[Event Recap] Bookworms Unite Year 4!


I am so glad to be back at Bookworms Unite with my sisters Eliana and Erin. I’d say I’m a Bookworms Unite veteran, but I didn’t make it last year so I won’t claim the title. (And please don’t remind me of the 2016 event because it breaks my heart every time I remember how I missed Miguel Almendras’ first Bookworms Unite live reading. Let’s just focus on the positive, okay?)

THIS YEAR’S BOOKWORMS UNITE ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN A LIBRARY! ❤

And it’s not just a library – it’s the Rizal Library of Ateneo de Manila University. Marvelous, I tell you. Just, beautiful. ❤

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[Featured Bookstagram] Clara (thebookwormofnotredame)


Why I love this account:

Clara is just a sweetheart. I’ve known her when she had around 5,000 followers, and now she has over 20K! I feel honored to be one of her early fans because this girl really deserves all the love in the bookstagram community. ❤

I enjoy watching her Instagram stories because I like hearing her bookish updates and occasional life updates. She also posts a lot of encouraging messages meant to bring happy vibes to the “angels” who follow her. (She calls her fans angels!)

Browsing her feed would be like getting a virtual tour of Paris – a place I’ve wanted to visit since I was a kid. I especially love her shots at Disneyland because they’re all so dreamy! ❤


Below are her answers to the questions I’ve asked:

How do you choose the books you feature in your bookstagram photos? Do you believe that your bookstagram features diverse reads?

Honestly, it all depends with the colours. I recently added some pastel colours in my pictures but I still don’t like to have too vibrant ones. If a book has a very colourful cover, I usually just show the first page. In the end, I usually show books I love but don’t always show the covers!

I would love to say that yes, I feature a lot of diverse books but that would be a lie. I am trying though, I do talk about some more and more and I am still trying to do better because diversity matters and should be represented in literature.

Who are some of your favorite bookstagrammers and why do you love these accounts?

That is such a hard question! If I had to choose, I would say that lately I have been obsessed with @withniki feed because all of her pictures look so professional, with @katelynnreads feed for all the soft colours and brightness and @lumierewhispers because all of her pictures are goals.

In your opinion, what is the most important part of bookstagram?

The people, definitely. It’s the community that makes bookstagram and I couldn’t be happier with it. It sure has its ups and downs, but whenever you log into bookstagram you know that you will talk with people who share the same love for books as you and who will be as nice as they can be.


Follow @thebookwormofnotredame on Instagram.

[Featured Bookstagram] Melissa & Isabel (thereaderandthechef)


Why I love this account:

Melissa (the reader) and Isabel (the chef) are phenomenal. I love how they bring books and food together, and you shouldn’t look at their bookstagram photos when you don’t have access to food because your cravings might attack.

Major plus: They host a lot of international giveaways. You know how much this means to international bloggers (like me!). ❤


Below are their answers to the questions I’ve asked:

How do you choose the books you feature in your bookstagram photos? Do you believe that your bookstagram features diverse reads?

We mostly choose the books to feature based on the daily prompts of Bookstagram challenges we participate in! Our favorites right now are #JulyBookstagram18 #AlltheBooksJuly18 & #JulyinBooks18 which always have great prompts that help inspire us while narrowing down our book choices. However, we do often ignore the prompts and just squeeze in our favorite reads into the photos just because we love having them there! We do strive to read and feature diverse reads as well. Our small library may not be full of them (yet) but we are definitely trying to get as many as our pocket allows it! ♥️

Who are some of your favorite bookstagrammers and why do you love these accounts?

Oh gosh, so many! We definitely love @darkfaerietales_, @myfriendsarefiction, @paperfury, @cbookaddiction, @loriimagination, @webookingloveit, @booknerdbecky, @book_junkee, @thebooksbuzz, @the_bandar_blog & honestly, the list could go on. What we love about them is the hard work and dedication to their accounts, not to mention their stunning & unique photos! They have all worked hard to find their styles and it shows how much they love what they do. 🙂

In your opinion, what is the most important part of bookstagram?

Besides having fun and providing an amazing community to share our love for books & fandoms, Bookstagram is a place that allows us to develop our creative sides while supporting the art of others. So, as an advice to make bookstagram an enjoyable place, every bookstagrammer must learn to love their skills. If you are barely starting an account or barely finding your foot in book photography, it’s important to love what you do and to know that you are trying, that you will improve constantly, and that you will nail it every single time because there’s no perfect style of book photography anyway. However, your efforts will show in your photos and the amazing community will always be there cheering for you every step of the way!


Follow @thereaderandthechef on Instagram.