February 4, 2021 • Cee • Discussion

2021 started, and now we’re already in February. How did that happen?

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 selling books of January 2021!

FICTION

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller | Demon Slayer Vol. 1 | The Vanishing Half by Brit BennettDune by Frank HerbertI Want To Eat Your Pancreas

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2021 started, and now we’re already in February. How did that happen?

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 selling books of January 2021!

FICTION

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller | Demon Slayer Vol. 1 | The Vanishing Half by Brit BennettDune by Frank HerbertI Want To Eat Your Pancreas

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February 2, 2021 • Cee • Reviews

What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo • February 2, 2021 • FSG
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Eleanor Zarrin has been estranged from her wild family for years. When she flees boarding school after a horrifying incident, she goes to the only place she thinks is safe: the home she left behind. But when she gets there, she struggles to fit in with her monstrous relatives, who prowl the woods around the family estate and read fortunes in the guts of birds.

Eleanor finds herself desperately trying to hold the family together — in order to save them all, Eleanor must learn to embrace her family of monsters and tame the darkness inside her.

Exquisitely terrifying, beautiful, and strange, this fierce gothic fantasy will sink its teeth into you and never let go.

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First sentence: “I opened my eyes, and I was on the train.”

What Big Teeth has the makings of everything I love in books—that gothic atmosphere, a bit of weirdness, and monstrous creatures with The Addams family-esque dynamics trying to reconcile their family while dealing with a major threat that can blow this family apart—but it doesn’t quite live  up to expectations.

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January 8, 2021 • Cee • Discussion

Hey 2021, let me go back to 2020 to talk about the books my bookstore sold a lot of in December. K, thanks! 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 selling books of December 2020!

FICTION

Home Body by Rupi KaurDune by Frank HerbertThe Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett | Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline | Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Hey 2021, let me go back to 2020 to talk about the books my bookstore sold a lot of in December. K, thanks! 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 selling books of December 2020!

FICTION

Home Body by Rupi KaurDune by Frank HerbertThe Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett | Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline | Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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December 31, 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 2020 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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December 30, 2020 • Cee • Discussion

You ever want to know what people are buying in bookstores? Well, it so happens that I work at one, and I wanted to write about what books customers have been asking for during the holiday season.

All bookstores are different, so the customers coming in ask for different things—which they shouldn’t be coming into the store because we are in shelter in place due to COVID. These are just the books the customers in my area asked for during the past week leading up to the Holidays in 2020.

This list isn’t a conclusive list; the books here are the ones that I’ve remembered because I’ve been asked about it a bazillion times or I’ve seen customers holding it.

The Vanishing Half by Brit BennettMexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-GarciaThe Midnight Library by Matt HaigHamnet by Maggie O’Farrell | Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

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December 27, 2020 • Cee • Reviews

Twas a few days after Christmas that I decide to post something to commemorate my eighth anniversary (which was on December 19).

Can I use the pandemic as an excuse that I forgot The Novel Hermit’s Eighth blogoversary?

Because it’s been a tough year for me. I wasn’t as productive as I hoped I be with most of my focuses going into other parts in my life.

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