It was both an amazing and heartbreaking week at the mailbox. My most anticipated read showed up and thirteen ARCs were “lost.” Sort of a win/lose situation. I also got a surprise book in the mail.
As I’m not expecting any other books to head my way anytime soon, these may be the last bookish photos you’ll see on the blog for awhile, unless I decide to try and request Ten by Gretchen McNeil – one of the missing ARCs I traded for.
Anyway, first the good news….
I knew that author Rachel Vincent was sending me a couple copies of Before I Wake! What I didn’t realize is just how loudly I’d scream when I got the package in my mailbox earlier this week.
What I attempted to say: “I got it! I got it! It’s here, oh my gosh it’s here! I can’t believe it’s really here!”
What I think I said was: “Eeeeee. Eeeeee. EEEEE! EEEEE! EEEEEEEEEEE!” I’m told I sounded a little like a dolphin before my voice hit glass-shattering octaves.
So, yes. I was very excited. And yes, I picked it up instantly. And yes it was every bit as amazing as I hoped it would be. And so much more. Anyway…
Credit for mailbox sharing goes to TSS
I also received a few other books that I’m super excited about. On the top of the pile is Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford. I received a surprise copy of the book in the mail and it’s signed by the author! It sounds so wickedly delicious and I definitely plan on reading it very soon. Though I think I will buy the eBook so I don’t risk damaging the lovely signed one.
Next up in the pile is Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr. I received the ARC thanks to the seriously amazing and generous Nat, who saw my trailer post for this book on Facebook and offered to send it to me. I had planned on returning the favor with a few of the ARCs I was getting in the mail through a trade, but due to poor postal etiquette all those books are gone. Forever.
The next book on the pile is Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Krauss. I love these authors and have read all their co-authored books except the sequel to The Nanny Diaries. I am super excited to get to read this early. But at the same time I am heartbroken.
I had a few trades with a blogger and all ARCs were going to be shipped out together. That was supposed to be fourteen ARCs not just the one. I received the large box. Empty except for the one book. There was a hole in the side, but it wasn’t big enough for all the books to slip out, but it’s very possible someone reached in and pulled them out. Because all that was in the box is this one book.
I’m missing thirteen books I traded for – Ten, The Crown of Embers, Because it is My Blood, Glass Heart, Time Between Us, Erasing Time, Break My Heart 1,000 Times, Beta, A Fractured Light, Lost Girl, Pushing the Limits, Suburban Strange and Don’t Turn Around. Yeah, I’m devastated. Because even if the post office reimburses the blogger I traded with and they give me the monetary equivalent or thirteen new ARCs, they won’t be these books.
[UPDATE: It was Time Between Us and not Such a Rush that was missing.]
Anyway, before I start sobbing again…
Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(June 10 – June 16, 2012)
First up on the pile is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I fell in love with this book the second I saw the trailer the other week when I was creating my trailer post. I immediately headed over to Amazon to pre-order a copy and noticed three eNovellas, which I bought, too.
Oh and then I decided to check out the book’s description. Because trailer love does not necessarily mean it would be a book I’d actually love. But the trailer didn’t lie. The description makes this book sound so unbelievably wickedly awesome.
I can’t wait to meet Celaena and see how she fares in the competition to become a royal assassin. Working in the salt mines sounds difficult but competing to be a killer in order to earn her freedom sounds absolutely deadly.
And it seems there may be a love triangle between Celaena and the Prince and the Captain of the Guard. I’m very curious to see which “team” I’ll be on – the bad boy, potentially evil Prince or the challenging and “gruff” Captain.
Throne of Glass definitely sounds like an epic start to the series. Between the danger, the battles, the mystery and the love story, I can’t wait to read it. And I’m super glad I discovered it on NetGalley and was approved so that I don’t have to.
Next up on the pile is Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout which is a “back on the pile” read. I had added it to the pile a few weeks ago but had difficulty getting it onto my eReader because the file size was too large and it couldn’t be emailed to the device. And I can’t read books on the computer.
But I have finally been able to get it added to my eReader so I can’t wait to read it this week. I’ve missed Daemon and Katy and I am dying to find out where this story takes them.
As I already rambled about this the first time I added it to the pile, I won’t go on for quite as long, but I will just say that Daemon Black is one of my favorite characters to love to love and love to hate. He is wicked, he is charming, he is sexy and he is absolutely maddeningly frustrating. Yep, he’s kind of perfect.
But I am really worried how things might end in this book. For Katy, but even more so for Daemon. Especially with the Department of Defense hanging around. And especially for the fact that “not everyone will survive the lies,” according to the description.
Wishful Thinking reads:
Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr is my wishful thinking read of the week. I am going through Melissa Marr withdrawal since it’s been ages since I last read one of her books. And now that I have this early copy in hand of her next book, I’m dying to read it. She’s a wicked awesome writer and I would love to dive into this book this week. There’s no way I can, but I really wish I could…. But maybe next week.
If I Die by Rachel Vincent is another book I’d love to read again. I re-read it for the challenge, but now that I’ve read Before I Wake, I want to read it again to see which I love more. And then, of course, I’d love to re-read Before I Wake.
Someday I’d love to be able to say I’ve read all my wishful thinking reads… but that’s just wishful thinking.
Those left behind:
My week off was just that. A week off from being responsible, a week off from email, a week off from work and a week mostly off from reading. I barely read a thing this week. Except for when I went off-pile for Before I Wake. Though I started reading another off-pile read yesterday, Drink Deep by Chloe Neill, which I finished today as it was such a super quick read.
And I plan on reading The Golden Lily today. So it technically won’t be left behind as it will be done by the time I’m supposed to start on this week’s reads on Sunday.
I did not get to start Something Strange and Deadly. And I’ll have to wait another week before I can, because I have a few off-pile novellas to read this week for the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge and a non-YA book that’s a must read.
I’m still not doing so well with my reading pile commitments. Though I hope to change it around in the coming weeks. I only have a handful of required reads, so it should be easier to stay on track. Even with the new season of True Blood starting….
NetGalley Pile Adds:
I did not request anything new from NetGalley, though I may end up requesting Pushing the Limits since it is a book I’m dying to read and the ARC I traded for is gone forever.
I really hope to tackle some of those older NetGalley books I requested before I’m lured once again into new requests. Here’s to hoping….
I have been feeling so terribly guilty for not reading all that much this past week. And for not writing my review for Before I Wake the moment I finished it. Armchair BEA posts took a lot longer than I anticipated. Except for the giveaway post, they took a minimum of three hours for each post. I really should have allotted some more time to write those.
I’m back at work next week so my reading time will be that much more limited. But I hope that being at work will give me more reason to want to escape in a book at the end of the work day. I remain optimistic.
I’m looking forward to a productive and happy reading week this week and wish you the same. Happy reading!
Do you create a reading pile?
If so, what’s in your pile this week?
And feel free to leave a link to your post if you create a reading pile. I’d love to check it out!