My Reading Pile #138


I received some super awesome books in the mail this week. One which was a total surprise and two I wasn’t expecting quite so soon.

MRP 138

[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

I received an ARC of SOMETHING REAL by Heather Demetrios for review from the incredibly awesome folks at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. It releases in February 2014 but it sounds like so much fun that I’m going to try and get it on the pile around Thanksgiving.

I also received two books that I’ve been dying to read forever, INDEPENDENT STUDY and GRADUATION DAY, both by Joelle Charbonneau thanks to the amazing Jaime of Two Chicks on Books. I nearly sobbed when I got rejected on Edelweiss, so getting the chance to read not just the one book, but both books in this series makes me all sorts of happy.

While I tried sneaking INDEPENDENT STUDY onto the pile last week, it was not meant to be. But I refuse to wait any longer, so it made it to the pile this week.


In addition to the print books I received, I also was invited to read an eGalley of A LITTLE TOO MUCH (A Little Too Far #2) by Lisa Desrochers, thanks to William Morrow Impulse. This is an exciting series by the author and I cannot wait to take a peek at this second book in the series (hopefully) later this week. If not, it will be my very first read next weekend.

As things are a bit hectic this week with the start of NaNoWriMo, I’m trying to keep my full-length book reads to just the one. And so…

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

(November 3, 2013 – November 9, 2013)


While You're Away Part IV


First up on the pile is WHILE YOU’RE AWAY PART IV: When We’re Together by Jessa Holbrook. As I mentioned last week, I’d be reading each new installment in this series as they released and I am super excited to continue Sarah and Will’s story.

The description gives absolutely no hint as to what will be included in each newly released part – which is tormenting me to no end. But I am guessing that this is the last part of the story when they’re together before the long-distance relationship phase begins.

I am getting more and more anxious as to whether this story will end happily or whether it will leave me in tears. I have a feeling things are going to get much, much worse before they possibly get better. But whatever is going to happen, I cannot wait to keep reading.

The Description…

Once a cheater, always a cheater?

From the moment Will and Sarah first set eyes upon each other, they know that what they have is special.

There’s just one little problem . . . each of them already has a significant other.

After flirting with danger, it becomes clear their passion is too strong to be denied. But even if they make their relationship official, there are plenty of challenges in store. Will leaves for college at the end of the summer, while Sarah faces her senior year of high school in their small suburban town. Long-distance relationships always come with their fair share of troubles—mismatched schedules, jealousy, and temptation are only the beginning.

Can cheaters ever change?

WHILE YOU’RE AWAY is a steamy story about a love triangle, a long-distance relationship, and learning the true meaning of commitment.


Independent Study


Next up on the pile is INDEPENDENT STUDY by Joelle Charbonneau. Thanks to Jaime, again, I get the chance to read this second book early. And I am so excited to do so.

I was actually super excited to read this last week and started reading it the instant I received it. But then I started freaking out about NaNoWriMo and had to set it aside for this week’s pile so that I could focus on getting ready for this month-long writing event.

But I can’t wait to continue Cia’s story and find out what happens in this next phase of her “testing.” I have no idea what is going to happen in this second of three books, but I am hopeful that the characters I’ve grown to like – even though I mistrust them – will make it to Graduation Day.

If all goes well I hope to be able to get this on the pile on Tuesday.

The Description…

In the series debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies . . . a promising leader in the effort to revitalize postwar civilization. In Independent Study, Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to erase her memory of the brutal horrors of The Testing, Cia remembers. Her attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government’s murderous programs put her—and her loved ones—in a world of danger. But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her.


Wishful Thinking Reads

I wish I could re-read AFTERGLOW by Karsten Knight before it releases next week. But as things are so crazy this month I think I’m going to have to wait to read the finished copy on my Kindle. Though I don’t plan on waiting too long for the re-read. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to this series when I read it months ago and I’m still not ready to say my goodbyes. But I hope that with a second read-through I might just be a little closer to that point.


Those Left Behind

I didn’t leave either of my reads behind last week. But that was because I ended up reading FOREPLAY by Sophie Jordan earlier than I anticipated, but after creating last week’s post. While I haven’t yet finished my review, I will be posting it on Monday. And it might even be in my new format. But we shall see.

I did read and post my mini-review for WHILE YOU’RE AWAY PART III by Jessa Holbrook. Though I’d have loved to have read it and reviewed it prior to midnight, I managed to get my review posted by noon on its release day. After devouring it the second it downloaded I needed a night’s rest before being able to wrangle my thoughts into a review.

And while I’m still super behind on reviews – I still need to write my review for CRASH INTO YOU among many others – at least I’ve been keeping my reads to a manageable number. But there are so many books that I want to read. I’m just finding less and less time each day to actually read them.

If I don’t end up reading both of the books on the pile this week, I will only add one book to the pile for next week. I don’t like leaving books behind when I can help it. So we shall see. But I am, as always, ever hopeful.


NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

I kind of raced through the list of books available for review on NetGalley this week as I didn’t have a lot of time to go searching. And while there are a few titles that I wouldn’t mind getting an early peek at, I only requested Alyxandra Harvey’s new book, A BREATH OF FROST.

But it wasn’t the only awesome find. There were a few…

LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD by Ava Dellaira (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Apr 1 2014)

A BREATH OF FROST (The Lovegrove Legacy) by Alyxandra Harvey (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Jan 7 2014)

SEA OF SHADOWS by Kelley Armstrong (Doubleday Canada, Apr 8 2014) **ONLY Canadian Reviewers**

DEFY by Sara B. Larson (Scholastic, Jan 7 2014)

NEVERWAS (Amber House #2) by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, Larkin Reed (Scholastic, Jan 7 2014)

REBEL SPRING (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes (Penguin Books Australia, Dec 3 2013) **ONLY Australian Reviewers***

IN THE BLOOD by Sara Hantz (Entangled Publishing LLC, Nov 5 2013)

WHY WE TOOK THE CAR by Wolfgang Herndorf (Scholastic, Jan 7 2014)

INK IS THICKER THAN WATER by Amy Spalding (Entangled Publishing LLC, Dec 3 2013)


This past week, instead of reading one of the books in my collection that I am dying to read, I spent the week reading the book I’ve been trying to write for the past two NaNoWriMo’s. It’s not yet finished – as it requires a few more scenes, an ending and a major edit – but it is kind of long. And having very little time this past week to read, I am currently only halfway through it.

It seems that every time I start reading, I find myself wanting to write those missing scenes. So I’m doing both. Which is taking a ton of time, but I hope to be finished with the reading, at least, before I start on this week’s pile on Sunday.

And I would love to be finished with the writing so that I can move on to the editing and to the other book I want to write for NaNo.

As this is the start of a month of writing, the amount of reading I’ll be doing will be somewhat reduced. But with a couple more weeks of WHILE YOU’RE AWAY installments after this week’s release, I won’t be without super quick reads each week to take my mind off the writing. That’s a good thing, right?

Anyway… whether you’re participating in NaNoWriMo or just focusing on the reading and blogging, I wish you a happy and successful week ahead.


Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your reading pile this week?

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