Saturday, September 1, 2018

State of the Stack #75 (Sept. 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 Avalinha'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. Hidden Pieces by Paula Stokes (August 22)
  2. Through the Fire by Katie Ruggle (August 23)
  3. The Prodigy by John Feinstein (August 24)
  4. Second Chance at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer (August 25)
  5. D-Day: The World War II Invasion That Changed History by Deborah Hopkinson (August 27)
  6. Her Majesty's American by Steve White (August 29) 
  7. Ten After Closing by Jessica Bayliss (August 29) 
  8. Cowboy, Cross My Heart by Donna Grant (August 30) 
  9. Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan (August 31) 
  10. Unpunished Murder: Massacre at Colfax and the Quest for Justice by Lawrence Goldstone (Sept. 3) 
  11. In Cold Chocolate by Dorothy St. James (Sept. 5) 
  12. Read and Gone by Allison Brook (Sept. 6) 
  13. Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel Jose Older (Sept. 7) 
  14. Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima (Sept. 8) 
  15. The Guilty Dead by P. J. Tracy (Sept. 12) 
  16. The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo (Sept. 12) 
  17. Intercepted by Alexa Martin (Sept. 13) 
  18. What I've Done by Melinda Leigh (Sept. 19) 
  19. The Grand Escape by Neal Bascomb (Sept. 21) 
  20. Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas by Katie Ruggle (Sept. 26)
Read Previously, Reviews Posted This Month
  1. These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch (August 1)
  2. To Catch a Witch by Heather Blake (August 1)
  3. Set the Night on Fire by Laura Trentham (August 2)
  4. Nine by Zach Hines (August 3)
  5. The Point by John Dixon (August 4)
  6. #MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil (August 8)
  7. Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill (August 9)
  8. The Truth Lies Here by Lindsey Klingele (August 15)
  9. Sherwood by Meagan Spooner (March 19, 2019)
  10. The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye (Jan. 8, 2019)
I Added These Books

These are listed in the order I received them. Links go to Amazon. Date published is listed in parentheses.
  1. Intercepted by Alexa Martin (Sept. 11)
  2. A True Cowboy Christmas by Caitlin Crew (Oct. 30)
  3. Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye (Jan. 22, 2019)
  4. The Blood Spell by C. J. Redwine (Feb. 12, 2019)
  5. If You're Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser (March 5, 2019)
  6. Midsummer Mayhem by Marty Wingate (Nov. 6)
  7. A Dangerous Duet by Karen Odden (Nov. 6)
  8. Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert (Feb. 12, 2019)
My Review Pile

 Broken Things by Lauren Oliver (Oct. 2)
Damsel by Elana K. Arnold (Oct. 2)
Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut (Oct. 2)
 The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas (Oct. 2)
In the Mood Fur Love by Eve Langlais et al. (Oct. 2)
A Knife in the Fog by Bradley Harper (Oct. 2)
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand (Oct. 2)
Uncompromising Honor by David Weber (Oct. 2)
A Crafter Knits a Clue by Holly Quinn (Oct. 9)
 Grenade by Alan Gratz (Oct. 9)
The Hour of Death by Jane Willan (Oct. 9)
The Lies We Told by Camilla Way (Oct. 9)
 Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron (Oct. 9)
A Murder by Any Name by Suzanne M. Wolfe (Oct. 9)
The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens (Oct. 16)
 A Sorrow Fierce and Falling by Jessica Cluess (Oct. 16)
Six Cats a Slayin' by Miranda James (Oct. 23)
A True Cowboy Christmas by Caitlin Crews (Oct. 30)
Wolf Rising by Paige Tyler (Oct. 30)

 A Dangerous Duet by Karen Odden (Nov. 6)
Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Nov. 6)
Midsummer Mayhem by Marty Wingate (Nov. 6)
 Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne (Nov. 6)
A Wrench in the Works by Kate Carlisle (Nov. 6)
The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston (Nov. 13)
A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany (Nov. 13)
This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson (Nov. 13)

 Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst (Dec. 4)
Deadfall by Stephen Wallenfels (Dec. 11)
A Moment in Crime by Amanda Allen (December 11)
The Disasters by M. K. England (December 18)

 The Hangman's Secret by Laura Joh Rowland (January 8)
The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye (January 8)
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee (January 15)
Circle of Shadows by Evelynn Skye (January 22)

The Antidote by Shelley Sackier (Feb. 5)
The Blood Spell by C. J. Redwine (Feb. 12)
Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert (Feb. 12)


If You're Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser (March 5)
The Pioneer by Bridget Tyler (March 5)
Sherwood by Meagan Spooner (March 19)

Next Month's Plan

I met my goal of being a month ahead on my Review copies. I finished the last September release earlier this week. I have a big stack for October but then my review stacks become much more manageable. I like the idea that I'll be able to read from my own massive TBR mountain.

It is likely though that I'll start looking at Edelweiss and NetGalley for review copies again soon.


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. Congrats on being a month ahead! That's brilliant. I think I'm about a fortnight ahead at the moment, but life keeps getting in the way of my reading!

  2. You did awesme as awlays, I'm likely to be picking up Damsel this month too! I've heard mixed things about it but I'm excited.

  3. First thing I noticed before reading the post: You have both Ship Breaker AND Beautiful Chaos? I'm clearly going to like what this person has to say.

    After reading: I'm majorly impressed! Congratulations on getting your stack under control. Good luck reading through the October releases! My current goal is to read and review the October releases on time, then I don't have anything due until next year. Everything else is overdue. We can do this. :)

  4. I am constantly in awe of pretty much every ARC post you have, wow!


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