Tuesday, August 1, 2017

State of the Stack (August 1, 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

The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match by Elizabeth Eulberg (Sept. 12)
Nyxia by Scott Reintgen (Sept. 12)
The Equals by Daniel Sweren-Becker (Sept. 12)
The Exact Location of Home by Kate Messner (Sept. 12)
All the Secret Places by Anna Carlisle (Sept. 12)
Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany (Sept. 12)
A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess (Sept. 19)
Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones (Sept. 19)
Stolen Secrets by L. A. Schulman (Sept. 19)
Archangel's Viper by Nalini Singh (Sept. 26)
The Hunt by Chloe Neill (Sept. 26)
Sleep Like a Baby by Charlaine Harris (Sept. 26)

Satellite by Nick Lake (Oct. 3)
Ally by Anna Banks (Oct. 3)
Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush (Oct. 3)
The Wicked Billionaire by Jackie Ashenden (Oct. 3)
The Breathless by Tara Goedjen (Oct. 10)
Berserker by Emmy Laybourne (Oct. 10)
Death Overdue by Allison Brook (Oct. 10)
A Cajun Christmas Killing by Ellen Byron (Oct. 10)
The Innocence Treatment by Ari Goelman (Oct. 17)
The Wicker King by K. Ancrum (Oct. 31)

Unholy City by Carrie Smith (Nov. 7)
Much Ado About Murder by Elizabeth J. Duncan (Nov. 7)
City of Lies by Victoria Thompson (Nov. 7)
Death at the Emerald by R. J. Koreto (Nov. 7)
A Spoonful of Magic by Irene Radford (Nov. 7)

Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley (Jan. 2)
Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner (Jan. 9)
A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn (Jan. 16)

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 and the link goes to Amazon.
  1. Shallow Grave by Brian Thiem (July 13)
  2. Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener (July 13)
  3. The Emperor of Mars by Patrick Samphire (July 15) 
  4. Blood Gamble by Melissa F. Olson (July 29) 
  5. The Hunting Grounds by Katee Robert (July 22)
  6. The Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo! by Stephen Bramucci (July 22) 
  7. The Countdown Conspiracy by Katie Slivensky (July 27)
  8. A Wedding Tail by Casey Griffin (July 27) 
  9. Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock (July 29) 
  10. In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody (August 2) 
  11. Hunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima (August 3) 
  12. Dead Man's Bridge by Robert J. Mrazek (August 5) 
  13. Among the Dead by J. R. Backlund (August 10) 
  14. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (August 25) 
  15. A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas (August 26)
  16. The Bronze Skies by Catherine Asaro (August 30)
  17. On the Chase by Katie Ruggle (August 31)
  18. Her Dark Half by Paige Tyler (Sept. 2)
Read Previously, Reviews Posted This Month
  1. A Panicked Premonition by Victoria Laurie (July 1)
  2. Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn (July 5)
  3. Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann (July 6) 
  4. Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine (July 6) 
  5. Murder in Mayfair by D. M. Quincy (July 8)
  6. What Goes Up by Katie Kennedy (July 8)
I Added These Books

These are listed in the order I received them. Links go to Amazon. Date published is listed in parentheses.
  1. Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush (Oct. 3)
  2. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (Aug. 29)
  3. Blood Gamble by Melissa F. Olson (July 25)
  4. Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Jan. 9)
  5. Sleep Like a Baby by Charlaine Harris (Sept. 26)
  6. Death at the Emerald by R. J. Koreto (Nov. 7)
  7. A Spoonful of Magic by Irene Radford (Nov. 7)
Next Month's Plan

I met my goal this month of reading enough ahead that I have a one month cushion on my blogs. This makes me feel comfortable but the disadvantage is that I have to turn down review requests that don't have a one month lead time. I turned down a couple that I would otherwise have chosen to read this week because my calendar was full and scheduled.

I have enough books already on my stack for September and October but have room after that for a few more review books. It is interesting that December is completely available right now but that I already have three books for January.

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