Happy Saturday, my fellow book nerds!
WELCOME to the VERY FIRST post in my brand new holiday-themed series!!!
If you caught the intro post yesterday, you know this series was designed as a way for me to thank this wonderful community for all the love and laughs throughout the past year.
The inspiration story and full explanation can be found in the link above, but for a quick recap:
From Dec. 1 to Dec. 25, I’ll be highlighting one content creator that has made an impact in my bookish life. Each post will feature a mini bio on the day’s selected star, all of the links to their fabulous content, and a special holiday-themed glimpse into their lives.
So are we ready to see which creator is behind door #1 on my first stop in this Holiday ADVENTure?
Kaleena from Reader Voracious!
I was blessed with this sci-fi loving gal’s friendship earlier this year and I couldn’t be more thankful. This CA-based Slytherin pulled me into a backlist buddy read, which led to the creation of one of the world’s most badass (and yet to be named) Squads! *Yes! I know my bias is showing…moving on…*
One of the many reasons Kaleena is so inspiring to me is because she consistently uses her platform to elevate her fellow bloggers, readers, and book lovers. Whether it’s via her Reading Around the Globe series focused on boosting marginalized voices or her killer spreadsheets that keep all our bookish stats organized, she is constantly using her skills for the greater good. Her thoughtful nature coupled with the fact that she’s super responsive and always there for me when/if I need her makes her friendship something I truly cherish this holiday season. If you haven’t spent some time on Kaleena’s sites feel free to click and follow the links below:
1) What is your favorite thing to do around the holidays/favorite holiday tradition?
The one thing that I always do is go to ‘Candy Cane Lane,’ a neighborhood in San Diego where every house decorates their yards and houses with the most ornate decorations with a thermos of hot chocolate. Since moving up to Northern California in 2012, I have found a couple streets that do it really well but it isn’t as fantastic (although the weather is chillier!). Last year I also started a new tradition of seeing the Trans-Siberian Orchestra play live, which was a FANTASTIC WAY for me to kick off the holiday season. If they come to your town, I highly recommend it!
2) What is your favorite holiday scent? Or favorite holiday movie if you don’t have a fave scent?
I love the smell of Christmas trees. I haven’t been in the position to buy a tree for my own place ever, but I like to get wreaths or springs to have the smell in my apartment! I love the outdoors so much and the trees just make me feel like I am out in nature and make my soul happy.
3) What is your favorite holiday drink or dish?
Hot cocoa, I suppose. I am lactose intolerant so I avoid dairy like the plague.
4) What is your favorite holiday jam?
I actually really don’t like holiday music as I am still traumatized from my years working in retail, but I really enjoy Bad Religion’s Christmas Songs Album.
5) What is the number 1 book you hope Santa/family friend brings you?
I am actually in the fortunate position that I am able to buy most of the books that I want, and thanks to tucking money away & Black Friday sales I got most that I wanted that have been published.
My wish would be for SLAYER by Kiersten White, but that isn’t out until January.
6) What is something you’re thankful for in 2018?
I am eternally thankful for the book blogging community and friendships that I have made since starting my blog.
7) What’s one of your goals for 2019?
Getting real personal here and saying that my main goal is practicing more self-care and self-love! I feel like I have finally started addressing some issues that have held me back and am finally in a place in my life where I feel safe, supported, and loved. I want to continue working on my mental well being and cultivating healthy habits that breed positivity for those around me. Book blogging wise? Be better at balancing backlist and frontlist reading!