Archive for October, 2014


October 31, 2014 • Cee • Monthly Recap


It’s almost the end of the year. :o Where had the time go?

  • I received a few books from publishers. That was the exciting thing! (Specifically A Thousand Pieces of You and The Walls Around Us.)
  • Becky Albertalli is one of the sweetest authors I’ve interacted with on Twitter. I’m even more excited to read her debut novel.
  • I sent my first EW e-ARC request. Eeeeek. I was scared, but once I received an answer (which was a “yes, you can totally read this”), I was itching to request more books.
  • I got my Netgalley ratio up, so I’m extremely excited about that. I need to read and review one more book until I’m at the average ratio. And once I get up to that, I’m gonna request We Are Pirates! *cross my fingers*
  • I bought design deals from Design Cuts and Deal Jumbo that were too amazing to pass up. (My wallet weeps in sadness.)
  • I had a design breakthrough and name change awesomeness for that super top secret project.
  • Leighton Meester’s album is the best everrrrrrr. You should go listen to it because oh my god, all the songs are frickin’ amazing. There’s not one song that I don’t love. It’s so perfect. GO. LISTEN. TO. IT.

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October 31, 2014 • Cee • Discussion

spooky reads

Spooky/scary books and I are not a match made in heaven. When I was putting together this post, I noticed that I rarely read any. I actively avoid it since I scare easily. Not gonna read in case of nightmares. I usually decide not to read a book if it has a really scary cover. I refuse to touch it, almost believing that if I did, the scariness of the cover will seep into my veins and haunt me. It’s weird, I know.

Here are spooky/scary books I read (and remember reading).

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October 30, 2014 • Cee • Letters

Dear characters in The Turn of the Screw,

Do you know how much you frightened me when I was reading you for my American Literature class?

I should’ve expected it since The Turn of the Screw is a ghost story, and I’m easily scared (and prone to paranoia), but no excuses! You really scared me! And I want retribution! (In the non-scary kind.)

Do you know where I read you? In my college’s library. In the back. Where it’s quiet and semi-secluded. No soul around. And you know what lurks in the unknown, right? Scary shit.

I felt kept in the dark like the governess. There was something going on in the book that hadn’t been revealed. Every time I felt a draft, I wondered if it was because I was genuinely cold (I have poor circulation at times) or because somebody or something was breathing down my neck. I was afraid that if I looked behind me or around where I was sitting, Peter Quint would be staring at me with his red hair and whiskers. I thought, “shit, did I somehow become the governess? Seeing this or, dare I say, imagining this?”

That fear followed me every time I returned home during the time I was still reading the book. When I turned off my lights for bed, I worried that a fuzzy outline of a figure would pop up in the dark, staring at me ominously. The thought sent me under my blankets (because obviously, the blanket can prevent anything from entering). It’s rather silly that such thoughts came into my head; a fictional story can’t harm me, but I couldn’t help it! The Turn of the Screw was just too good, and it made me think my reaction kind of mimicked how the governess acted and how the book could be read. So, that was kind of interesting?






October 30, 2014 • Cee • Discussion

I have the lovely Charlotte joining me in my discussion about November’s NaNoWriMo, aka the event that will leave most of us crying in a corner because OH MY GOD 50K WORDS HOW AM I GOING TO GET THAT DONE. It should be fun.

(Also, Charlotte coded this little chat area for me. Isn’t it prettttttttty? :D)

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October 29, 2014 • Cee • Reviews

Ellie Marney - Every Breath book coverEvery Breath by Ellie Marney
October 14, 2014
Tundra Books
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*ARC courtesy of Netgalley

When James Mycroft drags Rachel Watts off on a night mission to the Melbourne Zoo, the last thing she expects to find is the mutilated body of Homeless Dave, one of Mycroft’s numerous eccentric friends. But Mycroft’s passion for forensics leads him to realize that something about the scene isn’t right–and he wants Watts to help him investigate the murder.

While Watts battles her attraction to bad-boy Mycroft, he’s busy getting himself expelled and clashing with the police, becoming murder suspect number one. When Watts and Mycroft unknowingly reveal too much to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion’s den–literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning to Rachel Watts again…

myreviewFirst sentence: “Here I am in the photo from seven years ago—a ten-year-old rural in a blue dress.”

“Damnit, Nikki.” (This is something I say a lot to her.)

Mycroft? Watts? The names sound familiar, don’t they? If your first thought is to Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, ding ding ding. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes like many people I know, but I appreciate the classic stories and tropes that come from it. And bless, Nikki. She has some kind of magical book pushing power that always convinces me to pick up a book I know I shouldn’t because of my ever-growing TBR list. I couldn’t resist.

Every Breath follows James Mycroft, a British teenager living in Melbourne who is sort of a bad boy genius/boy next door with a huge interest in forensics, and Rachel Watts, a country girl who moved to the city and isn’t very excited about it. They embark on a murder investigation of a homeless man, and along the way, they deal with personal issues that may or may not hinder them.

Oh boy, you guys. You’re in for a treat.

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October 28, 2014 • Cee • Lists


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens!

This week’s topic is “top ten eight books or movies to watch to get in the Halloween spirit.” I’m a big scaredy cat, so it’s safe to say that I tend to keep away from scary movies. I haven’t watched the classic Halloween movie with Jamie Lee Curtis or A Nightmare on Elm Street. (I don’t want nightmares!) However, there are a few gems I love to watch around Halloween. They aren’t really scary, but they get me nostalgic. They are all a “must” for me.

I never get tired of Practical Magic. It is one of my favorite movies of all time. Witches, everybody! In this movie, you have witches, childhood love spells, tears, sisters kicking ass, dancing, dead guy rising from the grave, deathwatch beetles, and other awesome stuff that makes me want to bellow from the bottom of my lungs.

Love, love, love, love, loveeeeeeeee. The Addams Family continues to be amazing every time I watch it. How can you say no to an eccentric family who have nothing but love for each other? Yeah, they aren’t the neighbors you’d typically find, but they sure do make things interesting in the neighborhood. Morticia and Gomez were one of my first OTPs. And Wednesday, oh, Wednesday. You can say that she was a role model. Just love.

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