Interview with a Bookstagrammer - May 2021
It's time for May's Interview with a Bookstagrammer and this month we spoke to the wonderful Kathryn (@themagikat). Kat's feed has the most beautiful and calming aesthetic. Please make sure to check out and follow her page to get your book photo and book chat fix!
How did you first become involved with the Bookstagram community? Can you remember the moment you decided to create your account?
I don't think I'm unique in that starting my bookstagram was heavily influenced by the boredom of lockdown back in mid-2020. I'd always wanted to start one, but never had the time or the energy; then here I found myself with an overabundance of both! I never could have imagined the places it has taken me.
What’s your favourite part of the Bookstagram community and why is it so important to you?
I would have to say the friends I've made. Never in my life have I had so many supporters, so many people to discuss books with, so many like-minded people to be connected to. It is a magical thing.
Do you think your content has evolved over the years, if so tell us more about that!
Oh my goodness yes! This June will mark my booksta's one year anniversary, and the side-by-side is kinda crazy. I've really started to find my individual style, as well as what makes me happiest to photograph, edit, and post. I think my content really started changing when I realized what fulfills me as the creator as well as my audience.
Do you have any other hobbies alongside books and reading? We’d love to hear more about them!
I am very into photography, and I am also a professional actor! I'm currently acting in the Utah Shakespeare Festival!
Have you always loved books? Tell us the book that cemented your love of reading! Any particular author who’s a huge inspiration?
I have been a reader ever since my brain was capable of the task. The first books I remember DEVOURING were The Inheritance Trilogy by Christopher Paolini and The Warrior Cats Series by Erin Morgenstern. Once I discovered that reading could travel me to other worlds? Oh, there was no stopping me.
So you’ve told us about your favourite writers, let’s talk about favourite characters! You can invite three fictional characters from literature to a dinner party, who are they and why did you choose them?
Nina Zenik & Nikolai Lantsov from The Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo and Iko from The Lunar Chronicles. What a fun conversation that would be! We could be playful, laugh a lot, AND get deep and meaningful. Wow. Sign me up.
What book are you most excited to read this year?
Tell us your favourite account to follow. What do you love about it?
Aaaahh just one?! There are so so so many. If I have to choose just one in this moment... my impulse is to say @aconjuringofmagic. Everything Danica posts takes my breath away; there is no one else like her. I actually have a guide on my account called "Unique Bookstas" with a bunch of my favorite bookgrammers if anyone wants more!
Okay final hard hitting question… Dog ear or bookmark?
Bookmarks!! I have an etsy (madebymagikco) where I sell bookmarks so... I'm definitely biased.
Anything else you’d like to add or tell us about?
Thank you so much! I feel so honored to be interviewed by y'all!