State of the Stacks: No Comment Edition

Welcome to State of the Stacks, a brand new feature I’ve been tinkering with for a while. In the past, I’ve done individual posts for publication days, my reading progress, challenge updates, and other housekeeping items. State of the Stacks replaces most of those features, bringing you all of those goodies in one compact post— plus a few other surprises each week. It’s a way of letting you know what’s going on in my book-filled world.

No Comment

I might have seemed a little quiet lately. A few days ago, someone pointed out that my comments were being sent to their site’s spam folder. After a little bit of digging, it became apparent that all of my comments over the past week or two have met the same fate. Fortunately, after a few emails back and forth with Akismet yesterday, they determined the error was on their end and my commenting privileges were returned. Now I’ll never shut up.

Turns out, this has been an issue for several users lately. So, if you feel as though everyone is ignoring you, there’s a solid chance your comments are sitting in their spam folder.

Stack Chat

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks, which is my excuse for being so behind on my reading. And then last week I slipped down a rabbit hole researching for my Michelle Remembers, Jay’s Journal, and the Satanic Panic post, so I’m still playing catch-up.

Here are my six current reads (all links lead to Goodreads):

While I’d like to think I’ll finish all of these before requesting anything new, I know better. Kensington just offered up several new releases on NetGalley— dangerous, dangerous territory for me.

Publication Day

Only one book I previously reviewed was released this week, but it’s a great oral history whether you have a specific interest in Scottish politics or not.

Writing About Books

If you’re not reading a book, the next best thing is reading about books. Here’s a selection of bookish news and essays published this week.

  • Author B.B. Alston provides insight into how important Twitter pitches like #DVPit can be for finding new literary voices.
  • Author Daniela Petrova writes about the beauty of libraries as community hubs.
  • The Children’s Book Council showcases author and illustrator Liza Woodruff as she explains her creative process in illustrating A Quieter Story.

And that’s that— the State of the Stacks.


  1. I only recently started checking the spam folder and already ‘saved’ a few comments from people I’ve known for long time!
    Thanks for the links, Christopher. I really enjoyed Daniela Petrova’s Her Daughter’s Mother and it was fascinating to read her article.

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    1. It’s been so strange lately. A few people have already sent me emails saying this also happened to them. Hopefully whatever is going on with Akismet gets back to normal soon.

      It’s taking me forever to get through The Queen, which I feel bad about because it’s fantastic— it’s my couple-of-pages-a-night book right now.


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