March 18, 2022 • 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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US vs. UK: The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid

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March 11, 2022 • 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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US vs. UK: Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan

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March 6, 2022 • Cee • Discussion

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 February 2022!

FICTION

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February 21, 2022 • Cee • Discussion

My list of books grows larger and larger with the amount of fantastic ones coming out. This year is no different. I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight a couple of titles—specifically by black authors—that I’m so excited to read.

Let’s see what these books, shall we?

Shuri and T’Challa: Into the Heartlands (A Black Panther Graphic Novel) by Roseanne A. Brown & Dika Araújo

Shuri and T’Challa set out to remove a curse from Wakanda in this action-packed, totally original graphic novel!

Twelve-year-old Shuri is a lot of things. Scientist. Princess. All around cooler person than her pain-in-the-butt big brother T’Challa. Shuri knows she could do so much more to help Wakanda, but everyone is obsessed with the prince because he’s the next Black Panther. That is, until Soul Washing Day, one of the most important rituals of Wakandan society.

When an argument between T’Challa and Shuri leads to one of Shuri’s inventions accidentally destroying the sacred ceremony site, chaos reigns instead of prosperity. Suddenly the people of Wakanda, including her mother the queen, are becoming sick! Could this be a curse from the ancestors? Desperate to save her mother, Shuri dives into research and finds an answer hidden deep in an ancient children’s myth. It may be nothing more than a fantasy, but with the sickness spreading each day, the young princess must trust her instincts and travel deep into the mysterious Heartlands to save her family and her kingdom.

Joining Shuri on her journey is none other than a meddling T’Challa. If Shuri and T’Challa can set aside their jealousy and resentment of each other long enough to survive this journey, they might just discover that they are far more powerful together than they could ever be apart. But if they can’t face their fears in the Heartlands and lift the so-called curse, it may not be just the end for their family, but the end of Wakanda as they know it. No pressure, right?

Why would I want to read Shuri and T’Challa: Into the Heartlands? Look at that art, why wouldn’t I? I’m ready for this Shuri and T’Challa team-up as kids.

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February 7, 2022 • Cee • Discussion

New year, new books? Eh, you’ll see very familiar covers and authors.

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 2022!

FICTION

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January 30, 2022 • Cee • Discussion

Usually when I buy books, they’re graphic novels. Not this time though! (Well, at least it’s half.)

This time around, it’s half classic authors and half graphic novels.

Frog and Toad Are Doing Their Best (A Parody): Bedtime Stories for Trying Times by Jennie Egerdie

At home, work, and out in our ever-changing world, we’re all just doing our best. In this modern parody, Frog and Toad are here to commiserate and lend some laughter.

Full of wry humor and deep compassion for our modern vulnerabilities, the stories in Frog and Toad Are Doing Their Best perfectly capture the heartwarming authenticity of Lobel’s famous amphibian friends while revealing razor-sharp truths about the world we live in today. Through Frog and Toad, we see the anxieties that are woven throughout our everyday existence, from our well-meaning but often-failed attempts at practicing self-care to our struggle to balance the gifts and burdens of technology. Toad ponders a variety of questionable schemes to pay off his credit cards, while Frog spends too much time scrolling through the newsfeed on his phone. But despite their daily frustrations and existential concerns, they know that having a friend to share life’s burdens makes even the darkest days brighter.

Why did I buy Frog and Toad Are Doing Their Best?  Why wouldn’t I want a Frog and Toad parody book about highly relatable truths living in today’s world? But really, I grew up reading the Toad and Frog books, so seeing this parody gave me a wave of nostalgia.

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