Keeping Up With Your Review Pile

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We all know I’m pretty terrible at keeping up with reviews. I usually have a stack of 20-30 books waiting to be read, but through all that chaos I do actually have a rhyme and a reason for my review timeline. Now, it may not always work out the way that I expect it to, but that doesn’t mean I just go about this willy-nilly. You don’t have to believe me, but it’s true. Here’s my take on keeping up with your review pile:

  1. Make a monthly list. Now, this can either be a TBR list of the books that you want to get to throughout the month. I do this sometimes, but I have found that this is hard for me to do because I often times find I’m not in the mood to read some of the books I have “preplanned” to read for the month. What I actually do instead, is create a monthly list of the books that were requested in said month. That way, I sort of know what books I want to get to first, but if I don’t get to them in a particular order, then it’s not that big of a deal.
  2.  Finish shorter books first. For me, this is the easiest type of book to read. I can get through a 200-250 page book in about a day or day and a half, so that leaves a lot of time for reading other books.

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3. Don’t accept books you aren’t super excited to read. You will never get to them if you aren’t really looking forward to reading them, trust me, I know.

4. Prewrite your blog posts, so you know how much reading is ahead of you. I usually make a blog draft with the title of the book and the cover of the book for two reasons. First, I only have to go in and write up my review, I don’t have to worry about finding the picture of the cover, it saves time, and second, I know how many books are on my TBR. It’s fun to watch the number dwindle as you read the books (it’s also a little anxiety-inducing because what if no one else wants you to read their book?)

5. Read! Read lots of books and maybe even more than one book at a time. I was a stickler for not reading more than one book at a time, but now that I have to read books for school, books for reviewing, and books for proofreading (a side gig) I kind of have to read more than one or I’ll never finish anything. It’s not as bad as I thought it was going to be, it’s actually a lot of fun because you can choose which adventure you want to go on, instead of just being stuck with one choice.

6. Give yourself a break. Don’t accept books when you have a TBR stack the size of your doorway. Take a break from accepting requests and just enjoy the books you have. I like to do this in the winter months because I can really get into reading in the cold weather. I love to hunker down and read all day (kids permitting).

 

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6 thoughts on “Keeping Up With Your Review Pile

  1. I’m tempted to read 2 or 3 books at a time, I like your idea that it gives choices of adventure, depending on mood. My only concern is could my brain take it?! I’m still a one book at a time girl, but I am getting a book backlog!

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    1. I was concerned about if my brain could take it as well, since I typically like to stick with one book, but I found that if I grab books that are very different, then it makes it easier to keep track. Maybe I’ll read a romance and a thriller at the same tome, or non fiction and mystery.

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      1. Yeah I’d have to have polar opposites like a horror and a nature non fic so there’s no risk of my brain combining the two! I’d end up with some mashed about story running through my mind otherwise. Lol 😂

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  2. Comfy reading always great!

    And here’s a quicker thing than a pile of reviews, just a quick vote, yes! (worthwhile too)

    https://www.questionpro.com/a/TakeSurvey?tt=DNvzppRRqlc%3D

    Many thanks to you

    Professor Ruth Finnegan FBA Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences The Open University Milton Keynes MK7 6AA

    email r.h.finnegan@open.ac.uk web pages http://www.open.ac.uk/socialsciences/staff/people-profile.php?name=Ruth_Finnegan https://www.facebook.com/Ruth-Finnegan-author-506850842807556/ Author of the anthropological myth-epic novel , ‘ Black Inked Pearl’https:/ (2 minute video trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxYo2bKbmJw) ________________________________

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