TGIF (#3): Choose Your Next Read

Posted August 31, 2012 by Jana in / 5 Comments

TGIF is hosted by GReads, and is a fun meme where we get to answer a bookish question an recap on the past week’s events on the blog. Hopefully we learn more about each other this way!
This is the last TGIF for a little while, since Ginger is taking a small break from the meme while she gets strict with time management regarding school and life. I think this week’s question is kind of a fun one! Watch me get really OCD with this answer. :P
My stack of review books is massive. If any of you remember my book haul post after ALA, you already know this. On top of that, I’ve got quite a few books from Netgalley as well as some review copies other authors and pubs have sent me. We’re talking about a lot of books here. For this reason, I implemented a pretty strict schedule.
  • ARCs are listed chronologically by release date in a Word document on my computer. These get top priority, because it’s my job to get the word out on new and amazing upcoming books! Plus, when I receive an ARC I see it as a contract that I will read it in a timely manner and post a review
  • I have another document that lists out the blog tours I committed to being a part of. These are also high priority, since the pub/author is depending on having me post on a specific day.
  • I have a third document that lists the already released books that I’ve accepted in the order I received them. These are next in line, and I read them as I have room in my schedule, and in the order I accepted them.
  • Then… I have a fourth one that lists the unsolicited books I am sent. I get to these when/if I can.
  • And then… there’s my huge TBR list on Goodreads and the unread books I purchased eons ago. I get to these if I am really lucky and am ahead of schedule on everything else.
Pretty sad, huh? I honestly never thought I’d end up doing this, and I wish I had been more selective with some of the books I chose to review. As many of you know, I just got a new job that’s really stressful for me. Reading has taken on a new meaning for me as a result. Like it was in college, it’s now become an escape for me once again and I see my strict schedule bending and flexing as I decide to pick a happy book further down my list over the heavy, sad one that’s next in line. Now that I finally have a job, book blogging is beginning to feel more and more like a second job. I can’t let it get to that point. So, I’m getting flexible. Just today I grabbed a book I REALLY wanted to read over the next book on my schedule. It was liberating! I think I’m going to do this more often. :)
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5 responses to “TGIF (#3): Choose Your Next Read

  1. This is pretty much EXACTLY the same system I’ve been using. I need to stop using NG/digital galleys for the most part is what I’ve decided. I’ve got like a hundred titles in there waiting for review. UGH. Plus, I haven’t read a book I own or from the library that wasn’t to read the sequel I had a review copy of or from an event IN AGES.

    I’m just going to tell the digital stuff it can wait and make room in my schedule somehow. SIGH.

  2. You’re so much more organized than I am! I generally am a mood reader, so will pick up whatever tickles my fancy at a given moment.

  3. I agree 100% with what you said about ARCS & you gave me an idea on how to organize my ARCS.

    I received an ARC today (my FIRST ARC just sent to me out of the clear blue sky too! I am so siked. Is that silly?) and it’s due out in October. I was *Palm to Forehead* because I am booked up the wazoo for reviews/tours.

    New rules for moi, after October I am going waay down to like none on tour acceptances, and as far as netgalley/edeilweiss I have to be WAAAY more selective.

    I want to get back to reading ALL the gifted/bought books I have that are pure fun and pleasure, and not mandatory.

    The ARCS are like little Christmas Gifts, you never know whats in that white or manilla bubble envelope.

    New follower. I love the colors of your blog :)

    TGIF@Books and Beyond

  4. That really is such an organised schedule! I’m glad you’re getting flexible though because I know it’s super easy to get burnt out reading books you feel like you HAVE to read opposed to what you WANT.

  5. I guess this is the only thing I like about being international. I don’t really have the pressure to read ARC’s. I request some books on Netgalley and Edelweiss and lately, I got three books for review – which is still something I can’t believe. So, sometimes, I’m happy that I don’t get ARC’s. I get to read whatever I want :)