I can’ believe it’s already my 3rd blogiversary since Reader Voracious launched here on WordPress… it feels like just yesterday that I wrote my first post! The blog has come a long way since that post in 2018, and in many ways I feel like both myself and this space have grown since that March day.
Here at Reader Voracious we celebrate milestones with a tag or introspective. Truth be told, originally this was going to be a reprise of my Lessons Learned in 6 Months of Blogging post but my laptop died a terrible death and my work was lost.
Get to Know the Book Blogger Tag
Chances are that you know of my tag hoarding ways… but in case you are newer to my corner of the internet (welcome!): I hoard tags in my drafts for months, if not years. I don’t know why I’m basically Scrooge McDuck doing the backstroke in my post possibilities.
I mention this because my dear friend Siobhan tagged me in the Get to Know the Book Blogger tag almost two years ago in 2019. I told you, I’m the worst. But you really should check out Sibby’s blog if you haven’t before because she’s fabulous.
- Thank the person who tagged you!
- Link back and credit the original creator (GoodeyReads)
- Answer book questions about yourself.
- Answer the other questions about yourself.
- Change the last 5 questions when you tag someone else (if you want! – the more random the better)
- Tag at least 3 people.
- Have fun! (ooh, that was cliche)
A Book about Where You’re from (City, State, Country—Your Choice)
About where I’m from? About is something distinctly different than set in, and unfortunately I haven’t read much about the Gold Rush because of Grapes of Wrath. One of Us is Lying is set in San Diego, CA so I guess that?
A Book about Your Favourite Non-Bookish Hobby
I love the outdoors and especially running, and I actually own a few running books – one is signed by Jeff Galloway! But these aren’t exactly books you have as favorites… so I will say any photography book of nature.
A Book about a Fear of Yours
I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall touches on a lot of things that freak me out – being stuck in the middle of nowhere, lost, and in danger. But the book is also about finding inner strength and persevering, which I appreciate.
A Book about Something That Brings Your Joy
I love nothing more than a good sense of humor, and a book that never ceases to bring me joy is My Lady Jane. Because who wouldn’t want to read a horse about a girl who marries a man who spends his days as a horse?
A Book about Your Career/What You’re Studying in School
These are two very different things (humanities degrees for the win!), but I find my degrees to be more interesting. My academic research centered on philosophical theory of ethics and morality portrayed in media, which explains why I adore SFF that delves into these things. Top of mind is the Ink in the Blood duology by Kim Smejkal because does an incredible job of constructing a completely new religious worldview through which the reader can explore deeper themes.
What Job Would You Be Terrible Doing?
Anything involving support as I have very little patience. Me and customer service also didn’t jive as I am far too “arrogant.” Apparently the word “forte” is arrogant (and yes I’ve been holding onto this for 12 years).
What’s a Subject You Wish You Know More about?
There are some days that I wish I hadn’t abandoned my dream to be a microbiologist.
Fun fact: I read The Hot Zone in the sixth or seventh grade and decided then and there that I wanted to be a microbiologist for the CDC and work in biosafety level 4. I even did a career interview at a lab here in San Diego in the ninth grade and finished about half of the major before dropping the double major.
In Your Opinion, What Is the Best Day on the Calendar and Why?
Before every day bled into the next as a amorphous blob, I always enjoyed Thursdays. There’s something about the excitement for Fridays, and in the office there are rarely any meetings because people are trying to meet deadlines for the end of the week. And happy hour. Oh, how I miss happy hour.
What is the Craziest Item You Spent Way Too Much on?
I don’t really know, I am kind of boring in that I don’t buy things I don’t really want. Although, my dad always seems to comment on the number of books I own whenever he comes to visit, so maybe that counts?
Well, we all know that I’m a bit of an organizational obsessed human with a love of spreadsheets… but I also am very particular about how my books are displayed on my bookshelf. They need to be organized by height and differently sized books are the bane of my existence. If that isn’t quirky, I have conversations with my cat. All the time. But I mean… look at her.
To celebrate three years of book blogging, Reader Voracious is hosting two giveaways that you definitely should enter.
I’m genuinely so thankful to this community and am happy to be in the financial position to pay it forward and spread some cheer.
International Audiobook Giveaway
Three lucky Twitter followers will win the audiobook of their choice via Libro.fm, an online audiobook service that supports independent bookstores and provides DRM-free copies of their audiobooks.
💬 Related Post: Why I Switched to LibroFM for Audiobooks
Interested to see what audiobooks are available in your country via Libro.fm? Check out their library and filter by your location. With Book Depository not shipping to a lot of countries still due to the pandemic, I thought audiobooks would be the most inclusive way to go this year.
Bookish Swag Giveaway (US Only)
I keep buying book boxes despite not really keeping any of the bookish items for myself. Why am I like this? To save the swag for a giveaway, of course! Last year I wasn’t able to do this because of the pandemic, but my minimalist soul is happy to finally be hosting this giveaway!
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:
- A Reaper at the Gates small tote and a Flame in the Mist button
- Starless Sea iron on patch
- City of Brass tea towel
- The Raven Boys apron
- Socks and fingerless gloves
- Strange the Dreamer bandana
- Clueless/Emma enamel keychain
- Cress/Rapunzel hairbrush
- Beauty and the Beast/A Court of Thorns and Roses puzzle
- & a few other surprises!
Thank you, everyone, so much for becoming a part of my bookish adventures over the last three years! I’m looking forward to many more conversations, buddy reads, and fangirling moments in the years to come.
Let’s go on another adventure together!