Monday, January 1, 2018

State of the Stack #67 (Jan. 1, 2018)

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

February
Shattered Fear by Tara Thomas (Feb. 6)
Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce (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)
A Murder in Bloomsbury by D. M. Quincy (Feb. 13)
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)
Darkest Night by Tara Thomas (Feb. 27)
The Policeman's Daughter by Trudy Non Boyce (Feb. 27)
Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (Feb. 27)

March
Hooked on a Phoenix by Ashlyn Chase (March 6)
The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller (March 6)
Lethal in Old Lace by Duffy Brown (March 13)
Searcher of the Dead by Nancy Herriman (March 13)
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James (March 20)
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)
Lord of the Pies by Nell Hampton (April 10)
The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix (April 10)
The Shadow of Death by Jane Willan (April 10)
Bad Neighbors by Maia Chance (April 10)
Whispers of the Dead by Spencer Kope (April 17)
Shattered Mirror by Iris Johansen (April 24)
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian (April 24)
The Reckless Rescue by Adrienne Kress (April 24)
White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig (April 24)

May
Better Off Read by Nora Page (May 8)
Cake & Punishment by Maymee Bell (May 8)
Flowers and Foul Play by Amanda Flower (May 8)
No Cure for the Dead by Christine Trent (May 8)
The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (May 15)
Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton (May 22)

June
City of Bastards by Andrew Shvarts (June 5)
The Body in the Ballroom by R. J. Koreto (June 12)

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. A Wedding at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer (Jan. 3)
  2. Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Jan. 3) 
  3. A Mortal Likeness by Laura Joh Rowland (Jan. 4) 
  4. The English Wife by Lauren Willig (Jan. 6) 
  5. Deadly Summer by Denise Grover Swank (Jan. 9)
  6. What Doesn't Kill You by Aimee Hix (Jan. 10) 
  7. A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn (Jan. 11) 
  8. A Merciful Secret by Kendra Elliot (Jan. 13)
  9. Cast in Deception by Michelle Sagara (Jan. 17)
  10. The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier (Jan. 19)  
  11. Final Girls by Riley Sager (Jan. 23)
  12. Baby, I'm Howling for You by Christine Warren (Jan. 24) 
  13. Layover by Amy Adelson and Emily Meyer (Jan. 26)
  14. Final Siege by Scarlett Cole (Jan. 27) 
  15. This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong (Jan. 30)  
  16. Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle (Jan. 31)
  17. Look for Me by Lisa Gardner (Feb. 1)
  18. Lake Silence by Anne Bishop (March 3)
Read Previously, Reviews Posted This Month
  1. No Place Like You by Emma Douglas (Dec. 2) 
  2. A Case of Syrah, Syrah by Nancy J. Parra (Dec. 5) 
  3. Bury the Past by James L'Etoile (Dec. 7)
  4. A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert (Dec. 9)
  5. Killman Creek by Rachel Caine (Dec. 13)
  6. Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm (Dec. 15)
  7. Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins (Dec. 21) 
  8. Black Star Renegades by Michael Moreci (Dec. 26)
  9. Neogenesis by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (Dec. 27)
  10. Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley (Dec. 28)
I Added These Books

These are listed in the order I received them. Links go to Amazon. Date published is listed in parentheses.
  1. Flowers and Foul Play by Amanda Flower (May 8)
  2. Cake and Punishment by Maymee Bell (May 8)
  3. Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce (Feb. 6)
  4. Whispers of the Dead by Spencer Kope (April 17)
  5. Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian (April 24)
  6. The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier (Jan. 23)
  7. The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller (March 6)
  8. Layover by Amy Andelson & Emily Meyer (Feb. 6)
  9. Murder in Bloomsbury by D. M. Quincy (Feb. 13)
  10. Shattered Mirror by Iris Johansen (April 24)
  11. The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix (April 10)
  12. Lake Silence by Anne Bishop (March 6)
  13. Hooked on a Phoenix by Ashlyn Chase (March 6)
  14. Final Girls by Riley Sager (Jan. 23)
  15. City of Bastards by Andrew Shvarts (June 5) 
  16. A Merciful Secret by Kendra Elliot (Jan. 16)
  17. Deadly Summer by Denise Grover Swank (Jan. 9)
  18. Darkest Night by Tara Thomas (Feb. 27)
  19. Shattered Fear by Tar Thomas (Feb. 6)
  20. The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (May 15)
  21. The Body in the Ballroom by R. J. Koreto (June 12)
  22. Better Off Read by Nora Page (May 8)
  23. Lord of the Pies by Nell Hampton (April 10)
  24. The Broken Girls by Simone St. James (March 20)
Next Month's Plan

So, I read 18 and added 24 which isn't exactly moving in the right direction. January will be filled with reading February releases. I started with 22 February releases and have already read 4. I'm half way through The Greed but likely won't finish it today.

Things look more doable for March through June but I know I'll be adding books since many publishers don't have as much lead time for filling my calendar as I would like. I recently filled out the spreadsheet for the Spring Macmillan YA titles which will be arriving sometime. There will probably be some that are DNFs in the bunch because Macmillan has taken to bundling their ARCs. There is usually at least one in the bunch I get that I have no desire to read.

I don't have any overdue ARCs. I read a lot each month and read my review copies before I pull books off my TBR mountain. No matter how much I want to read my new and shiny books, the review books come first.

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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. You really get a lot of review copies :D All the best!

    I joined Evelina's meme too :) Happy reading!

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  2. Wow, that's a lot of books! How do you keep up :) keeping a spreadsheet is smart, I do that too... But it helps me cope only theoretically :)

    Happy reading!
    Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

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