My Reading Pile #123

It was a very quiet, but very awesome, week at the mailbox. I’ve been hoping the books I traded for would arrive, but sadly I guess they were not yet shipped. Which is a huge bummer.

And I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll receive a book for an upcoming tour I’m on. Though I’m not entirely certain one is forthcoming. But at least it gives me incentive to check the mailbox, which, given its proximity to my home, I don’t check all that frequently.

But the book I did receive was awesome. Amazing. Of the OH EM GEE variety. One of my best mailbox weeks all summer.


[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

Thanks to Kt of A Book Obsession, I have a copy of BITING BAD by Chloe Neill. And I was so unbelievably thrilled I received it and didn’t have to wait for its release that I may have shoved all books off the pile to devour it this week.

I do not make Merit and a certain Master Vampire wait on the pile. Never. It is not an option.

I didn’t get any new approvals for eARCs from either NetGalley or Edelweiss, though I did get one rejection for a request I put in months ago due to quotas being met.

And I was absolutely thrilled to see a book I’m very much interested in available on Edelweiss on Friday – Gena Showalter’s THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS. Though my approval status on that is still TBD. It happens to be one of the books I traded for, but as it’s very possible I’ll never see that copy, I had to try for the eARC. A request which, in my haste, I mucked up by hitting send without adding in the additional message. Great.

It’s also very possible that Friday’s mail delivered all sorts of good things. But as I hadn’t checked it at the time of preparing this post, anything I might have received will have to wait for next week’s post. My fingers are still very much crossed.


As the book I received this week had already been added to the “currently reading” pile and moved to the “read” pile, I found two new books to read. And they are…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(July 21, 2013 – July 27, 2013)




First up on the pile is PANIC by Lauren Oliver. I received the eARC from HarperCollins via Edelweiss last week and I know I should wait to read it, but I can’t. I went so far as to peek inside, got to reading the letter from the author and found myself devouring the first few pages.

And now I can’t stop. I have to keep reading. I have to know more. I have to find out what happens to Heather and Dodge. I have to see how things will play out in this game of Panic.

I may be a little bit obsessed. Of course because this book isn’t releasing for ages, I won’t be sharing my thoughts in the form of a review any time soon. But sometimes reading just to enjoy an amazing book is all that is needed. And that’s exactly what I plan on doing with PANIC this week.

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.


Right of Way


Next up on the pile is RIGHT OF WAY by Lauren Barnholdt. I know I have a million and one review books that I should be reading this week, but I don’t want another week to pass by before I check out this companion book by the author. When it downloaded to my Kindle the other week it was a fight not to read it immediately.

It’s summer and I need to take a road trip with Peyton and Jace. I need to find out if being stuck together on their journey will help to fix whatever has gone wrong between them. I need to find out whether they are ready for whatever it is that’s “coming on the road ahead.”

I need to find out whether their love story does end happily or if whatever broke them in the first place is too much to overcome. And I need to find this out later this week.

Can a road trip repair a romance gone wrong? Find out in this standalone companion to Lauren Barnholdt’s Two-way Street.

Here are Peyton and Jace, meeting on vacation. Click! It’s awesome, it’s easy, it’s romantic. This is the real deal.

Unless it isn’t. Because when you’re in love, you don’t just stop calling one day. And you don’t keep secrets. Or lie. And when your life starts falling apart, you’re supposed to have the other person to lean on.

Here are Peyton and Jace again, broken up but thrown together on a road trip. One of them is lying about the destination. One of them is pretending not to be leaving something behind. And neither of them is prepared for what’s coming on the road ahead…


Wishful Thinking Reads:

DECEPTION by C.J. Redwine is my wishful thinking read this week. I ended up going off-pile last weekend and reading DEFIANCE and I fell madly in love. And of course I wanted to continue the story. After the way things ended in that book, how could I not want to? But as I don’t have this sequel just yet, reading it is only a wish. A wish I keep making every single day.


Those Left Behind:

As I might have just mentioned, I went a little bit off-pile this past week. I read DEFIANCE by C.J. Redwine and BITING BAD by Chloe Neill instead of the two books I had on the pile last week. Though I am currently reading OF BEAST AND BEAUTY, which I hope to finish this weekend or at the very latest on Monday.

But I got little else done. Due to some rather ill-timed health issues – are they ever well-timed? – I found myself unable to read or spend any real time on the computer for much of this week. And as my brain was all sorts of fuzzy, I couldn’t even blindly type my reviews on my Mac Air. I can only imagine how dreadful they’d be if I was able to sit and compose them.

I’m so thankful for Good Books and Good Wine’s Book Blogger Challenge this past week, or I might have had a very empty blog. But I’m hopeful that this week I’ll be able to write and post a few of those lingering reviews and catch up on a few books I’ve been anxious to finish – CONSUME, 3:59, WILD CARDS.

I am, ever and always, hopeful.


NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

I stayed away from NetGalley this past week. I was offline for most of the week, actually. But I did check in so that I could prepare this post and found a few titles that sound interesting. And they are…

WATER by Natasha Hardy (Harlequin UK Limited, Aug 16 2013)

THE OUTSIDE by Laura Bickle (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group, Sep 3 2013)

LIVING WITH JACKIE CHAN by Jo Knowles (Candlewick Press, Sep 10 2013)

CHERRY MONEY BABY by John M. Cusick (Candlewick Press, Sep 10 2013)


When feeling poorly I don’t feel guilty for not reading and reviewing. I don’t feel bad for neglecting my TBR pile. That was me this past week. Though I have a feeling I’m going to feel awfully guilty when I feel better next week. And then panic will set in.

But that’s okay. Because maybe reading PANIC will keep my mind off the lower case panic I’ll be feeling, before it gets too bad. Anyway….

I am super stoked to have two amazing books on the pile this week. I’m just as excited to finish my current read and potentially catch up on some past due reads. And if I’m lucky I’ll get the chance to write a review or three before the week ends. But that remains to be determined.

I hope that your bookish week was awesome and that your plans for the week ahead are even more so. And I hope that your mailbox wasn’t empty and that the books on the pile are ones you want to read.

If you’d like to share your bookish plans or your bookish good fortune, leave a comment. I’d love to know what you’ve received and are reading this week!


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

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