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    Today is Day Two of Top 10 of 2012.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    I am so excited to be able to co-host this event again this year with Lisa from A Life Bound By BooksJessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Jaime from Two Chicks on Books. I am even more stoked that Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads has joined us as a co-host this year.

    In case you hadn’t heard of our week-long event, it runs for five days, starting on Monday, where we have been sharing some of our FAVORITE lists and inviting YOU to share yours in the Linky list each day.

    Throughout the week, each of the hosts will have a giveaway that you can enter, so be sure to check out all of our stops this week. Of course, if you’re just as curious as I am, you’ll want to check out as many of the top ten lists being shared this week as possible.

    And if you haven’t yet signed up, that’s OK, there’s still time. Just check out THIS POST for all the details.

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    The topic for today is…

    Best Book Covers of 2012

    This time I’m glad it’s only for books released in 2012, because there are some amazing 2013 covers that I love, love, love including…

    Mary Lindsey’s ASHES ON THE WAVES, Amanda Hocking’s TIDAL, Karsten Knight’s AFTERGLOW, Bethany Griffin’s DANCE OF THE RED DEATH, Brodi Ashton’s EVERBOUND, Courtney Allison Moulton’s SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE, Scott Tracey’s PHANTOM EYES, Kimberly Derting’s THE ESSENCE, A.G. Howard’s SPLINTERED, Cassandra Clare’s CLOCKWORK PRINCESS…

    Yeah, 2013 is going to be impossible… unless that IS my 2013 list….

    Last year I had the most challenging time choosing just ten covers for my Top 10 Book Covers of 2011. This year it was even worse, so I did include a small gallery of other favorites. But seriously, that’s not cheating!

    Cover-Love

    1.

    Masque of the Red Death

    MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    2.

    Vessel

    VESSEL by Sarah Beth Durst

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    3.

    Born Wicked Cover

    BORN WICKED by Jessica Spotswood

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    4.

    Soul Screamers Volume Two

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOL. 2 by Rachel Vincent

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    5.

    Everneath

    EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    6.

    Arise

    ARISE by Tara Hudson

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    7.

    Timepiece cover

    TIMEPIECE by Myra McEntire

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    8.

    Illuminate Cover

    ILLUMINATE by Aimee Agresti

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    9.

    Grave Mercy

    GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    10.

    Lullaby

    LULLABY by Amanda Hocking

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Honorable-Mentions


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    Once again my favorite covers seem to be those with ladies in them. But this year it’s not all about the dress.

    MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH has just the most gorgeous colors, textures and fonts.

    VESSEL is just stunning. I have no other words.

    BORN WICKED has just this warm old-fashioned elegance.

    ARISE has wonderfully rich, dark and beautiful colors.

    TIMEPIECE is so creative and different and eye-catching.

    ILLUMINATE has wings and a gilded elegance.

    GRAVE MERCY has a crossbow which I didn’t see the first hundred times I looked at the cover.

    And LULLABY has such vivid and lively colors.

    So what if I’m totally enchanted by SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO and EVERNEATH because of the dresses and the wispy delicate feel to those dresses. They’re beautiful.

    What can I say? These are my cover love picks after all.

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    It’s still not too late to sign up for the event. Whether you want to go back and post your Top Ten Lists for any of the missing posts or you just want to start today… or tomorrow… you can!

    Tomorrow’s topic is YOUR CHOICE. Whether it be villains or love triangles or books with your favorite quotes, it’s up to you. And while I totally wanted to pick villains again, many of my villains have turned into book boyfriends… don’t ask… please.

    I also would have loved to do a post of books with my favorite passages, but many of those books are 2013 reads or secret books. So I chose … nope, I won’t reveal that here. You’ll have to tune in tomorrow to find out what MY CHOICE will be.

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    Once again I can’t wait to check out your Top Ten Book Covers for 2012. Just leave your link in the Linky List below so everyone can take a peek.

    And don’t forget to check out today’s giveaway on…

    TCoB

    PLEASE NOTE: This is the SAME Linky List that is on each of the co-hosts blogs, so please just enter your links once!


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    My Reading Pile #83

    I didn’t get any physical books in the mail this week. At least I don’t think so as I haven’t checked my mailbox since Wednesday. Though I did get approved for a book on NetGalley that I’ve been dying to read for at least a few months now and I received an eARC of an author’s book that looks like a lot of fun.

    So, no, there were no physical books. And I think it’s going to be that way for quite some time, as I have zero requests in and zero books traded for. Which means that I’ll only have digital images of some of the books I receive from NetGalley, that is if I decide to request any.

    But this week I did get two eARCs for review and they are…

    From NetGalley courtesy of the publisher Amulet, an imprint of Abrams, I received an eARC of SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard. Which I’ve been so excited to read for months now, ever since I first saw the cover and saw that it was a new adventure in Wonderland. This time by an ancestor of  the real life Alice.

    I also received, thanks to the author Brittany Geragotelis, an eARC of WHAT THE SPELL? Which looks like such a fun and exciting read, I just couldn’t resist the chance to take an early peek. Magic and witchcraft and a love story make this book one I just can’t help but want to read right now.

    But I do have a couple books ahead of both of these that should get read first, so…

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

    (October 14 – October 20, 2012)

    First up on the pile is VESSEL by Sarah Beth Durst. I received a copy for review from the author through the publisher, Simon & Schuster, and I can’t wait to get the chance to read it.

    I’d seen the cover ages ago and thought it was absolutely gorgeous and exotic and it made me want to know more. As did the description. I can’t wait to explore this “desert world of sandstorms and sand-wolves.” I’m excited about meeting Liyana and seeing just what happens when the goddess she’s been awaiting never arrives.

    I am looking forward to taking the journey through the desert as Liyana and Korbyn search for the other vessels who are missing the gods that were chosen to inhabit them.

    This story sounds so very different and enchanting and I am super stoked to be able to move it to the top of the pile this week.

    Next up on the pile is a book I’ve been dying to start reading for ages and that’s ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND by Gena Showalter. It’s been on my wishful thinking reads for the past couple of weeks and I just can’t wait any longer.

    I want to see Alice take her vengeance against the walking dead. I can’t wait to learn exactly how she plans on doing just that. And I am so excited to see just how Gena Showalter envisioned Wonderland packed full of zombies.

    And, of course, I can’t wait to meet Cole Holland who is apparently the “baddest of the bad boys.” Oh yeah.

    I have avoided almost all reviews so I can experience this one for myself, but I love the excerpt I’d read on Amazon and I adore the quirky “Off with their heads” tagline on the book.

    I am so happy I’m finally able to add this one to my reading pile instead of just wishing I could.

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    Wishful Thinking reads:

    SILENCE by Becca Fitzpatrick is my only wishful thinking read this week. FINALE comes out on the 23rd and I’d love to get caught up with this series by the time it is released so I can just jump from one to the other.

    But as I have so many books that I must read first… and a few that I really should be reading… I really can’t justify moving it to the top of the pile and so it remains but a wish.

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    Those left behind:

    I am a bit behind on last week’s pile because I still didn’t get the computer set up that will allow me to import the audiobook of BECAUSE IT IS MY BLOOD into a format that will allow me to listen to it on my iPhone.

    But I did finish reading COVET which left me cruelly hanging as I await the next book in the series. I also finished reading LOTHAIRE. Which I loved. Oh that book was so much fun. And had quite a bit of heat. And surprisingly, I actually reviewed it over on Fiktshun After Dark.

    Not surprising, I did go just a little bit off pile and devoured BREATHE by Sarah Crossan and did a reboot on STARLING by Lesley Livingston which I’ve been desperate to read for ages.

    I hope by the time I start on this week’s pile on Sunday that I’ll have finished STARLING, but that remains to be determined.

    Of course I still have to write my reviews for CRAVE, COVET and BREATHE, but hopefully I’ll have at least reviewed BREATHE by Monday. Fingers are most definitely crossed.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I did end up getting lured over to NetGalley to check out the new format. And I ended up taking just a quick peek at some of the Top Requested books, where I noticed SPLINTERED. Which I’ve wanted for ages. Which I just had to request.

    I know, I know. Bad, bad me. But I really thought I’d get rejected or ignored. So, it was much to my surprise that I was approved and that I have it sitting on my Kindle right now, just begging for me to take a longer look.

    I’ve been on such a reading kick lately, which is why I’m surprised I’d only read two books this week. As I was absolutely sure I’d read more. Am I getting that senile that I’ve already forgotten a book I’ve read? Very possible. Likelihood? Probable.

    I hope to be able to write four reviews this week, as I am starting to fall a bit behind on those. But as I don’t remember the last time I was ever able to write that many in one week, I’m not wholly confident it will happen for me this week.

    But I am, as always, ever hopeful.

    And I hope that you have a stack of books on your reading pile this week that you’re just dying to dig into. Because I am of the firm belief that books you are desperate to read are ones that are far easier to escape into.

    Have an amazing and happy reading week this week!

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #89

    Below are the YA books coming out this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of September 11th-September 17th that I have pre-ordered.

    Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst will be released in the U.S. on September 11, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 432 pages.

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    I am so excited about Vessel’s release this week. I first noticed it around the blogosphere when I saw this gorgeous cover and it sounded so epic I just had to pre-order a copy.

    I am really excited to read this book that the description calls a “mystical” and “atmospheric tale.” I can’t wait to meet Liyana. I love the idea that she’s been groomed to be a vessel for a goddess, but when the goddess doesn’t appear, she is abandoned by her tribe to die in the desert.

    I am also very curious to meet Korbyn who is purportedly a “trickster god” who finds Liyana and convinces her to search for other missing gods. I’m interested to see if he was behind their disappearances or if he is only being helpful. I find it tough to trust a trickster, so I’ll reserve judgment until I meet him.

    I can’t wait to take this journey with them and find out whether Liyana and Korbyn are able to “trick fate.” And I really hope to do so later this month.

    Brimstone by Rosemary Clement-Moore will be released in the U.S. on September 11, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Ember, the print edition is 656 pages.

    Brimstone is an omnibus edition of books one and two in the Maggie Quinn Girl vs. Evil series by author Rosemary Clement-Moore.

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    I realized I hadn’t heard of any upcoming releases by author Rosemary Clement-Moore this year so I did a search on Amazon and saw this omnibus edition for two of her previously published titles – Prom Dates from Hell and Hell Week. As I hadn’t yet read her Maggie Quinn Girl vs. Evil series and didn’t own the books, I thought I’d take a peek at them in Brimstone.

    I just love the name of this series. And I love the names of the individual books. I can’t wait to find out what happens as Maggie investigates the evil that’s been unleashed at her high school in Prom Dates from Hell and to see just what happens with the Greeks when things go awry in Hell Week.

    This series sounds like a lot of fun, with a kick-a** heroine and I can’t wait to meet her when my Kindle copy downloads this week. And I am so very tempted to grab the third book in the series right now….

    Hidden by Sophie Jordan will be released in the U.S. on September 11, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 272 pages.

    Hidden is the third and final book in author Sophie Jordan’s Firelight trilogy.

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    I can’t believe I haven’t caught up with this series and now it’s ending! I own the first two books on my Kindle and have had Hidden pre-ordered for quite some time. I just haven’t had the chance to start this series yet.

    I discovered it before I started blogging as it was one of the Amazon recommends that kept popping up. While it sounded a bit different from what I was reading at the time, curiosity won out and I bought the book. Then I moved. Then I started blogging. And I never got the chance to dive in.

    But I so very much wanted to. Especially when I checked out the description when book two was being released. Firelight totally grabbed me with its first three sentences – “A hidden truth. Mortal enemies. Doomed love.” Had I read that back in 2010 I never would have waited.

    I want to know what truth is being hidden. I want to see if love is really doomed. And I want to find out if these enemies prevail. I can’t wait to meet Jacinda and Will, find out if their love story is a happy one. And I can’t wait to learn more about what it means to be a draki.

    I refuse to take a look at the Goodreads description for Hidden, even though it’s linked in the cover. I don’t want to risk spoiling this series because I will be reading it. Soon.

    Hanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield will be released in the U.S. on September 11, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    I am so excited that Hanging by a Thread is finally releasing. I fell in love with this cover the moment I saw it and pre-ordered this book solely based on cover love. Well, that and because I already own two books by this author.

    Of course the description – and the excerpt I’d read – have me totally intrigued. But as I spotlighted this for my Book Watch post a couple weeks ago, I won’t go into all the reasons why.

    I will simply say that mysterious disappearances, a heroine with the ability to see people’s past from simply touching their clothing, and murder make this book one that I won’t be able to wait very long to read. I may just have to sneak this one in next month.

    And I may have to check out the print edition, too, as this is one book whose cover would look awesome on my book tower.

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    The Secret Circle: The Hunt by L.J. Smith

    Pub. Date: September 11, 2012

    Published by: HarperTeen

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    Fang Girl by Helen Keeble

    Pub. Date: September 11, 2012

    Published by: HarperTeen

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

    Pub. Date: September 11, 2012

    Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    Flesh & Bone (Benny Imura #3) by Jonathn Maberry

    Pub. Date: September 11, 2012

    Published by: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    Masquerade (Canterwood Crest #16) by Jessica Burkhart

    Pub. Date: September 11, 2012

    Published by: Aladdin

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    While there are a ton of books releasing this week, I only have four I’m adding to my collection. I’m dying to read Jonathan Maberry’s series, but I may end up buying the omnibus Kindle edition, TALES OF THE ROT AND RUIN, which is also releasing this week. But as it’s $30.99 I am still debating whether or not to simply try out the first book. I am still undecided.

    I haven’t read any of the four new books I’m adding to my collection this week, but I really hope to read VESSEL and HANGING BY A THREAD very soon. And I hope to catch up on the FIRELIGHT series this fall because it not only sounds awesome, I’ve been told it’s a series not to miss.

    I think my wallet is very happy with me this week, but it has no idea what’s in store for it next week. And if I splurge on the Maberry books, which I’m so very tempted to do right now, it will be grumbling.

    I’m so glad I don’t tweet my purchases from Amazon as they offer, because then everyone would know just how many other books than the ones I post about each week get added to my eReader.

    Anyway….

    I envy those of you who already got the chance to buy STORMDANCER by Jay Kristoff. It doesn’t release in the U.S. until next week. But there are some amazing books releasing this week and I hope you found some to add to your collection.

    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!

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