August 04, 2014

...Did I Say Blog Hiatus?! Well, I've Been Plotting and Scheming...

I've just found out there's no such thing as a blog hiatus.
Because I've actually been spending my blog-free time coming up with new blog ideas and prepping my next articles O_O.

Image source

(Well, just a tiny portion of my time...but still. It's not like I forgot that I have a blog, like I expected to).

So...just a small post to advise everyone out there that:
  1. I'll be back in September (extended hiatus LOL. I'm feeling so lazy. On the other hand, like I said, I'm actually working on my comeback...);
  2. my next review will be for "How to Say Goodbye in Robot" by Natalie Standiford;
  3. I plan on writing a new post about Bloglovin' soon (a rather funny inside story involving myself); and
  4. I will launch my new feature in the first week of September (comeback post)!
About point 4. One of my favourite things in the world - aside from books and music, that is - are TV series. Surprisingly, my tastes in books and shows are almost completely divergent. While I greedily read YA, I can't bring myself to watch serials whose characters are younger than 20-30 (with a huge exception that I'll tell you about in the very first installment of my feature). While afterlife books are my favourite sub-genre, I only like my ghosts messing with the living on paper (yes, I'm saying I've never warmed to Ghost Whisperer). While I adore written sci-fi, I rarely find it alluring on TV (sorry, vast army of Doctor Who fans. Please don't hurt me. Pretty please?*). While I'm a huge, huge, HUGE fan of classic thrillers (Agatha Christie and the like), I need my TV mysteries to be well-rooted in the present time (C.S.I. and the like)...on the other hand, I wouldn't find it satisfying to read a C.S.I. type of novel and watch a murder mystery set in the '30s, or even in the '60s. Simply, there are things that work for me in a format and not in the other. Anyway, like I said, I watch a good number of TV series (while I'm not a fan of movies)...and I noticed many other bloggers do. So I thought, how about letting my love for these shows shine on my blog as well? and maybe having the chance to discuss them with my fellow bloggers? That's why I'm going to launch a not-book-related feature called "Screen Time". Stay tuned LOL.

Logo preview!

How did July go for y'all? Where you on holiday? or sweating (and maybe swearing too hehe) at work? I've been working all month, but it wasn't overwhelming or anything (thank you, oh air conditioner). Just plain old routine. Summer makes me tired though. I'm lucky this hasn't been a particularly hot one so far in my corner of the world (what about yours?). Anyway, I'm looking forward to my usual August-week-off (from the 11th to 17th). It's not like I'm going anywhere, but I'll be home and resting, which is nice. So, well, talk to you later. Have a great month my lovelies!

*Edit, August 2017: I've caved in and watched Doctor Who recently, and I fell in LOVE with the show - especially the Tennant years. Still feeling the same about Ghost Whisperer though, even if I happened to watch most of Medium and (despite my not buying the premise) I liked it. It was less "politically correct" and more realistic...or less unrealistic...than GW. I mean...OK, you get me, don't you? Eh).


  1. Sometimes the relief from giving yourself permission to step away is what all of a sudden spurs the creative juices lol

    I'm taking the month off because I just need a break from formatting posts - I got sick of doing it so hopefully I'll be bright eyed and bushy tailed for September.

    I'm looking forward to your TV posts!

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    1. We are two lazy girls LOL. But only apparently... ;)
      Have a nice August...and I hope you'll like my TV ramblings when the time comes!

  2. What?!?! There's not such thing as a blog hiatus? That means... that means... I have left my blog unattended. LOL xD

    I'm also taking a break from blogging. I can't wait for your comeback. September may seem far, but you'd be surprised how fast time flies when you're having fun (if you're having fun, of course). If not, you can always take a shopping trip right? Doesn't shopping solve everything? Shopping for books, that is.

    1. I'm glad I'm not just a lazy old girl like I thought, since it looks like many of us have decided to take a (well-deserved) summer break LOL. I hope you're enjoing yours too!

      And oh, yes, time flies indeed...July went in a breeze...I'd better go back to plotting and scheming now ;).

  3. Glad to see you're still thinking about your blog and coming up with some new ideas :D Can't wait to see you back in September!

  4. Woohoo!!!! You are back! The great Roberta is back!!! I a. So excited for your feature. Personally ,I have watched Ghost Whisperer and CSI, but I didn't enjoy them as much as Supernatural and Cold Case. I can't wait to fangirl with you over Supernatural :)

    1. Hehe. You might have to wait a little, since I haven't watched the first 2 seasons of Supernatural yet (I only discovered it at the end of S 2), so I think I'll try and find them somewhere before I dedicate a post to the show. Then we can definitely fangirl ;). I've been watching all of C.S.I. (the original one) till S. 14, when something happened that annoyed me, so I dropped it (I'll explain in my related post). As for Cold Case, I've only had the chance to watch the odd episode now and then. It was a good series idea though - maybe I'll go back to it sometime, thanks to reruns.

    2. Ok, I can wait as much as you want. I advice you to give "Cold Case" a chance. I watched these tv shows in Italy, and I think it was Rai2 or Rai3, but I am not sure.

    3. Yes, it was on Rai 2 for a while. But its schedule wasn't always handy for me. Maybe in the future...

  5. I definitely need to take myself a hiatus soon too, the dreaded blogger burnout is doing the rounds at the moment. Looking forward to seeing what you've done with your time away, and your review of How To Say Goodbye in Robot. I read that one a little while ago and it was pretty good.

    Looking forward to your return :)

    1. I don't post often, but I found myself needing some time out nevertheless - if only in order to plan my comeback with more ease. I can only imagine how it feels for much more active bloggers like you...

      Yes, I did like that book myself. Review coming soon!

      And thanks!

  6. Looking forward to your blogging return and your new tv feature! I've taken informal and unexpected blogging hiatuses in the past, when the pressure just got to be too much, but since I switched to doing several review styles (the regular, the audio, the short and tweets) I find that I don't feel as... hemmed in? Plus paying for Wordpress made me dedicate myself more to my blog, and I still just love the community. I need to rededicate myself to commenting though! That's where I feel the most overwhelmed. I see all those unread posts in my Bloglovin feed (I know, I know, you're not a fan, but I need a blog feed!) and I just want to cry because I can't read all the blogs and make all the comments. I'll always try to keep up with you though!

    1. *blows kiss*

      I understand how keeping up with comments can be the hardest part of blogging for those bloggers who (like you) have a huger number of followers LOL. On the other hand, if one skips a comment now and then, it's not the end of the world :). I'm sure that most people - or those who know you - understand. Also, it's not like one always has something meaningful to say, or is interested in any blog post that comes up. It's like when you have a friend whom you don't talk to on a daily basis, but that doesn't mean you don't care or you aren't there for her/him when it matters...


Welcome to Offbeat YA! I love hearing from you and always - I mean always - acknowledge your comments. This used to be a full democracy place, because anyone could comment, regardless of being a registered member of any community. Unfortunately, I had to turn off the Anonymous comment option, because I was getting too much spam that didn't get filtered. So, you’ll need to have a Google account (Gmail will suffice) in order to comment. Sorry about that. Anyway, jump right in! Come on, you know you want to...😉 And be sure to leave a link!
BTW...I don't care if a post is a million months old - you comment, I respond. And you make my day 😃.
Note: this is an award/tag free blog. Sorry I can't accept nominations due to lack of time.

As per the GDPR guidelines, here's the link to my Privacy Policy.