My Reading Pile #72

I got two surprise deliveries in the mail this week, which I am super excited about. I was so sure I’d have an empty mailbox week because I didn’t think the blogger I traded with had shipped any of the books and I didn’t know for sure that the publisher was sending me the book I received.

But I am planning on taking a break from trading for the next long while… well, once I get the remaining books I’d traded for, that is. I have more than enough books to read and I’d actually like to get the chance to read them before release.

[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to TSS]

At the top of the pile is The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore, which I received thanks to HarperTeen. It’s coming out in just a few weeks and I’m excited that I’ll get the chance to check it out just a bit early. I read the first book in the series last year and read half of book two. But I didn’t review them and so I will be re-reading both books in their entirety for review before I add The Rise of Nine to the pile.

All the rest of the books I received through a trade with another blogger. For the most part this was an attempt at grabbing all those books that were lost during that mailman fiasco awhile back. One is even a duplicate that I received elsewhere in the interim. Though Eve & Adam was a new trade and a book that I’m really excited for… even if the entire back cover is crumpled thanks to the delicate care it received in transit.


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

(July 29 – August 4, 2012)


First up on the pile is The Suburban Strange by Nathan Kotecki. I received a copy for review and while I know it’s not releasing until October I just can’t wait that long to read it.

I am so curious to find out what’s going on at Suburban high. Something is definitely “not quite right” if girls are having “near-fatal accidents on the eve of their sixteenth birthdays.” And I’d love to find out what’s causing these so-called “accidents.”

I love dark books and from checking out the description this definitely sounds dark. And with the promise of conflicts between good and evil and underworld mythology I just can’t wait any longer to dive in.

I decided to be ambitious and add a second book to the pile this week even though I’m still playing catch up. I received an eARC for review of Inbetween by Tara Fuller from the publisher in anticipation of my tour stop in August. And after hearing the chatter I didn’t want to have to wait until next week to start reading.

I love the idea of this story – a reaper who tries to protect the girl he loves from evil and from death. And I can’t wait to see just how far he will go to protect her. The love story sounds totally romantic, potentially heartbreaking and definitely star-crossed.

I want to meet Emma and Finn. Well, maybe Finn just a bit more than Emma because he’s a reaper. As I do tend to love reading about those reapers – grim or otherwise. And I’m super curious to see just what kind of evil Finn has unleashed and what it means for their love story.


Wishful Thinking reads:

I would love to be able to read Breathe by Sarah Crossan this week. It sounds so unbelievably awesome. A world with limited oxygen. So limited that it has to be manufactured. And a journey beyond the safety of the city walls into the Outlands. A place with no oxygen to breathe. I am wondering just how often I’ll be gasping for breath as I read it….

I really, really hope I can make this more than a wishful thinking read this week.


Those left behind:

Once again I did not do any reading last week, though I do plan on reading Onyx from last week’s reading pile today and tomorrow. Though I have a feeling I’ll be able to finish it today, so I technically won’t be behind when I start this coming week’s pile.

I’ll have some time off soon, so I really hope to get back to some marathon reading sessions, but things have been just so hectic that I haven’t had a moment to escape into a book. I am looking forward to finally getting to read Onyx later today as it has been like a siren calling to me from my eReader all week.


NetGalley Pile Adds:

I did put in a request this week at NetGalley for Silver by Talia Vance for the book tour I’m on in September. I was thrilled to be accepted, even though I’ve been so flaky with my NetGalley reads. But I will be reading Silver as not only does it sound awesome, but I am going to be on the tour and I want to have read it before then.

While I haven’t had a chance to do as much reading as I’d have liked, I am still in love with books. Just as much now as I was when I started blogging. Maybe even more. All the drama in the blogosphere had really tried to strip away that love I have for reading and sharing my thoughts on books, but I decided not to let it.

I have always done my own thing here on my blog and I will continue to do so. I read what I love. I write about what I love. And while I don’t always have time to do either, I plan on doing exactly that for as long as I am book blogger.

The height of my reading pile may be growing versus shrinking, but I won’t let that take me down either. It just means more and more books to be excited about reading when I have the time. And that, to me, is also a really good thing.

I plan on having a happy reading week this week and I hope everyone else does too!


Do you create a reading pile?
If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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