Des[s]erted Reads: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Des[s]erted Reads is a blog feature here at CBAY Books where we highlight an unread book on our bookshelf and pair it with a dessert recipe! Our Des[s]erted Reads feature this month is Bloodlines by Richelle Mead!   Bloodlines by Richelle Mead April 2011, Pengin Group Years spent unread on bookshelf: 7.5 years Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve…

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Spooky Reads for Halloween

Growing up we didn’t celebrate Halloween much. We’d sometimes dress up, but we lived in the country so Trick-or-Treating wasn’t really an option. While I’m not necessarily a huge fan of scary/horror films I do love a good spooky read. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite spooky YA reads! Let me know your favorite spooky YA/MG reads in the comments.   The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan In Mary’s world there…

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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…

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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…

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Perfect Summer Reads

So I’m going to be real here for a second: I hate summer. Like a lot. I can’t swim. Sand makes me itch. I sunburn easily and my mom’s had melanoma twice. The only thing I enjoy about summer is the fact that I can sit indoors, in the air conditioning, and read until my heart’s content. Going off that I’ve decided to share some of my favorite summer reads with you! All these books…

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Des[s]erted Reads: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Do me a favor: Take a look at your bookshelves. I know you’ve got them and I know they’re close by, so give them a good look. What do you notice? For me, my favorite books pop out. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Number the Stars… then some guilt sets in when I begin to notice all the books I own that I haven’t read. There’s various reasons for not having read them, and by…

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Our Favorite Valentine’s Day Reads!

Everybody loves a good romance story, but sometimes finding a science fiction or fantasy YA with romantic themes that aren’t overly cheesy is hard to come by. Luckily for you, we here at CBAY have put together a list of our top six YA romance scifi/fantasy books of all time! Let us know if you’ve read them, and if you haven’t we encourage you to add them to your TBR list! We promise you won’t…

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Holiday Reads

I love the holidays. Like a lot. I’m that annoying person everyone hates who begins playing Christmas music on November 1st (if not before) and watches every single cheesy Hallmark Christmas movie. Multiple times. And no, that’s not an exaggeration. That being said, I’ve had trouble finding holiday-themed MG and YA novels. There are some, sure, but they seem to be few and far between. It’s taken me a while but I’ve curated a list…

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Thankful Reads with Author Linda Joy Singleton

Thanksgiving may be over but we’ve got one more Thankful Reads post to share with you, and it comes from author Linda Joy Singleton!   “I’m thankful for the Judy Bolton mysteries by Margaret Sutton. I loved this series so much as a kid that I wrote a fan letter to the author–and she wrote back!  I carried that letter around with me at school, feeling like I’d won the lottery. That one letter led…

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Thankful Reads with Author Susan Bianculli

We hope you’ve enjoyed our Thankful Reads blog series so far! Today’s featured author is Susan Bianculli! “The first series of books I ever read (that I still read from time-to-time even now) is Anne McCaffery’s Dragonriders of Pern, and many of its sequels. I was in 4th grade when my best friend told me about them, and they really opened up reading for pleasure for me. I became a voracious reader because of them.…

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