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My Reading Pile #30

This week’s mailbox was a little slower, though I think it was mostly due to bad weather and a mailman who didn’t show up on one or two days. As always, I have a feeling that Saturday’s mail delivery will be full of surprises.

But I got some really great books this week, and since I did, I would like to give credit to Kristi at The Story Siren who came up with the idea of sharing what’s in her mailbox each week.

Earlier this week I got an ARC of Away by Teri Hall from Aly of Kid Lit Frenzy! as part of an event she’s putting together. I’ve got The Line on the pile for this week, so I’m super excited to read Away next week.

I also just received the three books in the River of Time series by author Lisa T. Bergren – Waterfall, Cascade and Torrent – and they’re signed, with three lovely signed bookmarks, too. I won them in a giveaway the author had for bloggers over the summer/early fall.

As I own all the books in eBook format, she said she’d send them to me signed so that I can give them away here on the blog, which I will do later this week or early next week. Sadly, Mr. Postman banged up the back corner of Cascade just a little bit, but I’m hoping that by keeping them in the stack, it will unbend a little.

I am still waiting on those books I bid on and won from a charitable auction in June, but as the woman behind the event has stopped returning my emails, I think I’ll never see those books.

I am unbelievably thrilled with the books I got this week, and am slightly happy that I have no new adds to this week’s pile, but I do have a pile and so…

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

(October 9-October 15, 2011)

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First up is The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. I received this ARC from a charitable auction and as soon as I read the description I was dying to read it.

I love the idea that it’s set in 1996 and that the characters will be getting a look into the future, our present. I’m so curious to find out what the authors do with this – how will the teens of the ’90s react to the world of 2011? Will it seem so unrealistic or will it seem like a very real, very possible future? Will they believe what they’re seeing?

And I am especially curious to see what they’ll think of Facebook, from a 1990s perspective. I’m so glad to have received an early copy and I can’t wait to start reading it this week.

Next up is The Line by Teri Hall. I’ve owned this in eBook format since it was released. And it’s been on my TBR list for some time, I just wasn’t able to move it up to the top of the pile until now.

The world intrigues me. A future where the United States is sealed off and where a line separates part of the country from its enemies on the other side. And even though it’s dangerous, there are some who are willing to live near the Line, including the main character Rachel’s family.

I can’t wait to find out who from across the Line in Away sent the recorded message that Rachel discovered and what it all means.

Now that Away is released, I’m more curious than ever to find out about this world so that I can dive into Away to see just what exists on the other side of the Line.

Wishful Thinking reads:

Solitary is my wishful thinking read this week. I actually downloaded it the second I finished Lockdown because I couldn’t stand being left on that cliff and had to know what happened. I did end up reading a few pages, but stopped as I had to get back to the books on the pile, but I would love to be able to just keep reading this series.

It’s so dark and gruesome, and the action and fear of capture make this an extremely riveting series, which I really didn’t expect. So, I find myself drawn to Solitary, but am keeping it as a wishful thinking read as I really shouldn’t be reading it this week.

Those left behind:

I’m almost done with Shatter Me, so I’m not really behind on last week’s pile. But I have a few books that are still TBR from much earlier piles. I hope to catch up on those in the coming weeks.

I was also made aware of a book that had been promised a review from quite some time ago which was lost in the shuffle. I will be reviewing that this month here, or on my other blog, but that is definitely one book that can certainly be considered “left behind.”

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I fell a little behind this week because I got the chance to beta read the upcoming novella in the Soul Screamers series. Which I did end up reading twice. Because you never really get a good read going when you beta read.

I can’t complain about falling behind because of it, as it was just the best thing ever to have read this book so super early. I loved it both times I read it, so I don’t even care that I’m behind on my posts, writing up my reviews or being completely sleep deprived. Once in a lifetime experience? You bet.

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Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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