Sunday, July 1, 2018

State of the Stack #73 (July 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.

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. Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews (June 25)
  2. The Banker's Wife by Cristina Alger (June 27)
  3. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager (June 28)
  4. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James (June 29)
  5. Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine (July 2) 
  6. Somebody's Daughter by David Bell (July 4) 
  7. Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie (July 6) 
  8. Shelved Under Murder by Victoria Gilbert (July 7) 
  9. When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn (July 11)
  10. The Disappearing by Lori Roy (July 12) 
  11. Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen (July 13) 
  12. Paradox by Catherine Coulter (July 19) 
  13. Contagion by Erin Bowman (July 20) 
  14. Between Frost and Fury by Chani Lynn Feener (July 18)
  15. Murder, She Reported by Peg Cochran (July 21)
  16. The Griffin's Feather by Cornelia Funke (July 23)
  17. The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman (July 25)
  18. A Double Life by Flynn Berry (July 25)
Read Previously, Reviews Posted This Month
  1. Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez (June 1) 
  2. Island of the Mad by Laurie R. King (June 2) 
  3. The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen (June 6)
  4. The Body in the Ballroom by R. J. Koreto (June 6) 
  5. Last Girl Gone by J. G. Hetherton (June 7)
  6. Death and a Pot of Chowder by Cornelia Kidd (June 9)
  7. Ocean Light by Nalini Singh (June 11)
  8. A Merciful Silence by Kendra Elliot (June 14) 
  9. Girl With a Gun by Kari Bovee (June 16)
  10. The Lost Books: The Scroll of Kings by Sarah Prineas (June 20)
  11. Scandal Above Stairs by Jennifer Ashley (June 30)
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 Prodigy by John Feinstein (August 28)
  2. Set the Night on Fire by Laura Trentham (July 31)
  3. Paradox by Catherine Coulter (July 31)
  4. Six Cats a Slayin' by Miranda James (Oct. 23)
  5. A Wrench in the Works by Kate Carlisle (Nov. 6)
  6. A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany (Nov. 13)
  7. The Hangman's Secret by Laura Joh Rowland (Jan. 8, 2019)
  8. The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens (Oct. 16)
  9. The Storm Runner by J. C. Cervantes (Sept. 18)
  10. A Murder By Any Name by Suzanne M. Wolfe (Oct. 9)
  11. Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel Jose Older (Sept. 11)
  12. The Guilty Dead by P. J. Tracy (Sept. 11)
  13. Second Chance at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer (August 28)
  14. Grenade by Alan Gratz (Oct. 9)
  15. Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut (Oct. 2)
  16. Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas by Katie Ruggle (Oct. 2)
  17. D-Day: The World War II Invasion That Changed History by Deborah Hopkinson (Aug. 28)
  18. The Grand Escape: The Greatest Prison Breakout of the 20th Century by Neal Bascomb (Sept. 25)
  19. Unpunished Crime: Massacre at the Colfax and the Quest for Justice by Lawrence Goldstone (Aug. 28)
  20. Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee (Jan. 15, 2019)
  21. Her Majesty's American by Steve White (Sept. 4)
  22. The Splintered Light by Ginger Johnson (Sept. 4)
My Review Pile

July
Deep Cover by Scarlett Cole (July 31 - NetGalley)
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (July 31 - Edelweiss)
The Girl You Thought I Was by Rebecca Phillips (July 31 - Edelweiss)
Set the Night on Fire by Laura Trentham (July 31 - NetGalley)

August
The Point by John Dixon (August 7 - NetGalley)
#murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil (August 7 - NetGalley)
To Catch a Witch by Heather Blake (August 7 - NetGalley)
The Butterfly Conspiracy by Vivian Conroy (August 7 - NetGalley)
Nine by Zach Hines (August 7 - Edelweiss)
These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch (August 7 - Edelweiss)
Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill (August 14 - NetGalley)
The Truth Lies Here by Lindsey Klingele (August 21 - Edelweiss)
Unpunished Murder by Lawrence Goldstone (August 28 - Scholastic)
D-Day: The World War II Invasion That Changed History by Deborah Hopkinson (August 28 - Scholastic)
Second Chance at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer (August 28 - NetGalley)
The Prodigy by John Feinstein (August 28 - NetGalley)
Through the Fire by Katie Ruggle (August 28 - NetGalley)
Hidden Pieces by Paula Stokes (August 28 - Edelweiss)

September
The Splintered Light by Ginger Johnson (September 4 - Bloomsbury)
Her Majesty's American by Steve White (September 4 - Edelweiss)
Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan (September 4 - Edelweiss)
Ten After Closing by Jessica Bayliss (September 4 - Edelweiss)
The Guilty Dead by P. J. Tracy (September 11 - NetGalley)
Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel Jose Older (September 11 - Scholastic)
Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima (September 11 - NetGalley)
In Cold Chocolate by Dorothy St. James (September 11 - NetGalley)
Read and Gone by Allison Brook (September 11 - NetGalley)
The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes (September 18 - NetGalley)
The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo (September 18 - Edelweiss)
The Grand Escape by Neal Bascomb (September 25 - Scholastic)

October 
Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas by Katie Ruggle (October 2 - NetGalley)
Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut (October 2 - Author)
Damsel by Elana K. Arnold (October 2 - Edelweiss)
Broken Things by Lauren Oliver (October 2 - Edelweiss)
Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand (October 2 - Edelweiss)
Grenade by Alan Gratz (October 9 - Scholastic)
A Murder by Any Name by Suzanne M. Wolfe (October 9 - NetGalley)
A Crafter Knits a Clue by Holly Quinn (October 9 - NetGalley)
The Hour of Death by Jane Willan (October 9 - NetGalley)
Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron (October 9 - NetGalley)
The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens (October 16 - NetGalley)
A Sorrow Fierce and Falling by Jessica Cluess (October 16 - NetGalley)
Six Cats a Slayin' by Miranda James (October 23 - NetGalley)

November
A Wrench in the Works by Kate Carlisle (November 6 - NetGalley)
Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne (November 6 - NetGalley)
Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (November 6 - NetGalley)
A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany (November 13 - NetGalley)
The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston (November 13 - NetGalley)
This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson (November 13 - Edelweiss)

December
Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst (December 4 - NetGalley)
The Disasters by M. K. England (December 18 - Edelweiss)

January
The Hangman's Secret by Laura Joh Rowland (January 8 - NetGalley)
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee (January 15 - NetGalley)

Next Month's Plan

This was a month when I felt like I was just treading water. I read 18 review books but I added 22. I usually try to be a month ahead with my reviews but I had so many July releases that I am falling behind. I should be able to catch up in August. I have 14 August releases which is a lot less than the 23 July releases that I had on my stack.

While I am no longer getting print ARCs from Macmillan, Scholastic and Bloomsbury seem to have found my mailing address. All of those arrivals are surprises. I'm uncertain how I got on a list to receive Middle Grade nonfiction though. I almost never read nonfiction for any age level.

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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!

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