Each week, we here at Bookstr feature a talented Bookstagramer that’s spreading their love of books through stunning photography. Today, we’re featuring Kat, aka @rusticpages! As the name of her account implies, Kat shares rustic images that create a seasonal, nature-filled vibe sure to liven up your Instagram!
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Why did you start your Bookstagram:
Oh goodness, it was so long ago! I started my first account back in late 2013. I was going through a rough patch in my life and leaned heavily into my hobbies, and didn’t feel I had anyone in my real life that I could share them with. I didn’t even know ‘bookstagram’ was a thing back then and I used to call it my hobby account. Since then, I’ve restarted my account once I became ‘Rustic Pages’ and really solidified my aesthetic. It’s definitely been a journey!
Where are you from:
I was born and raised in California but recently moved to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.
What do you want your Instagram to bring to the world:
I strive to make my page a peaceful place to be. I hope to inspire others to pursue their own passions and surround themselves with things and activities that they love.
Fun Fact about you:
One that seems to shock people is that the one food I can’t stand is tomatoes… and this extends to ketchup!
Favorite Books and Authors:
I’m a big fan of the Six of Crows books, The Remnant Chronicles, The Silent Patient, The Woman in the Window, One of Us is Lying, and so many more! As you may tell, I read mostly fantasy and thrillers.
Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries is my ultimate crush! 😍
I don’t usually have an actual list, but I plan on reading a ton of spooky books with cold weather just around the corner!
What’s Your Special Approach to Content:
I usually just take my camera out into nature and take it from there! Sometimes I have an idea in mind, and I’ll bring a few props, but lately I’ve loved keeping it minimalistic- great for clean up too!
Aesthetic / Instagram page theme:
Rustic? Lol, I just try to emulate a peaceful aesthetic filled with nature, books, art, and really just my life. ☺️
How often do you post:
Usually, about five to six days out of the week, depending on how much content I have ready. I’m definitely not afraid to take breaks though!
What does your Bookstagram mean to you:
It honestly means so much. It has been a safe space for me and now it’s turned into my whole career path. I don’t know what I’d do without it or without all the wonderful people I’ve befriended along the way.
I don’t think I have one favorite, as I love checking out little local bookstores wherever I go. ☺️
Who would you have supply you with a lifetime of books:
Hmm, maybe Macmillan!
Author to take a selfie with:
Leigh Bardugo! I love her so much, and she’s the one author I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in person. ☺️
Favorite book cover:
I think Heartless by Marissa Meyer- mostly because of the under the jacket cover of the hardback edition!
Book you have claimed to have read that you didn’t:
I don’t have one of those! Well, maybe back in high school required readings, lol. But usually, I have no problem admitting a book wasn’t for me. Not every book is going to be for every person and that is totally okay!
When did you know you had made it as a Bookstagrammer:
I’m not sure there was a specific ‘moment’ actually. I think it started to sink in though when I began receiving books from publishers, and then again later when I started making a living through my account and Etsy shop.
Six of Crows- I’d love more merch, honestly! But, my all-time favorite has to be Nancy Drew; they are the books I credit my love of reading to, and I absolutely loved not only the books but the games growing up!
Advice for aspiring Bookstagrammers:
My biggest piece of advice is to jump right in! You can experiment with themes, names, etc., as you go because odds are you will look back at your first post and laugh either way… which is good! It means you will have grown and improved as you went, but you can’t start that process if you don’t start! Also, have fun with it! It’s not a job, so don’t let it feel like one.