Saturday, October 1, 2016

State of the Stack (October 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

Already Published
The Elizabeth Papers by Jenetta James (June 14)

November
Living Spectres by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Nov. 1)
Explosive Forces by D. D. Ayres (Nov. 1)
Shadow of Victory by David Weber (Nov. 1)
Flashfall by Jenny Moyer (Nov. 15)
The Whizbang Machine by Danielle A. Vann (Nov. 15)
The Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir (Nov. 15)
Gap Life by John Coy (Nov. 22)
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst (Nov. 22)
When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz (Nov. 29)

December
Time of Death by Lucy Kerr (Dec. 13)
At What Cost by James L'Etoile (Dec. 13)

January
You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando (Jan. 10)

February
The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom (Feb. 7)
The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro (Feb. 14)
A Season of Daring Greatly by Ellen Emerson White (Feb. 14)
Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas (Feb. 21)
Freedom's Slave by Heather Demetrios (Feb. 28)

March
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (March 1)
Freya by Matthew Laurence (March 14)

April
Duels and Deceptions by Cindy Anstey (April 11)

 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. Home by Harlan Coben (Sept. 24)
  2. A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas (Oct. 20) 
  3. The Emerald Tablet (Five Elements) by Dan Jolley (Oct. 13)
  4. Death Among Rubies by R. J. Koreto (Oct. 8)
  5. Follow Me by Tiffany Snow (Oct. 5) 
  6. IQ by Joe Ide (Oct. 13)
  7. The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz (Oct. 15)
  8. Death of a Toy Soldier by Barbara Early (Oct. 15) 
  9. Ryan Quinn and the Rebel's Escape by Ron McGee (Oct. 20) 
  10. Cast in Flight by Michelle Sagara (Oct. 22) 
  11. The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby (Oct. 22) 
  12. Only You by Denise Grover Swank (Oct. 26)
  13. Once a Gypsy by Danica Winters (Oct. 27)
Read Previously, Reviews Posted This Month
  1. The Ones by Daniel Sweren-Becker
  2. My Wild Irish Dragon by Ashlyn Chase
  3. Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton
  4. Roadside Assistance by Marie Harte
  5. The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner
  6. Hard to Hold by Katie Rose
  7. Project Elfhome by Wen Spencer
  8. The Initiation by Ridley Pearson
  9. The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
  10. Finn's Choice by Darby Karchut
  11. Stalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima
  12. A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
  13. Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron
  14. Home by Harlen Coben
  15. Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson
  16. The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia
  17. In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle
I Added These Books

These are listed in the order I received them. Links go to Amazon. Date published is listed in parentheses.
  1.  Home by Harlan Coben (Sept. 20)
  2. Only You by Denise Grover Swank (Oct. 25)
  3. You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando (Jan. 10) 
  4. Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey (April 11)
  5. Freya by Matthew Laurence (March 14)
  6. The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom (Feb.7)
  7. Death Among Rubies by R. J. Koreto (Oct. 11) 
  8. Death of a Toy Soldier by Barbara Early (Oct. 11) 
  9. Something Buried, Something Blue by Wendy Corsi Staub (Oct. 11) 
  10. Follow Me by Tiffany Snow (Oct. 4) 
  11. Freedom's Slave by Heather Demetrios (Feb. 28) 
  12. A Season of Daring Greatly by Ellen Emerson White (Feb. 14)
  13. The Whizbang Machine by Danielle A. Vann (Nov. 15)
  14. Explosive Forces by D. D. Ayres (Nov. 1) 
  15. Shadow of Victory by David Weber (Nov. 1)
  16. The Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir (Nov. 15)
  17. The Elizabeth Papers by Jenetta James (June 16) 
  18. When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz (Nov. 29)
Next Month's Plan

I am managing to keep ahead. I have begun reading my November releases. It looks like I can add some review books to each month past November if I can find any that appeal to me. 

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