My Reading Pile #150


It was kind of a crazy week at the mailbox this week. A book I was hoping for arrived, a few that were completely unexpected did, too, and a box of amazing ARCs-on-loan arrived just in time for this week’s post.

I also may have grabbed a few titles on Edelweiss and NetGalley this past week…

For Review

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[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

I received an ARC of FIRE & FLOOD (Fire & Flood #1) by Victoria Scott courtesy of the publisher, Scholastic Press. I’ll be in the book’s tour in February and while I don’t have a review for my stop I was approved for an eGalley and also received a galley in print. If time permits I will definitely be sneaking this onto the pile this week.

I was also super excited to receive an ARC of MY LAST KISS by Bethany Neal courtesy of the publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR. This is one of the books on the list I’d submitted to the publisher awhile back and I am dying to read it. It sounds absolutely amazing.

I also received another of the ARCs I’d listed – THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE by Jennifer Mathieu – from the publisher, Roaring Brook Press. I love that this story is told from multiple POVs and I can’t wait to find out just what everyone’s motives are to take Alice down.

And finally, I received a finished copy of THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS (White Rabbit Chronicles #2) by Gena Showalter from the very awesome publisher, Harlequin Teen. It was a complete and total surprise and I’m not entirely sure how they got my addy and why I received a copy. But I love it. I am so not complaining. THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS is one of my off-the-menu six-star reads and I’m totally stoked to have a print copy for my collection. Receiving it may just have prompted a re-read.


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Courtesy of Jaime of Two Chicks on Books

The very amazing Jaime sent me a few books I’ve been dying to read. Two from Harper that aren’t available in eGalley format and one that is from Delacorte but that I hadn’t heard back about yet.

SWEET RECKONING (The Sweet Trilogy #3) by Wendy Higgins

THE LOVELY AND THE LOST (The Dispossessed #2) by Page Morgan

RENEGADE (Mila 2.0 #2) by Debra Driza

I love all of these series and can’t wait to dive into these installments. I’m definitely going to have to find a way to sneak them all on the pile in the next week or two.

From Edelweiss

Courtesy of HarperCollins/HarperTeen…

BE WITH ME (Wait for You #2) by J. Lynn

THE LAST BEST KISS by Claire LaZebnik

DON’T CALL ME BABY by Gwendolyn Heasley

I received an eARC of BE WITH ME for review for the blog tour I’ll be on early next month. I’d missed it when it was available awhile back so I’m totally stoked to have a copy now. And the other two titles are ones that sound amazing and I just couldn’t resist the urge to click to download.

From NetGalley

Courtesy of Harlequin/Harlequin Teen…

GRIM by Christine Johnson, Kimberly Derting, et al

HOUSE OF GLASS by Sophie Littlefield

I received an eARC of GRIM for the blog tour I’ll be on in February, though I already have it pre-ordered and had been fighting the urge to grab a copy on NetGalley. And after receiving an email about a review copy for HOUSE OF GLASS I decided to grab a copy on NetGalley instead so that I could check it out sooner.


That’s 12 books I have to read and review. *GULP.* It seems just a bit overwhelming. Especially as every single one of the books I received is one I want to read right now.

But I can only read two… maybe three if I sneak another onto the pile. And they are…

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

(January 26, 2014 – February 1, 2014)

Sweet Reckoning


First up on the pile is SWEET RECKONING by Wendy Higgins. I received this ARC to read early thanks to the very stellar Jaime of Two Chicks on Books.  I swore I would read it the instant I received it, and I am reading it right now… well, I was reading it until I had to stop to create this post. But I plan on devouring it tonight – and hope to be at least halfway finished with it by the time this post goes live.

SWEET RECKONING might normally have been one of those books in a series that I never would have said goodbye to. But I can’t resist seeing just what happens with Kai and Anna. I’ve heard this final book in the series is all sorts of steamy, swoon-y and all around yummy. So I cannot wait to see if it lives up to its promise.

It’s been awhile since I read the description, and I’m not going to now. Because I want this read to be as much of a surprise as it can be. I don’t want to read something that might make me not want to say goodbye. And since I’m currently reading it, and have to send it back, delaying would not be a good thing.

The Description…

It’s time.

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.


The Secret Diamond Sisters


Next up on the pile is THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS by Michelle Madow. I received an ARC for review from the author and I’ve been dying to get it on the pile ever since.

I can’t wait to meet Savannah, Courtney and Peyton. I am just so curious about what’s in their past that is such a secret. And I am excited to read all about this book’s lush and opulent setting.

I love that this takes place in Vegas. I’m curious to see how illusion fits into the story. And if all goes as planned I’ll find answers to all of my many questions on Wednesday.

The Description…

Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip’s most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.


Wishful Thinking Reads

My wishful thinking read is BE WITH ME by J. Lynn. While I have to read it next week for my tour stop on the 7th, I desperately want to be able to read it now. I just recently devoured the first book in the series and the alternate POV novel back-to-back. And I would have loved this to be my very next read. But as I have a couple must read books ahead of it on the list, for the moment this can only be a wish.


Those Left Behind

I did not do very well with my reading pile last week. With the very long three-day sailing class I was taking, it completely wiped me out. Aside from reading COASTAL CRUISING MADE EASY from the previous week’s pile, I didn’t get to read much of anything else.

I’m about one-third of the way finished with CRUEL BEAUTY, and I hope to be able to finish it Saturday night, assuming I’ll have finished reading SWEET RECKONING by then. But I didn’t even start reading CRESS and won’t get the chance to pick it up until Monday.

I’d also hoped to write a few reviews this past week, but returning to work after a couple days off kept me super busy. And for the past couple of nights I’ve managed to fall asleep on the sofa while watching TV instead of working on my posts or writing my reviews.

If all goes well I hope to be able to write my reviews for A LITTLE TOO HOT and UNINVITED on Sunday. And while my blog schedule is a little crowded with tours this week, I hope to be able to post them both. I also hope to be able to finish reading, and write my review for, CRUEL BEAUTY so I can share my review on my tour stop day on Wednesday.

While it all sounds easy-peasy and totally doable, I am already starting to wonder if maybe it’s just a little too ambitious. But we’ll see. Hopefully I’ll be able to get everything done as planned.

Because next week there are more books to devour, and I have to start studying for the 5-hour Coastal Navigation exam that I missed in December as I rescheduled the exam for February 16th. Oh and I have to finish writing a short story by Friday. Ack, where are those 48 hours days!?!


NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

Aside from grabbing the review books on NetGalley this past week, I didn’t really spend any time poking around. But when popping on to check if there were any books of interest for this post, there were a few that I did find.

And they are…

DEAD SILENT by Sharon Jones (Hachette Children’s Books, Feb 6 2014)

SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY by Julie Murphy (Penguin Books Australia, Mar 26 2014) ***Australian Reviewers ONLY***

THE YEAR OF THE RAT by Clare Furniss (Simon & Schuster UK Children’s, Apr 24 2014)

THE WILDERNESS by C.J. Harper (Simon & Schuster UK Children’s, Mar 13 2014)

THE DARK INSIDE by Rupert Wallis (Simon & Schuster UK Children’s, Jan 30 2014)

THE BLOOD LIST by Sarah Naughton (Simon & Schuster UK Children’s, Feb 27 2014)


At one point I was way ahead of the game with my Goodreads reading challenge, but now I think I’m back to being on schedule. I haven’t even had time to scroll down to see my progress, so I’m not entirely sure. But at this point I don’t really want to know.

This past week was crazy IRL. I spent around 26 hours in sailing class over the course of three days and stayed up way too late trying to study each night. And after all of that, I spent one entire day not moving at all. But at least I passed the class. I received my certification and am now officially – almost – ready to begin revving up for the next one.

How is that relevant to this post exactly? Well it means that until Wednesday night, I didn’t even get near a work of fiction. And I was so thrashed on Wednesday and Thursday evenings that I barely had the energy to read at all. Which means I have two books to catch up on this week just after I finish the first book on this week’s pile.

I’m not sure it can be done, but as always, I am ever hopeful.

I am also hopeful that there were a few new books in your mailbox and that there are one, two, three or more books on your pile this week. If you’d like to share what you received and are reading, feel free to leave a comment and/or a link.

And here’s to a very, very happy reading week ahead!


Do you create a reading pile?

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

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