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!)

Monday, November 14, 2016

Happy Monday

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

These are non-library books that showed up at my house last week. Today's mail will show up next week.

~ The newest review book in my house ~

~ The newest books in my house ~
boxed set of The Dangerous Series by Amanda Scott
Dangerous Illusions, Dangerous Games, Dangerous Angels, and Dangerous Lady

Regency era romance

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey
memoir, 2016-reprint, free ebook

Although he was an acute literary critic, a voluminous contributor to Blackwood's and other journals, and a perceptive writer on history, biography, and economics, Thomas de Quincey (1785–1859) is best known for his Confessions of an English Opium Eater.

First published in installments in the London Magazine in 1821, the work recounts De Quincey's early years as a precocious student of Greek, his flight from grammar school and subsequent adventures among the outcasts and prostitutes of London, studies at Oxford University and his introduction to opium in 1804 (he hoped that taking the drug would relieve a severe headache).

At first, Thomas De Quincey found opium to be a harmless pleasure. A twenty-year-old intellectual living in nineteenth-century London, De Quincey took laudanum sparingly, spacing out his doses so their effect would not be dulled. But after years of casual use, intense stomach pains caused him to rely on the drug more and more, until he was taking opium daily, and living in a world divided between hallucinatory bliss and aching physical torment.

De Quincey’s account of his addiction made him a celebrity. His rhapsodies of hallucination influenced generations of authors, from Poe and Baudelaire to Jorge Luis Borges, and warned countless readers of the dangers of drug dependency.

Night School by Lee Child
Jack Reacher, 2016, hardcover

It’s 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he’s off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind.

Two other men are in the classroom—an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there.

Then they find out: A Jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor—a Saudi courier, seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown. A CIA asset, undercover inside the cell, has overheard the courier whisper a chilling message: “The American wants a hundred million dollars.”

For what? And who from? Reacher and his two new friends are told to find the American. Reacher recruits the best soldier he has ever worked with: Sergeant Frances Neagley. Their mission heats up in more ways than one, while always keeping their eyes on the prize: If they don’t get their man, the world will suffer an epic act of terrorism.

From Langley to Hamburg, Jalalabad to Kiev, Night School moves like a bullet through a treacherous landscape of double crosses, faked identities, and new and terrible enemies, as Reacher maneuvers inside the game and outside the law.

Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
Spin trilogy, 2006, ebook
This was a free book from just for joining their newsletter. There's a new book every month!

The sun is now a featureless disk—a heat source, rather than an astronomical object. The moon is gone, but tides remain. Not only have the world’s artificial satellites fallen out of orbit, their recovered remains are pitted and aged, as though they’d been in space far longer than their known lifespans.

As Tyler, Jason, and Diane grow up, a space probe reveals a bizarre truth: The barrier is artificial, generated by huge alien artifacts. Time is passing faster outside the barrier than inside—more than a hundred million years per year on Earth.

At this rate, the death throes of the sun are only about forty years in our future.

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
Lace Reader, 2009, ebook

Every gift has a price . . . every piece of lace has a secret.

My name is Towner Whitney. No, That's not exactly true. My real first name is Sophya. Never believe me. I lie all the time . . .

Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator of The Lace Reader, hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations, but the disappearance of two women brings Towner home to Salem and the truth about the death of her twin sister to light.

Toby Jug by Denis O'Connor
memoir, 2015, paperback

Three years have passed since Denis rescued the young orphaned Maine Coon, Toby Jug. Living together at Owl Cottage, the the Northumbrian village of West Thirston, man and cat form a uniquely harmonious companionship. Where Denis goes, Toby Jug is never far behind!

Across the changing seasons, they roam their beloved Northumbrian countryside, enjoying the landscape, eating good food, and meeting new friends and fellow animal lovers. They help to rehabilitate a much damaged horse, Lady May; fight to save the local otters; and rescue a very special raven with a rather bewitching owner ...

Blank by Richard C. Hale
thriller, 2014, ebook

There’s a violence in me.

My name is Lincoln Delabar. I was born without a face. Yes, you heard that right. Smooth, clear skin from my forehead to my chin.

I see the world differently, yet it is still a place that holds wonder. At least most of the time.

With my uniqueness comes a burden. My mind is powerful. Very powerful. And I have an obligation, a purpose, to see things in my own special way. Some of the things I see are frightening.

The evil in this world is beyond anyone’s control. Or so you might think.

There is a violence in me. I’m not afraid. I can control it.

But should I?


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!

Taken by the Alpha Dragons by Marcy Jacks
A Serpent's Bond by Misha Paige
Sweet Buns by Shea Balik
The Collared Pup by Shea Balik
Nice 'n' Rosy by Shea Balik
Lube Master by Shea Balik
Painful Pleasure by Shea Balik
Bound for Your Pleasure by Shea Balik
High and Tight by Shea Balik
Euphoria by Shea Balik
Tying the Knot by Shea Balik
The Dirty Hoe by Shea Balik
Kiss of Leather by Shea Balik
The Pearl Necklace by Shea Balik
Get Nailed by Shea Balik
Below the Belt by Shea Balik
Thick and Creamy by Shea Balik

Happy Reading!

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1 comment:

Serena said...

I really loved The Lace Reader. I hope you enjoy it.


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