“There will be people who won’t understand you, they will try to push you out of your way, they’ll tell you you’re not enough, but don’t listen to them. Listen to your heart, do what you feel you can do, bring inspiration to others, prove them that you’re not old-fashioned if you read a book, find your style, stay unique and honest and believe that the best is yet to come.”
Our featured Bookstagram-er for today is @imjustahuman. A lovely soul named Anna who resides in Drohobych, Ukraine and spends most of her time (if she’s not reading or going to her university to study to be an English teacher) taking astonishing photographs of books.
As you scroll though her page you’ll find wonderful earth toned pictures of aged books, azure berries, dark chocolates, off white coffee cups filled with expresso, bundles of yarn, a cute buttoned nosed little girl holding a stack of books behind a twinkle lit background and also a following of 26K. But where did this talent for taking such beautiful photographs come from? Let’s just say Anna was born with a special eye for the simple beauty only a book lover can see on white pages splattered in ink.
Although Anna does love books, mostly for their smell and the act of turning the pages, she has always wanted to study photography and go to school for it. Maybe someday you will see her walking around Yale (one of the most prestigious programs for photography) with a camera in her hands and a book in a purse on her hip. As for how long she will keep up with her Bookstagram? Anna said she would never stop as long as she still finds joy in it.
Literature is a big reason her photography still lives on, its always been an inspiration, “After a little bit of reading I feel so overwhelmed and happy that I want to paint, take new photos, share my feelings with others and inspire people as well. I believe that reading books makes us better people, it expands our imagination, we learn new words (if the book is written in a foreign language), books often make us aware of many things we wouldn’t know if we didn’t read the book.”
As for her top 5 book picks for 2016, here they are below:
1.) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
“I received it as a gift from a very kind and generous person…so it’s very valuable for me. I immediately started reading it and simply couldn’t stop! the book is very difficult and it’s almost impossible to hold back tears. It’s very touching…at the same time it’s a really great one, I should say.”
2.) The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
“It’s just a nice novel about true love and after watching the movie based on this book I realized once again that books are always much deeper than movies.”
3.) God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours by Regina Brett
“The book consists of 50 life lesson the author has learned in life. There may seem to be nothing new for you in this book, but it’s always good to remind ourselves that we’re not alone, that we are better than we think we are, that life isn’t always tough and happiness is here, we should just open our eyes and see it, feel it and enjoy it.”
4.) Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
“This book is for those who need some support in life, who lack courage to do what they dream of. After reading the book you’ll be convinced that having confidence in what you’re doing is a key to success, you’ll see that no matter what others may think you are, no matter how bad they treat you or not even pay attention to you, you are unique, you are special, and you’ll reach your goal if only you believe in yourself.”
5.) Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
“I’m not a fan of science fiction but this book made me reconsider lots of things. It’s definitely a must read”
To add to this wonderful list is also Anna’s favorite book of all time:
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-exupery
“The more I read this book, the more I understand what the author wanted to say. This story taught me that we should always value what we have and once you’ve told someone you love them, you should never betray them. ‘you become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed’. The book teaches us that we should always look with our heart, as very often our eyes are blind.”
For those interested in making a Bookstagram, Anna has some great advice:
“To the ones who are only going to start their Bookstagram, take time to do what brings you happiness. There will be people who won’t understand you, they will try to push you out of your way, they’ll tell you you’re not enough, but don’t listen to them. Listen to your heart, do what you feel you can do, bring inspiration to others, prove them that you’re not old-fashioned if you read a book, find your style, stay unique and honest and believe that the best is yet to come.”
Not only do you get to see Anna’s wondrous photo’s of books on her Bookstagram but you also get to see her personality, from her walks in the rain, snapshots of her shoes against the fall foliage, her adventures with friends, to those rare moments were we get to see a snapshot of her magnetic smile. @imjustahuman is more than just a Bookstagram, its a story waiting to be shared with the world.