Welcome to the seventh 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, Jess from The Wandering Paperbacks.
Name? Jess Kranenburg
Instagram handle? @thewandering.paperbacks
Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I am a mum to 2 cheeky boys, hate summer, obviously love reading and will never be without a book, I work in admin at the local primary school and I love photography. If I could have any job in the world, I think it would be in either PR or graphic design
How did you get into Bookstagramming? I was using my personal Instagram account to keep a track of the books I was reading when I had the idea to start up a separate account for my books. Next minute I’m falling head first into this world of Bookstagram and all it has to offer!
What do you love most about the Bookstagram community? I’ve met so many kind-hearted generous people in this community. I love that it’s a place where you can discuss the love and hate you have for books and connect with people from all over who love the same books and genres that you do. I found my friends and families eyes were glazing over when I spoke about my current read or a book I just HAD to have, that never happens on Bookstagram :P
Which are you favourite bookish accounts to follow @anotherbookstagrammer, @illreadmyownway, @hide.and.go.read, @thebluehaired_reader_, @devoured_pages.
Do you stick to the same genre or try to mix it up? I tend to stick to the same genres but I have been known to branch out every so often. I love any and all psychological thrillers and all the different variations of romance.
Do you have an all-time favourite book? I do, Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews and The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards - Surprisingly it’s in neither of the above genres really
Are there any books you thought were over-hyped? It’s been a pleasure by Noni Blake by Claire Christian. I tried I really did but I just couldn’t get into it and it ended up being a DNF unfortunately.
Is there a book that you’ve been meaning to read forever but haven’t yet got around to reading? Oh there are so many I don’t know where to begin! Im going to go with the classics but because I never seem to give them enough of my time, Lolita and Tess of the d’Ubervilles
What would you perfect reading spot look like? Somewhere cool and quiet. A nice big comfy chair, a big cup of tea and my kids anywhere!