Hello, friends! My name is Alexandra (them/they and hella gay), and welcome to They Said They Read.
I’d like to kick this blog off with a fun and insightful introduction to me and my goals for this space: the Book Blog Newbie Tag!
What are we doing here?
According to the Library Cryptid, the Book Blog Newbie Tag was originally the BookTube newbie tag, and was adapted to book blogging by Love and Other Bookish Things. I can’t find the Love and Other Bookish Things blog now, but the original BookTube Newbie Tag was created by Brenda C.
1. Why did you start this blog?
I have tried (and failed) numerous times to establish a space for myself to talk about the books I am reading and meet other like-minded folks, and I am determined to make this time stick!
2. What are some fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?
I have some fun ideas for reading games/projects/vlogs/blogs that I haven’t seen others do yet. I am also GIF royalty, soooo.
3. What are you most excited for about this new blog?
I am excited to meet new people (and possibly reconnect with old friends who I have lost touch with) with whom I can discuss books and reading.
4. Why do you love reading?
I love reading because it inspires me to be a better person, to continue to learning. Reading allows me to escape reality, allows me to embody a new reality. Books engage my brain in a unique and complex way that no other media can, and I feel myself growing every time I read something new. Reading is magic. Books are magic.
5. What book or series got you into reading?
I taught myself to read when I was three because I was obsessed when reading and books. The book that specifically inspired this was Tam Lin by Pamela Dean (1991) – there was something about that book (and my mam’s obsession with it) that inspired me to master reading so I could pick that book up myself. Surprisingly, I still haven’t read it!
I also, of course, loved Harry Potter (which is complicated now by its awful author), the Avalon: Web of Magic series by Rachel Roberts, the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, and so, so many more.
6. What questions would you ask your favorite authors?
I would love to talk to Emily Dickinson about queerness and poetry. I would love to talk to Emily Bronte about poetry and isolation. I would love to talk to Madeleine L’Engle about writing and faith.
7. What challenges of starting a blog will be hardest to overcome?
Time and energy management will always be challenges for me – I have so many competing priorities, so doing what I can to make time for this project will require effort and focus.
8. When did you start reading?
As I mentioned above, I started reading when I was three! Been a consistent reader (with the occasional slump/lull) ever since.
9. Where do you read?
This totally depends on the book format. I can listen to audiobooks anywhere—I usually listen to them in the car, at the grocery store, while doing chores, or in the bath. eBooks, I tend to read in bed or on my breaks at work. Physical books, I read in the bath, in bed, or in my new reading chair (pics coming soon!).
10. What kind of books do you read?
This is such a big question! I honestly read a little bit of everything: literary fiction (mostly magical realism), poetry, mystery/thriller, romance (almost exclusively sapphic), classics, graphic novels, young adult (again, almost exclusively sapphic), and a wealth of nonfiction (memoir, social justice, cults, true crime, philosophy).
What can you expect from me?
Now that you know a little bit about me, what can you expect from me and this blog?
- Reviews of the books that I feel the strongest about (i.e. not all of them)
- New book tags and games (because I LOVE THOSE)
- Original videos, archived from my accompanying YouTube channel and TikTok
- Bookish meditations and reflections
This post is officially LONG ENOUGH. Thank you, if you are still reading, and I hope we can be friends (here and on Storygraph). See ya in the next one!