Monday, September 22, 2014

RC: Come Sit a Spell

Come Sit a Spell 
Sep 22 to Dec 20
hosted by me :-) 
for more information and to sign up, click here

This is a make it your own kind of reading challenge.

~ Plans ~
I have stack of review books, a couple of read-a-thons, a couple of short-term reading challenges and several that are "almost complete".

RC read-a-long/Sep - The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Review book - The Sixteen by Ali B.
Review book - Cover Your Eyes by Mary Burton
RC read-a-long/Oct - The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Review book - The Twyning by Terence Blacker
Review book - Touching His Robe: Reaching Past the Shame and Anger of Abuse bu Leslie G. Nelson and Josh Weed
Review book - Vardin Village by Maggie Spence
Review book - Arlo's Epiphany by Jane Oldaker
Review book - The Hard Way by Cathi Stoler
Review book - In Mint Condition - 2013 (short stories)
reading challenge: A to Z: I, Q, X
reading challenge: Alphabet Soup: I, Q, V, X
reading challenge: Library Books: 22 (15 are in the house!)
reading challenge: Picture Books: 12 re-reads

~ Books Read ~

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Frightfall Read-a-Thon Sign-up!

Sep 29 - Oct 5

hosted by Michelle of The True Book Addict
at Seasons of Reading

For more information and to sign up, click here

Twitter: #FrightFall

There are Rules ahem, Guidelines on the blog, just remember...the one main "rule" of FrightFall is that you must read ONE scary book (which can be a thriller, mystery, Gothic novel, or similar for those who are faint of heart).

(click the title please, my read more link still isn't working {head bang} 
if you know how to fix this, please let me know) 

You Read How Many Books?/One Million Pages Challenges page six

You Read How 
Many Books?
Reading Challenge

Many thanks to Amy at My Overstuffed Bookshelf for hosting the 150+ challenge the last couple of years and allowing me to host it this year.

For more information and to sign up, click here but basically, choose a level and read to your heart's content :-) Anything with an ISBN or equivalent counts. I'm going for 200 and will count everything! 
 ~ Challenge Complete June 14 ~

One Million Pages
Reading Challenge

My main page for this is here but I'll keep track of pages read here and transfer over monthly totals.

Don't forget to add the mainstream books to GoodReads (they're the ones with the checkmark)

~ Books Read ~
with page count

continued from page five
~*~ zero for now ~*~ 
251. 145 - Cody's Eternal Sheriff by Alice Cain
252. 76 - Losing Sight Of The Target by T. A. Chase
253. 55 - Working to Win by Sean Michael
254. 86 - A Flight in Ice by Vivien Dean
255. 49 - Wanting it Raw by Hunter Raines
256. 68 - Project Snowflake by Heidi Champa
257. 51 - Silver Edges by Sean Michael
258. 70 - The Groom Wore Nothing by Hunter Raines
259. 53 - Royal Line by Sean Michael
260. 42 - Making Your Own Luck by Sean Michael
~*~ 695 ~*~ 
261. 130 - Dream Boy by Shawn Bailey
262. 81 - Nanny Dearest by Shawn Bailey
263. 97 - Don't Touch by Lisa Oliver
264. 326 - The Reluctant Wolf by Lisa Oliver
265. 381 - The Runaway Cat by Lisa Oliver
266. 402 - When No Doesn't Cut It by Lisa Oliver
267. 73 - Handcuffs and Leather by Kim Dare
268. 72 - Handcuffs and Glory Holes and Kim Dare
269. 55 - Breaking Cover by Sean Michael
270. 72 - Handcuffs and Headlocks by Kim Dare
~*~ 2,384 ~*~ 
271. 62 - Handcuffs and Trouble by Kim Dare
272. 148 - Called to Mate by Lynn Tyler
273. 144 - Micah’s Refuge by Lynn Tyler
274. 271 - The Wolf's Tiger by Lynn Tyler
275. 259 - Michael's Heart by Lynn Tyler
276. 158 - Ryland's Sacrifice by Kim Dare
277. 48 - Recipe for Love by Sean Michael
278. 23 - Santa Wishes by Amber Kell
279. 68 - Velvet Song by Sean Michael
280. 86 - The Dragon and the Wolf by Mandy Rosko
~*~ 3,651 ~*~ 
281. 130 - The Legend of the Werewolf by Mandy Rosko
282. 26 - A Valet's Duty by H. Lewis-Foster
283. 162 - Marrick's Promise by Kim Dare
284. 48 - Crouching Vegan, Hidden Werewolf by Sean Michael
285. 26 - Can't be His by Shawn Lane
286. 92 - Birds of a Feather by G. R. Richards
287. 200 - Not His Kiss to Take by Finn Marlowe
√ 288. 32 - Richard Scarry's Best Lowly Worm Book Ever!
√ 289. 32 - Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
290. 138 - Texas and Tarantulas by Bailey Bradford
~*~ 4,537 ~*~ 
291. 103 - Elijah's Ghost by Amber Kell
292. 184 - Feline Persuasion by Cheyenne Meadows
293. 47 - Serving Mr. Right by Sean Michael
√ 394. 334 -Kiss of Fire by Deborah Cooke
√ 295. 32 - The Possible Police by Wylde Scott
√ 296. 392 - Kiss of Fury by Deborah Cooke
297. 157 - An Ace in the Tiebreak by T.A. Chase and Devon Rhodes
298. 250 - Living Again by Brynn Stein
299. 84 - Totally Covered by Sean Michael
300. 54 - Drawing Straws-Erik by Sean Michael
~*~ 6,174 ~*~

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

This is Sneakers . . .

sometimes he crawls under the covers to nap with me. :-)

Just wanted to share

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Review: The Possible Police by Wylde Scott

The Possible Police
by Wylde Scott

Publisher: Wylde Press
ISBN 9780996031509
Release date: October 15, 2014
picture book
32 pages

author's website

What happens when you remove all obstacles to a child’s imagination? Anything is possible. Unless of course, you let The Possible Police stop you. They will do whatever it takes to stop children from believing. Wylde Scott believes that all children should live in a world of endless possibilities. In this beautifully illustrated picture book, Wylde takes your child into his boundless imagination as he fights off the possible police. Join him as he inspires children to truly believe, and teaches them that no one can stop them from doing what they dream.

My Thoughts:

Just so you know, I love children's books, I am still purchasing them and my children are in their 20's. That being said, I really wanted to love this one but it was just okay for me. The illustrations are great, watercolor-like with a distinction between the police page and the dreamer page. Even when it is night where the dreamer is.

I was confused about the character wearing a nightgown at the beginning and being a grown man at the end.  And the author's name is used as the character's name.

What saves this book from being ho-hum are the illustrations and the spots of "can you really do this or just dream it" that may lead to real life discussions (astronauts). (wondering if you can teach elephants to dance)

I'm glad I read it but do not believe I will be purchasing it for any of my friend's children.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary electronic file of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of NetGalley and amazon.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Outdo Yourself, page four

Outdo Yourself
Reading Challenge

hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen

For more information and to sign-up, click here

Basic Requirements: Read more during 2014 than you did during 2013. Any format, any genre, but each "binding" must be over 100 pages. There are four levels to choose from and you can move up but not down.

I'm going for . . . Out of Breath . . . again. I hope to read 6 - 10 more books, over 100 pages, than I did in 2013.
. . . . Final total: 168.

Out of Breath: 10 more completed August 27. Now to move up a level to . . . I'm on Fire! . . . and read 16+ more than last year. This is really only 6+ more from where I'm at. Piece of cake ;-)

~ Books Read ~

continued from page three

11. The Wolf's Tiger by Lynn Tyler
12. Michael's Heart by Lynn Tyler
13. Ryland's Sacrifice by Kim Dare
14. Not His Kiss to Take by Finn Marlowe
15. Texas and Tarantulas by Bailey Bradford
16. Elijah's Ghost by Amber Kell
17. Feline Persuasion by Cheyenne Meadows
~ Challenge Complete, again ~
September 8

Yes it is a lot of books but all of them are over 100 pages, even if by only 2 pages. Now to keep track for next year's challenge ;-) 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

RC: Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (last Third)

Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks
plus mini-challenges

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.

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.

I'll also be doing two of the mini-challenges:
  1. Dusty Mini challenge: Limit buying new books for 1 - 4 months and read 4 to 12 or more books gathering dust on your shelves prior to 2013. (progress here)
  2. Chunky Mini Challenge -books more than 500 pages (progress here)
1st Third Progress
2nd Third Progress
Our book week starts on Sunday:
7 - Elijah's Ghost by Amber Kell
14 -
21 -
28 -
5 -
12 -
19 -
26 -
2 -
9 -
16 -
23 -
30 - 

7 -
14 -
21 -
28 -

Q: one a week?
Q: how many total?
Q: how many mini-challenge books?
Do a wrap-up post

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

RC: Gothic September

Gothic September
September 2014

hosted by Michelle of The True Book Addict
at Castle Macabre

for more information and to sign up, click here

I downloaded The House of Seven Gables for this challenge, have In Mint Condition 2013 on my review pile and will be checking The Haunting of Hill House out at the library for RIP

Three scary books is quite enough!

Why don't you join us?

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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, or received in exchange for an honest review.