Sunday, April 30, 2017

State of the Stack (April 30, 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. 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

Say You're Sorry by Melinda Leigh (May 16)
The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis (May 30)

 The Frog Princess Returns by E. D. Baker (June 6)
A Merciful Truth by Kendra Elliot (June 6)
Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle (June 6)
 The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson (June 6)
What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard (June 6)
The Girl with the Ghost Machine by Lauren DeStefano (June 6)
 The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May (June 13)
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan (June 13)
Bad Housekeeping by Maia Chance (June 13)
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (June 20)
Indigo by Charlaine Harris et al. (June 20)
The Waking Land by Callie Bates (June 27)

 The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst (July 4)
A Panicked Premonition by Victoria Laurie (July 4)
Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann (July 11)
 Murder in Mayfair by D. M. Quincy (July 11)
Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine (July 11)
Shallow Grave by Brian Thiem (July 11)
Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener (July 18)
The Emperor of Mars by Patrick Samphire (July 18)
What Goes Up by Katie Kennedy (July 18)

 The Countdown Conspiracy by Katie Slivensky (August 1)
Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock (August 1)
 The Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo by Stephen Bramucci (August 1)
In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody (August 8)
Hunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima (August 8)
Dead Man's Bridge by Robert J. Mrazek (August 8)
Among the Dead by J. R. Backlund (August 8)
December May
Ensnared by Rita Stradling (May 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. Echo of Danger by Marta Perry (April 20)
  2. The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman (April 20)
  3. Noteworthy by Riley Redgate (April 22)
  4. The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren (April 27)
  5. Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld (April 29)
  6. The Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beatty (May 6) 
  7. The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari (May 11)
  8. Death in the Abstract by Emily Barnes (May 11) 
  9. Edited Out by E. J. Copperman (May 13)
  10. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (May 13) 
  11. Big City Heat by David Burnsworth (May 18)
Read Previously, Reviews Posted This Month
  1. Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott
  2. Journey Across the Hidden Islands by Sarah Beth Durst
  3. Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey
  4. Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen
  5. The Inconceivable Life of Quinn by Marianna Baer
  6. Alice and the Assassin by R. J. Koreto
  7. Missing by Kelley Armstrong
  8. Kale to the Queen by Nell Hampton
  9. Change Agent by Daniel Suarez
I Added These Books

These are listed in the order I received them. Links go to Amazon. Date published is listed in parentheses.
  1. A Merciful Truth by Kendra Elliot (June 6)
  2. Say You're Sorry by Melinda Leigh (May 16)
  3. Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld (May 2)
  4. Noteworthy by Riley Redgate (May 2)
  5. Shallow Grave by Brian Thiem (July 11) 
  6. Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle (June 6)
  7. Indigo by Charlaine Harris et al. (June 20)
Next Month's Plan

It is my plan to just try to keep my head above water this coming month. I have a dozen review books for June which ought to be mostly read in May when I am also holding a moving sale, packing to move at the beginning of June, and finishing my 41st and final year as a school library/media specialist before retiring. Did I mention that I am also getting my house ready for sale?

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