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

Today I'm sharing with you another installment of the Navigating Bookstagram series! (Yay!) Something that you've probably seen around bookstagram by now are the monthly challenges that some bookstagramers hold every month. (That's why they're called monthly challenges....) Monthly challenges can be really helpful, especially when you're just starting out as a bookstagrammer.

A monthly challenge is basically a list of picture prompts for you to continue throughout the month. Some prompts are based on a holiday that might occur on that day (ex. red, white, and blue on the United States' Independence Day). Prompts can be specific or vague, leaving room for interpretation. (Although some bookstagrammers do have explanation of prompts available in their captions or on other platforms such as blogs.)

Most prompts are posted by the bookstagramer(s) hosting them in the form of pictures on Instagram, so that you and other participating bookstagrammers can post them before the month begins to show others what challenges you'll be doing.

That's right. I said challenges. With an s. Because some people do more than one. However, for your first time around, I would suggest sticking to one or taking bits from different challenges here and there just so that it's not too overwhelming.

But why would you even want to do one of these if it's so much work? The thing is, finding inspiration for pictures is incredibly hard. And, at least for Em and me, it's easier in the beginning if you have a prompt for every day to help you. Monthly challenges are also a great way to meet new bookstagrammers and to get more involved in the community.

Now, I'm not saying that monthly challenges are only for beginners. Anyone may join and enjoy them. After all, sometimes they're just plain ol' fun to do! To add, if you one day gain a large and loyal follower base, you could even make your own or join up with another bookstagrammer to make one!

Below you'll see some examples of monthly challenges that we've participated in along with some pictures that we took to go along with the prompts:

In October 2016, we participated in @commasandampersands' monthly challenge...

For instance, here's the picture we shared for Day 14: Toy

Here's an example of when we had to do the prompt (Day 6: Wonderland) our own way because we have not read the Alice in Wonderland books:

Day 6 of #ampersandoct16: Wonderland - So...neither of us have read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or Alice Through the Looking Glass (yet! πŸ˜‰), so instead here is our own little wonderland, including our favorite books, a sweater, a cup of (imaginary...shh! 😢) tea, and the outdoors! πŸ“š☕️πŸ‚ - The cross country meet today wasn't too bad, and tomorrow's Friday! πŸ˜„ Plus I'll probably be getting On Writing from the library tomorrow, so I'll have some reading tonight (finishing up my current read) and tomorrow to look forward to. - - #bookstagram #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeatures #featuredbooklovers #booksfeatures #booksworm_insta #igreads #bookish #booklove #booklover #booklife #bibliophile #bookworm #bookaddict #bookaholic #bookgeek #booknerd #booknerdigans #bookme #bookphotography #becauseofreading #readersofinstagram #booksofinstagram
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In November, we participated in two monthly challenges (one by by @acciobooksncoffee and @_livelaughread and the other by @readwithmikee and @pagewithaview). Most days, we would choose only one challenge to do. But, sometimes, we chose to do both.

On the 13th, we posted the pictures separately...

Day 13 of #livelaughbooksnovember: Book Hangover - After reading these books, Em and I were stuck in that weird in-between place of being half in and half out of the book's world. They snatched our hearts and wouldn't let them go. ❤️ (She read Whisper to Me and I read The Goldfinch.) Oh: The Goldfinch really got me. I found myself rereading parts of it for several days before letting it go....Maybe it was so difficult for me because I had been reading about Theo (the main character/narrator) for about a month! 😯 - Going to Barnes & Noble today! That's always fun. πŸ˜† I also have had my blog post for tomorrow ready for a few days now (shocking!) so I don't have to worry about that. πŸ‘ After being sick and confused for the whole of yesterday, I'm excited to go and have some fun looking for books and watching OUAT at night. πŸ˜‹ - - #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeatures #featuredbooklovers #bookfeatures #bookworm_insta #thefinchbook #igreads #bookish #booklove #booklover #bibliophile #bookworm #bookaddict #bookaholic #bookgeek #booknerd #booknerdigans #bookme #bookphotography #becauseofreading #readersofinstagram #booksofinstagram #instabook #instabooks #igbooks #bookhangover
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Day 13 of #novbookstagram: Read It More Than Once - Em has definitely read her favorite book of all time, Made You Up, more than once. (I'm guilty for having read my favorite book, The Goldfinch, once 😳, although I just admit it's rather long.) She wrote her favorite quotes in a little notebook and has made some fanart, which is good because there isn't much out there. It breaks her little heart that not that many people have read it. πŸ’” - Speaking of Em, she just prepared the coolest surprise for me! (For no apparent reason, too!) She made a little projector using a magnifying glass, some duct tape, a shoebox, and her kindle, and used this projector to show me a little YouTube video I like on her bedroom wall! It was amazing and honestly took my breath away. 😧 She's the best. ❤️ (@dollsofdaydreams) - - #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeatures #featuredbooklovers #bookfeatures #bookworm_insta #thefinchbook #igreads #bookish #booklove #booklover #bibliophile #bookworm #bookaddict #bookaholic #bookgeek #booknerd #booknerdigans #bookme #bookphotography #becauseofreading #readersofinstagram #booksofinstagram #instabook #instabooks #igbooks #reread
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But on the 15th, we combined them:

Day 15 of #livelaughbooksnovember: Underrated Characters Day 15 of #novbookstagram: Fictional Job You Want - Okay, so Marian Ashcroft is definitely an underrated character. I absolutely loved her character, and it's not fair that she didn't make it to the movie. How is that possible? She's such a great help to Ethan and Lena, and her relationship with Ethan's mom was great. I guess they filled her in with Alma, but...not the same. πŸ˜•AND, c'mon: caster librarian? That sounds like a fictional job I'd want! - Kinda bad day today. πŸ‘Ž But that's okay, right? It'll get better...? Or maybe not...? At the least I want to actually get some sleep tonight. Been going to bed waaayy too late. πŸ˜… - - #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeatures #featuredbooklovers #bookfeatures #bookworm_insta #thefinchbook #igreads #bookish #booklove #booklover #bibliophile #bookworm #bookaddict #bookaholic #bookgeek #booknerd #booknerdigans #bookme #bookphotography #becauseofreading #readersofinstagram #booksofinstagram #instabook #instabooks #igbooks #beautifulcreatures
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And with that I wish you the best of luck participating in monthly challenges! While Em and I don't do them anymore, they really were fun and helped us when we didn't know what to post. Until next time,

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


This Month's Popular Posts

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.)

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…

Book Review: Bud, Not Buddy

Title: Bud, Not Buddy
Author: Christopher Paul Curtis
Genre: Historical Fiction/Drama
Rating: 3 out of 5
Reviewer: Julia

When I read the first few pages of this book, I had to hold back a moan. The text in the book was much larger than I was used to. It also appeared to be too easy to read, and I was able to breeze through the first few chapters quite quickly. The plan was to read it within a week or so and then to ditch it so that I could move on to another book. I kept this attitude for the first few parts.

And then--wooop, zoop, sloop!-- it changed.

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.

First of all, what is a shoutout-for-shoutout contest? (Warning: This i…