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My Reading Pile #8

I decided to make my pile look a little smaller this week as I managed to get ten new books to add to the physical pile and that large stack just kept falling over and didn’t photograph well. Not that this looks much better. It’s still kind of leaning.

I am working on tackling this large heap of books and still trying to find a bookshelf I love, but in the meantime…

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

(May 8-May 14, 2011)

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I received an electronic copy of Die for Me from HaperTeen via NetGalley. This cover is absolutely gorgeous, but I requested it for review even before I saw this version of the cover.

I have been hiding from the reviews, but the Twitter chatter has been super positive about this 2011 debut book, and I’m excited to finally be able to put this book on top of the pile.

As I’ve already spotlighted Die for Me for my Book Watch post I won’t ceaselessly ramble, but any book that asks if I’d risk my life for love has got to be interesting and sounds like one of those books that just may involve a little bit of sobbing.

I received an ARC of Dreamland Social Club through a trade. I don’t know much about it, and I haven’t yet read anything by the author, but the last bit of the description really appealed to me.

From Goodreads: “Colorful characters, beautiful writing, and a vibrant, embattled beachfront backdrop make this the perfect summer read for anyone who has ever tried to find true love or a place to call home.”

I mean, who hasn’t tried to find true love? I’m a sucker for these kinds of stories. And a beach read is perfect for this time of year, so I can’t wait to see what this book has to offer.

I also received an advance copy of Flawless through a trade. I only just recently checked it out as I saw it nearing the top of the stack. It looks to be a quick and fun read and is a modern retelling of Cyrano.

This is the author’s debut book so I am excited to check out this new author.

A beautiful girl, with just one slight facial protuberance, her gorgeous best friend and a boy they both fall for. I’m curious to see how this turns out and whether the underdog comes out successful in this battle for love.

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Yes, I’m keeping the pile small this week. I have this feeling that I’ll be reaching into my stack of books and pulling out at least one that I’m dying to read, so I refuse to commit to four books this week.

I would have thought taking time off would mean that I’d get a ton of reading done. I was wrong, wrong, wrong. I got a whole lot of nothing done, except for maybe some blogging and shopping. Was I spending my relaxing days at the beach? Certainly not enough of them to make a dent in my pile.

So this week I decided not to overdo it and hope that I can tackle all the books in the queue.

Wishful thinking reads:

I just received a copy of Sirensong in the mail today. I love Jenna Black’s Faeriewalker series and I am dying to read this book. But I have too many books that I agreed to review, so I’m doubtful I’ll get to read it this week, but I am ever hopeful.

I really want to read Heidi Ayarbe’s Compulsion. Just watching the trailer makes me want to find out more about this character struggling with OCD. I’m so afraid that this book will get buried deeper within my eReader’s pages, but I really would like to read it soon so that won’t happen.

Those left behind:

I did not get a chance to read Divergent, Wolfsbane or What Happened to Goodbye. But I will be reading What Happened to Goodbye some time in the next week. And I’m not caught up with writing my reviews, but at least I finally wrote up the review for The Last Little Blue Envelope.

Although I’m just about done reading Wildefire, I still haven’t figured out when I should write or post my review. Last week wasn’t a bad week, but since I made the pile larger than normal, I feel slightly guilty that I didn’t finish.

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Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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