Thursday, February 1, 2018

State of the Stack #68 (Feb. 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.

My Review Pile

The Dragon's Glare by T.J. & M.L. Wolf (Dec. 23, 2017) -- arrived Jan. 20. Next calendar opening is April 18.

The Policeman's Daughter by Trudy Nan Boyce (Feb. 27)

 The Final Six by Alexandra Monir (March 6)
Hooked on a Phoenix by Ashlyn Chase (March 6)
The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller (March 6)
 Deja Moo by Kirsten Weiss (March 8)
Under the Shadows by Gwen Florio (March 8)
Bones Don't Lie by Melinda Leigh (March 13)
 Lethal in Old Lace by Duffy Brown (March 13)
Searcher of the Dead by Nancy Herriman (March 13)
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James (March 20)
 Losing Leah by Tiffany King (March 20)
Elementals: Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman (March 27)
Deadly Secret by Tara Thomas (March 27)
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (March 27)
Lost Crow Conspiracy by Rosalyn Eves (March 27)
Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston (March 27 - sampler only; I have pre-ordered a copy.)

 The School for Psychics by K. C. Archer (April 3)
They Lost Their Heads by Carlyn Beccia (April 3)
The Window by Amelia Brunskill (April 3)
 Lord of the Pies by Nell Hampton (April 10)
The Shadow of Death by Jane Willan (April 10)
Bad Neighbors by Maia Chance (April 10)
 Whispers of the Dead by Spencer Kope (April 17)
Shattered Mirror by Iris Johansen (April 24)
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian (April 24)
The Reckless Rescue (The Explorers) by Adrienne Kress (April 24)
White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig (April 24)

 Pairing a Deception by Nadine Nettmann (May 8)
Beyond the Pale by Clare O'Donohue (May 8)
Better Off Read by Nora Page (May 8)
 Cake and Punishment by Maymee Bell (May 8)
Flowers and Foul Play by Amanda Flower (May 8)
No Cure for the Dead by Christine Trent (May 8)
The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst (May 15)
The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (May 15)

June and July
 City of Bastards by Andrew Shvarts (June 5)
Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton (June 5)
The Body in the Ballroom by R. J. Koreto (June 12)
Somebody's Daughter by David Bell (July 10)

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. The Greed by Scott Bergstrom (Jan. 31)
  2. Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce (Feb. 2)
  3. A Cold Day in Hell by Lissa Marie Redmond (Feb. 3) 
  4. The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix (April 6) 
  5. Death & the Viking's Daughter by Loretta Ross (Feb. 7)
  6. The Sweetest Kind of Fate by Crystal Cestari (Feb. 7) 
  7. The Cat of the Baskervilles by Vicki Delany (Feb. 8) 
  8. The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton (Feb. 9) 
  9. The Philosopher's Flight by Tom Miller (Feb. 10) 
  10. No One Can Know by Lucy Kerr (Feb. 12) 
  11. A Murder in Bloomsbury by D. M. Quincy (Feb. 14) 
  12. Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda (Feb. 14) 
  13. A Call to Vengeance by David Weber, Timothy Zahn and Thomas Pope (March 6) 
  14. Fire and Bone by Rachel A. Marks (Feb. 16) 
  15. Darkest Night by Tara Thomas (Feb. 21)
  16. Hidden Fate by Tara Thomas (Feb. 20)
  17. Twisted End by Tara Thomas (Feb. 20)
  18. The Tombs by Deborah Schaumberg (Feb. 21)
  19. Collision Point by Lora Leigh (Feb. 22) 
  20. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (Feb. 23)
Read Previously, Reviews Posted This Month
  1. A Wedding at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer (Jan. 3)
  2. Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Jan. 3) 
  3. A Mortal Likeness by Laura Joh Rowland (Jan. 4) 
  4. The English Wife by Lauren Willig (Jan. 6) 
  5. Deadly Summer by Denise Grover Swank (Jan. 9)
  6. What Doesn't Kill You by Aimee Hix (Jan. 10) 
  7. A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn (Jan. 11) 
  8. A Merciful Secret by Kendra Elliot (Jan. 13)
  9. Cast in Deception by Michelle Sagara (Jan. 17)
  10. The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier (Jan. 19)  
  11. Final Girls by Riley Sager (Jan. 23)
  12. Baby, I'm Howling for You by Christine Warren (Jan. 24) 
  13. Layover by Amy Adelson and Emily Meyer (Jan. 26)
  14. Final Siege by Scarlett Cole (Jan. 27) 
  15. This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong (Jan. 30)  
  16. Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle (Jan. 31)
  17. Look for Me by Lisa Gardner (Feb. 1)
I Added These Books

These are listed in the order I received them. Links go to Amazon. Date published is listed in parentheses.
  1. Beyond the Pale by Clare O'Donohue (May 8)
  2. Pairing a Deception by Nadine Nettman (May 8)
  3. Under the Shadows by Gwen Florio (March 8)
  4. Deja Moo by Kirsten Weiss (March 8)
  5. Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre (Feb. 13)
  6. A Call to Vengeance by David Weber, Timothy Zahn, Thomas Pope (March 6)
  7. Bones Don't Lie by Melinda Leigh (March 13)
  8. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (March 27)
  9. Close to the Edge by Dawn Ryder (Feb. 27)
  10. School for Psychics by K. C. Archer (April 3)
  11. The Dragon's Glare by T. J. & M. L. Wolf (Dec. 23, 2017)
  12. The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst (May 15)
  13. Deadly Secret by Tara Thomas (March 27)
  14. Hidden Fate by Tara Thomas (Feb. 13)
  15. Twisted End by Tara Thomas (Feb. 20)
  16. Collision Point by Lora Leigh (Feb. 27)
  17. Somebody's Daughter by David Bell (July 10)
  18. The Final Six by Alexandra Monir (March 6)
  19. Elementals: Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman (March 27)
Next Month's Plan

I am staying one month ahead (mostly). I like having the cushion of books read and reviews written and scheduled. March is pretty full already. Something will really have to excite me if it is releasing in March. Beyond that I'm eager to add more to April and beyond.

Edited to Add: After I finished this post but before I posted it, I received a big box of 9 ARCs from Macmillan and explored on Edelweiss and added 5 eARCs from Harper Collins. The earliest release date is May 1. There were quite a few more on Edelweiss that were tempting but I was tired of adding them to Amazon, my Google Sheet of Review Books, LibraryThing, my next State of the Stack post, and my Google calendar. I'll probably explore more in the next few days to fill out more of the upcoming months. Instead of redoing this post, I'll just add the new ones to my March 1 post.


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!


  1. That's a pretty intense reading schedule you've got :-)
    I keep thinking about signing up to Edelweis as well as NetGalley, but worry that it would be too much

  2. That is some schedule you have! I definitely admire that, I get a bit too lackadaisical with my reading and probably need to pay more attention to publication dates. I do not typically have any specific requests from publishers on when I can post a review though, so that is sometimes contributing to my tardiness. Happy Reading!

  3. ALSO! I have to ask - where in MN are you from?? I grew up in Rosemount and lived there up until I went to college in Lincoln, NE. I am a Minnesota Girl through and through!

  4. That's a pretty intense organising and reading. I don't know how do you even manage to do it :) But it is definitely good and is something that I would like to do someday too :)
    All the best!

  5. Thanks for joining up :) wow, those lists are huge!


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