Interviews

Bookish Interviews: @Hazelthehufflepuff

Hello Everyone! Thank you for clicking the post! Today I have the pleasure of interviewing a fellow Bookstagrammer, who is on the rise. She has authentic, gorgeous photos that have deeply inspired me.
Again, it is my mission to not only grow my own Instagram, but to help other rising Bookstagrammer to grow theirs!
Because of this, I am interviewing the sweet @hazelthehufflepuff!
Enjoy!

Hello! Thank you for allowing me to interview you! Before we begin, I’d like to personally thank you for allowing me to take a dive into you as a person, as well as your Instagram account.

1. My first question of the day is: What motivated you to create your Bookstagram account?

The most accurate answer is probably because I started to read more. I started to read larger series, and after I read the series, I followed other Instagrammers who loved the series too.

Once I started to do that, I fell in love the community and wanted to be apart of it! I also wanted to show off some of my special editions of books, prints and some of the custom pops I’ve made based on book characters.

2. Who is your biggest influencer?

That has to be the authors of the series I read. They wrote the books I’ve fallen in love with, and their words inspire me every day.

Other Bookstagrammers have also inspired me with their creations are @beautyandthelibrary and @peachyqueencosplay. They have probably been the biggest influences who have inspired me the most.

3. Where do you collect your props for the photos on your Instagram?

I have mostly found them around my house.
I often use button-up shirts as a way to bring colour and patterns into a photo.

Some items I have personally bought, like the colourful prints or the bookmarks that correspond with the book(s) pictured.
I have always owned a set of fairy lights, which I use in the shot. Sometimes I include pops I’ve customized or I’ll put in one of the Tarot cards that I think has a connection to the book.

4. How do you set a scene for your photos?

It is all based on the book- what it made me feel, aspects of the characters or certain quotes. The cover also plays a huge role in determining how the scene is set. If the cover is blue, I will use blue props- a blue button-up shirt, blue candles etc.

Sometimes it is the feeling I get from the book. For example, the picture that I took on my Instagram with the book Caraval by Stephanie Garber gave me magician vibes. I already owned the cards in the picture and added the candle the complimented the cover. I also added an open book.

Honestly, it depends on what I’m feeling and what the book is trying to portay.

5. What is your biggest reading regret?

Not starting sooner!

I’m young- 14 years old, a freshman in Highschool. I really began to read when I was 12. That was when I first read SHadowhunters, Heartless, Diviners, The Hunger Games- just to name a few.
With saying this, I entered the book scene late, as Throne of Glass had already been out for 7 years.
Because of this, I felt alone, not many people think that someone my age would be into these series.

I wish I had started reading these series sooner, I would have been able to experience what it was like having to wait for a lot of these books to come out. Or even when they were fresh on the scene.
I regret not being introduced earlier.

6. What is something you wished you did sooner, but didn’t?

Most likely starting my Bookstagram account sooner. The amount of friends I have made in this community has amazed me. The people are so kind, and it’s so amazing to be able to talk to someone about a series who also enjoys it.

I wish I would have done it sooner, just take the leap and put myself out there. I mean, I’m glad I did do it eventually, as it is probably one of the best things I’ve done in a while.

7. What is a genre you refuse to read?

I suppose there isn’t just one I refuse to read, just a few I’m not quite interested in. To be honest, genres like spies, wars or autobiographies bores me. I know wars greatly affect the world and country, and it is good to know about it. But it’s boring to read, and quite sad.
Despite saying this, I enjoy reading about wars that involve dragons and fae.
Autobiographies are something I refuse to read, however. I don’t need to know a person’s whole life story. Frankly, it bores me. I would rather watch a documentary on them, if I had to.
If a book does not have action or adventure you can count me out!

8. Where is your favourite place to read?

On my bed, or perhaps on the floor (I know it sounds odd). I love to read in natural light and my room faces the sun, so it is a perfect and comfortable spot.
I also like to lie down on the floor in front of our screen door with it open. Having the breeze on my face and hearing the sounds of nature really get me into the setting of a book.
This is especially true at my cottage where the screen door faces the river. I can read two books in a day if I am left alone!

9. If you had to read only one series for the rest of your life, what series would you choose?

Definitely Throne of Glass.
This was one of the first huge series I had read, and it impacted me greatly. I like to think it has made me into the person I am today. The story is so breathtaking and powerful to read. The hardships, the good times and the adventures the characters have to endure really makes me think if they can get through that, I can do anything.
I’ve read the entire series twice, I don’t think I can ever get tired of it.

10. What advice would you give to other growing Bookstagrammers?

Post what you love.
If you enjoy what you create, then you will have an amazing experience. If you’re true to yourself before anyone else you will find you’ll enjoy what you’re doing.
Post pictures because you love what you’re reading, and want to share it with others. Make friends, comment on other people’s posts, as a nice comment can make anyone’s day. I know I get butterflies in my stomach when I see someone enjoys what I post. Just have fun with it, then that’s when you know you’ve achieved greatness.

I hope those are all-sufficient answers! Thank you for asking me, I enjoyed thinking of things to write!
-Hazel

Thank you for allowing me to interview you @hazelthehufflepuff! It was quite inspiring to read through your answers, and has given me quite a few ideas for my Instagram!
You’ve done so well for your age, and I hope you get all continue posting, as I love your photos.

That is all for today, thank you for reading all of this. If you have anything to say, or you’d like to comment down below your own answers, feel free to! If that doesn’t work, feel free to go to my Instagram @in_another_realm or my Twitter @inanotherrealm1
See you in my next post!

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