I’d rather be reading

Another rose in my son's garden in San Diego.

Another rose in my son’s garden in San Diego.

Are some of my blogging friends becoming tired of blogging? Several individuals I follow seem to be “away from their desk” or ‘closed for the season’ or ‘on hiatus’ of one kind or another.

I can understand it if you are on the road, a ship or plane. I was away for a week or so myself this fall.

I can also understand the need for a break from all this writing, reading and bickering with the safety precautions of Blogger and/or God forbid, Word Press.

But for goodness sake, don’t give up on blogging, its good for you. Or, so said Ronnie Bennett over at ‘As Time Goes By.’  Which is how I got here years ago.


Truth be told, I would rather be reading, but my eyes are not fully cooperating. So I bought my first audio book, Postwar by Tony Judt, a rather long (1,000 pages) history of Europe after WWII.


I read this book for a graduate history class on Postwar Europe. I am reading it again because it is hands down, the best book ever written about this period in history.  And, because I believe when I put my head in the sand, only my ass is showing.

Should you wonder why the US kept a military presence in Europe after WWII, or why and how the Cold War began and continued as long as it did, or why Eastern Europe, including Poland is important to the US, as well as how and why the US became involved in Vietnam, this is the book for you.

Okay, okay, I hear you say, enough with this already. We need to stay home and take care of ourselves.  That’s all well and good, but we live in a world interconnected before the US became a country.  The US is the child of as well as a participant in this world.

If I am missing for a day or so here and there, you know what I am doing.  Read this book, or buy the audio version.

From Wiki:

Tony Robert Judt, FBA (/dʒʌt/ jut; 2 January 1948 – 6 August 2010)[1] was a British historian, essayist, and university professor [and Marxist Zionist but don’t let that put you off] who specialized in European history.

Judt moved to New York and served as the Erich Maria Remarque Professor in European Studies at New York University, and Director of NYU’s Erich Maria Remarque Institute. He was a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books. In 1996 Judt was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2007 a corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.


28 thoughts on “I’d rather be reading

  1. This has become the year of the Hiatus for me. With all our traveling, I just couldn’t keep up. And now I’ve been busy with a cousin who was diagnosed with liver cancer just after we returned from our Mediterranean trip. Much of our time was spent supporting my aunt and going to the hospital… and now many of the Buddhist funeral rites. No celebrations at our house, but I’m looking forward to the New Year.


  2. I had a good excuse today for not posting. My blog was hacked overnight. I was one of 100’s of thousands of WordPress specific websites attacked. I posted a warning on Facebook and very quickly I had about half a dozen offers of help from friends, to fix it. It took most of the day, but thankfully they got me back up and running again.


  3. i can understand people wishing to take a break from blogging, or even quitting. What I don’t understand is why they don’t put up a post saying that. Instead, one goes to read a blog that is on someone’s blogroll only to find the last post was made two years ago with no reference to quitting. That I find annoying.


  4. Totally agree with you (and the wonderful Ronni) about the benefits of blogging as we age. This time of year blog traffic always seems to slow down. I personally am not much busier than ever … that is to say not very busy at all) but unllike me (and you probably) a lot of older bloggers still do all the traditional stuff so they get stressed out.

    Your point on ‘too many deer’ (over on my blog is well taken! Ranchers didn’t (and don’t ) want wolves, and so the balance of nature has been destroyed. Just another example! That being said, I still love looking at the deer (Admittedly, I don’t have a yard, so easy for me to say.)

    Now I’m going back to read what your post was really about (the book review).


  5. I listened to Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History of World War I, which I found fascinating, although a real historian probably would think it’s amateurish. Anyway, it got me to read (finally) The Guns of August. Next up for me? I think it’s the Punic Wars. But the Judt book sounds good too.


  6. I am one of those missing, frustrated bloggers. My hiatus has been extended by travel, company, and problems with computer, camera, Kindle, and my electrical stimulation apparatus for my left leg. I am working on resolving the e-stim issue. My strategy for the rest has been avoidance with occasional spurts of unsuccessful googling about the electronics and camera issues. And Christmas is almost here, and there is still much to be done. Obviously avoidance is a strategy that I need TO AVOID. Wishes to you and yours for joy and making good memories during this season.


  7. so far my “blog” lives in my head, along with my short stories,antidotes,ideas for novels,plays etc. Every now and then I tell someone about them sort of a test run. A writer friend keeps telling me to commit to writing them down.


  8. It’s funny how audio books have become popular again – previously marketed here as ‘books for the blind’ we used to buy there on cassettes to use in the car while travelling ( now of course they are on CDs). I haven’t so far loaded any on to my iPad but there’s always a first time isn’t there:)
    I seem to have had a love hate relationship with my blog recently – on again off again, do I don’t I write, what shall I write about, is it getting stale – I do come back and chat again when I miss the company – as you say I do think many are having a break.


  9. I always enjoy the books you recommend. I will see if I can get this on my iPad. I love a good old fashioned page-turning paper book, but my eyesight isn’t that great any more and I like the fact that I can enlarge the print. I am still enjoying blogging though my blog started out just being a photographic journal and a record of family stories for our son and still is. I honestly did not know that I was open to the wide world web, knew nothing of privacy settings when I first started out and surprise, surprise I started enjoying the occasional pop-ins, which puzzled me why I was getting them at first but enjoyed immensely. Now I love meeting people from all over and decided to keep it the way I started out. So, you won’t see me stopping yet and if I do I’ll give you a heads up long before I do.


  10. After blogging every day since 2006, I now blog every other day. It suits me better and gives people more time to comment.

    So, whose voice is on the audio tape? Does he have a European or American accent? Lol.


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