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Navigating Bookstagram - Stories & Tips From a Small(er?) Account - #booksNOTbullies Anti-Bullying Campaign



I know that I promised a different addition to the Navigating Bookstagram series, but there’s something important that happened last Wednesday that I feel like I should share with you, my fellow bookstagrammers.

If you haven’t noticed, there has been some bullying (or at least some unkind words) in the bookstagram community lately. For instance, I have seen issues over rep searches, where people argue over not getting picked and create issues for everyone involved. I’ve heard of a shop that had to not have reps and might have even closed, and have also heard of people who have been directly hurt through direct messages. I think most bookstagrammers can agree that the bookstagram community is a safe one where we’re all united by our love for books. I know that when Em and I joined bookstagram, I was shocked at how wonderfully nice everyone was.

But sadly that hasn’t been the case lately. That’s why five bookstagrammers who recognized this organized the #booksNOTbullies anti-bullying campaign. These five bookstagrammers are Abi (@thesqueakycupboard), Georgia (@the.bibliofiles), Kat (@notthepathtonarnia), Katie (@katielmae), and Katy (@katyslibrary). The purpose of the campaign was to stand against the bullying and to once again create a safe community by posting blue last Wednesday, the 12th of April under the hashtag #booksNOTbullies.

We would like to invite everyone to post BLUE on Wednesday April 12 as we stand in solidarity with our fellow bookstagrammers who were bullied and bring awareness to this issue.
-- Abi, @thesqueakycupboard

Em and I at Reading is Inevitable even took part in the campaign. The result was the picture you see below, the blue being my blue sweater and the blue cover of The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah. I decided to share a quote on love from Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, because love is important to keep in mind and to hold close during times of bullying. I also managed to like over 300 pictures under the tag to spread love in and good feelings in the bookstagram community, and was glad to participate in the event.

[04.12.17] - 『Whatever teaches us to talk to ourselves is important: whatever teaches us to sing ourselves out of despair....And I feel I have something very serious and urgent to say to you....That life—whatever else it is—is short....That Nature (meaning Death) always wins but that doesn't mean we have to bow and grovel to it....And in the midst of our dying, as we rise from the organic, it is a glory and a privilege to love what Death doesn't touch....I add my own love to the history of people who loved things, and looked out for them, and pulled them from the fire, and sought them when they were lost, and tried to preserve them and save them while passing them along literally from hand to hand, singing out brilliantly from the wreck of time to the next generation of lovers, and the next.』 — The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - - A little quote on love for #booksNOTbullies. ♥︎☆
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The campaign was, for the most part, a success, with a total of 1,266 posts on the hashtag as of yesterday evening. It should be noted that claims of misuse of the hashtag have been made by some bookstagrammers. (This includes promoting negative or harmful books or even actual bullying under the anti-bullying tag!)

Still, it was a lovely idea to hold the event, and hopefully it has raised awareness about the bullying going around in the community. Like I said earlier, usually, the bookstagram community is a beautifully kind one where we can all unite over our love of books. Why should we let different opinions or other stupid little things separate us? Bookworms should stick together, right?

Below you’ll find a list of some of my favorite posts due to the captions written for them, as well as a post from each of the hosts of the campaign. Be sure to check it out! (And the next installment of the Navigating Bookstagram series will be an extension to the SFS post, as I realized I did promise one in that post, and then one on "moving away from the idea of fame", as promised in my March Reflection. Once again, my apologies!)





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A post shared by Katy📚 (@katyslibrary) on

Amazing Captions You Should Check Out...

@pages_of_my_heart
@estherhaelanra
@jennifer_f_santucci
@pagingserenity
@lindabookmania
@books_and_abe
@bookwnoname
@jillreadsit
@amillionbookswithyou
@readbyashleyd
@staybookish



Click here to read the next Navigating Bookstagram post, "Hosting a SFS". Or click on the Navigating Bookstagram tag (below) or the link in the pages bar at the top of the screen to read more.

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Quotes: The Nightingale

I realized that, over a year ago, I wrote a post called "Quotes: Audacity", and that this post did really well (it's actually Reading is Inevitable's most read post!), and yet I never wrote another post of quotes from a book. I liked writing that post, too. I like sharing quotes I like from books. That's why I started doing it on our bookstagram page. So why did I never write another one of these "quote blog posts"? I don't know. But I intend to write at least another one.

And that's why I'm here today. Well, there's that, and then there's also the amazing book that is The Nightingale. If you've read some of my recent blog posts or have poked around a bit, you would know that exactly a month ago I published my book review on The Nightingale, in which I explained my love for it and why you should read it yourself. And while I actually have another post in the works on that book because it definitely deserves more than one post, t…

Quotes: Audacity

As some of you may know by looking at my posts on our social media page (@readingisinevitable on Instagram), I am currently reading Audacity by Melanie Crowder. It is a beautiful book written in free verse, and follows the life of Clara Lemlich, a female Jewish immigrant who came to America in the early 1900s. (For the full summary of the book, click here.) I absolutely love books written in free verse, or any type of poetry, in fact! This book is so lovely that I have decided to dedicate a whole post to some of my favorite quotes or parts! (Note: I am only on page 294, and there are 366 pages, not including the extra content at the end of my local library's copy.)

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Navigating Bookstagram - Stories & Tips From a Small(er?) Account - SFS

Hey everyone! Stressful weekend, but I still managed to get this blog post together for you. Hopefully a March 2017 Reflection will be coming up soon on Friday, one of the new changes to the posting schedule, but I have a somewhat busy week ahead of me, so we'll have to see what happens. (If you missed the details back in mid-March, then be sure to either check out the post here or visit the posting schedule page by clicking the tab above.) For now, though, it’s time to do another installment in the Navigating Bookstagram series, also know as the NBSTFSA series (I’m just kidding; no one says that). Today I will be covering shoutout-for-shoutouts. Ah: sfs’s, as they’re sometimes called. What are they? They’re exactly what they sound like: When one account shouts out another account in exchange for a shoutout from them. But what I specifically want to talk about today is entering shoutout-for-shoutout contests.

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