All hail Instagram – the real winner of 2016. With its array of filters – it lets us mortal people live a pretty enviable life – at least on social media and in those hilarious hashtags. From fitness to food to photography – it caters to everyone’s interests and is often pretty inspiring – follow an account and double tap your FOMO away.

Keeping the sanctity intact, we dug up some hidden gem accounts of Mumbai book lovers to follow for bookspiration. 2016 is over – but lets make 2017 great again?

@bookstoglory

I read somewhere… how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong, but to feel strong… to measure yourself at least once. When you forgive, you love. And when you love, Godโ€™s light shines upon you. I now walk #intothewild . . . Can't wait to finish this book, will try to post a good meaningful write up once i am done, or maybe the book is so beautiful that i dont want to be done.๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ““๐Ÿ“—๐Ÿ“™๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“”๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“’ #diaries #keepreading #notebook #igreads #bookstagram #bookstagramfeature #bookstagrammer #bookstagramindia #bookworm #booklover #booklove #bibliophile #bookphotography #intothewild #motionpicture #keepreading #wanttoread #wanttoreadmore #wanttoreadnow #nerd #notebook #booktography #iread #peace #keepreading #outdoorreading #outdoors

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Run by Mumbai-based Faheem Khan {a banker by profession}, this Instagram account is for anyone who loves a variety in their reading taste and lives for neatly arranged book shelves. A rather colourful account, find a varied collection from The Secret, to T.R Tolkein, Rumi, The Book Thief and many more title suggestions. Eve more so, find quotes from every books that’s been read and is posted there.

#LBBTip: The account inspires him to read more, and we say, you too can do it.

@shefalirane

I'll be reading you soon. ๐Ÿ™ˆ #brunchbookchallenge #2016readingchallenge #popbooks #thefinchbook #igreads #bookriot #readharderchallenge #bookstagramfeature #bibliophile #booknerdigans #gabrielgarciamarquez #loveinthetimeofcholera #prettybooks #bookstagramindiafeature #indiansread #booklover #bookstagram

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Mumbai-born and brought up, Shefali Rane is an avid 22-year-old reader. Though she enjoys a myriad of books – her favourite genres include memoirs, classics, war fiction and mythology. If these interest you too – follow her journey from one book to another – whilst soaking in some bookspiration. Find The Purple Hibiscus, Persepolis, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Revenant – aesthetically placed on white background giving us major photo envy.

#LBBTip: Her favourite reading spots include the age-old Kitab Khana and Title Waves at Bandra – if you need a reading space.

Follow her literary thoughts on her blog here.

@arzoobibliophile

"I loved too hard, dared too much. I tried to grasp a star, overreached, and fell." -George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5) ~ Pretty much hate waiting for new episodes. Happy reading! ๐Ÿ—ก #Barfiandbookstagram ~ #gameofthrones #asoiaf #dancewiththedragons #pug #dog #bookandpet

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Think gorgeous poster-covered walls wrapped up in fairy lights with hoards of our favourite books are lined in one room. That’s Arzoo Naqvi, a Mumbai-based graphic novel blogger who gives us major reading goals. Expect Pinterest-esque posts, wide shots of her favourite reading spot, her room which she’s decorated carefully and beautifully, and of course – books and comics. A fan of Maus, Neil Gaiman, Calvin and Hobbes – expect great graphic novel suggestions – a great place for tips on where to begin your graphic novel journey.

#LBBTip: Lookout for frequent cameos by her cute little furry pug, Barfi. Doggos and books? We’re hooked.

Follow her blog here.

@beingbooked

"What the hell makes you so smart?" I asked. . "I wouldn't go for coffee with you" she answered. . "Listen — I wouldn't ask you." . "That, "she replied "is what makes you stupid." :'))) . . . I swear I can read this book a thousand times and it would still make me laugh and cry at the same time. . . . #bookedquotes \\ #lovestory #erichsegal #romancebooks #booklife #bibliophile #booksandflowers #bookwithroses #roses #bookstagramindia #booknerd #bookishfeature #instabooks #booknerdigans #ireadya #ya #bookaddict #igreads #bookdragon #bookaholic #vscobooks #booktography #vsco #bookedsaiesha \\

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Run by Saiesha, an 18 year-old law student who doubles up as a super book-loving agent – the account is all about pop- fiction. Find sweet, romantic novels by Cecelia Ahern, John Green, Jojo Moyes, Erich Segal on pretty flowery backgrounds – shaming our collective well-filtered accounts to shame. Murakami makes guest appearances too.

To quote Dumbledore, “Oh to be young and in love” – it’s all about escaping the oddball year 2016 has been to unrealistic but perfect love stories in these novels. Find comfort, love and a few selfies – here and there.

@booksandbookmarks

Did not much enjoy Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, which is supposedly the most heart-wrenching contemporary ever. I really want to read this one but I'm way too skeptical. Yay or nay? ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ”ซ

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Filters of blacks, whites and sepia – with kindle trumping hardbacks – Krina’s account is a wondrous box of pandora. 19 year old student posts a lot of her readings on kindle coupled with random things to make for a fitting book recommendation. Featuring James Joyce, Margaret Atwood, RK Narayan to Dan Brown – her collection includes all authors on the ‘must-read’ list.

Follow her blog for books reviews and more here.

@estoteric_tan

Drinking tea and reading about coffee All thanks to @mango_poli She included these hand stained pages and handwritten notes on coffee in the #lbcpbookboxswap It surely is a delectable read #bookstagramindia #bookstagram #booknerdigans #booklover #igreads #instaread #bookworm #currentlyreading #handwrittennotes #tea #coffee

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Tanvee Ubale runs the accounts in a more personal way – with food items often appearing alongside these books. Not that we are complaining – a great companion to a great book can only be a great food item. Find Neruda, Woody Allen, and even Gulzar – pointers to read a diversified set of genres. #2017goals? We think so.

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