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My Reading Pile #93

It was a really slow week at the mailbox. I actually only got one piece of mail all week and it was a holiday card from the Coach store with a coupon. Yeah. No holiday cards from friends and family. But that’s what I get for forgetting to let people know of my new address.

Anyway… I did get something last Saturday after creating my post, or I would have included it then, which I was so unbelievably excited about. And which I have already almost completely devoured.

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[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

Is that awesome or what? Oh my gosh it’s HOUSE RULES by Chloe Neill. I’ve been DYING for that book. Just dying. I’ve become such a huge fan of the series this year. And getting the chance to read it early is amazing.

And I have K.T. from A Book Obsession to thank. Endlessly. For sharing her early copy with me so that I didn’t have to wait. Of course reading it a bit early means that the wait for BITING BAD will be that much more torturous, but it’s still worth it.

And while I didn’t get any mail this week, I did receive a package from UPS containing my books for the Epic Reads END IS HERE event.

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I must have opened my door a hundred times thinking the UPS man was there on the date it was scheduled to be delivered. Of course, he too is backed up due to the holidays so they didn’t arrive until later in the afternoon. But I was so excited. And the books are GORGEOUS!

I have both books on my eReader – of course I purchased them on release date, though I’m so glad I hadn’t yet read them – but seeing them in print? I am even more in love. They are GORGEOUS! Yes, I may have said that already, but there are two books so I can say it twice, and they are stunning.

For the Epic Reads event, I will be reading both EVE and ONCE and the final book in the series, RISE. And no, I will not be looking at ANY of the descriptions on Goodreads, even though I linked them, because I do not want to spoil even a second of those books.

I will also be sharing my thoughts on the Epic Reads EVE Forum once I start reading, which I will do in early January, though I’m so very tempted to start right now. Those books are GORGEOUS!

Anyway, while I won’t be adding those books to the pile just yet….

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(December 23 – December 29, 2012)

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Summerset Abbey Cover

First up on the pile is SUMMERSET ABBEY by T.J. Brown. I am participating in the blog tour for this book in early January and while I don’t have to read it, I want to. I have the eGalley from NetGalley thanks to the author and publisher, Gallery Books, and I’m so excited to check this New Adult historical book out.

I am so curious to meet the three characters – Rowena, Victoria and Prudence – to find out just how they rebel against tradition and societal norms. And I’m very interested in finding out more about the Cunning Coterie.

Of course I’m also very interested in finding out more about the family scandal that Victoria stumbles upon.

This book of “sprawling manor[s],” “young lords,” “destinies” and “desires” sounds like the perfect book to dive into during the holidays. And I can’t wait.

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What the Spell Cover

Next up on the pile is a “Back on the Pile” read – WHAT THE SPELL by Brittany Geragotelis. I desperately wanted to read this a few weeks ago, but due to events like NaNoWriMo and getting a little too far ahead with my Angefire Read-along, I did not get the chance.

But it was screaming at me from my Kindle and it was the type of book I was desperately in the mood for. Something fun. Something where the heroine gets herself into an unplanned situation that will make me cringe for her, but hope she finds a way out. And something just a little bit magical.

As I already started this book, and will very likely finish reading it today, I already know that Brooklyn is adorable. And I can’t wait to see just how her powers backfire. Though I really do hope there is a happy ending for her and Asher. Though as this is a series, I’m not wholly confident things will end well. But I can’t wait to find out.

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Wishful Thinking reads:

I’m getting a little bit desperate to try and read some of my wishful thinking reads in 2012 so I can figure out if they should be on my “best of” 2012 lists. But as that post is happening on Monday, I don’t think I’ll be able to devour more than one of those unread books.

And as it’s been so long since I read something by Melissa Marr, I’d love to read CARNIVAL OF SOULS as I’ve heard it was amazing and talking about it recently has put that book at the very top of my mind.

Of course I wish I could read about three hundred of my other wishful thinking reads like SCARLET, DARK TRIUMPH, THE ARCHIVED, EASY, THE DARKEST MINDS….

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Those left behind:

I am a little behind on last week’s reads. Well, one of them. The other – SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE – I devoured and reviewed already. I have DEAD AND BURIED in the queue to read next, but as I started reading WHAT THE SPELL and HOUSE RULES, I want to finish those first.

So, it’s not too bad. Though I do have to write my review for SPLINTERED this week. And I’m fighting the urge to read the next episode of THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS so that I don’t have too long a wait for episode three.

I’m really trying to get into the habit of more reading, less blogging, but as I tend to ramble on and on and on, I don’t know how successful I’ll be.

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NetGalley Pile Adds:

I only did a quick check on NetGalley this week as I got into so much trouble last week – I requested SCHOOL SPIRITS and was approved. So now I must finish the author’s HEX HALL series  as it can’t possibly be too heartbreaking with a spin-off series to look forward to.

Fortunately I did not hear back from any of the other requests I made. At least not yet….

But I did notice an interesting book, which I have not requested, entitled RENEGADE by Amy Carol Reeves. And I am so completely envious of the Canadian bloggers who can request EVERY NEVER AFTER by Lesley Livingston. While it doesn’t specifically say it’s restricted, because the first book in that series has yet to be made available in eBook format, I’m still waiting to read it. I check Amazon every month….

And last, but not least, I saw THE RULES by Stacey Kade, which I am sooo tempted to request. I’d actually seen a Tweet alerting me to the fact that this book was on NetGalley. I’m  not sure I’ll be able to resist the lure.

This week I decided to link directly to the titles to make it that much easier more tempting to request them. Because if I am sharing my NetGalley finds, I shouldn’t be the only one tempted.

I spent a little too much time watching television this week instead of reading. But I was having such a difficult time saying goodbye to the Angelfire series that I tried to lose myself in TV instead of reaching the end of that book. But I finished it and it broke my heart to say goodbye. So I lost myself in TV once again.

But I’ll be getting back into reading this week, even though I don’t have the entire week off from work. Because there are so many books I’m just dying to read before 2013. I hope to at least get three of them read. That, of course, remains TBD.

Anyway….

While this is not the last My Reading Pile post of 2012, it is the last full reading week of 2012. So I just want to say happy reading and I hope that you get the chance to devour as many of those 2012 TBR pile books you’ve been dying to read.

As always, I’d love to hear what you’re reading and what you received in the mail this week. And if you’d like to share your reading pile or book haul posts, feel free to leave a link so that I can check it out!

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

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