Welcome to the new Book Blogger Hop!
This week: How far in advance do you read the books you have scheduled for review?
The answer to this one depends greatly on my schedule and how badly I want to read a book.
Recently, I wanted to read a book and decided why the hell not? The review date is for July. So, while I’m ahead on that one, I have reviews due next week that I haven’t read yet!
My ultimate goal is to try to stay a month ahead, sometimes even two when I’m really lucky and I’ve had time to read a lot. We all know that hardly ever happens though!
I know a lot of people are not fans of Netgalley, but honestly I love it. When I get approved for a book, or if an author asks me to review, I put it into my review calendar straight away. At a glance I can look at what is coming next and decide if I want to read that next book or not. More often then not I’m putting the next one in line aside, because I like to be a pain to myself, and reading something else. If I’m really into a series, I may read the series before jumping into anything else. Especially if there’s a cliff hanger and I have the next book ready!
More often than not I do try to stick to my calendar. I also try not to book too many reviews in a week so I have time to breathe, deal with reading slumps, or just read whatever catches my fancy. I’ve learned that I do a lot better with my reviews when I give myself some breathing room.
Although I don’t normally hit my month advance goal, that would be my answer in a perfect world. A month, or even two gives me enough room to read whatever, whenever I want to. Plus if an author comes to me with a request that is due in a week, I can actually say I have time for it.
How far do in advance do you read books for your reviews?