Archive for November, 2019


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.


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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