Celebrating 3rd Blogiversary with Get to Know the Blogger Tag & Giveaway!

(Last Updated On: March 14, 2021)

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.

Three year anniversary “achievement” from WordPress

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. So that post is coming later this month, hopefully!

πŸ’¬ Related Posts: One Year Blogiversary and Two Year Blogiversary

Get to Know the Book Blogger Tag

The richest adventurer (Scrooge McDuck remastered character concept) - Hero  Concepts - Disney Heroes: Battle ModeChances 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.

Tag Rules:

  • 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, Countryβ€”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.

Review for I Am Still Alive

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?

Review for My Lady Jane

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.

Review for Ink in the Blood Review for Curse of the Divine

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?

photo of my tortoiseshell tabby cat curled up in a blanket with her tongue outWhat’s a Quirky Thing You Do?

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.


Tagging:

Jess   |   Loretta   |   Erin   |   Dev   |   Clo   |   Haley   |   Sam   |   Michelle

Giveaway Celebration!

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.

πŸ’¬ 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!

Some of the items in the bookish swag 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!
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May the odds be ever in your favor, friends!

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.

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Let’s go on another adventure together!

48 Comments

  1. Yesha Soni

    March 5, 2021 at 11:54 PM

    Happy 3rd blogiversary! πŸŽ‰

    1. Kal

      March 12, 2021 at 3:23 PM

      Thank you so much!

  2. Jawahir the Bookworm

    March 6, 2021 at 12:19 AM

    Happy 3rd blogiversay! Here’s to many more πŸŽ‰βœ¨

    1. Kal

      March 12, 2021 at 3:24 PM

      Thank you Jawahir, I hope to be around bothering everyone with my overly verbose reviews for years to come!

  3. Sumedha

    March 6, 2021 at 1:02 AM

    Congratulations on your blogversary! Hope your coming years are even better 😊

    1. Kal

      March 12, 2021 at 3:24 PM

      Thank you so much Sumedha, and after the past year I truly believe there’s nowhere to go but up!!!

  4. Sandy

    March 6, 2021 at 2:47 AM

    Happy bloversary!

  5. Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

    March 6, 2021 at 5:42 AM

    So many bloggers I know are celebrating blog birthdays this week, there must be something about March πŸ˜‰ Happy blogoversary Kal!

    1. Kal

      March 12, 2021 at 3:25 PM

      Yea there’s a good handful of us that all seemed to join up within a week of one another and that’s kind of amazing haha. Thanks so much, Tammy!

  6. Kristi Housman

    March 6, 2021 at 6:04 AM

    Congrats on three years!

    1. Kal

      March 12, 2021 at 3:25 PM

      Thank you!

  7. Tasya @ The Literary Huntress

    March 6, 2021 at 6:15 AM

    Happy blog anniversary, Kal! Your academic research sounds fascinating and I don’t have much patience either so customer service sounds like a nightmare for me lol. I studied microbiologist in uni and I’m still interested in the field, but I don’t want to work in a lab so I’ve been exploring other career options that could still related with the field πŸ˜€

    1. Kal

      March 12, 2021 at 3:28 PM

      Customer service was such torture for me, and I am sure that makes me bitchy but whatever. AHHHH to a fellow microbiology person! What kinds of career options are you considering? I never thought about much outside of the lab; when I worked at a research university, there were communications positions specifically for sharing scientific stuff for leypeople, which I think would be fun.

  8. Kate

    March 6, 2021 at 8:49 AM

    Happy 3rd blogiversary! Your content is always awesome!

    1. Kal

      March 12, 2021 at 3:30 PM

      😭😭😭 Thank you so much, Kate!!!

  9. Julie

    March 6, 2021 at 10:48 AM

    Happy third anniversary!! That’s so exciting!!

    1. Kal

      March 12, 2021 at 3:31 PM

      Thank you very much, Julie!

  10. Clo @ Cuppa Clo

    March 6, 2021 at 10:52 AM

    Eeep thanks for tagging me! Also happy blogoversary kalkal! I’m cackling over ‘forte’ being arrogant cause I’ve used that word before xD Totally agree with you on ordering books by size, I do this and will work around the various sizes first before continuing to organise the shelves. I can’t have the different sizes scattered throughout it’s just a no from me. Pretty sure I’m joining you with swimming through all the tags I’ve hoarded throughout the years now *kicks the tags under a big rug to hide them* sksksk no one will ever know xD

    1. Kal

      March 12, 2021 at 3:33 PM

      You’re welcome for the tag Clo, it is a rare thing from me! And listen: it’s been ten years and I still can’t believe I was written up for being arrogant because I used the word forte in a phone call. It’s my villain origin story.

  11. Poulami @ Daydreaming Books

    March 6, 2021 at 11:31 AM

    Happy 3rd blogiversary! <3

    1. Kal

      March 12, 2021 at 3:33 PM

      Thank you!

  12. Shruvi Karande

    March 6, 2021 at 11:47 PM

    Congratulations on your third blogiversary!

  13. Shruvi @ Shamelessly Bookstruck

    March 6, 2021 at 11:48 PM

    Here’s to hoping that you’ll continue blogging and reading

    1. Kal

      March 12, 2021 at 3:33 PM

      Thank you so much Shruvi, and I’m sure I will be here for years to come hehe

  14. Davida Chazan

    March 7, 2021 at 6:03 AM

    Happy 3rd Blogiversary and here’s to another wonderful three years!

    1. Kal

      March 12, 2021 at 3:36 PM

      Thank you so much, Davida!

  15. Birdie @ Birdie's booktopia

    March 7, 2021 at 6:06 AM

    Happy 3rd blogiversary! From the start you’ve been such an inspiration for me, so keep being you!!

    1. Kal

      March 12, 2021 at 3:37 PM

      😭😭😭 Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Birdie!

  16. Lisa @ waytoofantasy

    March 7, 2021 at 7:05 AM

    Happy blog anniversary, Kal!

    1. Kal

      March 12, 2021 at 3:38 PM

      Thank you, Lisa!

  17. Nicole @ Thoughts Stained With Ink

    March 7, 2021 at 5:47 PM

    Happy Blogiversary, Kal! <3 <3 I'm so thankful for your blog and all that you do for the community!

    1. Kal

      March 12, 2021 at 3:40 PM

      Thank you so much, Nicole! You are a sweetie 😭😭😭

  18. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer

    March 8, 2021 at 10:48 AM

    Happy Blogiversary!! I enjoyed reading your answers. I’m also a tag hoarder! I have way too many in my drafts, as well. And I also have conversations with my cats. πŸ˜‰

    1. Kal

      March 14, 2021 at 12:41 PM

      TAG HOARDERS UNITE! I honestly have so many it’s a little daunting… I probably need to clear out ones I will never do. Does your cat chirp & meow back at you?

  19. Macey @ Brine & Books

    March 8, 2021 at 1:43 PM

    Congrats on your blogiversary!! 3 years is a wonderful milestone x

    1. Kal

      March 22, 2021 at 9:53 AM

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

  20. Kristina

    March 8, 2021 at 5:14 PM

    Whoo happy 3rd anniversary!! πŸ‘πŸΌ And a big thank you for the giveaway xx

    Now keeping undone tags in the drafts is quite a nice idea… but for some reason I am absolutely not able to have things staying in my draft πŸ™ƒ ahah

    Your answers were quite interesting; imean- I do always talk to my dachshunds aswell like they can actually answer me..

    1. Kal

      March 22, 2021 at 9:55 AM

      Thank you Kristina, I can’t believe it’s been 3 years! Time flies!

      I think my draft folder would give you nightmares then… I have 310 presently lol. And I like to think of my cat’s chirrups as responses to my asking if she knows how cute she is

  21. Samantha Bruner

    March 9, 2021 at 9:53 AM

    KALLLLL!!!!!!!!! First off HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!!!! Second off, Thank you for the tag! I pop some champagne in your honor <3

    1. Kal

      March 22, 2021 at 9:55 AM

      THANK YOU for the congrats & champagne! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

  22. Gayathri

    March 9, 2021 at 11:50 PM

    Happy Blogiversary, Kal. I loved reading more about you as a person. I am now thinking about what job I will terrible at. I may have to do this tag!

    1. Kal

      March 22, 2021 at 9:59 AM

      I’d love to see you do this tag, Gayathri – consider yourself tagged! And thanks so much πŸ’–

    1. Kal

      March 22, 2021 at 10:10 AM

      Thank you, Kayla! (also omg I forgot about the spreadsheet thing but in my defense I ignore IG but I suck. Lemme get you the things xoxo)

  23. Jenna @ Falling Letters

    March 16, 2021 at 10:29 AM

    Happy Blogiversary~ πŸ₯³

    1. Kal

      March 22, 2021 at 10:17 AM

      Thank you!

  24. Ari @Bookish Coven

    March 17, 2021 at 5:05 PM

    Happy Blogiversary!! I recently discovered your blog and I love it!! Keep up the great work!

    1. Kal

      March 22, 2021 at 10:22 AM

      Thank you so much, Ari!

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