If you would've told me a year and a half ago when I started this blog I would be doing all of these weird things for a book page on the internet, I probably would've laughed at you. But, here we are and yes, I do actually do all of these crazy things. Don't worry, though, it's all worth it for great photos, blog posts, and even just to have some fun.
1. Stood on stacks of books
If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know that this has become a normal thing, but it isn't something I see very often. On #SockSundays, people usually take flat-lays, but I love being able to stand on stacks of books. Check out my bookstagram on Sundays to see more of me standing on books.
2. Covered my face in pictures
This was definitely an impromptu thing that occurred after taking a few pictures like this on a day trip to the city. I wanted to pose reading, and the following vacations took the same format. Now my head has just mutated into an open book, so it all works out. I like the mysteriousness that shrouds the structure of my head. In the meantime, you all get to see a lot of the back of my head and my neck.
3. Struck strange poses
I have laid on my back with my legs up in the air. I have held up books with the bottom of my high heels. I have posed with food, in various sport uniforms, and even as characters on the front covers of books. If you have thought it, I have probably done it, or it is in the works. These turn out to be some of the most fun to create and some of the best pictures I take. So if you are a blogger who is just starting out, go for those wild picture ideas! They will turn out great.
4. Built complex books structures
Building book structures is in the job description. This gets easier as you go, but having an Architectural degree, might make things easier. The first structure, the rainbow, took over thirty minutes, but things have gotten easier since then. I promise, it gets easier, but once you construct something great, you might leave it up for the next week, because it hurts your heart to take it down.
5. Thrown books into the air
6. Completely changed the function of my sunroom and Living Room
Recreating book covers is one of the hardest things I've done as a blogger, but one of the most rewarding. Nothing gets book lovers' attention like seeing their favorite book recreated on their feed. I have posed and created cover art, and both are so much fun, but can yield some weird clothing combinations.
7. Bought books I’ve already read because they are pretty
Sometimes it is on accident, other times it is on purpose, but there are absolutely no regrets. Trust me, if you blog, you will end up judging books by their covers. It is just how it is, and your bookshelf will look that much better because of it.
8. Purchased candles for the package and not the smell
This is one of the weirder things I have done, but the truth is, the internet can't smell your candles. If I can't decide which candle to get, I always get the pretty one. That way, my counter is pretty and my room smells good. It is a win-win for everyone involved.
9. Taken a stack of books on vacation.
I took a road trip this summer and brought around six or seven books. And I was there for a week. Because you never know when you might need more reading material or a specific type of book for a picture. It is totally worth bringing an extra book bag in order to never run out of things to read.
10. Taken books into Public Events and Places
This is my favorite part of blogging. I have an excuse to take my current reads into different events to take pictures with it. My favorite places have included Universal Studios, Wrigley Field, multiple beaches, and downtown St. Louis. So if you are walking around a public place and see a girl taking pictures with books in front of her face, it's probably me.
Are you a blogger? Let me know what you blog is and some of the strange things you've done for it in the comments!
As she comes up with weirder things to do,
We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.
— May Sarton
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Ashton is a high school girl with a passion for books. She also participates in other activities such as sports and musical groups.
2019 Reading Challenge
Ashton has read 1 book toward her goal of 50 books.