Wednesday, May 1, 2019

State of the Stack #83 (May 1, 2019)

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.

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. Below the Fold by R. G. Belsky (May 2)
  2. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (May 7)
  3. Spark by Sarah Beth Durst (May 8)
  4. The Dark Bones by Loreth Anne White (May 14)
  5. Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist (May 16)
  6. Smitten by the Brit by Melonie Johnson (May 21)
  7. The Beyond by Chloe Neill (May 26)
  8. The Right Sort of Man by Alllison Montclair (May 28)
  9. The Summer Country by Lauren Willig (May 29)
  10. Death in Kew Gardens by Jennifer Ashley (May 30)
  11. Liaden Universe Constellation IV by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (June 1)
  12. The Book Supremacy by Kate Carlisle (June 2)
  13. The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason (June 4)
Read Previously, Reviews Posted This Month
  1. Dreaming Darkly by Caitlin Kittredge (April 2)
  2. A Dream of Death by Connie Berry (April 4)
  3. Come and Get Me by August Norman (April 6)
  4. The Hummingbird Dagger by Cindy Anstey (April 10)
  5. Under the Table by Stephanie Evanovich (April 11)
  6. Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine (April 16)
  7. Hide and Seek by Mary Burton (April 18)
  8. Read on Arrival by Nora Page (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 Beyond by Chloe Neill (June 4)
  2. Remembering the Dead by Elizabeth J. Duncan (Sept. 10)
  3. Pride, Prejudice, and Poison by Elizabeth Blake (Aug. 13)
  4. The Books of the Dead by Emilia Bernhard (Oct. 8)
  5. The Athena Protocol by Shamim Sarif (Oct. 8)
  6. The Babysitters Coven by Kate M. Williams (Sept. 17)
  7. Cold Woods by Karen Katchur (Aug. 13)
  8. Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia (Oct. 1)
  9. The Prized Girl by Amy K. Green (Jan. 14, 2020)
  10. A Merciful Promise by Kendra Elliot (June 18)
  11. The Last Good Guy by T. Jefferson Parker (Aug. 13)
  12. Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron (Sept. 10)
  13. A Legacy of Murder by Connie Berry (Oct. 8)
  14. In the Line of Fire by R. J. Noonan (Aug. 13)
  15. Just Watch Me by Jeff Lindsay (Dec. 3)
  16. Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen (Dec. 3)
  17. All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell (Oct. 29)
  18. The Long Call by Ann Cleeves (Sept. 3)
  19. The Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair (June 4)
My Review Pile






December & January

Next Month's Plan

This was a good month for adding new titles and reading the ones I already have. I am probably about half finished with my June review books. With July light on review books, I'll really be able to dig into my TBR mountain to see what kind of treasures I can discover.


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!

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