My Reading Pile {13}


It was an awesome week at the mail and email boxes. I received two printed ARCs that I am so excited to read and I got some amazing eGalleys I didn’t think I’d be approved for, a couple I didn’t even know were in electronic format, and a few that I just had to grab.

I am totally behind on my reads from this past week, though I did go just a bit off pile to read one book that was on my left behind list. And I chose a wishful thinking read for a book I received this week that I’d love to be able to read right this very minute.




  • RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard – courtesy of HarperTeen
  • THE TRAGIC AGE by Stephen Metcalfe – courtesy of St. Martin’s Griffin


  • OBLIVION by Kelly Creagh – via Edelweiss courtesy of Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • RUTHLESS by Carolyn Lee Adams – via Edelweiss courtesy of Simon Pulse
  • PLAYLIST FOR THE DEAD by Michelle Falkoff – via Edelweiss courtesy of HarperTeen
  • THE CAGE by Megan Shepherd – via Edelweiss courtesy of Balzer + Bray
  • THE REVENGE PLAYBOOK by Rachael Allen – via Edelweiss courtesy of HarperTeen
  • THE LEVELLER by Julia Durango – via Edelweiss courtesy of HarperTeen
  • THE NIGHT WE SAID YES by Lauren Gibaldi – via Edelweiss courtesy of HarperTeen
  • BETWEEN US AND THE MOON by Rebecca Maizel – via Edelweiss courtesy of HarperTeen
  • THE REPLACED by Kimberly Derting – via Edelweiss courtesy of HarperTeen
  • SALT & STONE by Victoria Scott – via Edelweiss courtesy of Scholastic Press
  • THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER by Melinda Salisbury – via Edelweiss courtesy of Scholastic Press

WHAT I’M READING THIS WEEK: December 28th, 2014 – January 3rd, 2015


Love LucyLOVE, LUCY by April Lindner

Release date: January 27, 2015
Source: Author via NetGalley

Why it’s on this week’s pile:

I have wanted to read this for the longest time. Ever since I saw its cover and read its description. I love Italy, I love summer romance, and I think this story sounds totally sweet and romantic. And I don’t want to have to wait another week to meet Lucy and Jesse.


While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food…and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her “vacation flirtation.” But just because summer is over doesn’t mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.

In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.

Add to TBR


SALT & STONE (Fire & Flood #2) by Victoria ScottSalt and Stone Cover
Release date: February 24, 2015

Why it’s only a wish:

I only got my hands on an eARC of SALT & STONE just a couple of days ago and already I’m dying to toss aside every book on the pile to dive right in. But I have quite a few books I need to review for the first couple of weeks in January so I must keep this one on the wishful thinking reads pile… for now.


What would you do to save someone you love?

In Fire & Flood, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can’t quit–she has to win the race, save Cody, and then fight to make sure the race stops before it can claim any more lives. In the next legs of the race, across the ocean and over mountains, Tella will face frostbite, sharks, avalanche, and twisted new rules in the race.

But what if the danger is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone’s keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you’d relied on most suddenly isn’t there for support? How do you weigh one life against another?

The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the start of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the final part of the race, just forty-one are left–and only one can win.


I should never have attempted to add two books to the pile this past week. It was a holiday week but not one that allowed for any reading time. At all. I didn’t even get the chance to start on either of my reads from last week. Although the fact that I read one of my left behind reads earlier in the week makes me feel just a little less guilty.

Hopefully adding just one book to the pile this week will give me the time to catch up on those past due reads.

Here’s the rundown:

What I Read & Reviewed

  • Reviewed: IGNITE by Sara B. Larson
  • Reviewed: MAYHEM by Jamie Shaw
  • Read: COMPULSION by Martina Boone
  • Currently Reading: THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black

What I Hope to Review This Week

  • COMPULSION by Martina Boone

What Was Left Behind

  • Still Reading: RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard
  • Still Reading: SEEKER by Arwen Elys Dayton
  • Not yet read: THE WICKED AWAKENING OF ANNE MERCHANT by Joanna Wiebe
  • Not yet read: DREAM A LITTLE DREAM by Kerstin Gier
  • Still not yet reviewed: SUBLIME by Christina Lauren
  • Still not yet reviewed: UNHINGED by A.G. Howard
  • Still not yet reviewed: THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Still not yet reviewed: THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Still not yet reviewed: BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Still not yet reviewed: THE WALLED CITY by Ryan Graudin
  • Still not yet reviewed: THE GIFTED DEAD by Jenna Black (a non-YA title)
  • Still not yet read: LOVE & OTHER THEORIES by Alexis Bass
  • Still not yet read: FALL WITH ME by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Still not yet read: THE WINNER’S CRIME by Marie Rutkoski
  • Still reading: THE FIGURES OF BEAUTY by David MacFarlane (a non-YA title)

I had no time to read or write reviews this past week. The fact that I was able to actually write two reviews and read one book was a huge surprise to me. I spent much time getting ready for my out-of-town visitors, prepping tours, and writing all remaining posts for the two holiday challenges I was doing.

And as I still have a couple year-end posts to write this week, a bunch of stuff to do at work, and my out-of-town visitors are here half the week, I am not planning on getting much time to blog or read. Hopefully things will calm down next week.


There are a few of interest books on NetGalley this week and I did give in to temptation for one. Are there any that tempt you?

So how was your reading and reviewing week? Did you get to all your planned reads and reviews?

And did you get any new and exciting books in the mail, via email or from the bookstore or library?

Leave a comment or a link, I’d love to know.

Happy reading!

Do you create a reading pile?

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



Rachel (a.k.a. Fiktshun) has been blogging about (mostly YA) books since 2010. She always has and always will believe that reading YA rocks and thinks she's found the perfect place to ramble here at RYAR.