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My Reading Pile #36

I received no books in my mailbox this week. Not a one. Well, I did receive a copy of Shatter Me, which I ordered to send to someone who won a giveaway, but as I never list books I’ve bought or books that I’ve bought that aren’t for me, it doesn’t count.

I have been waiting on a huge number of books, some which may be MIA due to the post office’s negligence, others which are just in super-slow-motion transit and may show up today – fingers crossed – and still others which I don’t think have been sent just yet.

I have plenty to read, so I am not too sad that my mailbox was empty. Though I am a wee bit glum about a few ARCs that haven’t landed in my hands yet from trades or requests.

And although I don’t list eBooks I’ve requested through NetGalley, I did receive an audiobook of Cinder by Marissa Meyer from the publisher, Macmillan Audio, as a digital download. I typically get review audiobooks as CDs, so this is my first digital download file, but it works just the same and I can’t wait to add it to my “reading” pile in December.

As I am sharing something I received in my eMailbox this week, I’m giving credit to Kristi at The Story Siren who came up with the idea of sharing what’s in her mailbox each week.

And now for what I’ll be diving into…

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

(November 20-November 26, 2011)

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First up is Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I received an eARC from the publisher, Entangled Publishing, through NetGalley. And as release date is coming up soon and I just want to read it that badly, it’s on the top of the pile this week.

I had my eye on this book for quite some time, but was determined not to request any books through NetGalley until I was all caught up with my reading. I caved a week or so ago after seeing someone else tweet about their review and how awesome this book was.

While I didn’t read any reviews, I know how amazing the author is and so I headed over to NetGalley to make the request. Apparently there weren’t copies available, but after talking with another blogger on Twitter, they released more copies and approved my pending request.

I had already read the first chapter on the author’s blog, but I knew this would be very different from her other series. Although I didn’t know, until creating this post and actually reading the description on Goodreads, that the hot neighbor Daemon was in fact an alien, not a demon as I had thought. And that the main character, Katy, gets marked by him, is now a magnet for other aliens and needs his protection.

This will be my very first alien book, I believe, and I’m totally intrigued with the idea of this story. I’ve already taken a peek at the first three chapters, so I already know that once again I love the author’s writing. I also love the fact that the main character is a book blogger. And I can’t wait to see if I will fall in love with my very first book involving aliens.

I suppose I should have guessed the alien nature of the book by the font in the title on the book cover, but I have been staring at the button on my blog of Daemon and really couldn’t see anything aside from him.

As with Half-Blood, I’m sure I’ll devour this book and will suffer the wait until the next book is released. The sequel, Onyx, is slated for release in 2012.

Next up on the pile is Hushed by Kelley York. I received an eARC from the publisher for review as I’ll be part of a blog tour for this new book, releasing on December 6th.

I would have added it to the pile earlier, because this book sounds dark and spectacular and I’ve been dying to read it, but since my review needed to be posted closer to release date I decided to wait. I’ve waited long enough, so now it’s on the pile this week.

The first sentences in the description on Goodreads were what got me hooked on this book. “He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.” But the cover is just as dark and scary and made me want to read this even more. I think chilling is the best word to describe that cover.

I am so curious as to what happened to Vivian when she and Archer were children that made him so protective of her. Protective enough to kill for her. And while the description calls Vivian “manipulative,” she sounds just plain evil.

I am hoping Archer does break free of Vivian, finds happiness with Evan – well as much as can be found given that he’s a murderer – and has a chance at redemption. Although, I’d be just as happy with a dark, dark ending. Either way, I can’t wait to start reading this book and I’m so glad I was approached to be a part of this tour.

Wishful Thinking reads:

This is a total wishful thinking read, because the book doesn’t exist. I would love to read Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer. Yes, I just saw Breaking Dawn and no, it didn’t make me want to go back and re-read the series. But it did make me want to read Midnight Sun, which, based on the first eleven chapters, is the best book of them all.

I’d also love to read A Touch Morbid, which I probably will have as my wishful thinking read every single week until release date. But as I don’t have a copy, I’ll just have to pine for it along with everyone else.

Those left behind:

I’m quite behind on some older review books, and I didn’t completely finish reading the books on last week’s pile, but I am just one girl and it has been a really, really tough week. Hence few comment responses, falling behind on NaNoWriMo and late posts. I hope to catch up over Thanksgiving weekend on the comments and the NaNo stuff, but we’ll see.

I did read Everneath and fell in love with it – that book is so completely awesome – but I haven’t yet written my review. It was one of those books I fell in love with too deeply to be able to formulate any coherent thoughts and every time I sat down to write it, what I came up with was drivel.

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I am happy to say that I did not request a single book this week. I’ve stayed strong although I was tempted to head over to NetGalley when I heard that Tempest by Julie Cross was available for request. But since I am so behind I thought better of it.

I do have one book, which I may be receiving this week depending on the USPS and the holiday mail schedule, that will be added to the pile for an immediate read. But if I don’t receive it until next week, I’ll add it then.

And yep, that book is Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. And I have three days from receipt to read it, so I hope to get it on Friday and have the entire weekend to devour it.

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Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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