The first thing I do each month is write in the memes that I want to do. I always do Stacking the Shelves, It's Monday, What Are You Reading?, Teaser Tuesday, and Book Beginnings and Friday 56 on this blog. I think all of these memes help build excitement for books which is a major goal for me. They also help me build a sense of community. And I use them to see what is hot and what has to be added to my TBR mountain.
The second thing I do each month is slot in the books I have accepted for review. I try to schedule them within the week of their publication. Sometimes, when I have multiple books that are being released on the same day, that isn't possible. During the school year when I am busier, I do two reviews a week on Thursday and Saturday. In the summer I also try to do reviews on Wednesdays.
I also try to schedule my posts ahead. Looking at the calendar, you can see some of the posts are underlined. Those are completed, scheduled, and ready to go. I am currently almost 2 weeks ahead on each of my blogs. Vacation time is a time to get ahead because I know that those first few weeks of the school year are just too busy for the amount of pleasure reading I want to do.
Then there are the gaps...which are the times I can dig in the TBR mountain and pull out books that I have purchased for reading at a later time. This month I can choose four books from the basket I brought home for summer reading. I know Jeaniene Frost's Once Burned will be one of my choices. The rest are truly undecided right now. And that darn basket will still be heaping with books I want to read!
You know how authors divide roughly into two groups - plotters and pantsers. Well, I am clearly on the plotter side of that equation. How do you organize yourself? Do you organize yourself or are you a "seat of the pants" reader?