Monday, February 29, 2016

State of the Stack (Feb. 29, 2016)

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 the last Monday of each month. Please feel free to join in and let me know the state of your stack.

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
Post Release
Tommy McKnight and the Great Election by Danny Kravitz (January 1)
The Thing Is by Kathleen Gerard (February 9)

The Girl in the Tower by Lisa Schroeder (March 29)
Stone Field by Christy Lenzi (March 29)
A Lady in the Smoke by Karen Odden (March 29)

Flamecaster by Cinda William Chima (April 5)
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern (April 5)
Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle (April 5)
 I Dream of Dragons by Ashlyn Chase (April 5)
Luck Is No Lady by Amy Sandas (April 5)
Silence by Mercedes Lackey and Cody Martin (April 5)
Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan (April 5)
Nightstruck by Jenna Black (April 5)
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (April 5)
 Dying for a Taste by Leslie Karst (April 12)
Mr. Fahrenheit by T. Michael Martin (April 19)
Cold Girl by R. M. Greenaway (April 19)
Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey (April 19)
'Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick (April 19)
Ferals: The Swarm Descends by Jacob Grey (April 26)

 The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude (May 3)
Traitor Angels by Anne Blankman (May 3)
The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight (May 3)
 The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry (May 3)
Even if the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia (May 10)
The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen (May 10)
 Spark by Holly Schindler (May 17)
The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye (May 17)
The Giant Smugglers by Matt Solomon (May 17)
The Hunt by Megan Shepherd (May 24)
The Underdogs by Sara Hammel (May 31)

 With Malice by Eileen Cook (June 7)
The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May (June 7)
Julie Vanishes by Catherine Egan (June 7)
 Fan the Flames by Katie Ruggle (June 7)
Autofocus by Lauren Gibaldi (June 14)
The Haunting of Falcon House by Eugene Yelchin (June 14)
The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele (June 21)
The Secret Fire by Whitaker Ringwald (June 21)

July and August 
 This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (July 5)
What the Dead Want by Norah Olson (July 12)
The Ministry of SUITS by Paul Gamble (July 26)
Trapped by S. A. Bodeen (July 26)
The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray (August 2)
The Secret Sea by Barry Lyga (August 23)

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. Where You'll Find Me by Natasha Friend (March 3)
  2. The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins (March 5)
  3. Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella (Feb. 24)
  4. A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann (March 10)
  5. The Skeleton Garden by Marty Wingate (March 12)
  6. Tumbled Graves by Brenda Chapman (March 17)
  7. The Inn Between by Marina Cohen (March 17) 
  8. The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks (March 23)
Reviews Posted This Month
  1. Betting the Bad Boy by Sugar Jamison
  2. Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
  3. The Fine Art of Murder by Emily Barnes
  4. Jockey Girl by Shelley Peterson
  5. Hostile Witness by Leigh Adams
  6. Benefit of the Doubt by Neal Griffin
  7. These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker
  8. A Voice from the Field by Neal Griffin
  9. The Rule of Mirrors by Caragh O'Brien
  10. Behind the Canvas by Alexander Vance
  11. The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine
  12. Fighting Dirty by Lori Foster
  13. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  14. Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie 
  15. Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella
  16. The Infamous Heir by Elizabeth Michels
  17. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  18. Just This Night by Mari Madison
I Added These Books

These are listed in the order I received them. Links go to Amazon. Date published is listed in parentheses.
  1. Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella (Kindle First - March 1)
  2. The Secret Fire by Whitaker Ringwald (Edelweiss - June 21)
  3. What the Dead Want by Norah Olson (Edelweiss - July 12)
  4. The Thing Is by Kathleen Gerard (Author - Feb. 9)
  5. Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan (NetGalley - April 5)
  6. Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan (NetGalley - June 7)
  7. Keep Calm by Mike Binder (Publisher - Feb. 2)
  8. A Lady in the Smoke by Karen Odden (NetGalley - March 29)
  9. Nightstruck by Jenna Black (NetGalley - April 5)
  10. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (First to Read - March 8)
  11. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (First to Read - April 5)
  12. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben (Publisher - March 22)
  13. Dying for a Taste: A Sally Solari Mystery by Leslie Karst (Publisher - April 12)
  14. Fan the Flames by Katie Ruggle (NetGalley - June 7)
Next Month's Plan

I don't know what I was thinking when I chose books to review. I have 9 that are being released on April 5. That is too many but they all sounded so good. 

I need to finish up my March releases and get to work on all those April 5 books soon.  

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