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My Reading Pile #65

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 BloodGlass 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!

14 Responses to “My Reading Pile #65”

  1. ~dissolves into tears~

    YEY for TGL!!


    ->I HATE YOU!!!->whoever ‘picked up’ the ‘fallen off’ ARCs -_- HATE YOU! -_- no better than the freaking cheaters from the other week…

    but hey! You MUST dance as the gif I showed you Rachel!! ^_^ and let me do the crying! I’ma pro at that!

  2. smiling_ina says:

    I still can’t believe what happened to all your ARCs. :/ I’m sure you don’t feel like talking about this topic anymore since it’s so depressing, so I’m skipping to the next one. Just know, if I could do anything to the people who took the books, I would and believe me it would be very painful for them. 😉

    Ah, Before I Wake!!! *squee* Not long at all now for the rest of us to read it too!!! So excited!!! 😀

    Carnival of Souls looks so amazing!!! It’s definitely a book high up on my TBR pile. The same goes for Onyx!!! I am so scared about who might die though…

    Throne of Glass looks awesome too! I love the cover and it sounds like a very interesting read. 🙂

    Gosh, I know exactly what you mean! My Armchair BEA posts took me forever to write as well. Even though I had two posts pre-written and scheduled, I still didn’t get a lot of reading done – almost none, really. *sigh* I’m hoping to be better this week though. *fingerscrossed*

    Well, my pile hasn’t really changed since last week, but I did get a book, so here’s my link if you’re interested. 😉 STS & MRP

    Off to try and write my If I Die post now. 😀

  3. ephrielle says:

    What is with the mail!?! I had a package magically disappear as well. They have no idea why only the top of the box is left. I’m so upset!
    I love the screaming thing. Sad how we can be such dignified creatures and one totally awesome moment can turn us into dolphins. 🙂 Been there done that and more than willing to do it again.

  4. AHHH YOU HAVE BIW! Oh gosh. I totally understand why you screamed! I so would too! 😉 But ouch. 13 ARCS? I mean, I had lost packages too, but none that big a package… And I thought those kinda stuff don’t happen in the US.

    But anyway, BIW > 13 ARCs, right? 😉 (At least for me it is!)

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      Oh yeah, I read it the day I got it. It was amazing! Yeah, I can’t believe that all those books are just gone. And apparently there was swag and a couple other books in there. I am so devastated. But yes, BIW is way better because it was BIW and it was signed to me. 🙂

  5. michelle says:

    *hugs* for missing ARC’s. How someone can do that is beyond me *poke stupid postal service*
    I would have had the same reaction if I had gotten Before I Wake. I love the cover of Carnival of Souls and can’t wait to see the UK version.

    I am due to get Pushing The Limits from the UK publisher, I know it wont be an ARC but you can have it once I have finished if you want.

  6. Nat Cleary says:

    Oh no, sorry about the missing mail 🙁 That sucks but on the bright side at least Before I wake came and so glad it was everything you were holing for 🙂 Throne Of Glass sounds really good and I cant wait to read it. Enjoy.

  7. Bhahaha you are awesome! I love the “Eeee Eeee EEE”. And I totally understand :D.

    Love your pile, I mean Before I Wake, Onyx and The Golden Lilly are definitely most anticipated reads. Well, the first and second more (for me). Right now, I’m-wait for it- re-reading the Soul Screamers series! Me, of all people! I mean I started with my favorite parts but that wasn’t enough, so now I’m holding a full blown all crammed into one month mini reading challenge. Not sure if I’ll be reviewing them for the SSRC though. Or maybe I’ll do an all-in-one review.

    I have no idea what I’ll be reading after this, though (yet) :).

    And I feel for you about the 13 ARCs. That sucks.

  8. Addie R. says:

    Everyone’s been raving about Before I Wake and I haven’t even started the series! I seriously need to get off my butt and go get a copy.
    And I loved Throne of Glass! Celaena is such a kickass character, and I believe I am team Dorian. 🙂
    Happy reading!

    My STS

  9. Nina Reads says:

    Aww, I am so sorry you lost all those books – the postal system here sucks some times!

    I haven’t read any books by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Krauss yet, but I just won the audiobook of Between You and Me from Armchair BEA, so I will have to listen to that soon:)

  10. You’re so lucky to have Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout! I CANNOT wait for its release!!!!!

  11. First and foremost…I’m SO jealous that you got Before I Wake! DYING for it. I’ve also heard Throne of Glass was really good too. I’m going to have to check it out. Sounds like you have tons to keep you busy! Hoping to finish Drink Deep this week. 😉
    my haul

  12. Total heartbreak on the lost books but I loved the sounding like a seal lol I do that I think all book lovers do. The mail comes and it’s better than Christmas.

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