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My Reading Pile #33

Each of the books that arrived this week was a total surprise. I did not expect any of them to arrive this week, even though I knew I’d get them eventually. The books and swag I was expecting didn’t show. But these more than made up for the missing items.

Since I did get a few lovely things worth talking about in my mailbox this week, I am giving credit to Kristi at The Story Siren who came up with the idea of sharing what’s in her mailbox each week.

At the top of the pile is a signed copy of Hourglass by Myra McEntire that I won during the YA Crush Tourney from The YA Sisterhood‘s amazing blog. I was totally not expecting it this week, but I am super glad to have received it. It’s even more gorgeous in person. Sadly the envelope was open and a bunch of swag was lost, but at least I got my lovely signed book.

I also received a copy of My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody for review from the publisher Macmillan. This book sounds like such a fun and super cute book and I can’t wait to add it to my reading pile in the next few weeks.

I also received a copy of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin that I won in a giveaway over the summer on Karsten Knight’s blog. I also did not expect this to arrive, so it was a total surprise to find it in my mailbox.

I can’t wait to read all three books, although I do have Hourglass and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer in my eBook collection already. But they both look so amazing in print and I’m glad to have them for printed book my collection.

I also thought I’d share a picture of just a few of the signed books that I bought this week for my blogoversary giveaway, which is coming up in a couple weeks. Beautiful Chaos is signed by both Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, The Daughter of Smoke and Bone is signed by Laini Taylor and Dear Bully is signed by (I believe) Jessica Brody, Amy Koss, Melodye Shore, Nancy Holder and Lauren Kate.

I tried to go back today to buy a few more copies of Dear Bully and there was only one copy left. I’ll just have to find something else to give away instead. But the blogoversary isn’t for a couple weeks, so I still have time.

Anyway…

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

(October 30-November 5, 2011)

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First up is Halo by Alexandra Adornetto. I have owned this eBook since its release, but haven’t yet had a chance to read it. I had this book on pre-order for a long time before it was released, during my pre-blogging fascination with stories about angels. But when it was released, I was hooked on a different genre and just never had the time to get back to it.

I had the opportunity to get a copy of the sequel, Hades, for review recently, and I jumped at the chance. I figured it would be the excuse I needed to add Halo to my reading pile. I can’t wait to finally start reading this book that was much coveted by me before I started blogging.

I am excited to meet Gabriel, Ivy and Bethany and see if they are able to save the world from darkness. And I am curious to find out whether Bethany and Xavier’s love story will threaten Bethany and the other angels’ mission.

I also have some pretty serious cover love for this book and would have bought it for the cover alone. And I am hopeful that this story is just as gorgeous. I’m looking forward to finding out in just a few days.

Next up is Hades by Alexandra Adornetto. Hades is the sequel to Halo, which I am also reading this week. I decided to read both books back-to-back so I could have the experience of continuing the story without a break in between.

I received Hades for review from the publisher, but I did end up buying the eBook for my permanent collection since I already owned Halo in eBook format. I am excited to read both books back-to-back to see how each story compares. And I can’t wait to see just what direction the author takes this story in.

While I did read the description when this book was released, now that I’m close to reading the first book in the series, I don’t want to look again, in case there are any spoilers.

But from the cover image, colors and title, things look like they may not have worked out so well for the three angels in Halo and so I am quite curious as to just what happened at the end of book one.

Wishful Thinking reads:

I have one wishful thinking read and one wishful thinking re-read this week. My wishful thinking read is Fever by Lauren DeStefano. While I don’t have a copy of this book yet, Jaime from Two Chicks On Books was so super nice and grabbed me an ARC today, which she’ll be sending out soon. And I can’t wait.

But in anticipation of getting this amazing book, I would love the chance to re-read Wither so that the story is fresh in my mind. And so that I can just jump from one book to the next without the long, painful wait I have had to endure since I read Wither early through the publisher’s Galley Grab program.

Those left behind:

I am totally behind on last week’s reads. I started reading Where You Are by Tammara Webber, which I love so far, but ended up not reading anything for the rest of the week.

I did end up going off-pile and start reading Death Sentence by Alexander Gordon Smith on Friday morning because I was just so morbidly curious about what was going on with Alex in book three after the way things ended in Solitary.

I should be finished with Where You Are by Sunday when I’m supposed to start on my new reading pile, but I didn’t even get to pick up Drink, Slay, Love. I do plan on reading that before starting on this new pile and I hope by next weekend I’ll be caught up, or at least close to caught up, with both weeks’ reads.

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Everything I said about not requesting books went right out the window last week. I was answering a question on my blog, Bloggers Corner, and ended up checking out a few of the publishers’ catalogs. That lead to me requesting a few ARCs. Which then lead me to signing on to NetGalley to see how many books I was behind on.

That was a mistake. I saw at least ten new books I wanted to request. While I didn’t go completely crazy, I didn’t stay completely strong, either. I did end up requesting and receiving one book – On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane.

I did not trade for any books this week, which is a really good thing, but I still have plenty of older book trades that will be trickling in over the next few months and adding to my ever growing reading pile.

Hopefully I can remain semi-strong and avoid too many more trades in the coming months. It’s the only way to avoid being buried by my reading pile, because I clearly can’t stay away from publisher requests, Galley Grab or NetGalley.

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Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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