What’s On My Reading Pile? ~ Booking It With Hayley G

 Thank you for stopping by to check out this week’s “What’s On My Reading Pile?” guest post.

Each week (hopefully) I’ll be welcoming a new – or returning – blogger (or author) to the blog to share the three books they have at the top of their reading piles.

And if you’d like to stop by to share your reading pile just let me know. I’d love to have you!

This week I’m so excited to welcome to the blog….

Hayley of Booking It With Hayley G

I had the pleasure of “meeting” Hayley G and her lovely blog this past summer during the Authors Are Rockstars Tour, though I know I’d seen Hayley around the blogosphere before then.

Her blog is very awesome and she gets a LOT of super cool books. *Jealous.* But she’s also incredibly nice and professional and I LOVED having her as part of the Authors Are Rockstars Tour hosting the amazing Ann Redisch Stampler.

If you haven’t yet met Hayley or checked out her blog – whose name is super clever and a total standout – you can find her…

On her BLOG, on TWITTER, on GOODREADS and at EPIC READS.

Hayley’s Reading Pile

Let Me Introduce Myself…

Hi I’m Hayley G from Booking It With Hayley G and I’m so excited to be participating in My Reading Pile this week, I absolutely love this meme! When I’m not helping customers find their next great read at work, I can be found gushing about my new favourite author/book and book boyfriend (currently Kai from Sweet Evil :)) on Twitter.

What three books do you have at the top of your reading pile right now?

Right now I’m I’m dividing my time with three awesome titles; Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi, Everbound by Brodi Ashton and Pivot Point by Kasie West.

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi
(Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads)

Everbound (Everneath #2) by Brodi Ashton
(Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads)

Pivot Point by Kasie West
(Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads)

Why are they top of the pile reads?

Unravel Me and Everbound are both sequels to two of my favourite series. Juliette and Nikki are great heroines, and I’m so envious of the two sexy love interests both have- absolutely LOVE love triangles. Pivot Point‘s concept is so interesting and again we have ANOTHER love triangle, I really can’t say no to that.

What other books that you own (if any) are ones you’d like to have on top of the pile right now?

I have so many great titles that I’m dying to get to, and I will, I swear:

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Sever by Lauren Destefano
The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter
Unremembered by Jessica Brody
Ink by Amanda Sun
Hooked by Liz Ficherea
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Asunder by Jodi Meadows

Just how many books are on your reading pile?

It has to be in the hundreds, I’m awful for buying piles of books bi-weekly and I keep promising myself that one day (or month) I will take the time to give them all the time and attention they so rightly deserve.

What books – either released or not yet released – would you love to have on your reading pile?

THE ELITE by Kiera Cass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m dying to read this title and am so envious of anyone who has already haha. And I’d basically give up my first born for a chance to read the following titles right now, sorry firstborn!
Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris
Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins


I don’t know how you can have both UNRAVEL ME and EVERBOUND on your pile at the same time. UNRAVEL ME killed me. And EVERBOUND is currently killing me! Of course I’m so curious which love interests you like… Adam and Jack or Warner and Cole?

And I hadn’t heard of PIVOT POINT until I saw it on your pile. Now I’m mad crazy to get a copy. I heard they’re doing eARCs so I’m all over that! And oh my gosh you and me both – UNBREAKABLE and SWEET PERIL! Yes. Dying.

You have some seriously amazing books to read! I hope you get to tackle a few of them before the newest releases head your way!

Thank you so much for sharing your reading pile, Hayley! You have some seriously wicked awesome books to read and I can’t WAIT to hear what your thoughts are!

And you are always welcome to stop back and share your pile, though it will be on my blog The Annex as I’m moving this feature over there very soon. 🙂

What’s On My Reading Pile? ~ Jaime of Two Chicks on Books

 Thank you for stopping by to check out this week’s “What’s On My Reading Pile?” guest post.

Each week (hopefully) I’ll be welcoming a new – or returning – blogger (or author) to the blog to share the three books they have at the top of their reading piles.

And if you’d like to stop by to share your reading pile just let me know. I’d love to have you!

This week I’m so excited to welcome back to the blog….

Jaime of Two Chicks on Books

I am actually welcoming Jaime back to the blog as she was my very first guest here on My Reading Pile. But she gets all the BEST books and she’s a super quick reader, so I just had to ask her to stop on by again to share what she’s reading right now.

If you haven’t already connected with her, you can find Jaime on her BlogTwitter, Goodreads and on her blog’s Facebook page.

So, be sure to stop by and say hi, because she’s awesome!

Jaime’s Reading Pile

Let Me Introduce Myself…

Hey it’s Jaime from Two Chicks On Books! I’m stopping by today to share my three current books on my pile. I’m a huge YA fan so most of my reads lean that direction and I don’t read contemporary so ….on my pile you’ll find High Fantasy, Dystopian, Paranormal, and Sci-Fi. I’m also a huge fan of the “bad boy” there’s nothing wrong with a good one I just prefer mine a little dark and tormented lol.

What three books do you have at the top of your reading pile right now?

Ok so I’m cheating a bit here with my work as a publicist at Entangled Publishing I have more on my pile but I can’t say what. So before these I have 1 other book I’m reading lol. 😉

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger
(Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads)

Shadows in the Silence (Angelfire #3) by Courtney Allison Moulton
(Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads)

Sever (The Chemical Garden #3) by Lauren DeStefano
(Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads)

Why are they top of the pile reads?

I’ve been dying to get my hands on Shadows ever since the end of Wings of the Wicked! Courtney left us with a killer and I mean killer ending!!!!! I need to find out what happened and I always need more Cadan 😉

Etiquette? I love Gail’s writing and this is her first foray into YA so I’m excited to see what she does with it. Also the cover and synopsis rock!

Sever oh Sever. I had a love/hate relationship with Fever more hate than love; and it left me numb. I’m really hoping Lauren can redeem the series with the finale because I really liked Wither.

What other books that you own (if any) are ones you’d like to have on top of the pile right now?

Ummm Poison by Bridget Zinn, Indigo Awakening by Jordan Dane, Prophecy by Ellen Oh, Rise by Andrea Cremer, The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd, City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forrester, Mind Games by Kiersten White, Orleans by Sherri L. Smith, Shards and Ashes Anthology, Let The Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger, Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza, Nameless by Lili St. Crow, The Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher, The Rising by Kelley Armstrong, and Furious by Jill Wolfson.

Just how many books are on your reading pile?

Besides the 15 I listed above??? Too many!!!!! But I’d say probably 50 or more.

What books – either released or not yet released – would you love to have on your reading pile?

Greta and The Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs, The Collector by Victoria Scott, Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Toxic by Jus Accardo, Naturals by Tiffany Truitt, and Conjure by Lea Nolan.

Yes I know this sounds like a publicity ploy but honestly it’s not. I love all of our authors at Entangled Publishing and they put out some stellar books!

Soulbroken: Legacy of Trill #2 by Heather Brewer, With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent, The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa…….

Spellcaster by Claudia Gray, Boundless by Cynthia Hand, A Touch Menacing by Leah Clifford, Fragments by Dan Wells, Rise by Anna Carey, Wasteland by Susan Kim, Blood Kissed Sky by JA London, Taken by Erin Bowman, The Elite by Keira Cass, Towering by Alex Finn, Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris, Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins, The Ward by Jordana Frankel, Born of Illusion by Terri Brown, Elegy by Tara Hudson, A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard, Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin, and Arclight by Josein L. McQueen.

Yeah I know pretty much the whole Harper Teen Spring/Summer Catalog lol what can I say I love Harper Teen books!


I am dying to know what happens in SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE! It’s one I almost broke my book request ban to request, because I love, love, loved ANGELFIRE and WotW. And oh my gosh you are so right about that ending.

Of course, as this is the series ending book, I just don’t know…. You know how I am about series ending books.

And LOL you have a LOT of books you want on top of the pile right now. You will need to take some serious time to read all fifteen of those books, plus the other fifty. Good luck!

Thank you so, so, so much for sharing your envy inducing reading pile. I am dying to put ETIQUETTE on top of my pile right now, but because release date isn’t quite here yet and because I have a few other must reads first, I’ll just have to listen to your tweets of awesome about the read.

I love checking out your reading piles so you are always welcome back to share your current reads!

What’s On My Reading Pile? ~ Books Over Boys

 Thank you for stopping by to check out this week’s “What’s On My Reading Pile?” guest post.

Each week (hopefully) I’ll be welcoming a new – or returning – blogger (or author) to the blog to share the three books they have at the top of their reading piles.

And if you’d like to stop by to share your reading pile just let me know. I’d love to have you!

This week I’m so excited to welcome to the blog….

Momo of Books Over Boys

I can’t remember exactly where I met Momo for the first time. I’m almost positive it was on Twitter. But I know that I knew of her long before we “met” and long before she knew who I was. I think everyone knew who Momo was.

But I got to know her a lot better during the YA Crush Tourney in 2011 when she was Patch’s awesome advocate. And I don’t know anyone more devoted to Courtney Allison Moulton’s Angelfire series than her.

She is so super enthusiastic of the fic boys she adores and she’s so super nice and fun to follow on Twitter! Which is just one of the many places you can find her.

If you want to “meet” Momo, say hi on Twitter, Facebook, Her Blog, GoodreadsTumblr, YouTube, or Formspring.

Anyway, I think it’s high time I turned the blog over to her….

Momo’s Reading Pile

Let Me Introduce Myself…

Hi everyone, it’s Momo from Books Over Boys, here to share the top three current books on my reading pile. I tend to read mostly Paranormal Romance but recently, I’ve been totally engrossed in YA Contemporary and New Adult. I’m a huge sucker for novels that shatters my heart in all the right places and right when you think it won’t get any better, it all comes together perfectly.

What three books do you have at the top of your reading pile right now?

The three books at the top of my pile are The Pledge by Kimberly Derting, Revamped by Ada Adams, and Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

The Pledge (The Pledge #1) by Kimberly Derting
(Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads)

Revamped (Angel Creek #1) by Ada Adams
(Amazon, Goodreads)

Deity (Covenant #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
(Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads)

Why are they top of the pile reads?

These novels are at the top of my pile because I’m a part of their blog tours, lol, so I need to read ’em stat!

What other books that you own (if any) are ones you’d like to have on top of the pile right now?

Oh gosh! I have so many but I think the other two books that I would love to have at the top are Shadows in the Silence by Courtney Allison Moulton and Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers.

Just how many books are on your reading pile?

Haha, this question! If I had to guess, I would say more than half the books on my shelf are in my reading pile, lol. But for a more exact number, here’s my TBR shelf on Goodreads.

What books – either released or not yet released – would you love to have on your reading pile?

I’m currently finishing up Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me so I know that right after I hit the end, I would absolutely love Unravel Me in my pile. I’m also dying for the final novel in Nicole Williams’s Crash series, titled Crush.

Thanks so much, Rachel, for having me here today! It was a lot of fun and I realized I needed to do some even more serious reading, haha!


Both the books you have on your pile and the two books you want to have on your pile are seriously awesome!

And oh my gosh it’s about time you read SHATTER ME, though you will be dying to read UNRAVEL ME when you finish.  Of course when you finish that, you’ll be even more desperate to get your hands on the third book in the series… so maybe rushing isn’t the best thing….

Anyway, thank you SO MUCH for stopping by and sharing the books on your reading pile! I really hope you tackle all the books you’re reading so that you don’t miss your stop date for the tours you’re on.

And seriously, if you ever want to stop back and share your reading pile again, you are always welcome!

DWW: Books I Know I Won’t Get Approved For

Desperately Wanting Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View. It’s not only for releases we’re waiting on, but for releases we want to buy or own and haven’t yet read.

This week’s topic is: “I can’t even be a small blip on this publisher’s radar…”

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While I haven’t requested any physical books since late 2011 – though I’ve been offered and accepted a few – I’m more than confident that I would be rejected or ignored for almost any request I’d make.

But one book I just know I wouldn’t stand a chance at receiving is…

Title: Untitled (Divergent #3)
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pub. Date: September 26, 2013
Find it: Goodreads

While it isn’t even in ARC format yet, and it’s very likely it won’t be made available as an ARC, I am already pining for the third book in Veronica Roth’s DIVERGENT trilogy.

And given the limited quantities available the last time around, I am wholly certain I wouldn’t be a blip on the publisher’s radar for this particular book.

Even if I were to start requesting books again in 2013, I don’t think I’d even risk throwing my hat into the ring on this one. It’s quite the coveted title and my blog just doesn’t have that good a reach.

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Of course I had also given up long ago in my outreach attempts to both Simon & Schuster and Penguin as I’m certain I’d fare no better with those publishers. I’m sort of a one try and I’m out kind of girl.

Though with all of those amazing upcoming releases in 2013 from HarperCollins, it may be worth risking rejection to have the remote chance to read one or two of those titles a bit early.

Anyway…

What about you?

Is there any publisher whose titles you are dying for that you’ve either already been rejected by or won’t even try to reach out to again because you already just know you will be denied?

Is there one book you covet more than any other but you are resigned to suffer the long wait until release date because you just know you won’t get an early approval?

A Pile Spotlight: Elegy for Eddie

Title: ELEGY FOR EDDIE (Maisie Dobbs #9)
Author: Jacqueline Winspear
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pub. Date: October 30, 2012 (Trade Paperback release)
Pages: 368
Find it: AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, GOODREADS

Also available in hardcover, eBook and audio formats

Description:

In this latest entry in the acclaimed, bestselling mystery series, Maisie Dobbs takes on her most personal case yet, a twisting investigation that will take her across London, from her childhood neighborhood to the highest echelons of power.

“Long before the Downton Abbey craze, Jacqueline Winspear was writing remarkable mysteries about life in England circa WWI.” — NY Journal of Books

Before I became hooked on YA novels I was a huge fan of mysteries, with female private investigators who became entrenched in solving complex cases. I loved trying to puzzle out “whodunit” and to see if I was right and just how early I solved the case.

Well, when I received an email from the publisher about this author and her latest installment in the MAISIE DOBBS series of books, which released yesterday in paperback format, I found my interest piqued. I want to meet this “trailblazer.” I want to be swept away to a London of long ago. I want to find out if the Eddie the horse whisperer really had enemies and learn just what he was writing in his notebook.

And I love the idea that her romantic love interest is someone from a different class than she is, making Maisie someone who truly pushes at those societal boundaries.

Even though I have yet to read the other books in the series, from the marketing copy the publisher provided I don’t think it’s a requirement to enjoy this one. So I went ahead and purchased a copy, which hopefully will be delivered later this week.

While the description on Goodreads leaves much to be desired, here is a longer look which is far more intriguing.

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ELEGY FOR EDDIE

A Maisie Dobbs Novel

by Jacqueline Winspear

With ELEGY FOR EDDIENew York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Winspear once again takes readers on a journey to England during the rapidly changing period between the World Wars – a period currently in the spotlight, given the recent success of theDownton Abbey TV series.  In Winspear’s eagerly awaited new novel, the trailblazing female private investigator Maisie Dobbs solves a crime that crosses shifting class boundaries.

After undertaking intelligence work for the Crown in A Lesson of Secrets, Maisie here focuses her attentions on a case that hits closer to home. Indeed, it is a crime that will take her back to her roots on the hardscrabble streets of Lambeth. Maisie is surprised when she arrives at her office one day to be greeted by a legation from her past. Scrubbed and dressed in their Sunday best, a group of costermongers who once sold fruit and vegetables from pushcarts alongside her father has come to solicit her aid. Eddie Pettit, a man who had at one time or another “calmed” each man’s horse, has died in a suspicious manner during an alleged accident at the paper factory where he ran errands. These men—who have long felt protective of Eddie—do not believe the official ruling of death by misadventure, and because Maisie admires these men as the giants of her childhood, she cannot dismiss their concerns.

Eddie seemingly had no enemies—or did he? As Maisie begins her investigation, she discovers some inexplicable connections: Eddie was often seen writing in a notebook that he said was given to him by an unidentified man named Bart—a notebook that has now disappeared. Eddie seems to have supplemented his passion for horses with an unlikely new interest in flying machines. And the paper factory where he died has recently taken on a new employee, Jimmy Merton, who had bullied Eddie when they were boys together at school. Also raising Maisie’s suspicions is the fact that the factory is owned by John Otterburn, the fabulously wealthy and notoriously anti-union newspaper baron.

As Maisie travels back to her origins and circles closer to the truth at the center of Eddie’s death, she also struggles in her private life to balance her past with the life she now lives. Her romance with James Compton, scion of the family for whom she once worked, breaks well-established class boundaries and, despite her love for him, leaves Maisie feeling suffocated. Meanwhile, her employees—her trusted lieutenant Billy Beale, a family man, and part-time secretary Sandra, a tragically widowed young woman, are trying to make their own ways in a changing world rife with financial insecurities.

As she does in all the books in the series, Jacqueline Winspear evokes the London of that bygone era with unrivaled skill. Her always psychologically astute characterizations and indelible sense of place enrich her considerable talents as a storyteller. ELEGY FOR EDDIE finds both Winspear and Maisie Dobbs at the top of their respective games.

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If that’s not enough, click here to learn a little bit more about the world of Maisie Dobbs.

And if you haven’t had a chance to discover this best-selling author, here’s just a little bit about her.

About the Author

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestsellers A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, Among the Mad, An Incomplete Revengeand four other national bestselling Maisie Dobbs novels.

She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity awards for the first book in the series, Maisie Dobbs, which was also nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel—only the second time a first novel was nominated in this category.

Like her characters, she has a personal connection to the Great War and its aftermath: Her grandfather was severely wounded and shell-shocked at The Battle of the Somme in 1916, and his traumatic experiences kindled a lifelong interest in the subject.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Winspear now lives in California.

Find out more on her website JacquelineWinspear,com

What’s On My Reading Pile? ~ Making the Grade

 Thank you for stopping by to check out this week’s “What’s On My Reading Pile?” guest post.

Each week (hopefully) I’ll be welcoming a new – or returning – blogger (or author) to the blog to share the three books they have at the top of their reading piles.

And if you’d like to stop by to share your reading pile just let me know. I’d love to have you!

This week I’m so excited to welcome to the blog….

Jenna of Making the Grade

I remember first meeting the very awesome Jenna on Twitter during a conversation about social media and the pros and cons of Tweeting your posts. And how often it made sense to do so.

I love having interesting Twitter conversations or debates and hearing others’ viewpoints about what works, what doesn’t, what makes sense and what doesn’t. And so of course meeting Jenna was very memorable.

Her enthusiasm for blogging and for the authors she loves is yet another thing I like about Jenna. That and the fact that her blog is really well designed. But she’s also super nice and helpful about spreading the word.

During the Authors Are Rockstars Tour I discovered that she’s Colleen Houck’s #1 Fan, an attribute I definitely love about the bloggers I meet. So of course I had to take the chance and ask if she’d like to share her reading pile here on the blog. And she said yes!

If you’re looking to find her, Jenna can be found on her blog Making the Grade, on Twitter and on her blog’s Facebook page. Be sure to catch up with her to check out her reviews, blog posts and book hauls!

Jenna’s Reading Pile

Let Me Introduce Myself…

I have to admit, I was truly ecstatic when Rachel asked me if I would like to participate in My Reading Pile this month. ME of all bloggers she could have contacted. ME! O.O

I have been blogging about books for about 10 months now. I spend my days being paid to think creatively for a non-profit association; my mornings and evenings are dedicated to my unruly husband and kidlet; and my nights are spent reading and blogging about reading. It’s like having three full-time jobs but only being paid for one.

I will read almost anything put in front of me, be it Sci-fi, Fantasy, Romance, Horror, Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, etc. as long as the story provides something new to the genre. I’m known for being the #1 Fan (as stated by Mrs. Colleen Houck herself!) of the Tiger’s Curse saga, and am anxiously awaiting the elusive fifth book in the series.

Since I absolutely adore Rachel and her blogs, being asked to take part in My Reading Pile is like being asked to host the Academy Awards or something… So here goes!

What three books do you have at the top of your reading pile right now?

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
(Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads)

Luminosity (The Raven Chronicles #1) by Stephanie Thomasa
(Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads)

Breaking Point (Article 5 #2) by Kristen Simmons
(Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads)

Why are they top of the pile reads?

I am currently reading Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, so that one is not pictured. BUT I had to make the awful decision of setting down Scarlet by Marissa Meyer when DoBaS landed in my inbox. Sorry Lunar Chronicles fans, but if you knew how much I *adore* Laini’s books you would understand! I am eagerly anticipating the moment when I can return to Marissa’s world.

After Scarlet, I plan to read Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas. This came highly recommended to me by a blogging friend whose opinions I hold in high regard. Not to mention I am participating in the blog tour for the book in November AND it’s being released by the always awesome Entangled Teen! Cannot WAIT to start this one!

The third book on my reading pile is Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons. I am currently giving away a copy of her ARC on my blog and was super happy to find out that I would also be receiving one to review. Article 5 is probably one of my all-time favorite dystopian books, ever. So I have high hopes for its sequel.

What other books that you own (if any) are ones you’d like to have on top of the pile right now?

All the above books, including Small Damages by Beth Kephart, Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Beauty Queens by Libba Bray and The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg are pictured above on a chair simply because that is exactly what they are doing right now. They are sitting. Waiting. And I am hoping beyond all hope that someday (soon!) I can pick them up and read them.

Just how many books are on your reading pile?

Just physical books, or do we include e-books, too? If I included all physical copies plus the e-books sitting on my Kindle, my reading pile would likely be a stack of around 500+ titles. But if I were to gauge just the physical copies sitting in front of me right now, the number would be somewhere between 250 and 300 titles yet to be read. (Just don’t tell hubby that. He already reprimands me enough for my book addiction. If he were to see that number, I fear I may soon find myself locked away somewhere, never allowed to enter another bookstore ever again.)

What books – either released or not yet released – would you love to have on your reading pile?

Ha! What a question. Do I have a word limit? …Ok, I will just narrow it down to my top 5 “titles that have been released but I do not yet possess” and my top 5 “titles that have not been released and of which I do not possess ARCs”.

Titles that have been released but I do not yet possess:

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor (Hardcover)
Mothership by Martin Leicht
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Entice by Jessica Shirvington
Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham

Titles that have not been released and of which I do not possess ARCs:

Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
Dark Triumph by R.L. LaFevers
Dualed by Elise Chapman
Renegade by J.A. Souders
Taken by Erin Bowman
Taking Back Forever by Karen Amanda Hooper (Oops, that’s six. I cheated.)
Deep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown (I cheated again.)


Oh my gosh thanks for sharing your AMAZING reading pile! I have yet to read DoSB but I am already dying to read DoBS. And SCARLET is seriously amazing. While I haven’t finished reading it – I had to set it aside too – I love this world and can’t wait to get back into it!

I, too, have heard LUMINOSITY is the stuff of awesome and I’m also on the tour. YAY! So I hope that we both love it. That cover totally rocks!

Oh and I promise not to tell if you don’t… about just how many books you have on your Kindle, that is. 😉

I hope you get a chance to grab an ARC of DARK TRIUMPH. It’s one of the books I’m dying to read as I absolutely adored the first book in the His Fair Assassin series. It also happens to be on my reading pile this week.

Anyway… thank you soooo much for stopping by and sharing your amazing reads. I hope DoBS is every bit as awesome as you’d hoped it would be. I loved getting a peek at your reading pile this week. And I really hope you you get the chance to tackle all your reads. Happy reading!

A New Pile Add: Renegade

Title: Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles #1)
Author: J.A. Souders
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pub. date: November 13, 2012
Pages: 368
Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Goodreads description:

Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie. Her memories have been altered. Her mind and body aren’t under her own control. And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.

Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb… and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.

Where I heard about it?

I’d seen this book’s cover on practically every blog I visit in the blogosphere, but hadn’t really given it a closer look until Jaime of Two Chicks on Books insisted I take one.

Why I’m adding it?

Because Jaime insists that I do. Well, that and the fact that I took a peek at the description. And while an underwater dystopian novel isn’t one that would immediately jump out at me, the story itself sounds amazing.

Altered memories, mind control, and a monster – literally – for a mother sounds pretty wicked awesome.

When I’ll read it?

I’d heard it was going to be made available on NetGalley, but as it’s so close to release date I’ve pre-ordered it and plan to read it next month. If it’s as good as Jaime says it is then I don’t want to risk saving it for later and missing out.

What do you think?

Have you heard of Renegade? Is this a book you’ve helped promote on your blog? Is this a book you’ve already read?

Should I read this the second it downloads to my Kindle on November 13th? And is it every bit as awesome as Jaime says it is?

Was this one of the books whose premise wasn’t one of your “go to” type of books but instantly grabbed you once you started reading? And if you have read it, is waiting for the next book in the series torturous?

I’d love to hear your non-spoiler-y thoughts!

Awhile on the Pile: Graveminder

Title: Graveminder
Author: Melissa Marr
Publisher: William Morrow
Pub. Date: May 17, 2011
Pages: 336
Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Goodreads description:

Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville. While growing up, Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual at every funeral: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words, “Sleep well, and stay where I put you.”

Now Maylene is gone and Bek must return to the hometown—and the man—she abandoned a decade ago, only to discover that Maylene’s death was not natural . . . and there was good reason for her odd traditions. In Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected—and beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D. From this dark place the deceased will return if their graves are not properly minded. And only the Graveminder, a Barrow woman, and the current Undertaker, Byron, can set things to right once the dead begin to walk.

What happened?

I am not sure there was anyone who wanted to get their hands on this book more than I did. I was pining for this book in the worst way.

Release day came… and went… and some more time passed. And I have not a clue as to why this book never ended up on my reading pile.

I’m guessing the fact that there were a ton of other new releases for my YA blog that I just had to read first. But not having read this breaks my heart.

What to do, what to do?

I’ve been trying to mix in more non-YA reads each month. At least two. Not only to expand my reading horizons, but to have books to review on my non-YA blog.

And while I’ve been very caught up lately in PNR/UF, this book might be the perfect change-up.

I am currently reading a Larissa Ione book, I have a Karen Marie Moning book in the queue, but should I set those to the side to read Graveminder? Is this chilling tale so good that I’m a fool to have waited as long as I did to try and get it back on top of the pile?

What do you think?

Have you read Graveminder? Is Graveminder every bit as amazing as I think it will be? Is this classic Marissa Marr on steroids now that it’s not “tamed” for a YA audience?

Is this book one to read during daylight hours? Or is reading it in the dark not going to make me jump at shadows?

Is Graveminder a book that deserves to be on top of the pile right now? Or can it wait until I’ve read the two books ahead of it?

What’s On My Reading Pile? ~ Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf

 Thank you for stopping by to check out this week’s “What’s On My Reading Pile?” guest post.

Each week (hopefully) I’ll be welcoming a new – or returning – blogger (or author) to the blog to share the three books they have at the top of their reading piles.

And if you’d like to stop by to share your reading pile just let me know. I’d love to have you!

This week I’m so excited to welcome to the blog….

Lucy of Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf

I believe I met Lucy on Facebook very early on in both our blogging careers. We started our blogs around the same time and “met” on Facebook.

I absolutely loved her blog design – I am quite partial to black and grey – and loved her blog’s name. It’s one of the blogs that will always stand out to me because the name is unique.

Lucy is one of the nicest bloggers I know and I’m so happy to have gotten to know her online over the past (almost) two years. So when she accepted my invitation to share her reading pile on the blog, I was over the moon. (Pun definitely intended.)

If you want to “meet” Lucy online, you can always find her on her BLOG, on her blog’s FACEBOOK page and on TWITTER.

Anyway, I am super happy to turn this post over to Lucy to share her bookish pile. Because she has some seriously awesome books on the pile this week.

Lucy’s Reading Pile

Let Me Introduce Myself…

Hello everyone, *WAVES*! I’m Lucy from Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf, and I’m a book addict… *exhales deeply*… there, I’ve said it, but that’s not really why I’m here… My awesome book blogger friend Rachel has kindly invited me to share the top three books that are currently on my reading pile! (Thank you Rachel!!! *HUGS!*)

*Warning: You are about to discover some confessions of a book addict. Throughout the post, you may experience some kind of warm fuzzy feelings due to seeing some pretty book covers and near-to-bursting bookcases. Please continue reading at your own risk.*

What three books do you have at the top of your reading pile right now?

The top three books that are on my reading pile at the moment are:

Defiance (Defiance #1) by C.J. Redwine
(Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads)

Breathe (Breathe #1) by Sarah Crossan
(Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads)

Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth
(Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads)

Aren’t the covers so pretty?

Why are they top of the pile reads?

I have to admit, selecting three books out of my entire reading pile collection was extremely difficult seeing as I own so many books and I wish that I could start reading them all of them right away. After going through my bookshelves each day for nearly two weeks, I was finally able to select my top three.

My first pick, Defiance by C.J. Redwine was actually the last of the three that I added to the top of my pile. I’m personally curious to read Defiance because of it being a Young Adult novel set in medieval times. I’m not sure what to expect yet because of a few mixed reviews that I received, but I’m definitely looking forward to picking it up soon and finding out!

For my second pick, Breathe by Sarah Crossan, I immediately knew I had to pre-order a copy as soon as I heard about its release. The whole concept of living in a world without air is exactly what drew me in. My pre-order copy arrived not long ago, and it was clear that I had to add it to the top of the reading pile.

Now for my final pick, I know what most of you must be thinking, how could I have not yet read Divergent by Veronica Roth? To be honest, it’s been sitting at the top of my reading pile for quite a long time. Many of my book blogger friends have recommended this title even before it was released, so I knew that I just had to get my hands on a copy. My issue was that I prefer to own trade paperback or ARC formats of books. That meant I had to wait until the paperback version of the book was available months later. My next issue was that once I purchased my beloved trade paperback copy of Divergent, I discovered that the book was going to be a series. My third issue is that because of the first issue, it means I have to wait even longer for the second book to release in paperback before I can find out what happens next. Now I feel that reached the point where I’ve held off reading Divergent as long as I can, and I’ve decided that I’m just going to go ahead and read it as soon as possible!

What other books that you own (if any) are ones you’d like to have on top of the pile right now?

Oh Rachel, this would require me to spend another two weeks (approximately) to select another three titles lol! But I definitely want to read 13 by Kelley Armstrong soon.

13 by Kelley Armstrong

Some of you may already know that Kelley Armstrong is my favorite author, with her Women of the Otherworld Series being my favorite series of all time. The reason why I didn’t select 13 as part of my top three picks is because Kelley announced a little while ago that, for now, 13 will be the last book in the Women of the Otherworld Series and I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to the series just yet.

Just how many books are on your reading pile?

Before I reveal the exact number of books that are currently on my reading pile, I thought it would be great to share a picture of it first!

Yes, I know, my reading pile has gotten a little bit out of control and it has taken over two entire bookcases… and yes, there are some shelves that are two rows deep, but I actually have another confession to make *bites nails nervously*… Jut a few months ago, there were another 200+ books on these shelves in addition to the ones you see now and I’m proud to say that I’ve donated the majority of them and I’ve given the remaining away to friends and family. I was never able to have my books aligned upright but now I can!

So, can you guess just how many books are on my reading pile?

*CUE IN DRUM ROLL*

432 YIKES! I guess I’d better get a move on bringing that pile down don’t I?

What books – either released or not yet released – would you love to have on your reading pile?

Just when you thought that I’ve revealed all my deep dark secrets, I have one last confession to make… My “plan to add to the reading pile list” is almost as long as how many books I currently own in my reading pile *exhales deeply*. Maybe I’ll need a book buying addiction intervention soon lol, but until then, it couldn’t hurt adding just a few more books to the pile could it?

Here are my picks:

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Everbound by Tahereh Mafi

I’d really love to add these to my reading pile because I enjoyed the first novel in each of the series and I can hardly wait to find out what happens next! That’s a good enough reason to buy them or pre-order them right? *whistles innocently*…

I really hope you all enjoyed taking a look at My Reading Pile!

Happy Reading!

Lucy xoxo


First off, oh my gosh your bookshelves are so pretty! I’m totally having shelf envy right about now.

Secondly, the three books you’re pining for are awesome books to pine for. I loved UNRAVEL ME! And I am dying to read EVERBOUND and I have got to read the first book in the MARA DYER series because that sequel sounds awesome, too.

And I think it’s the perfect time for you to read DIVERGENT. I wasn’t as enamored of it as some of those who recommended it to me, though I loved it. But INSURGENT was amazing! I’d love to go back and re-read it now. But I totally get where you’re coming from with having to wait until the book is in a format you like.

But it’s worth it because your shelves are so pretty. Even if they are stacked a few books deep. And YAY for giving away 200 books! That’s so awesome!

Thank you so much, Lucy, for sharing your pile with everyone this week. Your secret is safe with the rest of us book addicts so don’t worry about those 432 unread books. I’m telling no one. 🙂

Though if you find that intervention, sign me up!

A Top of the Pile Add: Oath Bound

Title: Oath Bound
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Pub. date: April 23, 2013
Pages: 400
Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

Goodreads description:

The Tower Syndicate will fall…

The secret daughter of the head of an infamous Skilled crime family, Sera Brandt has hidden her past, her potential and especially her powers. But when a tragedy strikes her other family, Sera needs justice. And the only way to get it is to reveal her heritage– including a rare Skill– and take the reins of the Tower Syndicate from her cunning and malicious aunt.

if he can figure out how…

Kristopher Daniels might have the answer. He’s fought the syndicate to protect his sisters, but he’d never realized just how close to the new heir he needed to get….

And if they can survive.

Neither is used to trusting. But there’s something between them that can’t be ignored. And so Sera is on the run with a man she can’t figure out, a target on her back and the new knowledge of just how powerful she really is….

Where I heard about it?

I happen to be a huge fan of the author, so I was well aware of this final book in the trilogy from the moment it was announced as a trilogy. Of course I hadn’t known the cover was revealed, or the description, until I stumbled upon it on Goodreads this past weekend.

Why Top of the Pile?

Why wouldn’t it be top of the pile? I love this series. It’s amazing. I wish it wasn’t ending after just three books. I find the world incredibly fascinating and the characters are awesome.

The world is dark, it’s gritty, it’s sinister, it’s deadly. The abilities are so completely fascinating. The characters are complex, interesting, lovable, detestable, hard, vulnerable, sympathetic.

I am dying to know how the series ends. I’m curious about the new characters – Sera and Kristopher. And at the moment I’m even more curious about just what’s going to happen to the characters we’ve already met – Liv and Cam, Kori and Ian.

So, yes, this book is at the very tip top of the list of 2013 books I’m dying to read.

When I’ll read it?

The day it downloads on my Kindle. I will be anxiously awaiting its download and I plan on clearing my reading schedule surrounding its release.

While it was awesome to be able to read SHADOW BOUND a bit early, it just means the wait for this final book in the series is that much longer. And it’s killing me.

What do you think?

Have you had a chance to read Rachel Vincent’s UNBOUND series yet? Are you in love with the harsh, dark world she created?

Are you anxious to see how the series gets tied up? Are you even more anxious to meet two new characters?

Do you wish, like I do, that this was a five book series instead of just the three? Are you sad to see things end so soon?

And do you plan on reading it the instant it releases? Is it a top of the pile read for you?