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My Reading Pile #79

I was surprised to get a few books in the mail this week as they weren’t supposed to be sent to me because my mail was being held. But when I tracked their progress and saw they were headed my way, I changed the mail hold so I wouldn’t have to fight the post office for them.

[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to TSS]

The final books from my final trade – yep, no more trading for me for awhile – arrived on Monday. They were supposed to be sent to a friend, as I’d specifically traded for POISON PRINCESS just for her. But they came to me. These were the missing books from the last post office debacle. And I was told they were damaged beyond trade-ability but they look perfectly good to me. Just some slight wear to the edges. So I’m not really sure what happened there….

I’ve already sent off POISON PRINCESS to my friend, though I’m dying to read it. But I guess I’ll have to wait along with everyone else. And this is a second copy of BREATHE, so I’ll eventually pass that copy along. But I’m super excited to have VALKYRIE RISING as I’ve been so curious about that book for the longest time. But with release date just around the corner I’ll probably just read the eBook I have pre-ordered and pass this one along too.

Anyway, while I hope to be able to sneak BREATHE onto the pile in the next week or two, I have a book that I’m reading this week that I’m incredibly excited for ….

Here is the book I have in my reading pile this week.

(September 16 – September 22, 2012)

As I am still beta reading the book from last week I decided to add just one book to the pile this week. And as its cover has yet to be revealed, I can only post the “cover coming soon” image above. But it does link to the book on Goodreads. And that book is ASHES ON THE WAVES by Mary Lindsey.

I am so unbelievably excited to get an early read of the author’s manuscript. Ever since I heard about this book based on Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee ages ago I’ve been dying to get a longer look. And getting the chance to read it just about nine months before its scheduled release has made me so incredibly psyched.

I can’t wait to meet Liam MacGregor and see how Annabel’s arrival alters his curse and his fate. I am anxious to see if the story will follow the path of the poem and that their souls will be forever entwined, even if the tests the “Otherworlders” put them through lead to an otherwise tragic end for them.

I am so intrigued by this book that the description calls “a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel.” And I may have finished reading it before this week’s My Reading Pile post has posted. Because I love author Mary Lindsey’s gorgeous writing. I love this final complete poem of Poe’s, I am a sucker for a love story and I adore all things gothic.

So this definitely won’t be a left behind novel next week.

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Wishful Thinking reads:

I wish I could read Poison Princess by Kresley Cole, but as I gave my copy away I will have to wait for its release. After checking out the chapter excerpts on the author’s website I have been dying to find out more.

But as this next week is going to be absolutely crazy, and because I don’t have the book, this is definitely one wishful thinking read that’s just a wish.

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Those left behind:

I did not get the chance to read CURSED by Jennifer L. Armentrout yet, but I hope to do so this week prior to its release, even if I won’t be able to review it until next week. I got the chance to read another sekrit book this past week and I sort of leapt at the chance.

As I have been crazy busy with real life stuff and won’t have a second to write a review until I move into my new digs, I am wary of reading review books. So getting the chance to read books that I am not only NOT reviewing, but can’t even mention that I’m reading, is just perfect right now.

Hopefully once I’m settled I’ll be able to pick up those review books that are on the pile, but for now I’m barely able to get lost in a book without feeling guilty that I should be doing something else.

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NetGalley Pile Adds:

I did end up adding a new book to the pile from NetGalley this week, and that’s COVET by Melissa Darnell. As I will be a part of the tour in October, I wanted to be able to check out this sequel immediately after I read CRAVE either later this month or early next month. But I didn’t do any searching on NetGalley for other books to add. Thankfully.

I have been so busy with work and real life stuff that finding the time to blog, read and beta read has been tough. I’ve had so little free time and when I do have a moment to spare I’m exhausted. Which means that I’ve been waking up with my eReader lying next to me more mornings than not.

And it often leaves me confused as to whether those scenes I remembered were from the book or whether I’d just dreamed them.

Just one more week and things will start to settle – hopefully – and I’ll be back to reading, reviewing and blogging at my typical slow pace. But for now, I’m moving along at a snail’s pace, so I hope I don’t fall too far behind with my reading pile.

But what about you? Now that the fall television season is starting to kick in, school has started and everyone’s back from their summer vacations, how have you been managing your reading piles?

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

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