First of all, I maintain two blogs. On Ms Martin Teaches Media, I primarily blog about the middle grade and young adult books I'm reading. I get a large number of those books from publishers, Edelweiss or NetGalley for review. On this blog, I blog about books that aren't YA or middle grade. I tend to say it is my adult blog and I will occasionally read something spicy enough that I really don't want to share with any of my students who might find my other blog. Mostly, though, these are just books that are published for adults. I also often have review books from authors, publishers, Edelweiss, and NetGalley. Otherwise I'm reading from my own extensive TBR mountain (2148 books today).
I try to post a minimum of two book reviews each week on each of my blogs. I also routinely take part in these memes on each blog - It's Monday! What Are You Reading?, Teaser Tuesday, and I combine Book Beginnings and the Friday 56 into one post on Fridays.
So how do I keep things organized.
First, every book that I get is added to my LibraryThing account. I make extensive use of tags and collections to help me organize. For example, I have a collection of review books with their publication dates in the Comments section. I also have a collection called Currently Reading where I show what books are coming up next on my stack.
Second, I love Google. I have a Google Spreadsheet where I enter information about each review book. I also have a Google Spreadsheet that I call my reading log where I list everything I read each year.
I also use Google Calendar extensively when planning my reading. Each new review book is slotted into a space on the calendar when it arrives. Here's what July's calendar looks like.
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I use GoodReads for the book I am currently reading. All books on my GoodReads account are books I have actually read. Wishlists, TBR piles, etc. are all kept track of on LibraryThing. When it comes time to decide what to read next, the first thing I check is my Google Calendar.
Amazon also helps me to keep organized. I have created a wishlist for Review books because I link to Amazon and seem to need to link those review books frequently for a variety of posts that I do.
Here's what happens when I get a new review book like I did today from NetGalley.
- I send it to my Kindle and move it to my Reading List
- I find it on Amazon and add it to my Review Wishlist
- I add it to my LibraryThing in the New This Week collection and other relevant collections
- I add it to my State of the Stack post on Ms. Martin Teaches Media and link to Amazon
- I add it to my Google Calendar
- I add it to my Google Spreadsheet for Review books
Thus far, my system has kept me from letting anything slip through the cracks. But, what do you think? Am I too organized?