My Reading Pile {17}

Haul 18


It was an awesome week at the mail and email boxes this week – and I love the fact that this week many of the covers on my new reads have a blueish theme. I received seven books and ARCs in the mail, got six eARCs, and while I have already read a few of them, I love them all.

I have a busy week at work this week so am only going to add two awesome-sounding books to the pile. But I am really hoping to get ahead, as I may have seriously overcommitted myself for February reads. Especially with the fact that I’m going to have to start packing up to move.

I was not as productive as I hoped I’d be due to real life stuffs this past week. But I managed to post two reviews and beta read and wrote up my thoughts on another. And no, I did not get much sleep this week. But there’s always next week. Right?

For this week’s wishful thinking read, I have chosen a non-YA title because it’s a book I am just dying to dive into. But it’s likely going to have to wait for at least a month or two, when things finally get the chance to calm down.




  • NIL UNLOCKED by Lynne Matson – courtesy of Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • THE NOVICE by Taran Matharu – courtesy of Feiwel & Friends
  • SWEET by Emmy Laybourne – courtesy of Feiwel & Friends
  • TUNNEL VISION by Susan Adrian – courtesy of St. Martin’s Griffin
  • JOYRIDE by Anna Banks – courtesy of Feiwel & Friends
  • WE ALL LOOKED UP by Tommy Wallach – courtesy of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • HALF BAD by Sally Green – courtesy of Big Honcho Media and Viking Juvenile


WHAT I’M READING THIS WEEK: January 26th – February 1st, 2015


Playlist for the DeadPLAYLIST FOR THE DEAD by Michelle Falkoff

Release date: January 27, 2015
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss


A teenage boy tries to understand his best friend’s suicide by listening to the playlist of songs he left behind in this smart, voice-driven debut novel.

Here’s what Sam knows: There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, his best friend, Hayden, was dead. And all he left Sam was a playlist of songs, and a suicide note: For Sam—listen and you’ll understand.

As he listens to song after song, Sam tries to face up to what happened the night Hayden killed himself. But it’s only by taking out his earbuds and opening his eyes to the people around him that he will finally be able to piece together his best friend’s story. And maybe have a chance to change his own.

Part mystery, part love story, and part coming-of-age tale in the vein of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Tim Tharp’s The Spectacular Now, Playlist for the Dead is an honest and gut-wrenching first novel about loss, rage, what it feels like to outgrow a friendship that’s always defined you—and the struggle to redefine yourself. But above all, it’s about finding hope when hope seems like the hardest thing to find.

Add to TBR


REBOUND (Boomerang #2) by Noelle August

Release date: February 10, 2015
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

***A Non-YA Read***


Hooking up is only the beginning of the fun in this sexy and irresistible second installment of the thrilling New Adult series, Boomerang.

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of the heap in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and knocks the tech wunderkind down, throwing his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.

Three years ago, Adam married his high school love—and then lost her in a tragic accident. Now, the heartbreak and guilt he’s tried to bury with work and women begins to take over his life.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. She’s got one chance to prove to her father that she deserves a place in his empire by grabbing control of Boomerang and taking Adam down.

But as Alison moves in on him, armed with a cadre of lawyers and accountants, she discovers there’s much more to Adam and Boomerang than meets the eye. Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? It appears so, unless Adam can forgive her for wrecking his life and trying to steal his livelihood. But Alison hopes that old adage is right. Maybe love can conquer all.

Add to TBR


BurnedBURNED (Fever #7) by Karen Marie Moning
Release date: January 20, 2015

**A Non-YA Read**


It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed.

Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth

Add to TBR


What I Read & Reviewed

  • Read & Reviewed: HERO BY NIGHT by Sara Jane Stone
  • Read: ALPHA by Rachel Vincent
  • Finished Reading & Reviewed: TUNNEL VISION by Susan Adrian
  • Beta Read: Sekrit Book
  • Currently Reading: RIOT by Jamie Shaw

What I Hope to Review This Week

  • PLAYLIST FOR THE DEAD by Michelle Falkoff
  • RIOT by Jamie Shaw

What Was Left Behind

  • Not yet read: THE TRAGIC AGE by Stephen Metcalfe
  • Not yet read: FROSTFIRE by Amanda Hocking
  • Still reading: SEEKER by Arwen Elys Dayton
  • Still not yet read: LOVE, LUCY by April Lindner
  • Still not yet finished: RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard
  • Still not yet read: DREAM A LITTLE DREAM by Kerstin Gier
  • Still not yet reviewed: SUBLIME by Christina Lauren
  • Still not yet read: LOVE & OTHER THEORIES by Alexis Bass
  • Still not yet read: FALL WITH ME by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Still not yet finished: THE FIGURES OF BEAUTY by David MacFarlane (a non-YA title)
  • 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)

I got a bit sidetracked from my review pile reads doing a beta read this week during those few hours I wasn’t working. So I didn’t get much else done this week. But I am hopeful that I’ll have more time next week to get back into the groove and on track with those review books before I get completely overwhelmed next month.


There are a ton of awesome books on NetGalley this week though I managed to resist requesting more than just a couple of long shots. 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.