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My Reading Pile #96

Sadly it was another fairly quiet week at the mailbox…

At least I think it was. I am creating this post a little bit early and hadn’t checked the mailbox since Tuesday. So there could be a book or two waiting for me. But as I hadn’t requested any physical books recently I don’t think there will be anything there.

I did, however end up trading for a few titles, which I hope will arrive in time for next week’s post. But as they haven’t been mailed yet, it could take a little while longer.

And as I did go a little crazy on Edelweiss this week, I am hoping by the time this post goes “live” I’ll have a few new titles in my eMailbox.


While I don’t normally share pictures of my bookish purchases, I just had to share these… which I might have blabbed about on Twitter earlier in the week. But I had an awesome time at Barnes & Noble last week. And as I had this really old gift card just begging to be used I was able to get a ton of signed books.

Okay, it was six. Not a “ton.” But it certainly feels like I have a ton. Because they’re all so awesome!

MRP 96

I couldn’t believe CRASH by Lisa McMann was there. It was a whole three days early. And it was signed. I just about died.

And when I saw LULLABY signed by Amanda Hocking I think I may have lost consciousness. For just a moment. Though that was probably because I stopped breathing. This is my very first signed book by the author and I am so excited! You have no idea.

Of course I just had to get a signed copy of Melissa Marr’s CARNIVAL OF SOULS. Because it’s Melissa Marr. And because it’s CARNIVAL OF SOULS.

I picked up EVE by Anna Carey because I’ll be reading this series for the EPIC READS “The End is Here” event and while I’ll have to fill my print copy with all sorts of Post-it Notes, I wanted a copy to either keep or give away. The fact that it’s signed makes it that much more amazing.

I have not yet read BURN FOR BURN. But when I saw that it was signed by the two authors, I just had to grab it. I may be giving it away in the next few days, but I couldn’t walk away from a book that is signed by two seriously amazing writers. Of course that makes it that much harder to part with.


While I didn’t get anything in my mailbox, I do have some new books that make me grin. And I received an awesome approval from NetGalley which I cannot wait to start reading. Even though I suppose I’ll have to, because this week…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(January 13, 2013 – January 19, 2013)


Just One Day

I just had to add JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Forman to the top of the pile this week. Not only because I’m reading it for Katie’s Book Blog‘s 2013 YA Contemporary Challenge, but because it’s Gayle Forman. And she’s amazing. And I’m ready to fall in love with this first book in her new two-book series.

The description calls this “sweepingly romantic” and I’m ready to be swept away. I loved this author’s book IF I STAY and its follow-up WHERE SHE WENT. And I cannot wait to meet these new characters and follow their story.

Allyson’s journey sounds like it will be enlightening, a little bit heartbreaking, and a lot like an adventure. I hope that by the end of her journey she will have found whatever it was she was looking to find or if she doesn’t, I hope it will have been worthwhile to her anyway.

Fortunately the wait between this first book and its sequel won’t be nearly as long as the wait for WHERE SHE WENT. And as it’s slated for release this year, I’m hopeful of reading book books for the reading challenge.

Level 2

I don’t think it comes as any surprise that I will be reading LEVEL 2 by Lenore Appelhans this week. It is releasing this week after all and I just had to add it to the pile instantly.

I’ve talked about this book everywhere, so of course I have to dive in and see for myself if it’s everything I thought it would be. Or if it’s more – I bet it will be. Or if it’s less – I can’t imagine it would be.

But I am desperate to meet Felicia, to see just what the afterlife is like for her on Level 2. I want to know what choice she makes – which world she selects, what life she opts for and who she decides to love.

Her existence sounds absolutely chilling – stark, cold, miserable. And I really hope that there is something more for her and that she does end up in a place where she can be happy. Even if that doesn’t happen in this first book in the series.

Whatever she chooses, I will have an answer when I read it later this week. And I cannot wait!


Wishful Thinking reads:

I really want to read DECKED WITH HOLLY by Marni Bates this week. I have it on my Kindle, I’ve absolutely loved reading all the tour posts the author created for her book tour. This sounds like such a fun read and I really want to discover this book for myself.

I would also love to re-read SLUMBER by Samantha Young. Just talking about that book for the giveaway post I was putting together earlier in the week made me desperate to revisit this story and world. To check in on Rogan and Wolfe, even if their story hasn’t changed since the last time I peeked.

While I might get to sneak DECKED WITH HOLLY onto the pile later this week or perhaps early next week, I think I will have to wait to re-read SLUMBER. I can’t quite justify taking the time away to re-read a book right now. And it makes me so incredibly sad.


Those left behind:

I had a bit of a tough time trying to find time to read this week. Between the multiple tours for Rockstar Book Tours, the totally scary but supposedly non-life-threatening natural gas leak nearby, and the fact that I found myself a slight bit addicted to getting my posts together early, I didn’t have very many hours to read.

And so I did not finish SPELLCASTER from the week before. And I did not finish ALTERED though I did start it.

I did decide, however, to take SPELL BOUND off the pile last week because I wanted to read it for my own personal reading challenge starting next month. So while it was technically left behind it was on purpose.

I still have to write my review for WHAT THE SPELL, though at least I’ve written my reviews for SUMMERSET ABBEY, HOUSE RULES and INDIGO AWAKENING.

And I really need to write that “formal” review for SPLINTERED.

I do plan on finishing ALTERED before I start on this week’s reads, even if JUST ONE DAY is quite the temptress and has been just begging me for a read. Because I do not want to have to wait a second longer than necessary to read this amazing new book.


NetGalley Pile Adds:

I did get approved for a wicked awesome title from NetGalley – THE SWEETEST DARK by Shana Abe – and I’m so unbelievably stoked to read it. That cover is amazing and the description? Oh my gosh it rocks!

The Sweetest Dark

It promises to be “lush” and “enchanting” and filled with romance and ancient magic. And I cannot wait to devour this book.


There are a few other titles available on NetGalley that I discovered this week – though a couple of them are for UK reviewers only, I believe.

Such as DARE YOU TO by Katie McGarry (Harlequin UK Limited) or SPEECHLESS by Hannah Harrington (also Harlequin UK Limited).

There is a new Eoin Colfer book available from Disney Book Group – THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN (W.A.R.P. #1) – which is available for US reviewers. And a book called FAR FAR AWAY by Tom McNeal (Random House Children’s Books), which I believe is YA, and sounds totally awesome.

From the Penguin family of publishers…

THE MOON AND MORE by Sarah Dessen, which I just had to request. ORLEANS by Sherri L. Smith. THE RUINING by Anne Collomore. TIGER by William Richter.

From the Macmillan family of publishers…

MARCO IMPOSSIBLE by Hannah Moskowitz.

Also from Disney…

THE LIVES WE LOST by Megan Crewe.

While I only requested one new title – because I really shouldn’t be requesting anything at this point – there are some super interesting books on offer. Good luck with your requests if you make them!


I don’t know what happened with my reading this week. I had such a good start to the year. And now, less than two weeks into the year, I’m already falling behind just a little bit.

But, as always, I am ever hopeful. Of staying on track. Of getting ahead. Of writing more reviews. Speaking of….

I did accept an eBook title from Coliloquy for review, WITCH’S BREW by Heidi R. Kling, which I hope to read in early to mid-February. And by then I hope to be all caught up with my current reads.

I actually took the time to mark a few of their “must read by” dates in my Google Calendar, along with release dates for books I may be interested in buying but aren’t yet available for Kindle pre-order. I’m trying to be an organized book blogger in 2013. I don’t know how long that will last.


As this post has now taken me three days to write, I think I’ll sign off and just say….

Happy reading!


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

18 Responses to “My Reading Pile #96”

  1. Those are some amazing books and for them to be signed just tops the cake. I really enjoyed Burn for Burn. I actually had an OMG moment the other day. I bought Sister’s Red by Jackson Pearce from a used book store in my town for about $4 because it was in perfect condition and then I got it home and it sat on my shelf for a while. I went to read it this week and opened it up and it was signed!! I damn near died.

    Great week in books Rachel!

  2. Eeeppp!!! Burn for Burn! At least your pile for this week is more than mine 😉 Enjoy your reads 😀

    Here’s my Showcase Sunday

  3. Wow those are some great books. I wish my local bookstore stocked signed copies, but the closest one that would have something like that is about 2-3 hours away. Perhaps a trip in the near future is in order. 😉

    Thanks for sharing your great finds this week! Enjoy your books!

  4. Dare You To is a UK but it’s not exclusive. I was approved for it. And after I do my readings for book tours I have coming up, I will be doing a re-read of Pushing the Limits and reading that one! I can’t wait to get my hands on Crash!

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      I tested it out. Didn’t get approved. Not sure if it’s bc I didn’t read the first or bc they’ve reached quota.or I’m just not a big enough blog/right kind of blog/etc. But it definitely is open to US bloggers. I just wasn’t sure….

      • Jennifer k says:

        I saw the author posted today on facebook that the US publishers will be posting it on netgalley soon. Maybe they are not accepting any more US bloggers because of that. Or maybe you are right, they have either reached their quota, or you have not read the first book. It’s definitely not because you’re not the right kind of blog since I don’t even have a blog.

  5. Jennifer k says:

    I was approved for Speechless and Dare You To. And I live in Canada. So they are not UK exclusive. Btw, I would highly recommend them both. They were both excellent.

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      Speechless is out in the US and I own it. Just must read. And I got denied for Dare You To so I’ll have to wait awhile. But awesome! I’ll definitely have to check it out when it releases.

      • Jennifer k says:

        Speechless was so good. I would highly recommend it. I loved it. IT’s funny about netgalley, I got rejected for a book i really wanted (Hysteria). I had requested from US publishers and got rejected. Then noticed it was also up for UK publishers and got accepted.

  6. jennifer k says:

    re: Netgalley Btw, has anybody been approved for Override (the sequel to Glitch by Heather A)? Or been denied even? I requested it on Dec 10th and haven’t heard anything. IT seems like an awfully long time.

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      Maybe the request got lost in the shuffle when they were doing the site updates? I hadn’t requested so I’m not sure. Maybe you can reach out to someone there to ask? Or reach out to someone at NetGalley?

      • Jennifer k says:

        I emailed netgalley but did not hear back. I checked on goodreads and cannot find any reviews that say that they got the book from netgalley. I can’t see a way to email the publisher straight from netgalley. It is very odd.

        • Fiktshun009 says:

          Oh so sorry! I don’t have any contacts at the pub. Maybe through the author’s website she lists her publicist? I know the bloggers involved with the tour we’re putting on are getting an eCopy. But I’m not the lead on the tour so don’t really know contacts, etc.

          • jennifer k says:

            The woman at netgalley said that she would notify them (this was a few days ago). I still find it odd. If i don’t hear anything this week i will try the author’s website.

  7. Deann F says:

    I too grabbed Lullaby (found my at Walmart). Would love the Lisa McMann ones

  8. Jen @ BE says:

    All the signed gloriousness! I’m foaming at the mouth, lol! I’ve never actually tried buying signed books, because I can’t find any, which is why I get really ecstatic and do a victory dance whenever I win a signed book! (Okay, I don’t really dance, because I have the grace of a robot, but you understand what I mean. 😉 )

    Enjoy all your books! *uses Mom voice* But before you do, write those reviews, young lady! 😀

  9. Julia says:

    Oh man you have so many awesome books! Burn for Burn is pretty good. I really need to get around to reading Lisa McMann’s newest stuff. Crash looks and sounds amazing! GAHHHH I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU HAVE LEVEL 2!!!!! I’m totally jealous. Enjoy it! 😛

  10. So… Apparently you did went happily-ever after with the buying… Those signed books -drools- And I did see it on Twitter and even freaked out on you there…

    Of COURSE, there’s always a way…. Surely you know. You ALWAYS find a way to torture me even more than what is considered torture-Alba normal…
    You just HAD to add Gayle’s book to your reading pile huh???
    You just HAD to…
    If you end up reviewing it I KNOW I’m going to have a heart attack… I KNOW…. I cannot, for the life of me… Believe I am going to FINALLY be able to read something more from her…

    And!!! Phew!! I still have some time then… Because some of my love for you has returned thanks to the fact that Spell Bound has gone unread… For now…

    The font of that galley you got approved for looks so much like the ones in Darkness Before Dawn ones…
    Love ya!! Happy Reading and -jaw drops- The sequel to pushing the limits is only UK thingy T_T

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