Contents of blog copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2023
I've been gone a while. I started reading fanfiction to escape and I got sucked in an abyss.

I have no idea if someone else is hosting similar challenges. I just grabbed some of what I have hosted before.

Here's to a happy year of great reading
Jan2023: Not much has changed. Writing a fanfiction now O_o as well as reading but I bought 7 new books in December and hope to get those read soon. Crossing fingers about adding challenges (late!)

Friday, July 3, 2009

Friday Finds

A Weekly Event hosted by mizb at Should be Reading

The idea is to share, every Friday, about books that you’ve recently discovered (never heard of before) that sound really good!

Every Friday, those who have blogs will write a post at their own blog, and then come back and leave others a link to follow on that week’s “Friday Finds” post here at Should Be Reading. For those who don’t blog, you can just tell us about your “Friday Finds” in a comment on that week’s post. )

Let’s try to keep this clean… that’s all I ask, okay?

I've got two for you. The first, was going to be a 'Waiting On' Wednesday but really, it's a new author and I'm not "eagerly anticipating" the release, just looking forward to reading it.....

Best Friends Forever
Jennifer Weiner

368 pages
release date: July 14

Product Description from amazon:
Some bonds can never be broken...
Addie Downs and Valerie Adler will be best friends forever. That's what Addie believes after Valerie moves across the street when they're both nine years old. But in the wake of betrayal during their teenage years, Val is swept into the popular crowd, while mousy, sullen Addie becomes her school's scapegoat.

Flash-forward fifteen years. Valerie Adler has found a measure of fame and fortune working as the weathergirl at the local TV station. Addie Downs lives alone in her parents' house in their small hometown of Pleasant Ridge, Illinois, caring for a troubled brother and trying to meet Prince Charming on the Internet. She's just returned from Bad Date #6 when she opens her door to find her long-gone best friend standing there, a terrified look on her face and blood on the sleeve of her coat. "Something horrible has happened," Val tells Addie, "and you're the only one who can help."

Best Friends Forever is a grand, hilarious, edge-of-your-seat adventure; a story about betrayal and loyalty, family history and small-town secrets. It's about living through tragedy, finding love where you least expect it, and the ties that keep best friends together.'s Sales Rank on June 24: #200 in books
#4 in books > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Friendship
#5 in books > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Single Women
#26 in books > Literature & Fiction > Literary

....and now, for something different....

I have gmail. This is only important because there is a sidebar with "related-to-your-email" items. Since I was doing book blog emails, it just stands to reason that the sidebar would have book stuff. One of the links was Hot New Fiction. I'm sure it changes regularly but this time when I clicked over the page said,

"Trust Me....

You don't want to know
what happened to Dylan Powell."

Well, as someone who recently read After Etan, I was intrigued and followed the link to a site dedicated to the book, Anyone's Child. "A story you'll love. A story you'll hate. A story you'll never forget." I couldn't resist and have put it on my wish list

Anyone's Child
Diane L. Roberts

Publisher: Buy Books on the Web.Com
release date: May 2009
pages: 210 (5.5'' x 8.5'')

from the site/author:
"Child abduction and sexual exploitation is a global problem. This story was designed to raise awareness of this issue, in a gentle, yet provocative way. Raising awareness is one of the critical first steps to any kind of wide-spread and lasting change. This kind of change is very hard to accomplish if we don’t acknowledge it, understand it, and contribute in some way. This book is my contribution."

Johnny Farrell can no longer ignore the suffering of his 7-year old neighbor, Dylan. Feeling helpless, he decides to at least befriend the boy. Then, one day the kid and his abusive father disappear. While dealing with the death of his mother, and his needy girlfriend’s attempts to control him, Johnny follows a trail of evidence until he stumbles on the unthinkable. His quest is one of self-discovery and healing. Set in the world of child exploitation, Anyone’s Child takes a daring look into one of our culture’s most heartbreaking realities.
available from the publisher, but if you do it here, go through the Anyone's Child portal above, I'm sure they get credit of some kind.

Barnes & Noble has it online but not in the store, didn't know what I was searching for and has it but there is a "ships in 2 - 3 weeks" notation on the product page.


Kristen said...

Those both look really good - one adventureful and fun and the other moving.

Anonymous said...

My wife will be getting the Jennifer Weiner novel for a summer read.

gautami tripathy said...

Anyone's Child seems like a difficult read and I will check it out!

Here is my Friday Find

avisannschild said...

I'm looking forward to reading Best Friends Forever!


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