My Reading Pile #56

It was a nice quiet week at the mailbox, which is good, because it has given me a chance to pack up and send out a few more books and clear some space on my shelves. I am expecting quite a few books from a trade next week, so I need the room.

I am still trying really hard to go on a trading ban for just a bit. It’s just so tough to follow through. But for now….

As I am sharing what I received in my mailbox this week, I’m giving credit to Kristi at The Story Siren who came up with the idea of sharing what’s in her mailbox each week.

I received a copy of The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa from a trade with Alex of Electrifying Reviews. It was an awesome surprise as I hadn’t realized it was on its way. Yes, I had one in my mailbox last week. This is the second of three copies I traded for. Oops.

I also received a signed copy of Scorched Skies by Samantha Young along with two gorgeous signed bookmarks. I LOVE the cover for this book, which is designed by the amazing PhatPuppy Art. It is just as amazing as the Fire Spirits series by the author, and this sequel is one I’ve been anxiously awaiting and can’t wait to read.

I’m still hoping to be able to read The Immortal Rules before release day. But as this copy was already promised to someone else, I will hopefully have time to read the third copy I should be receiving next week. We shall see…

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

(April 8 – April 14, 2012)


First up on the pile is Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready. The lovely bloggers – Jaime and Patricia – of Two Chicks On Books sent me their ARC on loan so that I could read this before release.

I am definitely feeling the pressure about choosing to read this one because it’s a series ending book. And as many of you may know, I hate when a series ends. Further, I heard that I should expect to shed a few tears. Uh oh.

Also, I did read that sneak peek on the author’s website awhile back which made me extremely nervous. And according to the first line of the description on Goodreads – which I won’t reveal here for those who haven’t yet caught up on the series – I have even more reason to be nervous given whose “team” I’m on.

But I think my curiosity will win out and that I’ll be able to make it past the tears and heartache to find out just how this trilogy will end, to see just what happens with Aura, Logan and Zach and to get answers to all those burning questions I’ve had.

So, with nervous anticipation I can’t wait to read Shine this week.

Next up on the pile is The Girl Who Was on Fire, the movie tie-in edition. I received a copy for review from the publisher but as I hadn’t read the trilogy or seen the movie I wanted to wait until I had.

And while I haven’t read the entire trilogy just yet, I have seen the film and should be finished with the first book in the series tomorrow, so I thought I’d add this to the pile this week.

I am very curious to see what some of my favorite YA authors have to say about this series and about the world that author Suzanne Collins created. Though if I start to read it and it makes me even more curious about the two remaining books in the series, I may try to sneak those in and get back to this next weekend.

It will be so interesting to see just what the authors have to say about Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Haymitch and Panem. And I’m even more interested to find out just how they connect this fictional world to a real-world setting when comparing Panem to other societies from our history.

As I haven’t yet reviewed a non-fiction book or one that discusses authors’ thoughts and ideas, I’m also curious to see just how I’ll do that.

Wishful Thinking reads:

I am not allowing myself any wishful thinking reads this week. Though not listed in the official pile, I am re-reading My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent this week for the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge. So I have no time to wish for yet another book I could be reading.

Although… I would love to read Endlessly by Kiersten White, which should be arriving this week from a trade. Though I hope it doesn’t arrive until next week when I have just a bit more time.

Those left behind:

I’m actually catching up on my reading, but I’m incredibly behind on my reviews. Work has been a little crazy for the past few weeks, so I’ve only had the energy to dive into a book at the end of the night and not put my thoughts into a review. And I’ve tried. It just wasn’t happening.

So while I have read Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz, Return to Eden by G.P. Ching and Forgiven by Jana Oliver, my reviews are still in the works. And I’m about three-fourths of the way done with The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, which I’ll finish tomorrow, and halfway through Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin, which I started yesterday and will definitely finish today. So, I’m not really behind on those either.

Hopefully I’ll get a burst of creativity and a bit of time to write at least four of the five reviews in the coming week. I am, as always, ever hopeful.

NetGalley Pile Adds:

I did not request any new books on NetGalley this week, though I was made aware of just a few new titles. But I am trying to be good and not over-committing myself as is my tendency.

Of course, I did request and was approved for just one title from Edelweiss – Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard. But as it’s not due to be released until the end of July, I have just a little bit of time to read it.


This has been an incredibly guilt-inducing week for me as a blogger. I didn’t post one review. I also couldn’t choose between two books to watch, so I didn’t post that this week either. While I had one tour stop and a few other posts aside from giveaways, I feel a bit like a slacker.

Next week I hope to be more on the ball with the rest of those missing reviews posted, along with some of the feature posts I love to put together, like The Crush List. As I have some interview questions to write and a few other things going this week, we shall see…


Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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