Saturday, December 1, 2018

State of the Stack #78 (Dec. 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 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. Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch (Nov. 17)
  2. Deception with an Unlikely Earl by Victoria Alexander (Nov. 20)
  3. Fool's Moon by Diane A. S. Stuckart (Nov. 22)
  4. Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst (Nov. 28)
  5. Deadfall by Stephen Wallenfels (Dec. 5)
  6. A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn (March 6)
Read Previously, Reviews Posted This Month
  1. Midsummer Mayhem by Marty Wingate (Nov. 1)
  2. Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne (Nov. 2)
  3. A Dangerous Duet by Karen Odden (Nov. 3) 
  4. SEAL's Honor by Megan Crane (Nov. 6)
  5. The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston (Nov. 7)
  6. A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany
  7. A Vintage Death by Mary Ellen Hughes (Nov. 8)
  8. Fatal Festival Days by Jamie M. Blair (Nov. 8)
  9. Those Who Go By Night by Andrew Gaddes (Nov. 10)
  10. The Once and Future Geek by Mari Mancusi (Nov. 14)
  11. In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon (Nov. 15)
I Added These Books

These are listed in the order I received them. Links go to Amazon. Date published is listed in parentheses.
  1. Say You're Sorry by Karen Rose (Feb. 12)
  2. A Merciful Fate by Kendra Elliot (Jan. 15)
  3. One Tough Cowboy by Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwick (Jan. 29)
  4. The Military Wife by Laura Trentham (Feb. 5)
  5. Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz (Jan. 8)
  6. Secrets Never Die by Melinda Leigh (March 19)
  7. The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (May 7)
  8. Killing November by Adriana Mather (March 26)
  9. A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn (March 12)
My Review Pile

Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz (Jan. 8)
This Promise of Change by Jo An Allen Boyce & Debbie Levy (Jan. 8)
Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden (Jan. 8)
 The Au Pair by Emma Rous (Jan. 8)
The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye (Jan. 8)
The Hangman's Secret by Laura Joh Rowland (Jan. 8)
 A Merciful Fate by Kendra Elliot (Jan. 15)
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi (Jan. 15)
Tear It Down by Nick Petrie (Jan. 15)
 The Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee (Jan. 15)
The Burning Island by Hester Young (Jan. 22)
Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye (Jan. 22)
One Tough Cowboy by Lora Leigh & Veronica Chadwick (Jan. 29)
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer (Jan. 29)

 The Military Wife by Laura Trentham (Feb. 5)
Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong (Feb. 5)
Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins (Feb. 5)
 The Antidote by Shelley Sackier (Feb. 5)
Say You're Sorry by Karen Rose (Feb. 12)
How I Became a Spy by Deborah Hopkinson (Feb. 12)
 Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert (Feb. 12)
The Blood Spell by C. J. Redwine (Feb. 12)
Immoral Code by Lillian Clark (Feb. 19)
In the Dark by Cara Hunter (Feb. 19)
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlar Kay Mejia (Feb. 26)

 The Last Woman in the Forest by Diane Les Becquets (March 5)
If You're Out There by Katy Lautzenhiser (March 5)
The Pioneer by Bridget Tyler (March 5)
 The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees (March 12)
Murder in Belgravia by Lynn Brittney (March 13)
Secrets Never Die by Melinda Leigh (March 19)
 The Deepest Blue by Sarah Beth Durst (March 19)
Winter War Awakening by Rosalyn Eves (March 19)
Sherwood by Meagan Spooner (March 19)
Killing November by Adriana Mather (March 26)

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman (April 2)
Dreaming Darkly by Caitlyn Kittredge (April 9)

The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (May 7)
Spark by Sarah Beth Durst (May 14)

Next Month's Plan

I have been doing some thinking about what I want to do about review books. Right now I have 21 YA and 18 adult books on my stack. When I look at the list, I am much more excited about reading the adult books on the stack.

I think it is time to cut way back on accepting YA books to review. This is the second year of my retirement and I don't have any contact with school kids anymore. I don't feel the same need to keep up with what YAs are reading that I felt when I was working with them.

I have noticed that my reading tastes are changing too. I have much less desire to read the big fantasies that seem to be filling the lists of books for review. I go looking for mysteries and romantic suspense with a dash of science fiction and romance.

For 2019, look for fewer YAs and more mysteries. I may also switch this post over to my adult blog and let my YA blog go mostly dormant. Right now I have only one post scheduled for December and no real plans to read any YA in the near future.


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 think that is a solid plan, especially if your own personal interests are changing. it doesn't mean you'll never read YA again, but change happens and it's okay. I have actually become a bit more interested in some YA because of your blog! I look forward to follow you over to your other blog then as well. Happy Reading!

  2. its really cool that this has allowed you to reflect on your reading choices and habbis and you can now focus on reading what you love some more and youre aware why you feel this way! heres tohaving a smoother reading period :D

  3. You're much more organized than I am! I need to catch up with my review books, so may start doing something similar. Thank you for the inspiration!


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