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My Reading Pile #122

It was a super quiet week at the mailbox this week. I was hoping that a few books I traded for would arrive, but sadly they haven’t. And I’m not even entirely sure they were shipped yet. But I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

I am also anxiously awaiting a book that I’m just dying to read and will drop everything to read. But as it was only just mailed a few days ago, I don’t expect to get it until next week.

So for now it’s a very, very quiet mailbox kind of week….


[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

And I didn’t get any approvals on the eBooks I requested from NetGalley last week or the one or two books I’d requested from Edelweiss the week or so before that. So when I mentioned quiet, I meant it. Not one single book.

But… when creating this post, I happened to check out Edelweiss and saw that there were a ton of new and amazing titles from the HarperCollins imprints. And while I wanted to click each and every one of them, I did refrain from clicking them all. But I did go a little bit crazy and am now staring at just a few of those titles on my Kindle… eight new titles to be exact.

I knew attending the Epic Reads ARC Party was dangerous. Some of the titles I was most excited about had been added. I even discovered a few that were already on there that I hadn’t seen before. Which made it very, very hard not to request all those lovely books.

And while I may not have requested them all right now, I have a feeling there may be a few more requests in my future. But, for now, I did end up requesting and receiving…

FIND ME by Romily Bernard | ELUSION by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam | GREAT by Sara Benincasa | UNINVITED (Univited #1) by Sophie Jordan | FAKING NORMAL by Courtney C. Stevens | THE PROMISE OF AMAZING by Robin Constantine | THE BROKENHEARTED by Amelia Kahaney |PANIC by Lauren Oliver

And the books I… for now… managed to refrain from requesting, but really want to request are…

CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge | HIDEOUS LOVE by Stephanie Hemphill | HOW TO LOVE by Katie Cotugno MAYBE ONE DAY by Melissa Kantor | PRETTY SLY (Pretty Crooked #2) by Elisa Ludwig | PERFECT LIES (Mind Games #2) by Kiersten White | NO ONE ELSE CAN HAVE YOU by Kathleen Hale | WARRIOR (The Dragon King Chronicles #2) by Ellen Oh | DEAR KILLER by Katherine Ewell | AVALON by Mindee Arnett | THE LURE by Lynne Ewing | ASK AGAIN LATER by Liz Czukas | ALL THAT GLOWS by Ryan Graudin | HER DARK CURIOSITY (The Madman’s Daughter #2) by Megan Shepherd | HOUSE OF IVY & SORROW by Natalie Whipple


So, what I thought was going to be one of my most quiet bookish weeks yet turned out to be all sorts of amazing. And as much as I want to read a few of those titles right now… I may have even started reading FIND ME… I already have two books on the pile this week. And they are…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(July 14, 2013 – July 20, 2013)


Wild Cards


First up on the pile is WILD CARDS by Simone Elkeles. I waited way too long to add this to the pile. I’ve been just dying to read it since I was approved for it on NetGalley thanks to the amazing folks at Walker Books for Young Readers. And as it’s been ages since I last had the chance to read a book by this amazing author, I’m so unbelievably stoked to be able to read it this week.

I love the unconventional pairings this author makes with her characters. And I can’t wait to meet both Derek and Ashtyn. I’m curious to see just how much of a wild card Derek is and if trusting him with her heart is worth the risk to Ashtyn.

I absolutely love rule breakers and just from the description Derek sounds like an incredibly appealing character. So, getting the chance to meet him this week gives me all the smiles. And I am super curious as to whether the author will give these two characters a happily ever after or if the story will end in heartbreak.

I guess I’ll find out on Monday…..

After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain–people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?




Next up on the pile is OF BEAST AND BEAUTY by Stacey Jay. I received an eARC from the author for the book’s tour that I will be on in a week-and-a-half. And I cannot wait to start reading this book.

From the moment I read the description I’ve been desperate to visit the domed city of Yuan, meet the blind Princess Isra and her prisoner, Gem. The idea of being raised to be a human sacrifice is chilling. I can’t imagine what life must have been like for Isra.

Though Gem’s life doesn’t sound entirely pleasant either. Living in the desert. Trying to fend off starvation for his people. Being a “mutant beast.”

But the questions I most want answers to are why Isra’s sight returns to her, what secrets are revealed and whether she chooses duty or love. Of course I’m hoping for the latter. But I suppose I’ll have to read – and finish – OF BEAUTY AND BEAST to find out.

In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret…

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.


Wishful Thinking Reads:

Well, now that I have it, I wish I could be reading FIND ME by Romily Bernard. I read a few pages already and I wish I had the time to read just a few more. Because this book sounds so incredibly awesome and a little bit different than my recent reads. But, like last week, I don’t have a lot of time to read this week, so for now diving into FIND ME is only a wish.


Those Left Behind:

I had a feeling that going back to work after time off would mean less reading time. What I didn’t realize was that it was going to mean almost no reading time. I only read one hundred pages in the past week. And most of those from a book that I’d gone off-pile to read. So, yes, this past week was a failure of epic proportions in the reading department.

But it wasn’t just work that kept me from reading or writing reviews. And while I know it’s no excuse, the amount of time needed to spend on the Authors Are Rockstars Tour meant that I was totally wiped out and that reading, let alone writing reviews, was not an option.

So I had zero books read this past week and zero reviews written. I barely managed to write the posts I had up on the blog this past week. And I’m still behind. And exhausted. Didn’t I just have a vacation? Doesn’t feel like it….

I don’t think this week is going to be much better in terms of review writing. Though I’d like to get reviews posted for INDELIBLE, EARTHBOUND and ASHES ON THE WAVES. But we’ll see. I think I have six posts left to write for tomorrow and Monday and a ton of stuff to do for the AAR Tour, so I’ll be lucky if I get one review written.

I should be finished reading CONSUME by Melissa Darnell today, which means I technically will have read one of the books on last week’s pile before I start on this week’s pile on Sunday. But I decided to wait a little longer to read 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil since I have to review it for a tour I’ll be on, and knowing I wasn’t going to be in any shape to write reviews this past week, I thought waiting was a better option.

I’m hoping this week will be less of a fail, but I don’t think it will be. Keeping my fingers crossed.


NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

I didn’t request any books on NetGalley this past week. I didn’t actually have any time to visit either of the online galley sites until the second I started creating this post. Which, I suppose is a good thing. Well, except for the “spree” I went on over at Edelweiss.

But after a quick check through NetGalley’s recent YA adds, I found a few books that looked interesting. I just haven’t requested any of them… yet.

DEAD ENDS by Erin Jade Lange (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Sep 3 2013)

CHASING SHADOWS by Swati Avasthi (Random House Children’s, Sep 24 2013)

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill (Bloomsbury Plc UK & ANZ, Jul 8 2013) *The UK/ANZ edition*

RELIC (The Books of Eva #1) by Heather Terrell (Soho Press, Oct 29 2013)

THIS IS W.A.R. by Lisa and Laura Roecker (Soho Press, Jul 2 2013)

DANCER, DAUGHTER, TRAITOR, SPY by Elizabeth Kiem (Soho Press, Aug 13 2013)


Sadly this week wasn’t as productive a reading and blogging week as the last. But with real life stuffs and the Authors Are Rockstars Tour, I just didn’t have the time to read and review as I’d wanted to. And with a bunch of posts to write and quite a few things going on this weekend, I’m not sure I’ll have time to catch up on everything I’ve fallen behind on.

But I am hopeful. As always.

I just wish I didn’t have to waste time sleeping. Just those few hours would be better spent reading, IMO.

So… anyway…

I hope that you’ve been having an awesome summer. I hope, that if you’re a blogger, you’ve had a chance to check out the awesome challenge that Good Books and Good Wine has been hosting. I hope that you’ve read more books than I have. And I hope that you’ve enjoyed them all.

If you have received any super awesome books or if you’ve read a book that I should move to the top of the pile, let me know as I’d love to know what they are.

And as ever… happy reading!


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

12 Responses to “My Reading Pile #122”

  1. Very nice Rachel. I clicked on four titles that I wanted from Edelweiss. So hoping to stay away from both NG/EW for a while. I also understand that clicking the titles you are most excited for. Come visit me here:


  2. I LOVED Of Beast and Beauty! It’s at the top of my “Best of 2013” list. I was looking at a few of those titles you just requested from Edelweiss too but I have a ton from NetGalley that I am determined to read first. I am ready to let my friend change my password until I get caught up so I can’t request any more. I spend most of my time listening to audio books so I tend to fall way behind on ebooks.

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      Oh wow! And I cannot wait to read that book this week. I had to beg Jaime to let me on the tour, I wanted to read it so badly!

      And I couldn’t resist. After watching the ARC Party this week I have been dying to read so many of those new titles. And with the fact that there’s instant gratification, I just had to click to download. FIND ME, FAKING NORMAL and GREAT were the three books I most coveted. And now I have them. I’m totally stoked.

      NetGalley is so dangerous. I tried to avoid it for the longest time, but then someone requested I list some of my finds in this post on a regular basis, so now I end up stalking NetGalley every week. So dangerous, LOL.

      I think that’s a great idea to have your friend switch your password. Hmmm… I wish I had that much restraint/willpower. And I totally need to read more audiobooks.

      • Audiobooks are my personal addiction. I wish they had a NetGalley for Audiobooks! I would be great with that. I actually get through more audiobooks than ebooks since that is how I prefer to read.

        Elusion and The Uninvited are two that I’m thinking of going back and requesting. I try to ONLY do NetGalley OR Edelweiss instead of both. I get too far behind and it stresses me out and then I don’t want to read anything at all.

  3. Thank you for requesting “Great,” Rachel! I can’t wait to read Lauren Oliver’s “Panic”…gonna see if I can get my hands on it.

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      It was among the three books I saw at the ARC Party that made my “must have” list. I actually have it pre-ordered, too! And I’m very curious about L.O.’s PANIC. She always destroys me with her books so I’m a little nervous about this next title. I hope you can get a copy!

  4. The awesome on Edelweiss is kinda crazy right??? I couldn’t help but request so many of them, I mean, it’s SO TEMPTING! And a lot of them are among my most excited for releases 😀
    I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of Of Beast and Beauty!

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      It is craziness! But I love it! I’m trying so hard not to go back and request more. LOL. After that ARC party so many were put on my radar. So excited! And thanks! I’ll be reading it in a couple days. I got a copy of BITING BAD so I’m sneaking that on the pile first, but can’t wait to read OF BEAST AND BEAUTY!

  5. Thank you for trying FIND ME!! Hope you enjoy!! I want want want HER DARK CURIOSITY so BADLY!! And I hadn’t heard of the new retelling of Beauty and the Beast so that’s going on the pile as well….it’s starting to be a very large TBR pile 🙂

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      You’re welcome! When I saw that cover and read the description it screamed “ME!” And from the few pages I managed to sneak in before I had to get back to my current read, I know I’m going to love it!

      Trying so hard not to download HER DARK CURIOSITY. I still have to read book one. But I love the idea of reading them back-to-back. And ooh, yes the TBR pile LOL. Too many tempting books coming out from Harper!

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