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How do you keep track of books you will be reviewing or reading?
(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)
I’ve shown my very colorful calendar before, but now I will explain my process:
I don’t get much opportunity to peruse NetGalley anymore because I receive so many widgets. I prefer the widgets because there is no uncertainty to them in regards to scheduling. When I receive a widget, the first thing I do is look at the publication date and see if I have anything scheduled for that day or week. If I think I can fit it in, I go ahead and hit read it. Then, I put it on my calendar on the date I will post the review (orange – just ARC or flamingo – blog tour). Lastly, I schedule the days to read it in order of the review schedule (yellow). Sometimes I vary that up a little to try not to read books of the same genre back to back, but it doesn’t always work out that I can.
Scheduling blog tour reviews works basically the same as NetGalley widgets. I’m sent an invitation with a book and a time frame. If the book interests me, I pick a date in that time window (if I have availability) and send back the date I will post the review. I then put it in flamingo color on the calendar, and add it in yellow to my reading schedule.
The only blog tour that doesn’t work that way is with Dave at The Write Reads. He sends out a schedule rather than me telling him when I will do it within the designated time frame. Technically, I can change it, but I’ve learned to work around it because I don’t want to mess with his system. I put the book in peacock blue on my calendar on the first day of the tour, so I don’t forget to put it in my reading schedule, and then when I receive the plan, I move it to my scheduled day and change it to the flamingo color.
Books that I purchase and am going to review are the ones marked in red. I fit them in when I can. I post reviews on Tuesday and Thursday regularly – so if I don’t have a blog tour or ARC on one of those days, I will get to enjoy a book I purchased.