Monday, June 29, 2015

State of the Stack (June 29, 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 I list them in publication order and sort them by month. I can quickly see how many books I have for each date. Ideally, this keeps me from over-committing to review books.  Check my spreadsheet to find out where I got each book.

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

August
 Public Enemies by Ann Aguirre (August 4)
Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell (August 4)
Reawakened by Colleen Houck (August 11)
Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong (August 18)

September
Broken Play by Samantha Kane (Sept. 1)
Hunter by Mercedes Lackey (Sept. 1)
Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers (Sept. 1)
 Bridget Wilder: Spy-in-Training by Jonathan Bernstein (Sept. 1)
Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa (Sept. 8)
Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales (Sept. 15)
 Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas (Sept. 15)
Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty (Sept. 15)
The Fall by James Preller (Sept. 22)
 Heat of the Moment by Katie Rose (Sept. 22)
Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson (Sept. 22)
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson (Sept. 22)
 Connect the Stars by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague (Sept. 22)
What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler (Sept. 22)
This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee (Sept. 22)
Breaking a Legend by Sarah Robinson (Sept. 29)

October
Dream Strider by Lindsay Smith (Oct. 6)
A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston (Oct. 6)
Spinning Starlight by R. C. Lewis (Oct. 6)
The White Rose by Amy Ewing (Oct. 6)
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch (Oct. 13)
Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix (Oct. 13)
Losers Take All by David Klass (Oct. 20)
Dead Investigation by Charlie Price (Oct. 20)
A Sliver of Stardust by Marissa Burt (Oct. 20)
Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo (Oct. 27)
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly (Oct. 27)

November
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett (Nov. 3)
Young Widow's Club by Alexandra Coutts (Nov. 10)
Finding Fortune by Delia Ray (Nov. 10)
Soundless by Richelle Mead (Nov. 10)
The August 5 by Jenna Helland (Nov. 10)
On the Run by Tristan Bancks (Nov. 7)

December
The Devil's Engine: Hellraisers by Alexander Gordon Smith (Dec. 1)
Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood (Dec. 8)

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. Don't Ever Change by M. Beth Bloom (June 25)
  2. Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel (June 27)
  3. Minutes to Kill by Melinda Leigh (July 1)
  4. Hell or High Water by Julie Ann Walker (July 2)
  5. Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George (July 2)
  6. Gone for You by Jayne Frost (July 4)
  7. Paperweight by Meg Haston (July 4)
  8. Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls by Elizabeth Varadan (July 8)
  9. Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo by Brian Falker (July 9)
  10. Your Next Breath by Iris Johansen (July 8)
  11. Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson (July 11)
  12. Nightborn by Lou Anders (July 18)
  13. Lost by S. A. Bodeen (July 23) 
  14. The Veil by Chloe Neill (July 29)
  15. Daughter of Dusk by Livia Blackburne (July 25) 
  16. School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough (July 30)
  17. Wolf Trouble by Paige Tyler (July 30) 
  18. Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Marty Wingate (Aug. 1)
Read Previously, Reviews Posted This Month
  1. Spiraled by Kendra Elliot (June 3) 
  2. Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman (June 4)
  3. The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen (June 6)
  4. Blood Will Tell by April Henry (June 11) 
  5. Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat (June 13) 
  6. Ever After by Jude Deveraux (June 18)
  7. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway (June 18) 
  8. The Leveler by Julia Durango (June 20)
I Added These Books

These are listed in the order I received them. Links go to Amazon. Date published is listed in parentheses.
  1. Your Next Breath by Iris Johansen (April 28)
  2. Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls by Elizabeth Varadan (June 1) 
  3. Wolf Trouble by Paige Tyler (Aug. 4) 
  4. Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales (Sept. 15) 
  5. Dream Strider by Lindsay Smith (Oct. 6) 
  6. Breaking a Legend by Sarah Robinson (Sept. 29)
  7. The Heat of the Moment by Katie Rose (Sept. 22)
  8. Broken Play by Samantha Kane (Sept. 1)
  9. The August 5 by Jenna Helland (Nov. 5)
  10. The Veil by Chloe Neill (August 4)
  11. Soundless by Richelle Mead (Nov. 10) 
  12. The Fall by James Preller (Sept. 22)
  13. Losers Take All by David Klass (Oct. 20)
  14. Dead Investigation by Charlie Price (Oct. 20) 
  15. Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo (Oct. 27) 
  16. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett (Nov. 3) 
  17. Young Widow's Club by Alexandra Coutts (Nov. 10) 
  18. Finding Fortune by Delia Ray (Nov. 10) 
  19. On the Run by Tristan Bancks (Nov. 17) 
  20. The Devil's Engine: Hellraisers by Alexander Gordon Smith (Dec. 1) 
  21. Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong (Aug. 18) 
Next Month's Plan

Having 16 - what was I thinking? - review books on my stack for September which is also when I go back to work is stressing me out. I need to really concentrate on getting all of them read before I begin work again on August 31. I know that is two months away but I have other books from my TBR mountain that I would like to read during my summer vacation too. 

What is the state of your stack? 

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