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My Reading Pile #144

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I know I’m a bit late with this week’s My Reading Pile post and missed last week’s post, but as I haven’t been doing any reading due to some IRL stuffs going on, I wasn’t able to post this until now.

And while I didn’t receive any hard copy review books in the mail last week, I did receive some awesome books and eGalleys. So I didn’t want to miss the chance to share them.

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[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

I had participated in a charitable auction and won an ARC of AFTER THE END, the first book in a new series of the same name by Amy Plum, along with signed paperback copies of the Die for Me series by the author. There was also some swag that was to be included, but as the post office damaged the packages so badly, most of it was MIA by the time I received it. I’m just happy I received the books and ARC.

And while I did end up grabbing an eARC of AFTER THE END the other week, I am madly in love with the printed ARC I received and will be reading that instead of the electronic copy.

I also had grabbed quite a few eARCs from Edelweiss, was granted access to one title, and was approved for two I’d requested awhile back.

Courtesy of HarperCollins/HarperTeen/Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Voyager via Edelweiss:

AFTER THE END (After the End #1) by Amy Plum

SLEEP NO MORE by Aprilynne Pike

WICKED GAMES by Sean Olin

THE EIGHTH DAY by Dianne K. Salerni

AUTUMN ROSE (The Dark Heroine #2) by Abigail Gibbs

Courtesy of Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse via Edelweiss:

#scandal by Sarah Ockler

MAGNOLIA by Kristi Cook

(DON’T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME by Kate Karyus Quinn

I didn’t receive all these titles this week. Some I grabbed the week before last, before life got in the way. But as I didn’t create an MRP post last week, it seems like I received a LOT of books. All of which I am excited to read. But for now…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

(December 15, 2013 – December 21, 2013)

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As it is so late in the week already and because I haven’t been able to lose myself in a book for the past couple of weeks, I’m only adding one short novella to the pile this week, and that is FRACTURE ME (Shatter Me #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi.

Although I have not been able to focus on a book or on much of anything lately… my mind has been preoccupied with the chaos that is my life right now… I am hopeful that reading this short story from Adam’s POV will be able to get me back into reading again.

I adore Tahereh Mafi’s writing. There’s just something so brilliant and wonderful about the way she connects words. And even though I am terribly mad at Juliette right now, I can’t wait to continue on with this series and to read FRACTURE ME this week and find out just how it sets the stage for the final book in the series.

The Description…

In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, discover the fate of the Omega Point rebels as they go up against The Reestablishment. Set during and soon after the final moments of Unravel MeFracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective.

As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam’s focus couldn’t be further from the upcoming battle. He’s reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend’s life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James’s safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It’s time for war.

On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam’s newly discovered half brother, won’t be that easy. The Reestablishment can’t tolerate a rebellion, and they’ll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

Fracture Me sets the stage for Ignite Me, the explosive finale in Tahereh Mafi’s epic dystopian series. It’s a novella not to be missed by fans who crave action-packed stories with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu.

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Wishful Thinking Reads

As I have been down in the dolrums as of late, I don’t have a wishful thinking read picked out. Of course I wish I could read every title that I have in my collection currently on my TBR pile, but since that’s just not possible at the moment, I’ll save my wish for next week’s pile.

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Those Left Behind

I did manage to finish reading ICED from the pile two weeks ago, but just barely. I had read all but the last ten or so pages before everything went haywire in my life. I’m not sure when I finished those last few pages, but I do vaguely recall doing so. But I haven’t been able to pick up a book since then.

So I did not get to read ONE GRAVE AT A TIME just yet. But I am hopeful of doing so before the final book in the series releases.

I also managed to finish those edits to my WIP… which I guess is technically a manuscript. But that, too, was just a “barely.” Things started going downhill, which delayed their completion, but I spent a few hours one day and got them done before my deadline.

I was not, however, able to take that exam for Coastal Navigation. And while it’s not something left behind from my TBR pile, it is something left behind. Hopefully I’ll be able to get it together enough to take the test some time in early January.

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

I did not put in any requests on NetGalley for the past couple of weeks. But I did do a quick search for purposes of this post and found quite a few titles that are available for request. Some of which I may end up requesting….

THE HERE AND NOW by Ann Brashares (Random House Children’s, Apr 8 2014)

MANOR OF SECRETS by Katherine Longshore (Scholastic, Jan 28 2014)

HIGH AND DRY by Sarah Skilton (Abrams, Apr 15 2014)

THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS by Michelle Madow (Harlequin TEEN, Feb 25 2014)

AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard (Random House Children’s, Jan 28 2014)

WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart (Random House Children’s, May 13 2014)

GRIM by Ellen Hopkins, Julie Kagawa, Amanda Hocking, Claudia Gray, Rachel Hawkins (Harlequin TEEN, Feb 25 2014)

CAPTIVATE by Vanessa Garden (Harlequin Enterprises Australia, Jan 1 2014)

BROKEN HEARTS, FENCES, AND OTHER THINGS TO MEND by Kate Finn (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, May 13 2014)

PANIC by Lauren Oliver (Hodder & Stoughton, Mar 6 2014)

ANYTHING TO HAVE YOU (UK Edition) by Paige Harbison (Harlequin UK Ltd, Feb 7 2014)

DON’T LOOK BACK by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Disney Book Group, Apr 15 2014)

SECRET (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer (Kensington Books, Jan 28 2014)

THESE GENTLE WOUNDS by Helene Dunbar (Flux, May 8 2014)

CAMELOT BURNING (Metal & Lace #1) by Kathryn Rose (Flux, May 8 2014)

DIVIDED WE FALL by Trent Reedy (Scholastic, Jan 28 2014)

THE LOST BOYS by Lilian Carmine (Random House UK-North America, Jan 1 2014)

TALES FROM MY CLOSET by Jennifer Anne Moses (Scholastic, Jan 28 2014)

BRIGHT BEFORE SUNRISE by Tiffany Schmidt (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Feb 18 2014)

PRETENDERS by Lisi Harrison (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Oct 15 2013)

DEAD BEAUTIFUL by Yvonne Woon (Disney Book Group, Sep 21 2010)

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I hope to get back on track with my MRP posts this weekend and with my reading, too. My inability to escape into a book is something I really want to change. I’m just not quite sure how at the moment. Mindless television series marathons on Netflix seem to be all I’m capable of right now.

I have a ton of books on the pile and a reading challenge in 2014 that will (hopefully) help me tackle some of those. But I have to be able to focus long enough to read in order to do so.

I am attempting FRACTURE ME tonight and will be keeping my fingers crossed that it will captivate me as everything Tahereh Mafi has done. And, if it does break me out of my reader’s block, then maybe I’ll try to read the Jeaniene Frost book I missed from a couple weeks back.

While I’m having a bit of a reading slump due to the beatdown that life has given me recently, I hope the same is not true of you. And, as ever, I wish you a happy reading week ahead.

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Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your reading pile this week?

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One Response to “My Reading Pile #144”

  1. miki says:

    Life prevented me to read too and i so miss it so i’m trying to change that by jumping on some novella that i can read in a shorter time until things calm down

    i hope you will receive your surprise soon ^^ and that i will lighten your mood^^

    happy holidays and i hope good reading

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