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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!)

Monday, October 14, 2019

Just a Thought . . .

We have a camera set up in my dad's bedroom. I actually caught him just before he fell out of bed! While I'm sad about his lack of privacy, I'm glad I don't have to actually sit in his room all night.

I think back to being a new parent standing over a crib watching my child breath. Now, I watch the camera's feed on my phone, waiting for my dad to move, even just a little, so I know he's okay.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

good news bad news

My treatments are over and I'm now at a monthly shot and daily pill. That's the good news. The bad news is that my dad had a stroke.

He was driving on a Friday and had a stroke sometime Saturday morning.

So I'm now trying to figure out my RL, still sucked into fanfiction, and being weekend graveyard caregiver for my dad. My brother who is living the closest is out of town on a job (wild fire team coordinator) so I've moved into his place to be closer. Luckily the siblings/dad can afford a part-time caregiver or I'd never make it!

All thoughts of talking to/with you at least weekly after treatment has flown the coop. I hope you enjoy whatever challenges you signed up for and have a GREAT reading year. I'm crossing my fingers that I can post challenges for 2020 but right now it doesn't look good.

Gina, a book dragon
because books are a treasure worth protecting

Friday, February 1, 2019

Wow, February already?

I spent the first part of January doing laundry and shopping and the last part of January on a cruise. Fourteen mostly beautiful days. We did have to sail through storms off the coast of California and they were ROUGH! Hawaii was wonderful and I learned I need to fly over and spend more time at each island. No way is a partial day enough.

Now I fully understand what my Mom was going though before her knee surgery. She went through drawers and closets clearing this out. I have surgery scheduled for Monday. It's out patient but I'll still be put under for it. I'm still going to leave a note on my keyboard. There wasn't time to go through drawers and closets. I'm truly hoping to be back soon after but give me a month to get my brain working again.

I bought two books while in Hawaii and even visited the State Library. I can hardly wait to tell you about it.

Hugs to all - go read a romance this month ;-)


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

recipe - Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've been using this recipe close to 30 years. Family, friends and co-workers love it! There is also a story to how I got it. I'll edit later to share the story and hopefully add pictures of cookies but I shared most of the recipe on a recent cruise and want to get it posted!

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

This makes a huge amount of cookies and I use a stand mixer. I have halved the recipe without problems but still needed the stand mixer so I don't bother. Maybe your hand mixer is more powerful.

Cream together:

2 C butter
2 C sugar
2 C brown sugar (I actually use the whole pound because so much is left of the box)


4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla

Mix together:

4 C flour
5 C oatmeal* (use a blender to make flour out of this)
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda

Slowly add dry ingredients to mixer. Mix well. Dough is ready to add any or all the following:

24 oz chocolate chips (I use milk chocolate
8 oz grated chocolate bar
3 C chopped nuts
I've also added raw sunflower seeds so go ahead and experiment

Bake on ungreased cookie sheets. Make golf ball sized cookies, set 2" apart and bake at 375˚F for 15 minutes. Makes 112 cookies.

Or use a cookie scoop. I use a small one, bake at 350˚F for 11 minutes. Most of the time, not all the dough makes it as cookies but I have gotten 104 cookies before.

*I have no idea out much oatmeal flour this makes, when I got the recipe, oatmeal flour wasn't found in the grocery stores easily. Or at all!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2019 Read My Name Reading Challenge

Read My Name
Reading Challenge

Hosted by SMS Nonfiction Book Reviews

To sign up click here

Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31

GOAL: Read books with your first, middle or last name as an author name, character name, place name or is about someone of that name. You choose your goal # of books.

This challenges goes from Jan 1, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019 and includes all types of books (audio, ebooks etc), rereads are fine and you can choose books as you go or ahead of time. You can overlap books with other challenges. It’s okay if you started a book before Jan 1 as long as you finish it in 2019.

To clarify:
  • You can use your first, middle and/or last name and may include nicknames if you so choose.
  • You don’t have to use the same name for each read or in the same way.
  • You can use maiden and/or married names if you have both.
  • The names don’t have to be spelled the same. e.g. Meagan can read books by a Megan or a Meaghann.

 Let's see, my mom called me GiGi as well as Gina Marina so there's two names to choose from. I don't think a high school nickname from one friend counts (it's been YEARS). I do have an easy choice as Dick Francis is a favorite author and my last name is Francis ;-)

So, how many books? Six but only because it's been over a year since I've read much of anything that had an ISBN.

 ~Books Read~

Challenge Complete!

Books to choose from... (possible list)

anything by Dick Francis

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2019RC Three in a Row

Three in a Row
Reading Challenge

Hosted by me, here at The Lair!

This is a new one for me and I think it's pretty simple. Read three books in a row that are from the same series or have the same author. For example, Anne McCaffrey has several series so I could read three books from one series or one book from three different series as long as she's the author.

Guidelines are pretty simple.

1. Choose a Level
  • Picture Books: 1 set of 3
  • Middle Grade: 2 sets of 3
  • Teen: 3 sets of 3
  • Adult: 4 sets of 3
2. You may move up a level but not down.
3. You don’t need a blog to participate. Feel free to link to a Goodreads shelf or another public profile where everyone can see your books.
4. Reviews are not necessary but a list of books is. There will be a link up for reviews if you wish to post them. Edit: a list of books read ;-) You can make a list of books you want to read and change them if you'd like.
5. All formats allowed as long as the book has an isbn or equivalent and can be purchased/borrowed, the book counts.
6. Short story collections count as long as they're all the same author
7. Crossovers from other challenges count
8. Books started before January 1st, 2019 don’t count.

Twelve books doesn't seem like a lot but it's the "in a row" part that might mess me up!

Want to join me?

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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.