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My Reading Pile #49

Once again I didn’t think I’d be getting any books this week, but one lone book showed up, plus some awesome swag-type stuff I purchased so I thought I’d share it here.

And as I am sharing what I received in my mailbox this week, I’m giving credit to Kristi at The Story Siren who came up with the idea of sharing what’s in her mailbox each week.

Thanks to a trade with Alex of Electrifying Reviews, I received a copy of Monstrous Beauty. I hadn’t heard of the book before being offered it for trade, but when I checked out the description I was sold. It sounds dark and creepy and mysterious. And any book that has the word “tragedy” in its description will always get my immediate attention.

Monstrous Beauty can be found on Goodreads if you’d like to add it to your TBR pile.

And although these were purchases, I just have to share the fact that I went a little stamp and button crazy…. Okay, a LOT crazy.

First, I checked out the Mortal Portal store – Leah Clifford’s store for all things A Touch Mortal and A Touch Morbid – and saw these buttons about the Kitten. And I just had to buy a few, plus a couple of mugs (not shown).

I happened to read A Touch Morbid last year and reviewed it (here) and hung out at quite a few of Leah Clifford’s Blog TV shows and, well, the Kitten is a much debated subject. I definitely have an opinion about the Kitten. And there are others who have a very different opinion….

Anyway, read it when it comes out in just over a week and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

I also went a little stamp crazy at Phatpuppy Art. I was running low on my Pretty When She Kills stamps and I had to buy a few She Waits stamps (which is the image used in one of my new blog headers) and I also absolutely adored the Like a Circus stamps, so I decided to get those too.

I would have loved to buy more, but I really don’t send that much correspondence.

But as far as reads go, just got the one book this week and it’s not a review book, so that’s a really good thing.

Now for the pile…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

(February 19 – February 25, 2012)

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First up is Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. I have been dying to add Sweet Evil to the pile since the second it showed up. It’s been screaming at me to read it. I may have even sleepwalked to my book tower and pulled it off the shelf and wandered around in a daze trying to fight the urge to start reading it. It’s been difficult. So difficult, in fact, that I refuse to wait any longer.

I have been in love with this book since the second I heard its name. When I saw that cover my heartbeat started racing. It was all sorts of awesome. And from the moment I took a peek at the description I was just dying to start devouring it. And this was long before ARCs were announced. So you can imagine just how difficult it’s been not to add this to the pile the moment it arrived.

I love stories about fallen angels, so of course I can’t wait to read this book about the children of fallen angels. It sounds so dark and perfect, just like the title. Even the male protagonist’s name is perfect – Kaidan Rowe. I want to find out what Anna’s destiny is, why she’s drawn to danger and just how Kaiden puts her will-power to the test.

Next up is The Weeping by O’Dell Hutchison. I received an eARC for review from the publisher, HCB Publishing, for The Weeping blog tour that will be stopping here on March 15th.

This book sounded really intriguing so I was thrilled to be invited to be on the tour. The idea of a deadly fire, a girl with a secret she took to the grave and a spirit seeking vengeance against the children of those who wronged her sounds eerie and creepy and awesome.

I have always loved these kinds of horror stories by my favorite non-YA authors, so I’m really excited to read one that is YA and to see if The Weeping has just as dark of an ending as it’s non-YA counterparts.

Wishful Thinking reads:

I would love to be able to read Destined by Aprilynne Pike. I love the Wings series and I can’t wait to find out what happens in this next – and final – installment in the series. (No, I did not know it was the final book until just now. Pausing for a moment to pick up the shattered pieces of my heart.)

After checking out the description, I am really, really nervous about what’s in store for Laurel and Tamani. Just seeing things like “good-bye” and “a twist that will leave [readers] breathless” makes me anxious. So, yeah, this is most definitely my wishful thinking read this week.

Those left behind:

I didn’t read either book on the pile last week, though I really, really wanted to. I was focused on the design of a new blog and the revamping of this blog, for a large part of the week and then I was ordered, yes ordered, by Jaime of Two Chicks On Books to read Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder.

While I will be finished reading that “off pile” book before I have to start next week’s reads, I won’t get caught up on last week’s reads. Unfortunately.

As Perception is a review book, but Pure is not, I will be reading Perception before starting on the two books on the pile this week. And because Monday is a holiday, I hope to get it read and reviewed then. And maybe catch up on the four other reviews I need to write. And then maybe sneak in a read of Pure.

I have such high hopes….

NetGalley Pile Adds:

I did not get approved for any of my NetGalley requests, though I didn’t get any rejections either. And I didn’t request any new books. So my NetGalley Pile remains the same as last week. And while I would have loved to have read a book already on my NetGalley pile, making that pile just a little bit smaller, at least the pile hasn’t grown this week.

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I had a tough time focusing on reading and blogging this week due to the design project I had going on with Rachel of Parajunkee Design. My name finally came up on the waiting list for my blog design and of course I couldn’t leave it at that. I had a ton of new buttons and badges I needed, and then I wanted Fiktshun to get a complete overhaul.

While I didn’t go quite that far (only thanks to Rachel’s common sense and realistic approach), I did get just a few more brilliant touches to make the blog feel more custom and elegant and beautiful. But it definitely took my attention away from doing things like reading and blogging. So I am just a bit behind.

As I do have an extra day off this week, I hope to be able to get back on track. I’m keeping my fingers crossed….

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Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your pile this week?

9 Responses to “My Reading Pile #49”

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  2. njoy all chicka
    i can’t wait for sweet evil

  3. Caitlin says:

    Seen a lot of buzz for Sweet Evil and I’m definitely intrigued…can’t wait for the reviews to start appearing

    The Cait Files

  4. I hadn’t heard of Monstrous Beauty but I’m intrigued. Adding to my tbr pile. Cheers!

    P.S. Loving the new look. Phatpuppy rocks 😀

  5. Aww..love all this stuff – especially the stamps and buttons! Have fun reading! =)

  6. I’m so eagerly waiting to read Sweet Evil! I think I might read that as soon as I’m done with Of Poseidon.

  7. stopped reading when I saw the kitten buttons *-*
    may I marry them???????????????
    *-*!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Rachel!!!! OMG!!! you’re driving me crazy with all the blog goodies! cannot wait! simply simply cannot wait to see what you come up next with!
    >..< yey for your Netgalley pile not growing!

    I think I'm really really liking Jaime 😉 she seems awesome!!! ~rooting for her ordering you to read something off the pile~

  8. I love the cover to Sweet Evil, I can’t wait to hear what you think about it!

  9. I have not made a reading pile to date, but after having read your post weekly for a while… I’m going to make one and see how that works. I am hoping it will get my through my huge REVIEW pile. 🙂 I’ll update you next week and share a link. thanks again for the inspiration!

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