Why I Cut My Goodreads Challenge In Half // 2021 is a new year of reading differently

POV: In a sea of internet people who read 100s of books per year, you have finally stumbled upon me, who recently forced myself to read 50 books over the past two years.

Don’t get me wrong, 50 books in one year is still a lot! I’m giving myself a pat on the back as we speak. But as I was asked to input a new Goodreads challenge for 2021, I decided to lower my standards by a lot, and I went for it.

I only signed up to read 25 books this year.

Let’s Talk About Spoilers // special blogiversary discussion

Yesterday was my blog’s 2nd Blogiversary! I… literally can’t believe it. This is a very hard thing to process. Especially since I haven’t been blogging nearly as much as I did on my first year of blogging.

And in honor of my blogiversary, I’m going to revisit one of my first (and best) discussions. In March of 2019, I made a discussion post titled “What do you think about spoilers?” and to this day, it’s still one of my favorites. However! There are still so many things to discuss when it comes to spoilers. So in true Xandra fashion, I’m going to talk about everything I can when it comes to spoilers.

What No One Told Me About The Book Community // things I should have known Part III

More than a year after Part I of this series, I’m back with some more observations and general *emotional realizations* about the book community. When I hit that big “Publish” button on my very first blog post, I had no idea what I was getting into. I knew Goodreads was a thing, but I didn’t know about the vast amount of books I was overlooking. I only knew about 10 other blogs, some of the most popular ones, I wasn’t aware of how many other bloggers I would eventually meet and grow friendships with. Back then, I still had so many things to learn, most of which I would have to grasp based on my own experiences!

Discussions & Rambles // How much can a favorite series impact you, and why?

I remember the exact moment I finished Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I remember precisely where I was, how I felt, and what kinds of emotions I was going through. Reading that series over the course of a month was one of the highlights of my time as a young reader, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget how special those moments of reading were to me. With all the news about Percy Jackson being adapted by Disney+, this got me thinking… how much can a favorite series impact us, and why?

My Love/Hate Relationship With Blogging // a tiny discussion about what’s been goin on with me 😌

Well, I think it’s awfully convenient that this particular post caused some chaos when I accidentally posted it too soon. I schedule posts to tell myself when they should go up, but I usually end up posting it days later, anyway. What's the point, you ask? I have no idea.