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My Reading Pile #43

Apparently I am still missing quite a few books, and other non-book parcels, that were sent to me prior to the holidays. Whether they’ll ever turn up, or the local postal sorting center is having a great time with their own holiday haul, is still to early to tell. But at this point, I am assuming the worst.

Regardless of their efforts to the contrary, I did manage to have a great week as I got two awesome deliveries that arrived on Friday.

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.

On the top of the pile is a personally signed copy of On a Dark Wing by author Jordan Dane. I had participated in the On a Dark Wing blog tour last month and the amazing author offered to send me a signed copy of her beautiful book. I am so excited to have this for my personal collection and the cover of the print edition is even more beautiful in real life.

The remainder of the pile are books that I received from a trade with another blogger. Dead to You by Lisa McMann comes out soon, so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to read it before release date, but it will be one of my February reads. I can’t wait to read The Calling by Kelley Armstrong. The first book in that series left me hanging.

I have not read the first two books in The Ivy series but I really want to, and so of course I couldn’t refuse trading for a copy. The same is true for The Last Echo. Though if I can’t read either series in February, I may pass them along to someone who has, so they can give both books an early review.

And I can’t wait to check out Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis. I had read most of Whisper before I started blogging, and although I didn’t get a chance to finish it, I loved the author’s writing style and now can’t wait to read her latest upcoming release.

I won’t be reading any of these books for awhile, except maybe Dead to You, but I do have one or two books I will be reading…

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

(January 8-January 14, 2012)

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I’m only adding one book to the pile this week because I’m seriously behind on last week’s reads and they aren’t books I can move further down on the pile in order to read two new books this week.

My only new read for this week will be Initiation by Imogen Rose. I received an eBook for review from the author and I’m excited to add it to the pile to read later this week.

Initiation is the first book in the Bonfire Academy series, a prequel series in the Bonfire Chronicles, and I can’t wait to head to St. Moritz to meet the students there. I do tend to love books set in boarding schools and especially those where the students are either non-human or are humans with special abilities.

I’m curious to see just what mix of students attends Bonfire Academy and what happens there in this first book. I’m guessing from the title that entrance to the school isn’t as easy as enrolling and I’m excited to find out exactly what the initiation process will be… and what they’ll be initiated into.

Wishful Thinking reads:

Just one wishful thinking read this week. I would love to read Dead to You by Lisa McMann. I just received the ARC in the mail from a trade but because I’m so behind on reads and reviews there’s no way I can read it this week, but I wish I could. I’ve loved everything I’ve read that she’s written and I can’t imagine this book will be any different.

Those left behind:

I did not get a chance to read either book from last week. I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to read Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent and I couldn’t (and wouldn’t) refuse. I really don’t know anyone who would. So that set me back, which is why I only have one new book on the pile this week.

I will be reading The Childe today and Hallowed a bit later in the week, but I still haven’t had a chance to finish Fugitives from the previous week. I hope to catch up on that next week, but as I have a few required reads this month, it might be closer toward the end of the month….

NetGalley Pile Adds:

I was alerted by Jaime of Two Chicks on Books to a few NetGalley adds and did end up requesting one or two books.

Apparently the next book in Carrie Jones’ Need series is on NetGalley and I couldn’t resist requesting it. I have loved that series forever and would love the chance to read the next book early. It was one of those books that I was so desperate to read the year of the publisher eBook pricing conflict that I broke my eBook only rules and bought the print edition so I could read it. So, my fingers are definitely crossed that I’ll get a chance to read it early.

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Well, I’m not sure how successful I’ve been with my life/blog balance over the past week, but I’m trying. The pressure will be off after January as I’ll only have five or six upcoming books I must read for review. All the rest are books I’d love to catch up on from previous requests and/or just books for me.

Aside from NetGalley, I have not reached out to request any new books, though I may have accepted one book for review that was on my 2012 DAC list. That’s not breaking my resolutions. Not really….

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Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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