Monday, August 1, 2016

State of the Stack (August 1, 2016)

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

September
 Project Elfhome by Wen Spencer (Sept. 6)
The Initiation (Lock and Key) by Ridley Pearson (Sept. 20)
Finn's Choice by Darby Karchut (Sept. 20)
The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst (Sept. 20)
  
October
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig (Oct. 4)
The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia (Oct. 4)
Nemesis by Anna Banks (Oct. 4) 
 In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle (Oct. 4)
All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris (Oct. 4)
The Row by J. R. Johansson (Oct. 11)
 The Emerald Tablet (Five Elements) by Dan Jolley (Oct. 18)
IQ by Joe Ide (Oct. 18)
Ryan Quinn and the Rebel's Escape by Ron McGee (Oct. 25)
The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby (Oct. 25)
Cast in Flight by Michelle Sagara (Oct. 25)

November
Living Spectres by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Nov. 1)
Once a Gypsy by Danica Winters (Nov. 1)
Flashfall by Jenny Moyer (Nov. 15)
Gap Life by John Coy (Nov. 22)
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst (Nov. 22)
2017
The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro (Feb. 14)
Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas (Feb. 21)
Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (March 1)

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. Thrill Kill by Brian Thiem (August 11)
  2. Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton (August 18)
  3. Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh (July 21)
  4. These Honored Dead by Jonathan Putnam (August 6)
  5. The Damascus Threat by Matt Rees (August 13) 
  6. Vicarious by Paula Stokes (August 11)
  7. My Wild Irish Dragon by Ashlyn Chase (Sept. 1) 
  8. Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott (August 13) 
  9. Roadside Assistance by Marie Harte (Sept. 3)
  10. Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton (Sept. 3) 
  11. Hard to Hold by Katie Rose (Sept. 8)
Read Previously, Reviews Posted This Month
  1. Alliance of Equals by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
  2. A Most Curious Murder by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
  3. Dark Road Home by Anna Carlisle
  4. The Sapphire Affair by Lauren Blakely
  5. Flying by Carrie Jones
  6. Forgotten Secrets by Robin Perini
  7. What the Dead Want by Norah Olson
  8. Trapped by S. A. Bodeen
  9. The Ministry of SUITs by Paul Gamble
  10. Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh
  11. Gone Too Deep by Katie Ruggle
  12. The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray
  13. The Bluebonnet Betrayal by Marty Wingate
  14. A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
I Added These Books

These are listed in the order I received them. Links go to Amazon. Date published is listed in parentheses.
  1. The Crepes of Wrath by Sarah Fox (August 16)
  2. Project Elfhome by Wen Spencer (Sept. 6) 
  3. Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton (August 16)
  4. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (March 1, 2017)
  5. Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh (July 19)
  6. These Honored Dead by Jonathan F. Putnam (August 9)
  7. The Damascus Threat by Matt Rees (August 9) 
  8. Vicarious by Paula Stokes (August 16) 
  9. IQ by Joe Ide (Oct. 18) 
  10. In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle (October 4) 
  11. Once a Gypsy by Danica Winters (November 1)
  12. Cast in Flight by Michelle Sagara (October 25) 
  13. The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro (Feb. 14, 2017) 
  14. Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott (August 16)
  15. Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas (Feb. 21, 2017)
  16. All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris (October 4)
  17. Uptown Thief by Aya de Leon (July 26)
Next Month's Plan

My plan is pretty simple. Be very selective when adding new review books and get as far ahead as possible in August because my reading pace slows down during the school year when I am working.

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