Bookstagram Tips

Tips and Tricks 1

Are your photoshoots as messy as mine?

I have not come across a Bookstagrammer who have not complained or dreaded that part where we have to re-shelf our books and put everything back again as it was.

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Behind the scenes!

That’s you too, right?

Well, that’s bookstagram life right there for you.

You wouldn’t get the kick out of it if you didn’t feel like you are bombarded with books, bookmarks, and just about everything else you can make use of to get that perfect shot!

Anyhoo, I’ve assembled together some basic tips and tricks in this post so as just to give you an idea of what one can do while taking pictures.

TRICK! So you’re taking time with your current read, and you’ve taken more than one post about it. You feel like peeps are getting sick at looking at the same cover over and over again.

  • A trick I do is take a photo of an open book and talk about my current read.
  • Another thing is to open that first page where the title is. That way peeps can know what you are reading and wont have to look at that cover again.
  • Take a pic of the book spine. Along with a cup of coffee or something and you’re good to go.

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TIP* Use Props! It can be just about anything. My favorites are bookmarks, pens, coasters, candles and a coffee or tea mug.

TRICK! It always seems that I’m drinking coffee at some cafe because most of my pictures have a cup of coffee in them but in reality, I take multiple shots with that cup I order, from different angles, save them on my iPhone and post one every once in a while.

TIP* Flowers makes the perfect picture. I know it’s not everyday you get flowers but when you do, don’t throw them out when they wilt. Instead let them dry and use them.

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WARNING!! Expired Beverage, use with caution.

TRICK! Those friendly looking Starbucks drinks are expensive. But just my luck – a good one! I had one expired and I’m keeping it as a prop for my pictures which also seems I’m always having some. Coffee addict or what! *Sheepish smile. So yep! It’s just the one which I keep re-using over and over again. But, I make sure to put an expired label sign on it! I don’t want anyone dying on me for the sake of my bookstagramming.

 

So what are some tricks that you use and would love to share as well? Comment below!

 

 

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Book Review : One of Us is Lying

Book Title : One of Us is Lying
Book Author : Karen M. McManus
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : June 1st 2017


 

One of us is lying makes detention the place to be stuck in for sure. I really had no idea what to expect from it but I do know that if the book makes me want to rush home and pick it up, then it totally deserves a four or five stars for me.

Even though it’s kind of a retelling of “The Breakfast Club” – which I haven’t seen, you will definitely get sucked in on all the drama and mystery that unfolds after five strangers get stuck in together for detention. Only four of them makes it out alive, which makes the rest primary suspects.

I totally loved the concept of it. It had a Gossip Girl feel to it mixed with Pretty Little Liars and a bunch of other shows that I am fond of. So if you are fan as well, you are for sure going to love this one.

I had so much fun trying to guess what went on and “who dunnit”!  I was busy contemplating, analyzing and throwing back theories back and forth all the way through the book. I was actually almost right but it was also a bit difficult as it none of the characters was to be trusted because they were all full of secretes and had a reason to get rid of the deceased.

I would totally recommend the book if you are a mystery fan and in need of something light to read.

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ARC Review : Stranger

Book Title : Stranger : A Novel
Book Author : David Bergen
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Expected Publication Date : September 7th, 2017


I seriously did not expect to fall in love with this one, and if I had to describe this book in three words, they would be: Mesmeric, Quotable and Profound.

A gripping story about Iso, a young Guatemalan woman, who through major events, finds herself struggling with lots of issues like love, motherhood, men, and life in general. She meets and falls in love with a charming Doctor, loses him to a fatal accident which had him move away, and finds herself pregnant and alone. To add to her struggles, her daughter was kidnapped and shipped off to America thus her journey begins to get her baby daughter back.

The plot and prose was super simple but I found myself admiring how easy the words flowed which made it very easy to read. It was beautifully written and I really could have finished this book in one sitting.

I couldn’t give it the full five stars because there did come up a point where I kind of got bored and forced myself to get through those pages. I found the first part of the book more appealing than the last half. Looking at the tabs marked in my book, it would testify to that. I found myself marking more quotes in the beginning.

Overall, I would totally recommend this book. It’s not a new story or have that wow factor, but in its own unique way, it has something worth reading.

 

Thanks to @duck_books for this book, which was given in an exchange for an honest review.

 

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Book Review: Rooms

Book Title: Rooms

Book Author:  Lauren Oliver

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️/5

Publication Date: September 23rd 2014

The good thing about an unpopular book, is that you get to make up your own mind about it. No influence whatsoever.

The bad thing about an unpopular book, is that you have no one to chat about it with. I think I only found one person who have read it and actually enjoyed it.

I did not like the book at all! Half the book was spent introducing characters(none of them likable at all!), a plot which I didn’t get at all but found it ultimately boring and the other half wrapping up the stories loose ends.

The only good thing about the book is that it was an easy read and can be finished in one sitting.

I was so in the mood for a good mystery but this one was completely lacking. There was no mystery of any kind or maybe there was but because I found my way to snoozville once in a while that I might have missed it.

Would I recommend anyone picking it up? Only if you have trouble sleeping at night.

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ARC Review : The Break

Book Title : The Break
Book Author : Marian Keyes
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : September 7th 2017


You know you’ve come across a good book when you don’t really want it to end, even though it’s almost about 600 pages. 

Reading The Break have left me with all different kind of emotions, some relatable and some not. It was super easy to fall in love with it as it had the most realistic prose, plot line and characters.

A heart warming tale, set in Dublin, our Protagonist, Amy, receives one of the worst news of her life. Her husband, Hugh, who fell into a deep depression after the loss of his father and best friend, decided to take a “break” and leave for six month backpacking in Asia.

The first part of the book was ok for me. I used to force myself to pick it up as I believe the whole process of Hugh leaving and Amy dealing with it was a bit prolonged. It was also a bit whiney for my taste.

But as soon as things picked up and we got into the plot, it got interestingly hilarious! I wasn’t able to put it down. I was so keen in finding out what will happen.

Will Amy take Hugh back after six month?

Will their relationship change? Mind you, Hugh was on a mission to sleep with other women as well. (I know, right! *rolls eyes)

Will Amy herself change?

What will happen to the rest of the family? 

Their girls? 

Three daughters left behind and a husband gone is a lot to deal with. Amy finds herself struggling between her emotions, what’s right and making sure her daughters are not affected.

Overall, I would totally recommend The Break whether you are a women’s fiction fan or not. It’s definitely worth the read. You’d find yourself so into the story and rooting for choices of your own.

What would you do if you were Amy?

Thanks to @penguinUkbooks for this book, which was given in an exchange for an honest review.
 

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Book Review : Ugly Love

Book Title : Ugly Love
Book Author : Collen Hoover
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : August 5th 2014


This was an OK plot line with OK characters and which made it an OK read!

My fourth #coho book and as much I enjoy a light read between my somewhat heavy readings, there are far better ones to pick from.

There wasn’t much of a plot line. Two who just met with mutual attraction decided their relationship is going to be all physical. No emotions whatsoever. The story just focused on that.

It was a fun, enjoyable read. I found I have laughed a lot. I just did wish it was a teeny bit deeper than it is with more character depth like her other books. .

All in all. As I said, an ‘OK’ read.

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Book Review : Maybe Someday

Book Title : Maybe Someday
Book Author : Colleen Hoover
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : March 18th 2014


“People don’t get to choose who they fall in love with. They only get to choose who they stay in love with.”

This was a really enjoyable read. It was one of those books where all you could think of when you are at work is to return home, cozy up in bed and read.

This was my Third CoHo book (having read November 9 and Confess) and I think I liked it the best from all three. It wasn’t over dramatic, it didn’t have that mushy-mushy dialogue and it was more to the realistic side.

I kind of also related a lot to the book having gone through something similar. I was reading and paying attention to every word, every detail to grasp what was going on and to check if it did make sense.

I didn’t agree with a lot of choices, was frustrated by the characters in some situations and I wanted  different reactions most of the time.

I think I lived the book more that read it. 😀 It made me think, it got me depressed, it gave me hope but all in all, I am completely glad that I have come across it and read it.

I would recommend the book to YA readers who are looking for a great drama/romance/friendship kind of stories.