I've seen quite a few bloggers lately discuss their systems of what to read next and how they write reviews and other blog posts and I thought it might be fun today to share with you mine.
I think I may have mentioned some of my methods of what to read next before. I keep all of my unread books together on shelves in my garage. They're ordered alphabetically at the moment, though sometimes I split them up into genre (for instance the paranormals together, the gritty realism books together and maybe the contemporary romances together) or sometimes, if I'm being very anal, I'll split the books into different publishers. This doesn't happen often.
What will happen when I'm reading to choose a new book to read is I will make a shortlist of books I'd like to read, maybe 8 or so books. This will usually include urgent books for review or books I'd like to read for a specific themed week but also I'll normally try to include other books I'm really excited to read. Depending on my mood, I'll choose a book, faff about trying to make up my mind and go back and forth for awhile.
Then, when I've chosen a book, I'll update my GoodReads account, which is almost always up-to-date. During reading, I'll either have my blogging notebook nearby to write down notes or I'll use an index card as a bookmark and jot down some of my thoughts about storyline/character/themes. A lot of times both happens. I feel like I'd be absolute lost and bereft without my blogging notebook.
Because I can never really make my mind up, I'll have stacks of these shortlisted books all around the house. It drives N crazy because there are literally piles and piles of books in almost every room in the house because my mood changes wildly and I'll feel like reading different books every few hours. It used to be that I never read more than one book at a time, but this has slowly changed. Now, it's possible that I'll flit between 2-3 books at a time. Right now? I'm bouncing between 3.
I don't often review books straight after I've read them. In fact, I rarely do. What I will do, is open a new post in Blogger and title it review + title name + author and save it as a draft. I'll add any relevant tags to the post, and then jot down some of my thoughts after reading it as well as any notes I'd written while reading the book so I have a small outline for when I do actually write the review. If I don't write in now where I got the book, I won't generally remember later!
If I'm feeling particularly organised, I will then insert the cover art of the book and copy and paste the GoodReads description into that post before saving it and leaving it for another day. If not, that'll happen another day, usually when I can't bring myself to write any reviews but I feel like being productive in some small way.
Review-writing happens whenever I get the chance. Sometimes it's before I drop my Eldest to school but after breakfast. Sometimes it's in the early afternoons after he comes home from school and him and the Littlest are playing. Usually it's after the two boys have gone to bed. Rarely any blogging happens on a weekend.
In my blogging notebook, I draw out a calendar and I have a rough schedule of posts and reviews for any particular month. At the moment, I have rough outlines for the rest of April and May as well as an outline for July because of a blogging event happening then. I have so many lists in that notebook. Post ideas, reviews that need to be written, to-do lists, review books that need to be read. I really rely on that notebook to keep me organised!
My blogging schedule at the moment consists of reviews posted on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. There's usually a personal post on a Wednesday and a books discussion post on a Friday. Saturdays I like to dedicate to my Awesome Women feature, whether it be the interviews or posts about particular women and every other Sunday I do In My Mailbox with the other Sunday left free. I like to think that I'll add in another review here, but it hasn't happened so far.
Almost ALL of my posts are scheduled in advance. I can't do seat-of-my-pants blogging anymore, I don't have the spare time. When I've written a review, it gets slotted into the next available Monday/Tuesday/Thursday slot unless it's for a blog tour. I make lists of personal posts that I could write as well as discussion posts for Fridays and I try to work my way through my lists. Ideally, both those lists are always full. I hate being stuck for ideas! If ever I'm in a review-writing rut (which I currently am!) I will try to then focus on these Wednesday/Friday posts so if nothing else, SOMETHING is being posted.
And ... I think that's it. What sort of reading and blogging habits do you have?