February 26, 2021 • Cee • Discussion

Like most people, 2020 was a blur—a year full of stresses and falling back to old comforts. The same goes for music. It was nothing but Epik High and KPop, and the occasional 80s music for me, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I discovered a couple of new artists that I’m in deep with now—Dreamcatcher and Stray Kids (welcome to the fam, kids!).

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.

Again, sleepless in ____________ remains my most listened album. It’s my sleepy time album; it lulls me to sleep in a way no album has ever done—and it’s because of the quietness and the honesty flowing out of it.

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

VARIOUS ARTISTS | Birds of Prey OST

Birds of Prey: The Album is the soundtrack album by various artists for the film Birds of Prey, released by Atlantic Records on February 7, 2020. 

I loved the Birds of Prey movie—strange to remember that this was the last movie I saw in person—and the album is no surprise. It’s full of women empowerment songs that motivate you to get shit done.

My Fave Songs: Boss Bitch, Joke’s On You, Danger, Sway with Me, It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World, Hit Me With Your Best Shot

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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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