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My Reading Pile #94

It was a quiet week at the mailbox this week, which was no surprise as it was a holiday week. I barely got any mail and I didn’t get any books this week. Which is just fine, because I have way too many books that should be on my reading pile this week as it is.

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But even though I don’t have any new books brought to me by Mr. Postman, I do own quite a few books, one of which I’m planning on reading this week…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(December 30, 2012 – January 5, 2013)

05

I am only planning on reading one book this week because I know things are going to be insane at work and because I have a ton of catch up to do on all my blogs this week. The Top Ten event, while a lot of fun, took an enormous amount of time and I’m behind on email, responding to comments, and creating my posts.

And at this time of year I always like to do a little bit of clean up and organization but that has yet to happen.

So….

Spellcaster

Thanks to the awesome folks at HarperCollins I have an ARC of SPELLCASTER by Claudia Gray for review. And while I probably shouldn’t be attempting to read it now, I can’t help myself.

It has been a long time since I’ve read a book by this author, who is one I have adored since long before I started blogging. And SPELLCASTER sounds absolutely amazing. I am intrigued by the promise of dark magic. I love stories with “local legends” and curses. And I can’t wait to find out whether Nadia and Mateo can break the curse and “prevent a disaster that threatens the lives of everyone around them.”

I believe this is a standalone novel, but I suppose I’ll know for sure later this week. But I really hope there is a happy ending for the two characters, that forces don’t pull them apart and that disaster is averted.

This book sounds dark and magical and gorgeous, much like the cover. And I cannot wait to move this to the top of the pile after New Year’s Eve.

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Wishful Thinking reads:

I wish I could read UNRAVEL ME right about now. I read it so long ago I’m going through major withdrawal. But as I gave away my early copy, I just have to pine for its release date just like everyone else.

But I suppose if I had to choose a book that I own that I was wishing I could read, it would be SPELL BOUND by Rachel Hawkins. Because I really, want to read SCHOOL SPIRITS which is taunting me from my Kindle.

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Those left behind:

I am so behind on my reading. It was a crazy week between work and the holidays. I do plan on reading SUMMERSET ABBEY this week and I’m almost done with WHAT THE SPELL.

But I did finish HOUSE RULES by Chloe Neill and NEVERFALL by Brodi Ashton. Though I still have yet to write my reviews.

And I still haven’t written my review for SPLINTERED. But the Top Ten event this week zapped me of any energy I did have left over. Well, that… and then there was the fact that I downloaded the latest Angry Birds app. So. Not. Good.

It was a total fail this week in terms of reading more blogging less. I did a LOT of blogging and very little reading. I seriously hope to remedy that in the new year… which is on Tuesday. *GULP.*

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NetGalley Pile Adds:

I did not take a peek at NetGalley this week and I hadn’t planned on checking it for this post. I was trying to go for the whole “holiday” means time off line of thinking. But I ended up peeking. What can I say? I’m a glutton for punishment.

There were quite a few titles available for bloggers in the UK and Australia. Books I definitely covet. But there were still a number of titles for all bloggers.

RIPTIDE by Lindsey Scheibe (Flux) looks interesting. BRUISED by Sarah Skilton (Amulet) is another book I’ve seen around the blogosphere.

And I love the look of THE SWEETEST DARK by Shana Abe (Random House). I may even have put in a request.

ALSO KNOWN AS by Robin Benway (Bloomsbury) looks super fun. And THE DIFFERENT GIRL by Gordon Dahlquist (Dutton Juvenile) sounds eerie.

I may be the last person to hear of this book, but Yelena Black’s DANCE OF THE SHADOWS (Bloomsbury) has a gorgeous cover and the description had me at “dark.” I ended up requesting that one too, but even if I’m not approved, I will be adding this to my collection because it sounds amazing.

THE LOOP by Shandy Lawson sounds wicked awesome as does POISON by Bridget Zinn. Both are Disney titles. I decided to take a shot and am hoping for the best with POISON, though I do have that book pre-ordered ever since I first saw it on Parajunkee’s blog.

04

Between the holidays and work and the Top Ten event, this past week was insane. I’m really hoping to have some downtime this weekend so I can read. But with three tour stops coming up, plus my year-end goals post and the fact that I set some personal goals that I want to accomplish during my two days off this week, I’m not sure how much time I’ll have to read.

And as I’m trying to do some blog clean-up – transferring posts from My Reading Pile to The Annex – and learn how to move my blog from one host to another, I’m not sure if I’ll even get to read at all. But here’s to hoping….

Anyway….

This will be the last My Reading Pile post of 2012. I can hardly believe it. But it will be back in 2013 with its 95th installment. Holy wow!

I hope you had better luck with your reading piles last week than I did. And I hope you’re able to reach your 2012 reading goals by Monday Midnight.

If I don’t catch you around the blogosphere before then, Happy Reading and Happy New Year!

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

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