Sunday, October 18, 2009

Dear Readers: Organization

Dear Reader,
I come to you today to ask how you keep all your books organized? Especially if you review them for different companies? Do you just have a really good memory? Use a notebook? Emails?

I am finding myself drowning in the books that come in the mail to me weekly, not a bad problem to have, right? But it is a problem when I start forgetting that I requested a book, or agreed to review a book and I have no idea what company I signed up for the book through.

I tried emails to myself, but my ADD makes me have to clean my box out daily. I am now trying a notebook, but I am curious if I am missing out on a great fool proof way of staying on top of reviews, giveaways and mass piles of BOOKS!

Please help!
Until next time...
Happy Reading!


Alexia561 said...

Everyone seems to have a different system that works for them, so I'd recommend trial & error until something feels comfortable for you.

Right now, I use an Excel spreadsheet. I list the title, the date I entered the contest or requested a copy, the source (website, pub house, author name), the date received, and the date reviewed. I also color code each line so I can see at a glance what I'm expecting and which book needs to be reviewed next.

Sounds like a lot of work, but it's right for me. Plus, I love spreadsheets! *L*

Good luck finding a new system!

Anonymous said...

Currently I have one book case dedicated to all the books I need to review. I try to keep them in order of when they are due (blog tours, etc)

What I am going to improve on soon is keeping a log of when they come in (I think I will alphabetize it), the company they came from, date and date of review, etc...

I hear you when you say it can be overwhelming and I too need to get going on a better system

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

Hi Tena, I found it difficult and then I feel bad because I don't want to go back on my word when I've said I'd review something. So here's what I do. When a book comes in, I set up a 'draft' blog post with all the details in it, it is later turned into the review. One of the things I do though is use post options for the time it's due to be done. So I look up the edit posts section in blogger and I can see at a glance what is due when. It's also easy when I come to do the review because all the info is there and it only takes a few minutes to do. When I have a book that doesn't have a scheduled review date I pick a date in a not so busy week. Since doing this I've found it all much easier to manage.

Good luck finding something that works for you!

Ceri said...

Waterstones or Borders do gorgeous book journals that you can pick up - I have two! :D

I actually have no bookshelves. My books are in two huge piles in my room. One pile is books I've read, the other is right next to my bed and is my TBR pile. The books I've agreed to review for other sites usually take priority on my list to read - I know that I'll completely forget about them if I don't get them done straight away.

But the book journals are great for keeping track of everything - especially because a lot of them have sections already in there for certain piles/types of books. :)

Amy said...

I have this problem too. If I knew how to do spreadsheets I would try that. Right now, I just have contacts for publishing companies on word with email addy and books requested under each one. I also keep the label from the envelope it comes in and right the date of review due by written on the label and put on my bookshelf in the order of due date. Not very organized but it is working until this "computer dumb" person can figure out spreadhseets! LOL