Sunday, January 20, 2013

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The next four books in my TBR
I sort and determine my reading queue based on a number of considerations including: release and request dates, book tours and reading challenges. Below are the next four books in my pile. The first three books were received from review requests from Amazon Vine and NetGalley, and the last book is a personal pick that fulfills my January "Just For Fun" reading challenge. 

When Pope Alexander dispatches a Vatican courtesan, Damiata, to the remote fortress city of Imola to learn the truth behind the murder of Juan, his most beloved illegitimate son, she cannot fail, for the scheming Borgia pope holds her own young son hostage. Once there, Damiata becomes a pawn in the political intrigues of the pope’s surviving son, the charismatic Duke Valentino, whose own life is threatened by thecondottieri, a powerful cabal of mercenary warlords. Damiata suspects that the killer she seeks is one of the brutal condottierri, and as the murders multiply, her quest grows more urgent. She enlists the help of an obscure Florentine diplomat, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Valentino’s eccentric military engineer, Leonardo da Vinci, who together must struggle to decipher the killer’s taunting riddles: Leonardo with his groundbreaking “science of observation” and Machiavelli with his new “science of men.” Traveling across an Italy torn apart by war, they will enter a labyrinth of ancient superstition and erotic obsession to discover at its center a new face of evil—and a truth that will shake the foundations of western civilization.

After casting out a dark spirit, Callie McFay, a professor of gothic literature, has at last restored a semblance of calm to her rambling Victorian house. But in the nearby thicket of the Honeysuckle Forest, and in the currents of the rushing Undine River, more trouble is stirring. . . .The enchanted town of Fairwick’s dazzling mix of mythical creatures has come under siege from the Grove: a sinister group of witches determined to banish the fey back to their ancestral land. With factions turning on one another, all are cruelly forced to take sides. Callie’s grandmother, a prominent Grove member, demands her granddaughter’s compliance, but half-witch/half-fey Callie can hardly betray her friends and colleagues at the college. To stave off disaster, Callie enlists Duncan Laird, an alluring seductive academic who cultivates her vast magical potential, but to what end? Deeply conflicted, Callie struggles to save her beloved Fairwick, dangerously pushing her extraordinary powers to the limit—risking all, even the needs of her own passionate heart.

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true. Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.

STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why? You just have to trust me. The important thing is this: The drug is called Soy Sauce and it gives users a window into another dimension. John and I never had the chance to say no. You still do. I'm sorry to have involved you in this, I really am. But as you read about these terrible events and the very dark epoch the world is about to enter as a result, it is crucial you keep one thing in mind: None of this was my fault.
Monday - Jan. 21
Number of pages I've read today:  172
Total number of pages I've read:  172
Books: Reading The Malice of Fortune

Tuesday - Jan. 22
Number of pages I've read today:  40
Total number of pages I've read:  212
Books: Reading The Malice of Fortune

Wednesday - Jan. 23
Number of pages I've read today: 20
Total number of pages I've read: 232
Books: Reading The Malice of Fortune

Thursday - Jan. 24
Number of pages I've read today: 79
Total number of pages I've read: 311
Books: Reading The Malice of Fortune

Friday - Jan. 25
Number of pages I've read today: 30
Total number of pages I've read:  341
Books: Reading The Malice of Fortune

Saturday - Jan. 26
Number of pages I've read today: 15 
Total number of pages I've read: 356
Books:  Reading the Malice of Fortune

Sunday - Jan. 27
Number of pages I've read today:  43
Total number of pages I've read: 399
Books: Finished The Malice of Fortune - completed

*Goals template provided by Bout of Books


  1. Thanks for joining me for another read-a-thon! Great list you have there. I really want to get my hands on The Madman's Daughter.

    I hope you get a lot of reading done this week. =O)

  2. John Dies at the End sounds like such a weird, fun book! I hope you like it.

    Good luck with your goals this week :)

  3. Oooh, Madman's Daughter! Awesome! Hope you enjoy your readathon week! <3

  4. Looks like you have some great reading ahead!

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