what I do before publishing on instagram

Hello lovelies!
I asked my followers on my bookstagram if the wanted a blog post about what I do before posting on Instagram, and here it is:

Look for inspiration

I usually use Pinterest or Instagram to find inspiration for my future photos. It’s important to just be inspired by others work. DO NOT recreate it.
If you find inspiration from a truly spectaular photo or person on instagram, and decide to use their photo to do something similar, I suggest tagging them in the caption. Just to tell everyone who inspired you to make your post!

Shoot the photo

I shoot most of my photos on my bed, when the sun’s shining to get the best lighting.
I use my Canon EOS 1000D for my pictures, if I’m on the run or not at home I’ll use my iPhone 7 plus. Both of these do the job just fine!

Edit in Lightroom

I use Lightroom on my desktop for editing my photos. I also have the app on my phone. But prefer to do it on my computer, where I have more editing possibilities. I have a few presets I like to use and then tweak some of the adjustments for the specific photo.

 

The left one is the unedited one, and the one on the right has been edited and cropped in Lightroom. 

Unum

When I’m done with the editing, I transfer my photos via Dropbox to my phone, and use the app UNUM to get a quick and easy overview of how the photo will look with my feed. This is also great for me since I have a very white feed. I can then see if I have to edit the temperature of the photo further or if it matches the existing content. You can read more about UNUM here.

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While playing around whilst writing this post, I also found that Later has the same feature in it’s app, so from now on I’ll probably skip this step.

Later App

When I’m done with the photos and have the publishing order because of UNUM, I import the pictures to Later. This is a scheduling and posting software for Instagram. I use the free version which gives me 30 uploads every month.  Here I can select which date and time I want my photos to be published and also write the captions ahead of time!

later app

I have a set schedule of posting Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and every other Sunday.

The posting time I choose depending on when that day my followers are the most active, you can find this information if you have a business account on Instagram (which I recommend mostly for the analytic features).

The kicker with Later is that you have the app installed on your phone, so it’ll send you a notification when it’s posting time. I also have set up to get another reminder if I don’t open the notification, so I’ll not miss to post! You can also choose to auto publish if you want to.
To post, you just open the notification, choose open in Instagram and the photo and caption will be copied there. And that’s that!
If you want to try out Later or read more, click here.

Disclaimer: I am aware that there are other software with similiar or identical features as Lightroom, UNUM and Later, these are just the apps I use. 

 

Why scheduled TBRs is my worst enemy

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might remember this post about my big book TBR.
I’ve read ONE book from that list (IT – Stephen King), and that blog post is two months old. However, I have not read that much during this time. Three books to be exact.
So, why I can’t stick to a scheduled TBR?

I’m a mood reader
I usually let my mood pick my book. So even with a scheduled TBR it’s really easy for me to stray from it. I absolutely love books with a heartbreaking story, and because of this I usually read a fluffy book after I finish it. And after a though read, it is not that compelling to pick up a chunky book like these on my TBR currently.

I’m a spontaneous reader
This goes hand in hand with being a mood reader. If I read a good review or see a book frequently feature on bookstagram/goodreads I will with 99% certainty buy and read it. Instead of sticking to the books I already got.

I almost always prioritize my newly bought books.
When I buy new books, which happens every month (no shame) is that I want to read my new crisp books as soon as I get the chance. However, since I buy books quite frequently some of my new books are still unread on my shelves.

I easily “get stuck” in series or genres.
This is literary my worst enemy. I should never ever start a new series when I have a scheduled TBR of some sort. I started reading A Court of Thorns and Roses a while back. And instead of reading the books I’ve been wanting to read and set aside for this summer, I’ve been reading that series. I’m now on ACOWAR. At least these books are over 500 pages (roughly) so they’ll count for my reading goal this year. But, I’m a bit disappointed with myself for not sticking to my big book TBR.

Reading slumps
This is also a factor. The last months my reading has been slow and I haven’t felt as driven to read books as I usually am. And because of this, I do not want to pressure myself to a strict TBR. I tried to read Wolf Hall after I finished IT, however, I got about 20 pages in and felt it to be a bit to slow for my taste at the moment and did not finish it.

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury

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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas
Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury (e-book)
Pages: 626

My overall rating for this book: 5/5

Since I read this book on my vacation is south Sweden, I didn’t really take notes on specific things in the book. So, this review is just basically my feelings written down in retrospect. Enjoy.

The story and triggers warnings:
Since it’s a new adult book, the story features both violence and sex in various ways. Nothing quite disturbing. But if you don’t want to read about steamy sex you’ve been warned (lol).

What did I like/dislike about the book?
I felt that this book was a rollercoaster ride. It was wild. It has twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. I was completely blindsided by some of the twists which was a feeling I’m not used to, and not really in this genre.
And the Night Court, oh my god. Rhysand, just marry me or something.

I usually feel that YA sometimes might be just to predictable for me. However, with this series, that’s not the case. (I just googled and can see that this series is new adult, so my statement is a bit inaccurate).
I’m not an avid reader of new adult, I have mainly stuck to YA or adult fiction. But the mix of the two genres is a fresh breeze. To be able to read a story like this and still enjoy the gory scenes of war and the steamy bits of sex. I’m a fan!

Review: Bird Box

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Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Language: English
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pages: 291
My overall rating for this book: 5

The story and triggers warnings
We follow Malorie who in the middle of a catastrophe tries to raise her children and keep her and them safe. The outside world has become a unsafe place. And the only way to go outside is to blindfold yourself.
Something is roaming out there, and if you catch a glimpse of it you will go crazy. To keep safe, people have huddled together in houses with windows covered with blankets. How do you preform the most basic things, like fetching water from the well if you can’t see it?

What did I like/dislike about the book?
I actually enjoyed most parts of this book. It was a brilliant work of fiction that makes you think “How would I survive this?”. It’s a story about a catastrophe and about how people come together to survive. It’s a story about true friendships and surviving against all odds.

Review: Call Me By Your Name

IMG_1736Review: Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman
Language: English
Publisher: Atlantic Books London
Pages: 248

My overall rating for this book: 5 stars

The story and triggers warnings
The story follows our main character Elio, who every summer goes to their house on the Italian Riviera. He’s parents takes in a guest every year. And this year it’s Oliver. We follow their relationship which blossoms over the summer. It’s an honest and compelling story about love. And above all, summer love.  Since the story is told in retrospect, we know from the beginning that the love story does not continue, which filled me as a reader with a feeling of sorrow even though I hadn’t gotten to know the characters yet.
It’s a story about falling head over heels in love with someone and doing everything to feel loved.

A trigger warning is in place for somewhat graphic sex scenes. Aciman really have a way of describing these ones, I’m not sure if I loved it or disliked it. But it was an essential part of the book and story. Without it, the story would have felt flat.

What did I like/dislike about the book?
I absolutely fell in love with the story over all. It was well written and had a great balance between love and despair. I really felt for the main characters at most times and just wanted to jump into the book and hug them both.

As I mentioned above, there was pretty graphic sex scenes. Which I at times had trouble with. Especially a certain scene in the book regarding a fruit made me cringe out of my skin and I had to close the book for a couple of minutes. If you’ve read it, or seen the film, you probably know what I’m referring to.

Am I a environmentally conscious reader?

img_2166.jpgSomething I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is how to be an environment friendly reader. I’m not the most environmentally conscious person you may stumble across, but I think about it from time to time.
Because, books are made of paper, which is made of wood. Which comes from the forest. So to get books, we need to cut down forests.
I don’t really know much about the ink process, and if it would help for publishers to change to eco-friendly ink. But I guess it would. Because toxins are bad?!

And another thing is that I order books from Bookdepository in the United Kingdom, mostly because the books are cheaper and I read mostly in English. However, they ship via plane, so my books is flown to me in Sweden every time I order something (even though I understand that the plane will lift off even if I don’t order a book or two, so it probably won’t make a difference).

Regardless, I can’t stop thinking about it. And sometimes even feel bad about my bookshelves which is stuffed with books, or dead tiny trees. 😦

Lately, I’ve been trying to read more e-books instead on my iPad. And I usually also borrow a great deal of books from my local library. So maybe I’m doing something!

Apparently I now have THREE editions of the Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. One e-book, a paperback I borrowed from my local library and a hardback that I borrowed from my sister (AFTER I checked the paperback version out of the library). That is crazy. I’m a bit ashamed, haha.

What do you think about books and being environmentally friendly? Tell me in the comments.

I read a article while I was browsing the internet for inspiration for this post. I thought it was good, so I’ll leave it here for you: https://www.greenmatters.com/living/2017/09/15/1vvQRq/publishing-sustainable

Book review: It

Book review It by Stephen King

Language: Swedish

Publisher: Albert Bonniers Förlag

Pages: 1340

My overall rating for this book: 5 stars

The story and triggers warnings

The story revolves around the friendship of the Losers Club in Derry. The club is formed by Bill, Mike, Beverly, Ben, Eddie, Stan and Richie. They find each other and find comfort in the fact that they are all in some way social outcasts or losers. The story begins with Bills younger brother being found brutally murdered by the creature It. And Bill is determined to have his revenge on the creature.

And in some way all of the members of Losers Club have seen It, and they know they have to stop what’s haunting the town Derry. Because no one else will. We follow the kids on their journey, as well as adults when they return to finish what they started 27 years earlier.

The book contains heaps of racist and homophobic slurs, which in its way is disturbing and hard to read. However, King makes a good use of it. The point of it is to show that we, humans, are in a way the real monsters.

Other triggers one should be aware of before picking this book up is, child abuse, abuse in general, countless mentions of blood and gore and also graphic sex scenes.

What did I like/dislike about the book?

I liked the fact that the book revolved around the unlikely friendship of the Losers Club, and also the reunion of the gang 27 years later. And I loved the fact that a lot of the book centered around the evil of man as well as the evil created by It. It makes you think, who are the real monster?

Despite the book being 1300+ pages it was not dull, at times it fast paced which made me just keep turning the pages.But the last 200 pages of he book was sluggish and it felt at times like the story wasn’t moving forward at all. However, I don’t feel like I want to lower my rating for the book despite the slow paced end.

Since I read the translated version in Swedish, so I can’t really review Kings language use. But the translation work over all was good. Even though I was surprised that the Swedish translator hadn’t kept Pennywise as the name of the clown.