Chic Spotlight: Read Along with Nat

Chic Spotlight: Read Along with Nat

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Learn about a local law student who started a social account that shares all things book-related with her followers.

Cincy Chic: What is Read Along with Nat?
Natasha Rulason, Founder of Read Along with Nat: Read Along with Nat is an bookstagram account, which is an Instagram account specifically for discussing all things book related.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Rulason: I used to post about the books I was reading on my personal Instagram page, but I found that I didn’t receive much engagement from my friends on those particular posts. I started my bookstagram to have a place to talk about books with other folks who love to read. I also use my bookstagram for accountability to reach my reading goals. Over the past few years, I had read maybe 10 books total, but I really wanted to return to reading more often, so I set my 2020 goal at 30 books. Thanks to quarantine, I have surpassed that and my second goal of 60 books. My latest goal is 150 books, but I am currently at 144, so I will be increasing my goal again to 200.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Rulason: I’m Natasha, but most folks call me Nat. I am originally from Michigan, but have called Cincinnati home for the past eight years. I work in the manufacturing industry as an accountant and am also pursuing a master’s in taxation at the University of Cincinnati. My partner and I live in College Hill with our two cats, Gilda and Osito.

Cincy Chic: What are some of your favorite books?
Rulsason: This is such a hard question for someone who reads so many books! Some of my favorites that I have read in 2020 are Running by Natalia Sylvester, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, Disability Visibility edited by Alice Wong, and The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio. 

Cincy Chic: What makes Read Along with Nat unique?
Rulason: My followers know me for my graphic novel recommendations. There is a lot of talk in the book community and beyond about whether graphic novels (and audiobooks, for that matter) count as books. Both of these book formats make reading more accessible for folks who may have difficulty reading a typical physical book. I especially like to read graphic novels that are about historic events because they offer a more approachable view of what are often difficult stories. Some of my favorite graphic novels are New Kid by Jerry Craft, Good Talk by Mira Jacob, Displacement by Kiku Hughes, and the Check, Please! series by Ngozi Ukazu.

Cincy Chic: Why do you enjoy sharing what you’re reading with followers?
Rulason: This account has been especially fun to have during the COVID quarantine. It has been pretty hard to be home so much and not see folks in real life, but my bookstagram has been such a fun escape during this time. One of my favorite parts of this community is when I share a book review and my followers suggest other similar books that I may enjoy. The list of books that I want to read has grown exponentially this year!

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for you?
Rulason: My partner and I have started working on plans to build a Little Free Library in our yard. I was inspired by Sarah Kamya’s Little Free Diverse Libraries initiative and look forward to offering more diverse book options to my neighbors of all ages. We hope to have it up and running by spring 2021.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Rulason: Folks can find me on Instagram at @readalongwithnat! I don’t share reviews for every book I’ve read on bookstagram, but I do review all books on Goodreads. Just search “readalongwithnat” in the member search box and my profile will pop right up.