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Happy Release Day to Uncertain Summer in Paperback!

One year ago we welcomed Uncertain Summer by Jessica Lee Anderson into the world. And now, today, we welcome the paperback version of Uncertain Summer!     For decades, something has lurked in the swampy lakes of East Texas. When a TV show offers a million dollars to the person that can provide conclusive proof of the creature, Everdil, her brother, and two friends form a team to snap a picture of Bigfoot. But tracking…

What Muggles Can Read While Waiting on the Next Harry Potter Book

We wrote a blog post earlier in the week that talked about our recent visit to LeakyCon and the panel we lead titled, “What to Read While Waiting on the Next Harry Potter Book.” We split the discussion into two parts, one part was what wizards can read while waiting on the next Harry Potter book, the other was what muggles can read while waiting on the next Harry Potter book. Today we’re going to…

What Wizards Can Read While Waiting for the Next Harry Potter Book!

We recently had the pleasure of leading a panel at LeakyCon where we talked about books we can read to fill that Harry Potter sized hole in our hearts. (For those unfamiliar with LeakyCon, it’s a yearly Harry Potter convention.) Being a huge Harry Potter fan with two Harry Potter tattoos, that hole in my heart is rather large. We split them into three categories: Younger readers, chapter books, and teen. We also talked about…

Des[s]erted Reads: The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

Des[s]erted Reads is a monthly blog feature here at CBAY Books where we highlight an unread book on our bookshelf and pair it with a dessert recipe! This month we’re highlighting The Apothecary by Maile Meloy. The Apothecary by Malie Meloy October 2011, Penguin (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) Time spent unread on bookshelf: 7.5 years It’s 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Here, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary…