Just an opinion: Episode 1- “I’m tired of seeing aesthetic bookstagrammers and their oh so amazing shelves…”

Hello everyone! Today’s post is the very first episode in the Just an Opinion blog series! I recieved such intriguing entries, I’m so happy I got so many!

Today’s episode features Sep, from Bookishly Yours. (One of my favorite bloggers out there)

Bookishly Yours is a blog where I (Sep) talk about books. No, I don’t have a huge fancy library, but I love books. I’m always up and ready for a bookish talks. Oh, and my blog has poetry, and other stuff too! (probably not the best description).

Sep, Author of Bookishly yours.

It is a great description, it’s all quirky and humorous~~

Here’s what she has to say-

I’m tired of seeing aesthetic bookstagrammers and their oh so amazing shelves. Don’t you think there should be more bookstagrammers who don’t have huge shelves but love to read?

First up, I do agree and disagree with you.

Vocabulary time- Bookstagrammer: A person who maintains a bookstagram, meaning a books-themed instagram account.

Fake expectation-anxiety is an actual thing. The bookstagrammers post such pretty pictures of their photos, it sometimes seems too good to be true. Despite not being on instagram, I think I understand what this means. On pinterest, the pictures’ level is somewhere up in the sky. Credits to their talents, but isn’t it too demotivating? Someone who wants to begin something, they’d see all this, the person would be so overwhelmed, they’d give up on this right away, saying “Man, I won’t ever be able to do it this good!”

The same thing would happen with the so-called “perfect” bookstagrammers.

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There picture perfect filter-thick pictures of huge bookshelves and over exaggerated emotions are enough to lead you away from reading. Because that isn’t the point of reading. The excessive beautification of a book gives you fake expectations, that you should do something similar to this. But it isn’t practically possible to read in an aesthetic comfortable atmosphere.

I mean, we all read on couches in our twisted positions that give us backaches.

And I don’t own a lot of books too. I bought the books in my home library when I was in my tweens, after that I didn’t buy many. The majority of the books I’ve read are either library borrowed, friend exchanges, or e-books.

So this is the part where I agree with Sep’s statement. There should be more bookstagrammers who don’t have a fancy library, but love to read.

Loving a book isn’t that easy. All of you people, who think reading is easy and can be done by just merely reading- no it’s not. Book reading is so personal to so many people like myself. Who like to own the characters, plotline, get immersed into the story entirely and read every single line and make out so many interpretations out of the words that convey the deep emotions. That is serious thinking.

And do you even know how hard it is to let go of a book and move on to another?

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Reading 20 such books that touch you deeply and change you for life is greater than reading a huge bookshelf full of books that you read for bragging you’ve read those many.

So yes again, there should be bookstagrammers who don’t have fancy shelves but want to share their experience of reading books they like.

Coming to the disagreement.

Bookstagrammers use aesthetics for visual appeal, we all know that. Tell me fairly, do we all feel inclined towards a block of text or a picture? Not everyone likes reading such huge texts, no matter how good the content is.

At the end of the day, aesthetics, are just to bring the people in. Take my blog’s case for example. I try using aesthetics in my post, which are totally unrelated at times. It’s just a small trick people like me use for bringing people in and read your content. (mind you, this isn’t clickbait.)

Apart from that, aesthetics serve no purpose.

But sometimes, we should just leave it to them. Perhaps doing things like that give them satisfaction. I myself love doing photo set-ups for my object photoshoots.

In the end, I feel tired seeing the unrealistic aesthetic culture spreading, no matter how pretty it can make things seem. I’m all for actual content based approach, because aesthetics may go out of trend, but content never does.

Not-so-daintily loving you,


Just an opinion!- A blog series @TheNameIsDivi!

This series is a blog series where I share my opinions on one-liners that I got from my readers a while ago. To fill in your entry please do do here. To learn more about the series, please read this post.

24 thoughts on “Just an opinion: Episode 1- “I’m tired of seeing aesthetic bookstagrammers and their oh so amazing shelves…”

  1. My shelves DO NOT look like all the aesthetic ones on bookstagram. Mine are SO MESSY. I wonder how they keep their’s so organized and clean!

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  2. I completely agree!! It is true that aesthetics attract more people, but they serve no other purpose after that. And please we need more bookstagrammers who love to read and dont have such aesthetic shelves :”)

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  3. yeah bookstagrammers accounts are beautiful, but they make me feel unqualified to read books 😭🤚
    like they’re the elite, “real” book lovers. which i don’t think they ever actually claim to be, but it comes across that any book collection less than beautiful isn’t genuine or accepted.
    i do love having an organized bookshelf, but seeing super aesthetic flatlays… beautiful, but personally demotivating 😆
    great post and perspectives!

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      I mean sure, good book collection, but it’s just too overwhelming, at least for me. We seem to be on the same side 😂
      Thanks for reading Maggieeee!

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  4. Okay, I actually love seeing other’s bookshelves and aesthetic photos. It’s so satisfying to just see their books, you know? And I also love taking photos of my books for blog and sometimes Instagram posts. But it would be nice to see some bookstagrammers or booktubers who, like Sep said, love books to a great extent but don’t have a huge collection.

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    1. I KNOW! As much I am conflicted between both sides of the argument, like who doesn’t like something beautiful? So, eep, I’m left undecided.
      Thanks for reading, loved reading your thoughts Rayna!

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  5. Omg yes. It isn’t that you don’t wanna see the ✨Oh So Perfect✨ ones…it is just that…well…everything isn’t perfect. Then there is the fact that some people don’t have big shelves and thousands of books…theyre small shelves should also be out there-
    Or something.
    Well I agree with Sep.
    But that doesn’t mean you don’t wanna see the ones who so have big shelves with tons of books-

    Ooof. Amazing post Divi!

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    1. See the conflict😂😂 I mean it’s only natural and human to be attracted to something visually beautiful. So umm yep, we do love seeing both. Yes, that’s the final verdict. 😂
      Thanks for reading Stara!

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  6. I slightly disagree….you know, there are some people who love to collect books and keep them in an organized manner and I think it’s fine!!!!!(it’s my opinion!!)
    I personally love to stock bookstagrammers!
    NICE POST!!!!!!

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    1. Yes, I do feel that some people, just like to do it. I myself loveee doing all sorts of photography of aesthetics, which gives me joy. Anyways, I loved reading your thoughts on this! Thanks Shivakshi!

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  7. Hey Sep ,
    You totally had me at ” I’m tired of seeing aesthetic bookstagrammers and their oh so amazing shelves. Don’t you think there should be more bookstagrammers who don’t have huge shelves but love to read?”
    It was very amazing to read your opinion❤

    And to Divi ,
    Thankyou for bringing such good content to read!!

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