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!)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Lair in Review

June? What do you mean it's June?!  I've done really well as far as challenges and total books read but totally tanked as far as clutter and exercise are concerned.

The family came over Monday for our 20th annual Memorial Day Swim party. I had a good time, even went swimming but am paying for it now (back pain).

Our family uses a big desk-type calendar for everyone, each of us with a different color marker. I tore off May's page and when I went to add something to June's page it wasn't there! No, I double checked and didn't tear off two months, it's just missing. :(

I finally signed up for Pinterest. Still learning and so far I've just been pinning the books added to my ebook reading app.

Upcoming Challenges, RaT, events
Girl Detective's Shelf Discovery project starts on the 4th. I seriously doubt I'll be reading all the required books but she did say I could "remember" reading them.

Michelle at The True Book Addict is be hosting a High Summer Read-a-Thon this month. Yea!

June starts Authors A to Z and should be fun but I'm wondering if I read authors for Q, X, Y, or Z

Links that might interest you
Two non-book links: one funny but the other needs tissues.

Did you see this? I do some crochet and have tried knitting but WOW, that took dedication!

Powerful essay written by a Yale graduate who was supposed to start work at The New Yorker after graduation. Thanks Melissa for sharing the link.

Another link (book related): I thought it was great and right up there with how I feel about Bella. Thanks Megan for a great post, here is part of it. . . An Imagined Girls Night with Katniss, Hermione, Bella and Buffy.

Books Read this week
Tombs of Endearment
by Casey Daniels

Cozy Mystery Challenge(s)
"E" for Monthly Mix-up Mania

Cemetery tour guide Pepper Martin never imagined she'd get to meet rock legend Damon Curtis, the bad boy poet who made millions of teenage girls scream. After all, he kicked the bucket years before she was born. But thanks to her newfound ability to chat up the dead, Pepper's got a front row seat perfect for swooning over the still-sexy Damon's latest lyrics. He's convinced that his former bandmate Vinnie Pallucci murdered him back in ‘71, and he's promised Pepper she won't get any rest or peace until she helps him prove it.

But when Pepper goes behind the music, she finds Vinnie with a knife in his heart and the rest of the band members running for their lives. And if Pepper doesn't snare the killer soon, Damon's next hit from the great beyond might be her swan song.


by Sage Marlowe

just because

Pierce Hollister is a down-to-earth businessman. Most of the time. His romantic side has him secretly dreaming of Mr Right, a family and a happy ever after.

Noah Conway is a single father who doesn’t believe in happy families any more. When his daughter’s life is at stake, he would sell his soul to save her but as a sadistic Dom takes an interest in him, he sells his body instead.

A shared session at a BDSM club leaves Pierce intrigued and soon he finds himself willing to do anything in his power to heal the wounds that life has left on Noah’s soul. When he realises that the very thing Noah dreads the most might just be what he needs, Pierce sets out on a mission—but maybe it’s just not in his power to save Noah.

Will Noah be able to battle the demons that haunt him and find the happy ever after Pierce has dreamed up for them?


by T. A. Chase

just because

Gatian’s death is just the beginning of the journey he must take as Death, the Pale Horseman of Apocalyptic fame. While he doesn’t regret taking the nobleman’s life, the guilt of not being there when his lover died builds a wall around his heart, and until he accepts forgiveness, he must always be Death.

Pierre Fortsecue is a spoilt rich young man whose heart is broken by the man he thinks he loves. Finding himself alone in Paris, Pierre sinks into a haze of heroin. He gets a tainted baggie of the drug, and almost dies from it. Death arrives to take his soul, and something about Pierre touches the Pale Horseman, who steals him away to help him heal.

As Pierre heals and Death begins to feel again, they begin to wonder if love really is the only emotion needed to overcome desolation and destruction.


Forbidden Heat
by Opal Carew

read in one calendar day for Summer Book Challenge
Summer Reading Challenge asked to judge a cover
Danielle, Jake and Trey were inseparable back in college. They used to tell each other everything—except for one big secret Danielle always kept hidden. That even though they were best friends, Danielle always had a huge crush on them. But it was a harmless, hopeless crush, because the two men were in love…with each other.

Years later, Danielle learns a startling truth. Jake and Trey have not only broken up-- they date women now. Danielle’s most sinful fantasy has always been to have a threesome—and now she finally has the chance to spend the night with not just one, but with both sexy men. Yet when fantasy becomes reality, life gets complicated fast. Despite Jake and Trey’s rocky past, it’s clear to Danielle that they’re still deeply in love with each other. The trouble is, now Danielle’s falling for them too…


A Deadly Chocolate Pi
by Cynthia Gallant-Simpson

finishes "Foodie" reading challenge
Cozy Mystery challenge(s)

When one of Liz's cookery class students, a brilliant scientist, mathematician and antique house restorer dies of rat poison in a chocolate cream pie, the off-season in this summer tourist Mecca gets sticky and ugly. Old animosities, a lost property deed, two cousins with opposing evil agendas and the usual host of quirky, lovable and not so lovable characters will bring you back to Provincetown to join in the fun.

Books Still Reading this week
(and hope to finish one before Monday's post)
Adam Orser: the Chronicles of Evolution (tour book)
Code Blood (review book)
Noah by Jacquelyn Frank (just because)
Seduced by the Wolf by Terry Spear (just because)
Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck (just because)
Divergent by Veronica Roth (challenge)

Challenge Update
Not sure exactly how many challenges I started the year with but as of right now, there are ....wait for it...64! Plus two personal review goals. Some of these are just starting and some are finished but there is A LOT of overlap.

For instance, I joined two ebook challenges with a reading goal of 25. Sure I could have just read 25 and counted both complete but this time I read 25 twice. :)

I've completed the minimum required for, 4 romance challenges, 4 TBR, Harlequin, Foodies, What an Animal, Girl Power, Spring Reading Challenge and ALA's Top Ten/2010. Vampire, Paranormal (no vamps) and Nightwalkers. And this completes Reading Challenge Addict.


I also participated in FIVE read/review-a-thons and have failed two challenges (52-52-52 and The TBR Double Dare)

Upcoming Week
My back is still out of whack so I'll be taking it easy and with a possible visit to the chiropractor. Keeping up with A to Z authors, blog and RL housekeeping, playing way too much FarmVille and working on "something exciting" should keep me busy.

and dreaming of the perfect home library space. . .

Happy Reading!

Gina, a book dragon
because books are a treasure worth protecting

copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2012


Toni said...

Ha! Ha! 64 challenges in one year--you're my kind of person!! :) Next person that gives me a bad time about my 100-books-a-year challenge is doing to be sent your way. :)

ham1299 said...

I did have one Q last year - Anna Quindlen. Not sure if I have a new Q this year or not! LOL I struggled with all of those letters, too. I don't think I found ANYone for X.


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