My Reading Pile #55

I went a little trade crazy lately. Some of those books showed up in my mailbox this week and I hope the rest will show up next week. I have a seriously difficult time saying no. Even if I know I won’t be able to read the book, I have high hopes.

While many choose to go on book buying bans, I may have to try that out with trades. Anyway….

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 the books in my mailbox this week from a trade with another blogger. Two are already spoken for – The Girl in the Clockwork Collar I offered up for giveaway and Timepiece I traded for specifically to pass along to Jaime of Two Chicks On Books since I haven’t yet read Hourglass.

I am hoping to read The Immortal Rules before release, which is also on NetGalley and which I know I dupli-traded with another blogger for a copy, but I haven’t yet received it.

And I am excited to read Arise to see where the story is headed, so I’m hoping things quiet down in May so that I get the chance.

As I haven’t read the first book in the A Need So Beautiful series I am hoping I’ll have time to read it and this sequel before release. I’ve heard the first book was amazing. Ah, hope….

And in addition to the first pile of awesome, I received – on loan – an ARC of Shine from Patricia and Jaime of Two Chicks On Books. I am hoping to get to read it next week or I will have to pass it along to the next person on the list. I am not looking forward to yet another series ending book, but I’m told this is a great ending to the series.

And they also sent me some lovely swag. I especially like the validation sticker that says that it’s okay to read YA!

And last, but definitely not least, I received this wonderful Sweet Evil swag from author Wendy Higgins. And yes, it’s all signed. One of the bookmarks is for me, along with the mini and the rest I will be giving away along with five copies of Sweet Evil that I will be pre-ordering in April. These bookmarks are absolutely gorgeous as is Kaidan Rowe who is a character that everyone just has to meet.

While none of the books I received this week are going on my reading pile…

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

(April 1 – April 7, 2012)


First up on the pile is Return to Eden by G.P. Ching. I received an eARC from the author in anticipation of the Return to Eden blog tour I’ll be participating in next week. I actually started reading it so I should finish it tomorrow and possibly have some time this week to catch up on a few missed reads from previous weeks.

I am sad to see the trilogy end. I’ve loved getting to know the characters in the author’s The Soulkeepers series. With each book the action gets ratcheted up a level. Plus, each story is told from a different character’s point of view, making each peek into the world a completely new experience.

In this final book in the series it’s Dr. Silva’s turn. And I can’t wait to find out if she’ll have a happy or tragic ending to her story. Plus, I am dying to find out just what has been going on with Jacob and Malini and exactly what happened after that new development at the end of Weaving Destiny.

I am such a huge fan of the series and the author and I am seriously hoping that this series won’t end with me in tears….

Next up on the pile is Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin. After creating my post yesterday it has absolutely been calling to me and I just had to put this book back on the pile this week. I had hoped to read it a few weeks ago but ran out of time, but I just can’t wait anymore.

I won’t ramble on endlessly about how amazing this book sounds – as I just did that yesterday – but it does. And I can’t wait to enter this plague-ridden world and meet Araby, Elliott and Will. I can’t wait to experience just what life is like in the Debauchery Club. And I can’t wait to find out who the Red Death will claim.

Yes, there are a lot of things I can’t do when it comes to this book. But I can – and will – read it this week no matter what.

Wishful Thinking reads:

I would love to read Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock. It was one of the books I was going to request, but then received a copy through a trade. I am curious to see how the werewolf aspect factors in, but it also sounds like a great murder mystery and I love trying to puzzle those out.

I’m sure I won’t get a chance to read it this week, but I am definitely wishing I could.

Those left behind:

I’m falling even further behind. But only because I’ve been having some vision issues which kept me from reading or blogging as much as I’d have liked this past week. So, I still have to finish last week’s reads which I’ve started reading, but had to set aside.

And I still have to catch up on The Hunger Games trilogy as I’ll be reading The Girl Who Was On Fire next week.

I did finish reading Forgiven from the previous week, though I still have to write my review. And I am about halfway through The Hunger Games, though I did end up seeing the movie which has completely changed the reading experience.

NetGalley Pile Adds:

I did not request any new books on NetGalley this week which is a really good thing because I’m so far behind. But I just know that if I were to take a peek there would be a ton of really amazing titles worth requesting….


I feel like a seriously terrible blogger as I have been somewhat absent from blogging and reading this past week because of the eye issues. And I’ve been staying off the computer – and my phone – as much as possible to see if that helps.

But a week with hardly any reading or blogging has been utterly torturous so I plan on getting back to it this week. And possibly catching up on all those unread email waiting for me….


Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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