Follow Friday? Or do you just really like Autumn themed / coloured photos? Are Autumn Bookstagram photos, maybe, your favourite? Have you taken and posted any Autumn photos on you Instagram?
Let me know in the comments below!