As the years go by, birthdays tone down a whole lot. Gone are the parties to which large circles of friends were extended. Presents become a rarity and on the whole, that “special” day passes like any other. Case in point, nothing out of the ordinary happened yesterday, though I did bake a walnut cake.
Backgrounds can make or break a photo. When framing photos, it’s easy to get stuck on the items intentionally included — books and other props in the case of bookstagram. Is the book cover visible? Does the mug fit the theme? Which vase to use? These details matter, of course, but the background is what ties everything together. That’s why this edition of Bookstagram 101 rounds up seven backgrounds to add variety to your Instagram feed.
Suspense is essential to propel a plot forward. It’s what fiction is made of as readers want to know, what happens next? An effective way to build suspense is to withhold information, make the reader guess, then reveal things later. That’s exactly what The Invisible Library sought to do. However, that for me, also was the downfall of the book. Too much information was withheld, to the point that there was little for me to hang on to. Instead of wanting to know what would happen next, I found myself asking what the point was.