Monday, January 26, 2015

State of the Stack (January 26, 2015)

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

March
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski (March 3)
Lost Boy by Tim Green (March 3)
How to Win at High School by Owen Matthews (March 3)
Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman (March 10)
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows (March 10)
First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan (March 19)
Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes (March 24)
Boys Don't Knit by T. S. Easton (March 24)
Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly (March 24)
The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer (March 30)
Solitaire by Alice Oseman (March 30)
Holding Strong by Lori Foster (March 31)

April
Skandal by Lindsay Smith (April 7)
The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre (April 7)
Lies I Told by Michelle Zink (April 7)
Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt (April 14)
The Pretty App by Katie Sise (April 14)
Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier (April 14)
Darkmouth #1: The Legend Begins by Shane Hegarty (April 21)
Every Last Promise by Kristin Hallbrook (April 21)
Archie Greene and the Magician's Secret by D. D. Everest (April 21)
Ferals by Jacob Grey (April 28)
Drive Me Crazy by Terra Elan McVoy (April 28)
Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan (April 28)
Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver (April 28)

May
The Novice by Taran Matharu (May 5)
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge (May 5)
Making Pretty by Cory Ann Haydu (May 12)
Heat of the Moment by Lauren Bernholdt (May 12)
The Cost of All Things by Maggie Lehrman (May 12)
A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith (May 19)
The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak by Brian Katcher (May 19)
The Cage by Megan Shepherd (May 26)
Kissing in America by Margo Rabb (May 26)
The Fog Diver by Joel Ross (May 26)

June
Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer (June 2)
Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat (June 16)
The Revenge Playbook by Rachel Allen (June 16)
The Leveller by Julia Durango (June 23)
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway (June 23)
Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel (June 30)

July
Don't Ever Change by M. Beth Bloom (July 7)
Paperweight by Meg Haston (July 7)
Can Anybody Help Me? by Sinead Crowley (July 7)
Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson (July 14)

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. Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen (Jan. 28)
  2. Cut Me Free by J. R. Johansson (Jan. 29) 
  3. The Stolen Moon by Rachel Searles (Jan. 31) 
  4. Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne (Feb. 5)
  5. I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios (Feb. 6)
  6. Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall (Feb. 12)
  7. Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor (Feb. 14)
  8. Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King (Feb. 19)   
  9. Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci (Feb. 18) 
  10. No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss (Feb. 19)
  11. The Secret Cipher by Whitaker Ringwald (Feb. 21)
  12. Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder (Feb. 21) 
  13. Vampires Never Cry Wolf by Sara Humphreys (Feb. 26)
  14. The Memory Key by Liana Liu (Feb. 26)
  15. How to Win at High School by Owen Matthews (Feb. 28) 
Read Previously, Reviews Posted This Month
  1. Hungry Like the Wolf by Paige Tyler (Jan. 1)
  2. Save Me by Jenny Elliott (Jan. 1)
  3. Private Affair by Rebecca York (Jan. 3)
  4. The Unicorn Hunter by Che Golden (Jan. 3)
  5. The Rule of Three: Fight for Power by Eric Walters (Jan. 8)
  6. Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish (Jan. 8) 
  7. The Hound at the Gate by Darby Karchut (Jan. 7) 
  8. Polaris by Mindee Arnett (Jan. 10)
  9. The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark (Jan. 14)
  10. Too Hot to Handle by Katie Rose (Jan. 15)
  11. The Prey by Tom Isbell (Jan. 15)
  12. Twisted Fate by Norah Olson (Jan. 17)
  13. Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff (Jan. 22)
  14. The Inquisitor's Mark by Dianne K. Salerni (Jan 24) 
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. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway (June 23)
  2. Paperweight by Meg Haston (July 7)
  3. Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel (June 30)
  4. The Leveller by Julia Durango (June 23)
  5. The Revenge Playbook by Rachel Allen (June 16)
  6. Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat (June 16)
  7. Don't Ever Change by M. Beth Bloom (July 7) 
  8. Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes (March 24)
  9. The Novice by Taran Matharu (May 5) 
  10. The Cage by Megan Shepherd (May 26) 
  11. First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan (Feb. 24) 
  12. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman (March 10)
  13. Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson (July 14, 2015)
Next Month's Plan

I have finished all of my February review books and need to keep reading all of the March ones on my stack. I have lots of books on my stack that have Spring release dates. I don't have an open slot on this calendar for a review book until late June. I need to keep reminding myself of that when I see irresistible books.

Wish me luck! 

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