Bookish Things

Goodbye, for now.

Hello, my dear followers, 

That’s it. I am taking a break. 

I need to step away from this blog. I need time to take care of something personal, and I can’t do it while blogging. Blogging takes pretty much a big chunk of my day, every day. And I need to focus my mental energy and time on something else. I started noticing signs of burnout in April and now, I can’t ignore them anymore. 

Reading became less enjoyable, and as much as it pains me to admit it, this blog is the cause of it. It started as a hobby but it became a competition. Reading felt more like a task, a chore and I miss reading as escapism. Reading became an unpaid and unrewarded job. 

I often felt compelled to buy books I didn’t really need or read a book I was never interested in.

During this past year, I had to reduce the amount of news I watched/read because I wasn’t coping well. Now, the UK is slowly getting back to normal life, but I am personally still struggling to call this reality “normal”, while the rest of the world is so messed up. I thought the bookish community was going to be a small oasis, where I could take a break and stop thinking about the horrible things happening, where we could support each other. From what I saw during the last months, the book community (mostly on Twitter) is becoming toxic to an extent that I can’t understand, and it is such an unhealthy environment. There is so much hate, even among us readers, and I can’t take it anymore. I keep limiting my exposure to the news, and it’s time I limit my exposure to the bookish community. 

My mental health is struggling, I need to make some changes in my life and so, I need to step away from this blog. 

I want to sincerely thank you once again for all your visits, likes, comments, follow and support. It meant a lot to me. 

I have two book tours coming up, which I will still post next month. 

I thought about many ways to continue this blog, but I can’t. I need to take care of myself now. It feels like a goodbye, but I hope I will be back one day, stronger, more creative, and happier, and I hope to see you again soon.

I wish you all the best, take care of yourself and wherever you are, stay safe. 

And be kind, always. 

15 thoughts on “Goodbye, for now.

  1. I have always thought that coming out of lockdown will be the hardest of all, as we get used to people close to use again. So take all the time you need we will be here fo you when you are ready to come back.

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  2. I think you are doing the best you could, if you feel like you are burned out, it’s really important you take a break, especially since reading shouldn’t be a task but something that you enjoy. I hope you get the rest you deserve and we will be here, when you are ready to come back if that’s what you decide. Have a nice time, it’s important to take care of our mental health. Have a good time and i hope you come back better than ever in a way you can blog and ejoy what you are doing ♥

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  3. It’s okay Marta, I feel like everyone’s struggling to some extent now, in terms of mental health, and it’s definitely a well deserved break! I see you posting so much, and I really admire you for it!
    Have a restful hiatus!

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  4. I was just coming here to tag you in something and realized I hadn’t seen much lately. I hope you take care of yourself and rest up and get back to escaping in books for joy. Times are really hard and it’s hard to separate from it and I totally understand why you need to step away. I hope that you will be back in the future. Take care! ❤

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  5. There’s nothing more important than your mental health, Marta. I understand what you’re going through, sometimes all of this is too much especially with covid and vaccines and slowly going back to a “normal” life again, that doesn’t feel like “normal” at all. Sending you lots of love. ❤
    I hope this is only a hiatus because I’ll definitely miss you. 😘

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