Archive for February, 2013


February 28, 2013 • Cee • Discussion


Today is one of my childhood hero/greatest person in the world/one of my favorite author’s birthday!

If there was no Daniel Handler in the world, we wouldn’t have his lovely creation The Basic Eight (that was rejected 37 times) or the infamous Lemony Snicket and his A Series of Unfortunate Events. 

To end this post, have some wonderful Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket quotes.

  • Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.
  • Writing a book is always a tightrope walk, and always feels strange — one must care about something so thoroughly, in an embryonic state, that one has made up to begin with.
  • Eavesdrop a lot and take notes. It’s a way to begin to think about how the world around you is made of stories.
  • There are many, many types of books in the world, which makes good sense, because there are many, many types of people, and everybody wants to read something different.
  • All the secrets of the world are contained in books. Read at your own risk.
  • Wicked people never have time for reading. It’s one of the reasons for their wickedness.

February 26, 2013 • Cee • Lists

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens! This week’s topic is “top ten authors I’d put on my auto-buy list.”

Daniel Handler

danielhandlerauthorWHY?: The Basic Eight

I LOVE HIM. He is an author I aspire to be. He writes wonderful snarky characters who are wrapped in a world that resembles some inside joke I am desperate to get in on (he subtly references to books, authors, films, etc). And he is a super fantastic speaker.

Richelle Mead


WHY?: The Bloodlines series

I didn’t expect to enjoy reading about vampires and everything that dealt with it, but the world that Richelle Mead created had be falling on my knees. I fell hard for this spin-off series. Adrian Ivashkov is one of those characters I love because he is utterly charming and can banter. My two weaknesses! I bow down to her awesomeness for making me enjoy books about vampires.

Stephanie Perkins


WHY?: Anna and the French KissLola and the Boy Next Door

I can read her books and never get tired of it. I love that her books are light young adult reads that still manages to hit me straight in the heart. It doesn’t hurt that her characters know how to banter with each other.

Melina Marchetta
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WHY?: Jellicoe RoadSaving Francesca

Jellicoe Road is one of my favorite books. The emotions that poured out after reading it, just wow. I never thought a book can do that to me. And after reading Saving Francesca, it solidified her as one of my favorite authors that I always have to read.

Ally Carter


WHY?: Heist Society series

HEIST! She writes about what I like – strong female characters, found families, and thieves + spys! A lethal combination that instantly wins me over.

Lemony Snicket


WHY?: A Series of Unfortunate Events

FOREVER AND EVER. CHILDHOOD HERO! His life and the writing is absolutely superb. It’s gothic-like, and I absolutely adore how he created this world that Snicket, the Baudelaires, and all his other characters live in as if they are actually individuals living in the real world. 

(I know Daniel Handler is the mastermind behind Lemony Snicket, but Lemony Snicket is still his own person!)

Rachel Hawkins

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WHY?: The Hex Hall series

I will always have a soft spot for this series because these books pulled me back to YA. Bantering couples, yes please! 

Jennifer Echols


WHY?: Such A Rush, Going to Far, Forget You

Her characters are very real, and I get extremely choked up with feelings when I read about what the characters have to face and the love story! I am always a sucker for the love story between the characters. It is always refreshing and sweet.

Sarah Rees Brennan


WHY?: Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy)

That book absolutely killed me. My emotions was all over the place because I was rooting for everybody! Kami, Jared, Ash, Angela, everyone! I’m itching to get my hands on the next book in the series!

Edith Wharton


WHY?: The House of MirthThe Age of Innocence, A Glimpse of the Moon

Yes, I know she is technically no longer living, but whenever I am in a bookstore, I gravitate toward her section and I seem to leave with one of her books. I am a big fan of the subject matter and the themes in her novels. It’s an absolute must purchase. 

February 20, 2013 • Cee • Waiting on Wednesday


“Waiting On” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

km - htllocHow To Lead A Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller
February 21, 2013
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SYNOPSIS (from Goodreads):

A meth dealer. A prostitute. A serial killer.

Anywhere else, they’d be vermin. At the Mandel Academy, they’re called prodigies. The most exclusive school in New York City has been training young criminals for over a century. Only the most ruthless students are allowed to graduate. The rest disappear.

Flick, a teenage pickpocket, has risen to the top of his class. But then Mandel recruits a fierce new competitor who also happens to be Flick’s old flame. They’ve been told only one of them will make it out of the Mandel Academy. Will they find a way to save each other—or will the school destroy them both?



I entertain the thought that this was written for me. IF ONLY. I am such a sucker for books (and films) that involve thieves, cons or heists. It’s a trope that I am currently obsessed with. There’s something about the mechanics of pickpocketing or planning a heist that excites me. I appreciate the level of detail and skills these characters have in order to ensure that their plans is executed without notice. And the life of thieves seem so much exciting than my owns. Perhaps my deep appreciation for thievery in novels stem from a past life where I was a thief and I am reliving those moments through literature. Whatever it is, I hope this book does not disappoint me.

I cannot attest to whether this book is wonderful since I have yet to get my itchy hands on it. But I don’t have to wait long! It comes out tomorrow!

February 3, 2013 • Cee • Stacking the Shelves

As a way to get this blog up and running again, this post is a book haul of all the books I acquired in Tacoma when I was visiting my sister. I find it funny that every time I left a bookstore in Tacoma, I came out with an Edith Wharton book.

   Old New York – Edith Wharton

When I went to Tacoma Book Center, I did not intend on getting this book. You can say that it sort of fell into my hands as I searched through the place for the books I really wanted. No really, with the failure of finding those books, I started looking for authors I was familiar with and that turned out to be dear Edith Wharton. I don’t know how it happened. I have a soft spot for everything Edith Wharton even though I haven’t read anything by her? (I am actually ashamed to admit this because the subject matter of her novels are a great interest of mine. I have been meaning to start her novels, but things usually got in the way.)

I picked this book up first because it was in excellent condition (practically brand new) and it contained four novellas in one, spanning four different decades (YES PLEASE!).

The Glimpse of the Moon – Edith Wharton

This book was also purchased at the Tacoma Book Center because of two reasons:

1. the cover (which has a lovely depiction of a woman lounging on a sofa with her breast out. Very edgy and 1920s-esque.)

2. the story (a couple, who has all the right connections but not enough funds, decides to marry and mooch off their wealthy friends until they find another person to help advance them into society? Another YES. The premise of this book pulls me right away. I see a lot of similarities in the stories I like writing about in this book. The characters I create could’ve been cut from the same cloth as Nick Lansing and Susy Branch – ones who don’t particularly care about others (except themselves) and uses their wealth (or their friend’s wealth) for their own means, all the while, drinking and going to lavish parties. I am a definite sucker for that type of narrative.

Ethan Frome/Summer – Edith Wharton

I wanted to get a souvenir from Seattle and why not get one from the Elliot Bay Book Company?

I remember roaming through the store with stars in my eyes like I usually do when I go to bookstores. I went directly to the young adult section, but was disappointed when I couldn’t find many of the young adult novels I wanted to purchase there, so what did I decide to do? Look for Edith Wharton in the literature section. Big mistake? Well, I say that it was meant to be. Especially since this particular book had two short novels in it. I call that a very good deal.

Besides the good deal, Ethan Frome was part of my “must read” within Edith Wharton’s book. Actually, all of her books are must-reads.

Brighton Rock – Graham Greene

This was the other “souvenir” I got from Seattle. When I picked this book up from the bargain table of Elliot Bay Boy Company, the title felt familiar to me. I didn’t know where I had first heard it, but I felt like I needed to buy it. What convinced me to buy it?

1. It was the only book I was interested in from the bargain table.

2. This book is about young British gangsters. British gangsters. Um, yes? That was all that convinced me to get it. (This really made me think of This Is England series and Guy Ritchie’s crime films.)


The Custom of the Country – Edith Wharton

My sister and I returned to the Tacoma Book Center because I wanted to purchase a book about F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. However, due to reasons, I didn’t get it. Instead, The Custom of the Country was the lucky book. I was amused that this was the Edith Wharton book my sister wanted to read when I showed her the cover. Ha, I got to it first!

I bought it because I was inexplicably drawn to the main character, Undine Spraggs. Her character seduces and marries men because marriage is the only institution in which she, a woman, have agency. Even though she is restricted to this one institution, it is refreshing  to see a woman using it to her advantage, especially in the early 20th century.

The Buccaneers Edith WhartonthebuccaneersED

This was purchased at the Tacoma Half Price bookstore on my last day in Tacoma. After a whole day of shopping at the mall nearby, I convinced my tired sister to drive us over. 

I actively searched for an Edith Wharton book that I did not already have. Why? I wanted it to be true when I say that “Every book store that I’ve been to, I came out with an Edith Wharton novel.” Obviously, I take great pride in that.

I was seduced by the whole notion of old money versus new money in New York Society during the late 19th century and by how the five American girls responded after being rejected because their money was new. I was interested in how Wharton would write about the topic.
Voila. I’m pretty excited to sink my teeth in these books (even though I have tons of books I still need to read). As I typed up this post, I realize I have a problem. Too much book, too little time and money.

(* all the pictures are exactly the covers of the books I purchased.)