I love being organised, having a plan and a direction for what is happening next. Going on holidays; I make a packing list. First thing in work every day; I make a to-do list. Yes I’m that anal person who makes endless lists whenever I have to do something. And my blog is no different to other aspects of my life in this regard.
Now that the ARC’s are piling sky high, I feel the need to revaluate the way I manage everything. Of course I’m over the moon as the ARC’s flood in and this is not a complaint about all the books I have to read. Far from it, every single time I get approved for an ARC or contacted by a publisher or an author, I have a huge smile on my face.
I do need a better system for tracking those books though. As part of my weekend tour of blogs admiring the book hauls, I commented on the cover of one book thinking that looks interesting. Only to discover that I already had that very book on my kindle to read.
Crap! Bad Blogger! How I forgotten that :
1. I had requested the book
2. I had an email approving me
3. I had downloaded this to my kindle
4. I had added it on Goodreads
Have all these books started to decay my brain! Am I suffering from booknesia? Help me!
What I currently do to keep track is to add every book received to my ARC shelf on Goodreads so I do know no book will slip through the cracks. And then I have a spreadsheet with the book name and publication dates on it so I know when they should be read by. I just have to remember to update both places as soon as I get approved. As I read them and review them, I remove them from my Goodreads shelf and spreadsheet so I can see at a glance all the books I have left to read.
When I schedule a post, I stick it on my calendar. Ditto with blog tours and memes. So when I review a book I slot it in the nearest available free date (or as close to publication as possible).
Bookish Chat : Now is it just me or is this all sounding a bit confusing. I feel like I’m making heavy weather of this. I have a system but it seems a bit laborious. What do you do? How do you organise your reading piles and schedules.