October 27, 2019 • Cee • Lists

I am a scaredy cat. Specifically when it comes to scary or spooky subjects movies/tv/books.

I can’t watch anything without holding my hands over my eyes, willing the movie to move pass the suspense and put me out of my misery. (I always have my finger hovering the fast forward button.) I can’t read a book without peering over my shoulders or looking around my surroundings as if the monster or ghost will pop and scare the living daylight out of me.

I don’t seek out these scary things…but I somehow pick it up because of curiosity sake or it fits a certain vibe I like reading (*ahem* gothic creepiness!!!!)

And with Halloween right around the corner, people like to read and watch scary things. Some of the best scary books I’ve read are written for kids. For those who teach, or have kids, these are great ones you can introduce to your kids. (You’ll want to cramp all these books onto your “READ THIS NOW” list.)

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October 21, 2019 • Cee • Reviews

The Goldblum Variations by Helen McClory • October 22, 2019 • Penguin Books
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The essential companion for any fan of Jeff Goldblum, Hollywood’s most beloved and otherworldly icon

You like Jeff Goldblum. We like Jeff Goldblum. Helen McClory really likes Jeff Goldblum.

So lie back, Jurassic Park-style, and prepare to enjoy The Goldblum Variations, a collection of stories, musings, puzzles, and games based on the one and only Jeff Goldblum as he (and alternate versions of himself) travels through the known (and unknown) universe in a mighty celebration of weird and wonderful Goldbluminess.

Maybe he’s cresting the steep bluffs of a mysterious planet on an epic treasure hunt, maybe he’s wearing a nice sweater, maybe he’s reading from this very book. The possibilities are endless. Treat yourself . . . because all that glitters is Goldblum.


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

First sentence: “The Jeff Goldblum that lathes and sands down a pine table, brushing the grain with the heel of his hand, bends down and takes a spirit level to it, saying gently to the wood, well done, you.”

Jeff Goldblum—beloved actor, meme star, cultural icon—who in the world doesn’t like him?

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October 17, 2019 • Cee • Holy Mother Cover


Inspired by What She ReadsPure Imagination Blog, and Stacked.

I admit I’m a book cover snob. Who isn’t though?

Book covers are the first thing that attracts readers to a book. A good cover can draw someone is, just as a bad cover can easily draw someone away. It can essentially make or break a book. Holy, Mother Cover! is where I showcase the book covers that stand out (or make me cringe), and discuss cover changes.

(A big special thanks to Georgie at What She Reads for bestowing me this fabulous name and to Charlotte at The Simple Tales for creating the beautiful feature banner you see before you.)


Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

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October 11, 2019 • Cee • Discussion

You know what October means! Tis the season of the witches! They are coming out in full force.

I’ve always had a soft spot for books about witches. I aspired to be one when I was little and loved imagining that I had magical powers, zapping things into existence. How perfect is it that I received a few witch books? Just in time for the Halloween.

These are the three witch books I recently received from publishers!

The Dark Lord Clementine by Sarah Jean Horwitz

Dastardly deeds aren’t exactly the first things that come to mind when one hears the name “Clementine,” but as the sole heir of the infamous Dark Lord Elithor, twelve-year-old Clementine Morcerous has been groomed since birth to be the best (worst?) Evil Overlord she can be. But everything changes the day the Dark Lord Elithor is cursed by a mysterious rival.

Now, Clementine must not only search for a way to break the curse, but also take on the full responsibilities of the Dark Lord. As Clementine forms her first friendships, discovers more about her own magic than she ever dared to explore, and is called upon to break her father’s code of good and evil, she starts to question the very life she’s been fighting for. What if the Dark Lord Clementine doesn’t want to be dark after all?

Why would I want to read The Dark Lord Clementine? Doesn’t every reader get joy reading about a girl becoming an Evil Overlord?

When I read “dastardly deeds” and “Evil Overlord,” I was immediately convinced that The Dark Lord Clementine is gonna be my type of book. I love anything that’s dark and humorous, and when I peeked into this book, it’s got the clever and charming darkness befitting for young readers.

Will other readers enjoy this? Who wouldn’t love reading about Evil Overlords? Especially for all those aspiring Evil Overlords out there. It’ll be really charming.

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October 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 September 2019.


The Testaments by Margaret Atwood | The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Institute by Stephen King | It by Stephen King | There There by Tommy Orange

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September 30, 2019 • Cee • Comics

from panel to panel

I love comics and graphic novels, so what do I do with that love? Well, I turn it into a new feature!

From Panel to Panel is a new feature where I talk about the awesome (and perhaps not-so awesome) comic books and graphic novels I’ve read. Basically, this will be me pushing them onto your laps. You’re welcome.

I’ve come across a lot of graphic novels that parents have been asking for their kids, and September was THE month of holy grails. The big titles were Guts, Best Friends, and The Baby-Sitter’s Club #7: Boy-Crazy Stacey. Kids can’t get enough of these authors, and I love that Raina Telgemeier and The Baby-Sitter’s Club series continues to captivate readers. Not only do we have those popular graphic novels, there are great titles like Stargazing and The Crossover that I’ve been pushing to any kid and adult.

Let’s check out what graphic novels were released in September for kids and teens!

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