Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Bought Because of Bookstagram

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This week: ten books I decided to read following recommendations from bookstagram!

I’ve been on bookstagram almost two years now (I started blogging there first, then expanded into WP after a year) and there are definitely a few books I own that I can directly trace back to another bookstagrammer’s recommendation, beautiful photo, or my own desire to have a beautiful book in my photos. (This is my bookstagram!)

1. ‘Spinning Silver’ by Naomi Novik – specifically this UK(?) hardback edition

I’ve always been a sucker for retellings (this one’s based on ‘Rumplestiltskin’), so ‘Spinning Silver’ was already on my TBR, but this gorgeous edition that I’d seen floating around bookstagram was the only one I was willing to shell out money for!

And even then I only bought a second hand edition off AbeBooks because I really shouldn’t be buying more books…

2. ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ by Laini Taylor – specifically the UK hardback edition

This photo doesn’t even do it justice (in my opinion, based on bookstagram photos, this is the most beautiful cover I’ve ever seen). I’ve wanted to read ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ for ages but I kind of hate how all the other editions look. So glad I found a cheap secondhand edition on AbeBooks!

3. ‘Carry On’ by Rainbow Rowell – specifically the Kevin Wada purple cover edition

This is one of my favourite covers ever! (It helps that I loved the book too.) I already owned this in Kindle version with that blue, white and yellow cover, but I wanted this cover so badly – I was seeing it all over bookstagram and Kevin Wada is such an incredible artist!

So yeah…long story short – I bought the paperback.

4. ‘Wayward Son’ by Rainbow Rowell – specifically the UK Waterstones exclusive edition

Okay, so a big part of why I read ‘Carry On’ when I did (summer 2019) was because ‘Wayward Son’ was coming out a few months later and preorders were going up for THIS. BEAUTIFUL. EDITION. And I had to know if I liked the books enough to preorder!

(The answer was yes. Hell yes.)

Image from Rainbow Rowell’s Twitter.

5. ‘Red, White & Royal Blue’ by Casey McQuiston

Me finding out about RW&RB is absolutely 100% down to bookstagram. It was suddenly EVERYWHERE, this adorable looking pastel pink rom-com accompanied by countless glowing reviews. I was dying to read it!

For some reason, I could never find a paper copy in the UK so I just bought it on Kindle. The cover is still really cute in its ebook form!

6. The illustrated ‘Harry Potter’ books

I kind of knew about these editions before, but it wasn’t until one of my booksta friends started sharing her favourite illustrated pages from them (on her stories) that I realised how much I wanted to read them!

And they do make for lovely photos, don’t they?

7. ‘All For The Game’ trilogy by Nora Sakavic

The bookstagram reader base for this trilogy and the amount of fanart I see online is incredibly unusual for an indie series! I bought the series (each for $0.99 on Kindle) solely off the rave reviews from bookstagrammers I trusted.

I did enjoy the first book but I’m terrified of continuing – I heard the sequels break people’s hearts so I just gotta get a grip… I’ve put Book 2 down for my O.W.L.s TBR, maybe that’ll finally do it.

8. ‘Pumpkinheads’ by Rainbow Rowell

I lost count of how many times I saw ‘Pumpkinheads’ pop up on my bookstagram newsfeed in autumn 2019. So I decided to see what it was for myself! (It was a pretty cute, cosy read.)

9. ‘One of Us is Lying’ by Karen McManus – specifically the UK paperback

This was popping up all over bookstagram (in all editions) – but this UK one is by far my favourite; just look at the red sprayed edges! I heard it was amazing and it was certainly fun to read. Gave me an amalgamation of ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘Pretty Little Liars’ vibes.

10. Most of Alice Oseman’s books

I love ‘Heartstopper’, but I was content to read it in webcomic form on Tapas – that is, until I saw physical copies springing up on bookstagram and people getting them signed and/or doodled in. That came in addition to the 2018 cover redesigns of ‘Solitaire’ and ‘Radio Silence’ to match ‘I Was Born For This’, one of my favourite books!

…and that is the story of how I got them all, and preordered her next two books releasing this year.

Whoops 😂

Thanks for reading! Did a gorgeous edition ever suck you into buying a book you weren’t planning to? Link me your TTT list if you made one!

11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Bought Because of Bookstagram

  1. Pretty sure that’s the uk spinning silver cover because I’ve seen it in the bookshop and we get all uk editions here in Ireland. Also I totally need a tote bag, bookmark, T-shirt, and mug with the words “bookstagram made me do it” 😂😂😂😂 love this ttt 💚💙💜

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    1. It’s so beautiful, isn’t it?? I’ve never seen it in person but only on instagram, I think I only heard about this book when the paperbacks were being released. Yeah me too re: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, though I’ve just got my copy so hopefully can get to it soon! And thanks 🙂

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  2. I consider myself lucky that I haven’t been on Bookstagram that long, so I feel like I haven’t felt the influence from it … but at the same time, I read a lot of book blogs, soooo … the pressure is still real. xD I also ended up buying the paperback of Carry On, after seeing everyone loving Wayward Son when it came out and recommending the first one! I’m actually not even a romance reader or fan, but I’ve had so many people around me loving Red, White & Royal Blue that I’ve decided I just have to read it. Because FOMO.

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    1. Oh yes, I see an awesome review on a blog – *goes to Goodreads and presses Want To Read* 😂 Have you read Carry On yet or Red, White & Royal Blue? There’s (from what I can see) a huge overlap between Carry On fans and RWRB fans, I think because the love story has similar dynamics (enemies to lovers, one being all fiery and spunky and energetic and the other being more like a deep river sort of fellow etc.) and also because the stories are both really funny yet emotional.

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      1. Nope, I haven’t read either one yet! I’ll probably read RWRB soon, though, because my hold just came through. :3 Yay! I’m a huge fan of enemies to lovers, though, so it doesn’t surprise me that they’ve come so highly recommended to me. xD

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  3. I also bought a few of these because of bookstagram! Especially Red, White and Royal Blue. After seeing all of the hype, I knew I needed it in my life.

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