Welcome to the third instalment of our new Meet the Bookstagrammers series. Designed to offer our readers a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a Bookstagrammer, this week we're chatting to one of our very favourite bookish accounts, Em from Em The Bookish Girl.
Name: Emily (Em for short 😊)
Instagram handle: @em_thebookish_girl
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi! I’m Emily, I’ve relocated from my other home city Istanbul, Turkey to Melbourne almost three years ago. I just recently completed my university studies and I’m planning to continue on with my education. Besides reading I love to learn new languages and discover new cultures. If I’m not studying or reading, you’ll find me discovering historical places especially in Istanbul! There are so many hidden gems in this amazing city! I love to travel to far away destinations.
How did you get into Bookstagramming?
I wasn’t really active on social media. Occasionally, I would scroll through my Instagram feed. Roughly a year and half ago, I discovered that there were accounts/pages discussions about books, book reviews etc. For a while, I debated whether to open a bookstagram account or not. When the first lockdown happened last year, I decided to open my booksta account. It definitely helped me a lot, it kept me busy during the difficult times.
What do you love most about the Bookstagram community?
I’ve (virtually) met so many amazing bookish friends! I’m so happy to be a part of this amazing community! I’ve also connected with a lot of authors, especially indie authors.
Which are you favourite bookish accounts to follow?
I have so many! @alyssasbookblog @theshakespeareana @thesassynerdblog @coffeebooksandmagic @thebluehaired_reader_ @jessicadesamota @book_echo @bookscandlescats @marla_0519 @nishasbooksandcoffee Just to name a few.
Do you stick to the same genre or try to mix it up?
My usual “go to genres” are fantasy and contemporary romance. I’m trying to push myself outside of my comfort zone, to branch out and read different genres.
Do you have an all-time favourite book?
Yes! I do! Its Serdar Ozkan’s The Missing Rose! I was lucky enough to had the opportunity to meet Mr Ozkan in Istanbul, Turkey a few years ago, he personalized and signed my book. This book will always have a special place in my heart.
Are there any books you thought were over-hyped?
Unfortunately, yes. 😅 For me it’s Six of Crows. Please don’t get me wrong, the setting and characters are okay. But, I couldn’t focus, I found the multiple POVs too tiring and I wasn’t able to keep up. I ended up DNFing, twice. Personally, I can’t understand the hype towards this book.
Is there a book that you’ve been meaning to read forever but haven’t yet got around to reading?
There are so many 🙈 I've lost track.
What would your perfect reading spot look like?
Having my own reading nook corner or a window seat, underneath a warm blanket (during the cold weather) and drinking a hot drink. If I’m outside, I love reading by the beach. Hearing the waves crashing to the shore while reading. Utter perfection!