Tracking our Books for Reading and Reviewing.
The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, I (Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer) relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
How do you keep track of books you will be reviewing or reading?
(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)
Reading on my Kindle
Okay so… several years ago, probably around the same time I started my blog on Blogspot, I put together an excel spreadsheet to list all the books I’d reviewed, where I posted my reviews, and when I published them for the first time. This spreadsheet slowly grew to include other things, such as a page to track the ARCs I was requesting from NetGalley and Edelweiss, and another page for approved ARCs I had downloaded, and the expected release dates of these books, which also has a place to note if I’ve sent feedback to either of these two sites.
Now, that last page is sorted with the publication date from newest to oldest, so that’s how I keep track of which ARCs I should be reading, starting with the one that’s next to be published. This wasn’t always the case, and I used to read ARCs in the order I received approval, but then I found I was either publishing reviews long before the books were released, or I didn’t get around to them until long after they were in stores. I prefer it this way, I think.
Then, earlier this year, I found this really fancy spreadsheet that Kal @ Reader Voracious has been using, which she generously allows people to download for their own personal use. It has all sorts of cool stuff like automatic charts and graphs and stuff – all already set up and all far beyond my excel skills. It also included 12 sheets with a calendar for each month of the year! This is turning out to be a really useful tool, and I thank her very much for this. I’ve done some tweaking of this as well, to make it even more appropriate for my own use.
My Reading Print Books
Generally, there is no rhyme or reason regarding my reading of print books. I will pick up whatever I think I’ll be in the mood to read. Trust me, I have lots to choose from, so I’m never at a loss for materials.
That said, if someone sends me an ARC or uncorrected proof copy of their book, I will try to put it on the top of my reading pile, but… only if it strikes my fancy. Of course, thankfully not many people are willing to ship books half way across the world to me, which is a good thing. Even so, there are always a few very enthusiastic authors who will do anything to get their books into the hands of reviewers. Even with them I try to discourage their sending me physical copies of their books because I know they’re probably going to end up spending more in postage than they would get in profits from selling at least ten copies! Despite this, while only a handful authors have sent me their novels I haven’t read all of them. Several of these unread books just haven’t attracted me enough to read them. There were a couple books I finished and wrote reviews for, and a few I started reading and couldn’t finish reading (but I did write to those authors and apologized). And then, there are the handful of books that authors mailed to me, that I read and enjoyed, including a few that I absolutely loved!
My Back-up Plan
In addition to my excel sheet, I also keep track of the books I’m about to read through my Goodreads “to be read” list! That way, if I’m traveling abroad and I finish one of my books on my Kindle, I know what book is next on my reading list.
And… that’s it!
Thanks again to Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer for this blog hop, and Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews for this topic!