Tuesday, May 1, 2018

State of the Stack #71 (May 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.

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 Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (May 9)
  2. Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett (May 4) 
  3. Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over by Shani Petroff (May 9)
  4. The Game Can't Love You Back by Karole Cozzo (May 11)
  5. The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst (May 12) 
  6. Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson (May 16) 
  7. Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong (May 18) 
  8. Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton (May 23) 
  9. How We Roll by Natasha Friend (May 25) 
  10. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke (April 30)
Read Previously, Reviews Posted This Month
  1. The Stone Girl's Story by Sarah Beth Durst (April 3) 
  2. Bad Neighbors by Maia Chance (April 4) 
  3. The Shadow of Death by Jane Willan (April 5) 
  4. The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix (April 6)
  5. Lord of the Pies by Nell Hampton (April 7)
  6. The Viridian Convict by Sam York (April 10) 
  7. Whispers of the Dead by Spencer Kope (April 12)
  8. Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian (April 13)
  9. A Town Called Vengeance by Kevin Wolf (April 16)
  10. Save Me (Corrupted Hearts) by Tiffany Snow (April 17)
  11. The Explorers: The Reckless Rescue by Adrienne Kress (April 18) 
  12. Shattered Mirror by Iris Johansen (April 19)
  13. White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig (April 20) 
  14. What You Want to See by Kristen Lepionka (April 21) 
  15. The Outcast by Taran Matharu (April 25) 
  16. Beyond the Pale by Clare O'Donohue (April 25) 
  17. Pairing a Deception by Nadine Nettmann (April 26)
  18. The Lies They Tell by Gillian French (April 27) 
  19. Better Off Read by Nora Page (April 28)
  20. The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick (April 30)
  21. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke (April 30)
I Added These Books

These are listed in the order I received them. Links go to Amazon. Date published is listed in parentheses.
  1. The Disappearing by Lori Roy (July 17)
  2. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager (July 3)
  3. Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong (May 22)
  4. A Merciful Silence by Kendra Elliot (June 19)
  5. A Double Life by Flynn Berry (July 31) 
  6. The Banker's Wife by Cristina Alger (July 3)
  7. Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill (August 14)
  8. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke (April 24)
  9. The Griffin's Feather by Cornelia Funke (July 31)
My Review Pile

City of Bastards by Andrew Shvarts (June 5)
Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez (June 5)
The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen (June 5)
The Memory of Fire by Callie Bates (June 5)
The Body of the Ballroom by R. J. Koreto (June 12)
Last Girl Gone by J. G. Hetherton (June 12)
Death and a Pot of Chowder by Cornelia King (June 12)
Island of the Mad by Laurie R. King (June 12)
Girl With a Gun by Kari Bovee (June 19)
 A Merciful Silence by Kendra Elliot (June 19)
The Lost Books: The Scroll of Kings by Sarah Prineas (June 26)
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows (June 26)
Now You See Her by Lisa Leighton & Laura Stropki (June 26)

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James (July 3)
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager (July 3)
The Banker's Wife by Cristina Alger (July 3)
Somebody's Daughter by David Bell (July 10)
Shelved Under Murder by Victoria Gilbert (July 10)
When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn (July 17)
Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen (July 17)
Hull Metal Girls by Emily Skrutskie (July 17)
The Disappearing by Lori Roy (July 17)
Between Frost and Fury by Chani Lynn Feener (July 24)
Contagion by Erin Bowman (July 24)
The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman (July 31)
The Girl You Thought I Was by Rebecca Phillips (July 31)
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (July 31)
A Double Life by Flynn Berry (July 31)
The Griffin's Feather by Cornelia Funke (July 31)

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch (August 7)
Nine by Zach Hines (August 7)
The Butterfly Conspiracy by Vivian Conroy (August 7)
To Catch a Witch by Heather Blake (August 7)
#murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil (August 7)
Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill (August 14)
The Truth Lies Here by Lindsey Klingele (August 21)

September & October
Read and Gone by Allison Brook (Sept. 11)
In Cold Chocolate by Dorothy St. James (Sept. 11)
Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima (Sept. 11)
Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron (Oct. 9)

Next Month's Plan

I have lots of review books coming due in June and July but lesser numbers after that. That probably means that I need to visit NetGalley and Edelweiss again to stock up my shelves. On the other hand, I could let come what comes and read some of the hundreds of books on my TBR mountains.


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. I'm reading My Plain Jane this month as well. I haven't actually read the first book in the series yet, but so far I like the informal tone the authors use. Congrats on your progress and best of luck with this month's ARCs!

  2. wow youre v organised at this. meanwhile im just a bit of a mess haha. youre doing awesome!! :D


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