Friday, June 26, 2015

9th Blogiversary!

Hi everyone!

how are you doing? I've been meaning to pop in and write a post for a while and today, June 26th, I realized it was my blog's 9th Blogiversary... Although I don't know if writing a handful of posts in the past two years can still count as blogging ^_^; Still, I've been around blogland for 9 years!! Kind of hard to believe :)

So, let see what's new since I last posted... Not much really :P My parents went to Cuba for a week and came back brown caramel ^_^; And that's with sunscreen!! We took the opportunity to paint the guest bedroom/office during their absence. It needed it as you can see from the pictures LOL. It was initially my sister's room when she was young and she chose the color and pattern more than 15 years ago. Let just say my parents are enjoying the new color :)

Otherwise, I've been kind of in a slump. Reading, but always having difficulty picking the next book. Well except when Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh came out. That one was an easy pick :) And I ended up really enjoying Shards of Hope. I'm also excited for her new story arc. By the way, what do you think of a book with a regular Psy? Someone that wouldn't be powerful in the Psy society nor super strong psychically? I'd be curious to see how a mid-level Psy with a regular life adapts to the new era. Anyway, just an idea.

I've also realized that I'm burned-out on contemporary romance... which is a problem since it's the genre I usually gravitate towards. Perhaps not every contemporary romance books, but for sure this particular trope: heroine escaped her hometown and for whatever reason - family, career implosion, etc. - has to come home and of course, faces her ex-boyfriend/husband or the crush that ignored her. I was actually updating my calendar for new releases and while reading blurbs, there were just soooo many books with that trope. It seems also that sport romance is on the rise... and those can go either way. I don't know, is it too much to ask for main characters that are happy with their lives and jobs? I'm also looking for romantic suspense books with cops and FBI agents, so if you guys have suggestions. Still a bit tired of military RS ^_^; As for UF, I don't know which new series I should dive into. On the very bright side, I just read Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway and had a smile almost all throughout the read. Perhaps that's what I should do right now, YA....

So what keeps me occupy lately? Well Masterchef Australia. I really love that show... I like the camaraderie between the contestants and witnessing their growth. This season has been pretty good :) I've also been trying to scrapbook. My parents are celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary this year and my sister and I wanted to do something nice. Except that we keep butting heads on ideas and stuff ^_^; Hopefully, we'll get it done in time... and of course, there's my constant struggle with my room. It's gotten a bit out of hand, especially with the scrapbooking. I really want to purge my room, but the reality is that I don't have the time and space to do it. We are having guests starting next week and guess where I am going at the end of July?...

Yep, I'm going to RWA again!! I can't wait!! Who's going?! I can't wait to see everyone :) I have a few friends tagging along as well, so this time around, I'm going to try to explore NYC. So much fun ahead!

So that's it with me for now. What about you?


  1. Nath! Always nice to see a new blog post from you pop up - happy bloggiversary :-)

    I can imagine your sister loving those walls when she was a kid. Nice job on the redecorating.

    I just finished the two Elle Kennedy's NAs - debating whether to try the Kristen Callihan everyone's recommending as well. I liked (will post my thoughts soon), but I hear you on the angsty backgrounds (and other overused NA tropes). Haven't been reading much contemp lately, nor UF come to think of it...

    Have fun at RWA *jealous*


  2. Happy 9 years! Long time! Shards of Hope was good, glad you enjoyed it. Zaria was pretty kick-ass and I loved her. Funny you should mention regular Psy... I was just reading something about when people say they are re-incarnated it's always some queen/king or higher up person; it's never the baker, mason or something regular. It would be interesting and to see how they view the more powerful Psy.

    Paint job looks good :) Can't wait to see you in NYC! Should be loads of fun.

  3. Nine years. Wow, where does the time go? And as you know( doing' the happy dance) I'll be there so I will see you in what I gleefully say is a few weeks!!

  4. Nath, glad to see you blogging. Happy blog anniversary!!

    I hope your time at RWA goes well. I envy you all who can attend.

    I also hope you can keep blogging..even if it's to say small comments about what you're reading...
    At Breezing Through things stopped at March too...

    I really hope things start to look up again soon!
    Happy reading!

  5. Li - Thanks Li! :) It's nice to hear :)

    LOL, it was time to paint... now, her room. Wonder what color she'll choose... and how long it will take ^_^;

    Was the second Elle Kennedy good? I think you should read it eventually, but just give it a bit of time. As I said in one of the comments, i Just feel the books are very similar... Different people, different sport, but at the core...

    What about mystery? Read any? :P

    I'll try to post or perhaps I'll open an instagram account or something :P

    Mariana - I know! Ames was telling me I could have a 9 years old child @_@

    I enjoyed Shards of Hope as well ;) But more than that, it feels like Ms Singh has become a comfort author for me.

    Sometimes, it's nice to just read about regular people.

    Thanks! and I can't wait for NYC!! Are you coming for more than the signing?

    Kristie - LOL. I think you've been blogging longer than me, Kristie. I remember your blog being one of the first I've discovered :)

    Really looking forward to RWA. Can't wait for July!!

    S. - I'll try to write a bit more :) As for BT, I think that's it. It was just becoming a lot of work and in the end, we had so few posts :(

    1. I didn't sign up for the convention, but maybe dinner and stuff? I have training that week, so I'm not sure what my schedule will be like yet. Hopefully it won't take up most of my time.

  6. I hear you on the small town contemporary "thing." I love the setting in category romance, but so often those stories seem like a stretch in longer single titles. The author then ends up filling the word count with a bunch of other "stuff" (usually cutesy small town crap and secondary characters that only serve as sequel bait) to stretch out their word count and.....blah. Skim, skim, skim. So I generally avoid 99% of small town single title contemporaries as a general rule. I think I've read one this year? I'd need to check GoodReads.

    I've noticed the sports romance thing! I think we can blame self-publishing for this since for many years, unless you were Susan Elizabeth Phillips or Rachel Gibson, traditional publishing wouldn't touch athlete heroes with a ten foot pole. I'm waiting for a influx of athlete heroines, but so far it hasn't happened yet. Anyway, I think traditional publishing is seeing it in self-publishing and now we're on the verge of a bandwagon me thinks.

    You already know I'll be at RWA. Can't wait to see everybody! And happy blogiversary!!!!

  7. Happy 9 years!! I've neglected my blog too. Lol. I need to get back in the habit.

    But nothing much going on here. Just working, bleh. And watching big baby grow!