Checking Back Into The Blogging World // how is everyone? what are some things you’ve been doing? 

Hello, hello! Long time, no see, everyone! 

I hope everyone is doing okay! I know this time has really effected us in so many different ways. (I mean, it really just made me slower to finish everything… and of course, I just realized that I’ve been basically doing the same thing here as always… only posting one post per month for the past 8 months or so… but I promise, I’m trying to get better at that. 🙂 )

Without any more hesitation, let me tell you a little bit about what I’ve been up to while I was gone! 

Books I’ve Read in Quarantine

Recently, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump. 

Me, struggling to read a book for the first time in what feels like years

During the quarantine I’ve only read *insert a little drumroll here* … three books! One of them was for school, and the other two were Solitaire and Ghosts. 

Solitaire by Alice Oseman


I mostly read this book because I’m a fan of Alice’s Oseman’s other works, Radio Silence and Heartstopper, and I wanted to see where it all began for her! If you want to read your first Alice Oseman book, I don’t recommend starting with this one, unless you plan on reading them all. 

It wasn’t bad, but the writing style and characters were just too dramatic for me at times. Since it was her debut book, I’ll give her a pass. Radio Silence is much better, in my opinion. 

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

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A very cute and short graphic novel! I had a lot of emotions because I’m just a sucker for sister relationship stories. :’) 

I also started reading Furyborn by Claire Legrand! 

And, on the bright side and by some strange miracle, I’m still ahead on on my Goodreads challenge! So that’s nice.

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What I’ve Been Doing (since the motivation to read has completely left me)

✨ Of course, school has taken up a lot of my time, but that’s not new. 

As a college student, I still have school, what a surprise! 🙂 Most of my classes are continuing as normal but online, with the exception of one of my classes canceling the final exam. Everything feels like it takes a little longer, since I’m at home right now and there are a lot more distractions here. 

✨ Spending more family time! 

On the bright side, I’m getting to spend more time with my family! We’re very close, and we’ve been playing some board games and rewatching favorite shows to get rid of boredom/bleakness. Although this does take up the free time I would have normally used to blog, it’s fun and relaxing, and brings me closer to my family 🙂 

✨ I got a Nintendo Switch! 

!! I’m very late to the party but I finally got it! While everyone else has been obsessed with Animal Crossing for a month now, I’ve been playing Breath of the Wild and loving every moment of it. 😌 

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Relaxing Things I Want To Do 

✨ Start drawing/painting again.

Nothing like some art to get your mind off of stress! It’s been over a year since I’ve done anything art related, but once school ends in a few weeks for me, I’ll probably try painting again to pass the time.

✨ Reading, of course. 

Reading! I miss reading so much! I have way too many books on my TBR right now, and… maybe I should do something to fix that. 😅

✨ Writing? 

I haven’t talked about writing in a while, but that’s because I also haven’t been motivated to write, either. I really should get back to that soon! 

✨ Other healthy things, like exercising. 

Yes, I really do need to get back into the habit of exercising regularly. Hopefully I can also read some audiobooks in the process! 

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✨ I really need to post more posts!

Seriously. If you don’t see another blog post from me in the next five days, you have permission to track me down and force me to write a post in front of your very eyes.

That being said, if you’re reading this,  please check back on my blog in a few days! My blog has been terrible at engagement lately because I never post, but this time I promise there will be lots of new content soon!

I actually have a lot of ideas, but… the stress of writing them all scares me, so I guess I just end up not writing anything at all. 😅 But this time will be different!

✨ I might do my 2nd Annual Summer Readathon? 

At this point, 24-Hour Readathons are as much of my brand as stars are, and it would also be a great way to quickly read some books. Plus, it seems like you all enjoy seeing me struggle to read as much as possible in short frames of time. 😌 

✨ Not an update, but please send me your favorite posts from the last few weeks! 

I have been struggling to keep up with everyone’s lovely content, and Id like to see your recent posts! Send me whatever you’re really proud of and I’ll try to read it soon! 

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That’s all for now. Thank you for visiting this very neglected yet still enthusiastic blog. 😌

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How have you been lately? What have you been doing to keep you sane? Have you been blogging/reading more than I have?

Chat with me about it! 

You can also be my friend on Goodreads!

Happy reading, everyone! 💕 💫 Have a lovely day! Stay safe and healthy!

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40 thoughts on “Checking Back Into The Blogging World // how is everyone? what are some things you’ve been doing? 

  1. Welcome back, Xandra! It’s so great to hear from you!

    Don’t worry, we all fall into reading slumps from time to time. It sucks, but I know you’ll get out of it! A summer readathon sounds like so much fun! If you decide to host it, I’d love to participate!

    Great post, stay healthy and safe!

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  2. HAhahahHAHHAHAhahahahHAHHA I feel your pain… I am seven books behind on my reading goal ughghghghghghghghhhh but it’s finnnneeeeeee (especially since the libraries aren’t cLOSED or anything… ahahah… hah…) I’ve been talking to my friends alot and sending people memes (through the mAIL) I’ve also been watching a lot of Doctor Who and Gravity Falls and researching pop figures cause why not (I’m trying to find Smaug but he’s so expensiveeeeeeee. But even if he wasn’t expensive I probably wouldn’t get him cause that’s just me) I hope you get out of your reading slump!

    I hope your April is gREAT!

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    1. 😦 Well, I hope you can catch up to your reading goal soon. I tend to read some graphic novels whenever I feel like I’m really behind, haha! Memes through the mail? I would be too impatient to do that! 😂 I love Doctor Who! I used to watch it all the time with my dad a few years ago, and now I’m thinking of watching it with my sister. 🙂 I hope your April was great, and that you have a great May!

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  3. XANDRA WELCOME BACKKK. I’ve been struggling with reading as well and honestly I don’t remember how much I’ve read other than I spent one week reading and knocking down my currently reading down a notch and then that was it. But yay for being ahead on Goodreads challenge! That’s always a plus after being in a slump (or currently?). (I’m surprised I’m ahead right now but hahahahahaha I bet you that will change soon.)

    I’m also doing online college classes and honestly I hate it and have no motivation. It’s a struggle just to get to class.

    But uh… I guess I’ve been posting more? I mean, I remembered to schedule some posts so there’s that… but I’ve been doing a lot more tidying up because lmao all my posts are now laughing at me but young blogging Sophia is a wild trip and embarrassing please save me.

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    1. Thank you, Sophia!!! At least you had a week of reading, haha! I’ve still only completed one full book so far, but I have lots of books planned for the near future! I hope you stay ahead, or that you catch up soon!

      And yeah, I basically have no motivation for anything right now. 😦 Except reading. I’ve been a bit better at reading for at least 30 minutes a day since I ended school last week. 🙂

      Posting more is good! That’s what I’m trying to do! And I definitely feel you about all the older posts – a lot of my older reviews are so embarrassing now, and the formatting is very strange compared to what I do today 🙈


  4. Hey Xandra 🙂
    I’ve read Heartstopper and loved it, but haven’t read any novels by Alice Oseman yet. I’ve heard great things about Radio Silence — maybe I’ll start there 🙂 Wishing you all the best!

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    1. Yes, I love Heartstopper! And if you ever want to read an Alice Oseman novel, I suggest Radio Silence! It takes place in the same universe as Solitaire, her debut novel, but you don’t need to read Solitaire first at all. I hope you have a great May!

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  5. Glad to hear you’re holding up, Xandra! I’m sure school moving online is tough, but that’s great that you’re able to spend more time with your family and find relaxing things to do!

    I felt very similarly about Solitaire – I’m glad I read it to fit it in with the rest of Alice Oseman’s books, but it’s definitely not her best.

    Looking forward to future posts, and I hope you continue to stay safe 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you, Margaret! I feel like it was difficult to make the transition to online classes, and I really didn’t get used to it until the last few weeks of school. 😅 Thankfully, I’m done with my semester and I get to spend more time focusing on other things, like reading and writing!

      I agree, I’m glad I read Solitaire, because I like seeing how authors progress in style and writing ability, but it wasn’t a favorite like Radio Silence. Thank you! I hope you stay safe as well!


  6. Ahh, Xandra I am literally in the same boat as you. I have not posted in a little while and at this point I’m ready to force myself to open my computer to start writing.

    But it’s all okay, we all fall into slumps and the important thing is that we learn how to get back up. 🙂

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    1. Oh no, I hope things start to get better for you soon! I’m starting to get back to writing a little bit more now, but it’s still a struggle. 😅 But you’re right, this happens to all of us sometimes! It’s okay to take a break every now and then. 🙂

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  7. Glad to hear from you again, Xandra! And that is sounds like you are doing well, despite *gestures wildly at the world* And don’t beat yourself up for not posting as much as you want to! We will all be here when you’re ready, though I hope you decide to post about all the ideas you have. Your posts are always incredible and I have no doubt your ideas are anything less than that! ❤

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  8. Hi Xandra! I’m glad to hear you’re doing well, or at least as well as is possible during all of this.💛The extra family time is definitely such a bonus for me as well, my sister came back to live with us during this and it’s been nice to have the fam back together, I’m happy you’re experiencing that too! Wishing you a wonderful May, and I hope you can get back into reading and doing things you enjoy too- though don’t beat yourself up over slumping because we’ve all been there, and sometimes finding the motivation is just really hard. But I’ll be happy to read whatever you post whenever you post it, please take your time and take care of yourself first! Hope you’re staying safe and healthy. xx

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    1. Hey Olivia, it’s good to be back! 💕 I’m glad you seem to be also having a great time with your family! It’s nice to spend some quality time with those you love, and I’m glad I have my family to share quarantine with 🙂 I’m starting to read a bit more now, now that I’ve been done with my school semester since last week! I hope you have a great May too, and thanks for your lovely words of encouragement! 💕

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  9. Hello !! I have missed your posts but obviously no pressure. I know it can be hard to keep up with everything and you should only blog when you have the desire to!! I’ve read two of Alice Oseman’s books and I am going to check out her debut as I want to read all their books but I have heard it isn’t as good!! Ghosts looks so cute though !!
    My writing motivation has been so low lately as well but I also want to be writing, it is hard !! It is nice that you have been spending time with your family and you’ve got a Nintendo switch, I’ve been seeing animal crossing a lot which makes me think of my DS !! haha!! I’ve been drawing lately as it is so relaxing (until it goes wrong 😉 )
    Anyway I am excited for new posts and I hope you are well and stay safe !! ❤

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    1. Thank you, Sophie! 😊 I’ve missed reading your posts too, but I’m still a bit overwhelmed to do blogging hopping right now 😅 I agree that Solitaire is not as good, but if you want to read all of Alice Oseman’s books, it’s definitely something you should consider (especially for Charlie content)!

      My writing motivation has also been low, but I hope we can get back to it soon! I’m glad you’ve at least found some time to draw! 😊 Thank you, I hope you’re safe as well! 💕

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  10. So happy to read another post by you, Xandra! 🥰 I’m happy to hear that you at least got to spend so much time with your family and could play some fun video games! How are you liking Breath of the Wild? 😊 I’d also love to participate in one of your 24 Hour Readathons, I loved reading your Readathon Posts from the last time 💕

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    1. Thank you, Caro! 💕 Yes, I’m also glad to spend some nice time with my family, and I hope you’re also doing well during this time! I love Breath of the Wild – I’m not usually a video game person, but this game honestly feels like reading a book, expect you get to do all of the exploring and action!

      I would love it if you could participate in a Readathon! 😊 You can of course modify it however you want, I understand 24-hours is a lot of commitment!

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  11. I’ve never heard of anyone reading ghosts before! I remember getting it from my school library 😂 I didn’t really like ghosts if I can remember but I really liked her smile series – you should check it out if you haven’t already 💕

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    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one to read Ghosts, then! 😂 I read the first Smile book because I got it as a present years ago, but I’ve never really felt like purchasing the others ones, and they’re always unavailable at my library!

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      1. I read them at my school library so that was good – I never really like buying graphic novels since they’re expensive but are really quick to read so I can’t justify buying them?

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  12. YAYYY, xandra, it is so nice to hear from you again! but in all honesty, the fact that you’re barely back and already have so many amazing posts ready? girl, you’re too powerful.

    even though everyone i know says solitaire is not as good as the other alice oseman books, i am still weirdly intrigued by it? i don’t know why, but maybe it is related with the fact i recently read the first volume in heartstopper and learning that nick and charlie are actually characters in solitaire first made me even more curious to read it! i guess i should probably just go with the lowest expectations ever, then, lol.

    school has been kind of all over the place for me lately, but i still have assignments to do. however, because not as many people have access to internet/computer here, i have not been having many online classes. i definitely do not like the whole online school thing. i remember back in high school, i thought being homeschooled would be amazing, but thinking of all the extra work i’ve been having to do because i can’t go to class and just the amount of distractions you have at home… i really don’t think i could do it.

    hope you’re staying safe and healthy too, xandra! wishing you a great may!

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    1. Thank you, Lais!! 💕 I’m glad to be back! I mostly read Solitaire because I knew Charlie would be in it, and he is, but it’s also mostly about Tori. If you want to read it, it’s not that bad, but it’s definitely not Alice Oseman’s best work in my opinion!

      I hope everything with school is better, or will get better soon. 😦 I do not like online school either, because it just makes everything harder for me. I used to like the idea of homeschool, but now I know it’s not so great 😅

      I hope you’re doing well, and I hope you have a great month!

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  13. I wish my quarantine was going as smooth as yours. While we are not physically sick, I am swamped with work and the household chores at the same time. But at least I have a job to do, many of the freelancers I know have been losing orders left and right.

    I hope you are staying in and safe!


  14. It’s great you’ve been keeping busy with other hobbies and spending time with family! I’d love to own a Nintendo Switch (for Animal Crossing, I can’t lie hahaha) but I can’t justify the purchase (nor do I have enough money). I’ve been playing in the AC game app instead. I’ve also been SUPER busy with online classes and lots of assignments. I’ve been reading a lot, thankfully tho. Or at least I did in April. So far this month I’ve only finished one book. I don’t believe I’ll be going back to physical classes anytime soon, so I’ll keep busy with more classes and more reading. I’m planning on joining some online courses and explore new areas! 😀 I hope you’re keeping safe! ❤


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