Saturday, July 1, 2017

State of the Stack (July 1, 2017)

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. Please feel free to join in and let me know the state of your stack.

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

July
Shallow Grave by Brian Thiem (July 11)
The Emperor of Mars by Patrick Samphire (July 18)
Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener (July 18)
The Hunting Grounds by Katee Robert (July 25)

August
A Wedding Tail by Casey Griffin (August 1)
The Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo! by Stephen Bramucci (August 1)
 Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock (August 1)
The Countdown Conspiracy by Katie Slivensky (August 1)
 Among the Dead by J. R. Backlund (August 8)
Dead Man's Bridge by Robert J. Mrazek (August 8)
Hunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima (August 8)
In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody (August 8)

September
A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas (Sept. 5)
The Bronze Skies by Catherine Asaro (Sept. 5)
On the Chase by Katie Ruggle (Sept. 5)
Her Dark Half by Paige Tyler (Sept. 5)
Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany (Sept. 12)
All the Secret Places by Anna Carlisle (Sept. 12)
The Equals by Daniel Sweren-Becker (Sept. 12)
Nyxia by Scott Reintgen (Sept. 12)
The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match by Elizabeth Eulberg (Sept. 12)
Stolen Secrets by L. B. Schulman (Sept. 19)
Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones (Sept. 19)
A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess (Sept. 19)
The Hunt by Chloe Neill (Sept. 26)
Archangel's Viper by Nalini Singh (Sept. 26)

October
The Exact Location of Home by Kate Messner (Oct. 3 Sept. 12)
Ally by Anna Banks (Oct. 3)
Satellite by Nick Lake (Oct. 3)
A Cajun Christmas Killing by Ellen Byron (Oct. 10)
Death Overdue by Allison Brook (Oct. 10)
Berserker by Emmy Laybourne (Oct. 10)
The Breathless by Tara Goedjen (Oct. 10)
The Innocence Treatment by Ari Goelman (Oct. 17)
The Wicker King by K. Ancrum (Oct. 31)

November
City of Lies by Victoria Thompson (Nov. 7)
Much Ado About Murder by Elizabeth J. Duncan (Nov. 7)
Unholy City by Carrie Smith (Nov. 7)

January
Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley (Jan. 2)
A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn (Jan. 16)

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. We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan (June 10)
  2. The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka (June 14)
  3. More of Me by Kathryn Evans (June 14)
  4. Indigo by Charlaine Harris et. al. (June 15)
  5. UNSUB by Meg Gardiner (June 21) 
  6. City of Angels by Kristi Belcamino (June 21)
  7. The Waking Land by Callie Bates (June 22)
  8. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine (June 28)
  9. The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst (June 29)
  10. A Panicked Premonition by Victoria Laurie (July 1)
  11. Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn (July 5)
  12. Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann (July 6) 
  13. Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine (July 6) 
  14. Murder in Mayfair by D. M. Quincy (July 8)
  15. What Goes Up by Katie Kennedy (July 8)
Read Previously, Reviews Posted This Month
  1. The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
  2. A Merciful Truth by Kendra Elliot
  3. What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard
  4. Silver Silence by Nalini Singh
  5. Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle
  6. Want by Cindy Pon
  7. The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May
  8. Bad Housekeeping by Maia Chance
I Added These Books

These are listed in the order I received them. Links go to Amazon. Date published is listed in parentheses.
  1. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine (July 1)
  2. The Hunting Grounds by Katee Robert (July 25) 
  3. Archangel's Viper by Nalini Singh (Sept. 26)
  4. Her Dark Half by Paige Tyler (Sept. 5)
  5. On the Chase by Katie Ruggle (Sept. 5)
  6. A Wedding Tail by Casey Griffin (August 1)
  7. Unholy City by Carrie Smith (Nov. 7)
  8. Death Overdue by Brooke Allison (Oct. 10)
  9. Much Ado About Murder by Elizabeth J. Duncan (Nov. 7)
  10. All the Secret Places by Anna Carlisle (Sept. 12)
  11. A Cajun Christmas Killing by Ellen Byron (Oct. 10)
  12. Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany (Sept. 12)
  13. A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn (Jan. 16, 2018)
  14. The Bronze Skies by Catherine Asaro (Sept. 5)
  15. A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas (Sept. 5)
  16. Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley (Jan. 2, 2018)
  17. City of Lies by Victoria Thompson (Nov. 7)
  18. The Hunt by Chloe Neill (Sept. 26)
Next Month's Plan

Retiring and moving really messed up my reading plans. I am uncomfortable unless I am at least three weeks ahead on my blogs as far as reading and writing reviews for books from my review stack. I really like being able to change things up by reading something from my own massive TBR mountain. However, until I get my three week cushion again, I will be reading only review books. I should be able to rebuild my cushion in July unless something else comes up that keeps me from reading. Since I have two houses on the market and lots of little details to take care of with one of them, something may well come up.

Wish me luck,

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