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My Reading Pile #39

Happily it’s a much slower week for my mailbox, but it’s partly because my mailman has decided that delivering mail isn’t always in his best interest. And clearly delivering mail on Friday was just way beyond his capabilities.

While I don’t take pictures of books I’ve purchased, I just have to say that I’m devastated that my “express delivery” from Barnes & Noble of Clockwork Prince is still MIA from their warehouse in Nevada. I don’t tend to have luck with Barnes & Noble and all things Cassandra Clare and I’m having flashbacks of my CoFA giveaways last spring.

My Amazon version arrived a few days ago and I’m anxiously awaiting the signed copies I’ve pre-ordered from Books of Wonder – though I’m not sure when they’ll ship – but I’d really love to have all three versions just to see how different they are.

As I am sharing what I received in my mailbox 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.

Maybe I should ask for photography lessons for Christmas because it seems my photographs of books and such, when not in a nice stack, are dreadful. Sorry for the poor lighting and odd angle. But I got all sorts of awesome stuff this week that just wouldn’t pile up nicely. In addition to the two amazing books I received, I got all sorts of swag.

I received a copy of The Childe by C.A. Kunz for review in anticipation of a blog tour in January for the authors’ upcoming release for the sequel, Dark Days. And much to my surprise it was signed. To me. So no, I will not be giving it away here on the blog when I’ve finished reading it. And there is also a lovely matching bookmark, business card, button and some jewelry, which accompanied the book in a super cute swag bag.

I also received a signed copy of City of Bones which I won this summer in the YA Crush Tourney and which just arrived in my mailbox this week. I am super excited, even though it’s not personalized, because City of Bones has my favorite cover of the series and to own it signed is awesome. I also received a few gorgeous bookmarks and some Divergent tattoos thanks to the ladies at the YA Sisterhood’s blog.

And last, but definitely not least, a semi-surprise package came in the mail for the holidays thanks to Blackplume, a wonderful blogger that I love to connect with here on the blog, on Facebook and on Twitter. She sent me a gorgeous bookmark which I will most definitely be using, a lovely postcard with a picture of her country, and this adorable and super-soft t-shirt which I will proudly wear!

I’m hoping Mr. Mailman decides to deliver the mail later today, but that is still TBD. So….

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

(December 11-December 17, 2011)

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First up is On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane. I received an eGalley from NetGalley and Harlequin TEEN for review. My review will post as part of the blog tour later this month, so I’m adding it to the pile this week.

I actually started reading this last week, as I just couldn’t wait, but then I got the flu and I had to put all thoughts of reading aside when sleep became the priority. So now it’s officially on the pile and I will get back to reading – and finishing – it this weekend.

I fell in love with the cover, the title and the description and just had to break my NetGalley temporary ban to grab a copy when I heard it was on the site. It sounded like another dark read and one I would very much enjoy at this time of year. A story about cheating death… or maybe not… had me intrigued. And just the thought of Death’s Ravens – those harbingers of doom – gave me the chills.

I’m completely caught up in the mystery of this story and am so curious where it’s going to lead. I can’t wait to finish reading it to find out how it all ends.

Next up on the pile is Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer. I received a temporary loan of this ARC thanks so very, very much to Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads. And while I hadn’t planned on adding it to the pile until next week, I am going to try to sneak it in this week. But I’d like to re-read and review Wolfsbane first, so we’ll see.

I absolutely love this series and cannot wait to read Bloodrose to see just where things are headed. I have not even looked at the description on Goodreads for fear I might abandon all my current reads just to find out what happens in this book.

I’m also worried I’ll peek at a review or two while I’m there, and as I still haven’t reviewed book two, the less I know about Bloodrose the better.

Just by the look of this cover, things appear to be quite a bit darker and while I love dark books, I’m hoping for a happier ending for this series.

Wishful Thinking reads:

I would love to be able to read Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout. No, I do not have an ARC, but I already had two wonderful bloggers – Patricia of Two Chicks On Books and Momo of Books Over Boys – offer to lend me theirs. Of course, once I couldn’t guarantee a return of said ARC, I have a feeling those offers went away pretty quickly.

Jennifer Armentrout is an absolutely a-mazing writer. After reading Obsidian, I just can’t get enough of her writing, and the idea of having a chance to read another book by the author without having months to wait sounds heavenly. But as I hadn’t requested an ARC, and I have so many amazing books to read right now, Pure will remain on my list of wishful thinking reads.

Those left behind:

Practically everything. I just can’t read when I’m not feeling well. I don’t connect with the characters and the story in quite the same way and it would definitely affect my review. So, I set aside all reading this week and now have a lot of catch up work to do.

I also did not write my review for Everneath, which I now hope to do this weekend. But because of other priorities like my tournament post, character interview questions and a few other reviews with specific deadlines, I may not be able to do it until next weekend.

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I have not heard back from any of the publishers about my requests on NetGalley. Which is devastating. But I also didn’t request any new books, which makes me incredibly proud.

I’m still holding out hope for Fugitives – though I feel it might be in vain – because I love, love, love, love, love that series. Though an approval would make me drop everything to read Death Sentence and immediately follow that up with Fugitives, which is probably not a great idea since I have quite a few review books on the pile.

Oh I wish I could squeeze another two weeks in between now and Christmas!

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Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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