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My Reading Pile #100

Before I get to the books on the pile, I just have to say that I can’t believe this is my 100th MY READING PILE post. That’s just four posts away from having done these posts for two years. Most of my features fell by the wayside or became infrequent ones. But I’ve somehow managed to continue this post weekly for 100 weeks in a row.

And while that doesn’t mean that much in the scheme of things, seeing this number hit triple digits freaks me out just a little bit. And it makes me feel even more OLD than I already am.

But I’m not going to let that deter me. And as a thank you to all of you who stop by each week to check out what my current reads are – and maybe to take a peek at the books I received… or didn’t receive – I’d like to offer up a Book of Your Choice (up to $25) from Amazon or The Book Depository to one commentator on this post who shares their current – or upcoming – read(s).

All my giveaway rules apply and I’ll throw the names into Random on Friday and announce the winner in next week’s MRP post on Saturday.

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I decided to create my post a little bit early so I didn’t get a chance to check Friday’s mail to see if the books I’d traded for had arrived, but I did receive one awesome book in the mail this week. And I’m anticipating a couple of books in the next week or two that already have me grinning in anticipation.

My Reading Pile 100

[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

I’d been trying to reduce the number of printed ARCs I have for review but Jaime insisted I read ARCLIGHT by Josin L. McQuein. I hadn’t heard of this upcoming title and she’d already sent me so many books I didn’t want to take on another read. But she insisted.

Which makes me that much more curious about the book. Because if it’s that awesome I just have to read it.

Of course it is billed as Sci-fi and that’s not my go-to genre, but I trust Jaime and hope to add it to the pile soon.

Weather Witch

I was also approved for WEATHER WITCH by Shannon Delany on NetGalley. I was so sure I wouldn’t get approved but am so thrilled that I was. And I can’t wait to check it out in the coming weeks. But as it doesn’t release until June I should probably read some of my March titles and challenge reads first.

Which is what I plan to do this week. Sort of…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(February 10, 2013 – February 16, 2013)

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Born of Illusion

First up on the pile is BORN OF ILLUSION by Teri Brown. I’d received an early copy thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and while I hadn’t planned on reading it quite so soon, I was lured into adding it to the pile after a brief Twitter conversation on Thursday night.

It didn’t take that much convincing, actually. None at all, really. As soon as I opened it and read those first lines I knew this book would suit my mood. And I’d loved the author’s writing in SUMMERSET ABBEY which just released last month, so it felt very much like a “sure thing.”

I hope to finish it this weekend before tackling those “left behind” reads. Because I want to find out just what happens with Anna Van Housen now. I don’t want to have to wait to find out if she is the daughter of the “greatest magician of all.”

I want to learn more about this secret society she is introduced to. I want to meet this “serious young man” who is threatening to reveal Anna’s secrets. And most of all I want to spend some time getting lost in this world of illusion.

Anna Van Housen is thirteen the first time she breaks her mother out of jail. By sixteen she’s street smart and savvy, assisting her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, and easily navigating the underground world of magicians, mediums and mentalists in 1920’s New York City.

Handcuffs and sleight of hand illusions have never been much of a challenge for Anna. The real trick is keeping her true gifts secret from her opportunistic mother, who will stop at nothing to gain her ambition of becoming the most famous medium who ever lived.

But when a strange, serious young man moves into the flat downstairs, introducing her to a secret society that studies people with gifts like hers, he threatens to reveal the secrets Anna has fought so hard to keep, forcing her to face the truth about her past.

Could the stories her mother has told her really be true? Could she really be the illegitimate daughter of the greatest magician of all?

Silence

Next up on the pile is SILENCE by Becca Fitzpatrick. It has been just begging to be read since it released in October 2011. At the time I thought it was the final book in the series which, of course, gave me pause. But when I’d heard there was a fourth book releasing I was desperate to get this back on the pile.

It’s only taken a year and some months for that to happen. But now there is no way I won’t be reading it this week, as SILENCE is one of my TBR Pile Reading Challenge books and I plan to read FINALE for my Don’t Let It End reading challenge.

I’ve missed Nora and Patch. Even though Nora drove me a little bit crazy in the second book in the series, CRESCENDO. But after that ending – which I still remember – I’ve been just dying to know what happened next.

And now that I have checked out the description… Oh. My. Gosh! I didn’t know… or didn’t remember… that in this book Nora’s memories disappear. I didn’t know that her recollection of her time with Patch vanishes into the aether. I had no clue. None whatsoever.

I am hoping this “sexy stranger” is who I think it is. I am hoping that in this installment things will end happily. I am hoping that “the truth [will] finally be heard.” And I cannot wait to start reading SILENCE later this week.

Finally.

WHEN SILENCE IS ALL THAT’S LEFT, CAN THE TRUTH FINALLY BE HEARD?

Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks – with no one knowing where she was or who she was with – she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom’s creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers…and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.

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Wishful Thinking Reads:

I desperately want to read INFATUATE by Aimee Agresti this week. I am hoping to finish my reading pile early so that I can. It is a review book but for me it feels more like a guilty pleasure read. Because reading two books in a series in close proximity feels very luxurious.

And I really should add a couple other books to the pile before I add INFATUATE. So it may very well be just a wishful thinking read. Though I may not be able to resist making room for it because I really, really want to dive back into that world.

Only time will tell.

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Those Left Behind:

I did not read either of the books on the pile last week. They sort of got shoved to the side when I received an eGalley of THE COLLECTOR by Victoria Scott. Which was a complete and total surprise. Not the book. That was as awesome as I expected it to be. I mean the fact that I got an eARC.

And as I also had a non-YA title, OUT IN BLUE by Sarah Gilman, that I wanted to review before my tour stop, I just didn’t have time to read the two books actually on the pile last week. Nor did I have time to read UNBREAKABLE.

But I will… unless I sneak UNRAVEL ME onto the pile for a re-read.

I did manage to write my reviews for ILLUMINATE and DANCE OF SHADOWS but now I have to write reviews for THE COLLECTOR and OUT IN BLUE. And I still haven’t managed to coherently organize my thoughts about HOUSE RULES.

And… I have to read the final installment in THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS today. I’ve been putting it off because I don’t want the book to end. The serial experience has been amazing, but it mimics a series experience, and now I am having those “don’t let it end” feelings that inevitably arise for me at the conclusion of a series I love.

I am hopeful I will be able to write those two reviews this weekend, plus my mini review for THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS, and get a jump on BORN OF ILLUSION before Monday. This way I might actually get to read one of those “left behind” reads from last week.

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NetGalley Pile Adds:

I didn’t request any new books on NetGalley this week, though I did put in a request that is a very, very long shot on Edelweiss.

And while I didn’t notice too many new titles on NetGalley… for US bloggers anyway… there are a few awesome titles that caught my eye.

THE ETERNITY CURE by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Enterprises Australia, May 1, 2013) *ONLY for Australian bloggers*

NATURAL BORN ANGEL by Scott Speer (Penguin Books Australia, Mar 20, 2013) *ONLY for Australian bloggers*

CREEPS by Darren Hynes (Penguin Canada, July 30, 2013)

FRAGMENTS by Dan Wells (HarperCollins UK, Mar 29, 2013) *ONLY for UK/European reviewers*

MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza (HarperCollins UK, Mar 28, 2013) *ONLY for UK/European reviewers*

A TOUCH OF SCARLET by Eve Marie Mont (K-Teen, Mar 26, 2013)

UNDERNEATH by Sarah Jamila Stevenson (Flux, June 8, 2013)

INSOMNIA by J.R. Johansson (Flux, June 8, 2013)

SONG IN THE DARK by Christine Howe (Penguin Books Australia, Feb 27, 2013) *ONLY for Australian bloggers*

Those Australian only titles are making me wish I lived in Australia right about now. But even if they were available to US bloggers I have more than my fair share of review titles stacking up, so a part of me is glad they are not accessible.

04

Even though I’ve been battling a cold and flu this past week… one that seems to have come back and hit me… I did manage to get a couple of books read this week. Even if they weren’t books that were technically on my reading pile.

I really wish I was able to devour three or more books per week, as well as post, write reviews, handle the blog tour stuff, work, sleep, spend time with The Dude and get every other thing done in my household that I need to. But apparently I am not Super Woman. So the amount of time I have to read tends to suffer.

But taking a step back from social media has really helped in keeping me focused on my blogging and has made me enjoy it that much more. Of course it could be this larger screened laptop I received for Christmas.

And I have been in such a crazy eclectic reading mood these past few weeks, creating reading piles I actually stick to has been tough. But at least I’ve managed to keep up with review books, even if I haven’t been so good about devouring books for the TBR Pile challenge.

Anyway… I hope you have a couple – or more – amazing reads planned this week. And I hope to be back next week with a few new books on the pile and a few more books marked “read.” Until then…

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Do you create a reading pile?
If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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41 Responses to “My Reading Pile #100”

  1. OOoh oooh I got Arclight and Born of Illusion from Edelweiss. It’s pretty disastrous since I’m auto-approve for HarperCollins. Looking forward to reading both of them.

    Waiting for HQTAus to approve me for The Eternity Cure. Although I wasn’t that crash hot on The Immortal Rules, I’m still pretty excited just to get to read another Jazza Kags book – yes, that’s my nickname for Julie Kagawa haha! When her new urban fantasy series becomes films I can tell everyone I know Jazza Kags and Jazza Kags knows me – hence the nicknaming haha.

    Happy reading Rachel and hope you get over your cold soon!

  2. My current read is Looking for Alaska. I hope I won’t cry as much as I did while reading TFIOS. Next up is a Danish classic, then Game of Thrones (again) and finally How to keep a boy as pet which I just checked out from the library today

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      The title of that last book sounds interesting. And while I hope Looking for Alaska is every bit as amazing as TFIOS I hope it doesn’t make you cry too much. :)

  3. I always hate when I see titles for Australian and UK bloggers. I really want them right now. Hoping that I get approved soon for some Edelweiss titles.

    Grace

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      I am happy for them, but I wish those books were also available to us in the U.S. And I hope you get approved from Edelweiss soon too. I have a few requests pending that I doubt I’ll get approved for, but oh well.

  4. I’m itching to read the two White Trash Zombies books in my pile. I’ve already pre-ordered the third one, as well.

    themissyaya AT gmail DOT com

  5. I love love love the cover for Born of Illusion. I know nothing about the story but I totally want to read it simply because of the cover. Is that bad?

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      No there is absolutely nothing bad of wanting to read a book because of its cover! I do that often. :) And it’s a gorgeous cover.

  6. Nikki Wang says:

    I’m currently reading The Madmans Daughter and next? Unravel Me or OCD Love Story for sure!

  7. Ana Lucía says:

    I’m not reading anything right now :O And plan to read in the next few weeks maybe, Enclave by Ann Aguirre, I hope I can do it!

    How is the Unbreakable reading going? ;) Not even a few chapters?

  8. Oooo, I loved Silence!!! I thought that book ended the series, but then Finale came along! It’s a pretty good end! But I’ll shut my mouth lol. I’m jealous of your Born of Illusion! I need to read that book – probably when it comes out. I got a few books this week – Splintered (from YOU!), The Madman’s Daughter, Matched, and another ARC of Venom lol! And swag. It’s all right here -> My STS Post!

    Have a great weekend!

  9. miki says:

    i will start my first cassandra clare books ( mortal instrument book1) , as soon as i finish the review from my last read^^) i’m a little unwell too so i don’t read as quickly as i would like either but as soon as i identify the virus i will fight him and get back to enjoy my books a lot more ^^ ( teh headache doesn’t help teh reading^^)

    Take care too so you can get better for good^^
    happy reading!

  10. Lothfleur says:

    I’m currently reading Beautiful Redemption and I’ll probably read Liesl & Po next, and Scarlet (either Marissa Meyer’s or A.C. Gaughen’s)

  11. I’m currently reading Bloodlines by Richelle Mead for the second time to prepare for The Indigo Spell! And then I hope to read Unravel Me soon too. I’m going crazy with wanting to know what happens next! I’ve never rooted for the villain before, until these books!

  12. I think Arclight sounds interesting – it’s definitely on my TBR. This week I’ll be reading some books for blog tours – Blaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton, Indiscretion by Charles Dubow, and Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four by Nya Jade. I’d like to think I’ll get to read a couple more, but I have finals this week too, so probably not!

  13. Christina K. says:

    I just finished reading Venom by Fiona Paul and I LOVED it! Not only was Renaissance Venice portrayed absolutely perfectly in a way that captured both what was beautiful and what was just plain realistic (like the smell!!) and made me feel like I was standing right there was Cass watching the gondolas sweep by, but Cass’ dilemmas about who she wants to be, the life she really wants, who she’d be happy with, and how to love her family while still striking out trying to live her own dreams were applicable regardless of historical period, which made this historical completely relatable.

    I’m now reading Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan and boy am I in love! The humor, the gothicness of the town, the mystery and the perfect closeness of the two main characters completely sucked me in and I can visualize the town and think of Kami and Jared as friends:)

  14. I just got my copy of Splintered that I’m dying to read but I have first The Fox’s Mask to read for an upcoming quest post/spotlight. Then there’s Last Days by Adam Nevil and The Murmings by Carly Anne West that I need to read for review. And many, many more…

    Too many books, too little time. I don’t know about Superwoman but I’d love to be able to stop time so I can read, and start it again for everything else I have to do. Best. Superpower. Ever.

  15. Jennifer K says:

    Right now i am reading Destroy Me by Tahareh Mafi.

    I also would like to clear off one or two from my netgalley pile. I think i will start with Notes from Ghost Town by Kate Ellison (i hope that is her name).

    My library just got a bunch of books that i am dying to read. So assuming i am first i should have most of these books in the next few days. And they will be my next reads: Boundless/Cynthia Hand, Crash/Lisa McMann, The Essence/Kimberly Derting, and Dead and Buried/Kim Harrington.

    Also there is a book on netgalley i am hoping to get approved for. FIngers crossed on that one. Lately i am at about 50%, with a few publishers repeatedly accepting me. And a few repeatedly denying me.

  16. Congrats on making it almost two years! 100 weeks in a row is a big achievement.

    I was excited to get approved for The Weather Witch, too! I didn’t think I’d get approved. I also want to start it right this minute, but I have other books I must finish so it will wait a few weeks.

    My upcoming reads are Dance of Shadows — I just read your review, and I’m even more excited to start it now — and I’m in the middle of The Hallowed Ones.

    Born of Illusion sounds quite interesting, I hope it’s better than the last book on magicians and secret societies that I read.

  17. smiling_ina says:

    Wow, you made it to the big 100! Congratulations, that’s awesome!!! :D

    Man, I was really, really bad last week and didn’t read a single book. I’m hoping to get back into the groove this week though. On the top of my pile is still “Carnival of Souls”, but I also have to read my next book club pick which is called “The Art of Racing in the Rain” and is apparently written from the POV of a dog. It should be interesting. ;) Oh, and you know what?! I suggested we read the first book in the Soul Screamers series with the BC, and right now it’s on the list for October! It’s still a ways away, but still. Yay!!! :D

    I have “Hush, Hush” in my stack of books to read for the TBR Challenge and am hoping to get to it sometime in the second half of the year. Wish me luck! ;)

    Have a fabulous reading week, Rachel, and here’s to 100 more MRP posts!!! :)

  18. Congrats on 100!

    I kind of fell off the reading bandwagon over the holidays (which was a long time ago, I know) so I’m really trying to get back in the swing of things. I just finished Days of Blood and Starlight, which I loved! I’m startling Unravel Me because I’ve been dying to read it forever, and your post about it made it that much harder to wait!

  19. Alex says:

    Right now I’m going through INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows and really digging it. After that, I’ll probably try out THRONE OF GLASS, since I’ve wanted to get to that one for a while. I’m psyched you’re going to get WEATHER WITCH– I’m really intrigued and can’t wait to read your thoughts on that!

    Also, congrats on your 100th reading pile! I love checking in here and seeing what’s good– your recommendations have led me to some awesome reads! Thanks and good luck with the next hundred! :D

  20. Vicki Vo says:

    My upcoming read is Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick! Can’t wait to finally get my hands on it!! :)

  21. I have Everbound, Pretty Little Liars #1 and Nameless on my pile this week. I think. My readng moods have been a bit over the place also so I may pick up somethign else from my TBR shelf if the mood takes me. Holding off on requesting any of the new Australian titles just yet until I can be sure I will get the current titles I have read and reviewed on time. Though I am dying to read the Eternity cure.

    Born of Illusion looks good though the first half of the blurb reminds me a little of haunting Violet. Still I may go take a look anyway :-)
    Have a great week and happy reading

  22. JessS says:

    I’m still struggling to get through Frankenstein for school and Dragonfly in Amber (whih is good but just crazy long), but up next I’m wanting to read Perks of Being A Wallflower (I’ve borrowed a copy from a friend and feel like I’ve practically kidnapped it due to how long I’ve had it for), An Abundance of Katherines by John Green and Born in Ice by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

  23. Rachelita!! Why didn’t you tell me you were sick!
    -sends “get well” hugs-
    Now…
    O_________O
    Yay!!!!!!! 100 MRP posts!!!! You go girl!!! :D Here’s for another 100 more ;)

    And… Arclight… I’ve seen it around thought I seriously have no idea what it is about… add to that the fact that you just said is sci-fi and you got me wary… But I’ll wait for your review.

    O_O
    Get out!!
    I did NOT know you hadn’t read Silence!! I wish you a happy reading then!
    I hope to get Finale soon so I can add it to the reading challenge of yours hehe.

    O_O I need an Australian family to adopt me right now!! :D
    Also, of COURSE you were approved to read author S’s book! :D <3333

    Happy reading Rachel! Do you know when you'll be reading The Collector?? I've been DYING to get to read it every since… I don't even know when hehehe.

    Enjoy!!! :D
    ….
    As I said last week… I started reading Phoebe Pope And The Year of Four…
    insert me gasping…
    Girl! I did NOT expect to get so invested in the story as I have… I'm almost done-freaking errands have me missing out on my reading-but WOW!
    I really really like the book… So I'll recommend it to you ;)
    Get it, Read it, Love it ;)
    And… I need to start… To read some NG books… I haven't been there in a while… And I need to remember all the galleys I've been approved for so I can read them… Also… want to start early my read of Moonset -winkwink-

    Anyway.
    Cya when I cya :D
    -#1FiktshunStalker

  24. I’m currently reading three books – which shows the extent of my attention span at the moment. The first is Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion which I’ve picked up again as a reread since the film has just come out in the UK. The second is called A Passionate Affair with a Total Stranger by Lucy Robinson, and the last is Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama. I’ve been wanting to read the latter for ages. My next read will probably be Shards and Ashes, a short story collection edited by Melissa Marr but I’m still waiting for it to arrive in the post.

    Born of Illusion looks so good. I saw it on the Epic Reads ARC party and ended up adding it to my wishlist.

    Thanks so much for offering a giveaway :)

  25. I havent heard of Arclight before but it sounds good! I read all four of the Hush Hush series at the end of last year and loved them. Patch <3
    Im currently re reading Angelfire, then Wings Of the Wicked and hopefully fit in Shadows in the Silence this week too. So sad to see this series finish :(
    Enjoy your books Rachel :)

  26. Daisy says:

    Wow, congrats on making it to 100 reading pile posts! :) I always love seeing what you’re gonna be reading every week!
    Arclight sounds REALLY good! I got it on Edelweiss :)
    I’m currently reading a historical romance: The Lady Risks All by Stephanie Laurens. Up next is Pivot Point and after that I think I’ll continue with Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead, Dimitri! *sigh*
    Happy reading!

  27. Nice reading pile! I haven’t read Silence. Nora pissed me off so much in Crescendo that I just couldn’t pick it up. LOL so I will rely on you to tell me what I missed. No pressure or anything. But hearing your excitement makes me second guess my choice. Oh well.

    Currently I have a ton of books to read but I don’t know if I would call it my reading pile. I really don’t select which books to read when because like you I am more of a mood reader. But I have bought a couple of books that I can’t wait to devour!!! And I also have the rest of the Iron Fey series to finish. I have so many awesome books it is too hard to decide what to read. Ahhh!! Such a nice problem to have.

    I really love the idea of a reading pile post, but not sure if I could do one since I really don’t ever know what I am going to read until I actually do. And I don’t really receive any in the mail. I guess I could do them about the books I bought for the week or got from my library?? Hmmmm……Ah crap one more thing I want to do. :) See what your blog does???? Thanks Rachel great post as usual and great inspiration!!!!

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      I never planned on taking pics of books I got. I only wanted to talk about my reads but people got confused about the generic pic I used so I decided to add in mailbox stuff.

      But I’m the same with Nora. She made me crazy for her actions in Crescendo but she was great in Silence and behaved herself in Finale. :) yeah I read ahead… :)

  28. Jen @ BE says:

    Wow- congrats on 100 reading piles! (Even if you sometimes stray away from them ;) ) Doing these lists take so much dedication, and yeah, I’m really proud of you! :)

    You have some pretty great books- Born of Illusion looks so cool, but I don’t think I’ll be reading Finale… I gave up a few pages in Crescendo. :/

    I hope you get well soon! I spent Christmas Day sick, so I know how it feels.

  29. Beatriz says:

    Congrats on reaching your 100th reading pile! I’m not reading anything at the moment, but I plan on starting Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout tonight.

    And oh my god! I had no idea Nora loses her memory in Silence!! I’ve read the first two books, but couldn’t get myself to read Silence when it came out, even though I have it. Nora annoyed me a lot in Crescendo, so I guess I never even got around to reading the description for Silence.

    Thanks for offering a giveaway!

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      Thanks Beatriz! And oooh I have got to read that book!

      I had no idea either. Not until I read the description and oh my gosh I kind of thought that would be the perfect thing. As Nora drove me absolutely crazy in Crescendo. I kept screaming at her through the entire read!

      But in Silence AND Finale she was so much better. And Patch was AWESOME!

      You’re welcome and good luck in the giveaway!

  30. I just finished reading Farsighted by Emlyn Chand. I have mixed feelings about it. I can’t seem to be able to write a review for it.
    I am reading Dare You To by Katie McGarry. I LOVED Pushing The limits and this one is really interesting so far. Hopefully it will continue to be so.
    I will be reading Unremembered by Jessica Brody next. I haven’t read any of her books yet but I’ve heard good things. So Fingers crossed. :D

    Congratulations on 100th reading pile. I love how you do it. :)

  31. trayche says:

    Reading Stormdancer now :) Next it Mockingjay! :D

  32. Lea Krnjeta says:

    Congrats on the 100th Reading pile post :D I just finished Wings of Tavea. Next on the list are Death,doom and detention by Darynda Jones and Unravel me by Tahereh Mafi. Also, a lot of last ones in the series to read for the Dont let it end challenge :)

  33. Krazzyme says:

    OMG A 100??? WOAH! I’m currently reading Stone Cold Seduction… No idea when I’ll finish that though exams … you know :P

  34. I’m reading Beautiful Creatures. I’m almost finished. :D Next read will be Fixer by Gene Doucette

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