January 03, 2015

Oh, Wait...it's 2015! Where Have I Been?

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...Because it's 2015 already. I need to process this O_O. Maybe a little recap of the latest days can help? And a little glimpse of the immediate future...


I'm feeling a little lazy :). My third Screen Time post was scheduled for Jan. 11, but I'm afraid it will have to slide forward a bit. As for next reviews, I still don't have a specific date in mind. I guess all this has something to do with me being ill with the flu since Dec. 21...I've spent the last part of the year feeling like the crossbreed of a sloth and a zombie.

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BUT! around mid-month I'll be granted the privilege to host my very first guest post! *(drum roll)* Are you a sci-fi addict? Ever heard of a still rather new ramification of the genre called cli-fi? Please have a seat and listen to Library Journal Reviewer, HuffPost blogger, adjunct faculty at Boston University, author of award-winning novel Nature's Confession JL Morin talking about cli-fi and its relevance to her first YA book, out on Jan. 8 (read my ARC review of Nature's Confession here).


Last January, in an installment of the Book Blogger New Year's Challenge (Day 11), I was asked to count the books on my TBR list. They were 111 - nice number :) - of which 64 were real TBR books and 47 NS (Not-Sure) ones. A year has passed...and it's funny how the number almost hasn't changed. At present, there are 107 books on my list...also, said list is now made of 75 TBR books and 32 NS ones. Actually, book total aside, a lot has changed and shifted over these twelve months. I added new titles to my list. I was offered a couple of unexpected ones. I moved some NS books to my TBR list. I erased items from my TBR list that I used to be sure I wanted to read. So I'm back to where I started - more or less ;). One thing I've learnt though - it's no use for me to post titles of books I'm waiting for, because they're most likely to change before I even get close to buying them. (It's the old problem of having to buy all my books...).

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TV Series

Thanks to reruns, I'm watching Haven all over again, from the very first episode. It's kind of a brush-up while waiting for Season 5 to air here in Italy (I'm afraid it won't happen till summer, as with the previous ones). Some things make more sense when you go back to where they started...or sometimes you didn't even notice them that much when they were first introduced...
These latest weeks, me and hubby finally got round to watching the first season of Supernatural (we only started to follow the show when stumbling on its third season - in reruns - a couple of years ago!), and are now about to watch Season 2...after which, we're going to revisit the whole series. Also, I'm pretty excited about Season 8 and 9 finally going to get aired here (yes, we're almost three years behind!!!). S. 8 starts on Jan. 8, and they say S. 9 will follow immediately. Gosh, I miss Castiel. Not amnesiac Castiel or lunatic Castiel of course - because really, one could barely tolerate watching him in such a state - but his original version, and any future version of him that isn't going to include amnesia or lunacy *grunts*. I love the two hunks brothers like any other, but Cas brought so much to the show, and I've been missing him in S. 7. (Also, the Leviathan story arc wasn't the best IMO...).
Me and hubby have also been watching Heroes reruns lately - a show that I had only had the chance to see the occasional episode of when it first aired. And I've become an ardent fan. Love love love it. Time travel, mysteries, surprises, action, cool powers, and even cooler characters! The show will be brought back in a few months, with a new cast of course (but with Jack Coleman/Noah Bennet in it, and probably featuring some more of the old characters one way or another), in a miniseries (13 episodes) called Heroes Reborn. I so hope they don't flunk it.

"What?!? She misses CASTIEL more than us?!? This is super-unnatural!"
(Thanks to Giphy!)

So, that's what I've been (or NOT been) up to lately. Blog-related things are probably going to be a bit slow in the near future - but then again, from Day 1, I've always taken the panoramic route... :)

What have you been planning in order to kickstart 2015? 


  1. Hi!!! I am glad you are back!
    I hope you get better soon. I was with flu too.
    The gif was hilarious, hahaha! I haven't watched TV series this period of time. I used to watch tons of them when I was in Italy, but that's 'cause I had nothing better to do. Now, well... I have school. I got so many books for Christmas. My strategy to buy all my TBR list is telling people to buy me books for Christmas, my birthday, and such occasions, hahaha!

    1. Slowly getting better, and thank you sweetie! Same to you :-*.

      Hehe, Sam, Dean and Cas are a gold mine when it comes to gifs ;).

      I usually follow/rediscover/dig up a small number of TV series at a time and stick to them...but it probably has a lot (or ALL) to do with me being picky LOL. Thank godness for that, since my genre omnivoracy (not a real word, right? sorry...) would keep me glued to the screen otherwise. But since I have to fall in love with a series - or come close to that - in order to watch it regularly, I never pick more than one or two at a time for every genre I like...

      Glad you were flooded with books lately! I'm looking forward to a post of yours were they are properly introduced (*hint hint...*). Happy 2015!

  2. Yay to being back in 2015! I'm currently trying to organize all my TBR books- which is a truly daunting task. I've taken over the whole living room so that I can stack my tbr books in alphabetical order. So far the only thing I've accomplished is dedicating a whole bookshelf to my Stephen King books. I am adding all my tbr books to a spreadsheet, so that I can add them all to a tbr jar, and I did make a tbr jar for my audiobooks, and I'm working on my ebook titles too... it's overwhelming, but it needs to be done. I keep coming across books I forgot I even owned. Sigh.

    I also really want to watch Haven, but it'll have to wait since I'm planning on watching Gilmore Girls from beginning to end. Life's too short to fit in everything I want to do- I really need to become immortal. ;)

    1. LOL, like Sita ;) - but less bloodthirsty, I hope...

      I don't know if you own all the books King has written to date, but that guy is so awfully prolific, you will need a whole room for his titles soon!

  3. Happy New Year zombie sloth!

    I watched the first two seasons of Haven and then stopped for some unknown reason. I'm super impatient with series & too lazy to binge watch lol

    I'm really making a dent in my TBR pile. I mean there are still TOO MANY but at least there are now a few empty spots on the shelf.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    1. I guess having a huge TBR pile has something to do with you turning off the TV ;). Good luck with making room on your shelves! And in the meantime, Happy New Year to you too!

  4. Congrats on your first guest post!

    It does seem crazy that it's 2015 already.


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