December 5, 2019 • Cee • Reviews

I still have a bunch of 2020 YA books I gotta talk about because YOU GUYS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THEM!! They’re mostly from Macmillan, but there’s a bunch of wonderful titles I’m excited to read.

With only a month away from the new year and century, you’ll want to get your eyeballs into these books! Korean history murder mystery, a magical French history, and a high school basketball team, yes plz.

The Silence of Bones by June Hur

I have a mouth, but I mustn’t speak;
Ears, but I mustn’t hear;
Eyes, but I mustn’t see.

1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman.

As they delve deeper into the dead woman’s secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder.

But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.

Why would I want to read The Silence of Bones? It’s a love letter to Korean history. It’s not every day—or any day in recent memory—you get a Young Adult book set in Joseon (aka modern day Korea). A Korean teenager essentially being a sleuth, I’m all for that! And the fact that she’ll be sticking her nose into something that aren’t acceptable in her culture, very excited for that struggle.

Will other readers enjoy this? Yes! Everybody loves murder mysteries.

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December 3, 2019 • Cee • Discussion
You ever want to know what people are buying in bookstores? Well, it so happens that I work at one! During the last week of February 2018, I pondered about what type of post to make for “Books in Hand.” At first, I planned to discuss all the books customers came in asking for or buying, but that’s a bit too much because everybody came in asking for different books, and I didn’t remember all of them. My boss showed me a way to check our store’s best selling books, and I found out what we sold a lot of! And that’s what this post is—seeing the top ten selling books of November 2019.
FICTION

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates | There There by Tommy Orange | Find Me by Andre Aciman | Blue Moon (Jack Reacher #24) by Lee Child | Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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November 18, 2019 • Cee • Discussion

Every month, I got a slow trickle of books from publishers and publicist, and November is no different.

This time, however, I got a few books that will be published in the new year (specifically within the first two months)!

Cub by Cynthia L. Copeland

Twelve-year-old Cindy has just dipped a toe into seventh-grade drama—with its complicated friendships, bullies, and cute boys—when she earns an internship as a cub reporter at a local newspaper in the early 1970s.

A (rare) young female reporter takes Cindy under her wing, and Cindy soon learns not only how to write a lede, but also how to respectfully question authority, how to assert herself in a world run by men, and—as the Watergate scandal unfolds—how brave reporting and writing can topple a corrupt world leader.

Searching for her own scoops, Cindy doesn’t always get it right, on paper or in real life. But whether she’s writing features about ghost hunters, falling off her bicycle and into her first crush, or navigating shifting friendships, Cindy grows wiser and more confident through every awkward and hilarious mistake.

Why would I want to read Cub? I love graphic novels, especially graphic memoirs that tells a story about the author’s past.

I’m excited to read a story exploring a young, budding journalist in the 1970s, and she grows both in school and in her aspirations.

Will other readers enjoy this? Young readers will totally enjoy this.

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November 2, 2019 • Cee • Discussion

You ever want to know what people are buying in bookstores? Well, it so happens that I work at one! During the last week of February 2018, I pondered about what type of post to make for “Books in Hand.” At first, I planned to discuss all the books customers came in asking for or buying, but that’s a bit too much because everybody came in asking for different books, and I didn’t remember all of them. My boss showed me a way to check our store’s best selling books, and I found out what we sold a lot of! And that’s what this post is—seeing the top ten selling books of October 2019.

FICTION

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Testaments by Margaret Atwood | The Dutch House by Ann Patchett | Ninth House by Leigh BardugoThe Institute by Stephen King

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October 31, 2019 • Cee • Comics

from panel to panel

I love comics and graphic novels, so what do I do with that love? Well, I turn it into a new feature!

From Panel to Panel is a new feature where I talk about the awesome (and perhaps not-so awesome) comic books and graphic novels I’ve read. Basically, this will be me pushing them onto your laps. You’re welcome.

October, the month of all things scary, but not these graphic novels! You get superheroes in schools, young Black Canary rockstar sleuth, Asian teen witch, and so much more awesomeness!

Let’s check out what graphic novels were released in October for kids and teens!

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October 29, 2019 • Cee • Lists

I am a scaredy cat. Specifically when it comes to scary or spooky subjects movies/tv/books.

I can’t watch anything without holding my hands over my eyes, willing the movie to move pass the suspense and put me out of my misery. (I always have my finger hovering the fast forward button.) I can’t read a book without peering over my shoulders or looking around my surroundings as if the monster or ghost will pop and scare the living daylight out of me.

I don’t seek out these scary things…but I somehow pick it up because of curiosity sake or it fits a certain vibe I like reading (*ahem* gothic creepiness!!!!)

And with Halloween right around the corner, people like to read and watch scary things. Some of the best scary books I’ve read are written for kids. For those who teach, or have kids, these are great ones you can introduce to your kids. (You’ll want to cramp all these books onto your “READ THIS NOW” list.)

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