Hello, beautiful people!
It’s no secret that bibliophiles are often creative, artistic, and innovative people: after all, they’ve learned the power of building new, beautiful worlds in every book they’ve read.
That’s why Bookstagram, a community within Instagram designed entirely for bookworms like you and you, is the perfect platform to share bookish wisdom and whimsy in creative ways.
I did a post about #Bookstagram last year, you should definitely check it out. What makes Nigerian Bookstagram so special though? The fact that they are Nigerians. That’s it.
It’s like a showcase of diversity. There are the YA lovers, Contemporary, Fantasy, Crime and most importantly pushing Nigerian Fiction out to the world. And it’s a duty they take seriously!
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We talk about the need for diversity and representation books, blogs, and internet magazines. Social media has made so much of this shift possible. Trying to populate my internet life with reviewers, recommenders, and authors of colour has helped me understand the need for these changes and diversify my own reading.
But more change, more diversity, and more gatekeepers are definitely needed. So, I want to specifically suggest you follow these beautiful bookstagram accounts run by Nigerians.

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@bookminimalist

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If you read this book and you are still normal, then just like a quote in this book "The back of your brain must be opened" 😂😂 When reviews came in for this book, I was really excited to read it because I loved Dizzy Angel and The Famished Road, well written ogbanje/Abiku stories. So I did beggy beggy on @netgalley with the help of @africanbookaddict (thank you sis) and @groveatlantic sent me a free ecopy. But sadly despite glowing reviews, I did not enjoy it. I THINK the author is too conscious of her voice and stifles the flow of a natural story. I despised Asughara's voice, I found her/his/them rants to be filled with self-pity and narcissistic wailings. Any small thing like this "human beings are useless like that" I was just mad at how she was forcing poor Ada into horrendous scenarios. Chapters on The Ada's life were ironically much shorter and yet more powerful. I will be honest though, I was completely taken with Azemezi's writing, amd her insights into mental health was lowkey brilliant. At the beginning of this book, there was a quote that disturbed me a lot it was "And this is how you break a child. Step one. Take his mother away" How completely true is this statement? Does this mean all Ada's problem started when her mother left her to pursue a career and cater for the family in Saudi? I will continue my review again because I have plenty things to say about this book lol. 😂😂 (I did not write this review down on paper coherently I just typed straight from my head that's why it is everywhere forgive me abeg thanks) Has anyone read this? Thoughts

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@that_portharcourt_boy

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Hey darling, waited for you a long time 😘

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@thatothernigeriangirl

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I A M M U Z L A M I C➰: . . Yo! Happy #socksunday y’all (even though I don’t actually wear socks on Sundays but you get the drill 🤪) Anyway, I finished Don’t Panic I’m Islamic yesterday. I made sure I didn’t postpone it again when I realized June is almost over 😱. . . Don’t panic I’m Islamic is a collection of essays, arts, comics and short stories written by 34 different authors. This collection was published in response to the increased islamophobic atmosphere brought on Trump’s #Muslimban decision. Lynn Gaspard wrote in the afterword, “….it offers space to the contributors’ individual expressions, many of which are not usually heard in the mainstream.” And she was very correct. . . The collection is unlike anything I’ve read. The contributors that wrote essays and short stories were very diverse, uncommon, satirical and sometimes even abstract. The same goes for some of the arts. A few were direct in their meanings but majority had tons of hidden meaning. This is a collection I’ll definitely be rereading and it’s a 4 Star for me. . . My favorite artwork is There Are People: Cairo 2012 by Bahia Shebab and I really enjoyed Alex Wheatle’s Shade-ism, Leila Aboulela’s Majed and Moris Farhi’s Of Dolphin Children and Leviathans. You should consider picking this book up plus it’s a very light read with just 168 pages 👌🏾 Shoot! I forgot to mention that the kind people at @saqibooks sent me a copy of this book for an honest review 🤗🤗 . . Have you read this book? What are you reading? __________________ #QOTD: “Actually, I love minorities. They’re wiser because they are always discriminated as ‘others’.” ______________ Moris Farhi, Of Dolphin Children and Leviathans

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@eclectictope

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The Women's Auxlliary Territorial Service was formally established in 1938 as Britain faced the threat of war with Germany but it really began in the middle of the First World War. This book tells stories of those remarkable women who carried out duties, long thought to be beyond their feminine capabilities. The roles were non-combatant. Many women after loosing fathers or husbands or brothers took over the ATS so that more men could be released from there to actual front-line duties. They first worked as cooks and store keepers etc but by the Second WW, many of them were billeted to France and their duties became that of ammunition inspectors, radar operators, supply truck drivers, crew members for the anti -aircraft gunners. Infact, they were among the last to be evacuated from Dunkirk. *Google is your friend if you want info on Dunkirk* The ATS was restructured many times but significantly in 1949 after it was realised that the service of women during the Second World War had been vital. However, many men who survived the war upon returning wanted their jobs back. But by then, as we say in Nigeria, women ti take over. Women still get criticised in this day and age for taking on roles outside the home so you can imagine that in those days, they had it worse. But no mind, these women killed it. If I'm not mistaken, on the cover is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who I know joined the ATS when she turned 18 and took trainings as a driver. To the right of the cover is a group of women probably changing the spark plugs of that truck about to take supplies to the war front.🤔 The early part of the book talks about their recruitment, basic training and training kit. It describes their underwear and khaki  knickers as passion killers. Wish I could post a photo of their undergarments back in the day. Real passion killers I must say. P.S – Girls is Khaki is a library borrowed book due tomorrow. I didn't read it cover to cover. Just the bit of information I wanted. #bookstagram #womenshistorymonth #womenauthors #weshouldallbefeminists #femmemarchGA18 #history #ww2 #bookish #womenoftheworld #feminism #dunkirk #nonfiction #memoir #research #bookphotography

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@afomaumesi

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ •••• And the happiest of pub days to this phenomenal novel by @jenniferzeynab ❤️ •••• Jennifer Joukhadar's The Map of Salt and Stars is a alternate telling of the stories of two girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour's family has to escape Syria during the war and the story follows their journey to safety. Young Nour is anchored by a folk tale about a brave girl her father used to tell her. Rawiya, the heroine of the tale, joins a mapmaker on his twelfth century voyage, disguised as a boy. Nour and Rawiya, although eight hundred years apart take similar journeys, learn the power of courage and find family along the way. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ••••• Anyone who's interested in Middle Eastern history, the Syrian refugee crisis or who simply loves good writing and/or a great story should read The Map of Salt and Stars. It's been compared to Hosseini's 'The Kite Runner' but I really do not see the similarity. The novel stands on its own. The Map of Salt and Stars is rich in history, full of rhythm and compelling, without a doubt. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ••••• I received an ARC from @touchstonebooks in exchange for an honest review. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A full review is up on afomaumesi.com today! #amreading #bookstagramista

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@mayowa_reads

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I was blown away by ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’ and after ‘Small Island’ I had to go back to Hurston. I picked up ‘Barracoon’ last month and I’m excited to finally read it. I’ve read a few pages so far and I can already tell that this is a novel I won’t forget. Hurston uses her skill as a writer and an anthropologist to help Kossula or Cudjo Lewis, the last living surviver of the middle passage, to tell his story. As a history lover, I’m particularly enjoying how much this novel is rooted in history and the insights Kossula gives into pre-colonial Africa. Has anyone read ‘Barracoon’? How did you find it? #summerreads #bookstagram #bibliophile #books #summerreading

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@dasience

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‘Brilliant… What at first seems like an account of childhood in idyllic country boarding house turns out to be sinister and profoundly troubling, a book that questions at the deepest level what it is to be human’ – Vogue on Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. ✍🏾 Dasience Reading Challenge Prompt: A book recommended by a friend. I watched @_ijapa’s book tube where he recommended this book. ✍🏾 This is the kind of book you have to be extra careful not to give out spoilers. I like the fact that it touches a topic I have never come across before in literature which is quite unique. The author is a wholly detailed and thorough person. ✍🏾 I will say that it took me a while to really assimilate what was going on and even though I liked how detailed the author was, It felt tiring at times. ✍🏾 Kathy H. a thirty-one years old individual narrates her experience from childhood to her present life. She has loved, laboured, dreamt and sadly lost important people in her life. What is interesting is that she is not a regular person which makes it intriguing. The story shows the double standard lifestyle that thrives among humans and how our behaviour affects other ‘people’. ✍🏾 LINK IN BIO for my article on BELLANAIJA about the bookstagram Community in Nigeria. What are you currently reading?

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@lara.books

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day 4 of @paperfury’s challenge, which means 3 more days before a thousand perfect notes book birthday. today’s #bookstagram challenge prompt is “a debut novel” so many debut novels, so so so many i want to share, but they fit into other prompts so i’ll be restraining myself and sharing only one, which is “eleanor oliphant is completely fine” i honestly can’t wait to read it, but it’s so far down my tbr list, i don’t know when i will get to it eventually. • #1000perfectnotes #naijabookbae #goodreads #instareads #bookstagram #bookworm #booklover #bookish #bookstagrammer #bookaholic #booknerd #epicreads #bibliophile #bookcommunity #flatlay #bookclub #bookstagramnigeria #reads #igreads #bookphotography #bookstagramafrica #bookart #booksofinstagram #everythingnaart #diversifybookstagram

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@lipglossmaffia

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The Woman At 1000 Degrees || Hallgrímur Helgason 🌝🌝🌝🌝🌚 Very rarely do I enjoy a man writing about women's experiences (especially those involving rape), but Helgason does quite a formidable job. When @kenyanbibliophile recommended this book, she said Herra(the main protagonist) reminded her of me and by God I hope I truly LIVE and embrace life as much as Herra did. • • First of all, Herra is blunt and brunt. And that's something women rarely get to be, even in literature. And, something I don't see as often is women living to their greatest potential.  Herra did so much–and was forced to do so much–so it's completely understandable why she takes upon such a harsh tone through Helgason's writing.  She falls in love multiple times, gets pregnant multiple times, is forced to flee multiple times–all while being accompanied by her father's hand grenade. • • There's also some great passages about being a woman within this book that I so wish I had underlined.  Like I said before, I was a little wary about this being written by a man, but wow.  I think he understands how much and how often women sacrifice themselves in order to appease men (whether on a personal level or a political, global level). • • Overall, this book was so incredibly enjoyable and interesting that I had a hard time putting it down.  I definitely recommend this to those who like fiction, biographies, and WWII literature.

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@the.zyzah

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These three books have one thing in common. Published by @bookcraft_ ❤❤. . . HOW MANY BOOKS AT ONCE?? I read at least 2 books at once. Usually, one is paper and the other e-book. In school, I don't like to read my paper novel in the classroom because they be like 'Omo, I like your style o. We get test next week, you dey read novel '. 😡😣. So most of the time,I read the e-book in class usually while waiting for the lecturer or something (no one knows I'm reading and it's bliss). . . I read the e-book at night too, days NEPA decides to annoy me.. . . Sometimes I read 3 books at once 😥. Don't judge me. . . How Many Books do you read at once? Do you sometimes read more than one book at a time ? Have you ever been embarrassed reading a paper novel in class? Comment section 😄👇.

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And don’t forget to get creative with your own Bookstagram! There are tons of ways to make a splash with your Bookstagram account. You can opt for simply posting swoon-worthy shots of your bookshelves (A.K.A. literary eye-candy) or you can get involved with reading challenges. I have an active challenge going on right now if you want to get a headstart!
Don’t be afraid to reach out to authors and other Bookstagrammers: comment on their posts, ask questions, invite conversation. It often helps to pick a theme for your content and stick to it. Or not. Because I absolutely don’t have a theme, lol. Except you consider random chaos your thing.
The most beautiful part about Bookstagram is the sense of unity it fosters. An entire community of bibliophiles desperate to share their favourite reads with the world, Bookstagram allows an avenue for connection and comfort with like-minded bookworms all around the world.
Don’t know what to read next? Need a bibliobuddy to fangirl with? Just head to Instagram and start swooning over words with bloggers who just might become your new best friends. This might be a nice place to start, follow the page below.


 

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