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September 30, 2013 • Cee • Monthly Recap

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September has passed. And yet again, I feel weird that December is around the cover. 

I’ve been in 

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The big news is that I MOVED TO SELF-HOSTED WORDPRESS. YAAAAYYYYY. Best decision I made!

I reviewed:

In “The Three C’s: Candid Conversations with Cee,” I discussed:

Prepping blog posts (which happens to be the most popular post)

During the end of September, it was Banned Books Week and I talked about:

Banned or challenged YA books through the decades

I took part in a cover reveal:

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In “Judg(ing) A Book By Its Cover,” I talked about: 

The cover change of Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker

In “Waiting on Wednesday,” I wait for:

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  • I went to the Fierce Reads tour on Sunday (which I talked about in great detail) and it was frickin’ amazing. Hearing the four authors talk made me even more excited to talk to them (or attempt to talk to them). Marissa Meyer was a delight. I love her sooo much. Anybody who writes Sailor Moon fanfiction is an A++++++++ in my book. And Leila Sales + Alexandra Coutts, their writing process is extremely similar to me. Kindred spirits, tbh. 
  • I’ve been interacting more on Twitter. More so than usual so that’s awesome because I love talking to other bloggers!
  • A few weeks ago, the trackpad on my laptop went wonky and that freaked me out! I got it replaced for free because my laptop still had Apple Care for another year. Yeeeessss.
  • TV shows are finally back! I’ve only been watching – Elementary, Sleepy Hollow, New Girl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Person of Interest. (If you watch any of those shows, talk to me about it!)
  • I feel like the mailman is purposely testing my patience. I want my books, but they never come in a timely manner. So frustrating.

How was your September? Was it as awesome as mine?





September 30, 2013 • Cee • Events

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Yesterday, I went to the Fierce Reads event. IT WAS FRICKIN’ AWESOME.

It was a fabulous event. I arrived an hour early, before the staff at the bookstore even set up the chairs. I spent my time browsing the store, and when they finally set up the chairs, I took a seat in front of the four chairs (that the authors would be sitting). I was actually an arm away from the authors. (See, at the bottom picture, literally an arm away. Such a great seat!) I had been initially worried and nervous about talking to people because I feel awkward, but the people there were friendly. A woman, whose name I forgot (sorry!), let me read her Cress ARC before the event and the seven chapters that I read, frickin’ amazing. I need that book in my life!

When the event started, each authors introduced themselves and their books. We have –
Leila Sales – author of This Song Will Save Your Life
S.A. Bodeen – author of The Compound and The Fallout
Marissa Meyer – author of Cinder and Scarlet
Alexandra Coutts – author of Tumble & Fall
(In the order of when they introduced  their books.)

This was the first Fierce Reads event that the authors did not have a moderator, so they decided to ask questions to each other that they wanted to know and then opened the questions up to audience.

Question: What Hogwarts House would your character be in and why? Or which House would you pick yourself in? (Asked by Leila Sales)
Marissa Meyer (MM): Cinder and Scarlet would be Gryffindor because they’re no-nonsense, take no prisoners, willing to get the job done, and brave. Marissa would most likely be a Hufflepuff.
S.A. Bodeen (SAB): Eli, the main character in The Compound and The Fallout, would be mistakenly put into Slytherin because Eli’s considered the bad twin. He has done bad things and people would most likely judge Eli for what’s on the surface.
Leila Sales (LS): Elise would be put into Slytherin because she thinks she’s terrible because she “has been feed negative ideas of herself over the course of her life from her peers and would have a negative self-imagery of herself.” And terrible people belong in Slytherin, especially if Gryffindor is for brave people, Ravenclaw for smart people, Hufflepuff for nice people, and Slytherin is for terrible people.
Alexandra Coutts (AC): All three characters would be in Gryffindor because they would have to be brave to go out into the world despite an asteroid coming.

Question: What has been your favorite highlights so far on the Fierce Reads tour? (Asked by Marissa Meyer)
SAB: Being able to hang out with the other authors on the tour.
LS: Getting to meet teenagers. (She’s usually surrounded by adults, but interacting with teenagers is the best.)
AC: Getting to read during flights.
MM: A teenage fan gave her a necklace that was made from wire to form the words ‘Cinder’ with a card that read “Thank you for all the daydreams.”

Question: If Square Fish (an imprint that makes the paperbacks at Macmillan) wants to cut 20 pages of your book, what scene would you cut out? Or is there a character you would cut? (Asked by S.A. Bodeen. Very tough question for all the other authors.)
LS: Everybody thinks her book is short, so it’ll be hard to cut anything.
MM: Probably minor characters.
AC: She doesn’t know who, but knows she wouldn’t cut out Gretchen, who is AC’s favorite character, even though readers do not like Gretchen and call her ‘Wretched Gretchen.’
SA: Her answer is that Square Fish would have enough money to publish her entire book. (Hahahaha. :D)

Question: If you weren’t writing and editing for a living, what would you do? (Asked by Alexandra Coutts)
MM: Tell people how to live their lives (like Blake Lively – lifestyle curator).
LS: Event planner.
SAB: Social studies teacher.
AC: A jazz singer.

Question: To S.A. Bodeen, did your job influence the way you created the male POVs?
SAB: She doesn’t know if that influenced her. She finds it pretty amazing that boys like her book and are enjoying reading because of it.

Question: What research did you do for your book?
AC: For her first book, Wish, she moved to San Francisco for four months (because it’s set there). For Tumble & Fall, she researched about asteroids and watched visual simulations of what would happen if an asteroid hit the Earth.
MM: Spaceships, moon colonies (+ how that would work), mind control + actual scientific theory on how you would control people, and cyborgs. Her favorite research moment was when she and her husband got underneath an old Mustang, and he pointed out what everything was.
SAB: For The Compound, she researched how to build an atomic bomb. For The Fallout, she researched Doomsday preppers. For The Raft, she went online to look at rafts and survival kits.
LS: Went to dance parties to see what people were wearing and how they were dancing. Read things about  how to DJ and the technicalities of it.

Question: Is there a scene that you wanted to change if you had more time to work on it?
SAB: People wanted a sequel to The Compound. She got an idea and drafted up an outline, wrote it, and sent it to her editor. Her editor sent back the first 150 pages and told her to scrape the other half, so S.A. had to rewrite half of the book.
AC: The whirlwind romance. People felt it was too fast. Alexandra would make it clearer that Sienna and the boy were responding to what was going on around them (the impending doom).
MM: She wished she made it more obvious that readers are supposed to pick up on the big reveal. (Readers felt she was trying to hide the big reveal, but she didn’t intend that. She wanted the suspense to come from knowing the secret and how it’ll unfold for the characters.)
LS: Pleased with her book.

Question: What is your writing process? And has that process change from book to book?
MM: She’s very chronological writer – never deviates from beginning to end. However, for her third and fourth book, her process changes because she has more characters (+ their subplot) to add, so she finds it easier to jump around more.
LS: Writes chronologically + a perfectionist as she writes. She won’t leave blanks. (ie. If she wanted a teacher to be of Indian descent, then she’ll sift through lists and won’t move on until she figures it out.) (That is totally like me!)
SAB: Really lousy drafter. She gets it out fast. She’s a good reviser.
AC: A combo. Outlines a lot. Very linear. Writes in order. She won’t skip ahead.  She can’t move on if something isn’t what she wants it to be.

Question: When you sit down to write, do you have any particular rituals you have or items you need?
LS: Will not write without chocolate chips nearby. Doesn’t have to be in arms reached. She wants it there because she can potentially eat them if the going gets rough.
SAB: A hot drink with her favorite mug.
MM:  Something to sip at, usually water (or glass of wine in the evening). Has to wear socks because cold feet distract her.
AC: Has to wear something comfortable – pajama-esque.

Question: Do you do anything to bribe yourself into writing? (Asked by Marissa Meyer)
SAD: Get an iced-coffee from McDonald’s.
LS: Going out for ice cream. (If the store closes at 10pm and if it’s 9pm, she has to  write or she won’t get ice cream.)
MM: Doesn’t put off bribing herself. She “seduces” her computer having chocolate and lighting a nice candle. :D

Question: What is your favorite book?
MM: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
SAB: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
LS: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
AC: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (and also, Just as Long as We’re Together by Judy Blume)

FUN FACT

  • Leila said she doesn’t have marketable life skills and created an “I don’t have any marketable life skills” Facebook group in college.
  • Marissa worked as a typesetter and a proofreader.
  • S.A. was a social studies teacher. She also taught a middle school geography class that had 18 boys and two girls.
  • Leila loves the song “This Old Heart of Mine” by the Isley Brothers.
  • S.A never intended for The Compound to have a sequel.
  • S.A. has a favorite mug that says “Live long and prosper.”
  • The ending of This Song Will Save Your Life took Leila a lot of rewrites.
  • Marissa has a tattoo on her upper back – a stack of books. When she got published, she wanted her tattoo to be a stack of books. She got it a month or two after Cinder came out. Four of the stacked books represent The Lunar Chronicles books and the one on top is everything that will come in the future.

After the Q&A section, it was the signing! (I was so glad that I purchased my books beforehand because I would’ve have to wait in line.) I got an “I Love Iko” pin (and I would’ve gotten “Big Bad Wolf” if I had known there was one). When I got my books signed by Marissa, I was sooo overwhelmed. We talked about Sailor Moon (which was awesome because she loves Sailor Moon, and Sailor Moon was an integral part of my childhood) while she signed my books. I also took a picture with her. :DDDD

Because I couldn’t buy the other author’s books (which I really felt bad about), I made them sign my Moleskine and got a picture taken with each of them. I was pretty much all over the place, but I am extremely happy! It was a fabulous event. Meeting all the authors made me love them to pieces!

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(From left to right: S.A. Bodeen, Alexandra Coutts, Marissa Meyer, Leila Sales)





September 28, 2013 • Cee • Stacking the Shelves

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where you share books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!  I bought a lot of books at an annual book sale. SCOOORREEEEE. Young Adult books were $1 each. SO GOOD. I wish I had more time to search for more books. I’m quite disappointed that I didn’t get the fourth book of A Series of Unfortunate Events (because I would’ve had #1-8, but nope!) and the third book of the Millennium Trilogy; I couldn’t find it anywhere.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events #1-3, 5, 11, 13 by Lemony Snicket
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1) by Libba Bray
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You (Gallagher Girls #1) by Ally Carter
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Millennium #1) by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium #2) by Stieg Larsson

I’m still deciding whether I should go on Sunday because every book that’s left over is $1, but I realize my book event is actually on that day and obviously – seeing Marissa Meyer > $1 book sale. (I could always go early, but I don’t want to wake up early. :P)

ALSO.

If you have missed my previous posts, check them out: 

How was your week? What books did you pick up? Have you read any of the books I got in the mail?





September 26, 2013 • Cee • Discussion

Well, it’s that time of the year again! Banned Books Week!

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. It is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

(You can read more on the Banned Books website and on ALA)

I pondered about what I wanted to contribute to Banned Books Week. I decided I wanted to do a timeline of Young Adult books that have been banned and challenged. Even to this day, books continue to be banned for ridiculous reasons (which you will see below). It boggles my mind because I’m sure kids have seen and heard a lot worst from movies and music.

These are the young adult novels that have been banned or challenged in the United States. I’ve listed them under the earliest year I could find when they were first banned. I’m well aware that the books might’ve been banned earlier and that there are plenty of YA books I’ve left out, but in the meantime, voila!

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September 25, 2013 • Cee • Holy Mother Cover

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One & Only by Viv Daniels
November 8, 2013
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One night they can’t forget…

Tess McMann lives her life according to the secrets she’s sworn to keep: the father who won’t acknowledge her, the sister who doesn’t know she exists, and the mother who’s content playing mistress to a prominent businessman. When she meets the distractingly cute Dylan Kingsley at a prestigious summer program and falls in love, Tess allows herself to imagine a life beyond these secrets. But when summer ends, so does their relationship — Dylan heads off to Canton College while Tess enrolls at the state university.

One love they can’t ignore…

Two years later, a scholarship brings Tess to Canton and back into Dylan’s life. Their attraction is as strong as ever, but Dylan has a girlfriend…who also happens to be Tess’s legitimate half-sister. Tess refuses to follow in her mother’s footsteps, which leaves her only one choice: break the rules she’s always followed, or allow Dylan to slip away for a second time.

…And only one chance to get things right.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR.

Viv Daniels writes love stories for the young and young at heart. Like many of her characters, she met her husband in college, and knows all the ins and outs of navigating that kind of relationship — from how to date when you’re both flat broke to how to fit two people in narrow dorm room bed. Her favorite new adult authors include Tammara Weber, J. Lynn, and Cora Carmack. Viv can usually be found on her Facebook page or Twitter feed, chatting with readers about her favorite New Adult fiction, or sharing pictures of cute boys. She lives outside of Washington D.C. with her family.

MY THOUGHTS

Isn’t that cover swoon-worthy? I’m very excited to reveal this cover. I don’t usually do cover reveals, but I ADORE the author and her writing. For those who do not know, Viv Daniels is actually a name Diana Peterfreund will be publishing under for her new adult romance series. I’m pretty excited because her books are amazing. This series is similar to her Secret Society Girl series (which I highly recommend) in that it’s set in a university, but this will be romance-focused (and hopefully have lots of sexy times. ;D).

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Also, Viv Daniels is giving away signed copies of the Secret Society Girl series to celebrate the cover reveal of One & Only. Isn’t that awesome?

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September 25, 2013 • Cee • Waiting on Wednesday

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

Michelle Zink - This Wicked GameThis Wicked Game by Michelle Zink
November 14, 2013
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Claire Kincaid’s family has been in business for over fifty years.

The voodoo business.

Part of the International Guild of High Priests and Priestesses, a secret society that have practiced voodoo for generations, the Kincaid’s run an underground supply house for authentic voodoo supplies. Claire plays along, filling orders for powders, oils and other bizarre ingredients in the family store, but she has a secret.

She doesn’t believe.

Struggling to reconcile her modern sensibilities with a completely unscientific craft based on suspicion, Claire can’t wait to escape New Orleans – and voodoo – when she goes to college, a desire that creates almost constant conflict in her secret affair with Xander Toussaint, son of the Guild’s powerful founding family.

But when a mysterious customer places an order for a deadly ingredient, Claire begins to realize that there’s more to voodoo – and the families that make up the Guild – than meets the eye.

Including her own.

As she bands together with the other firstborns of the Guild, she comes face to face with a deadly enemy – and the disbelief that may very well kill her.

Why I’m waiting?

I find voodoo absolutely scary. Just the word sends shivers through my body. However, the idea of this book fascinates me. It’s a topic I have never really read in Young Adult novels, let alone in general fiction, so I’m hoping we get plenty of background information and history on voodoo to try to fully understand it. Also, I will be extremely angry if the main character isn’t Afro-American, especially considering the subject matter.

And that cover, the gate (or whatever is in front of the girl) is gorgeous. It’s completely eerie because of the skull and the bird. However, I am annoyed that the cover may be white-washing the main character (if she is actually Afro-American).

Let’s hope that this book doesn’t disappoint!

What books are you waiting on?