My Reading Pile #23

I’ve decided that my mailman hates me. I’ve been waiting on sixteen books that are yet to arrive. Some have been missing for almost two months. Poor, poor books.

But, I will not complain too much because I did get one absolutely amazing book in the mail. Ashley from What’s Your Story? sent me a signed copy of Abandon by Meg Cabot with this lovely post card. It is absolutely gorgeous. And it’s signed. The book that is.

I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of the amazing bookmark Ashley also included with her website’s details. I’ll have to take a snap of it for next week’s post, as it’s currently holding my place in Blood Bound.

I also wanted to show a picture of the lovely goodies I ordered from Leah Clifford’s new online shop for all things A Touch Mortal. They arrived super quick so at least I have something else to show other than my one lonely book. I’ve been using them all, which, by the way, has caused me to miss Az all the more. Now I really, really, really want to read A Touch Morbid.

I just have this feeling that at some point next week my mailman is going to show up at the door with a bunch of my missing items, a few of which are for review. I am hoping that next weekend’s photo will be a happy one. In the meantime…

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

(August 21-August 27, 2011)


First up is The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore. I received an unsolicited printed ARC from the publisher, HarperTeen, a few weeks ago and although I hadn’t read I Am Number Four, I decided to pick up a copy and review both books.

As I’m just starting the first book in the series I’ll be reading this one in a couple of days, but I did take a peek at the description on Goodreads. I had thought that this book would be about Six, but it’s actually about Seven, a completely new character that I didn’t meet in the film version of the first book.

So, now I am intrigued. According to the description, Seven is ready for a fight and I wonder if the six remaining beings from Lorien will be joining together and taking the fight to the Mogadorians rather than remaining in hiding as they had been.

And I can’t wait to find out.

To browse inside the first book in the series, I Am Number Four, on the publisher’s website, click here.

To take a look at the first seven chapters of The Power of Six, on the publisher’s Facebook page, click here.

Next up is Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace. I received an eARC from the author for review in anticipation of the upcoming release and blog tour for her book – my stop will be on September 3rd.

I have been excited to finally get a chance to read another book about vampires as it seems like ages since I read one. And I’m even more thrilled to finally meet Jaren and Mirko. Yes, Brooke is the heroine, but I’m much more curious to find out if I’ll choose the nice guy or the bad boy in this series.

Being a part of the tour has allowed me to get a longer look at the characters behind the scenes and right now I’m leaning toward Mirko. While Jaren seems like the perfectly charming, blonde-haired, blue-eyed all-American boy, Mirko seems much more dark and dangerous. Yeah, I’m definitely Team Mirko.

But I also can’t wait to meet Brooke and see where her journey takes her in her attempt to find out who’s been trying to kill her and whether or not she is safe when the story ends. As this is the first book in the new Vampire Born series it’s still TBD whether or not there will be a cliffhanger ending. I can’t decide whether I’m excited or terrified of that possibility.

To read the first chapter from the book’s website, click here.

Book trailer for Descended by Blood:


I decided to only add two books to the pile this week since I still have to start Reading Pile #22. I’m catching up. But super slowly. I think by mid-September I’ll finally be on track.

Sadly, I won’t be able to read books that aren’t required reads for awhile. I know Bloodlines is coming out and I’m dying to read it, I just don’t think I will get the chance until at least November. It breaks my heart a little. But then it just means there will be a shorter wait for book two, The Golden Lily, in the new spin-off series.

Wishful Thinking reads:

Bloodlines is my only wishful thinking read this week. I can’t afford to be wishfully thinking about anything right now and must remain focus on the books in the pile. But if I ever magically found myself with extra time on my hands I would use it to read this book.

Even if the book isn’t about my two favorite characters from the Vampire Academy series, I want to dive back into that world. And even if there is no mention of them, I just know I will still love this book. If ever there was a book, author and series to be biased toward, it would be Richelle Mead’s new series.

Those left behind:

Yet again, everything on last week’s pile was left behind. At least I’m now mostly just one pile behind, rather than two. Of course my reviews are another story. As soon as I can get the time I must sit down and write reviews for a few of the books that I’ve read but still haven’t reviewed.

I’m concerned about too much time lapsing or I will need to re-read those books. Because if I no longer have that connection with the book, I just can’t adequately express my opinion about it. I certainly don’t want to sound disinterested or detached about a book I loved.


I have been hiding from NetGalley for fear I’ll request more books and I just can’t afford to right now. Winter is quickly approaching and I don’t want to miss out on sequels of some of my favorite old and new books.

The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of December being a month I use to catch up on favorite missed reads and read only new or upcoming books I’ve been dying to read. That sounds just so perfect.

One of these days I’ll figure out how to properly allocate time and create a better balance between reviewing, blogging and socializing, but in the meantime I’m still trying to keep my head above water and tackle one reading pile at a time.


Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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