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, August 21, 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?

Two found at while searching for info on another book. Added to my wish list, if someone's interested.... ;-)

The Weight of Silence

Heather Gudenkauf

mass market paperback
July 28, 2009
384 pages

from the publisher:
It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night.

Seven-year-old Calli Clark is sweet, gentle, a dreamer who suffers from selective mutism brought on by tragedy that pulled her deep into silence as a toddler.

Calli's mother, Antonia, tried to be the best mother she could within the confines of marriage to a mostly absent, often angry husband. Now, though she denies that her husband could be involved in the possible abductions, she fears her decision to stay in her marriage has cost her more than her daughter's voice.

Petra Gregory is Calli's best friend, her soul mate and her voice. But neither Petra nor Calli has been heard from since their disappearance was discovered. Desperate to find his child, Martin Gregory is forced to confront a side of himself he did not know existed beneath his intellectual, professorial demeanor.

Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.'s sales rank as of 8-18: #950 in Books

#26 in Books > Romance > Contempory
#55 in Books > Mystery & Thrillers > Thrillers > Suspense
#84 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Literary

The Perfect Couple

Brenda Novak
The Last Stand, book 4

mass market paperback
July 28, 2009
448 pages

from the author's website:
A mother faces her greatest fear.

Zoe Duncan’s thirteen-year-old daughter goes missing from her own backyard while she's home sick from school. The police suspect Samantha’s a runaway—she’s not happy about her mother’s upcoming marriage—but Zoe knows Sam would never do that.

Terrified of losing the person she loves most, Zoe is willing to do anything to bring Sam home, even if it means giving up her job, her nice home and her relationship with the man she thought she wanted….

A detective faces his hardest case.

Jonathan Stivers is a private investigator who donates his time to The Last Stand, a victims’ charity in Sacramento. He’s good at what he does, the best. Which is why he’s called on to help Zoe Duncan find her missing daughter. But never has he had fewer leads to work with—or been more attracted to a client. He’s sure of only one thing: Sam was taken by someone close to the family. He doesn’t realize how close until he realizes that the “perfect” couple next door is anything but…

The author's website also has an excerpt.'s sales rank as of 8-18: #21,547 in Books

The Last Stand: Trust Me, Stop Me, Watch Me, The Perfect Couple, The Perfect Liar (Sep 09), and The Perfect Murder (Oct 09)

Amy at Addicted to Books had such a glowing review I had to tell you about it.

Out of the Pocket

Bill Konigsberg

Dutton Juvenile
September 18, 2008
272 pages

from the publisher:
Star quarterback Bobby Framingham, one of the most talented high school football players in California, knows he’s different from his teammates. They’re like brothers, but they don’t know one essential thing: Bobby is gay. Can he still be one of the guys and be honest about who he is? When he’s outed against his will by a student reporter, Bobby must find a way to earn back his teammates’ trust and accept that his path to success might be more public, and more difficult, than he’d hoped. An affecting novel about identity that also delivers great sportswriting.
This is available directly from in hardback, adobe and ereader.

Or shop at for Out of the Pocket in hardcover and for the Kindle Sales Rank as of 8-18: #80,159 in Books

#13 in Books > Teens > Social Issues > Homosexuality > Fiction
#15 in Books > Children's Books > Sports & Activities > Sports > Football > Fiction
#52 in Books > Teens > School & Sports > Fiction


gautami tripathy said...

Out of the Pocket seems interesting!

Friday Find: Judah's Lion by Anne Caston

Becca said...

The Weight of Silence is on my TBR list. It looks great. Out of the Pocket sounds like a good TV show idea.

Andrea said...

The Weight of Silence is in my TBR pile..I really should get around to reading it!


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