While it was fairly quiet at the mailbox this week, it was still a happy week due to a couple surprises and a book I traded for that I’m dying to read. And I mean dying. I may have almost hugged my postman when I saw it in there. Almost.
But I contained myself. Barely.
Credit for mailbox sharing goes to TSS
On the top of the pile is a surprise book, Miss Match, that I received from author Wendy Toliver. And it’s signed. With a couple of super cute bookmarks. While I’d heard of the author, I hadn’t heard of this book until I checked it out on Goodreads and it looks super fun. I will definitely be adding it to my reads this summer. Though I may have to buy the eBook, because this one is signed.
It is a total mystery, however, just how this book ended up in my mailbox as I don’t have my address posted around the interwebs…. Well, it’s a happy mystery so I won’t complain.
The remaining three books on the pile I received from a trade with another blogger. I’m still expecting quite a few more from the trade, but this was rushed to me just so that I could get The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead ASAP! And woo hoo, I’m super excited!
But I’m also excited to have Anything but Ordinary and Such a Rush and I really hope to read both books this month.
I also received another surprise in the mail this week. It was a box filled with swag and sugar skulls from author Leah Clifford. But, it was all thanks to Alba of Book Pics! Apparently she won the skulls during a BlogTV appearance that I missed and asked the author to send them to me. Well, I got those, along with a ton of other amazing swag.
And yes, due to my poor picture taking abilities I did add a lens flare and some soft lighting. I would have taken a new picture but there are only two of those skulls left and some of that swag is already packed up with a book or two to send to Alba.
Anyway, while I have a few great books to add to my TBR pile, only one of those is on the reading pile this week. So….
Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(June 3 – June 9, 2012)
First up on the pile is The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead, which would have been read before I even got to add it this week’s pile if I weren’t already in the middle of two great books. I just recently read Bloodlines and I wanted desperately to immediately pick this up, but I didn’t have my copy. But now I do thanks to a trade with a very awesome blogger.
I have heard that this book is even better than the first. And I can’t wait to read about that certain someone mentioned at the end of Bloodlines. And I am dying to find out who is having a forbidden romance.
The description also mentions an unexpected spirit bond so I’m super curious to find out who the unfortunate pair is. Thankfully I won’t have to wait too long, as it is the first book on the pile this week.
Next up on the pile is Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard. I received an eARC thanks to HarperTeen through Edelweiss. But I also had apparently traded for a copy. I’m not sure which I’ll read, but I may read a bit from both.
I had actually started this book a couple weeks ago, then decided to set it aside until it was officially on the pile. But I really am excited to read it. It’s 1876. There are zombies. And it seems they’ve formed an army.
I’m curious to find out if Philadelphia will be overtaken by zombies – hopefully not – and if Eleanor will find her brother before it’s too late – hopefully so. I am also super curious to find out who is controlling this army of the dead and whether there will be a love story amidst the chaos and danger. Handsome inventors always seem to be a risk for characters to give their heart to. So I’m hoping that things end well for Eleanor.
And if all goes as planned, I’ll have those answers by the end of the week.
Wishful Thinking reads:
Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent. There is, apparently, a copy working its way to me as we speak. I’m hopeful it arrives this weekend, but I’m thinking it should arrive sometime later this week. Which means both books on the pile will get moved down if I haven’t read them already.
I have been dying to find out how If I Die could possibly be followed up. And I’m so super excited to finally find out the answer to that question. So, while this is technically more than a wishful thinking read, it is definitely a book I wish I could be reading right now.
Those left behind:
I went completely off pile this week. Well, last weekend really, as I haven’t read anything since Monday. But I did end up reading three of the books in Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series – Some Girls Bite, Friday Night Bites, Twice Bitten – and about half of the fourth book in the series, Hard Bitten. I also started and am mostly done with my re-read of If I Die. Though I have no idea how I’ll tackle those reviews since I didn’t take any notes…. Ugh.
But after I read The Golden Lily and possibly Before I Wake, I will get back on pile to finish last week’s reads of Cold Fury and Easy before I start reading Something Strange and Deadly.
I have not been doing very well with my reading piles this past month. It seems I find myself going totally off pile. But I am enjoying most everything I read and I love the pressure-free reads.
While I still haven’t written my review of Dreamless, I did manage to write the one for Grave Mercy, so at least I’m not totally behind. Here’s hoping I’ll catch up this week.
NetGalley Pile Adds:
I may have been lured onto NetGalley this week as I had to post my review for Grave Mercy. And I saw so many amazing titles that were painful not to click on to request. I held strong until I came across Throne of Glass which I discovered when creating my trailers post this past week. So I just had to put in the request. And I was approved.
Then, Giselle of Xpresso Reads mentioned to me that Dearly, Beloved was available. And while I haven’t read Dearly, Departed I just had to request the sequel because I’ve been dying to read Dearly, Departed and it would give me the perfect push knowing I had Dearly, Beloved waiting in the wings. So, that’s also on my NetGalley TBR pile.
All I can say is that at least I’m not headed to BEA to accumulate a pile of books I won’t possibly have the time to read. That’s a good thing, right?
Last weekend – a holiday weekend here in the U.S. – was amazing. I was able to read three books back-to-back-to-back. I hadn’t realized just how much I missed that – devouring series books one after the other. I hope to do it more often.
As I have the week off this week, and I will not be going to BEA as originally planned, I will (hopefully) have lots and lots of time to read and relax. I suppose I’ll just need to find some time to write those reviews though….
I am also hoping to finally fix the hundred or so posts for My Reading Pile that got a little messed up when I transferred that blog from Blogger to WordPress. Ah, though plans and I aren’t always the best of friends. Here’s to hoping. Anyway….
Do you create a reading pile?
If so, what’s in your pile this week?
And feel free to leave a link to your post if you create a reading pile. I’d love to check it out!