Friday, December 1, 2017

State of the Stack #66 (Dec. 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. She has just recently started a meme about review books.

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

January
A Wedding at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer (Jan. 2)
Dragon Blood by Eileen Wilks (Jan. 2)
What Doesn't Kill You by Aimee Hix (Jan. 8)
The English Wife by Lauren Willig (Jan. 9)
A Mortal Likeness by Laura Joh Rowland (Jan. 9)
Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Jan. 9)
A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn (Jan. 16)
Cast in Deception by Michelle Sagara (Jan. 23)
Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann (Jan. 23)
Final Siege by Scarlett Cole (Jan. 30)
Heat by Donna Grant (Jan. 30)
Baby, I'm Howling for You by Christine Warren (Jan. 30)

February
This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong (Feb. 6)
Look for Me by Lisa Gardner (Feb. 6)
Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle (Feb. 6)
The Greed by Scott Bergstrom (Feb. 6)
Death & the Viking's Daughter by Loretta Ross (Feb. 8)
A Cold Day in Hell by Lissa Marie Redmond (Feb. 8)
The Philosopher's Flight by Tom Miller (Feb. 13)
The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton (Feb. 13)
The Sweetest Kind of Fate by Crystal Cestari (Feb. 13)
No One Can Know by Lucy Kerr (Feb. 13)
The Cat of the Baskervilles by Vicki Delany (Feb. 13)
The Tombs by Deborah Schaumberg (Feb. 20)
Fire and Bone by Rachel A. Marks (Feb. 20)
Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda (Feb. 20)
Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare (Feb. 20)
The Policeman's Daughter by Trudy Nan Boyce (Feb. 27)
Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (Feb. 27)

March
Lethal in Old Lace by Duffy Brown (March 13)
Searcher of the Dead by Nancy Herriman (March 13)
Losing Leah by Tiffany King (March 20)
Lost Crow Conspiracy by Rosalyn Eves (March 27)
Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston (March 27)

April
They Lost Their Heads by Carlyn Beccia (April 3)
The Window by Amelia Brunskill (April 3)
The Shadow of Death by Jane Willan (April 10)
Bad Neighbors by Maia Chance (April 10)
The Reckless Rescue (The Explorers) by Adrienne Kress (April 24)
White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig (April 24)

May
No Cure for the Dead by Christine Trent (May 8)
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. Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne (Nov. 17)
  2. Lure of Oblivion by Suzanne Wright (Nov. 25) 
  3. Pathways edited by Mercedes Lackey (Nov. 30) 
  4. No Place Like You by Emma Douglas (Dec. 2) 
  5. A Case of Syrah, Syrah by Nancy J. Parra (Dec. 5) 
  6. Bury the Past by James L'Etoile (Dec. 7)
  7. A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert (Dec. 9)
  8. Killman Creek by Rachel Caine (Dec. 13)
  9. Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins (Dec. 21) 
  10. Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley (Dec. 28)
Read Previously, Reviews Posted This Month
  1. Much Ado About Murder by Elizabeth J. Duncan
  2. Unholy City by Carrie Smith
  3. Truth Be Told by Kendra Elliot
  4. A Spoonful of Magic by Irene Radford
  5. Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda
  6. City of Lies by Victoria Thompson
  7. Haven by Mary Lindsey
I Added These Books

These are listed in the order I received them. Links go to Amazon. Date published is listed in parentheses.
  1. They Lost Their Heads!: What Happened to Washington's Teeth, Einstein's Brain, and Other Famous Body Parts by Carlyn Beccia (April 3)
  2. The Reckless Rescue (The Explorers) by Adrienne Kress (April 24)
  3. Killman Creek by Rachel Caine (Dec. 12)
  4. Cast in Deception by Michelle Sagara (Jan. 23)
  5. Searcher of the Dead by Nancy Herriman (March 13)
  6. Fire and Bone by Rachel A. Marks (Feb. 20)
  7. The Philosopher's Flight by Tom Miller (Feb. 13)
  8. Bad Neighbors by Maia Chance (April 10)
  9. No Cure for the Dead: A Florence Nightingale Mystery by Christine Trent (May 8)
  10. The Shadow of Death by Jane Willan (April 10)
  11. Lethal in Old Lace by Duffy Brown (March 13)
  12. Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle (Feb. 6)
  13. Baby, I'm Howling for You by Christine Warren (Jan. 30)
  14. A Wedding at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer (Jan. 2)
  15. Heat by Donna Grant (Jan. 30) 
  16. Final Siege by Scarlett Cole (Jan. 30)
  17. Black Star Renegades by Michael Moreci (Jan. 2)
  18. Look for Me by Lisa Gardner (Feb. 6) 
  19. What Doesn't Kill You by Aimee Hix (Jan. 8) 
  20. A Cold Day in Hell by Lissa Marie Redmond (Feb. 8)
  21. Death and the Viking's Daughter by Loretta Ross (Feb.  8)
  22. The Tombs by Deborah Schaumberg (Feb. 20)
  23. This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong (Feb. 6)
Next Month's Plan

It looks like my reading in December will mostly consist of January releases. January won't have much variety either as I tackle even more February releases. I really can't accept any more books that have release dates in January or February. My calendar for those months is already packed full. 

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I am also linking up with the State of the ARC meme. Here are 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!

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