So on Instagram, I asked my followers to ask me questions about whatever they wanted for a Q&A! I’ve picked my favourites of the questions that were asked, and thought it’d be a bit of fun to answer them down below! (Beware the length!)
Q: What book would you recommend to someone who wants to get into reading?
A: Like the brilliant J.K. Rowling once said, “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” I am a FIRM believer of this. Not every book is for everyone. We all have different tastes and, sometimes more importantly, different levels of comprehension — of course, this can be determined by a load of things, such as age, our first languages and what language we’re reading books in, vocabulary, and more.
What I would recommend is something simple to begin with — nothing too complex, but nothing too boring either. A series I loved (and still do) is coincidentally Harry Potter, and I know a lot of people who read the first one, having not picked up a book since they’d learnt to read, and have their whole reading life changed by it. But my best advice is this: Just try it out. Try different things and see if you like them. It might take you ten books, or it might take you twenty. But if you really want to start reading more, you’ll get there!
Q: How do you edit your Instagram photos?
A: When it comes to editing my Instagram photos (the ones on @annasbookishthings at least), there are a few different steps I take. Honestly, what I’ve found to work best for me won’t necessarily work for everyone else. Everyone has their own styles and their own creative eye, and I think that matters the most — being original, above all else. With that said, this is what I do:
After taking some pictures, I remove my memory card from my camera (a Fujifilm Finepix) and insert it into my computer. From there, I upload the photos onto the VSCO app (either via my phone, or the online website) and I edit them on my phone. I test out different filters until I find one that fits, and mess about with the settings such as the photo’s exposure, contrast, skin tone, and temperature. From there, and once I’ve found an editing style that works on most photos (sometimes you have to experiment, and brighten certain images or give them more saturation to make them match), I load the edited images onto Snapseed (another editing app.) On Snapseed, I often test out the different ‘Grainy Films’ under the Tools menu. Some of them look really nice over filtered images! After that, I simply save the images, crop them to my liking, and post them!
If anyone would like a proper, step by step tutorial of how I edit them (with filters and adjustments and all) let me know in the comments!
Q: Do you like Shakespeare? What are some lines from him that you like?
A: A lot of literature lovers will hate me for saying this, but no. I do not like Shakespeare. Nothing against him as a person, but I haven’t particularly enjoyed any of his work I have read. With that said, though, some of his sonnets are all right, and some of his lines / couplets / etc. are very beautiful. When I was first reading Romeo and Juliet for school in 11th grade, there was one part that really stuck out to me, which I loved:
❝ Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers eyes.❞ — Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Q: How do you prepare your coffee?
A: This may be surprising to some, considering just how many pictures of coffee are featured on my Instagram accounts (both my personal one and my book one), but I actually don’t drink coffee! I don’t know if it’s the caffeine or the acidity or what, but it just doesn’t agree with me! Hot chocolate (with almond milk!) all the way! Oh, and for the record, I don’t drink tea either. #FakeBrit
Q: Which Chris (Pratt, Pine, Hemsworth or Evans) is the hottest?
A: I feel that this is a very unfair question to be asked. No further comment. 😉
Q: What book got you into reading?
A: I sort of mentioned it above, but I LOVED Harry Potter when I first properly got into reading. I started off with the generic stuff, of course, the kind of stuff they make you read at school to improve your comprehension and vocabulary and whatnot. But once I started reading for myself, reading what I wanted and not what I was told to, I loved it. I couldn’t stop. There have been times when I haven’t read for myself in AGES. But I always, no matter what, find my way back to a book eventually!
Q: What is your favourite movie?
A: This is quite a hard question to answer, because even though I don’t watch movies as often as I’d like, I almost always enjoy the ones I do! Honestly, a lot of my favourite movies have been ones I watched when I was younger — ones that have stayed with me till now as some of the best I’ve watched. Some of these favourites include Mamma Mia, Notting Hill, The Parent Trap (1998), and the entirety of the Bridget Jones’s Diary movies! Give me a cute rom-com with an actor or two that I like, and I’ll be very happy!
Q: Which book character do you relate to the most?
A: I don’t think I’ve ever specifically related to one book character, but I definitely relate to certain qualities of various characters. I think in a lot of ways, I’m very similar to Penny Porter in the Girl Online series by Zoe Sugg (aka Zoella). She’s shy, clumsy, a little bit awkward, and also a tad naive. Also she’s British. And has red hair. When reading these books, I sometimes feel as though I’m looking into a mirror when I read about Penny, and it’s just as refreshing as it is weird.
I also think I relate to Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (for somewhat obvious reasons, both given the title of the book, and some of her characteristics). She’s pretty quiet, but once you get to know her, she’s actually very loud…just in a gentle, lovely way. She also loves to read and write, and basically avoided eating lunch in the college dining hall for a few weeks and lived on nothing but protein bars…all due to the simple fact that nobody told her where it was, and she felt it was embarrassing to ask so late into the start of the school year. Definitely sounds like something I’d do.
Moral of the story — drop an awkward, shy, excitable girl in front of me, and I’ll probably relate to her!
Q: What is your Hogwarts house?
A: Huffly-puff. No, but really. I’m a Hufflepuff through and through — I got sorted into it twice. Badgers unite! #HufflepuffAndProud (And my Ilvermorny house is Thunderbird, if you were wondering!)
Q: What is your favourite quote?
A: I think this is the hardest question to answer. But this is the first quote that popped into my head, and it was one of the first that made me love the beyond amazing Maggie Stiefvater’s writing so much:
❝ She recognized the strange happiness that came from loving something without knowing why you did, that strange happiness that was sometimes so big that it felt like sadness. It was the way she felt when she looked at the stars.❞ — The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I mean, how beautiful is that?!
Q: If you had to sum up your aesthetic in one word, what would it be?
A: Genuine. I don’t know if that even makes sense. But I like the truth and furthermore, being true to yourself. I don’t want my accounts or my blog (or myself!) to come across as false or perfect, because they definitely aren’t, and neither is my life! I just try to be the realest version of myself, happiness and hardships and all.
Q: Where do you get inspiration for your photos?
A: EVERYWHERE!! When I go sightseeing places, I often bring my camera. And if I haven’t got it with me, then I’ve always got my phone! I also get a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest (my profile is linked if you want to check it out!) I get my inspiration from other people, books, films, TV shows, and just…life. If life isn’t an inspiration alone, then maybe you’re living it wrong! That’s my philosophy, anyway.
Hope you enjoyed this post and learning a little bit more about me! If you’re curious or want to know anything about any of these topics further, let me know in the comments!