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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, July 30, 2016

Truth from Fiction

So I'm reading an online serial. A couple of times, something written has been profound. In this story there is a festival every month, even if it isn't written about. At a festival in this latest chapter, a father is telling his son "to hold his tongue and not say such judgmental things". I have no idea what the son was being judgemental about.

One of the Priests overhears the scolding and says, "Why must you hold your tongue? Why is it so burdened with judgmental thoughts to begin with? We don’t need to form opinions on our acquaintances’ every move. More consideration of our own lives, and less fretting over how we feel about others’ lives, would see us all in a better place."

Just think how much better the world would be if we each were less burdened with judgemental thoughts.

Of course the flip side is I've got to watch myself! I'm a little judgemental about television preachers who always seem to be asking for money "for the Lord's work" but live such a lavish lifestyle!

Just a thought

Thursday, July 28, 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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Saturday, July 23, 2016

High Summer Read-a-Thon . . . almost over :-(

grab button for Seasons of Reading

High Summer

July 18-24

Hosted at Seasons of Reading

Yikes, I can hardly believe that I've missed most of this one! I did start a new book this week and I'm sure I can finish it this weekend. Whew.

currently reading Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne

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24in48 Read-a-Thon

24 in 48
July 23 & July 24

hosted at it's own blog, sign up are here

Twitter: #24in48 | Instagram: @24in48readathon | Litsy @24in48

The idea is to read for 24 hours sometime during the 48 hours of the read-a-thon.

I'm already missing 3 hours so I guess I better get started!

reading . . .
Snow Angel Cover by RaeAnne Thayne ~ this is an ebook and I'm already at 23%

~ Books Read ~

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Thursday, July 14, 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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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Spotlight On . . . Prince Noah and the School Pirates by Silke Schnee

Prince Noah and the School Pirates

Author: Silke Schnee
Illustrator: Heike Sistig
Publisher: Plough Publishing House 
ISBN: 978-0-87486-765-7
Published: August 1, 2016 
genre: Children's Book
32 pages

format available: hardcover

I didn't find any social media for this author (must be too busy with her school!) Bio at the publisher's site: here

The prince, who starred in the book The Prince Who Was Just Himself, may be a little slower than other students, but he has no less joy in learning. In his kingdom, children go to school on sailing ships. There is a ship for girls and one for boys. There is a ship for children with an eye patch, a ship for children with one leg, and a ship for children who are slower learners. No one knows why there are so many different ships, but it has always been that way.

Then a terrible storm drives the ships into the hands of pirates. The boys and girls realize that they will only escape if everyone does what he or she does best. Through their adventures, they learn that diversity makes us strong and that every person has something to teach us.

internal use:
First contact: June batch
Library Thing

arrived: July 13
started review:
also review on libThing

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

List of Books Read: July

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: July ~ 
Pages read to June 30: 21,216 
  1. 230 - Five-Sided Heart by Max MacGowan
  2. 236 - Acceptance by Grace R. Duncan
  3. 26 - Never Let it Go by Emily Moreton
  4. 183 - Legal Affairs by Aiden Bates
  5. 149 - A Fortunate Blizzard by L. C. Chase
  6. 144 - HUGEx3 by Stephanie Brother
  7. 32 - Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley
  8. 157 - Dumped in Oz by Andrew Grey
  9. 184 - Stuck in Oz by Andrew Grey 
  10. 156 - Trapped in Oz by Andrew Grey 
  11. 178 - The Second Door by T.C. Blue 
  12. 200 - Eyes Only for Me by Andrew Grey 
  13. 71 - Bindings and Books by CM Corett

Pages read in July: 1,946

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Monday, June 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 ~

~ The newest books in my house ~
Velvet Angel by Jude Deveraux
Montgomery, 1983, mass market paperback

She came to him as a precious gift, a naked angel rolled in a rug. Once he gazed into her green eyes, saw her tangle of honey blonde hair, he was undone with passion.

Elizabeth would never surrender. He was a hated Montgomery-she was a Chatworth-and the blood war between their families raged on, a wildfire of rape, murder and betrayal. Elizabeth vowed to fight the handsome lord, to resist the burning desire in his eyes-and the rough sweetness of his kisses.

The Earl Next Door by Charis Michaels
The Bachelor Lords of London, 2016, ebook

American heiress Piety Grey is on the run. Suddenly in London and facing the renovation of a crumbling townhouse, she’s determined to make a new life for herself—anything is better than returning to New York City where a cruel mother and horrid betrothal await her. The last thing she needs is a dark, tempting earl inciting her at every turn…

Trevor Rheese, the Earl of Falcondale, isn’t interested in being a good neighbor. After fifteen years of familial obligation, he’s finally free. But when the disarmingly beautiful Piety bursts through his wall—and into his life—his newfound freedom is threatened…even as his curiosity is piqued.

Once Piety’s family arrives in London, Falcondale suddenly finds himself in the midst of a mock courtship to protect the seductive woman who’s turned his world upside down. It’s all for show—or at least it should be. But if Falcondale isn’t careful, he may find a very real happily ever after with the woman of his dreams…

Killer Jam by Karen MacInerney
A Dewberry Farm Mystery, 2015, ebook and audio

When Houston reporter Lucy Resnick cashes in her retirement to buy her grandmother’s farm in Buttercup, Texas, she’s looking forward to a simple life as a homesteader. But Lucy has barely finished putting up her first batch of Killer Dewberry Jam when an oil exploration truck rolls up to the farm and announces plans to replace her broccoli patch with an oil derrick. Two days later, Nettie Kocurek, the woman who ordered the drilling, turns up dead at the Founders’ Day Festival with a bratwurst skewer through her heart and one of Lucy’s jam jars beside her…and the sheriff fingers Lucy as the prime suspect.

Horrified, Lucy begins to talk to Nettie’s neighbors, but the more she gets to know the townspeople, the more she realizes she’s not the only one who had a beef with Nettie. Can she clear her name, or will her dream life turn into a nightmare?

The Black Cat Knocks on Wood by Kay Finch
A Bad Luck Cat Mystery, 2016, mass market paperback

Sabrina finds it difficult to work on her latest suspense novel when her Aunt Rowe’s antics keep tying up her thoughts. This time Rowe and her fun-loving friends have decided to compete in the upcoming Texas Hill Country Senior Pro Rodeo. The problem is these women have little to no experience with lassos, bulls, or even horseback riding.

Before Sabrina can keep the stubborn seniors from mounting their steeds, she’s sidetracked by a bigger problem. An uppity local business owner is found dead in an accident—right after a black cat was seen in her office. While the townsfolk think the bad luck cat has struck again, Sabrina suspects there might be something more murderous afoot. With a twisted killer on the loose, she’ll have to round up clues quickly before she or her aunt are steered straight into the path of danger...

Éclair and Present Danger by Laura Bradford
An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery, 2016, mass market paperback

With her rent rising faster than her pie crust, bakery owner Winnie Johnson had hoped to be rescued by an inheritance from her wealthy friend and neighbor Gertrude Redenbacher. Instead all she inherits is the widow’s hostile hissing tabby, Lovey, and a vintage ambulance, restored by Gertrude’s late husband. As her dream crumbles, Winnie makes her final delivery—a peach pie to an elderly widower. But she finds Bart Wagner lying on his kitchen floor, smothered by a pillow.

To comfort her frightened and grieving neighbors, Winnie comes to the rescue with her baked goods—and an idea is born: dessert delivery via her ambulance and a new business called the Emergency Dessert Squad. When she’s not speeding to the scenes of dessert emergencies, Winnie is also racing to track down Bart’s killer—before she needs to call a real ambulance for the next victim...

Enough Already! by Peter Walsh
non-fiction, 2009, trade paperback

Most of us are so overwhelmed by work, bills, and school and family commitments that we rush from person to person and place to place without ever feeling satisfied—sometimes giving one area of our lives too much attention and other areas not enough. It’s always too little or too much!

Peter starts by explaining how the six key areas of your life—Family, Relationships, Work, Health, Money, and Spirituality are interrelated. He then shows you how, if one area of your life is cluttered, that clutter will creep into the other areas creating turmoil and imbalance in your life, family, work, and personal life. Peter offers a step-by-step plan to help you acknowledge and address the emotional and mental clutter that continually holds you back from living the more fulfilling life you deserve.

With his wry humor, constant encouragement, and the specific tips and practical advice he offers, Peter shows how to prioritize what matters in your life; let go of the stress and clutter; and regain your balance, focus, energy, and purpose.

A Will and a Way by Nora Roberts
romance, 2003 - large print edition, hardcover

It wasn't easy living with her infuriating co-beneficiary - even to fulfill her uncle's last wishes - but headstrong Pandora McVie found it still harder not falling in love with her nemesis.

Dark Blood by Christine Feehan
Dark series, 2015, mass market paperback

At long last you are truly back with us...

Zev Hunter was an elite warrior, a dark-blood dealer of death to rogue Lycans who preyed on mankind. He was a loner, never given to personal attachments, and damned fierce at his job. But Zev begins to question his past and his purpose when he awakens in the darkness of the sacred cave of warriors -- and is soothed back to consciousness by the sensuously familiar voice of one woman, the woman who has haunted his fantasies for centuries. She was Branislava, member of the Dragonseeker clan...

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
literary fiction, 2016, trade size paperback

Monsieur Perdu is a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Sein, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter that he has never opened.

After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the South of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. He dispenses his books and his wisdom along the way, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Oz series, 1996, trade paperback (Dover edition)

Dorothy, her little dog Toto, the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion will charm boys and girls of today as much as they delighted children nearly a century ago as they set out on an exciting quest for the elusive Wizard of Oz. Along the way, they'll encounter the Wicked Witch of the West, the fantastic Winged Monkeys, the Queen of the Field Mice, the kind-hearted Munchkins and other fanciful creatures.

This is an unabridged edition with 42 illustrations by W. W. Denslow.

Taming the Star Runner by S.E. Hinton
young adult, first published: 1988, trade paperback

Travis is the epitome of cool, even when he's in trouble. But when he's sent to stay with his uncle on a ranch in the country, he finds that his schoolmates don't like his tough city ways.

He does find friendship of a sort with Casey, who runs a riding school at the ranch. She's the bravest person Travis has ever met, and crazy enough to try to tame the Star Runner, her beautiful, dangerous horse who's always on edge, about to explode. It's clear to Travis that he and the Star Runner are two of a kind, creatures not meant to be tamed.

Hogwarts Classics by J.K. Rowling
fiction, 2016, hardcover

Boxed set includes Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard

From every sale of Hogwarts Classics, Scholastic will donate a total of twenty percent of the suggested retail sales price of this boxed set to two charities selected by the author

Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan
Shadow series, 2016, mass market paperback

Whether it's fast cars or fast women, Stefano Ferraro gets what he wants. When he's not fodder for the paparazzi, he commands Ferraro family businesses — both legitimate and illegitimate.

While their criminal activity is simply a rumor yet to be proven, no one knows the real truth. The Ferraros are a family of shadow riders capable of manipulating light and dark, an ability Stefano thought ran in his family alone — until now. . .

With little left to her name, Francesca Cappello has come to Chicago in hopes of a new life. She wasn't expecting to attract the attention of a man with primal hunger in his eyes, driven to claim her as his to protect and to please. And if he discovers her secret, it could ruin her...

Uncle Bobby's Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen
picture book, 2008, hardcover

Chloe's favorite uncle is getting married and she's worried about the changes that will happen with her relationship with her uncle.

This is an alternative relationship book. Bobby is marrying Jamie.

December by Eve Bunting
picture book, 1997, hardcover

Simon and his mom don’t have much--the cardboard house they built for themselves, a tiny Christmas tree, and a picture of an angel from a calendar pinned to one wall. The angel’s name is December. Simon’s mom says she sings to them when they’re asleep. On Christmas Eve, Simon and his mom take in an old woman who needs a place to keep warm, and the next morning, Simon wakes early to find that the old woman has vanished. Instead, he sees December, their Christmas angel, with her wings fanned out over their cardboard house. Could she be real?

A Regency Christmas anthology
romance, 1989-reissue, mass market paperback

Old Acquaintances by Gayle Buck
The Duke's Progress by Edith Layton
The Kissing bough by Patricia Rice
A Gift of Fortune by Anita Mills
The Star of Bethlehem by Mary Balogh

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 some 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!

Dreams to Sell by KC Kendricks
My Gay Geek Crush by Tabatha Christi
America by Jake Rajs (coffee table photography book)
Escape by Aiden Bates
Crescent Moon Omega by Aiden Bates
The More of Less by Joshua Becker
A Will and a Way by Nora Roberts
Bound Together by Aiden Bates
Uncle Bobby's Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen
December by Eve Bunting

Happy Reading!

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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.