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My Reading Pile #53

This was a happy surprise kind of week. For one book in particular, anyway. While I am awaiting a few books from a trade, I don’t expect them for a few more days. So the books I received this week were totally unexpected.

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.

I received a finished copy of Forgiven by Jana Oliver from St. Martin’s Griffin which I am so, so, so, so, so excited about. This series is one of my favorites and I had no idea I was on a list to receive an early copy.

I am such a fan of this series, that getting this book just over a week-and-a-half before its release means the world to me.

The rest of the books on the pile are ones I received from a trade with Alex of Electrifying Reviews. I have a few of these as eBooks, but a few are new to me, so I’ll definitely be checking them out.

And because of the surprise book I received this week, I have made just a small change in this week’s reading pile.

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

(March 18 – March 24, 2012)


First up on the pile is Forgiven by Jana Oliver. Yes, I just received it this week from the publisher and I’ve immediately moved it to the top of my pile. But I am such a huge fan of this series and I just can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen in this third book.

After that the ending in Soul Thief, I thought I’d die at some point during the wait for this next book. That’s the only drawback to reading an ARC – you have a much longer wait until the next book’s release.

I was extremely envious of those readers in the UK who received their copies much, much earlier. But I am super thrilled I have mine now, and I do plan on taking full advantage of the opportunity to read this one early. Even if it is just a week or so early.

The Goodreads description has me so nervous about what is going to happen with Riley, Den and even Ori. But I can’t wait to dive into this book this weekend to find out.

Next up on the pile is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I’ve had the eBook for this first book in the series for quite some time – ever since my friend Nic insisted I should read it.

Well, with the film release right around the corner, I’m finally going to see what all the fuss is about. I suppose it’s about time I meet Katniss and Peeta.

Besides, I never like to see movies without having read the books first. And I don’t want to have to delay seeing the film that’s been hyped beyond all belief. Even if the actor playing Peeta isn’t who everyone imagined him to be.

I haven’t actually read the description for The Hunger Games for quite some time, so I don’t remember exactly what it’s supposed to be about. But I’m glad. I want it to be a complete surprise.

Wishful Thinking reads:

Wishes do occasionally come true. I will actually be reading one of my wishful thinking reads this week. I never imagined having the chance to read Forgiven early, but I am super psyched that I do. So, of course I will.

I also wish I could read Scorched Skies by Samantha Young. If I can’t read it this week, then I definitely want to add it to the pile next week. I desperately want to find out what happens in this sequel. Especially since the description made me incredibly nervous.

Those left behind:

I’m still behind. Though I am not going to be playing catch up this week as I will be reading the books I have on this week’s pile and finishing the one I’m currently reading, which is Sweet Evil. But next week I plan on adding a few missed reads back to the pile.

And as I still haven’t written my review for Dreamless, I will have to read it again as too much time has passed and I’ll need to reconnect to the story in order to properly express my thoughts.

But I am happy with the fact that I read two books this week and wrote three reviews. Though I have taken two days off from reading since then to get some much needed downtime. Which, of course, feels just slightly counterproductive.

NetGalley Pile Adds:

Just one new request this week though I shouldn’t have any. I requested The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross on NetGalley. I’m not sure what possessed me to log in and check, but I did. And when I saw it there I just knew I had to have it.

But one new request isn’t such a bad thing, is it?


I have been heartbroken to have to turn away a few books this week that sounded really, really interesting. It was tough, but I managed to say no. My review piles are totally out of control and I can’t possibly manage them if I keep taking on new books.

And with all those lovely books coming out in May that I’m so excited about, there’s no way I could think of adding even one more book to the pile before then.

For those of you who are tackling your reading piles this weekend and next week I wish you good luck and happy reading!


Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your pile this week?

12 Responses to “My Reading Pile #53”

  1. The hunger games is a good book, I recently reac it again before I go to see it in a couple of weeks, and I have all three in the demon trappers series, planning to read them soon 🙂

  2. Is it true? Rachel is finally reading Hunger Games? After months and months of waiting? This is too good to be true! 😛 LOL, I am so happy you’re finally reading this book! I recall this thing happening before with Divergent, and everyone was able to go all “I TOLD YOU SO!” when you ended up loving it. 😀

    And great mailbox! You actually convinced me to get the first two books in the Demon Trapper series with your Soul Thief review, but I haven’t read them yet. I’ll wait for Forgiven to get published then devour the entire trilogy. 🙂

    Enjoy reading! 🙂 (Though I know you will already. :D)

  3. I agree with reading the book before seeing the movie. I just can’t do it the other way around. 🙂 I hope you enjoy Hunger Games.

  4. Adriana C says:

    Great pile! The Hunger Games is my favorite dystopian novel so far, I hope you enjoy it.

  5. Ana Lucía says:

    FORGIVEN!!! *Grabs book….runs away* 😉

    *sigh* The Hunger Games, I’m the same, I never like to see movies without having read the books first. So I’ll never watch the movie lol darn bookstore, they only have the spanish translation …yuck! 🙁

  6. Ina says:

    Oh, I love unexpected surprises!!! I’m so happy for you that you get to read “Forgiven” early!!! 😀

    And YAY for The Hunger Games!!! You mention Katniss and Peeta, but don’t forget about GALE!!! He was always my favorite. 🙂 I can’t wait to hear what you think about it!

    My IMM post today is “only” for 2 books and a bookmark, but I LOVE them all and couldn’t be happier. Technically, one of the books wasn’t even in MY mailbox, but who looks at technicalities. *lol* 😛

    On my reading pile this week are “Witch Eyes” *YAY!!!* and “The Gournsey Literary and Potato Peel Society” (for my book club). Depending on how long these will take me, I also have a review copy of Estevan Vega’s “The Forsaken” to read, but lets not get ahead of ourself. 😉

  7. you got Juliet Immortal??????? T_T when I saw the galley on NG I DIED because I’ve wanted to read that book since before it came out and now the sequel is already up for grabs there… T_T LUCKY!!
    And…I still need to read J Oliver’s books :/ sorry…but YEY for you getting your wish come true!
    I’m waiting for your thoughts on Sweet Evil and argh…need to finish Smokeless Fire soon! I’ll be adding it to the pile next week while in this week’s I’ve re-added hehe The Demon’s Lexicon since I had put it down for a while so now I’m excited to finally finally finish it!
    NG O_O such a guilty pleasure! I requested that same book too and got approved really quick I screamed like a little girl T_________T I’m so happy because The Girl in the Steel Corset was one of the books I first requested and got approved back when I just had a facebook page…and even though I haven’t been able to get a finished copy of that same book now that I have the sequel I’ll have to try really hard to remember the little details…hehe hence me freaking out on my post this weekend >.<
    AND OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    RACHEL!!!!!!!! GUESS WHAT I GOT THIS WEEK IN THE MAIL???????? I CRIED!!!!!!!!! T___T
    Nope it's not from you BUT OHGODINTHEHEAVENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. OMG!!! I CANNOT wait to hear what you think of The Hunger Games!!!!

    I TOTALLY need to read Juliet Immortal too! Have you seen the Romeo Redeemed cover?!?! Love it!!!

    Love the new PhatPuppy buttons doll!!!!


    • Fiktshun009 says:

      I hope to start reading on Wednesday and finish reading on Wednesday! I have NOT I’ll have to check it out. And the fact that it’s on NetGalley is sooo tempting…. Just the one is Phatpuppy, but I LOVE her art. I have the Pretty When She Kills as a 16×20 I have to get it framed. Though my Dude might not want it hanging in our place, I think it’s totally wicked!

      Claudia is so amazingly nice to let me use Like a Circus! She=EPIC! 🙂

  9. Shellie says:

    Rachel, I can’t believe you haven’t read Hunger Games yet. Can’t wait to see what you think of it!

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      I know! I wasn’t interested for the longest time. But someone convinced me last April and I just haven’t had the time to move it up in the pile. But I really must read it now! 🙂

  10. It’s about FREAKIN’ time that you read The Hunger Games!

    I think I’m gonna order The Demon Trappers books because I’ve had my eyes on them for a while now.

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