During my senior year of high school I rediscovered my love of reading. During tenth and eleventh grade I hardly read for fun. During those years the only books I read for fun were Cassandra Clare’s. Then, also during my senior year, I discovered booktube and bookstagram. I’m pretty sure the first channel I watched was Sasha Aalsberg, which then led me to bookstagram. Being such an avid reader, I couldn’t believe that this community existed! Inspired, I made my own bookstagram account. I can’t remember if the username was always maevereads, or if it changed somewhere along the way. My first post was on May 27, 2015, and it was of (you guessed it) The Mortal Instruments books. I was rereading them because City of Heavenly Fire had just come out. While rereading TMI, I discovered Throne of Glass at my library. I read that for the first time in June 2015, then reread it again in December. My senior year, those were really probably the only books I read.
Then I graduated from high school and went to college. Thanks to hating my school and hating my life at the time, I started reading like crazy. The book community was my refuge from an unhappy first year. At the end of 2015 I made my first website on blogger and I subscribed to OwlCrate. I also started posting on bookstagram much more regularly. There’s not much I’m grateful for during that first year of school, but I am grateful that I was able to truly start reading again. I discovered so many new books that I love, like the Lux series, The Kill Order, The Raven Cycle, and Soundless. I visited the Barnes & Noble close to my school weekly, and I was so grateful to OwlCrate for giving me something to look forward to. I also finally reread the Percy Jackson series and finally, at long last, finished The Heroes of Olympus. In 2016 I read 70 books, which I don’t think I’ll ever be able to top.
Over the years, there’s been a pattern with my bookstagram. I post for a while, and then I take a break. Currently, I’m on one of my breaks. I’m just not feeling inspired to take pictures, and I don’t feel like putting in all effort and time it takes to get the perfect one. I’m trying to get myself back in the habit of taking them everyday, but I’m finding that I much prefer writing blog posts. This year I finally upgraded my website, whoo! No more blogger! It’s so much easier to use, and it’s definitely made me more excited to write more.
All in all I’m very grateful to the bookish community. The only other online community I have to compare it to is the one direction fandom. Internet fandoms are not nice places. I had accounts, but I always made sure to never express my opinion because the harassment and bullying by hormonal teenagers was just ridiculous. Some of that fear initially carried over the book community, but I’m happy to report nothing has been bad so far. From what I’ve seen, people are mostly respectful towards each other’s differing opinions, so long as they’re not racist or homophobic, or anything like that. In which case you do deserve to be schooled by some passionate, angry bookworms! I’ve started writing much more honest reviews, and giving much more honest ratings as a result of this respectful community. I can’t wait to see where I’ll go in the book community. Hopefully I’ll keep writing and improving this website, and I’ll start posting on instagram more regularly. Right now, I’m happy where I’m at.