March 12, 2020 • Cee • Discussion

Hey, don’t mind this belated Music to My (Y)ear post! I’ve been busy listening to more music!

If I was asked to describe what I listened to in 2019, I would say—which is to say I am saying this—I was lulled to sleep by Epik High’s new album, I listened and sang to a few more favorites, I belted Hadestown in the car, danced to KPop faves, and listened to a lot of nostalgia playlists on Spotify.

Here are the albums I listened to. (It is in order of when I listened to them, and the links go to Spotify.)

EPIK HIGH | sleepless in _________

Epik High (Hangul: 에픽하이) is a South Korean alternative hip hop group from Seoul, composed of Tablo, Mithra Jin, and DJ Tukutz. sleepless in __________ is their second extended play album.

I cannot tell you the amount of times I let this album lull me into sleep. I don’t know how this album does it—maybe it’s the beats that pitter patter as if its rain on a rooftop? Maybe it’s the moments of quietness throughout the album like it’s trying to make sense of it and the sad.

Whatever it is, sleepless in __________ has soared into my favorite albums of all time because of how versatile it is. Also, it makes me feel like a cat napping when I listen to it (and it is absolutely not influenced by one of the songs with “cat” in the title. Maybe).

My Fave Songs: In Seoul, Lullaby for a Cat, Eternal Sunshine, No Different (ft. Yuna)

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March 5, 2020 • 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 February 2020—the brand new year!

FICTION

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy | There There by Tommy OrangeThe Lost Man by Jane HarperAmerican Dirt by Jeanine Cummins | The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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February 26, 2020 • Cee • Reviews

Don’t Check Out This Book! by Kate Klise & M. Sarah Klise • March 10, 2019 •  Algonquin Young Readers
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Is the sweet town of Appleton ripe for scandal?

Consider the facts:

  • Appleton Elementary School has a new librarian named Rita B. Danjerous. (Say it fast.)
  • Principal Noah Memree barely remembers hiring her.
  • Ten-year-old Reid Durr is staying up way too late reading a book from Ms. Danjerous’s controversial “green dot” collection.
  • The new school board president has mandated a student dress code that includes white gloves and bow ties available only at her shop.

Sound strange? Fret not. Appleton’s fifth-grade sleuths are following the money, embracing the punny, and determined to the get to the funniest, most rotten core of their town’s juiciest scandal. Don’t miss this seedy saga!

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I received this book for free from Algonquin Young Readers for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: Welcome to Appleton, Illinois. Home of the GIant Red Apples. Population: 800 713 620 479 198 83

The sweet town of Appleton has been thrown off its apple crate by a new librarian by the name of Rita B. Danjerous! Rita has quickly become a beloved member of the community bringing amazing books to the students at Appleton’s Elementary School, yet despised by Ivana Beprawpa, the new school board president, for going against the “manners and morals” she desperately want to bring back.

How does this clash of personalities and priorities affect this sweet as apple pie town?

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February 5, 2020 • 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 January 2020—the brand new year! 

FICTION

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho | Little Women by Louisa May Alcott | There There by Tommy OrangeLittle Fires Everywhere by Celeste NgAmerican Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

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January 14, 2020 • Cee • Holy Mother Cover

You know what’s even better than a book with a good story? When that book has an awesome cover!

Welcome to this color-coordinated YA book covers! Full of books that came out in 2019 with gorgeous covers! These are the covers that made me stop in my tracks and go “huh, let me stare at this gorgeous piece of work for a while.” These absolutely mesmerized me, and I wonder if they do to you too.

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January 12, 2020 • Cee • Comics
Cub by Cynthia L. Copeland • January 7, 2019 • Algonquin Young Readers

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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.

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I received this book for free from Algonquin Young Readers for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

“When we watch Wild Kingdom on Sunday Nights at seven o’clock, my brothers see one thing…”

Middle School is a confusing time for kids trying to survive the wild kingdom, as Cindy—the main character of Cub—sees it as.

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