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My Reading Pile #126

I am not sure whether I received any books in the mail this week. As I am on vacation I decided to create this post just a little bit early. And I also haven’t checked the mailbox since prior to last week’s My Reading Pile post.

So while there are a couple of books I am expecting, I’m not sure whether they’ve arrived or not. But if I have any new books I’ll be sure to talk about them next week.

I did however get a few eARC approvals that I’m really excited about.

[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

While I’d planned on staying away from NetGalley and Edelweiss, I couldn’t resist the urge to grab a copy of THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas when putting together the tour announcement. The description sounded so amazing that I just had to. And I’m totally stoked that it is now living on my Kindle and I can hopefully dive into it in the next week or so.

I also couldn’t resist grabbing a copy of Julie Kagawa’s THE IRON TRAITOR when I received the newsletter alerting me to its addition to NetGalley. While I haven’t yet read the first book in the spinoff series, I will definitely be reading both books as soon as I can.

And finally, I was surprised and over-the-moon thrilled that I was approved for THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater. I am definitely going to be reading that soon. I might even have read it before this post is published.

From Edelweiss:

THE BURNING SKY (The Elemental Trilogy #1) by Sherry Thomas (Balzer + Bray, Sep 17 2013)

From NetGalley:

THE IRON TRAITOR (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2) by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Teen, Oct 29 2013)

THE DREAM THIEVES (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Press, Sep 17 2013)


While I did grab a couple new titles from Edelweiss and Netgalley, I didn’t technically request any books this week. But as the week’s not yet over, who knows what might happen… I might just cave if I stumble upon a “must read” book or two.

And while I’d love to read all three of the eGalleys I received this week, I have a couple books on the pile that I plan on reading first. And they are…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(August 11, 2013 – August 17, 2013)


The Crown of Embers


First up on the pile is THE CROWN OF EMBERS by Rae Carson. I’ve been dying to read this book ever since its release but, as is typical, my reading pile got piled high with review books and I didn’t have the chance. Now that the third and final book in the series is available, I can’t wait to read both books back-to-back and spend a few hours lost in Rae Carson’s amazing series.

I can’t wait to go on another adventure with Elisa. I can’t wait to see just what happens with her and Hector in this second book in the series. And I am so very curious to find out just what she discovers when she searches for the Godstone’s power.

The description promises romance and danger and I am so excited that I can finally embark upon this journey this week. Adding THE CROWN OF EMBERS to the pile this week feels like I’m adding a guilty pleasure read to the pile and I am definitely all for that.

In the sequel to the acclaimed The Girl of Fire and Thorns, a seventeen-year-old princess turned war queen faces sorcery, adventure, untold power, and romance as she fulfills her epic destiny.

Elisa is the hero of her country. She led her people to victory against a terrifying enemy, and now she is their queen. But she is only seventeen years old. Her rivals may have simply retreated, choosing stealth over battle. And no one within her court trusts her-except Hector, the commander of the royal guard, and her companions. As the country begins to crumble beneath her and her enemies emerge from the shadows, Elisa will take another journey. With a one-eyed warrior, a loyal friend, an enemy defector, and the man she is falling in love with, Elisa crosses the ocean in search of the perilous, uncharted, and mythical source of the Godstone’s power. That is not all she finds. A breathtaking, romantic, and dangerous second volume in the Fire and Thorns trilogy.


The Bitter Kingdom


Next up on the pile is THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson. I received an eARC for review via Edelweiss thanks to the awesome folks at Greenwillow Books. I am excited to read this final book in the series and maybe a little bit sad that it will be coming to an end, but I can’t wait to find out how the trilogy does end.

I am desperately trying not to take a peek at the description below. I want to be surprised when I read each of these books this week and not know how THE CROWN OF EMBERS ends, but I’m finding it very hard not to.

Because I am curious about what will happen with Elisa. I want to know if Hector will be a part of this third book. I want to find out where her journey will take her. And I really want to know how this series wraps up.

I have a feeling I’ll have a couple of long reading days and nights ahead as I’m certain I won’t want to leave this epic adventure once I start. So I really hope that I’ll have finished last week’s pile so that I can start on these books on Monday.

The epic conclusion to Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns trilogy. The seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen will travel into the unknown realm of the enemy to win back her true love, save her country, and uncover the final secrets of her destiny.

Elisa is a fugitive in her own country. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves in order to lure her to the gate of darkness. As she and her daring companions take one last quest into unknown enemy territory to save Hector, Elisa will face hardships she’s never imagined. And she will discover secrets about herself and her world that could change the course of history. She must rise up as champion-a champion to those who have hated her most.


Wishful Thinking Reads:

None. I’m not allowing myself a wishful thinking read this week. I have so many review books I’m behind on reading and reviewing that I can’t even breathe let alone wish. Though if I even had half a minute to read something off-pile I’d wish I could read a book in Jeaniene Frost’s series or one in Kresley Cole’s.


Those Left Behind:

As I’m preparing this post early in the week I don’t know if I’ll be behind on any of my reads, though I suspect I will. These days taking a vacation means taking a bit of a break from reading planned books, so I have a feeling I’ll have gone off-pile to read a book or two.

But I haven’t finished reading CROWN OF MIDNIGHT as of this moment and I’m feeling in the mood for a contemporary story so who knows what I’ll end up reading by week’s end. I just hope I’ll have spent some of the time writing one of those past due reviews because the guilt is overwhelming.

I have not written any reviews since early July and I’ve read a LOT of books this past month. So I’d rather fall a little behind on my reading piles if it means catching up on my reviews. But that remains TBD.

Hopefully next week I’ll write this post a little closer to when it’s scheduled to post. And hopefully I’ll be able to say that I’ve read both book on this week’s pile and last week’s and that I’ve gotten caught up on a handful of reviews. But that remains TBD.


NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

I technically didn’t put in any new requests at NetGalley, though I did end up grabbing the one, which I mentioned above…

THE IRON TRAITOR (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2) by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Teen, Oct 29 2013)

But I really, really, couldn’t resist. The NetGalley newsletter mentioning its addition was just too tempting.

And while there were only a few days since I’d checked NetGalley for last week’s post and this week’s, I did find a few other titles that were added that look interesting. And they are…

DEAD GIRLS DON’T LIE by Jennifer Shaw Wolf (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Sep 17 2013)

WAKE UP MISSING by Kate Messner (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Sep 10 2013)

PICTURE ME GONE by Meg Rosoff (Penguin Books Australia, Sep 25 2013) **Australian Reviewers ONLY**


I have been such a slacker in terms of reviewing the books I’ve been reading. I am really going to have to take the time and think about making some changes in my approach to writing reviews, because it’s getting ridiculous.

I get so stressed out when trying to think about writing a review that it prevents me from doing so. Which is not at all good. And not having reviews on the blog for a month has gotten me completely bummed out. Because I want to be one of those blogs that’s 2/3 reviews and 1/3 everything else and that’s just not happening right now.

I just have to find my way back. Somehow.


I am not at all tired of reading. I’m LOVING the books I’ve been reading. I just wish I could read ALL THE BOOKS and read them ALL THE TIME. Still keeping my fingers crossed about that.

But I hope that you’re having better luck than I am at reading and reviewing and that you received some awesome books in the mail, via UPS or from the library or bookstore this week. If you’d like to share what you received and are planning or hoping to read this week I’d love to know!

As ever, I wish you an amazing reading week this week. Happy reading!


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

3 Responses to “My Reading Pile #126”

  1. LOVED Crown of Embers and The Bitter Kingdom!! It’s such a fantastic series

  2. I read the entire Fire and Thorns trilogy together and LOVED it! In my opinion, The Bitter Kingdom was the best. It will blow (gah, typed “blog” at first!) your mind, guaranteed! (And won’t let you sleep until you finish it ;))

    And eeep you got The Iron Traitor! Can’t wait for your review!

  3. Taylor K. says:

    I’m reading The Dream Thieves right now and I love it! I really like that series and truly love were book two is going. 🙂

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