Here We Go Again

Hello friends,

It has been a while. To be honest, I hoped I would eventually make my way back here, but I wasn’t sure if I could/I would. It has been a tough year, tougher for bloggers. All the reasons for why I left in the first place, well yes, they are still there; bloggers are underappreciated and the community refuses to do better. But I miss blogging, I miss writing and talking about books and I miss all of you. I have tried to keep up my bookstagram and I may need to accept that it doesn’t bring the same joy that blogging does.

I’ve been reflecting a lot lately about what I want for 2021 and what I want for my space to be. I want to come back to blogging but I want to do it my way. And by that I mean, I want something low-key, something that feels honest and authentic to me (you know, talking more than books, for example) and I don’t want to stress about schedules and deadlines. Although I’m very thankful for ARCs and working with publishers, it definitely has taken a toll on me. And then I realized that I can just don’t do it? You know, I can not review ARCs or do blog tours and post at my own pace. I know this is a huge privilege, too, I can afford to do this because I can read from the library when many international friends cannot.

You may noticed the blog changed, this another thing that I have been thinking about for a long time. When I named this space Latinx Magic was with the idea of promoting Latinx voices, but I’m not sure I can do this anymore. Of course this no one’s fault, but I have felt this pressure of always talking about Latinx releases, Latinx problematic books, Latinx problems… And it’s not fair, it takes so much of my mental health having to scream about how problematic Woven in Moonlight is, or how frustrating American Dirt’s successes is to see. I know, no one actually asked me to do this, but I feel like I have to discuss and share and boost because I’m part of this community. And in part, I feel like it has become my brand and I don’t feel super comfortable about that. So hence, the blog renamed.

Of course, I will keep promoting and reading and loving Latinx authors, of course. But I’m so much more than my Latinx identity (and that’s a whole different subject to talk about, my Latinx identity) and I feel like Cande Reads, which it’s quite simple, reflects all of me.

So here I am again! All I have promised you has been not consistency, more random content (??) and a new image but what does it really mean? I’m not quite sure myself. I’m taking this slow and I’ll figure it out as I go, that’s my 2021 plan. For now, I’m just happy to be back in the blogging community.

Catch me on bookstagram and my new (!!!) bujogram, too.

Happy reading and happy New Year,

Cande

Open Now: Latinx Magic

Hello, dear friends

I finally took the courage to create my own blog. To be honest, I’m very afraid and excited about this new experience. It’s not my first blog, but it’s the first time I’m writing all in English.

I missed this, the writing and sharing, the support and love, the friendship. My blog was not big but I was part of an amazing community that made me feel so welcomed.

It feels strange to come back, especially in this foreign language. But since I joined the book community on Twitter, I have met amazing folks and I feel so inspired by their work, constant support and love.

Latinx Magic

Last year I participated in the LatinxBookBingo (follow Paola, Sofia and Allie) and it opened my eyes. After an entire month of Latinx books, I realized that was exactly what I was looking for; the feeling of validation and community that I grew up with. I felt seen in these pages, I felt heard and loved. And then I realized, why should I do this only for a month? Why don’t do it all year? One of my 2019 resolutions is read more books by Latinx authors and here I am.

Twitter is great and I have so much fun with bookstagram, but I feel like I have so many things to say and not enough space. Here it comes my new baby, Latinx Magic.

Why Latinx Magic?

Because we are magic; this community is wonderful, supportive and so diverse and beautiful. And I don’t only want to belong here, I want to open all the doors of this casa and invite everyone in. I want to scream to the top of my lungs about these amazing books. I want to spread my love for these authors.

I don’t only read books by Latinx authors, but I do want to be more conscious this year in the authors that I’m supporting. I feel like this can be my granito de arena.

Please take a seat, there’s room in the table for everyone and I’m so happy about what it’s to come (reviews, tons of lists and I hope, so much fun for everyone).

Abrazos,

cande

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