My Reading Pile #24

Well, although my mail is still MIA with a few of the books I’m expecting, I did get a bunch of my much anticipated books this week. Especially those that I bought for giveaway.

I was so excited to hear my signed copies of Bloodlines by Richelle Mead had shipped from University Bookstore. The one on the bottom of the pile is mine, then one for a friend, and finally the one in today’s giveaway is on top.

Also, I received three of my early copies of Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey, which I ordered from Flux. Amazon used UPS so I won’t get the rest until Monday. But I love the finished copy, it’s absolutely gorgeous. And way prettier than the ARC was.

I received a copy of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi from the publisher, HarperTeen, for review and I love the shiny cover. I’ve heard such amazing things about this book and I can’t wait to read it. I also received a finished copy of Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik from HarperTeen for review and I’m excited to see if this modernized version of Pride and Prejudice will pique my interest in the Victorian Era classics. Plus, I love the title.

Finally up is my very first audiobook I received for review by Macmillan Audio. It’s Dreamland by Alyson Noel. It wasn’t the audiobook I was expecting, but I’m excited to check this out, though I haven’t yet read the first two books in the series.

I can’t wait to read Bloodlines and re-read (for the third time) Witch Eyes, but they’ll have to wait, as…

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

(August 28-September 3 2011)


First up is Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik. I received a finished copy from the publisher, HarperTeen, last week for review and I’m excited to dive into this story which modernizes Pride and Prejudice.

I’m not a huge fan of stories from the Victorian Era, so I’m trying to read updated versions of them and this sounds adorable. Plus, I love the title Epic Fail.

Epic Fail sounds like a super fast and fun read. Elise, the main character, is attending the prep school in Los Angeles where her father is the principal and has to deal with all that entails. She meets Derek Edwards, the son of a Hollywood celeb and the arrogant boy who basically owns the school. And instead of setting her sights on him, she goes after Webster Grant, a social pariah.

From the description on Goodreads, this looks to be a charming story filled with all the drama, angst and excitement that comes with falling in love in high school.

Next up is Lie by Caroline Bock. I received a printed ARC from the publisher, St. Martin’s Griffin, for review a while back. As it’s coming out this week, I’ve added it to the pile.

When I first heard about this book, I checked out the description and was immediately captivated by this story. While this is not a long book, only 224 pages, it is a heavy story dealing with a serious subject.

The main character, Skylar Thompson, was witness to an assault. Her boyfriend, Jimmy, who she has always seen as her protector, stands accused, and his accomplice, Sean, is given the opportunity to accept a plea and to testify against him.

Both Sean and Skylar must decide whether or not to remain silent or to testify against Jimmy, but they must first discover why they haven’t come forward with what they know.

This story sounds really grabbing. I’m not sure whether or not Jimmy is guilty, but it seems like he must be. I’m curious to see just how much I’ll love or hate the main character for her decision to stand by the boy she loves or to keep quiet and let a crime go unpunished and a criminal go free.


Once again, I decided to add only two books to my pile as I still have a scattered mix of books to be read from the previous few weeks’ reading piles. I’m definitely making progress, but it’s not going as quickly as I’d like. I’m still hopeful for a mid-September catch-up, but by then there will be those October releases to contend with.

Since I haven’t requested any new books from publishers and I have stayed hidden from NetGalley, I really hope to catch up by end of October with all my reading.

I am still devastated that I can’t read Bloodlines this week as it looks absolutely way more gorgeous in person than it looked like online.

Wishful Thinking reads:

Shatter Me is my only wishful thinking read this week. I still can’t afford to be wishfully thinking about anything right now, but I can’t help it. I’ve managed to get my hands on a few copies of this book, which I’ve passed along to other readers, but now that I have a copy for myself, with its shiny, beautiful cover, I can’t wait to finally find out what the story is about.

All I’ve heard is that it’s amazing. I actually haven’t read the description (that I can remember) or any reviews, but I will allow myself to be swayed to move this up toward the top of the pile based on the high praise it’s received.

Those left behind:

Just The Power of Six from last week. I was still working on some of the books from my previous piles, one of which I had to set down mid-way through, which I absolutely hate to do. I am also behind on a review, which was due yesterday, but I will have it up on the blog on Sunday.

I’m really liking this committing to two books only each week, though that just means I’m falling behind more and more on my personal reading challenge. Still, it takes the pressure way off. I shouldn’t have set such a lofty goal when adding in the fact that I would be reviewing these books and blogging about them in addition to simply reading them.


There are three books on NetGalley that I’ve been dying to request, and at least two that I’d love to reach out to the publisher for, but I’ve kept firm in my decision to stay away from any new requests for at least a few weeks until I get caught up.

I am still hoping to discover the secret that will allow me to keep ahead of my stack of books. Sadly, I think the only way that will happen is if I were able to do this full-time and that’s not going to happen anytime soon.


Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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