We are a group of three book bloggers situated on different continents but brought together by our love for books and a penchant for talking about them. We’ve joined our forces to create a collaborative series of posts about book blogging and we hope you’ll enjoy the discussions.
A MAGICAL WORLD OF WORDS - AmyNikita
BOOK REVIEWS BY DI - Di Hewlett
BOOKS.BAGS.BURGERS - Uma K
What is your reading schedule like?
At the moment my reading schedule mainly consists of catching up on ARCs that I requested or was contacted about reading, Read-a-thons, and finally a couple of backlisted books/my own TBR pile when I can slot them in.
I’ve pretty much lined up everything that I am reading until the middle of the year keeping in mind the new releases that I’m about to be reading (ACOWAR 2 May!!!!!!!!!) and commitments that I’ve made.
I do leave wiggle room in my schedule for unexpected items and books that I just HAVE TO HAVE but my actual goal is to keep a ratio of -
- 1 review book from a publisher or author
- 1 new release book for myself (these two could be the same book if I’m lucky with ARCs)
- 1 backlisted book from my own TBR.
There are some series I’m really excited about starting finishing (hopefully) in the summer holidays! Namely, The Mortal Instruments (I’m FREAKING EXCITED about this one!), and Six of Crows (I’M EVEN MORE EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE)
How much pressure do you put on yourself to meet your bookish goals?
Probably too much? Although I’m learning to let go a little more. I like to review ARCs before release date if possible and I really try to get reviews back to authors about a month after I receive their books, but I have to admit that I fail dismally at that sometimes. My reading schedule was so jam packed last year and I’m still catching up on review copies for past releases that I’ve received from Indie Authors.
My Goodreads challenge this year has just been dismal - I’ve been aiming to hit the 100 book mark for 2017 and all year I’ve been behind. I’m currently behind by 8 books while I’m doing this post. I know I can reduce this number but the fact of the matter is that I’d actually LIKE to hit 100 books (it is called a challenge!) and I need to know where I’m at with that if I am really going to try make the effort to hit that goal. While 100 books might not be a lot for a lot of book bloggers out there when I’m hardly picking anything up under 400-450 pages and I’m busy with a young family AND a full time job it is a LOT for me.
But I still do care about my Goodreads Challenge on which I’m currently A LOT behind. But hopefully I’ll catch up to that! I think it’s absolutely okay to have bookish goals as long as they don’t drag you out of your comfort zone. Books = Comfort , so trying to read books just for the sake of numbers at the cost of comfort is no fun.
How has blogging changed your reading habits?
I also think I read less than I used to! #sadbuttrue Not all my own free time can be dedicated just to reading - there’s the blog to manage, other blogs to visit, posts to prepare and social media to stalk.
My TBR pile is also way more out of control because blogging has led me to visit so many other awesome blogs and read so many amazing reviews of books that I might not have considered in the past!
Blogging has definitely changed the way I read. Back before I started blogging, I read purely for entertainment value. Now I’ve started looking at books with a more critical eye and started seeing things I’d ignored before. Before I started blogging, I didn’t even know how important diversity in books are, how sexist some books were and such. After starting to blog and exploring the bookish community on the internet I’ve learnt so much!
Also since I started blogging I’ve started prioritizing my TBR pile a lot differently than I used to. Earlier it was about books I wanted to read the most but now i have to take into consideration ARCs, review copies and make sure I’m posting reviews close to the publishing date. This has of course caused my TBR pile to explode but oh well, no one said blogging was easy :P
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We hope you’ve enjoyed Part 10 in our series of discussion posts! Please talk to us and let us know YOUR answers below. What do you think of our responses? If you have any specific questions you’d like us to address in the future, please let us know in the comments section below. Stay tuned for next week’s questions!