My Reading Pile #54

It was a quiet week at the mailbox this week, though I didn’t check the mail yesterday or today…. I am expecting a few books from a trade, but they’re not due to be delivered until Monday.

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.


Thanks to the amazing ladies at the YA Sisterhood blog, I received a signed ARC of Frost by Marianna Baer, plus a TON of swag! The post office was once again not so kind to my book, the envelope was open and some swag may be missing, and my book is bent, as is the swag, but it’s still awesome.

Frost was an eerie and deliciously creepy book so I’m thrilled to have a signed copy.

While my bookish deliveries may have been small, I wish the same could be said of my reading pile….

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

(March 25 – March 31, 2012)


First up on the pile is Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. I received an ARC from the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, through the Shelf Awareness newsletter for review. I also have an electronic copy via NetGalley.

I was completely surprised when reading the book’s description as I hadn’t paid close attention to the cover to see that the model was carrying a weapon and I had made incorrect assumptions that it was a historical romance novel. But it’s not. At all. It sounds completely kick-a** and has become a book I’ve been dying to move to the top of the pile.

I can’t wait to see just what Ismae’s – love that name – powers and destiny are. The idea that she becomes an assassin for Death sounds pretty amazing. I have read the first chapter and the style of writing has a wonderful flow to it that I just know will make this an easy book to get lost in.

I haven’t read too many books where the setting was at court where the royals play their deadly games, but I am excited to read Ismae’s story and find out if she chooses her assignment over her heart.

Next up on the pile is Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz. I received an eARC from the publisher, Harlequin TEEN, through NetGalley for review and I can’t wait to read this second book in author Cara Lynn Shultz’s series.

When I read Spellbound, the first book in the series, I wasn’t sure if there was a sequel planned. But I hoped. I thought that book was enchanting and an absolutely wonderful fairytale and I wasn’t ready to be done with the characters or the world. I’m glad not to be disappointed.

This sequel sounds even more magical and even more exciting. Especially as there is an evil force trying to come between Emma and her soul mate. I am so curious to find out if this dark power can destroy their bond or if Emma will be able to stay strong and defeat it.

The first book in the series was a fun and super-quick read that just made me smile. I am expecting the same with this sequel that I’m so happy was created.

Wishful Thinking reads:

I am dying to read Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins. I actually started reading it the night it came out but had to stop before I had an answer about what happened after that cliffhanger. It’s been killing me not to be able to pick it up.

Of course I had no idea it was the last book in the series so now I’m dreading reaching the story’s end. And while it is already making me hesitate about picking it up because I never want it to end, I am still wishing and hoping that I’ll be able to read it this week.

Those left behind:

Yes, as usual, I am so behind. I would love to see a week in which I have absolutely nothing written here. While I did finish Sweet Evil last weekend, I did end up re-reading it this week because I couldn’t get it out of my head. Which put me further behind.

And instead of continuing on with last week’s pile, which I had started to tackle, I went completely off pile. I am about halfway through Destined by Aprilynne Pike and dreading every single second that takes me to the end of this series. I’ve also been reading a book for my After Dark blog and a couple of short critique sort of reads.

So, while I am a good way into Forgiven, I have yet to read The Hunger Games which means I can’t see the film just yet.

NetGalley Pile Adds:

Thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks On Books, I discovered that Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen was available on NetGalley. So, of course I just had to request it. I did not request The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa as I am expecting a print copy through a trade, but it was really tough not to click that “request” button.

So, I am happy to say that I only have the one new request. If only I could get caught up on all those older ones….


I have been a terrible blogger this week but a good reader. Re-reading a book is a guilty pleasure I shouldn’t do too often as it does set me back with my reading pile. But sometimes it can’t be helped.

I’m still finding it terribly hard to add the word “no” to my vocabulary on a regular basis. But I’m trying. And while I haven’t yet had that “me” reads month, I am ever hopeful.

It’s spring now, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that with the turn of this new season I’ll have better resolve and faster page turns. Anyway…. Happy reading week, as always!


Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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