06 May 2012

How was your bookish week?


A great week
I really had a great bookish week. I managed to read a lot of books and two of them were fantastic (The Look by Sophia Bennett and The last boyfriend by Nora Roberts). This means that I was able to do a new book impressions post and another one will follow next week. 
Reading great books is always a highlight in my life, so of course this week made me very happy and excited for reading more books. I hope that the next weeks will continue to be so good and exciting. The only not so great thing is that I'm still waiting for my copy of "The Industry" by Rose Foster. This time it's taking the book forever to get from Australia to Germany (I ordered via fishpondworld.com). I'm hoping that the book will arrive in the next days. As soon as "The Industry" arrives here safely, I plan to order "Disharmony" by Leah Giarratano, another Australian book. 

Plagiarism ... again :(
Yesterday evening I got an email by an author who let me know that two of my reviews were reused, of course without any link to the original source. Two of the five reviews are from my blog and the other three reviews are also stolen. Once again I'm mad and sad that somebody stole my words. Even though my reviews might not be perfect because English is not my first language, I take pride in them. I work hard on my blog posts and nobody has the right to take my words away from me. 

So far I couldn't find out the identity of the person who posted the reviews and couldn't even find an email address to contact someone (if you know a bit about wordpress and if you can find more info on the site, I would be very happy!). I contacted the person who seems to be in charge of the whole site via google+ and hope that she will take down the five reviews. 

What I learned from this is that I should google my own reviews from time to time. This seems to be the only way to make sure that other people don't steal my content. What I also learned is that you can count on authors to make sure that your work isn't plagiarised. Thanks to all authors who care about reviews and the bloggers who write them.

How was your bookish week?

25 comments:

  1. Which smartphone did you get? :)

    This is just so rude. I can't imagine how I would feel if these copy cats would touch my blog, but I know I'd be very angry. And you can't even do something against that, they'll just come and take what they want :/

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    1. I got an Acer Liquid (don't ask me which one exactly :) ).

      It really is rude and IMO there are no excuses for plagiarism.

      Happy Reading!

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  2. So sorry to hear that your reviews were stolen. I just don't understand why people do that kind of thing. I hope you are able to figure out who did it and get them taken down. As for the smartphone, I was very resistant to them until my hubby got my an iPhone last summer. I really didn't think I'd want to read on it, but I absolutely love the Kindle app and now I read on it fairly frequently. I always bring my phone with me when I'm running out to do errands, but sometimes I don't want to have to carry my Kindle also, so reading on the phone is perfect for killing a few minutes waiting in line or whatever.

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    1. Thanks, I really hope that I can figure out the plagiarism situation soon.

      I got an android smartphone (maybe I will get an iPhone sometimes in the future) and I love playing around with instagram because I love taking pictures. Maybe the kindle app will help me to reduce my ebook TBR pile. :)

      Have a great new week.

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  3. I added you at Instagram. Love that app. :)

    I still haven't got my copy of "The Last Boyfriend". :( I so hope it will arrive this week.

    I really have no words for this plagiarism thing left...

    My bookish week was okay. :) Reading "Jane Eyre" at the moment but it really took me a while to get into the book and yeah...I can't say I am freaked about it right now even if I like the actual story.

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    1. Of course I added you back. :) I also love the app, it's fun being able to take pictures wherever you are.

      I'm sure that you will get "The last boyfriend" next week, it was as nice and cozy as the first book in the series.

      I just hope that there will be no new plagiarism case in the next weeks, I'm tired of it.

      It always takes me a while to get into the writing style of classics, but then I usually love them.

      Have a great new week!

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    2. Oh yes!! :) I love to play with it!!

      Thanks I so hope it! I wanna read it so badly ;)

      I'm crossing my fingers!!!!

      Yeah...I mean: it definitly is a different style than the modern books!!

      You too!! :)

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  4. I'm very behind when it comes to phones. Mine makes and receives calls. I don't even have texting on my phone. LOL. I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to figure out a smartphone -- I'm not that smart. Ha!

    The plagiarism in the book blogger community recently is very sad. I just don't get it.

    Have a great week!
    Diana

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    1. I'm usually only texting with my mobile phone, about two texts a weeks, and I don't like talking with other people via the phone. I think I will enjoy the little extras like all the available apps my smartphone gives me, but I will not start writing more texts.

      Plagiarism really seems to be going on a lot right now. I just hope that it will stop soon.

      Have a great new week!

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  5. I am sorry for what is happening to you. I read the Last Boyfriend too..while it wasn't a favorite for me..its still Nora and I adore her! You can see my books and news on The Sunday Post

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    1. Good to hear that you liked the book, I also adore Nora.

      Have a great new week!

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  6. Oh my ... this doesn't seem to EVER stop now does it?
    Words fail me. Really.

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    1. I fear that it will happen more often in the future, some people seem to think that it's nothing too serious. :(

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  7. I love gadgets. Hope you enjoy using your first smartphone. I plan on getting a new one soon since using a headset with my tablet is getting old. Following on instagram :-)

    Sorry to hear you were plagiarized. Seems to be happening a lot lately. I tried to find out more about the site, but no luck.

    Safari Poet

    Also, thank you for the kind comment on a previous post. It was a nice surprise when I came back and saw it.

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    1. The apps will definitely be my highlight with the smartphone.

      Thanks for taking the time to look at the site, it's so annoying that I can't find out more about the person who posted the reviews. Hope that the reviews will soon be deleted.

      Have a great new week.

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  8. T_T I'm so sad for the constant plagiarism cases that are happening lately in our community T_T I really wish they could just...stop. Sorry it had to happen to you this time :/
    I've never even considered googling my own reviews and contents because my blog is so tiny, but maybe I'll start...this people know no bounds...

    As for my bookish week.
    It's been good, not AMAZING as I thought it'd be, but good nonetheless.
    I read 'But I Love Him' by Amanda Grace and cried a lot X_X
    and I'm still reading Die For Me by Amy Plum. I'm liking the book but I'm not crazy about it as a lot of my bookish friends seem to be :/

    I do weekly posts called My Reading Pile-hosted by Fiktshun- and I really hope that the books I've chosen for this next week are as good as I think they'll be :D

    hehe
    :D

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    1. I had the same experience with the Amy Plum book, it was good/ok for me but I didn't love it. Good to hear that you had a good week, hope that the next week will be just as nice.

      It's the second time in a few weeks that a review of mine has been plagiarised, I just hop that it will be the last time. I also think that googling my own reviews is a bit weird, but it seems to be the only choice right now.

      I'm wishing you luck that the books you picked will work for you.

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    2. ;D thank you!!

      And yeap, hope no more bad things happen to your reviews now :D

      Thank God I'm not the only one having that problem with Amy's book :D

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  9. They might not *actually* be plagiarised. It might be one of those weird websites that seem to 'collect' links, rather than an actual person copying and pasting them. I have no idea what they're for but it happened to two of my recent posts on a different website.

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    1. Need to check that out. A few months ago one of my review appeared on one of these sites that collect links, but always with a link back to the source. This time there is no link to the source or to the real author and the whole review was posted. There are some weird things going on online!

      Have a happy new week!

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  10. It hurts me so much to see another blogger being stolen from. Why are people being so lazy when so many people work hard on their blogs. I've been without a mobile phone for about a year now and I just got an Android Galazy and I love it. it's joined to me at the hip. Have an awesome weekend! xoxo
    Goodies I Received This Week

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  11. Hi Sabrina, glad you had to good books this week, I read Ilona Andrews 2nd Edge novel yesterday, and was blown away by it, while the first was just strange.
    About that website, you should ask around on Twitter, there are a lot of big bloggers out there who use Wordpress, and maybe they can tell you what steps to take to shut down the site if necessary. Also, this site needs to be exposed like the one last week.
    I wish you lots of fun with your new phone, and downloading an ebook app is a great idea, why have I not done that?

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    1. No idea. :) I just hope that I will read more ebooks with the app. A few months ago I bought some )ok, a lot) ebooks but so far have read only a few.

      My experience with The Edge series was exactly the opposite. I really enjoyed the first one but didn't enjoy the second one.

      Happy Reading!

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  12. Ugh, Plagarism...

    I love instagram hehe :P Already added you to my profile.

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    1. And I added you back. I sure is a lot of fun, especially because I love taking pics.

      Have a great week.

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