If you’re like me, you love seeing the beautiful photos of books, book shelves and bookish things on Instagram, and you’ve probably taken a few yourself. I was lucky enough to sit down with Bookstagrammer Tanya Tremain and learn a little about someone who loves to read so much they spend their time creating beautiful photos of their favourite books.
LJ: Tanya, thank you so much for talking with me today. Could you tell us a little about yourself?
TT: I’m a 36 year old mother of 3 beautiful girls. I’ve been married for just over 12 years and my family is my world. I live in beautiful Central Queensland. My favourite things to do are read (of course), watch Netflix, hang out with my friends and family and spend time at the beach.
LJ: As you mentioned you love to read, but what inspired you to become a bookstagrammer?
TT: I was watching a book review on YouTube one day. Silly me hadn’t realised there were so many people out there who shared book reviews and recommendations. I loved her review and in the comments below there was a link to her bookstagram account. I checked out her account and the photos were amazing. I had major book envy. So I decided to start taking some photos of my books to share with other book lovers. And so it started.
LJ: I love seeing your photo’s on my feed and was wondering what inspires them?
TT: Usually it’s whatever I’m reading at the time. But I do have a book subscription box addiction, so I always post pictures of my unboxings. And awesome bookish merchandise I buy from Etsy.
LJ: What is your favourite part of bookstagramming?
TT: Definitely connecting with other book lovers and my favourite authors. And finding out what new books are being released and what everyone is enjoying reading.
LJ: Where did your love of books come from?
TT: Definitely my mother. I remember her reading Enid Blyton books to me as a child for hours. I was always fascinated by the possibility of being transferred to faraway magical worlds right there between the pages of my favourite books.
LJ: What are your favourite genres to read?
TT: Fantasy for sure. I love being transported to faraway magical lands, where anything is possible. I also love dystopian, contemporary, romance and sci/fi.
LJ: What was the last book you bought?
TT: Flame in the mist by Renee Ahdieh.
LJ: Do you have a favourite book cover?
TT: This is a tough one, there are so many to choose from. But I love the cover of Splintered by A G Howard. I love Alice in wonderland and I thought this cover represented it beautifully.
LJ: If you could be a character from any book you’ve read. Who would you be and why?
TT: This one is easy, Feyre Archeron from A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. She is tough, beautiful, kind, courageous and the high lady of the night court. She has amazing power. And she’s immortal. Plus she’s with Rhysand, who I have a major fictional crush on.
LJ: Where do you like to read?
TT: I love to read anywhere really. My comfy lounge, bed, at the library or at the beach with the waves crashing in the background.
LJ: Where can people find you on Instagram?
A big thank you to Tanya for taking the time to give us a little insight to the woman behind her beautiful photos on Instagram. I’ve invited Tanya to join us on my blog every two months to share with us the books she’s read and loved, and can’t wait to hear her thoughts. Do you follow Tanya or love taking photos of books yourself? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!