Our editors will be the first to tell you: We’re book people, not tech people. But one of our favorite things about the digital world (besides the Bas Bleu website and this blog, of course) is the enormous community of readers we’ve found online. Over the past five years, we’ve been fortunate to share bookish stories, literary recommendations, and more with avid readers we’ve “met” on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and right here in the Bluestocking Salon. This summer, we finally took the plunge…and joined Instagram!
If you have an Instagram account, we hope you’ll follow along with us, @basbleu_bookseller. Please know we’re still feeling things out, developing our photo styling skills and our hashtag game. Meanwhile we love seeking inspiration (and reading suggestions) from other bluestockings. Today we’re sharing some of the accounts we enjoy following on Instagram. Most are book-related; others simply add a little charm or humor to our everyday lives. Rest assured none of these accounts have offered us “influencer” bucks to mention them…only inspiration!
Haggard Hawks: Created by English linguist and author Paul Anthony Jones, this delightful account devoted to “obscure words, language and etymology facts” is a dream for language lovers! We’ve been following HH on Twitter for years, and this account may or may not have been one of our very first follows on joining Instagram.
Book Riot: A website, blog, digital newsletters, social media accounts… the good folks at Book Riot have created a multi-hyphenate digital presence devoted to books and the reading life. Full disclosure: We do partner with them on occasion, but only because we were already big fans.
Literary Hub: For essays, book excerpts, and other deep dives into literature and the reading and writing life, head over to the LitHub website. For marking literary red-letter days (Sense and Sensibility’s publication date, Doris Lessing’s birthday), cool author photos, and classic paintings paired with funny bookish captions, hit ‘em up on the ’Gram.
Bookstore Cats: Because nothing is better than pictures of cats hanging out in indie bookstores and waltzing around the stacks like they own the place. Bonus points if you live in the New York area and can help out the account’s manager with cat rescues and fostering kitties.
NYT Books: Already a fan of the New York Times book section? Their Instagram account is filled with wonderful literary quotes and (of course) book recommendations.
Drunk Austen: Devotion to Jane Austen, a taste for cocktails, and a healthy sense of humor are requirements for following this cheeky account, run by two Austen-loving readers who post memes about their favorite Austen men, pictures of handmade Georgian gowns, and their thoughts on film and book adaptations of Jane Austen’s famous novels.
Strand Book Store: It’s the largest independent bookstore in NYC, family-owned and operated since 1927. If you can visit in person and spend less than an hour getting lost among the stacks, you’re made of stronger stuff than we are. Their account is filled with photos of the store and its awesome employees, info about author events, and more.
Book Bento: Talk about eye candy! This feed is a visual smorgasbord, styling beautiful books with color-coordinated, on-theme objects in neat and tidy arrangements that appeal to our order-loving, book-adoring souls.
A Capella Books and Little Book of Stories: These independent Georgia bookstores (the first within walking distance of our former editorial office in intown Atlanta, the second just across the street from our current office in Decatur) make our list because, well, we shop there! Plus their Instagram feeds keep us apprised of author visits and book signings in the Atlanta area.
Leon’s Full Service, Café Alsace, Raging Burrito, and Revolution Doughnuts: How do our editors keep our energy up for all that reading? With delicious cocktails and delectable fare from our local neighborhood eateries! Following them on Instagram helps us decide when it’s time to turn off our computers, set aside our sack lunches, and head out for a bite.
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