Wednesday, April 28, 2021

X: X Titles, eXhausted, Drawing an X


#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter X

X Titles, eXhausted, Drawing an X

I knew there would not be a lot to put under this letter. Some of what I'm about to say hardly seems pandemic-related, but it occurred while I was cooped up, so  I feel that is good enough.

One was something that occurred on Facebook sometime last year. It was a personality quiz based on how you draw an X. For me, it's #5. I had never given much thought to how I tended to draw an X until I saw this. 

Titles beginning with "X" are hard to find, and last year before the pandemic forced the library shutdown for two months (before curbside pickup began), I had managed to find one. This was for my A to Z Reading Challenge. I took it out on the first day of March and returned it within that same week. It was The XYZ Factor, not something I was eager to read, but just happened to find in the library's online catalog by punching in "XYZ." I had a self-help book prompt last year, so this fit that as well. I was done with this book in only one night. I did not really need to know what was in this book! I was happy to have found an X title, but was stuck on Q (see here) and Z (more when we hit that letter, of course), once the shutdown of the library occurred and was able to find titles for both on the Overdrive digital library.

When trying to find an X title for the A to Z Reading thing this year, I mentioned this on my blog at the end of March, and someone pointed out the title Xingu by Edith Wharton. I checked the physical library catalog and both Overdrive and Cloud Library for this one, but to no avail. I'd almost forgotten about Project Gutenberg, and when I tried them, it was there! I just had to download it to my Books on Apple. It's very short and I was done in less than a day. Coincidentally, one day, during a curbside pickup at the library in March, I saw some books on display in the font window of the library (near the glass doors). One had a title beginning with X, The XX Brain. Again, a book I was not eager to read. I was considering getting this one, until someone pointed out the Xingu tile. But now I'll have this title for later. 

FYI, since Q, X, and Z can be tricky, the letters may be found anywhere in the title, meaning a title beginning with "eXhausted", for example, would count. 

I used "eXhausted" as an eXample because that was how I felt most days during the pandemic. No matter how much or how little I did each day, I was sure to be tired before I chose to go to bed. Boredom and depression were sure to cause eXhaustion as well. I just cannot eXpress how eXhausted I'd be day by day!


End of today's post. Only two left now! 


  1. Exhausted was definitely a big part of the year. I enjoyed the quiz. It said I like order which is very true!

  2. The Covid epidemic has certainly been exhausting.
    You are almost through the A-Z challenge:)

  3. I think that most of us understand exhaustion. My X is no 7.

  4. I also had to pick a word that did not exactly start with X ... well you have ABC nursery rhymes that say " x for Box" ...

  5. I took the x-quiz via the link you provided and got, "Kathi says this means you're creative, and that you like to think outside of the box." which I thought was so funny given my craft heavy A to Z this year! Weekends In Maine

  6. I think exhaustion had us all in its clutches. Thank you for the heads up about Xingu - I'm playing in the challenge this year and I hadn't found anything I was particularly interested in reading, but this sounds good. And yay for the Gutenberg Project - it's really such a wonderful thing.

  7. I think you have a lot of company with the eXhausted feeling lately!

  8. Cool personality test! I'm a 7. (Norm, balanced, right, and order -- that doesn't sound like me very much, but I guess.)

    I love letter X posts! Always such variety.
    It's hard to believe the blogging challenge is almost over for 2021. Then the after survey, reflections, and the road trip sign-up.
    Plus, I'm taking part in the Bout of Books read-a-thon in May. So much excitement!
    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, OperationAwesome6 Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author