Monday, October 1, 2018

State of the Stack #76 (Oct. 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 Avalinah's Books (description below) to check out other people's progress. She has 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. Damsel by Elana K. Arnold (Sept. 24)
  2. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand (Sept. 26)
  3. A Knife in the Fog by Bradley Harper (Sept. 27)
  4. Broken Things by Lauren Oliver (Sept. 28) 
  5. Uncompromising Honor by David Weber (Sept. 29)
  6. Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut (Oct. 1)
  7. Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron (Oct. 3) 
  8. The Perfect Candidate by Peter Stone (Oct. 3)
  9. A Crafter Knits a Clue by Holly Quinn (Oct. 6) 
  10. In the Mood Fur Love by Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden, Kate Baxter (Oct. 11) 
  11. The Hour of Death by Jane Willan (Oct. 10) 
  12. A Murder By Any Name by Suzanne M. Wolfe (Oct. 13) 
  13. The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens (Oct. 12) 
  14. A Sorrow Fierce and Falling by Jessica Cluess (Oct. 10)
  15. Six Cats A Slayin' by Miranda James (Oct. 17)
  16. The Lies We Told by Camilla Way (Oct. 18)
  17. Vendetta by Iris Johansen (Oct. 23)
  18. Archangel's Prophecy by Nalini Singh (Oct. 23)
Read Previously, Reviews Posted This Month
  1. Unpunished Murder: Massacre at Colfax and the Quest for Justice by Lawrence Goldstone (Sept. 3) 
  2. In Cold Chocolate by Dorothy St. James (Sept. 5) 
  3. Read and Gone by Allison Brook (Sept. 6) 
  4. Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel Jose Older (Sept. 7) 
  5. Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima (Sept. 8) 
  6. The Guilty Dead by P. J. Tracy (Sept. 12) 
  7. The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo (Sept. 12) 
  8. Intercepted by Alexa Martin (Sept. 13) 
  9. The Storm Runner by J. C. Cervantes (Sept. 14)
  10. What I've Done by Melinda Leigh (Sept. 19) 
  11. The Grand Escape by Neal Bascomb (Sept. 21) 
  12. Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas by Katie Ruggle (Sept. 26)
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 Au Pair by Emma Rous (Jan. 8, 2019)
  2. Those Who Go By Night by Andrew Gaddes (Nov. 13)
  3. In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon (Nov. 13)
  4. The Once and Future Geek by Mari Mancusi (Nov. 20)
  5. The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl by Victoria Alexander (Nov. 20)
  6. Dreaming Darkly by Caitlin Kittredge (April 9)
  7. We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia (Feb. 26)
  8. Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins (Feb. 5)
  9. The Perfect Candidate by Peter Stone (Oct. 2)
  10. SEAL's Honor by Megan Crane (Nov. 6)
  11. Winter War Awakening by Rosalyn Eves (March 19, 2019)
  12. Archangel's Prophecy by Nalini Singh (Oct. 30)
  13. Vendetta by Iris Johansen (Oct. 23)
  14. Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden (Jan. 8, 2019)
  15. This Promise of Change by Jo Ann Allen Boyce (Jan. 8, 2019)
  16. The Burning Island by Hester Young (Jan. 22, 2019)
My Review Pile

Next Month's Plan

I'm still working the plan and am managing to stay about three weeks ahead in my reading. It is nice to have posts scheduled so that I'm not stressed about finishing a book and writing a review with only a couple of days to go.

I have quite a few NetGalley reads that I've had for more than three months. That is going to stay that way as long as they make books available for review more than three months before a book's publication date. I read my review books in the order that they are going to be released - not the order that I receive them.

I am hoping that the rest of the year sees fewer books offered for review that I want to read. I would really like to spend some more time with my TBR mountain. I am trying to be more selective in what I chose to read for review.


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 am seriously in awe of you each month. I am not a fiction reader at all, but a lot of those you have listed this month look really interesting. I will have to keep them in mind - particularly, Past Due for Murder and The Hangman's Secret. Happy Reading!

  2. Oh, my goodness. You put me to shame. So many great books you have on your list. Mystery novels and historical novels are some of my favorites. The Camelot Code and The Hangman's Secret really caught my eye. Thanks for visiting my blog. Enjoy your week.

  3. Wow, I found 3 news titles here I've not seen and added them to the wishlist. This post is severely bad for my TBR. Looks like you have a lot of good reading ahead though.

  4. I'm really interested in Damsel and Sawkill Girls. I haven't really heard of the other books, but from the titles, I can see you're reading a lot of mystery :D

  5. Sawkill Girls is one that's been on my radar! A lot of the others are new to me, so I'll have to do a little research. :)

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

  6. I may have said this before, but I love how efficient you are with your reading and reviews. You also have an impressive review output overall. I'm finally starting to reign myself in on over-requesting (I turned off NetGalley emails) which helps, but I still have quite a few. Can't wait to see your October progress!


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