Archive for January, 2018

 

January 22, 2018 • Cee • Discussion

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After four years of setting goals for the new year, I’m coming to the conclusion—at least, I’ve always known—that setting them won’t work for me?

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January 16, 2018 • Cee • Discussion

Music in 2017 was filled with my favorite bands and ALOT of Kpop. Go figure?

Like 2016, I didn’t listen as much albums. I listened to a lot of one-shots—a song from different albums. Lots of good music from my favorites, who I’ve seen in concert before and want to again, and Korean pop music that make me want to dance.

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

THE XX | I See You

The xx are an English indie pop band formed in 2005 in Wandsworth, London. I See You is their third album.

I…love this album. Like a lot. It’s certainly one of my all-time favorites (right up there with Arctic Monkey’s AM) that I can play over and again. I See You is a bit of departure in sound from their previous two albums, but it’s still distinctively The xx with Romy Croft and Oliver Sim’s gorgeous dual singing. It’s an emotional album that speaks about the relationship between the members, and you can feel the affection. It’s simply lovely.

My Fave Songs: I Dare YouSay Something Loving, A Violent Noise, On Hold, Seasons Run

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January 14, 2018 • Cee • Reviews

How New York Breaks Your Heart by Bill Hayes • February 13, 2018 • Bloomsbury USA
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Bill Hayes’s critically acclaimed memoir Insomniac City provided a first look at his unique street photography. Now he presents an exquisite collection that captures the full range of his work and the magic of chance encounters in New York City.

Hayes’s “frank, beautiful, bewitching” street photographs “unmask their subjects’ best and truest selves” (Jennifer Senior, New York Times): A policeman pauses at the end of a day. Cooks sneak in cigarette breaks. A pair of movers plays cards on the back of a truck. Friends claim the sidewalk. Lovers embrace. A flame-haired girl gazes mysteriously into the lens. And park benches provide a setting for a couple of hunks, a mom and her baby, a stylish nonagenarian . . .

How New York Breaks Your Heart reveals ordinary New Yorkers at their most peaceful, joyful, distracted, anxious, expressive, and at their most fleeting–bringing the texture of the city to vivid life. Woven through with Hayes’s lyric reflections, these photos will, like the city itself, break your heart by asking you to fall in love.

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January 9, 2018 • Cee • Holy Mother Cover

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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.)

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Cover Change: The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

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January 6, 2018 • Cee • Lists

At the end of the year, the End of the Year Book Survey (by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner) is posted, and it’s usually a sign to reflect back on the books I have read. Do I remember what I’ve read? Not at all. Did I even read a lot? We shall see.

Reading StatsBest In Books | My Blogging/Bookish Life | Looking Ahead

2017 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read104
Number of Re-Reads: IDK
Genre You Read The Most FromContemporary

(Not completely accurate since I forgot to count a lot of books I’ve reread nor did I count all the individual comic issues I’ve read.)

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January 3, 2018 • 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. These are just the books the customers in my area asked for. 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.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid* | A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles* |
Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth StroutPachinko by Min Jin Lee

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