Blogger Hop: Scheduling Reviews

March 8, 2017 Blog 9

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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?

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9 Responses to “Blogger Hop: Scheduling Reviews”

  1. Maria Behar

    It sounds like you have a very combination of organization and spontaneity. I admire you for striking such a balance. And you obviously read fast, as well.

    In a perfect world, I’d also have a balance between being organized and occasionally just “going with the flow”. Lol.

    Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!! 🙂

      • Christina

        I try! It’s taken me a while, and like I said, I do have a book due next week that I just started. I think that’s the fun of it though. If I’m not enjoying myself I’m not going to want to read anything so I’ve learned to give myself some time to just have enjoy reading. I’ve gone through so many reading slumps, it’s not even funny! This way, I always have a book I’m looking forward to at my fingertips. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Christina

      Thank you so much! I’ve spent some time playing with the graphics and overall look of the site. Problem is, as soon as I get used to it, I want to change it.

  2. Nicki J Markus / Asta Idonea

    Great answer. I love NetGalley too. I don’t have a huge amount of money spare to spend on books, as much as I love them, so it gives me the opportunity to read more and to try new authors whose works I wouldn’t normally be able to purchase. I’ve found some great books and authors I would otherwise have missed.

    • Christina

      That’s one of the main reasons I love them! I have read so many new to me authors and debut authors that I otherwise may not have tried. It’s lovely!

  3. Edel

    I have never heard of NetGalley before. Do you think a new comer to the book blogosphere would be able to get approved quickly? I’m not a new comer but I haven’t been in the scene for a while and I never was prominent. I kind of like the challenge of keeping up a schedule to reviewing. Right now, most of my reviews stay on Goodreads.

    • Christina

      There are some books that are Read Now. That means that you don’t have to ask the publisher, they already have that particular book set for anyone to read and review. When I started I requested some and read some Read Now’s. When I got declined I just shrugged and moved along. It does happen but the more you read and review, the more publishers will approve you! Most publishers don’t mind if you only review on a place like Goodreads because you’re still reaching their target audience. GL if you decide to go that route. It’s like an easier, more convenient library.