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Johann Thorsson

Staff Writer

Johann Thorsson is a native of Iceland, but spends much of his time in Bookland. He has lived in a few parts of the world but currently lives in Iceland with a pretty woman and a mischievous son who resembles Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbes fame) more each day. He has a complicated but ultimately useless degree in bioinformatics from a very pretty college in England. His favorite books are 1984, Flowers for Algernon and The English Patient. He hopes one day to call himself a writer without feeling like he's just fooling himself. Blog: Johann Thorsson - On Book and Writing Twitter: @johannthors

Here’s an amazing statistic for you: there are about 300 million active Instagram users out there.

Now, with all the photos they are posting every day you are bound to miss some great stuff. But don’t worry. I’ve got your back.

Here are 10 book-flavored Instagram posts from the last few days that I thought deserved to be seen.

1. Roxane Gay spotted on a train in Austria


2. This guy on HONY who knew Kurt Vonnegut

“I got assigned to read Breakfast of Champions in my high school English class, and that was it for me. Vonnegut was my author from then on. I was hooked. And because I had the chutzpah of being young, I sent him a letter asking if I could make a documentary on him. And to my surprise, he wrote back and said ‘yes.’ We became such good friends while I was filming that I gave up trying to make an unbiased film. I recently decided to return to the project. I just came from a restaurant that we used to eat at. I drank a martini in his honor.”

A photo posted by Humans of New York (@humansofny) on

3. Boots, decorated with a wine based on that naughty series of books. Yes.


4. The secret goodness from our last Quarterly box. (You subscribe, right?)


5. Great beer and a great book on a rather ordinary river.


6. Books dressed up all nice and pretty

As a girl I devoured book series after book series, old or new, anything with adventure, travel, mystery, self-expression, and the completely overwhelming idea of love. I read my dad’s books from his childhood, along with my own. In my teens my reading tastes became of a darker persuasion. I gravitated towards melancholy stories that stole my heart when I wasn’t looking and left a sharper, clearer picture of the world behind. As any reader knows, those stories were my friends and allies. After grown up brunch and adult conversations, I’ve been spending this afternoon going through my bookshelves, remembering. More than once I’ve caught myself wondering if we ever fully outgrow the longing to each be our own catcher in the rye. #WHPcolorplay #books #classics #catcherintherye #jdsalinger #bananafish #books #1950s #newyorkcity #nyc #holdencaulfield #story #stories #bookstagram #amreading #reading #lovebooks via #penguinbooks #amwriting #writer #write #writerslife #writersofinstagram

A photo posted by Holly Ringland (@hollygoeslightly) on


7. Book art in Manila, Philippines

Book art on high street #asia #art #manila #highlife #dayoff #books

A photo posted by @mikcon on


8. In which someone says what I think every day


9. Book Riot editors being badasses with non-compliant tats from Bitch Planet


10. Sideways books on wall are pretty sideways books on wall.


We run a pretty sweet little bookish Instagram account, if we do say so ourselves (and we do). Come check it out.

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