The next question in our celebrations month is from Elf! Congrats Elf you won a $10 Giftcertificate from Riptide Publishing.
ELF: How do you keep the books you have reviewed organized so you can find them again when the sequel comes out?
I keep all of my ARCs and reviews on google drive. From there it is quite easy to create folders and move documents around in order to keep everything organized. Also, it helps that all the books we have reviewed can be found on the group spreadsheet, so there is an extra layer of organization in place.
I have it set up in my word folder and the spreadsheet that was created. A lot of times I reread my review and usually read at least the last several chapters of the previous book. But quite a few times, especially with my favorites, I reread the previous book first. I am a pretty fast reader so it isn’t a problem.
HAHAHAHA I wish I could say I was organized in any way shape or form. I usually just wing it by searching on Goodreads or the author’s website to ensure I read things in the right order. Not the most efficient but I am a scatter brain outside of my EDJ which requires meticulous attention to detail. I just cannot bring myself to be that disciplined in cataloging my books.
As we have grown as a blog it’s became extremely obvious that organization is key. We keep a spreadsheet and calendar for the whole group which records the books we want to read, when they are scheduled, and a comprehensive list of everything we have reviewed in the past–so to keep down the possibility of requesting a book already reviewed for the blog. As anyone who has joined the blog in the last few years can attest, it can be a bit confusing at first–even with the monster welcome-packet we foist on them–but in the end, it is the only way to keep the chaos to its bare minimum.
Personally, in addition to the the group spreadsheet, I have my own spreadsheet and calendar. Also, for all the good and ill spoken of Goodreads, I must admit that without my bookshelves there I would be lost. Goodreads lets me manipulate and shelve books so that it is easy for me to see what is coming out soon or just what is worth a reread.
umm…for me…i just know that when i’ve reviewed a book and really love it, i try to keep an eye out for the next one or i order it ahead of time.
I have a ridiculous number of shelves on goodreads and keep all of the books I’ve reviewed for the blog on their own ‘Love Bytes’ shelf; being able to keep them all grouped together like that has been extremely helpful.
I keep all of the books I have received to review in folders on my computer, organized by author. So I can find previous books if I want to do a reread.
I rely heavily on the chart system to keep track. If I finish a book that mentions a follow up at the end, I’ll add it to my list as a reminder. I also use Goodreads as my library and often see books I was waiting for pop up on my feed through other readers. Facebook is also a great place to keep track of your favorite authors.
I set up a “library” folder on my PC and every one of the books goes in there. Every one of my reviews is saved in a “reviews” folder on the PC. Both are alphabetical by author, then book. Otherwise I’d lose my mind trying to find them. It is especially important when you read/review so many books that you can’t always remember all the details and have to go back and do a ‘refresher’ read before starting the new one.
To keep my books organized I am a member of Goodreads. I have all my books, rating and reviews there. I can easy access my reviews, and the series information there. I post my reviews there too after they go live on the blog. In addition, I also have my finished written blog reviews in a word document on my computer. What I really need to organize are all my books in files on my computer. I usually just search my book catalogue, but I really should start using a great program called Calibre, or so I hear, since I haven’t used it yet. I really should get to that…
I keep all of my reviews in a separate folder so I can go through them every couple of months to find any sequels.
I have author folders for my favorite writers and then I have a review folder on my Kindle
Goodreads shelves. Love it or hate it is a massive aid in keeping track of what you have read, what you are reading and what you would like to read in the future. I personally would struggle without it!
I use goodread to try to keep a bit up to date. I heard of a great program on Calibre that I want to check out but it is lots of work to get it all going and so far didn’t have the time to check it out.
Let us know what you use to keep your books organized 🙂
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