Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Featured #Bookstagrammer Jennifer, aka @TheRelentlessReader!

Jennifer Hartling

Please welcome Jennifer, who blogs regularly at The Relentless Reader and also lights up Instagram with awesome food and book pics as @therelentlessreader. Find out more about Jennifer and her IG pet peeves below!

Tell us about yourself! Where do you work/play? What books do you like to read? Do you have any non-bookish hobbies? Any pets? What's your one great ambition?

I live in a small town in Wisconsin and I work at a bookstore in an even smaller neighboring town. I have 3 kids, 1 husband, and an embarrassing number of cats. Outside of books my interests include cooking, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, and trying to wrangle my family for get-togethers. My one great ambition? I'd like to own a bookstore one day.

How did you get started blogging on IG? How long ago?

I was first prodded to join Instagram during Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon. I believe I've been on Instagram for a little over a year.

What do you like about IG in comparison to other platforms or more traditional blogging?

Instagram, to me, is a happy place. There's not the kvetching of Twitter or negativity of Facebook. It's positive, it's bright, it's my happy place. And to be terribly cliched: A picture really can say a 1000 words.

Do you have favorite filters or settings you like to use? Is there a particular reason you use them?

I'm a fan of the filters that add illumination and warmth. Valencia is a particular favorite. I'm also a fan of Juno and Rise.

What are some tips you would give someone who was thinking of joining IG or had just joined?

Poke around (the best way to learn), follow some bookish folks (to see what types of posts you like), take the time to frame a photo nicely. No one wants to see dirty laundry or dishes in the background. Some of my Instagram peeves are blurry photos, too many photos in a row, and excessive hashtag use.

Hashtags: What are some of your favorites? Do you have any "rules" when it comes to using hashtags?

I use the usual suspects: #books #bookstagram #booklove, etc. My rule for hashtags is that I don't use more than 3 at a time. I like the uninterrupted flow of photos on my feed, when I have to scroll for an hour due to hashtags I become a smidge annoyed.

What are some NON-bookish things you love posting?

Anyone who follows me will know my answer to this question. FOOD! I also share photos of my family and our cats.

Selfies: Yes or meh?

I'm a grown ass lady so I take selfies to show off a new haircut or lipstick, not to show off my face. ;)

What are four of your best or favorite photos/videos that you've posted in the past year?

A photo posted by Jennifer Hartling (@therelentlessreader) on

A photo posted by Jennifer Hartling (@therelentlessreader) on

A photo posted by Jennifer Hartling (@therelentlessreader) on

A photo posted by Jennifer Hartling (@therelentlessreader) on

Thanks, Jennifer! For more fun, follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


  1. Jen's instagram feed is most delicious looking!

  2. Woo hoo! Jen is a lot of fun to follow on Instagram!

  3. I love this! Been a fan of Jennifer's Instagram since the beginning. How could you not be!?


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