In 2019, I pretty much doubled my usual reading amount for the year by reading 57 books.

I was stunned. I had always wanted to be that person that read at least 52 books per year, but I just wasn’t sure how feasible it was given all of the other things in my life that I dedicated time to instead of reading.

Since I’d finally reached and surpassed my dream goal, I figured a new goal of 60 was a good idea. It would encourage me to cement the habit.

Well, as we all know, 2020 was wild year. And…

In 2017, I had set myself the challenge of reading 25 books.

I reached that goal with two days to spare.

For 2018, I wanted to push myself a bit more. 30 books.

Once again, I made it just in time.

In 2019, I was scared when I publicly announced that I wanted to read 35 books in the year.

And yet, somehow, I managed to read 57 books. Yes, 57.

I’m shocked too.

But, in some ways it makes a lot of sense since in 2019 I founded The StoryGraph — a new website for readers —and got immersed…

Abbie’s was one of the very first accounts that I followed when I started to get interested in Bookstagram. I really liked her content and I realised we had very similar reading tastes.

When I decided to work on a product for avid readers, I reached out to a bunch of strangers, including Abbie, and I didn’t expect any of the bigger accounts to reply. Abbie replied in about 30 minutes! We had a wonderful, very useful conversation back in February, and since then I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with Abbie pretty much every day via Instagram.

This interview…

Emma’s account was one of my inspirations for the Taylor Jenkins Reid Readathon that I ran not long after I joined Bookstagram. I love her energy and character, and I was excited to learn more about the woman behind @quietmountainreader.

Nadia: You live in Salt Lake City, right? What’s your favourite thing about it?

Emma: I love the artistic community here. I have a lot of local art in my home. It’s a beautiful, passionate scene here. There’s loads of local bookstores too. It’s just all very home-y. I love being close to the mountains as well. …

I first got in touch with Ellis (@whatellisreadnext) when I was trying to find participants for the May 2019 #mbhreadathon. We got chatting, with Ellis trying to find out more about what I was up to, and that formed the beginning of a wonderful Bookstagram friendship. Ellis has been an amazing supporter of The StoryGraph, always tuning in to live shows when she can and sharing insights into her mood reader ways. I’m so grateful for her time.

Nadia: Your Instagram bio reads: “In 2018, I took a vow to put my phone down more and pick up a book…

Not long after I started The StoryGraph’s Bookstagram account, I ran a month-long Taylor Jenkins Reid readathon. The first book we were going to discuss was ‘The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo’, and for the accompanying live show I was concerned that we’d only have people raving about the book, making for a rather dull discussion. Luckily, I saw that Stephanie (@stephaniereads) wasn’t as enthused about the book as everyone else, and I was so happy when she agreed to come on my show.

People like Stephanie make Bookstagram great — it didn’t matter that she didn’t know who I…

Christina (@christinastephaniereads) was incredibly welcoming to me when The StoryGraph first started on #bookstagram. In fact, it’s something she does regularly — searching for and welcoming the newest accounts. She’s a great example of why Bookstagram is a special place to be. I was so happy that she could join me for one of my live shows. Read on to find out how Christina got into Bookstagram, why she’s so in love with Toronto, and what her life is like as a buyer for a natural food distributor:

Nadia: You’re in Toronto, Canada, right? What’s your favourite thing about Toronto?

Erica (@bookswitherica) has been an amazing supporter of The StoryGraph from its earliest days. She’s such a kind, thoughtful person, and I was delighted that she could join me in talking about Bookstagram, books, and being a writer. See below for a summary of our discussion, and find out how Erica pushed through to complete a third manuscript that she’s really excited about, despite having written two prior ones that she wasn’t happy with:

Nadia: I always talk about how supportive and welcoming everyone has been on Bookstagram, but Erica has been on another level! …

For our second show, I was so glad to have Gabi (@booklanguage) join me to talk about being self-employed and how to cope with the challenges that come with it, the secret to her gorgeous book photos and how you can get into photography, and we did touch on books a little too. See below for a summary of our discussion:

Nadia: I think Gabi was one of the first people to follow me when I started The StoryGraph’s Bookstagram account, and once I took a look at her profile, I had to follow back — her photos are absolutely…

I was honoured to have Seji, of @theartisangeek, join me for The StoryGraph’s very first #meetthebookstagrammer Instagram Live show, on May 12th.

We discussed how she balances her studies with her reading and social media accounts, how she ended up creating her uniquely funny YouTube videos, and the importance of the #ownvoicesreviews movement. See below for a summary of our discussion:

Nadia: I first got to know of Seji’s account because someone I was following posted a video of her trying to get an Advanced Review Copy from Riverhead Books, and I was like: who is this woman? I need…

Nadia Odunayo

Founder & CEO of The StoryGraph. Generally keen. nadiaodunayo.com

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