Involuntary “No Reading” Blogging Break

Botanical Garden Basel

Botanical Garden Basel

Hi everyone,

I would like to let you know that I will take a possibly longer blogging break.

Some of you may have noticed that I didn’t blog as often as I used to and definitely visited other blogs far less.

I’ve had eye problems for a few months and my ophthalmologist told me I have to stop reading for a while.

As you can imagine, it’s a scary situation and not reading is very hard for me. I’m allowed to watch movies/series/TV but that’s not the same.

Unfortunately, this affects this month’s Literature and War Readalong.

I hope this break will not take too long. I suspect that while I’ll be able to read and blog again, I might have to reduce reading online even more than I already did in the past months.

I hope all is well on your side.

Take care.

Suggestions for podcasts, audiobooks, and movies are welcome.

Guest Interview at Postcards From Asia

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I was very honoured when one of my favourite bloggers, Delia from Postcards from Asia, asked me if I would like to take part in her guest post series.

In her interviews she asks questions about favourite books, books that we’d take to a desert island, books that made us cry . . .

If you’re interested you can find the interview here.

I always enjoy reading Delia’s thoughtful posts and the events we organized together were some of the best blogging experiences I had. I hope we’ll do that again soon.

I’m Back – Sort Of

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Thanks everyone for the comments, kind words and the heartfelt emails. I really appreciate it. Unfortunately this wasn’t the type of blogging break from which you return refreshed. Far from it. I’m sorry for being this cryptic but I don’t feel like writing about what happened in a blog post at the moment. I’m sure you understand.

I’d like to apologize for skipping last month’s Literature and War Readalong. It was really not possible to read the book. I didn’t read much else either and I’m only slowly picking up books again.

I’m looking forward to visit your blogs again and to write posts of my own.  It will take my mind off things, I’m sure.

Epigonism and Lack of Fair play Among Book Bloggers

I have never in 1 year and 5 months of book blogging felt the urge to remove someone from my bloggroll because they were not playing fair.

But there is a first time in everything and that’s why today I had to remove a blogger’s name from the roll.

Said blogger has been writing posts for a long time and should know about book blogging fairness.

If you see something on another persons blog and you like it… You say so. You may also spread the word. If you like it so much that you feel you have to copy it… You say so and give credit.

If you don’t, you don’t play fair.

The only consolation I have is the fact that epigonism is a very unattractive trait.

No matter how many visitors and hits you get at the end of the day you lose your integrity. There is a lack of generosity in this type of behaviour that is very off putting.

I cannot change other people but I can try to be different that’s why

I wish that

I may  never feel inspired by someone’s idea and copy it without giving proper credit

I may never review a book without revealing on whose blog I discovered it

I may never be non-supportive if someone does something out of the ordinary

I may never be jealous of another blogger’s achievement

And the most important thing of all is

I wish that

I may never forget why I blog – to connect