Saturday, June 30, 2012

Filling in the Gaps

It is time to plan my reading for July 2012. Take a look at my calendar:
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?


  1. Thanks for sharing :) I also have plotted myself out on a calendar, mainly to keep track of all my tours and other commitments, but it's neat to see what gaps I have as well.

  2. My July Calender looks a lot the same but I write in my reviews after I read the book and written the review. I just do not plan that far ahead. I am never sure what I will read next. None of my plans hold up to contact with my books. I have been reviewing on Thursday and Saturday and all of the July spots have been written and filled for those days so I am adding Monday. I do some meme's: Musing Mondays, Teaser Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday, Book Beginnings on Friday and Stacking the Shelves.

  3. I'm much more a seat-of-my-pants kinda reader! Basically what I do is move things to the top of my to-read shelf on Goodreads if I'm planning to read them soon. Review copies and books for monthly challenges go at the top, followed by other things I've spotted on my (physical) shelves that struck my fancy. It's constantly shifting, though. Right now the first 50 books on my shelf are all ones that were moved to the top!


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