Today for the Caffeinated BEA Takeover we have Bee from Quite the Novel Idea chatting about Organizing your TBR Pile. She has some tips that work for her so grab a cup of coffee and check it out. Bee will be responding to comments and visiting you today. It is the last day of BEA and I will be flying home tomorrow. Enjoy the post and stay caffeinated!
Organizing your TBR
HEY THERE GUYS!
Today I have the immense pleasure of talking to you here on Kim’s awesome blog because she’s off to BEA (so jealous *pout*). I’m going to tell you how you can organize your TBR and make sure how NOT to fall so terribly behind. Of course, this is MY method and it works well for ME. I am not telling you what to do, I’m just giving you tips that might help.
A TBR is often a monstrous and terrifying thing that often threatens to fall over and make a pancake out of us bookworms. And it never stops growing. For every book you read, at least 5 get added onto it.
There is no definite way to ever get to every single book you put on it unless you’re immortal. (If you are, please tell me how your secrets!) BUT there is a way to get it under control, you know… a bit. So I’ll give you all the secrets as to how I do it and hopefully it helps you at least a little bit. And it’s quite simple actually.
Prioritize with Lists & Goodreads Shelves!
ISN’T THAT SIMPLE? Why yes it is. You see, I love making lists. I have a zillion post-its next to my usual computer spot. Actually only three at the moment. I have my April TBR and my May TBR which contain my review copies for said months. (The books that release in late April, May and early June + non-ARC review copies.) And I have my Backlist TBR which contains the books I own and want to read ASAP.
These lists help me decide what to read next. BUT these little papers can get lost or something, so I have SHELVES! Goodreads is an immense help for keeping my TBR organized. I have my To-Read-First shelf which contains all my review copies and I have my backlist-tbr-asap shelf which contains ALL the already released books I own that have priority over the hundreds of other books on my normal to-read shelf. I also have a waiting-for-release shelf for all the unreleased books I do not own but am waiting for (obviously) and a wishlist shelf for all the books that I do not own, but are released.
Now how does this help me decide what to read next and not fall behind on review copies? IT’S ALSO SO VERY SIMPLE. You see, I’m a mood reader. I always have a specific mood that’s very genre-related. Sometimes I’m in the mood for fantasy, other times for contemporary and there are also those rare moods where I want to read paranormal, historical or science fiction. My To-Read-First shelf and my backlist-tbr-asap shelf both have books that are from a variety of genres. So when I know what I’m in the mood for, I first go to my review copies because those are books that I got from publishers/authors for review and thus have priority over all the others. I pick a book from my list (preferably from my TBR from the current month) when I know my mood and read it. Sometimes it happens that I get half of that monthly TBR done before I’m even halfway through the month, so I get to choose from my backlist TBR. YAY! That or I choose to take a week off and do some other stuff like catch up on TV-shows/movies/anime/… This is also an excellent way to avoid the feared reading slump.
I’ll give you an example. Say I’m in the mood for contemporary book. It’s April as I’m writing this so I go to my April TBR list and I pick a book from it to read. Since I can’t choose which contemporary, I just pick the one that releases the soonest. If I have several that release on the same day, I just pick blindly or I choose the one whose blurb sounds the best. So it’s April and I want contemporary, so I pick either Suffer Love, Alice & the Fly or The Way Back to You.
Yes it is Dean. It’s a simple but very efficient system that I worked out for myself and it works. I can’t enjoy something I’m absolutely not in the mood for but I like to be organized at least a little bit so I found this to be a good alternative. I have a planned TBR that allows me to choose according to my mood. The best of both worlds, so to speak.
Thank you Bee! Loving the gif of Dean 🙂 Bee runs the blog Quite the Novel Idea where you can find lots of discussion posts, reviews in all genres and even movie reviews. Bee is twenty five and lives in Belgium. She shares a birthday with J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter. How cool is that? I might add my youngest was born on the same day 🙂 Bee is also an author who pens under the name Nelly B. Jones, in honor of her Grandmother. Bee actively participates in the blogging community and loves to comment and share. I hope you take some time to introduce yourself if you haven’t already done so.
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