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!)

Thursday, June 16, 2016


just a place to share the cute/funny/weird pictures I find while surfing....when I should be doing a whole range of things ;) Don't forget to head over to The True Book Addict because Michele has a meme going. With links and everything!

Whew, I almost missed this one ;-)

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Thursday, June 9, 2016


just a place to share the cute/funny/weird pictures I find while surfing....when I should be doing a whole range of things ;) Don't forget to head over to The True Book Addict because Michele has a meme going. With links and everything!


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Monday, June 6, 2016

Happy Monday - May edition

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.  ;-)

Don't forget to link up your list

~ The newest review book in my house ~
nothing yet

~ The newest books in my house ~
Thank you Sam - birthday gift
The Crochet Block Bible by Luise Roberts and Heather Lodinsky
non-fiction, 2015, spiral bound

This wonderful collection of crochet blocks is packed with inspiring designs that will get you reaching for your hook. From classic, timeless patterns, to more modern textures and color combinations, there's something for every taste.

Each design comes with a clear written pattern, an easy-to-follow chart, and a large photograph.

The More of Less by Joshua Becker

non-fiction, 2016, small hardcover
Don’t Settle for More

Most of us know we own too much stuff. We feel the weight and burden of our clutter, and we tire of cleaning and managing and organizing.

While excess consumption leads to bigger houses, faster cars, fancier technology, and cluttered homes, it never brings happiness. Rather, it results in a desire for more. It redirects our greatest passions to things that can never fulfill. And it distracts us from the very life we wish we were living.

Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower
A Magical Bookshop Mystery, 2016, mass market paperback

Rushing home to sit by her ailing grandmother’s bedside, Violet Waverly is shocked to find Grandma Daisy the picture of perfect health. Violet doesn’t need to read between the lines: her grandma wants Violet back home and working in her magical store, Charming Books. It’s where the perfect book tends to fly off the shelf and pick you...

Violet has every intention to hightail it back to Chicago, but then a dead man is discovered clutching a volume of Emily Dickinson’s poems from Grandma Daisy’s shop. The victim is Benedict Raisin, who recently put Grandma Daisy in his will, making her a prime suspect. Now, with the help of a tuxedo cat named Emerson, Violet will have to find a killer to keep Grandma from getting booked for good...

Time Heals No Wounds by Hendrik Falkenberg
A Baltic Sea Crime novel, 2016, ebook

Freshly trained detective Johannes “Hannes” Niehaus is brand-new to the Criminal Investigation Department. And his partner, unconventional veteran detective Fritz Janssen, isn’t the least bit thrilled to train a rookie.

When a woman’s body washes up on the nearby shores of the Baltic Sea, Hannes gets his first taste of real crime—and a chance to prove himself. Quickly the investigation pulls him and Fritz into a whirlpool of dangerous, decades-old cover-ups. As the death count rises, the clues begin to lead them back to the Third Reich—and to harrowing crimes some people will do anything to keep hidden.

With the dead woman’s beautiful assistant to protect and a missing girl to find, Hannes navigates an ever-twisting maze of concealed horrors and enduring vendettas. Will he be able to catch the murderer before another innocent life gets caught in the killer’s dark plan?

Date Night on Union Station by E. M. Foner
EarthCent Ambassador, 2014, ebook

Kelly Frank is EarthCent's top diplomat on Union Station, but her job description has always been a bit vague. The pay is horrible and she's in hock up to her ears for her furniture, which is likely to end up in a corridor because she's behind on rent for her room. Sometimes she has to wonder if the career she has put ahead of her personal life for fifteen years is worth it.

When Kelly receives a gift subscription to the dating service that's rumored to be powered by the same benevolent artificial intelligence that runs the huge station, she decides to swallow her pride and give it a shot. But as her dates go from bad to worse, she can only hope that the supposedly omniscient AI is planning a happy ending.

Eleven Jude Deveraux books for a challenge. I went to a used book store while on vacation!

Bought two books at the California State Railroad Museum in Old Town Sacramento
A Family Apart by Joan Lowery Nixon
Orphan Train Adventures, 1996, mass market paperback

The Orphan Train saga follows the story of the six Kelly children, whose widowed mother has sent them west from New York City in 1856 because she realizes she cannot give them the life they deserve. The children, especially 13-year-old Frances mary, feel an overwhilming sense of betrayal and abandonment. They cannot understand that Mrs. Kelly has mad the ultimate sacrifice for them.

Their arrival in St. Joseph, Missouri, separates the children not only from their mother, but from each other as well. Frances has promised Ma that she will look after her youngest brother, and to do so she must masquerade as a boy. "Frankie's" adventures eventually involve her in the activities of the Underground Railroad. Was Splitting up the family really her mother's greatest act of love?

Owney the Mail-Pouch Pooch by Mona Kerby
children's book, 2008, hardcover

One rainy night in 1888, a stray dog wandered into the U.S. Post Office in Albany, New York. Workers found him the next morning asleep on a pile of mail pouches. The dog seemed to like the post office and the smell of the mailbags and the men's wool uniforms. When no one came to claim him, they named him Owney and made him their pet. However, Owney's loyalty and sense of adventure soon made it clear he wasn't just an average mutt. Over the course of nine years, Owney guarded the mail―not only in Albany but on mail trains that traveled all over the United States.

Janitors by Tyler Whitesides
Janitors, 2012, trade paperback

No one takes Spencer Zumbro seriously when he tries to warn his classmates about the mysterious things prowling the halls and classrooms of Welcher Elementary School. but when he sees Mar, the janitor, going after one of the creatures with a vacuum, he knows he's not the only one who can see them.

With the help of his new friend, Daisy, Spencer has to find out what the janitors know. The children's search uncovers the magic taking place behind the scenes of their seemingly ordinary school, where a battle is behind waged for the minds of the students. Who can be trusted and can Spencer and Daisy protect their school and possibly the world?

I haven't received any review books, won any contests or received any books as a gift. I have added a couple a day from amazon's free bestseller lists. I've pinned them here.

What are you Reading?

A weekly Monday meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Post what you read last week and what you're planning to read this week then link to Shelia's post. Then visit others and be prepared to add to your TBR pile!

The Soldier and the Unicorn by Helen Louise Caroll
Breaking Cover by Sean Michael
A Lover of Men by Julia Talbot
Bear and Fox by Hollis Shiloh
Bread and Books by Hollis Shiloh
Hairy Harry's Car Seat by Sue Brown
Key to His Heart by Trina Solet
Cookies for the Dragon by April Kelley
You In My Arms by A. C. Katt
Bobby's Old Man by A. C. Katt
Waiting for Mark by A. C. Katt
Beau's Baby by A. C. Katt
Cisco's Boy by A. C. Katt
Caden's Dilemma by A. C. Katt
Peanuts and Wolf Fangs by Anya Byrne
Catkin and Wolf Howls by Anya Byrne
A Matter of Trust by A. C. Katt
Jack's Back by A. C. Katt
Second to None by Felice Stevens
In for a Penny by Carol Lynne
Wrapped and Ready by Julie Kenner
Highland Velvet by Jude Deveraux
Holly by Jude Deveraux
Wishes by Jude Deveraux
The Reluctant Wolf by Lisa Oliver
Awakened by the Wolf by Kristal Hollis
The Runaway Cat by Lisa Oliver
When No Doesn't Cut It by Lisa Oliver
Never Go Back/Malacai finds his Mate by Lisa Oliver
Calming the Enforcer by Lisa Oliver
Getting Close to the Omega by Lisa Oliver
Fae for All by Lisa Oliver
Watching out for Fangs by Lisa Oliver
Tangling with Bears by Lisa Oliver
A Cat Named Hercules by KC Kendricks
A Hard Habit to Break by KC Kendricks
Open Roads by KC Kendricks
What You Don't Confess by KC Kendricks
Your Whisper in the Dark by KC Kendricks
Leather Jackets by KC Kendricks
Station to Station by KC Kendricks

Happy Reading!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

List of Books Read: June

You Read How Many Books?

Pages Read
One Million Pages Read 
Main page, here
I'll list pages and title/author for my books read.

~ Books Read: June ~ 
Pages read to May 31: 19,885 
  1. 140 - Dreams to Sell by KC Kendricks
  2. 40 - My Gay Geek Crush by Tabatha Christi 
  3. 190 - America by Jake Rajs (coffee table phtograph book) 
  4. 167 - Escape by Aiden Bates 
  5. 42 - Crescent Moon Omega by Aiden Bates 
  6. 222 - The More of Less by Joshua Becker 
  7. 286 - A Will and a Way by Nora Roberts 
  8. 172 - Bound Together by Aiden Bates 
  9. 32 - Uncle Bobby's Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen 
  10. 40 - December by Eve Bunting 
~ Pages read - June: 1,331 ~

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RC: Outdo Yourself, page three

Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

Host: Corinne Rodrigues
for more information and to sign up, click here

Read more books during 2016 than you read during 2015. Any format, any genre. Books should be 100 pages (give or take). There are several levels and you can go by page count or titles.

2013: 168
2014: 211
2015: 133 (so far) Yikes, failing challenge! - 170 totally failed

I'm going for . . .  
Breaking a Sweat  
. . . and hope to read 11-15 more books, 181-185.
Yikes, that's over 16 a month! 

Need to remember "give or take", I have several books that are 97 pages.

~ Books Read Jan-May: 79 ~  
~ June ~
Dreams to Sell by KC Kendricks
America by Jake Rajs (coffee table photograph book)
Escape by Aiden Bates
The More of Less by Joshua Becker
A Will and a Way by Nora Roberts
Bound Together by Aiden Bates

~ Books Read Jan-Jun: 85 ~
Half of 181-185 is approx. 92. Did I make it? Nope

~ July: need 17ish ~
  1. Five-Sided Heart by Max MacGowan
  2. Acceptance by Grace R. Duncan
  3. Legal Affairs by Aiden Bates
  4. A Fortunate Blizzard by L. C. Chase
  5. HUGEx3 by Stephanie Brother
  6. Dumped in Oz by Andrew Grey
  7. Stuck in Oz by Andrew Grey 
  8. Trapped in Oz by Andrew Grey 
  9. The Second Door by T.C. Blue 
  10. Eyes Only for Me by Andrew Grey

~ Books Read Jan-Jul: 95 ~
Half of 181-185 is approx. 92. Need about 18 a month for the rest of the year 

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In accordance to the FTC guidelines, I must state that I make no monetary gains from my reviews or endorsements here on Book Dragon's Lair. All books I review are either borrowed, purchased by me, given as a gift, won in some kind of contest, or received in exchange for an honest review.