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My Reading Pile #74

Well, after the epic loss of books from the post office the other week I ended up getting a few replacement trades. Not the eight books I traded for originally, but they are five awesome books.

Though surprise, surprise, the post office apparently located seven of the eight missing books. But instead of sending them to me, they’re sending them back to sender so that we can try this all over again. Hey, maybe they’ll lose them again and find only six of the seven. Anyway….

[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to TSS]

I clearly had an issue taking the picture of my pile of books this week. And as I don’t have Photoshop on this computer I couldn’t make them at least appear somewhat straight. Sorry about that.

All the books I received were replacements for that original trade the other week. And, except for one or two, they’re all different. But I’m excited about having all of them early, even if I am not completely caught up on a couple series – The Iron Fey and Legacy.

What’s Left of Me looks and sounds really cool. And I’ve been super curious about Break My Heart 1,000 Times. I really hope to get a chance to read some of these books early. But as they’re not on the pile this week…

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

(August 12 – August 18, 2012)

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First up on the pile is Rift by Andrea Cremer. I received an ARC from the publisher, Philomel, just over a week ago. While I have purchased the eBook, I’ll be reading the printed ARC for review this week.

I love author Andrea Cremer’s writing and I loved the two books in her Nightshade series that I read. I still haven’t read the final book as I hadn’t wanted to see that series end. But had I known there would be a prequel written, I’d have definitely read it already.

As I won’t have time to read that book and this one in a timely manner I will be reading this prequel out of sequence, which will be interesting. As it’s a prequel, hopefully I won’t be spoiling anything about the end of the series, though I’m sure I’ll be missing some of those “aha” moments that relate to things in that final book.

I’m really excited about checking out this book which the description says chronicles the “rise of the Keepers.” And I’m thrilled to read this story about Ember Morrow and Barrow Hess.

I love that its described as “fast-paced and breathtaking” and with the promise of “action, adventure, magic, and tantalizing sensuality” I’m certain that this is a book that I will absolutely love.

Next up on the pile is Grace Doll by Jennifer Laurens. I won an ARC from the author on her blog and I’m dying to read it. I have loved everything I read by this author, as she always manages to write these angst-filled and twisty-turny stories that just tear me up inside.

I can’t wait to meet Grace Doll and see what choices she ends up making. I hope she gets the freedom she wanted and that she doesn’t become ensnared once more in the controlled life she’d left behind.

I am curious to know just what this stranger promises and whether Grace ends up with a happy ending. I feel like it’s been ages since I last read a book by this author and I’m so excited to get to read this one just a little bit early.

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Wishful Thinking reads:

I wish I could read Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout this week. After having read Onyx I’ve been in major JLA withdrawal. I am dying to meet new characters and discover a new story that she’s written. And I love the idea behind the book.

But as I am behind on some of my required reads because I went a bit off pile, it will likely just be a wish, hope and dream of a read and not an actual read this week.

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Those left behind:

I went completely off pile last week and didn’t end up reading any of the books in the Lorien Legacies series as originally planned. I got totally caught up in reading Silver by Talia Vance late one night. I fell madly in love with that book in the first few pages and couldn’t bear to stop reading until I’d devoured it.

And then I was lured in by Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas which I had on an earlier reading pile but decided to set aside for a bit as I joined the book tour and wasn’t due to review it until early September. But the idea of assassins and high fantasy was too much to resist and so I snuck that one in.

I hope to get started on the Lorien Legacies books before I start this week’s reads, but I may not be able to resist checking out both Rift and Grace Doll before then.

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NetGalley Pile Adds:

I did not get any new books from NetGalley this week. I actually had looked on NetGalley and found a book, but it was a Disney-Hyperion book and of course they don’t approve blogger ARCs so I was saved from yet another NetGalley read on the pile.

While I am still a bit behind on reviews for books I’ve read – like Unravel Me and Demon Eyes – I have written and posted a couple reviews this week, so I’m not too far behind. And I will be writing my review for Silver today, so I just need to catch up on those other not as pressing reviews.

I’ve been trying to get ahead on required reads for books I’m participating on tours for. I just have one more book to read – Inbetween by Tara Fuller – and I’ll be caught up, which takes away a lot of that stress.

I am really hoping not to go on any more tours in the near future, but it’s one of those things I find just too hard to say no to.

Anyway….

I know this post is a day late, but I had a post scheduled for the Authors Are Rockstars Tour which I couldn’t move. So, a belated happy reading week and I hope you have some amazing books on the pile this week!

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

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