I Took a Week Off of Social Media

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may already know that for the last full week of June, I took a break from social media. After watching Ariel Bissett’s video, my friend Olivia and I decided to take some time away from the online world for our mental health.

First, I think social media is a really powerful tool and it has so many benefits. I love social media, and I would never be able to give it up, BUT I think taking occasional breaks is important, too!

How did it go?

  • Truthfully, it was hard.
  • I chose the week I did because it happened to be the week I was going on a mini vacation to the Pocono Mountains- my parents rented a house on the lake so that we would get a break from the monotony of sitting home for months. I wanted to be present during this time and really enjoy my surroundings instead of being glued to my phone. Plus, I figured I would be a bit busier than normal, so it would be easier to get my mind off of my phone.
  • Day one, I woke up and felt super anxious because I almost always get DMs overnight, and I felt bad that I wouldn’t be able to answer the people who had replied to my story or asked me a question. I had a nagging feeling all morning. However, that was the same day we were leaving for the trip, so I was pretty busy with packing, grocery shopping, etc. After those initial few hours, it actually got a lot easier!
  • The second day was pretty good, and I figured the challenge would only get easier from there.
  • Boy was I wrong.
  • On the third day, I caved. accidentally. I was checking to make sure my blog post went up as scheduled, and I clicked on the link to my Instagram unintentionally. I checked my notifications, read my DMs, and left the app.
  • The next two days were alright after that… until I caved again on the sixth day. I checked my Twitter notifications and scrolled through my feed for a couple of minutes. Nobody’s perfect, okay?
  • I spent the last day off of social media until about 8:30 pm. I decided that was when I was going to make my return because there were some things I wanted to check online.

What did I learn?

  • I can get a lot done when I don’t spend 9+ hours on my phone a day.
  • Twitter can really bring my mood down.
  • I am much happier when I spend more time outside.
  • Social media is a much better tool when I use it consciously instead of spending hours mindlessly scrolling.
  • Leaving the house without bringing your phone? Freeing.

What did I accomplish?

  • I read 3 books and got over halfway through another!
  • I went kayaking and bike riding and paintballing and running. So. Much. Fun. And I didn’t feel the need to document it at all. I really lived in the moment.
  • I did…some…writing. It wasn’t as much writing as I had hoped, but I was still able to write a couple of chapters.
  • I worked on some blog/freelance related stuff and it felt SO. GOOD. It was stuff I had been putting off for quite a while.
  • I caught up with some of my best friends, and I reached out to others who I haven’t talked to in a while.
  • My screen time went from an average of nine hours a day to FOUR- i used my phone for reading e-books and audiobooks & taking pictures!

Final Thoughts:

I think this was a super important experience and I’m glad that I attempted it. I wasn’t perfect at following the rules, but I accomplished most of what I wanted to.

Going forward, I am definitely going to be much more intentional about my time online. I also want to take social media breaks more often (maybe once a week or so?).

Have you ever taken a social media break? What did you think of it and would you do it again?

If not, have you ever considered it? Let’s chat about it in the comments because I’m so interested in it now!

Quarterly Favorites #2 April-June 2020

Hello everyone! Today I am back with the second installment of my Quarterly Favorites series! If you haven’t seen the first one, feel free to do so before reading this one.

If I’m being honest, it was a bit hard to come up with some favorites this time around. I feel like I haven’t really been doing or trying anything new because of Covid-19. But, I did still want to share this post, despite it being a bit shorter than the last one!

Movies & TV Shows:

  • All American: This show is about a Black teen football player at Crenshaw High, Spencer, who gets asked to join the team at Beverly Hills. His whole life gets turned around and now he has to navigate a new world with new friends. I am currently on the second season but I ADORED the first season, and I am so excited to finish it.
  • The Morning Show: This is an Apple TV original show produced by Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell (and staring Jennifer Aniston). I recently got a new laptop, and it came with a subscription to Apple TV. I have heard a lot about this show, and now I finally had the chance to watch it. It was PHENOMENAL and I can’t wait for the next season! It is a must watch- so gripping, so intense. I finished it in a matter of days.
  • Just Mercy: I haven’t been watching a lot of movies recently, but I saw that this one had become available for free online (and it still is for the rest of June, I believe!!), so I watched it. It was such a good movie.
  • 13th: I’m sure you’ve seen many people talking about this documentary lately, with all of the discussion of the BLM movement. It is so important, and it really does help to educate on modern racism.

Blog Posts I Loved:

  • Emme talked about her bad reading habits, all of which I am guilty of, too. It is good to know that I’m not the only one who does these, but I also liked reading this to see what things I should work on changing.
  • Caitlin tried guessing the synopses of different 2020 releases, and this was such a fun post. I had so much fun reading it and trying to guess along with her!
  • Kristin tier-ranked all of the YA novels she’s read, and I love watching tier-ranking videos on Booktube, so it was cool to see it translated to blogging. She’s also done a post ranking her favorite books, which I definitely want to do for myself, too!
  • Holly has written a few reviews in the form of letters recently, but my favorite is her review of The Starless Sea! She summed up my feelings so well. These are such unique reviews, and I really love reading them.
  • Tiffany hosts a book club with Alexandra, and I highly recommend checking it out! I am going to continue to join them during the months that I can, but the discussion in the Facebook group afterwards was so interesting!
  • Sofii shared a list of 30 LGBTQ+ book releases of 2020 in honor of pride month! I definitely found some new books to add to my TBR, so please check out this list!
  • Chloe talked about going without her phone during isolation, and it was so eye-opening! While you guys are reading this, I’m actually taking a week off of social media (any of my posts or Tweets have been pre-scheduled!). It is so important to unplug and spend time offline sometimes.
  • Marie wrote about a topic that was being discussed on Twitter recently, which is the way book bloggers are treated in relation to other ‘book influencers.’ It’s no secret that bloggers are often overlooked and undervalued, despite being basically the foundation of book promotion. This was a really interesting read, and I agreed with everything written!

My Posts I Loved:

  • I shared a list of books by Black authors that I want to read, and I want to re-share this post, in case you missed it. Do not stop supporting the BLM movement, and continue to read diversely every single month!
  • My testing book recipes post was so much fun to make, and I definitely want to do it again in the future! Let me know if you guys would be interested in that.

Other:

  • Cork-boards: I recently bought some cork-boards to hang up in my room, and I absolutely love the way they look. Mostly, I love that I can change out the pictures I hang on them anytime I want, so I can constantly create new vision boards for myself. I like to use them for inspiration!
  • Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: This book helped me out SO MUCH when I started outlining a new WIP this month. I am definitely going to be using it for a long time. If you are a writer, I highly recommend giving this method a try if you struggle with plot and structure.
  • Elta MD Sunscreen: I wear sunscreen everyday on my face. But now, especially that it is getting super sunny and hot, it is even more important. This is my favorite facial sunscreen ever, and it has been a life changer, honestly. It’s a bit on the pricier side, but it was recommended by my dermatologist, and I really do love it.
  • Watermelon Wonder Kombucha: I’ve always loved kombucha, and I’ve had this one a few times before. But recently, I have been drinking it so often. It is incredible and I never want to drink any other flavor.
  • Apple Watch: I got an Apple watch during this quarter of the year as well, and it was such a great purchase. I think it’s only worth buying if you are into fitness. Personally, I only use it to track my runs and workouts. It does have some other good features, but I don’t really use them much. As far as fitness tracking, I do think it works really well, and I love it!

What are some of your favorites from the past three months? Leave a comment letting me know :)

Q&A #3 ft. film adaptations & my most recommended book!

Hello! It has been over a year since I last did a Q&A post, so I thought I would do another one today :) Be sure to follow me on Instagram & Twitter if you want to know when I am doing more posts like these because that is where I ask for questions!

Let’s just get straight into it!

If you could be any literary character, who would you be?

I love this question!! I thought long and hard about this, and my two answers for this are Evie from The Diviners series or Mirabel from The Starless Sea! I think both of these worlds are so fun and I would love to be able to explore them more! Also, Evie is a diviner and that is so cool!! I would love to have any of the abilities that the different diviners have, so I wouldn’t necessarily have to be Evie, but just one of the diviners! I chose Mirabel from The Starless Sea because she’s a painter who can create different doors that lead to this incredible, hidden world of stories! Imagine having access to it all times??? That would be incredible.

What prompted you to start your own blog?

So I’m actually coming up on my five year blog anniversary (in September), which is surreal to me. I initially started this blog as a fashion and beauty focused one because that is what I thought I was most passionate about as a young high schooler. However, I soon started finding booktubers and other book bloggers online, and I slowly starting posting more and more about books until it took over my life (jk…but also not really).

I started a blog because I needed a creative outlet. I was always writing in notebooks but never had anywhere to share it. I also wanted a place where I can share my passions with others and find a community! Blogging brought me that and I haven’t looked away since!

Books you would like to see adapted as films/tv shows?

This was actually hard to choose because a lot of books that I think would make good tv shows are already in the works or have been made before! I think any of Jenn Bennett’s books could make a cute teen rom-com on Netflix, though. I would also love to see a Hulu adaptation of The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin!

daisy jones and the six

Book you recommend the most to people?

There are like 5 books that I recommend to people very frequently on here, but if I think solely about a book that I recommend the most in my life outside of blogging, it would probably Daisy Jones and the Six! I just think it’s such a great book and is pretty universal. It would appeal to a wide variety of people, so it’s my go-to recommendation!

Music that you’re into at the moment?

If I’m being honest, I haven’t really been listening to any new music for months now! I’ve just been playing some of my favorites by Ariana Grande, Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, and some others! Nothing too interesting or special right now. I would love to know what music you’ve all been loving, though, because I am desperately in need of a new playlist! Feel free to comment some recs below :)

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*Images from Pinterest, not my own

If you could do anything without failing, what would you do?

I would open up a bookstore & smoothie shop in a small, rural town. I would love to own a bookstore one day, but the instability of the current indie bookstore market is terrifying to me. SUPPORT YOUR INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES PLEASE!

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Productive Quarantine Day in My Life

I planned out all of my blog posts for the whole year at the beginning of January, and today was supposed to be a post about studying for finals. However, because of the current situation, most finals are being taken online, being modified, etc. so I felt like that post was not as necessary.

Instead, I thought I would share what a productive weekday looks like for me while self-isolating. I haven’t really discussed the COVID-19 crisis on here much because I did talk about it on Instagram and Twitter, but I do want to say this: I hope you are all doing okay, and I hope you are as healthy and safe as possible.

This time is difficult for all of us, so all of my days definitely do not look like the one I am going to show you- but that’s ok!! Don’t beat yourself up if you aren’t working out, accomplishing a million things a day, or are sleeping in late. That is normal, that is important. Also, remember to practice self-care!!

Anyways, let’s just take a glimpse at my life (while still at school) during the quarantine.

quarantine day in life

7:30 a.m.

In order to have some schedule in my life, I’ve been setting my alarm for 7:30 every morning. If I’m being honest, most days I hit snooze a couple of times, but on average I’ll wake up around 8.

One thing I started doing in March is reading in the mornings, so I try to read for about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how I’m feeling. The remaining time is spent scrolling through my phone (which is a bad habit I’m trying to quit).

9 a.m.

At 9, I finally get out of bed and get dressed. I also make my bed, brush my hair, brush my teeth, etc.

9:30 a.m.

Then, once I am all ready, I workout for an hour to an hour and a half. I like getting my workouts done before I eat because I feel better that way, and getting my workout done in the morning is nice because I don’t have to worry about it anymore.

Plus, it’s a great way to get one thing checked off of my to-do list and get my body moving. I’ve been alternating between doing HIIT workouts, strength training, yoga, and recently some online kickboxing videos! Plus, I try to go for a run or hike a couple of times a week!

When I’m done, I move onto my skincare routine (or shower if I didn’t the night before), and I usually change my t-shirt so that I’m not wearing my sweaty one.

quarantine day in life

11 a.m.

It’s finally breakfast time! I have been loving oatmeal for breakfast lately (as seen on my Instagram stories), but I also love a good waffle, banana pancake, or some eggs! Breakfast is super important for me because it’s what needs to fuel me for at least the next 4 hours.

If you follow me on Instagram, I typically post my breakfast at least a few times a week. Definitely check me out on there if you are interested!

11:30 a.m.

Now, it’s time to get some actual work done! Roughly around 11:30, after eating my breakfast, I finally start working on my to-do list for the day. As I’m still in school, this usually consists of writing papers, doing some assignments for classes, taking notes, or attending Zoom meetings.

I actually have a decent amount of work to do for school- possibly even more than I did when I was actually on campus. So, I spend a few hours each day doing that work.

2 p.m.

At two, I give myself a break to eat some lunch, check my phone, watch some youtube videos, go outside, or whatever I want! I think breaks are necessary during the day, or else you’ll lose focus or get tired, so this is another important part of my day.

3 p.m.

From 3 to 4, I give myself another hour to do work because I’m usually not done by 2. This last hour is usually just me going over what work I have left to do for the week, making a new to-do list for the next day, and editing any assignments/essays I did earlier in the day.

4 p.m.

By four, I try to finish all of my work for the day. Sometimes, yes, I am doing work past this time, but I’ve been trying to do this less and less frequently so that I have some me-time every day.

So, from 4-6, I allow myself to do anything I want. I usually hang out with my sister for a bit, go on my laptop, work on blog posts, scroll through Instagram.

This part is obviously what differs the most each day. Sometimes I go for a hike, sometimes I bake something, or I’ll paint for a little bit.

Really, it’s the time of day where I am free to do anything!

6 p.m.

6 is usually when I’ll eat dinner, and I’ll also play Uno or a board game with my family. We also watch movies some nights, or I’ll watch a movie on my own after dinner!

quarantine day in life

9 p.m.

Now is the time where I wind down. I typically shower, brush my teeth, change into pjs, and I’ll often pick up a book for a little bit. I also try to meditate at least a few times a week, so this is when I’ll do that!

11:30 p.m.

This is the time I am trying to go to bed by, but usually I spend a lot of time on my phone or laptop before actually falling asleep (another bad habit I’m trying to break).

And that’s the end of my day!

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How does your routine look compared to mine? This is constantly changing and evolving as I find different things to do each day, but I think that having some routine and structure is really helpful for me, so I do follow this as closely as possible!

Thanks for reading and chat soon :)

Jessica

Quarterly Favorites #1 / Jan-Mar 2020

Hello everyone! Today I wanted to share the first installment of a new series on my blog- quarterly favorites. I’ve shared some favorites here in the past, but it’s something I haven’t done in a really long time.

I think it is a good way to incorporate more of my life on this blog, and I hope it allows you to get to know me more- and maybe you’ll find some of your own favorites, too!

As this is a quarterly favorites post, it is something I’m hoping to do every 3 months.

Books:

  • How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow
  • If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
  • My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

Movies/TV Shows:

  • The Circle: I haven’t watched or started really any new tv shows in a while, but I did binge this one and I LOVED it. It was super entertaining, and I am eagerly waiting for season 2.

As far as movies, I have been watching many because I am trying to watch all 100 movies on the American Film Institute’s “Best Movies of All Time” list! Here are some of my favorites:

  • Psycho
  • Singin’ in the Rain
  • Casablanca

Music:

  • To Die For by Sam Smith
  • Never Worn White by Katy Perry
  • What A Man Gotta Do by Jonas Brothers
  • I Love Me by Demi Lovato

Health/Fitness:

Other:

  • Notion for desktop- this productivity/task system is incredible
  • the Balance meditation app
  • Tik Tok whipped iced coffee- if you haven’t seen this trend, I recommend looking it up and trying it!

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That is all for my favorites of the last three months! If you also like any of these things, let me know in the comments so we can chat about them :)

Jessica

2020 Life Goals and Resolutions (Will I actually be successful this year?)

Hello and welcome to my 2020 life goals post! I know that we’re halfway through the month at this point, but I still wanted to share what my 2020 goals are because I like to have a way to hold myself accountable!

If you haven’t already seen it, I posted a reading goals post a little while ago that you can check out as well!

I have many goals this year that I honestly don’t know if I will be able to accomplish fully. However, I wanted to go into this year by aiming high rather than low, so I decided to add more resolutions than I usually would.

I divided them up into personal and blogging goals, though the personal ones can be divided up even further into mindfulness, health/fitness, school, finance, and misc.!

Along with this, my mantra for the year is “be present.” I noticed that I tend to spend way too much time planning for, thinking, and worrying about the future rather than focusing on the here and now. Hopefully, I will be able to change that this year!

Now, let’s get onto the goals!

Personal:

Mindfulness:

  • meditate more frequently
  • set to-do lists the night before
  • limit screen time

Health/Fitness:

  • eat less processed sugar
  • workout 3-5 days per week (at least 15 times per month)
  • drink 64 oz of water per day

Finances:

  • attempt a “low buy year”
  • add $5-10 per week into savings account
  • pay off credit card

School:

  • join a new club
  • start thesis research
  • land a summer internship or job (slightly school-related)

Miscellaneous:

  • write more frequently
  • watch all movies on AFI’s Best 100 Movies list
  • learn to bake/cook better

Blog:

  • Post at least once a week (but aim for 2)
  • write one book review per month
  • utilize Pinterest more
  • hit 1000 followers

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Again, I am being ambitious this year, but I’m going to slowly incorporate these things into my lifestyle. I am not trying to immediately accomplish all of these, so I do think I can be fairly successful!

What are some of your resolutions?

Jessica

Post Ideas for Book Bloggers / Blogtober Day 29

It can be hard to come up with new blog posts. Especially after you’ve been doing it for a while. You feel like you’re running out of ideas, and sometimes you just can’t think of any. So, today I thought I would share some ideas for general topics you can write about! Feel free to share any others in the comments, too! You can refer back to this whenever you feel like you’re having writer’s block :)

The Basics:

  • TBRs: These can be monthly, seasonal, read-a-thon specific, etc. They are a classic blog post topic that can be done frequently!
  • Wrap-Ups: Similar to the previous one, these can be done monthly, seasonally, every 5 books you read, etc. They are always going to be different because you are talking about different books (duh, that’s how it works).
  • Reviews: Obviously, as book bloggers, we read! So, there are always new books we can review. I have actually grown to love writing reviews. There’s something so fun about trying to capture the essence of a book in a new way every time.
  • Recommendations: There are so many different recommendation posts to do, which is true for all of the post ideas I’ve mentioned so far.

These are all great because they can be redone in many different ways over and over again.

Fun:

  • Tags: There are hundreds and hundreds of tags floating around the web. You can just search “book tag” on google and find tons of them to choose from! They are a great way to engage with the community, too. You can tag others and read their responses! It gets a lot of people involved.
  • Weekly “Memes”: Top Ten Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday, etc. are all great blog posts that give you at least one new post every week!
  • Q&A: This is a great way for people to get to know you. You can talk about other hobbies/interests you have, answer questions specifically about books, or a mix of everything!
  • Giveaway: Host a giveaway! This is a  really fun way to get more people to check out your site (if you promote via Instagram/Twitter/etc.). This is obviously only something you should do if you have the means to. You can give away a book you already own (maybe even annotate it), or you can buy someone a new release, or even give away a voucher for a specific bookstore!

Unique Content:

  • Discussion Posts: You can write a discussion post on pretty much anything- which is why this is such a unique post. Everyone will have different takes on certain topics, so reading them is always fun.
  • Blogging Advice: This is another one that’s going to be different for each person. We all have different experiences when it comes to blogging, so we have different tips to share! You can also make these specific and do different variations. You can write a post on formatting and using code in your blog posts, another on how to go self-hosted, a general tips post, and more!
  • Interviews: You can interview authors, other bloggers, bookstagrammers, Youtubers, etc. You can do so many of these and ask different questions for each person! I personally love reading interviews- it’s a great way to learn more about people in this community!
  • Reading Tips: This is a fun one because you can do a lot with it, too. For example, you can do a “how to read more as a college student” or “how to annotate” and so many other variations!

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What are some of your favorite blog posts to write? Mine have to be recommendations or discussion posts! But I love them all in different ways :)

Jessica

Book Blogging Tips / Blogtober Day 25

I’ve been blogging for four years now. It’s crazy how fast time flies. I am still not an expert when it comes to blogging, but I’ve learned a few things over the years. I have a blog post giving some advice from a few years ago, and I still stand by those points. However, I think this updated post is necessary, and I have some new tips to share!

Here they are:

🖊 Be consistent, but give yourself breaks.

Consistency really is key. I have seen it in my own stats. When I post once a week, or twice a week, my readers know what to expect. More people are also able to find you the more frequently you post.

However, everyone needs a break. I’ve taken many blogging breaks during my time on here, and trust me, they were much needed. You’ll be much happier in the long run, and you’ll be able to prevent burn out.

Prioritize your mental health!!

🖊 Find your voice.

Finding your voice is probably the hardest tip to achieve that I can give, but I think it’s important. The easiest way to do this is by thinking about the way you communicate in real life. Do you like to crack jokes? Are you sarcastic? Are you a super happy, ball of energy? Show that in your writing! Use bold or capital letters, add some humor, put in your dialect, etc.

Some of the best examples of distinct voices are May, Marie, Cait, and Shealea.

Read through a couple of their posts. You’ll be able to tell the difference between their writing styles because each one is super unique!

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🖊 Don’t compare yourself to others.

I know I just told you to go look at a few other bloggers, but at the same time, don’t compare yourself to them. You are your own person, and you will do things in your own way. It is important to keep that in mind, especially if you are a beginner blogger. Don’t look at the way some people have a developed style and you might not yet. Don’t think about how many readers someone else is gaining that you’re not.

It’s totally ok to look up to certain bloggers, but remember, they got where they are now through a lot of hard work and dedication. It doesn’t happen overnight. To get where you want to be, you just have to be patient and continue to do the thing you love.

🖊 Stats aren’t everything

It can be easy to feel discouraged because you’re putting in a lot of work for each blog post, but then no one is reading them. It’s ok. Keep putting out this content, and eventually, an audience will come to you. It takes a lot of time, especially in the beginning. Try not to focus on the stats because that will only tear you apart and won’t make you happy. Focus on the writing and the reading, the rest will follow.

🖊 Don’t feel pressured to post specific content or read specific books

When I first started blogging, I was not reading all of the books that everyone else was. I didn’t buy a lot of books in general. I would go to my library and pick up a random book, read the synopsis, and decide if I wanted to borrow it or not. I did not reach for Goodreads to read the reviews first.

Eventually we all fall to the hype- maybe not all the time, but you may sometimes find yourself browsing a bookstore and picking up books that you’ve heard about online. You might not even glance at books you’ve never heard of. And if you only read “popular” books, that is totally fine! Most of my reads can be considered hyped books.

BUT, don’t read those because you feel like you need to. Read them because you want to. If you’re a romance reader, read and write about romance books. If you like fantasy, don’t force yourself to read the next hyped contemporary if you don’t want to.

The same goes for your content. You don’t have to post TBRs, wrap-ups, tags, etc. If you want to, do it. But if you have a really cool, creative post idea that you’re afraid to share because it’s uncommon, you should just go for it!

No two blogs are going to look the same, and that is ok. In fact, it’s what makes this community so great. We all enjoy different books, we all have different styles and tastes.

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I hope this post was helpful in some way! Please leave a comment with any other book blogging (or blogging in general) tips you have.

Do you like this type of post? Would you want to see more like it?

Jessica

Bookish Tattoos I Want to Get / Blogtober Day 21

I don’t have any tattoos. Yet. But there are so many that I want. Not necessarily all bookish, but there are quite a few bookish ones I’m interested in.

Pinterest is my best friend when it comes to finding tattoos, so that’s where all of these pictures are from. They are not my own!

Book

I would love a tattoo with a book incorporated directly on it in some way. These are some of my favorite examples:

Symbols

I think tattoos of symbols like “&” and quotation marks are adorable. I’m a fan of simple, minimalistic tattoos, so this is one I’m most likely to get.

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Erin Morgenstern Related

I fell in love with Erin Morgenstern’s writing this year. I would love to get a tattoo dedicated to either The Night Circus or The Starless Sea. I would either get a symbol of some kind to represent the books (like a bee, a key, and a sword for The Starless Sea) or a direct quote from one of them.

erin morgenstern tattoo

Writer

As both a reader and a writer, I would like to represent both in some way. I like the idea of a typewriter. It’s pretty, but it’s simple. I also love the quote pictured below. I think it would be cool to get it tattooed!

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I have tons of tattoo ideas, but I’ll most likely only end up getting one or two during my lifetime. Do you have any tattoos? If so, what are they? If not, do you want to get some?

Jessica

Apps I Use For Bookstagram / Blogtober Day 20

I used to be an avid Twitter user. I mean, I still am. But as of a few months ago, I’ve been really dedicated to making my Bookstagram look nice. I love coming up with new themes, taking pictures, writing captions, etc.

For today’s post, I wanted to share some of the apps that I use for Instagram. Maybe you’ll even find a new app to use!

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Almost everyone is familiar with this app, but if you’re not, it’s basically a filtering app. They have tons of filters to choose from (plus you can buy more packs). I’ve been using this one for years now, and it is a classic for quickly making any picture look great!

Some of my favorite filters are…

  • 04
  • A6
  • C6
  • HB1
  • HB2
  • M5

Here are some before and afters using just VSCO:

Lightroom:

This is another app that many people know. It’s the mobile version of one of the photoshop applications. This one is great for creating your own filters, or “presets.” You can play around with the color of the picture, edit the lighting, and do much more. It’s basically the advanced version of VSCO- like taking off the training wheels. But once you get used to it, it’s super simple to use!

You can also buy pre-made presets online on sites like Etsy, and from some Instagram users. You can apply a specific set of edits onto each of your pictures. I’ve purchased a couple, and they are really nice! Just choose carefully because you want to make sure the presets you buy are going to work with the type of pictures you take. You don’t want to spend money on a preset you’ll never use (like I’ve done before).

Snapseed:

This is the final photo editing app I have on this list, but it’s one of my favorites. I usually edit my pictures on here first, and then I put it through either VSCO or lightroom. There are so many tools on this app, from editing the lighting in one specific area of the picture, to adding filters, and more. It is incredible and kind of a hidden gem. It’s not as well known as the first two.

UNUM:

On top of editing my pictures, I also plan out my feed. I don’t want too many flatlays in a row or two pictures of the same book. Unum lets you lay out your pictures, add a caption, and even post straight from their app. I usually write my captions straight onto Instagram, but this is a great feature if you want to plan out many pictures in advance. There are a ton of apps similar to this one, but this is my favorite.

Nichi:

The last app on this list is a story editing app. It has so many cute stickers and pictures you can add. I use this one pretty frequently when putting updates on my story. Again, there are tons of story editing apps, but this one has been my favorite.

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Those are all the apps I used most frequently. I am having so much fun playing around with the editing of my Instagram, and I hope you guys are liking my current feed! Again, if you want to follow me, click here.

What are some of your go-to apps? Do you use any of the ones I mentioned?

Jessica