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My Reading Pile #16

After last week I wasn’t sure I’d receive any books to snap a picture of this week. But a few books did arrive in the mail. I received a signed copy of Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson that I won from an online charitable auction.

I also received an ARC of Shattered Souls from a trade with Alex of Electrifying Reviews. Of course, I am expecting another copy in the next week or two, I realize, as I am part of an ARC tour for this book, which I didn’t find out until after I had traded for a copy.

And I received an ARC of The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson and Frost by Marianna Baer courtesy of Greenwillow Books and HarperTeen.

Although I’m still waiting on quite a few books, I’m not sure they’ll be arriving next week, so there may just be a generic photo shown above.

Anyway, onto the star of the show…

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

(July 3-July 9, 2011)

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First up is Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers. I received an ARC of the book from a contest on the author’s blog. It was a DEAR (drop everything and read) book. I absolutely loved it, but I read it strictly for pleasure. And it was scrumptious.

As I wasn’t clever enough to write a review at the time, I will need to read it again. Not that I’m complaining. Believe me. And I can’t believe it, but it’s finally coming out on Tuesday. Yay! I’m super excited because I just love this series.

Next up is Supernaturally by Kiersten White. I received an ARC of this book through a trade. (Well, two actually.) And I need to pass this one along, so I’ve decided to move this up in the TBR pile and read it for review this week.

I loved Paranormalcy and I love this series. I had some serious cover love for both books, but especially for this one.

Evie is a lovable, if at times frustrating, main character and I can’t wait to see just what trouble she gets into in this second book in the series.

Against popular opinion, I am a fan of Reth, he is the bad boy after all. And I’m dying to find out what happens with him and Evie in Supernaturally. I also love Lend, but Reth just makes my heart beat a little bit faster. Plus he makes this a pretty exciting love triangle.

Last up is Forever by Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve had this for a few weeks now, thanks to Britney of I Eat Words who sent me a copy from BEA. And, as I plan on passing this one along as soon as I can, I added it to the pile this week.

I’m not sure I’m ready to say goodby to Sam and Grace, so this is going to be a really tough read for me. I’ve managed to avoid final books for most of the series I’ve come to love. But the pressure to pass the ARC along is forcing my hand.

And so I plan on biting the bullet and reading Forever to find out whether there is a happy ending for the characters. I really, really hope so.

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Last week was a really bad week for me. I only finished one book the entire week. I never should say I’m going to read during my time off, because something always seems to happen.

Due to last week’s drama it took away my motivation to read and so I only managed to read one book. And that was Witch Eyes, which I definitely want to read again before I review it, as I’ve been completely scatterbrained all week and the notes I took to write up my review are a bit incoherent. So not good.

I did not get any other books read during the week. Zero. I am deeply, deeply ashamed, but I did watch True Blood if that counts for anything.

Wishful Thinking reads:

My wishful thinking reads are all the books I didn’t get a chance to read last week – Spellbound, Forbidden, The Day Before – but as it’s going to be a busy week I will probably only get a chance to read Spellbound.

And I would like to read Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey as the copy I received from the trade needs to be sent on to someone else for awhile so they can read it. I’ll eventually get it back in December, but for now I only have temporary custody of it. If I don’t get to it this week, then I’ll read it next week for sure.

Those left behind:

I left everything but Witch Eyes behind, so I added all my unread books from last week to my “Wishful Thinking Reads” list. I hope that I’ll be able to read at least one or two of them this week, especially Spellbound. And I did not get a chance to read any of my “fun” non-required reads. So much for vacation.

My hopes at being successful this time around were an epic fail. I really should not cross my fingers. But this time it really wasn’t my doing. There are no excuses, but if you’re not just not in a place where you can enjoy reading, you’re just not. And believe me, if you read a book when you’re not in the mood, it’s not good for you or the book.

I am feeling the bookish love again, so I imagine I’ll get at least a few books read and reviewed this week. Ever hopeful (as always)…

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Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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