Contents of blog copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2017
It's been an interesting year so far. I've lost both my Moms. My mother died in January after a long decline. Soon after, my Mother-in-Law went in for bypass surgery. While her heart healed, other issues zapped her strength and she died April 22.

I may have challenge update posts but I don't know when I'll be posting regularly or when I'll get to visit everyone who is working on the challenges I'm hosting.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy 2017!



However you celebrate, make it safe!
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Friday, December 30, 2016

Monthly Mix-up Mania, 2017-2019 edition



Monthly Mix-up Mania
Reading Challenge
2017-2019 edition 

 hosted by me but at it's own blog
Check out the Welcome post and rules
click here to sign up

 The goal for this challenge is to read a book for each letter in the year. That's right, a title for the J in January and the A in January, etc.... 74 books total, YIKES! This is a two-year challenge: April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2019. I've done it twice now, time to sign up for it again!

I am hosting but the challenge has it's own blog so posts don't get lost. Why don't you check out the rules and join me?

Possibilities




~ Books Read ~

J
A - Alone for Christmas by Ashley John (Jan 2017)
N
U - Unexpected Love by Preston Walker (Feb 2017)
A - Adrenaline Rush by Aiden Bates (Jan 2017)
R - The Road Home by Brad Vance, Elsa Winter (Jan 2017)
Y


F - Fish Stick Fridays by Rhys Ford (Jan 2017)
E - Edric by Joyee Flynn (Jan 2017)
B - Buried Passions by Aiden Bates (Jan 2017)
R
U
A
R - Romance Omega Style by Joyee Flynn (Jan 2017)
Y


M - Monsters Don't Scuba Dive by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones (Jan 2017)
A
R
C - Carson by Joyee Flynn (Jan 2017)
H


A
P - Put a Ring on It by K. A. Mitchell (Jan 2017)
R
I
L - Lost Cat by Roger Mader (Jan 2017)


M - Mighty Men with Weapons by Addison Avery (Jan 2017)
A
Y


J
U
N
E - The Enchanted Horse by Magdalen Nabb (Mar 2017)


J
U
L - Lennox by Joyee Flynn (Jan 2017)
Y


A
U
G - Gertrude and Toby Meet the Wolf by Shari Tharp (Jan 2017)
U
S - Sampson by Joyee Flynn (Jan 2017)
T - A Taste of Love by Andrew Grey (Jan 2017)


S - Shiny! by Amy Lane (Jan 2017)
E
P
T - Tristan by Joyee Flynn (Jan 2017)
E
M
B - Borrowing Blue by Lucy Lennox (Jan 2017)
E
R


O - Omega's Kiss by Aiden Bates (Jan 2017)
C - Clear Water by Amy Lane (Jan 2017)
T
O
B - Brody by Joyee Flynn (Jan 2017)
E
R


N
O
V - Vencentio by Joyee Flynn (Jan 2017)
E
M
B - Baptista by Joyee Flynn (Jan 2017)
E
R


D - Dare You To by Riley Hart (Jan 2017)
E
C
E
M
B
E
R





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New Adult Reading Challenge


New Adult
Reading Challenge
2017

hosted at Ashleyz Wonderland
for more information or to sign up, click here

per Goodreads:
New Adult fiction bridges the gap between Young Adult and Adult genres. It typically features protagonists between the ages of 18 and 30.

The genre tends to focus on issues prevalent in the young adult genre as well as focusing on issues experienced by individuals between the area of childhood and adulthood, such as leaving home for university and getting a job.

New adult is typically considered a subcategory of adult literature rather than young adult literature.


I'm not the target audience for new adult but considering I still read picture books, I figured I'd go for it. There are several levels but I'm going for . . . level 1 . . . and hope to read 1-10 books that fit.

Any format, length is not listed, reviews aren't necessary. Any sub-genre of new adult is acceptable. You can make a list but you don't need to stick to it. You can move up a level but not down. (well, I can't get more down ;-) but maybe I'll move up) 


~ Book Read ~
The Road Home by Elsa Winters, Brad Vance
Shiny! by Amy Lane
Do-over by Amy Lane






Possibilities
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
own - Divergent by Veronica Roth
Lucas by Jay McLean (Preston Brothers)
Consolation Prize by Linda Kage
Blow by Heidi McLaughlin (Virtuous Paradox)
Hold My Breath by Ginger Scott
The Red Scot by Twyla Turner (A Curvy Girls Club novel)
The 12 Dares of Christmas by Leigh W. Stuart
Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire (Beautiful #2)
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (Beautiful #1)
own - Outing the Quarterback by Tara Lain



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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge


Outdo Yourself
Reading Challenge
2017

Hosted by Corinne

For more information or to sign up, click here

Challenge yourself to read more this year than last year. Any format, any genre. Re-reads and challenge cross-overs allowed. Books that are 100 pages (give or take) count.

There are several levels. You can go up but not down.




Number of Books Read out of My Goal for the Year
2013: 168 out of 200 (Didn't keep track of 100+ pages for 2012)
2014: 211 out of 174-178 (then moved up a level!)
2015: 170 out of 227 :-(
2016: 214 (as of 12-30) out of 181-185

I've got real life plans for this year that might interfere with my reading so I'm going for
. . . Out of Breath  . . . 
and hope to read 6-10 more books than my 2016 goal.
Because, really, I read 30 books in December and I've got one more day!

Goal for 2017: 211-215 as of Dec 28, I've still got time for one more book ;-)
edit Dec 30: changed level and goal, 191-196 books read in 2017, 16-17 books per month.

~ January ~
  1. Put a Ring on It by K. A. Mitchell
  2. Alone for Christmas by Ashley John 
  3. Wish by Barbara O'Connor 
  4. Buried Passions by Aiden Bates 
  5. Adrenaline Rush by Aiden Bates 
  6. Screw Santa by Joyee Flynn 
  7. Hell's Bells by Joyee Flynn 
  8. Stupid Mistletoe by Joyee Flynn
  9. Borrowing Blue by Lucy Lennox 
  10. The Road Home by Elsa Winters, Brad Vance 
  11. Carson by Joyee Flynn
  12. Tristan by Joyee Flynn 
  13. Edric by Joyee Flynn 
  14. Lennox by Joyee Flynn 
  15. Dewey by Joyee Flynn
  16. Vencentio by Joyee Flynn 
  17. Wesley by Joyee Flynn  
  18. Brody by Joyee Flynn 
  19. Romance Omega Style by Joyee Flynn 
  20. Sampson by Joyee Flynn 
  21. Baptista by Joyee Flynn
  22. A Taste of Love by Andrew Grey 
  23. Mighty Men with Weapons by Addison Avery 
  24. Shiny! by Amy Lane 
  25. Fish Stick Fridays by Rhys Ford 
  26. Clear Water by Amy Lane
  27. Omega's Kiss by Aiden Bates


~ Books Read this Month: ~
~ Books Read this Year: 27 ~
~ Books Left to Read: 164-169 ~


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Read the Books You Buy Reading Challenge


Read the Books You Buy
Reading Challenge
2017

hosted by the Book Date

for more information or to sign up, click here

Basically, if you bought the book during 2017, read the book during 2017! Books bought since June 2016 count too but not earlier. Any format. You decide if gifts count, library books do NOT.

The levels are percentages, so pick a level, keep a list of new purchases, and start reading!

I'm going for . . . Money sitting on the Shelf . . . and hope to read up to 20% of my newest books. I'm not going to count free books (amazon's free bestseller books anyone?)

Because of another challenge, new purchases in Jan-Mar can't be read but the list of 2016 books can be.

For a list of books purchase Jun-Dec 2016, click here.
For a list of books purchased during 2017, click here. . . . both links broken because I'm working on updating them.

~ Books Read ~
  1. Alone for Christmas by Ashley John
  2. Lost Cat by Roger Mader 
  3. Wish by Barbara O'Connor
  4. Buried Passions by Aiden Bates
  5. Adrenaline Rush by Aiden Bates
  6. Lennox by Joyee Flynn
  7. Dewey by Joyee Flynn
  8. Vencentio by Joyee Flynn
  9. Wesley by Joyee Flynn
  10. Brody by Joyee Flynn
  11. Romance Omega Style by Joyee Flynn
  12. The Road Home by Elsa Winters, Brad Vance
  13. Dare You To by Riley Hart
  14. Sampson by Joyee Flynn
  15. Baptista by Joyee Flynn
  16. Mighty Men with Weapons by Addison Avery
  17. Shiny! by Amy Lane
  18. Fish Stick Fridays by Rhys Ford
  19. Omega's Kiss by Aiden Bates 
  20. A Cup of Joe by Cody Ryder 
  21. Father Figure by Aiden Bates
  22. Stray Hearts by Harper Logan 
  23. Scars by Avery Ford 
  24. Turkey in the Snow by Amy Lane
  25. Fish out of Water by Amy Lane 
  26. A Solid Core of Alpha by Amy Lane
  27. Clear Water by Amy Lane 
  28. Utopia by Shea Balik
  29. Bootilicious by Shea Balik 
  30. Skin in the Game by Shea Balik 
  31. A Shot of Cupid by Elizabeth Wilde 
  32. Where I Found You by Parker Elliot 
  33. Dying to be Loved by Aimee Nicole Walker 
  34. Together Again by Aiden Bates
  35. Salt and Pepper by Garett Groves
  36. Crushed by A.R. Steele  
  37. Finding My Forever by Michele Nataro 
  38. A Little Bit Broken by Michele Nataro


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Purrsday












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, December 21, 2016

Read 52 books in 52 Weeks


Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks
Reading Challenge
2017

hosted here
for more information click here, and to sign up click here.

The goal is to read 52 books. How you get there is up to you. Our book week starts on Sunday.

Children's books won't count for me but something like Harry Potter/Percy Jackson would. Just not the younger stuff and certainly not picture books. Different rules apply if there is a child involved.

Getting to 52 is not the problem, it is the one a week part that I sometimes have trouble with but that's what I'm going for this year. Again.

There are several mini-challenges listed, across the top, and I'd like to do one or two, I'm just not sure which one(s) yet.


Mini-Challenges:
Dusty
Chunky
Bingo
Birthstone Bookology
Well Educated Mind
other mini-challenges will show up during the year



Progress Links:
1st quarter | 2nd quarter | 3rd quarter | 4th quarter | Final Report

When I counted up the books over 100 pages that I've read so far this year, I hit 75. Even if I take out the four I've read in April, I'm still over 52.

~ Challenge Completed ~
March 31, 2017

Genre Reading Challenge

GenreLand
Reading Challenge
2017

Found at the Poudre River Public Library in Fort Collins, Colorado

For details about the challenge, click here

You can also download the game board so you can cross off the months.

Website | Facebook | other social media: #FoCoBooks @poudrelibraries

The idea is to read outside your comfort zone. Each month has a genre assigned to it, sub-genres count. To stretch yourself even more, read a level you don't usually read. Always read adult books? Go for a middle grade book!



~ Books Read ~

~ January ~
Fiction A to Z
book read: Wish by Barbara O'Connor

~ February ~
Romance
book read: A Cup of Joe by Cody Ryder

~ March ~
Biography, Autobiography, Memoir
book read:

~ April ~
Thrillers & Suspense
book read:

~ May ~
Historical Fiction
book read:

~ June ~
Science Fiction or Science Factual
book read:

~ July ~
Mind & Body Fitness
book read:

~ August ~
Armchair Travel
book read:

~ September ~
Graphic Novels or Picture Books
book read:

~ October ~
Spooky/Horror
book read:

~ November ~
Mystery
book read:

~ December ~
Fantasy
book read:



~ Possibilities ~



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Picture Book Reading Challenge

Picture Book
Reading Challenge
2017

hosted at Becky's Book Reviews

for more information or to sign up, click here

There are three ways to complete this challenge and there is a minimum of 6 books required.

1: BINGO
2: Checklist - there are 102 to pick from
3: ABCs 26 books by title and/or author

I know I can read six picture books, it's the requirements that hang me up! I'll post a copy of the BINGO card but you'll have to go to the sign up post to see the checklist.



~ Books Read ~



~ Books Read for Option 2 ~


Lost Cat by Roger Mader - a book with a twist (unexpected) ending
Who Counts? by Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso - a book celebrating faith


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Bout of Books 18, a read-a-thon

Bout of Books
Read-a-Thon
Jan 2 to Jan 8

hosted at Bout of Books

for more information and to sign up, click here

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
Add the direct link to your sign up post to the linky in this post. You have until Tuesday, January 3rd at 11:59pm CST to sign up. (If the linky is closed, you're too late.)

Don't have a blog? Post on Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, YouTube, Instagram or Facebook account and declare your intentions to join us. It's EASY. We ask you share info to help spread the word. Please link back to us so others can find us here.


Woo Hoo, let's start the year off with a BANG! My goals are going to be different this time. Usually I just pick a number of books and/or pages. This time my plan is more specific
  • read, and review, an ARC
  • A Sherlock Holmes story
  • something for a monthly challenge 
  • something for a challenge other than print/audio/ebook
Only three or four? Yeah, the number is no problem, it's the specific requirements that is! Only the Sherlock Holmes story is a have-to-read-this-week, three of the others just need to be read during the month.

~ Books Read ~
  1. The Adventure of the Gloria Scott by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. Alone for Christmas by Ashley John
  3. Wish by Barbara O'Connor
  4. Lost Cat by Roger Mader
  5. Buried Passions by Aiden Bates
  6. Adrenaline Rush by Aiden Bates 
  7. Gertrude and Toby Meet the Wolf by Shari Tharp
  8. Screw Santa by Joyee Flynn 


~ Possiblities ~
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (Classic Horror)
  • Title has . . . Court, Fall, Of, Way, Deep or Thousand (Monthly Keyword) - Out of the Pocket!
  • Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg (Monthly Keyword, Monthly Motif, and Homework Assignment)
  • 1984 by George Orwell (Sci-fi, Banned/Challenged, and What in a Name?)
  • an ARC - Gertrude and Toby Meet the Wolf? or see Blogger Shame
  • The Man with the Golden Gun (This Island Reader and Color Coded)
  • Valentine Kittens anthology (In a Year and What an Animal)
  • The Gloria Scott by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes)


Day 1
Introduce Yourself #insixwords

The challenge is simple: introduce yourself on Twitter, Instagram, or on this post using six words, no more, no less. Use the hashtags #boutofbooks and #insixwords so we can learn all about you.

BONUS: Share a picture of your smiling face or your bookshelves! (You can learn a lot about a person from their bookshelves!)


Day 2
2017 in Pictures - here

Share your goals/plans/etc. for 2017 with your fellow #boutofbooks-ers. These could be book goals, life goals, or goals for ANYTHING you're looking to tackle in 2017. Take a picture of the books you plan on reading this year! Share a vision board of what you're trying to accomplish! Use the hashtags #BoB2017Goals and #boutofbooks and let us cheer you on!


Day 3
Book to Movie

Have a book you think would make an excellent movie? Now's your chance to share it! Go as big or as simple as you want. Share fanart, casting choices, or just a book or series you think would be OUTSTANDING on the big screen. Use the hashtags #BoBBookToMovie and #boutofbooks to share your picks!

Day 4
Book Spine Poetry

A perennial favorite is back! Go hunting through your books and unleash your inner poet! Use the titles of your chosen books to create a poem. Snap a picture of your creation and share it with the hashtags #BookSpinePoetryBoB and #boutofbooks.

Day 5
If You Like This, Try This

Since we all love recommending books, here's your chance to share the love. Example: If you like paranormal romance with bloodthirsty vikings, try Shelly Laurenston's Call of Crows series. Make sure you use the hashtags #BoBIfYouLikeThis and #boutofbooks on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, so we can see your recs.






Witches and Witchcraft Reading Challenge

 #1Witches and Witchcraft


hosted at Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
for more information or to sign up, click here

Books must include a witch as a main character or includes major witchcraft elements counts.

They may be fiction or non-fiction. However, they should not be reference books which are not read cover to cover-I will leave this to your discretion.

Any format, full length. Have asked if 100 pages counts.

I signed up for Maiden last year but I've only got five of the books read. I've got enough on my tbr pile for Crone but I'm going for Maiden again and hope to read 6-10 books.

#2 Witchy Fiction

hosted at The Domestic Witch
for more information or to sign up, click here

social media: #WitchyFictionChallenge

This is a fiction only challenge but any sub-genre works but books must be about witches, wizards, magick, supernatural creatures, psychic powers, the paranormal, and so on.

Any format, length isn't mentioned. There are no levels so I'm going to go with the 6-10 as above. There will be a read-a-thon later! 

~ Books Read #1 - some overlap ~








~ Books Read #2 - some overlap ~
Stupid Mistletoe by Joyee Flynn (the Witches are the bad guys in this one)
Edric by Joyee Flynn (main character is half witch)




~ Possibilities ~
The Magical Cats series - only counts for the second challenge
A Magical Bakery Mystery series by Bailey Cates
Wishcraft Mystery series by Heather Blake
Silver Hollow Mystery series by Leighann Dobbs and Traci Douglass
A Bewitching Mystery series by Madelyn Alt
A Magic Potion Mystery series by Heather Blake?
A Witchcraft Mystery series by Juliet Blackwell
Sugar Maple series by Barbara Bretton
Ophelia and Abby Mystery series by Shirley Damsgaard
Witch's Cat Mysteries series by Delia James
Purple Door Detective Agency by Joyce and Jim Lavene
Retired Witches Mystery series by Joyce and Jim Lavene
Moon Shadow series by Maria E. Schneider
A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series by Ellery Adams
Be Careful What you Witch For by Dawn Eastman
A Magical Bookshop Mystery series by Amanda Flower ?
Miss Spelled (Kitchen Witch)

. . . . I searched my amazon order history for "Witch". I had planned on adding the titles here but I got 7 pages! Granted the ones above were included but still. I'm not sure all the witches involved are good witches or even if they're main characters. Guess I'll find out as I'm reading

Any Witch Way You Can by Amanda M. Lee (kindle) - Wicked Witches of the Midwest


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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Purrsday












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, December 14, 2016

Spotlight On . . . Gertrude and Toby Meet the Wolf

Gertrude and Toby Meet the Wolf

Author: Shari Tharp
Illustrator: Jim Heath
Series: Gertrude and Toby
Publisher: Atlas Publishing 
ISBN: 978-1945033001
Published: January 9, 2017 
genre: Children's Book
40 pages

format available: hardcover (2015), paperback

Author's website | Twitter






Blurb:
Gertrude the Goat and Toby the Tortoise are going fishing at Trout Lake today for their Friday adventure. On their way to the lake, Gertrude and Toby meet a new friend, but unfortunately he is carried off by a hungry wolf! They follow the wolf and rescue their new friend, but the wolf doesn't give up. He goes after them, determined to get his “lunch” back!




internal use:
First contact: October batch
Library Thing



print
arrived: Dec 13
started review:
also review on libThing

Book Bingo

Book Bingo
Reading Challenge
2017

hosted by The Grand World of Books
for more information or to sign up, click here

I've got several books on my list to read for other challenges that should fit this challenge. I'll just have to see how far I get.






~ Book Categories ~

A book that is more than 100 years old
read: The Adventure of the Gloria Scott by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A book that takes place in the Spring

A book about a different culture

A book over 500 pages long

The cover is your favorite color

A book that takes place in the Fall

A book of poetry

A book that takes place in the winter

A book that is becoming a movie in 2017

A banned book

A book that was published in 2017

A book based on a fairytale

A popular author's first book

The last book in a series (or trilogy)

A book that takes place in the summer

A book you had to read in High School

a book by an author you have met

Most recently added to the TBR pile

A book that was translated to English

A book about mental illness

A library book

A Graphic novel

A book that brought you joy

a debut novel 



Possibilities
A book that is more than 100 years old
A book that takes place in the Spring
A book about a different culture
A book over 500 pages long
The cover is your favorite color
A book that takes place in the Fall
A book of poetry
A book that takes place in the winter
A book that is becoming a movie in 2017
A banned book - see challenge
A book that was published in 2017
A book based on a fairytale
A popular author's first book
The last book in a series (or trilogy)
A book that takes place in the summer
A book you had to read in High School
a book by an author you have met - Anne McCaffrey, Julia Quinn, Stephanie Laurens, My Name Used to be Muhammad
Most recently added to the TBR pile
A book that was translated to English
A book about mental illness
A library book
A Graphic novel
A book that brought you joy
a debut novel




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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

Contemporary Romance
Reading Challenge
2017

hosted at Andi's ABCs

for more information or to sign up, click here

social media: #ContRom2017

The goal is to read as many contemporary romance books as you can.

Books can be any format but should be close to 100 pages or more. Fiction only for this one.

New Adult and young adult count along with adult books. Not just for M/F as F/F and M/M count too. . . . um, wondering if poly counts too ;-)

Just remember, paranormal, historical, mystery/suspense/thriller, time-travel, fantasy, or science fiction, type romances don't count for this one.

There's more information on the sign up pages.

As most of my romance reading falls in the "doesn't count" category, I'm going for . . . 2nd Base . . . and hope to read 6-10 books. I may be able to move up a level as I've started a new series

~ Books Read ~
  1. Put a Ring on It by K. A. Mitchell
  2. Alone for Christmas by Ashley John
  3. Borrowing Blue by Lucy Lennox
  4. The Road Home by Elsa Winters, Brad Vance
  5. Dare You To by Riley Hart
  6. A Taste of Love by Andrew Grey
  7. Shiny! by Amy Lane
  8. Fish Stick Fridays by Rhys Ford
  9. A Cup of Joe by Cody Ryder
  10. Stray Hearts by Harper Logan
  11. Scars by Avery Ford
~ Challenge Complete ~
February 13



Flights of Fantasy

Flights of Fantasy
Reading Challenge
2017

hosted by Alexa loves books
and Hello, Chelly

for more information or to sign up, click here

social media:  #flightsoffantasy

This one is all about fantasy. I'm using the 10-year Fantasy Challenge list to decide on what books I want to read for this challenge. I have no idea how many I'll get to but I'd like to read 12 fantasy books this year.

~ Books Read ~








Possibilities
 . . . I started at 102. These are the books I'd like to read or have read (*). There were a couple of other titles that sounded interesting but I didn't look any of them up.
*Trickster's Queen by Tamora Pierce 
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels)
*The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (Avalon)
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Peter Pan by JM Barrie
*The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Upon the Midnight Clear by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Lirael by Garth Nix (Old Kingdom)
Redwall by Brian Jacques (Redwall)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
*Magic's Promise by Mercedes Lackey (Valdemar)
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson)
Dragons of Spring Dawning by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Grave Peril by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files)
A Connecticut Yankee by Mark Twain
*Magician by Raymond E. Feist (Riftwar)
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer
Children of Hurin by JRR Tolkien (Middle Earth)
*The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett (Discworld)
Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander (The Chronicles Of Prydain)
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire)
*The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
*Dragonseye by Anne McCaffrey (Pern)
Nation by Terry Pratchett
The Magicians of Caprona by Diana Wynne Jones (Chronicles of Chrestomanci)
The Magician by Michael Scott (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel)
*Enchantment by Orson Scott Card
*Magic in the Wind by Christine Feehan
Predatory Game by Christine Feehan (ShadowWalkers)
Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede
Turbulent Sea by Christine Feehan (Sea Haven)
*The Twilight Before Christmas by Christine Feehan
A Fine and Private Place by Peter Beagle
*Dragonsbane by Patricia C. Wrede (Forest Chronicles) - renamed Dealing with Dragons
*Tehanu by Ursula LeGuin (EarthSEa Cycle) 
*Skybowl by Melanie Rawn (Dragon Star)
*Source of Magic by Piers Anthony (Xanth)
*Prophecy: Child of Earth by Elizabeth Haydon (The Symphony of Ages)
*Bearing an Hourglass by Piers Anthony (Incarnations of Immortality)
*DragonKnight by Donita K. Paul (Dragon Keepers)
Tamsin by Peter Beagle
Soul of the Fire by Terry Goodkind (Sword of Truth)
The Order War by L.E. Modesitt, Jr (Saga of Recluce)
A Princess of Landover by Terry Brooks (Landover)
The Gathering Storm by Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time)






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New to Me Reading Challenge

New to Me
Reading Challenge
2017

hosted at The Herd Presents
by herding cats & burning soup

for more information or to sign up, click here

Social media: #NewToMe2017

This challenge is all about pushing your boundaries and trying something new! And author, a series, a subgenre, etc.




What Counts
Anything "new" to you. For example...
  • First time reading an author
  • first book in a series
  • first book you've read from a series (doesn't have to be book one)
  • first time trying a genre/subgenre
  • a debut book from an author (even if you've read them before)
*books need to be over 80 pages

Levels
There is a 12 book minimum but after that, no formal level.

Other Info
There's a Giveaway!
There will be three posts to link up to. The sign up, a mid-year update, and an end of year. Winner of the giveaway will be drawn from those who link up.

Books Read
The Adventure of the Gloria Scott by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (I've never finished one of his stories!)
  1. Wish by Barbara O'Connor
  2. Borrowing Blue by Lucy Lennox
  3. The Road Home by Elsa Winters, Brad Vance 
  4. Weight for Happiness by Jason Collins 
  5. Where I Found You by Parker Elliot 
  6. Dying to be Loved by Aimee Nicole Walker 
  7. Crushed by A.R. Steele  
  8. Finding My Forever by Michele Nataro



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Reading Assignment Challenge


Reading Assignment
Challenge
2017

hosted at Because Reading
and Fantasy is more fun

For more information or to sign up, click here

Twitter: #2017HW

Basically, pick how many books you're going to read each month (1-4) and which books you're going to read. Report in quarterly.

I know I read a lot but this challenge wants us to pick when and what. I don't usually do that, I'm too much of a mood reader, so I'm going for 12 books this year. I'll need to read one a month and specify which book I'll be reading which month. This also requires a shelf on Goodreads to track progress. I'll have 7 days to report each quarter. During the 2nd quarter's report, I can change one month's assignment.

Yikes!


January
book title: Out of the Pocket
date read - failed (well, I did start!)

February
book title: Spells and Scones
date read

March
book title: Ender's Game
date read

~ report:
April
book title: Bridge to Terabithia
date read

May
book title: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
date read

June
book title: World without Us
date read

~ report:
July
book title: Closer to Home
date read

August
book title: Let it Snow
date read

September
book title: The The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer
date read

~ report:
October
book title: Rebecca
date read

November
book title: I Heart Bloomberg
date read

December
book title: Crystal Singer
date read

~ report:


 . . . and I'm off to get Out of the Pocket out of storage!

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Sherlock Holmes Challenge

Sherlock Holmes
Reading Challenge
2017-2018

hosted at noonlight reads

for more information or to sign up, click here

The idea is to read ALL of Sherlock Holmes in chronological order. That's right, 56 short stories and 4 novels.

The pace will be a week per short story and 3 weeks for each novel but other schedules are allowed. The order to follow can be found here, with few changes.

So, since I do own The Complete Sherlock Holmes, I thought I'd give this a try. The sad thing that as it's all one book, I can't count it until it's finished and if I don't finish it in one year, it doesn't count at all. Not a problem, it's just one book right? Yeah, and 1,874  pages! Well, I'll may count the stories that have their own ISBN for other challenges.

I guess I'll be writing down the titles as I finish them. It's a start

Jan 1 - The Gloria Scott - Jan 3
Jan 8 - The Musgrave Ritual - Jan 23
Jan 15 - The Speckled Band (and Color Coded) - Jan 27
Jan 22 - The Yellow Face (and Color Coded) - Jan 29
Jan 29 - The Red Circle (and Color Coded)
Feb 5 - The Beryl Coronet
Feb 12 - The Resident Patient
Feb 19 - The Reigate Squires
Feb 26 - The Second Stain
Mar 5 - The Naval Treaty
Mar 12 - The Crooked Man
Mar 19 - The Five Orange Pips (and Color Coded)
Mar 26 - The Noble Bachelor
Apr 2 - The Valley of Fear
Apr 9 - A Scandal in Bohemia
Apr 16 - A Case of Identity
Apr 23 - The Greek Interpreter
Apr 30 - The Sign of the Four
May 7 - Silver Blaze (and Color Coded)
May 14 - The Stock-broker's Clerk
May 21 - The Boscombe Valley Mystery
May 28 - The Man with the Twisted Lip
Jun 4 - The Engineer's Thumb
Jun 11 - The Cardboard Box
Jun 18 - The Hound of the Baskervilles
Jun 25 - The Blue Carbuncle (and Color Coded)

Discworld Reading Event

Discworld-a-Thon
Reading Event
2017

hosted at An Armchair by the Sea

for more information or to sign up, click here

Terry Pratchett really has too many book to just be a reading challenge and if you're familiar with his writing, event totally makes sense. There are 41 Discworld books. I'm going to raid my son's bookshelf for the Discworld book and maybe read some of Terry's other stuff too.

Discworld Reading Order, click here

~ Books Read ~



~ Books at my House ~
Interesting Times
Reaper Man
The Color of Magic (book 1) - print & ebook!
The Light Fantastic
Equal Rites
Mort
Sourcery
Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Tales (not Discworld)
The Long Earth (not Discworld)
Nation (not Discworld)


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Blogger Shame Review Challenge



Blogger Shame
Review Challenge
2017

hosted by herding cats and burning soup and Addicted to Happily Ever After

for more information and to sign up, click here 

Facebook: closed group

This one is all about dusting off the review books (any format) that are four months (or longer) past due. There are prizes and requests for quarterly reports so decide how many books you'll get reviewed from your back log.

I'm going to go for . . . TWELVE . . . books read and reviewed, from this list during 2017, starting with the marked (*) titles. I've also three more recent titles to review before starting on the remaining titles



Gertrude and Toby Meet the Wolf
A Dog Like Sam
Disaster Falls
*I Have a Voice
*Pumpkinflowers
*Caught Up in Raine
*The Study of Seduction
*The Fairy Tale Girl
*What Happens Under the Mistletoe
*Revenge of the Chili Queens
*Ever After
*The Art of Sinning
*Before I Fall
*Tastes Like Murder
*The Right Bitch Trio

Anchored
Rooville
Worthy
9 Essential Weight Loss Blogs
Win Friends and Customers



~ Books Read - Reviewed ~
Gertrude and Toby Meet the Wolf by Shari Tharp (review goes live 1-7)








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Paranormal Reading challenge




Paranormal
Reading Challenge
2017


Hosted at Whole Latte Books

for more information or to sign up, click here

social media: #2017ParanormalChallenge

The Reading Bites challenge has had some changes made. This means you can read about vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, ghosts, and even witches!

The Rules
  • This challenge begins January 1, 2017 and ends Dec 31, 2017.
  • You may sign up anytime during the year.
  • I won't be creating different levels. Read as little or as many books as you want.
  • Books must be paranormal. This means the book has supernatural beings or elements but is set in our world. This includes vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, ghosts, witches, wizards, psychic powers, magic, fairies, mermaids, angels, gods, etc.
  • You may include books of any format including traditional books, ebooks, or audiobooks.
  • Books may be YA, adult, horror, romance, graphic novels, etc.
  • You may reread books.
  • Books may count towards other reading challenges.
  • If you could be so kind, please place the 2017 Paranormal Reading Challenge banner on your blog to help spread the word.
  • Please link back to the sign up page, post about it on Facebook, Tweet about it, and so on to help spread the word.
  • Use Linky Tools to sign up.

~ Books Read ~
  1. Screw Santa by Joyee Flynn (Elves, magic)
  2. Hell's Bells by Joyee Flynn (Elves, magic, werewolves)
  3. Stupid Mistletoe by Joyee Flynn (Elves, werewolves, witches)
  4. Edric by Joyee Flynn (werewolves, half-witch)
  5. Lennox by Joyee Flynn (werewolves)
  6. Dewey by Joyee Flynn (werewolves)
  7. Vencentio by Joyee Flynn (werewolves)
  8. Wesley by Joyee Flynn (werewolves)
  9. Brody by Joyee Flynn (werewolves, vampires)
  10. Romance Omega Style by Joyee Flynn (werewolves)
  11. Sampson by Joyee Flynn (werewolves)
  12. Baptista by Joyee Flynn (werewolves)
  13. Wrap It Up by Joyee Flynn (Elves, vampires, magic)
  14. Holy Stockings by Joyee Flynn (Elves, magic) 
  15. The Enchanted Horse by Magdalen Nabb (toy horse becomes real)


Literary Escapes Reading Challenge


Literary Escapes
Reading Challenge
2017

Hosted at Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book

For more information or to sign up, click here

The goal is to read 51 books! One set in each state plus DC. Fiction or nonfiction. Any format. Length was not mentioned. If the book crosses state lines, use the state it happens most in. Countries count too but more for extra credit.





~ Books Read ~
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California - Borrowing Blue by Lucy Lennox
Colorado - Tristan by Joyee Flynn
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia - Where I Found You by Parker Elliot
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois - Screw Santa by Joyee Flynn
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland - Finding My Forever by Michele Nataro
Massachusetts - Buried Passions by Aiden Bates
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York - Put a Ring on It by K. A. Mitchell
North Carolina - Wish by Barbara O'Connor
North Dakota
Ohio - Dying to be Loved by Aimee Nicole Walker
Oklahoma
Oregon - Unexpected Love by Preston Walker
Pennsylvania - A Taste of Love by Andrew Grey
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington - The Road Home by Elsa Winters, Brad Vance
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
.
.
.
England - Alone for Christmas by Ashley John (London)


I don't know if it will automatically update but I made the map here





This Island Reader's 2017 Reading Challenge


The 2017 Reading Challenge


Hosted by Natalya at This Island Reader

For more information, click here

Natalya has given us 17 "tasks" for 2017. Also, there is possibly a prize for the person who finishes first. She doesn't say we have to do reviews.

Several of the tasks either fall in line with challenges I'm already signed up for or I've got books in my library that would work.

~ Book Requirements ~
A book from Oprah's Book Club
A historical romance by a person of color
A book published a decade after you were born
A book published the year you were born
A collection of essays
A book over 500 pages
A book that's under 100 pages
A romance series that has at least 3 books
The first book you see when you walk into a bookstore
An autobiograhpy from someone in the music industry
A book that was adapted into a TV show
A book set in the Caribbean
A book about finance
A book recommended by someone you follow on Twitter
A book that has a green cover
A book that always makes you cry
A book written by a celebrity (actors, singers, or athletes)


~ Possibilities ~
will work on this
A book from Oprah's Book Club The Lost Diary of Snow White trilogy by Boyd Brent?
A historical romance by a person of color
A book published a decade after you were born Hopscotch by Brian Garfield (also movie)
A book published the year you were born The Man with the Golden Gun
A collection of essays
A book over 500 pages Harry Potter
A book that's under 100 pages
A romance series that has at least 3 books
The first book you see when you walk into a bookstore . . . O_o
An autobiography from someone in the music industry Late, Late at Night by Rick Springfield
A book that was adapted into a TV show
A book set in the Caribbean
A book about finance
A book recommended by someone you follow on Twitter
A book that has a green cover
A book that always makes you cry
A book written by a celebrity The Time of My Life by Patrick Swayze


List of possibilities from Oprah's Book Club - there are 76 books to choose from!
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (amazon)
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines (amazon)
Wild by Cheryl Strayed (amazon)
Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen (amazon) - already read
Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz (amazon)
Back Roads by Tawni O'Dell (amazon)
East of Eden by John Steinbeck (amazon)
Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons (amazon)
 . . . gave up at 22








Thursday, December 8, 2016

Purrsday












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, December 7, 2016

BetterWorldBooks Reading Challenge


BetterWorldBooks
Reading Challenge
2017

for more information, click here

There isn't a sign up spot, just social media spots to check in and share what you're reading. There is also a DISCOUNT CODE to get used books that fit the list but you must use it before January 31, 2017.

This is "read the list" type challenge so there are no levels. Do it or don't. I'm going to try because a lot of the books will fit other challenges I'm doing.



~ Book Requirements ~
Not sure which books I'm going to pick yet but I wanted to get it out there.
~ Books Read ~

A book that's more than 100 years old
The Adventure of the Gloria Scott by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
 A book under 200 pages
Alone for Christmas by Ashley John
A book with a child narrator
Wish by Barbara O'Connor
A book set in a place you want to visit
Borrowing Blue by Lucy Lennox (Napa, California)




~ Possibilities ~
  • A collection of short stories - Aesop's Fables
  • A young adult novel - Harry Potter or Percy Jackson
  • A book with a color in the title - (color coded challenge)
  • A book that's more than 100 years old - A Little Princess or The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • ~ A book you picked based on the cover -
  • A book set in a place you want to visit - To the Hilt or Murder In Thrall or Death of a/Hamish Macbeth or
  • A book based on a fairytale - Brothers Grimm book
  • A National Book Award Winner - list at Wikipedia
  • ~ A book that takes place in a forest -
  • ~ A romance that takes place during travel -
  • A book under 200 pages - pick an ebook
  • A book over 400 pages - Harry Potter?
  • A banned book - (banned/challenged challenge)
  • A nonfiction book about nature - The World without Us
  • A fantasy novel - Closer to Home/Herald Spy
  • A book by a person of color -  The Color of Water
  • A book by a female writer - (pick a cozy)
  • A book of poetry - Poetry All Kids Should Know or Simply Poetry or 101 Great American Poems
  • A book set in Asia - The Dalai Lama's Cat and the Art of Purring
  • A book about immigrants - American Passage (library/April)
  • A book about a historical event -The Day the World Came to Town
  • A book with a child narrator - Percy Jackson book
  • A book translated from another language - The Missing
  • A book that's been adapted into a movie - another Harry Potter book

That's a good start.
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Audio Books Reading Challenge



Audio Books
Reading Challenge
2017 

Hosted by me, I'd better sign up!

For more information or to sign up, click here

I'm not a huge fan of audio but I'm willing to try again.

My first ever audio book had no chapter breaks and continued onto the next disc. Yup, I had to listen to the second half of the third story in order to listen to the fourth story. Then I fell asleep listening to Harry Potter. O_o In my defense, I had already read it, I was laying down, and I was tired.

I'm going for . . . bit . . . and hope to listen to one book. I'm not sure I can get 10 books in but maybe I can get two.



possibilities:
600 Hours of Edward (own)
Switching Hour (maybe purchase)
Sign Off (maybe purchase)
 . . . check something out at the library
edit: Hope Flames (own)
Lovely Bones (own on CD)



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eBook Reading Challenge


eBooks
Reading Challenge
2017 

Hosted by me. I'd better sign up!

For more information or to sign up, click here


I've read over 250 books this year (yes, some were short) and only a handful were print. I'm going for . . . empty the cloud . . . with plans to read 101+ ebooks during 2017.


Fun thing to note about the picture: a phone and my kindle are sitting on my laptop, all of which I read ebooks on.

Books Read: January's list

Books Read: February's list

Books Read: March's list

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Another Christmas Reading Challenge


Whole Latte Christmas
Reading Challenge
Nov 25 - Jan 7

hosted at Whole Latte books

for more information and to sign up, click here

#WholeLatteXmas

How the Whole Latte Christmas Reading Challenge Works:
  • This is a design it yourself challenge. I want you to choose your own reading goals. This is a low pressure challenge meant to be fun.
  • Books can be any genre but must be winter or holiday themed. While the name of the challenge is Christmas, books about other winter holidays will count. This includes Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, and New Year's.
  • Books may have titles or cover art that features winter, frost, ice, freezing, the months of December or January, or anything else associated with the season.
  • When you have reviewed a book, you are encouraged to come back to this post and add the link to your review in the comments.

Additional Rules:
  • This challenge runs from Nov 25 - Jan 7.
  • You may sign up anytime during the challenge.
  • I won't be creating different levels. Read as little or as many books as you want.
  • You may include books of any format including traditional books, ebooks, or audiobooks.
  • You may reread books.
  • Books may count towards other reading challenges.
  • Use the hashtag #WholeLatteXmas
  • If you could be so kind, please place the Whole Latte Xmas Reading Challenge banner on your blog to help spread the word.
  • Please link back to this blog, post about it on Facebook, Tweet about it, and so on to help spread the word.
  • You may sign up using your blog, Youtube channel, Goodreads, Twitter, etc. using Linky Tools  
I've still got a bunch of Winter type books that I can read for this. I've already read a bunch but they were all read the week before this challenge started
~ Books Read ~
Defrosting Jack by Susan Laine
Leger's Winter by Lacey Dearie
Leger's Gift by Lacey Dearie
Sweet Inspiration by Penny Watson
Alone for Christmas by Ashley John
Screw Santa by Joyee Flynn (elf left the North Pole, lives in Chicago, hates "the Big Guy", paints series)
Hell's Bells by Joyee Flynn  ("foster brother" of above elf, left the North Pole, lives in Chicago, hates bells - reindeer bells, church bells, all bells, they give him a headache, loves to swim, series)






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