About Me is a feature on Lola’s Review where I talk about me. Usually these posts are everything that doesn’t fall under any standard header, like blog tours, book blitzes, cover reveals or review. About Me posts usually are about books, but are more personal discussions of a certain topic. If an About Me post is about a non-book topic it gets the non-book content posts tag.
Today I am going to talk about review books, I know some people make spread sheets or something like that to keep track of their review copies and when to read them. So I want to talk about my system for review books, if you can actually call it a system.
How do I keep track of review books?
While I don’t have a very neat system for keeping track of review books, it works for me. Basically every time I receive a book for review I add it my for-review shelf on Goodreads. If I have read a review book they will go to my got-a-copy-for-review-reviewed shelf (yeah the name of that shelf is a bit long, but I couldn’t think of a way to make clear what I meant in less words).
If the review book in question has a deadline for when I have to review it, usually the case with review books for tours only, then I’ll add an event to my google calendar which say review XX and I make that event red. If I have read the book I change it to white. So mainly I use Goodreads to keep track of which books I have for review and Google Calendar to keep track of when I have to read them.
How do I decide what to read next?
I am a mood reader, so usually I just pick up whatever book I am in the mood for. While that sounds a bit simplified I actually have some sort of system for it. It basically goes like this:
- Check Google calendar. When deciding what to read next the first step is to check my google calendar to see if I have any upcoming deadline reviews. If I have one I’ll probably start that book unless I am really not in the mood for, this also depens on how soon the deadline is. If I don’t have an upcoming deadline reviews I’ll go to the next step.
- Check my goodreads for review shelf. If I don’t have any upcoming deadlines, I take a look at my for review shelf to see if there’s a review book that catches my attention. If there’s a review book that I want to read now I’ll start that one, if not on to the next step
- Search my mind for any recently acquired books. If I don’t have a deadline book and none of the books I have for review catch my attention I try to remember any new books I recently got. Often this is more a subconscious process where the books I got recently are just more near the top of my mind and when wondering what to read those are usually the first to come to mind.
- Check out the other books I own. Then if none of those steps lead to a book to read I finally take a look at my goodreads shelves for to-read and books-that-I-own and see if any book catches my attention. Or I stand in front of my bookshelves and see if there’s a hardcopy book that I want to read.
Nowadays I just have a sort of list in my mind of books that I have to/ want to read next. This list is usually made of deadlines books, reviews book I want to read soon and non-review books I want to read soon and then rearranged in a list and then when I finish my current read I just go on to the next item on my list. I like deciding what to read next before I finish my current read, but the mood reader in me sometimes hates this as well as it eliminates the mood aspect a bit. I do keep my mood in mind when making this list in my head and sometimes switch things around depending on my mood. Okay now I’ll make it sounds way more complicated then it actually is, but I hope it sort of makes sense :).
So my question to you is: