Monday, October 27, 2014

State of the Stack (Oct. 27, 2014)

This is my monthly State of the Stack post. It is my way to keep track of my review books and to hopefully reduce the stack that I have waiting for me. I take a look at my review commitments on the last Monday of each month. Please feel free to join in and let me know the state of your stack.

Here is my Review Books Spreadsheet. Yellow highlighted books are ones past their publication date that I still haven't read and reviewed. I use pink highlights for reviews due in even numbered months so that I can see at a glance how many I have for each month. Ideally, this keeps me from over-committing to review books.  


I also do this post because sometimes (frequently) review books sit on my stack for a while before I read and review them. I try to read and review books within two weeks of publication date. Sometimes I can't, though, if too many books are releasing on the same date or if the book arrives too near its publication date and my calendar is already full. 

I am very grateful to the authors and publishers who support my reading habit. 

My Review Pile

November
Sleep with the Lights On by Maggie Shayne (Sept. 24, 2013)
Wake to Darkness by Maggie Shayne (Nov. 26, 2013)

December
Suspicion by Alexandra Monir (Dec. 9)
Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay (Dec. 9)
For Real by Alison Cherry (Dec. 9)
Hour of Need by Melinda Leigh (Dec. 9)
This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner (Dec. 23)
Love & Other Theories by Alexis Bass (Dec. 31)

January
The Unicorn Hunter by Che Golden (January 6)
Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier (January 6)
Save Me by Jenny Elliott (January 6)
Twisted Fate by Noran Olson (January 20)
Polaris by Mindee Arnett (January 20)
The Prey by Tom Isbell (January 20)
Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff (January 27)
The Inquisitor's Mark by Dianne K. Salerni (January 27)
Cut Me Free by J. R. Johansson (January 27)
Too Hot to Handle by Katie Rose (January 27)
The Stolen Moon by Rachel Searles (January 27)

February
The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark (February 3)
Beastkeeper by Cat Hellison (February 3)
Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall (February 17)
Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor (February 17)
No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss (February 24)
The Secret Cipher by Whitaker Ringwald (February 24)
Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci (February 24)

March

How to Win at High School by Owen Matthews (March 3)
The Memory Key by Liana Liu (March 3)
Lost Boy by Tim Green (March 3)
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski (March 3)
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows (March 10)
Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly (March 24)
Boys Don't Knit by T. S. Easton (March 24)
Solitaire by Alice Oseman (March 31)
The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer (March 31)

April
Lies I Told by Michelle Zink (April 7)
The Pretty App by Katie Sise (April 14)
The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre (April 15)
Skandal by Linday Smith (April 15)
Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt (April 21)
The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver (April 28)

July
Can Anybody Help Me? by Sinead Crowley (July 7)


I Read This Month

These are listed in the order I read them. Links go to my reviews for all that have been posted already. Otherwise, the date the review is scheduled for is listed.
  1. Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger (Oct. 29)
  2. The Red Book of Primrose House by Marty Wingate (Oct. 29)
  3. Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Oct. 30)
  4. True Fire by Gary Meehan (Nov. 1)
  5. Path of Needles by Alison Littlewood (Nov. 1)
  6. Otherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong (Nov. 6)
  7. The Book of Storms by Ruth Hatfield (Nov. 6)
  8. Deeper Than the Grave by Tina Whittle (Nov. 8)
  9. Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death by Mark Reutlinger (Nov. 15)
  10. On Her Father's Grave by Kendra Elliot (Nov. 12)
  11. Gone to Her Grave by Melinda Leigh (Nov. 19)
  12. On the Edge by Allison van Diepen (Nov. 20)
Read Previously, Reviews Posted This Month
  1. Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios (Oct. 1)
  2. A Penny for the Hangman by Tom Savage (Oct. 1)
  3. Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery (Oct. 2)
  4. Night Sky by Melanie Brockmann and Suzanne Brockmann (Oct.2 )
  5. Pecan Pies and Deadly Lies by Nancy Naigle (Oct. 4)
  6. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin (Oct. 4)
  7. Thursdays with the Crown by Jessica Day George (Oct. 6)
  8. Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez (Oct. 8)
  9. Liesmith by Alis Franklin (Oct. 8)
  10. Stray by Elissa Sussman (Oct. 9)
  11. Even in Paradise by by Chelsey Philpot (Oct. 11)
  12. Clariel by Garth Nix (Oct. 13)
  13. Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis (Oct. 15)
  14. Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch (Oct. 16)
  15. Centaur Rising by Jane Yolen (Oct. 18)
  16. Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst (Oct. 20)
  17. Atlantia by Ally Condie (Oct. 22)
  18. Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews (Oct. 23)
  19. Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker (Oct. 23)
  20. The Gift of Darkness by V. M. Giambanco (Oct. 25)
I Added These Books

These are listed in the order I received them. Links go to Amazon. Date received and date published are listed in parentheses.
  1. The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre (April 7)
  2. Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier (Jan. 6)
  3. Boys Don't Knit by T. S. Easton (March 24)
  4. Lost Boy by Tim Green (March 3)
  5. Otherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong (Oct. 28)
  6. Skandal by Lindsay Smith (April 15)
  7. The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark (Feb. 3)
  8. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski (March 3)
  9. The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver (April 28)
  10. The Pretty App by Katie Sise (April 14)
  11. Cut Me Free by J. R. Johannson (Jan. 27)
  12. Too Hot to Handle: The Boys of Summer by Katie Rose (Jan. 27)
  13. Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt (April 21)
  14. Beastkeeper by Cat Hellison (Feb. 3)
  15. The Stolen Moon by Rachel Searles (Jan. 27)
  16. On Her Father's Grave by Kendra Elliot (Oct. 7)
  17. Gone to Her Grave by Melinda Leigh (Oct. 21)
  18. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner (Dec. 23)
  19. Hour of Need by Melinda Leigh (Dec. 9)
  20. Save Me by Jenny Elliott (Jan. 6)
  21. Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci (Feb. 24)
  22. Wake to Darkness by Maggie Shayne (Nov. 26, 2013)
  23. Sleep with the Lights On by Maggue Shayne (Sept. 24, 2013)
Next Month's Plan

I was caught up on all of November's releases until I decided to visit Amazon Vine. Now I have a couple of really old books to read in the next month. I also want to get all my December releases finished before December 1.

I need to keep reminding myself that January and March are full. I should not accept any more books for review that are being released in those months.

As of today, I have all my reviews written and scheduled through Nov. 20.

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