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!)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Spotlight On . . . The Greatness of Dads

The Greatness of Dads
Author: Kirsten Matthew
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 978-1452161624
Published: March 28, 2017
genre: non-fiction
144 pages

format available: paperback listed at Barnes&Noble and Amazon, hardcover (which I received) listed at the publisher.


Tell me who your father is, and I'll tell you who you are.

Profound and humorous, heartwarming and insightful, The Greatness of Dads is full of compelling quotes, poems, literary excerpt, pop-culture references, and compelling photography that highlights the unique bond between fathers and their children. With quotes from beloved cultural icons like Mark Twain, Jimmy Fallon, Georgia May Jagger, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, this delightful collection presents the universal threads of fatherhood-love, discipline, responsibility, fun, embarrassment, and heartbreak-and lets the dad in your life know how much he mean to you.

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First contact: March 2017
Library Thing

format: print
arrived: Jun 13
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Monday, June 5, 2017

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

~ here are the newest review books in my house ~
waiting for one

~ here are the newest books in my house ~
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband
by Julia Quinn
Bridgertons, 2017, mass market paperback

While you were sleeping...

With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He's unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier's life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie...

I told everyone I was your wife

When Edward comes to, he's more than a little confused. The blow to his head knocked out three months of his memory, but surely he would recall getting married. He knows who Cecilia Harcourt is—even if he does not recall her face—and with everyone calling her his wife, he decides it must be true, even though he'd always assumed he'd marry his neighbor back in England.

If only it were true...

Cecilia risks her entire future by giving herself—completely—to the man she loves. But when the truth comes out, Edward may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby.

Merely a Marriage by Jo Beverley
romance, 2017, mass market paperback

As England mourns the death of Princess Charlotte, Lady Ariana Boxstall has another succession in mind. Her brother, Norris, is a strapping young man, but he’s also happily unmarried and childless. Norris agrees to take a wife on one condition: that Ariana take a husband first. Although she realizes she risks a lifetime in a loveless marriage, for the sake of her family, Ariana accepts his challenge.

When the Earl of Kynaston met Ariana eight years ago, he broke her heart. Since then, his own heart has been broken, and he’s sworn off love...until he sees Ariana all grown-up and his resolve is threatened.

Could Ariana’s bargain with Norris actually lead her to happiness? With real love on the line, she must win over the one man who refuses to be had.

Stable Secrets by Aiden Bates, Austin Bates
mpreg romance, ebook, 2017

Opposites attract and this alpha and omega make the chemistry explode…

Feisty and fierce, Sam Hemingway is nothing like a typical omega. As the mayor’s son, he was raised to be strong, rugged, and in control. He knows exactly what he wants—and he doesn’t want the life his family has hand-picked for him. Loving and caring for horses in the country stables is all he needs in life.

But when his mother meddles and throws a real stable hand in to take control, Sam has no idea how quickly his life is going to change.

Charming and sexy Colton Sharp knows his way around a stable. And this alpha quickly works way into Sam’s heart. As the two grow closer and assume their roles, Colton’s true identity threatens everything they’ve built. Now, with everything on the line, will Sam and Colton discover the true meaning of family and love?


What I Read this Week
Shelia has passed this to Kathryn at The Book Date! There are a couple of blogs doing the meme with a kid lit bent so you may want to check them out too.

Jump on over to The Book Date and see what everyone has read recently.

still mostly doing some comfort reading of online serials

Stable Secrets by Austin Bates, Aiden Bates

Happy Reading!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Spotlight On . . . The Buffer Zone Diet

The Buffer Zone Diet
It's not just what you eat, it's when you eat.

Author: Fred Cuellar
Publisher: Max Vera Publishing
ISBN: 978-0998909110
Published: April 27, 2017
genre: Diet, Weight Loss
352 pages

format available: hardcover, paperback, ebook

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What's your life worth?

When you're drowning, the last thing you do before you go unconscious is take a breath. The carbon dioxide rises so much in your blood it overpowers the last few molecules of oxygen in your body. You reach your breaking point, then you inhale. I inhaled food my whole life and I reached my breaking point in my battle with weight loss.

Right at the moment I was ready to give up, I had some last thoughts:

What if there were things I believed that weren't true? What if calories in and calories out had exceptions? What if we don't all metabolize food the same? Why can't we successfully lose weight and keep it off? I had to find out - my life depended on it. In my quest to break my weight loss code, the Buffer Zone is the space where I found my truth.

The Buffer Zone diet is the answer to all of these questions and more.

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First contact: May 18, 2017
Rebecca at The Cadence Group

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arrived: Jun 3
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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge, June

Outdo Yourself
Reading Challenge

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
2012: didn't keep track of 100+ pages
2013: 168 out of 200
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!
181-185 plus 6-10 = 187-195

~ June ~
How many books have I read so far? How many are left? How many to average a month?
  1. If You're Going Through Hell Keep Going by Tinnean 
  2. Things Happen That Way by Tinnean 
  3. Just the Thought of You by Tinnean 
  4. Best Laid Plans by Tinnean

~ Books Read this Month: ~
~ Books Read this Year: ~
~ Books Left to Read: ~

~ July ~
Before You Break by K.C. Wells, Parker Williams
Natuto vol 1 by Masashi Kishimoto

Books Read: Summer

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~ June ~
  1. 336 - If You're Going Through Hell Keep Going by Tinnean
  2. 388 - Things Happen That Way by Tinnean 
  3. 272 - Just the Thought of You by Tinnean 
  4. 367 - Best Laid Plans by Tinnean 
  5. 85 - Vendetta by Bradley Wright

~ Books read in June: 5 ~
~ Pages read in Jun: 1,448~
~ Pages read in Jan-Jun: ~

~ July ~
340 - Before You Break by K.C. Wells, Parker Williams
187 - Natuto vol 1 by Masashi Kishimoto

~ Books read in July: 2 ~
~ Pages read in Jul: 527 ~
~ Pages read in Jan-Jul: ~

~ August ~
149 - Screw Santa by Joyee Flynn
143 - Hell's Bells by Joyee Flynn
352 - The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill
22 - The Accidental Substitute by Nathan Timmel

~ Books read in August: 4 ~
~ Pages read in Aug: 666 so far ~
~ Pages read in Jan-Aug: ~


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