Wednesday, November 1, 2017

State of the Stack (Nov. 1, 2017)

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 or near the first of the month. Link with Avalalinha's Books (description below) to check out other people's progress.

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

November
Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne (Nov. 7)
Lure of Oblivion by Suzanne Wright (Nov. 21)

December
 No Place Like You by Emma Douglas (Dec. 5)
Pathways edited by Mercedes Lackey (Dec. 5)
 Rugged Texas Cowboy by Lora Leigh (Dec. 5)
Bury the Past by James L'Etoile (Dec. 12)
 A Case of Syrah, Syrah by Nancy J. Parra (Dec. 12)
A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert (Dec. 12)
Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm (Dec. 19)
Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins (Dec. 26)

January
 Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley (Jan. 2)
Dragon Blood by Eileen Wilks (Jan. 2)
 The English Wife by Lauren Willig (Jan. 9)
A Mortal Likeness by Laura Joh Rowland (Jan. 9)
Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner (Jan. 9)
A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn (Jan. 16)
Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann (Jan. 23)

February
 The Greed by Scott Bergstrom (Feb. 6)
The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton (Feb. 13)
The Cat of the Baskervilles by Vicki Delany (Feb. 13)
 No One Can Know by Lucy Kerr (Feb. 13)
The Sweetest Kind of Fate by Crystal Cestari (Feb. 13)
Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare (Feb. 20)
Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda (Feb. 20)
The Policeman's Daughter by Trudy Nan Boyce (Feb. 27)
Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (Feb. 27)

March
Losing Leah by Tiffany King (March 20)
Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston (March 27)
Lost Crow Conspiracy by Rosalyn Eves (March 27)

April and May
The Window by Amelia Brunskill (April 3)
White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig (April 24)
Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton (May 22)

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. Make It Count by Tamar Sloan (Oct. 18)
  2. Death at the Emerald by R. J. Koreto (Oct. 26) 
  3. Much Ado About Murder by Elizabeth J. Duncan (Nov. 2) 
  4. Unholy City by Carrie Smith (Nov. 4) 
  5. A Spoonful of Magic by Irene Radford (Nov. 8) 
  6. Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda (Nov.8) 
  7. Twisted Truth by Melinda Leigh (Oct. 24) 
  8. City of Lies by Victoria Thompson (Nov. 9) 
  9. Haven by Mary Lindsey (Nov. 15)
Read Previously, Reviews Posted This Month
  1. Osiris by Eric C. Anderson (Oct. 4) 
  2. A Cajun Christmas Killing by Ellen Byron (Oct. 5) 
  3. Death Overdue by Allison Brook (Oct. 7) 
  4. Berserker by Emmy Laybourne (Oct. 6) 
  5. The Innocence Treatment by Ari Goelman (Oct. 11) 
  6. Best-Laid Plants by Marty Wingate (Oct. 12) 
  7. House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick (Oct. 18) 
  8. Mind Game by Iris Johansen (Oct. 19)
I Added These Books

These are listed in the order I received them. Links go to Amazon. Date published is listed in parentheses.
  1. Make It Count by Tamar Sloan (Oct. 10)
  2. No Place Like You by Emma Douglas (Dec. 5)
  3. The Cat of the Baskervilles by Vicki Delany (Feb. 13)
  4. No One Can Know by Lucy Kerr (Feb. 13)
  5. Lost Crow Conspiracy by Rosalyn Eves (March 27)
  6. Twisted Truth by Melinda Leigh (Oct. 31) 
  7. Lure of Oblivion by Suzanne Wright (Nov. 21)
  8. Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins (Dec. 26)
  9. Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton (May 22)
  10. The Policeman's Daughter by Trudy Nan Boyce (Feb. 27)
  11. Dragon Blood by Eileen Wilks (Jan. 2)
  12. Pathways (Valdemar) by Mercedes Lackey (Dec. 5)
  13. The English Wife by Lauren Willig (Jan. 9)
  14. Truth Be Told Kendra Elliot (Nov. 7)
  15. The Sweetest Kind of Fate by Crystal Cestari (Feb. 13)
  16. The Window by Amelia Brunskill (April 3)
  17. The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton (Feb. 13)
  18. Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm (Dec. 19)
  19. Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne (Nov. 7)
  20. Haven by Mary Lindsey (Nov. 7)
Next Month's Plan

I added a number of new review books to the pile this month. I am keeping up with review books and managing to fit in some from my own TBR Mountain as well. My calendar is as full as I would like it for December, January and February so I will be very selective about any new review books being released those months. It doesn't mean that I won't accept any but I will try to be selective.

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I am also linking up with the State of the ARC meme. Here is the explanation and rules.

State of the ARC is a monthly meme at Avalinah’s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCs (Advanced or Early Reader Copies). You can track your reading progress and link up with your own post. Most commonly it comes out on the 30th of every month.

Rules of State of the ARC:

  • Mention that you’re linking up with State of the ARC @ AvalinahsBooks, which is a fun way to share our ARC progress, challenges, wins, woes and mishaps.
  • Include the link to this post, or the current State of the ARC post. You can use my State of the ARC image too.
  • Don’t forget to visit all the other people in the link-up and comment.
  • And most importantly – have fun!

2 comments:

  1. That's a lot of ARCs :) by the way, if you're linking up to my meme, would you mind putting a link back to my post and the linkup rules in your post? It's kind of the prerequisite. Thanks!

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  2. I love how you have you ARCs so orgainized on a spread sheet. I need to be able to look at my list even when I am away from my computer, so I carry mine in my bullet journal. It makes me happy to check them off and draw a line through them when I have posted my review.
    Happy reading!

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