Celebrating One Year of Book Blogging & A Giveaway (INTL!)

(Last Updated On: June 19, 2019)

365 daysΒ  |Β  84 book reviewsΒ  |Β  245 postsΒ  |Β  220,909 words

HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY TO ME! πŸŽ‰Β  I can’t believe that Reader Voracious opened its doors here on WordPress one year ago today (after talking into the void on Blogger for a couple of months). It’s been an incredible year for me and the blog, and I really owe it to all of you. Whether you found my blog recently or have been around since the beginning, it is because of you that this has been such a rewarding experience for me.

πŸ“ Related Post: Six Things I Learned in Six Months as a Book Blogger

Thank You — Giveaways!

I’ve been honestly blessed with so many friendships, conversations, and new ideas as a result of interacting with other bloggers over the last year. What better way to thank everyone for a fantastic year than a giveaway?! I’ve been squirreling away swag and funds to host both an international and US-only giveaway… wahoo!

Book & Merch International Prize (INTL Only)

That’s right friends, I have a special international prize package just for you! I know that you miss out on a lot of opportunities and giveaways due to shipping costs, so it was important to me to put something together for you to enter.

One lucky international follower will win:

  1. Any book of their choice, up to $20 USD (as long as Book Depository ships to you).
  2. Any bookish item of their choice, up to Β£10, from Jenniely’s Etsy shop, Literary Galaxy.

literary galaxy

To enter this international giveaway, simply be following my blog and be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter giveaway before 23:59 on March 10! Bonus entries are available for following me on twitter and tweeting about the giveaway.Β  May the odds be ever in your favor!

Please be 18 or older or have your parent’s permission to enter as the winner will need to provide me with their mailing address. To enter I will need to collect your email address so I can reach out to the winner; I will not use it for any other purpose.

Bookish Swag Giveaway (US Only)

I’ve talked a bit about how much I want to love book boxes but almost never wind up using any of the items that come along inside of them. So when I say that I’ve been collecting pre-order incentives and the items from a couple of OwlCrates that I impulse bought for about six months, I mean it!

One lucky US follower (sorry but shipping is a nightmare and I want to keep my excess funds for sending out ARCs via Flapping Pages) will receive a box with:

  1. Vengeful pre-order tote bag
  2. A Victor black out poetry inspired notebook
  3. Two candles inspired by Victor and Eli
  4. A pair of Vengeful inspired socks
  5. Vicious pillowcase
  6. Deck of Caraval inspired playing cards
  7. Sticker for The Waking Forest
  8. Victor and Eli art print
  9. Keychain
  10. Pin
  11. Soap
  12. Character cards for The Gilded Wolves
  13. Harry Potter inspired beanie

To enter this swag giveaway, simply be following my blog and be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter giveaway before 23:59 on March 10! Bonus entries are available for following me on twitter and tweeting about the giveaway.Β  May the odds be ever in your favor!

Please be 18 or older or have your parent’s permission to enter as the winner will need to provide me with their mailing address. To enter I will need to collect your email address so I can reach out to the winner; I will not use it for any other purpose.


In my six month introspective I talked about my statistics and most popular posts, which I am glad I did because it is fun to look back and see how my blog’s grown over the last six months. I’ve been working on a huge statistics transparency post for the past few months, inspired by Vicky Who Reads’ post last year, that will be posted on the 13th.

Thanks again to everyone who follows or even just reads my posts, it means the world to me! Running my blog and getting to know so many of you over the last years has truly been an amazing experience, and I am forever grateful for my platform.

Here’s to another amazing year!


spacer_wLet’s go on another adventure together!

129 Comments

  1. Fran @ The Ramblebee

    March 4, 2019 at 8:22 AM

    Oh my gosh, congratulations on one year of blogging!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:11 PM

      Thank you so much, Fran! πŸ˜‚

  2. El

    March 4, 2019 at 8:37 AM

    WELL DONE FOR ONE YEAR!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ (it’s not aggressive, it’s a celebratory response πŸ˜‚)

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:12 PM

      THANK YOU SO MUCH, EL! πŸ’–

  3. PerfectlyTolerable

    March 4, 2019 at 8:44 AM

    Congrats on 1 year!! That is awesome <3

    My biggest blogging tip is to just enjoy yourself and write what you want! If you feel you have to write in a certain style or certain types of posts it will become a chore, and blogging is supposed to be fun!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:12 PM

      Thank you so much, and I totally agree with you on your tip! I think that is why I am still happy and not burned out — I just do what I want and try to keep it fun.

  4. alwaysbooking

    March 4, 2019 at 8:47 AM

    Congratulations!! That’s so exciting πŸ˜€

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:14 PM

      Thank you so much!!! πŸ’–I am very excited!

  5. ACourtofCoffeeandBooks

    March 4, 2019 at 9:19 AM

    Congratulations on one year! πŸ˜€

  6. Lunar Luci @lunarlucibooks

    March 4, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Congrats on one year!! May there be many more

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:15 PM

      Thank you so much, and I hope so! I don’t plan on going anywhere!

  7. Paul's Picks

    March 4, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    Yay, yay, yay!! Happy Day!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:16 PM

      Thank you so much Paul, and isn’t your day coming up any day now?!?!!?

      1. Paul's Picks

        March 7, 2019 at 12:19 PM

        Y’know, I thought it was the 5th, but I didn’t get the Happy Bday thing from WordPress… Oh well. I have an opening on the blog next week. I think I’ll type something up.

        1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

          March 7, 2019 at 1:08 PM

          Weird, although my thing from WordPress came a day late. But I am looking forward to seeing what you put together to celebrate!

          1. Paul's Picks

            March 8, 2019 at 11:45 AM

            I’m on it!

  8. Katie Jane Gallagher

    March 4, 2019 at 9:41 AM

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary!!!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:16 PM

      Thank you very much! πŸ’–

  9. Stephanie

    March 4, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    Congratulations on a wonderful year!!!

  10. Shealea

    March 4, 2019 at 12:08 PM

    Congratulations on your first year of blogging, Kaleena!

    You’re honestly like blogging royalty to me so it amazes me that you’re only on your first year. Seriously, you’re better at this than I am, and I admire your mission to provide helpful guides and resources to other bloggers, as well as to boost the voices of the marginalized. The work you’ve done (and continue to do) is amazing.

    Here’s to another year of blogging, stressing over blogging, but also meeting some of the best people through blogging!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:20 PM

      Thank you so much, Shealea! πŸ’–

      You are too kind though, I am so incredibly flattered by your words. I love your blog a ton and look up to YOU very much! I love how outspoken you are about diversity and representation, and I learn a lot about being a better ally and advocate through being your friend. Thanks for being one of the many reasons this year has been incredible!

  11. Jordyn

    March 4, 2019 at 12:53 PM

    Congrats on one year!! Looks like it was an awesome year of reading and growth on the blog. Just entered the US giveaway πŸ™‚

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:22 PM

      πŸ’– thank you Jordyn, and good luck with the giveaway!

  12. Avery @ RedRocketPanda

    March 4, 2019 at 1:04 PM

    Congratulations on your first year! I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for a year, you should be super proud of everything you’ve achieved <3 Here's to another very successful year for you

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:22 PM

      πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– thank you so much Avery, your compliment means a lot to me! I am so thankful that blogging had us cross paths, and I am looking forward to sharing another year with you!

  13. Erik McManus | Breakeven Books

    March 4, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Congrats on the blogiversary! Crossing my fingers for the giveaway.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:23 PM

      Thank you, and good luck! πŸ’–

  14. Kelly

    March 4, 2019 at 1:40 PM

    Happy blogiversary!

  15. imyril

    March 4, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    Happy blogiversary!!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:23 PM

      Thank you so much! πŸ’–

  16. Kat

    March 4, 2019 at 1:55 PM

    Happy Blogiversary!!! wooohooo

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:23 PM

      Thank you so much for visiting and the blogiversary wishes! πŸ’–

  17. Mattie @ Living Mattie

    March 4, 2019 at 2:04 PM

    Congratulations on one year of blogging! That’s amazing πŸ˜€ I’m excited to read your stats transparency post – I’m super nosy like that ahaha! <3

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:24 PM

      Thank you so much, and I am really happy to have stuck around for a year already — it feels like no time at all! The stats transparency post will be a lot of fun, but I am also so nervous about it!

  18. northernplunder

    March 4, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    grats on the anniversary, ur the bomb and also ty for thinking of us and working w jenn!! πŸ™‚ great choice

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:30 PM

      you are also da bomb, Lauren! And it wouldn’t feel right to not do something for the international followers, and Jenn’s etsy is really awesome!

  19. Taasia @ Librae Paints Pages

    March 4, 2019 at 3:55 PM

    Happy blogiversary, Kaleena! You are such a wonderful soul and I appreciate the work you do for the international community a whole lot
    ❀ here’s to more blogiversaries and i hope you are having an amazing day so far!!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:31 PM

      πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– Thank you so much, Taasia!

  20. mistysbookspace

    March 4, 2019 at 3:56 PM

    Happy blogiversary!! Here’s to many more years to come!! Thank you so much for the chance.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:31 PM

      Thank you Misty, and good luck! πŸ’–

      1. mistysbookspace

        March 7, 2019 at 2:00 PM

        You’re are welcome and thank you!! πŸ’•

  21. Ally Writes Things

    March 4, 2019 at 4:32 PM

    omg congrats Kaleena!!!!! <3

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:31 PM

      Thank you so much, Ally!

  22. Tammy

    March 4, 2019 at 5:47 PM

    Congrats on one year, Kaleena! Here’s to many more😁

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:32 PM

      Thank you so much, Tammy! I am looking forward to sticking around long after everyone gets sick of me! πŸ’–

  23. Kelsey @ There's Something About KM

    March 4, 2019 at 6:31 PM

    Happy one year! Excited to read your blog for another (and many more after that)! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:32 PM

      Thank you so incredibly much, Kelsey!

  24. Nia @ Novelishly

    March 4, 2019 at 7:37 PM

    Congrats on one year of blogging, Kal <3

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:35 PM

      Thank you so much, Nia!

  25. Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)

    March 4, 2019 at 7:47 PM

    HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY KAL. THANK YOU FOR BLESSING MY LIFE WITH YOUR PRESENCE BY STUMBLING UPON THE NEW BLOGGERS DISCORD. Talking into the void is a mood – I felt like I was kind of doing that on Blogger (plus a few other issues, so there’s that).

    Here’s to many more years! I hope we’ll both be around to talk more about books, blogging and all the things. (Including the ever so adorable and precious Devi.)

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:38 PM

      πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– THANK YOU SO MUCH, SOPH! I honestly am forever thankful for Blogoween and Clo’s call for hosts on Twitter… my life has changed so much since then and it’s been for the better!

      Devi appreciates your adoration.

  26. trufflereads

    March 4, 2019 at 9:41 PM

    Can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for a year! You look and sound so experienced and wise, a huge congratulations!! While I won’t be entering, best of luck to anyone who enters, but most of all so happy that you’re still enjoying and blogging so much – it’s an inspiration 😍❀️❀️

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:39 PM

      Aww thank you so much! πŸ’–πŸ’– I think my life experience and career definitely make it easier for me to fake it to the world, I swear I am not as put together as everyone thinks!

  27. Destiny @ Howling Libraries

    March 4, 2019 at 11:48 PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! On one hand, I can’t believe it’s been a whole year, but on the other, I can’t believe it’s ONLY been a year. You have made such a name and place for yourself in this community so fast and I am so, SO proud of you. You’re an incredible human being who I am eternally grateful to have met and I look forward to many more years of being blogging buddies (and general friends) with you β™₯β™₯β™₯

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:41 PM

      DESTINY thank you so much! I know exactly what you mean, it feels like so much time and no time at all. This year has been really rewarding for me personally and has made a big difference in my life as I struggle with IRL stuff because it gives me a creative and productive outlet to focus my attention on. I am so lucky to have you as a friend and I am looking forward to many more awesome years! YOU ARE STUCK WITH ME πŸ’–

  28. Destiny @ Howling Libraries

    March 4, 2019 at 11:50 PM

    Oh, and because your US rafflecopter asked for a tip: my biggest blogging tip for you is honestly just to keep doing what you’re doing. I know it sounds cheesy, but I mean it. You are such an inspiration to me and everyone else who knows you and I love you. β™₯

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:41 PM

      πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

  29. Cam @ Camillea Reads

    March 5, 2019 at 12:10 AM

    Congratulations on one year, Kaleena!!

    I admire your blog so much! I can’t believe it’s ONE YEAR already, you are amazing! I hope to get to know you better <3 <3

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:42 PM

      Thank you so much, Cam! It means a lot to me and I am so glad blogging brought you into my life! Looking forward to getting to know you even better this year! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

  30. Lily M..

    March 5, 2019 at 12:41 AM

    Congratulations!!! And Thank you so much for this opportunity :):) also mentioned it on twitter :):)

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:44 PM

      Thank you so much Lily, and good luck!

  31. Catarina @ Pages & Plots

    March 5, 2019 at 3:46 AM

    You did all of this in a year???? Damn girl, this was a GREAT year for you!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:47 PM

      Awww shucks, thanks so much Cat! πŸ’–

  32. TheCaffeinatedReader

    March 5, 2019 at 3:50 AM

    Okay. I need to know. How did I not know of this amazing Etsy store until your post? Anyway! Happy blogiversary!! I’m so happy I’ve gotten to know you a bit through this community, and of course, I’ll be entering your Intl giveaway lolol, thanks for doing the giveaways! <3

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      March 7, 2019 at 12:49 PM

      I am so glad you now know about Jenn’s Etsy store!!! It looks so good and I am looking forward to ordering myself a bookmark soon hehehe. I am really happy to have started to get to know you over the last few weeks and look forward to getting to know you even better! πŸ’– Good luck!

  33. theorangutanlibrarian

    March 5, 2019 at 4:21 AM

    Happy bloggiversary!!! And thanks for hosting the giveaway! <3