Thursday, November 1, 2018

State of the Stack #77 (Nov. 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 Avalinah'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. Wolf Rising by Paige Tyler (Oct. 25)
  2. A True Cowboy Christmas by Caitlin Crews (Oct. 27)
  3. Close to the Bone by Kendra Elliot (Oct. 30)
  4. A Bone to Pick by Melinda Leigh (Oct. 30)
  5. Embolden by Syrie James and Ryan James (Oct. 30)
  6. Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Oct. 31)
  7. A Wrench in the Works by Kate Carlisle (Oct. 31)
  8. Midsummer Mayhem by Marty Wingate (Nov. 1)
  9. Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne (Nov. 2)
  10. A Dangerous Duet by Karen Odden (Nov. 3) 
  11. SEAL's Honor by Megan Crane (Nov. 6)
  12. The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston (Nov. 7)
  13. Those Who Go By Night by Andrew Gaddes (Nov. 10)
  14. In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon (Nov. 15)
  15. A Vintage Death by Mary Ellen Hughes (Nov. 8)
  16. Fatal Festival Days by Jamie M. Blair (Nov. 8)
Read Previously, Reviews Posted This Month
  1. Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut (Oct. 1)
  2. Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron (Oct. 3) 
  3. The Perfect Candidate by Peter Stone (Oct. 3)
  4. The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas (Oct. 4)
  5. A Crafter Knits a Clue by Holly Quinn (Oct. 6) 
  6. The Hour of Death by Jane Willan (Oct. 10) 
  7. A Sorrow Fierce and Falling by Jessica Cluess (Oct. 10)
  8. In the Mood Fur Love by Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden, Kate Baxter (Oct. 11) 
  9. The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens (Oct. 12) 
  10. A Murder By Any Name by Suzanne M. Wolfe (Oct. 13) 
  11. Six Cats A Slayin' by Miranda James (Oct. 17)
  12. The Lies We Told by Camilla Way (Oct. 18)
  13. Vendetta by Iris Johansen (Oct. 23)
  14. Archangel's Prophecy by Nalini Singh (Oct. 24)
I Added These Books

These are listed in the order I received them. Links go to Amazon. Date published is listed in parentheses.
  1. Close to the Bone by Kendra Elliot (Oct. 23)
  2. A Bone to Pick by Melinda Leigh (Oct. 30)
  3. Murder in Belgravia by Lynn Brittney (March 13, 2019)
  4. The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees (March 12, 2019)
  5. The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman (April 2, 2019)
  6. Tear It Down by Nick Petrie (Jan. 15, 2019)
  7. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi (Jan. 15, 2019)
  8. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer (Jan. 29, 2019)
  9. In the Dark by Cara Hunter (Feb. 19, 2019)
  10. The Last Woman in the Forest by Diane Les Becquets (March 5, 2019)
  11. Spark by Sarah Beth Durst (May 14, 2019)
  12. Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch (Nov. 20)
  13. A Vintage Death by Mary Ellen Hughes (Nov. 8)
  14. Fatal Festival Days by Jamie M. Blair (Nov. 8)
  15. Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong (Feb. 5)
  16. Immoral Code by Lillian Clark (Feb. 19)
  17. How I Became a Spy by Deborah Hopkinson (Feb. 19)
  18. Fool's Moon by Diane A. S. Stuckart (Nov. 8)
  19. The Deepest Blue by Sarah Beth Durst (March 19)
My Review Pile

November
Fool's Moon by Diane A. S. Stuckart (Nov. 6)
Deception with an Unlikely Earl by Victoria Alexander (Nov. 20)
Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch (Nov. 20)

December
 Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst (Dec. 4)
A Moment in Crime by Amanda Allen (Dec. 11)
Deadfall by Stephen Wallenfels (Dec. 11)
The Disasters by M. K. England (Dec. 18)

January
 The Hangman's Secret by Laura Joh Rowland (Jan. 8)
The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye (Jan. 8)
The Au Pair by Emma Rous (Jan. 8)
 Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden (Jan. 8)
This Promise of Change by Jo Ann Allen Boyce (Jan. 8)
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee (Jan. 15)
 Tear It Down by Nick Petrie (Jan. 15)
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi (Jan. 15)
Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye (Jan. 22)
The Burning Island by Hester Young (Jan. 22)
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer (Jan. 29)

February
The Antidote by Shelley Sackier (Feb. 5)
Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins (Feb. 5)
Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong (Feb. 5)
The Blood Spell by C. J. Redwine (Feb. 12)
Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert (Feb. 12)
In the Dark by Cara Hunter (Feb. 19)
Immoral Code by Lillian Clark (Feb. 19)
How I Became a Spy by Deborah Hopkinson (Feb. 12)
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia (Feb. 26)

March
 The Pioneer by Bridget Tyler (March 5)
If You're Out There by Katy Lautzenhizer (March 5)
The Last Woman in the Forest by Diane Les Becquets (March 5)
 The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees (March 12)
Murder in Belgravia by Lynn Brittney (March 13)
Sherwood by Meagan Spooner (March 19)
Winter War Awakening by Rosalyn Eves (March 19)
Deepest Blue by Sarah Beth Durst (March 19)

April
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman (April 2)
Dreaming Darkly by Caitlin Kittredge (April 9)

May
Spark by Sarah Beth Durst (May 14)

Next Month's Plan

I am keeping up with my review books and reading some of my own books too. Usually I read books in the order that they appear on my calendar, but I plan to read all of my review books for the rest of the year and then fill in the calendar with books from TBR mountain.

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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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