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My Reading Pile #15

Okay, Friday was a little insane. I have no idea how the postman fit twenty-four of those books pictured above in my mailbox, but he did. I suppose he was determined not to have to carry them all back again. But my two trading partners really came through and gave me a few small heart attacks.

I am still expecting a couple more books from various sources like Armchair BEA wins, contests I’ve won, and a few more trades, but hopefully I’ll be sending books out, rather than bringing more books in. Because that old TV table I used to use for books that was empty after I bought my book tower is all filled up again.

But I also got two signed books this week. A copy of Die for Me thanks to the awesome Kristina of My World of Books and a signed copy of Passion thanks to Amy of Lady Reader’s Bookstuff. And a few lovely swaggy items from the always amazing Jennifer Laurens, author extraordinaire.

And can you see it there, right on the top left of the pile? Yes, the final piece to the puzzle, the book I have been pining for more than any other book since I received Wildefire. You guessed it. I GOT WITCH EYES. I didn’t really believe my trading partner when he said he would send it soon, but he did. And it’s perfect timing because I’m on vacation this week. Think you can guess what I’ll be reading first?

Well, you don’t have to guess too long…

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

(June 26-July 2, 2011)

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Witch Eyes is first up. Was there really any question? I’ve been dying to get my hands on a copy of this book, and it’s finally happened. To me! I can hardly believe it. So, of course this one scoots to the tip-top of my pile.

I managed to land an ARC through a trade with another blogger and I’m so excited to finally get to read it. This was one of my original twelve picks for the Debut Author Challenge and was the only book I hadn’t owned until now.

When I heard author Leah Clifford reading passages from the book I just died. The writing was beautiful and I knew this would be one of those stories I could just sink into. I love the idea that the main character Braden has the power to see the world as it really exists. And I can’t wait to find out what exactly he is able to see.

I am also a huge fan of stories involving dark magic. And…okay, yes, I’ve taken a small detour to start reading the book while writing this post. Must. Wait. Until. Sunday.

…And I always love a complicated love story.

I know it’s only June and the book doesn’t come out until September, but I have zero willpower.

Next up is Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz. The official release date of this book is June 28, although Amazon sent it out a week early.

But I received an eARC from the publisher and NetGalley and so I plan on reading and reviewing it this week, hopefully by release date. I had wanted to read it last week, but wasn’t able to get to any of my “wishful thinking” reads.

I can’t wait to find out about what’s going on between Emma and Brendan and I want to know how the past lives factor into this story.

Next on the pile is Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. Although I haven’t read any reviews, I’ve been hearing great things about this book and was told that this was a definite must read.

I received an eARC through Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab program and thought I’d take a look.

This book is about a love story that will most likely not have a not happy ending, given that theirs is taboo. The characters are brother and sister, who’ve not had an easy upbringing and whose relationship develops into a romance.

I want to read this because this is definitely a gutsy book for an author to write, on a difficult and potentially uncomfortable subject, and if it’s as powerful and amazing as everyone who’s read it has said, then I certainly want to discover this for myself.

I know there is a red cover for the book, but the black version came up on Goodreads and I kind of liked it more against the barbed wire so I chose to use that image instead.

And I’ve decided to add a fourth book to the pile this week as it’s a quick read – The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder. My plan is to read it on release date, as I don’t think I’ll be able to start it beforehand.

I received an eARC of the book courtesy of Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab program, but if I don’t get to read it prior to release, then I will be reading and reviewing it from the finished copy I’ll be downloading for my eReader.

I won’t go into too much detail as this was spotlighted for my “Book Watch” post a couple weeks ago, but I am interested in seeing how connected I can become to the story and characters in this book told in verse and letters.

I’ve read several pages of the book so I already know that I like the author’s writing style. I’m just curious to see if this is a style of book that I’ll love.

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I’m slowly getting caught up on my previous reading piles. And I am desperately going to try to get ahead on my review books this week so that for the rest of the summer it will all be pleasure reading.

I don’t have too many required reads planned for August due to the fact that I will have visitors and I don’t want to be rude by keeping my nose stuck in a book all month long. But I can’t go an entire month without reading, so reading strictly for fun sounds like the perfect way to go.

Wishful Thinking reads:

Once again I have three books that I really want to read this week – Luminous by Dawn Metcalf, Legacy by Cayla Kluver and Eternity by Heather Terrell.

But I also have a huge list of ARCs I’m dying to read even if their release date isn’t any time soon.

Plus, I’d like to tackle a bunch of my favorite series books that I haven’t had a chance to read yet, such as From Bad to Cursed, Passion, City of Fallen Angels, and so on.

So, I decided not to officially add any of these to the pile this week and just play it by ear. It is a vacation, so I think I’ll just read whatever I feel like, whether it’s The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer or Carrier of the Mark or even Fateful.

Those left behind:

Just one book was left behind from last week’s reading pile, and that was Vicious Little Darlings by Katherine Easer. I hope to get to read it during the week as I’m hiding from reviews and book buzz just so that I can experience this one without any outside input.

I seriously hope I am more successful this time around with my time off. I do not want the week to come to an end and find I’ve only read one or two books. With ten work-free days I’m hoping to read six or seven books.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

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Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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