I’ve seen this meme around the blogosphere and as a part of my New Year’s resolution to be more on top of things and just more organized in general, I felt like this was a good place to start. Avalinah @Avalinah’s Books started this meme to provide some motivation to finish reading and reviewing ARC’s which is definitely something I need in my life! Periodically, I’ll be posting updates of the count (probably whenever I do monthly wrap-ups). So without further ado, onto my current state!
For the past four years, I’ve been organizing my ARC/R&R’s in a spreadsheet that I keep updated. Here’s a taste:
(Sorry it’s so blurry; Blogger is throwing a hissy fit today and no amount of HTML patching will fix it. All the more reason to speed the transition to WordPress.)
In this spreadsheet, I keep track of the title, the author, the date I received the original request email, the requested or promised deadline, whether or not I wrote notes, wrote the review, posted the review to Amazon, posted the review to Barnes and Noble, posted the review to Goodreads, what I rated the book, whether or not I’ve read the book itself, and how I obtained the book (from whom). When a book is done, I highlight the whole thing in green. When a deadline is missed, I make the text red (for example, I was late with The Union). After I started receiving physical copies about two years ago, I also started keeping track of their location (on my kindle, on my kindle app, currently awaiting, or physical copy).
I’ve been keeping this spreadsheet updated for the past four years and while it’s great for keeping track of everything, I have no motivation to do really keep up besides what I conjure on my own. I still have books from 2016 (2016!!) that I haven’t read or reviewed yet and that is just awful.
I’m currently not actively receiving or requesting any books from Netgalley or Edelweiss as I receive all of my R&R/ARC copies from publishers or authors directly.
I’m open for review requests during the months of January and July which means that for this entire month, I need to be both playing catch up and fielding requests.
Starting out 2019, this is the status:
Currently, I have a total of 40 unread and unreviewed ARC/R&R’s. 39 are past the deadline that was agreed upon (I know, it’s awful).
It’s not so much a problem of reading them but rather the prospect of reviewing them. I lost a little of my blogging mojo because of how busy I’ve been with other things but I’m hoping to really get back into it during winter break when I have the whole month of January off from school and I’m just working part-time.
So what’s the plan? Read at least one R&R a week (two during January). Publish the books that I receive for review in my next State of the ARC’s to keep myself accountable.
How do you keep track of your ARC/R&R’s? Do you keep a spreadsheet? Do you receive ARC’s or R&R’s from different platforms?