Sunday, December 29, 2019

State of the Stack #91 (Jan. 1, 2020)

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. Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey (Dec 26)
  2. The Woman in the Veil by Laura Joh Rowland (Dec. 31)
  3. The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz (Jan. 1)
  4. There's a Murder Afoot by Vicki Delany (Jan. 2)
  5. A Perfect Eye by Stephanie Kane (Jan. 4)
  6. Spitfire by M. L. Huie (Jan. 7)
  7. A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris (Jan. 8)
  8. The Last Sister by Kendra Elliot (Jan. 11)
Read Previously, Reviews Posted This Month
  1. Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard (Dec. 1)
  2. Accepting the Lance by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (Dec. 3)
  3. Wicked Hour by Chloe Neill (Dec. 5)
I Added These Books

These are listed in the order I received them. Links go to Amazon. Date published is listed in parentheses.
  1. A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn (March 10)
  2. Hideaway by Nora Roberts (May 26)
  3. The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer (April 7)
  4. Breaking Silence by Mercedes Lackey (Feb. 4)
My Review Pile

My Year in Review

This year I reviewed 130 books and DNFd 13. I honed my focus to mostly mystery/thrillers but sprinkled in a few science fiction and YA titles - though those were mostly mysteries or science fiction.


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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