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