10 Bookish Hashtags To Follow on Instagram

The key to enjoying social media (and not feeling like it’s sucking your soul out) is to finely curate what you see. Remember, you are the one who has that power! So unfollow, hide, block, or do whatever else you need to, to keep the negativity out of sight.

If you are a book lover who uses Instagram, there’s a whole world out there waiting to be discovered: it’s called Bookstagram! This is the community of folks like myself who not only love books, but write about them, photograph them, and basically gush about them every day!

One way you can fine tune what you see on Instagram is to follow hashtags, as well as individual accounts. This assures you see any posts with that specific tag without necessarily showing everything that user posts.

10 Bookish Hashtags To Follow on Instagram


1. #WhileIWasReading

This is my own tag I created specifically related to this blog. It’s on every single one of my Instagram posts. Some of my friends and readers use it as well. If you follow this hashtag, you definitely won’t miss any of my posts!while i was reading book blog logo from instagram

2. #CurrentlyReading

This is an obvious one that will keep you up to speed on what books are currently popular.

3. #BookHaul

One of my favorites, this is used to tag a photo of newly acquired books. It’ll be used to show off books received as gifts (like right after Christmas or a birthday) or newly purchased ones. Sometimes I’ll show off a fun stack from a thrift store or library book sale.


4. #MeetTheBookstagrammer

This is a way Bookstagrammers introduce themselves to the community. It’s obvious to do one when you’re first starting out. It’s also a good idea to do one occasionally if you’re steadily gaining new followers – you don’t want anyone to miss out on getting to know you!

screen shot of me in #meetthebookstagrammer post

5. #BookStack

Bookstagram fun fact: Research has shown that posts featuring multiple books do better than those featuring only one title.  This tag signifies the post is a photo of a bunch of books piled on top of each other. Often times they will have a theme, like specific colored spines to acknowledge a holiday, company or sports team!screen shot of bookstack instagram post

6. #BookMail

Similar to #BookHaul, this tag specifies books that have come in the mail. Sometimes this is gifts received from other book lovers, it can also be online purchases that have shown up, or advanced copies received from publishers. I like seeing others’ book mail because those are usually happy, grateful posts!

7. LibrariesOfInstagram

This one is super fun. Libraries will use this on their posts to signify it’s an actual library posting. You’ll find also find some beautiful libraries of all sizes, public and private. 

8. #Bookstagram

Following this tag will assure you don’t miss any content from posters who are part of the community.

9. #BooksAndCats  

Or #BooksAndDogs if you prefer. This one’s obvious as to what you’ll see, and I promise you they’re all adorable!

10. #LittleFreeLibrary

These are photos showcasing the Free Little Libraries people encounter. It can be one they visit often, or a fun one they find while traveling. Or sometimes folks show off what they’ve found in, or donated to a LFL.


I hope this makes your Instagram experience more enjoyable! If you start following even a couple of these tags, you’ll discover tons of new books, authors, and fellow book nerds.



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