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My Reading Pile #44

It was a fairly slow week at the mailbox. But I did get a few books I’m excited to read. I’m always happy when any books show up, and the books that showed up for me this week are kind of awesome. So, zero complaints.

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.

I received all five books from a trade with another blogger. I’m so excited to have received Goddess Interrupted and Thumped and I’m dying to finally read Deadly Cool next month so I can immediately read Social Suicide.

When I received Dark Eden for review the other month I had no idea there was a sequel. Once I did, I immediately added it to my TBR because I just couldn’t imagine where the series was headed. So, I’m super curious to see exactly where the story will lead in Eve of Destruction.

And having Destiny and Deception will definitely light the fire for me to finish reading Bargains and Betrayals. I got about three-fourths of the way through the book before I was pulled away for another read. I can’t wait to go back to it.

As soon as I snapped the first picture I realized I forgot about two other books I received this week. At the top of this pile (on my new book tower – yes it looks exactly like the other one) I have a copy of Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran. I received a copy for either review or giveaway by the publisher, Randomhouse, so if I don’t get a chance to read it, I will be offering it up for giveaway.

And I also got my pre-ordered, signed, copy of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I cannot wait to read this book, which will be my very first John Green read. And the fact that it arrived signed is so unbelievably cool.

While I got quite a few amazing books this week, none of them will be added to my pile until at least February. I still have a number of books to read in January, which became sort of an Indie book month – completely unintentional by the way.

So anyway…

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

(January 15-January 21, 2012)

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First up on the pile is Exiled by M.R. Merrick. I had purchased this as an eBook awhile ago because it just sounded so cool. But when the author reached out to me for a review, I decided to move it up in the pile.

I had wanted to read Exiled in December, but that month flew by. So, I’m adding it to the pile this week, though I probably won’t get to start reading it until Wednesday since I need to catch up on one other review book from an earlier pile.

I actually had read the first chapter of Exiled and what I’d read so far definitely left me wanting to read more. This story is about a supposed-to-be demon hunter named Chase, who never ended up receiving his powers and was therefore exiled. He uncovers a plan by the Circle he was to have been a part of which would “unleash pure-blood demons into the world.” And he makes it his mission to stop this from happening.

As much as I love demons I hope he succeeds in stopping the Circle. Because the alternative doesn’t sound promising for the human race. And I’m super curious to see just how his alliance goes with the sexy witch, Rayna.

So, yeah I’m excited to finally get a chance to add Exiled to the top of my reading pile this week.

Next up on the pile is Anathema by K.A. Tucker. I won an eBook of Anathema a long while back from a giveaway hosted by Jaime and Patricia of Two Chicks On Books. But I also ended up downloading the free Kindle eBook version.

And just recently I received a print copy, signed, from Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads. So I definitely have a copy to read.

I’m adding it to the pile this week because I am participating in the blog tour for the sequel, Asylum. And since I will be conducting a character interview here on the blog on January 23rd for the tour, I figured I should read both books so I can ask the right questions.

I did end up reading the first thirty or forty pages the other week in between reads, thinking I could sneak the entire book in, but I ran out of time. So I will be starting this book from the beginning this week.

I’m really interested in finding out just why Evangeline is having so many bizarre dreams, what her dreams actually mean, what Sofie is hiding and what’s up with the two rather quirky guys who own the home in Manhattan where she and Sofie end up staying. And I already know I want to know more about the super sexy Caden.

According to the description, Evangeline wakes up from one of her dreams with “bite marks on her neck.” Well, I’m thinking there could only be one reason for that. But I guess I’ll have to read on to find out if what I believe to be true is actually true. I can’t wait. Because I’ve heard such amazing things about this author and book.

Wishful Thinking reads:

I have a lot of books I wish I could read. I’m still mourning the fact that I haven’t read Charmfall by Chloe Neill or Deadly Little Voices by Laurie Faria Stolarz. But I suppose if I had to pick one wishful thinking read this week it would be Thumped by Megan McCafferty.

I loved Bumped and was unbelievably excited when I learned that it wasn’t just a standalone. I had thought it might be a trilogy, but have since heard that Thumped would be the series conclusion.

I am also dying to read Truth by Julia Karr. This is another dystopian series that I loved from 2011 and I received an ARC just the other week and have been dying to read it ever since. It does come out this week, but it’s still sitting on my TBR because I overbooked January. So, instead of reading this amazing book, I’m just wishing I could read it this week.

Those left behind:

I’m not behind on last week’s pile because I only added the one book, Initiation by Imogen Rose. I’m just about done with it and I certainly will have finished it before Sunday when I have to start tackling this week’s reading pile.

I still have to read Hallowed by Cynthia Hand, which I will be reading before I even think about starting this week’s pile. So I’m not too far behind schedule, except on the sequels for Anathema and The Childe which are both due next week.

NetGalley Pile Adds:

I did a little more NetGalley stalking. I didn’t end up getting the two books I requested last time. I wasn’t denied, I just got no response.

But I did end up requesting two books from Harlequin TEEN, which I was auto-approved for – Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter, which I ended up getting a printed ARC for this week from a trade, and Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz. Both are books I’m super excited to start reading, but they will definitely have to wait until February or early March.

And tonight I ended up requesting Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. I had been denied back in December just before the holidays when Randomhouse pulled their books. So when I saw it on there tonight I just had to take a chance. And I received an almost instantaneous approval. I seriously can’t wait to start reading Wanderlove.

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It’s been a difficult week for blogging. Everything has taken twice the time it normally would, so I’m utterly exhausted and fear just how many typos and nonsensical things are actually in this post. But I am hoping that I’ll be able to catch up on some sleep this weekend and continue to tackle my ever-growing reading pile.

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Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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