October 19, 2016 • Cee • Comics
Tetris, this addicting puzzle with its geometric shapes slowing falling from the sky is a game that’s very iconic, but do you know anything about its history?
I didn’t. I didn’t think I’d want to learn about it because my naïve self didn’t think the history would be interesting. I was very wrong about that. I just needed the right format that’ll suck me into the history, and that format is Box Brown’s graphic novel about Tetris. Friends, you can’t help but be invested in this history when you get down to the Tetris bits.
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October 11, 2016 • Cee • Lists
This week’s topic is “top
ten nine books I read because of another person.” Whenever I hear friends raving about books (that has things I love reading about), I immediately put it on my TBR list. They’re a helpful resource who recommend books I may love or find surprising. It’s always thrilling to find myself enjoying their recommendations because I don’t love books so easily.
Here are the books I remember reading because of another person.
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Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley
• October 4, 2016 • Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Gertie Reece Foy is 100% Not-From-Concentrate awesome. She has a daddy who works on an oil rig, a great-aunt who always finds the lowest prices at the Piggly Wiggly, and two loyal best friends. So when her absent mother decides to move away from their small town, Gertie sets out on her greatest mission yet: becoming the best fifth grader in the universe to show her mother exactly what she’ll be leaving behind. There’s just one problem: Seat-stealing new girl Mary Sue Spivey wants to be the best fifth grader, too. And there is simply not enough room at the top for the two of them.
From debut author Kate Beasley, and with illustrations by Caldecott Honor artist Jillian Tamaki, comes a classic tale of hope and homecoming that will empty your heart, then fill it back up again–one laugh at a time.
I received this book for free from Macmillan for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
First sentence: “The bullfrog was only half dead, which was perfect.”
Gertie Reece Foy is on a mission. It’s a two step process: One, she’s going to become the best fifth grade in the world (by giving the best summer speech of her entire class). Two, she’s gonna show her absent mother, who is planning to move away from their small town, that she, Gertie, does not need her. For Gertie, everything will look up once her mission is complete, but an obstacle in the form of the seat-stealing new girl Mary Sue Spivey threatens her mission. This new girl cannot sabotage Gertie. Absolutely not. If Gertie has to postpone her mission and sort out her competition, she’ll do it, but at what cost?
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