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My Reading Pile #162

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I didn’t receive any physical books in the mail this week and I didn’t receive any eBooks either. So it was a really, really, really quiet week in books for me.

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[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

While I didn’t receive any books in the mail this week, I’m somewhat glad. Because my Dad is visiting this week and I barely had time to read. So I’m falling way far behind on my TBR pile. And I’m glad to have this one week without any new adds.

And while I didn’t receive any books, that doesn’t mean I don’t have a ton to read. But as he’s still in town and I have a bunch of reviews to write I’ve decided to read just the one book this week. So…

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

(April 20, 2014 – April 26, 2014)
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The Taking

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The only book I’m officially adding to the pile this week is THE TAKING by Kimberly Derting. I received a copy for review from the publisher, HarperTeen, via Edelweiss and I can’t wait to read it and am sad that I haven’t read it before now.

I fell in love with the story from its description. I can’t wait to meet Kyra and find out what happened during the five years she was missing and how it feels to be back in her life, the same age as she was before but with everything radically different.

I can’t wait to see whether her father was right. I can’t wait to learn more about the others who have been taken and returned. And I am so curious about what the description means when they ask “but what if the life she wants back is not her own?”

THE TAKING releases next week, and while it’s not so super early, I’m glad I don’t have to wait any longer to read it. Though waiting for the next two planned books in the series won’t be nearly as easy….

The Description…

A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

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Wishful Thinking Reads

My wishful thinking read this week is SLEEP NO MORE by Aprilynne Pike. I love the author’s writing and this story sounds so creepy and good – Oracles and serial killers make for some interesting-sounding reading. And while I have an early copy, and my pre-order copy will download on April 29th, I just can’t add it to the pile this week or next. But wow, do I wish I could.

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Those Left Behind

I read and loved TEASE by Sophie Jordan, but as I didn’t have MY LAST KISS, a printed ARC, with me, I went off-pile and read ALL LINED UP by Cora Carmack instead – a book I also loved. But I will be reading MY LAST KISS the moment I finish reading THE TAKING later this week.

Once things start getting back on track later this week, I am hopeful of spending all my free time writing a few of those long-overdue reviews. Which is another reason why I’m so glad no new books got added to the pile.

But I’m very happy that I read the two New Adult novels I read this past week. Because I love, love, loved both of them. I just wish I had the sequels to both series in hand right now.

I still haven’t added all my reads to Goodreads or updated them on my 2014 Reads page. But the Goodreads widget does show me as being a few books ahead. Which thrills me to no end. Now if I could just finally tackle all those reviews…

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

I didn’t spend any time on NetGalley this past week. Even looking for the purpose of this post, I only grabbed the names and links to the new titles and ran. But it seems to me things were a bit quiet on NetGalley, so I’m not sure I missed much not being “around.”

Here are this week’s finds…

LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell (Orbit Publishing Group, Jul 3 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

THE HANGMAN’S REVOLUTION (Warp #2) by Eoin Colfer (Penguin Books UK, Jun 26 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

KING DORK APPROXIMATELY by Frank Portman (Random House Children’s, Dec 9 2014)

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I still need to study for my exam, write a review for a tour post on Tuesday, write several reviews for more recent reads, and try to get caught up on my regular blog posts. But as my Dad is still in town, it will all have to wait until he leaves.

In the meantime, I’m trying to sneak in a few moments each day to fall in love with a book. And so far it’s working.

Anyway… I’m keeping this post brief as I am totally exhausted and I have to be up in a few short hours to take Dad sailing and hopefully not make a total fool out of myself. But we shall see how that works out.

As ever, I wish you a very happy reading week ahead!

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Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your reading pile this week?

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