Sadly it was another fairly quiet week at the mailbox…
At least I think it was. I am creating this post a little bit early and hadn’t checked the mailbox since Tuesday. So there could be a book or two waiting for me. But as I hadn’t requested any physical books recently I don’t think there will be anything there.
I did, however end up trading for a few titles, which I hope will arrive in time for next week’s post. But as they haven’t been mailed yet, it could take a little while longer.
And as I did go a little crazy on Edelweiss this week, I am hoping by the time this post goes “live” I’ll have a few new titles in my eMailbox.
While I don’t normally share pictures of my bookish purchases, I just had to share these… which I might have blabbed about on Twitter earlier in the week. But I had an awesome time at Barnes & Noble last week. And as I had this really old gift card just begging to be used I was able to get a ton of signed books.
Okay, it was six. Not a “ton.” But it certainly feels like I have a ton. Because they’re all so awesome!
I couldn’t believe CRASH by Lisa McMann was there. It was a whole three days early. And it was signed. I just about died.
And when I saw LULLABY signed by Amanda Hocking I think I may have lost consciousness. For just a moment. Though that was probably because I stopped breathing. This is my very first signed book by the author and I am so excited! You have no idea.
Of course I just had to get a signed copy of Melissa Marr’s CARNIVAL OF SOULS. Because it’s Melissa Marr. And because it’s CARNIVAL OF SOULS.
I picked up EVE by Anna Carey because I’ll be reading this series for the EPIC READS “The End is Here” event and while I’ll have to fill my print copy with all sorts of Post-it Notes, I wanted a copy to either keep or give away. The fact that it’s signed makes it that much more amazing.
I have not yet read BURN FOR BURN. But when I saw that it was signed by the two authors, I just had to grab it. I may be giving it away in the next few days, but I couldn’t walk away from a book that is signed by two seriously amazing writers. Of course that makes it that much harder to part with.
While I didn’t get anything in my mailbox, I do have some new books that make me grin. And I received an awesome approval from NetGalley which I cannot wait to start reading. Even though I suppose I’ll have to, because this week…
Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(January 13, 2013 – January 19, 2013)
I just had to add JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Forman to the top of the pile this week. Not only because I’m reading it for Katie’s Book Blog‘s 2013 YA Contemporary Challenge, but because it’s Gayle Forman. And she’s amazing. And I’m ready to fall in love with this first book in her new two-book series.
The description calls this “sweepingly romantic” and I’m ready to be swept away. I loved this author’s book IF I STAY and its follow-up WHERE SHE WENT. And I cannot wait to meet these new characters and follow their story.
Allyson’s journey sounds like it will be enlightening, a little bit heartbreaking, and a lot like an adventure. I hope that by the end of her journey she will have found whatever it was she was looking to find or if she doesn’t, I hope it will have been worthwhile to her anyway.
Fortunately the wait between this first book and its sequel won’t be nearly as long as the wait for WHERE SHE WENT. And as it’s slated for release this year, I’m hopeful of reading book books for the reading challenge.
I don’t think it comes as any surprise that I will be reading LEVEL 2 by Lenore Appelhans this week. It is releasing this week after all and I just had to add it to the pile instantly.
I’ve talked about this book everywhere, so of course I have to dive in and see for myself if it’s everything I thought it would be. Or if it’s more – I bet it will be. Or if it’s less – I can’t imagine it would be.
But I am desperate to meet Felicia, to see just what the afterlife is like for her on Level 2. I want to know what choice she makes – which world she selects, what life she opts for and who she decides to love.
Her existence sounds absolutely chilling – stark, cold, miserable. And I really hope that there is something more for her and that she does end up in a place where she can be happy. Even if that doesn’t happen in this first book in the series.
Whatever she chooses, I will have an answer when I read it later this week. And I cannot wait!
Wishful Thinking reads:
I really want to read DECKED WITH HOLLY by Marni Bates this week. I have it on my Kindle, I’ve absolutely loved reading all the tour posts the author created for her book tour. This sounds like such a fun read and I really want to discover this book for myself.
I would also love to re-read SLUMBER by Samantha Young. Just talking about that book for the giveaway post I was putting together earlier in the week made me desperate to revisit this story and world. To check in on Rogan and Wolfe, even if their story hasn’t changed since the last time I peeked.
While I might get to sneak DECKED WITH HOLLY onto the pile later this week or perhaps early next week, I think I will have to wait to re-read SLUMBER. I can’t quite justify taking the time away to re-read a book right now. And it makes me so incredibly sad.
Those left behind:
I had a bit of a tough time trying to find time to read this week. Between the multiple tours for Rockstar Book Tours, the totally scary but supposedly non-life-threatening natural gas leak nearby, and the fact that I found myself a slight bit addicted to getting my posts together early, I didn’t have very many hours to read.
And so I did not finish SPELLCASTER from the week before. And I did not finish ALTERED though I did start it.
I did decide, however, to take SPELL BOUND off the pile last week because I wanted to read it for my own personal reading challenge starting next month. So while it was technically left behind it was on purpose.
I still have to write my review for WHAT THE SPELL, though at least I’ve written my reviews for SUMMERSET ABBEY, HOUSE RULES and INDIGO AWAKENING.
And I really need to write that “formal” review for SPLINTERED.
I do plan on finishing ALTERED before I start on this week’s reads, even if JUST ONE DAY is quite the temptress and has been just begging me for a read. Because I do not want to have to wait a second longer than necessary to read this amazing new book.
NetGalley Pile Adds:
I did get approved for a wicked awesome title from NetGalley – THE SWEETEST DARK by Shana Abe – and I’m so unbelievably stoked to read it. That cover is amazing and the description? Oh my gosh it rocks!
It promises to be “lush” and “enchanting” and filled with romance and ancient magic. And I cannot wait to devour this book.
There are a few other titles available on NetGalley that I discovered this week – though a couple of them are for UK reviewers only, I believe.
There is a new Eoin Colfer book available from Disney Book Group – THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN (W.A.R.P. #1) - which is available for US reviewers. And a book called FAR FAR AWAY by Tom McNeal (Random House Children’s Books), which I believe is YA, and sounds totally awesome.
From the Penguin family of publishers…
From the Macmillan family of publishers…
MARCO IMPOSSIBLE by Hannah Moskowitz.
Also from Disney…
THE LIVES WE LOST by Megan Crewe.
While I only requested one new title – because I really shouldn’t be requesting anything at this point – there are some super interesting books on offer. Good luck with your requests if you make them!
I don’t know what happened with my reading this week. I had such a good start to the year. And now, less than two weeks into the year, I’m already falling behind just a little bit.
But, as always, I am ever hopeful. Of staying on track. Of getting ahead. Of writing more reviews. Speaking of….
I did accept an eBook title from Coliloquy for review, WITCH’S BREW by Heidi R. Kling, which I hope to read in early to mid-February. And by then I hope to be all caught up with my current reads.
I actually took the time to mark a few of their “must read by” dates in my Google Calendar, along with release dates for books I may be interested in buying but aren’t yet available for Kindle pre-order. I’m trying to be an organized book blogger in 2013. I don’t know how long that will last.
As this post has now taken me three days to write, I think I’ll sign off and just say….
Do you create a reading pile?
If so, what’s in your pile this week?