Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wicked Read-A-Thon Feb. 7-14

Twitter #WWreadathon
How I organize my personal goals for readathons:
I do a number of read-a-thons every year.  Yep, I confess, I'm an addict!  Why do I do it?  I've found that they are a great way to organize my immediate queue and zero in on which books are screaming for my attention.  It's just another reviewer resource that is fun and motivating.  Each reader has their own method and goals.  I've tried a variety of approaches, and have finally decided that this 'set up' works best for me.  I always take the next four books in my TBR pile and post.  I may not get through all of them, but it does allow people to check out what's coming up.  I also prefer to record how many pages I read, concentrating more on page count than books completed.  I also always write a review (or a rough draft) before beginning a new book.  This does slow my reading progress, but I want to get my impressions and thoughts down before moving on.  I don't want the next story to influence my critique of what I just read.  

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. I'm currently half-way through the first book listed. Since, I'm starting mid-way through a book, I will keep track of pages read, as well as books read.
The next four books in my TBR
The Water Witch
(Fairwick Chronicles #2)
Author Juliet Dark
Ballantine Books
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.
The Madman's Daughter
Author Megan Shepherd
Balzer & Bray
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.
Notes from Ghost Town

Author Kate Ellison

From critically acclaimed author Kate Ellison comes a heartbreaking mystery of mental illness, unspoken love, and murder. When sixteen-year-old artist Olivia Tithe is visited by the ghost of her first love, Lucas Stern, it’s only through scattered images and notes left behind that she can unravel the mystery of his death. There’s a catch: Olivia has gone colorblind, and there’s a good chance she’s losing her mind completely—just like her mother did. How else to explain seeing (and falling in love all over again with) someone who isn’t really there? With the murder trial looming just nine days away, Olivia must follow her heart to the truth, no matter how painful. It’s the only way she can save herself.
Thursday - Feb. 7
Number of pages I've read today: (*Started on page 140) Read 212 pages
Total number of pages I've read: 212
1 - The Water Witch COMPLETED - REVIEW
Beginning - The Madman's Daughter

Friday - Feb. 8

Number of pages I've read today: 227
Total number of pages I've read: 439
Books: 1.5

Saturday - Feb. 9
Number of pages I've read today: 205
Total number of pages I've read: 644
Books: 2

Sunday - Feb. 10

Number of pages I've read today: 68
Total number of pages I've read: 712
Books: 2

Monday - Feb. 11

Number of pages I've read today: 168
Total number of pages I've read: 880
Books: 2.75

Tuesday - Feb. 12

Number of pages I've read today: 100
Total number of pages I've read: 990
Books: 3

Wednesday - Feb. 13

Number of pages I've read today: 158
Total number of pages I've read: 1,148
Books: 3.5

Thursday - Feb. 14
Number of pages I've read today: 
Total number of pages I've read: 

*Goals template provided by Bout of Books


  1. Hi! I'm eagerly anticipating the arrival of my copy of The Madman's Daughter. Hope you enjoy it.

    My #WWReadathon.

  2. I like your method. It's kind of what I'm doing too. Focusing on what I'm currently reading for read-a-longs, challenges, and/or reviews. Since it's not necessary for me to complete the books for read-a-longs, I decided to focus on a page goal instead of a books read goal. We'll see how that works for me.

    From one read-a-thon addict to another...enjoy the week and your books!