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My Reading Pile #87

It seems the post office returned to sender the books I’ve been dying for from my unplanned book trade a few weeks ago. But they are now headed my way and should be here next week. Yes, I’m not sure how I’ve been able to survive without EVERBOUND, SHARDS & ASHES and the other books I’d broken my trading ban to trade for. But hopefully I’ll have a lovely picture of them in next week’s pile.

So I wasn’t anticipating a single book showing up this week, until I opened my mailbox and found a copy of EASY by Tammara Webber that I’d ordered. And oh my gosh that’s so gorgeous in print. But as I don’t share purchased books or these piles would be seriously embarrassing, I have just the one surprise book that arrived….

[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

Awhile back I’d won an ARC of DEMON EYES by Scott Tracey. As I had an eARC from NetGalley, the printed ARC was just something I coveted for “keepsies.” I had an ARC of WITCH EYES that I’d traded for the year before, but was cajoled into passing that along. So I was very much desperate to have an ARC from this amazing author for my permanent collection.

Well it arrived! And it was signed and personalized. (No, I don’t share personal inscriptions.) And it’s mine forever and ever. (Yes, I’m a little more than excited and if I were the animated gif type I’d totally make my Avi do the happy dance.)

And there was all this yummy swag that was either signed or initialed. I suppose I can share some of that, though “mine, mine all mine” is being chanted in my head at the moment. And oh my gosh I know I’m old because I can’t read that bottom line on the Demon Eyes eye chart in this photo.

Anyway, as I’ve already read, re-read a few billion times – not really, but pretty close to that number – and reviewed DEMON EYES, this won’t be added to my reading pile this week. But there is another Scott Tracey book that is being added. So….

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

(November 11 – November 17, 2012)

I am only adding one book to the pile this week as I have so much to catch up on from previous weeks. And as it’s a book I’ve already started reading, I know this one won’t be left behind.

And while it’s not going to be released for ages, and I won’t be able to share my thoughts until I’ve had the chance to re-read it closer to release date, I just had to add MOONSET by Scott Tracey to the top of the pile this week.

As I already know certain things have happened, I can’t “guess” as to what they might be without being spoiler-y. Though I can say that I love that the author chose to write about witches again, but in a way that is very different from his other series.

I love that MOONSET is set in a town called Carrow Mills in the eastern U.S. versus being set out west. I love, love, love that it is about a coven of witches and black magic and “the dark arts.” And that the story starts off with a “holy wow did that just happen!?!” kind of awesome introduction to the world.

Oh, and I especially love Justin Daggett’s “trouble-making” sister as she kind of rocks. But now I will say no more… lips are most definitely sealed.

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Wishful Thinking reads:

Can I say WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent? Her Facebook postings about it have been absolutely killing me. With nearly half a year until it releases, I am just dying to find out how this series ends.

Of course, as it is a series-ending book I am also fighting the urge not to read it. Because I don’t want it to end. I don’t want to find out who lives and who dies. I don’t want the characters’ stories to be no more.

But, I think for this one, my desperation to find out just what happens next will make me read it the moment it release. And then I’ll be left sobbing.

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Those left behind:

I have not yet had the chance to read LUMINOSITY, but I will hopefully find the time this week to toss it back on the pile. I did read SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard though and I have to say I was so blown away by that book I wasn’t sure I’d be able to pick up another book again.

I am still in tears about having to say goodbye to that world. I still feel like a part of me was left there in Wonderland. So I’m really hoping that there will be a sequel written and published because that book was magical and enchanting and amazing and dark and beautiful and amazing. Did I say it was amazing? If not, let me say it now… it was amazing.

And to say that I loved it would be the understatement of this century and the last. Definitely one of my favorite books of all time.

Anyway… that obviously did not get left behind this week.

Of course I will have to read it again in a few weeks so that I’ll be able to review it. Hopefully on second read I’ll be able to think more coherently or else the review will be all mushy-gushy and that so would not be good.

While I only have one left behind read from last week, those poor, poor reviews from books I devoured in previous piles still remain left behind. I am hopeful that I’ll be able to review something in the next couple of weeks, but with the blogoversary, blog tours I’m on and NaNoWriMo, it doesn’t look promising.

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NetGalley Pile Adds:

I did end up sneaking onto NetGalley when I heard that MOONSET was made available. So of course I put in a request. And I was so unbelievably happy and relieved that I was approved or I might have died.

I also requested and was approved for THE GODDESS INHERITENCE by Aimee Carter. And I definitely plan on catching up on that series before its release in February.

So, while I still haven’t heard back from a few requests I made pre-hurricane Sandy I do have two new lovely books to read. I just knew I wouldn’t be able to resist the lure of NetGalley. I’m just glad I didn’t spend too much time on there or who knows how much trouble I could have gotten into….

Thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks on Books I am hoping to be able to sneak RENEGADE by J.A. Souders onto the pile this week. It doesn’t come out until Tuesday so I didn’t want to add it to the pile in the event I get caught up in one of my “left behind” reads and wouldn’t get to start it until next week. But because she is so sure I will love this one, I can’t help but think I will be starting it on Tuesday.

Anyway…

If you have access to SPLINTERED I can’t recommend that book enough. It’s one of those books that will make you forget that you have a reading pile waiting for you while you’re reading it and for quite some time after.

And if it’s not a book you have on your pile, I hope there are a few books you have wanted to read for ages at the top. Because, as Jaime mentioned in her guest post just the other day, it’s so important to make sure you read the books you want to read every once in awhile.

As always, I would love to hear what books you’re planning on reading this week and about any awesome new books you’ve received!

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

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