Tuesday, October 1, 2019

State of the Stack #88 (October 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. The Books of the Dead by Emilia Bernhard (Oct. 1)
  2. The Athena Protocol by Shamim Sarif (Oct. 2)
  3. A Legacy of Murder by Connie Berry (Oct. 6)
  4. Read and Buried by Eva Gates (Oct. 8)
  5. The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas (Oct. 9)
  6. The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols by Nicholas Meyer (Oct. 12)
  7. Archangel's War by Nalini Singh (Sept. 24)
  8. All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell (Oct. 23)
  9. Deadly Little Scandals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Oct. 29)
  10. Tell Me No Lies by Shelley Noble (Oct. 31)
  11. Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders by Tessa Arlen (Nov. 2)
Read Previously, Reviews Posted This Month
  1. Vendetta in Death by J. D. Robb (Sept. 1)
  2. Remembering the Dead by Elizabeth J. Duncan (Sept. 3)
  3. Ice Cold Heart by PJ Tracy (Sept. 4)
  4. Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron (Sept. 5)
  5. Save Your Breath by Melinda Leigh (Sept. 10)
  6. Don't Say a Word by Amber Lynn Natusch (Sept. 14)
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 Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James (Feb. 18)
  2. Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey (Jan. 1)
  3. A Cowboy Like You by Donna Grant (Nov. 26)
  4. Archangel's War by Nalini Singh (Sept. 24)
  5. Penny for Your Secrets by Anna Lee Huber (Oct. 29)
My Review Pile








Next Month's Plan

I'm staying on track but mainly because I'm choosing fewer books for review. I like being able to read some of my own books and even have time to reread favorites.


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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