Let’s Talk: How do you organize your Goodreads shelves?

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How do you organize your Goodreads shelves?

I think you can learn a lot about people and their reading preferences by glancing at their Goodreads shelves. Are you a someone with so many created shelves for organizing your GR collection that you’ve lost track? Perhaps you haven’t created any shelves, and you stick to the default options that Goodreads provides.  Or maybe you fall somewhere in between, like me.

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Let’s Talk: Do you buy used books?

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One of the first things I noticed when I got involved in the book community was how few people purchase used books.  There seems to be a consensus among many book bloggers (and booktubers especially) that every book we add to our personal collection needs to be brand new and untouched.  I’ve seen some people even say that they REFUSE to purchase used books.

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Let’s Talk: How do you keep track of your blogging ideas/schedule?

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I spent the majority of last weekend and into this week creating a bullet journal, with plans to use it to organize everything bookish/blogging related in my life.  I’ve created my own planners for years, but this is my first time using the bullet journal system. I’ve only been using it for a week now, but I absolutely love it so far.  All of the planning I did to organize all the post-its and notebooks full of blogging ideas and notes to myself really made me wonder how other bloggers stay organized.  I’ve seen some people use digital or print calendars, planners, a blank notebook, or just their phone.

It can be difficult to keep track of blogging commitments: reviews, blog tours, blitzes, author interviews, giveaways, etc. without having some kind of organization system.  Because I’ve used paper planners in the past, I think this is what really works for me.  Right now I post M-F, and I plan out posts a week at a time on a big post-it note that I stick onto my weekly journal spread. I also use the Stickies app on my Mac to list future blogging commitments that are more than a month out (blitzes, blog tours, etc).  I’m thinking about using iCal as well for an additional organizational tool.

I also like to have a tool to keep track of ARCs and my notes for reviews, but decided to do that separate from my planning. I had been using a blank notebook until I figured out a system that worked for me, but my wonderful Round 3 OTSP Secret Sister Erin  just sent me an amazing Book Lover’s Journal (similar to this), and I think that’s going to work perfectly for me. It has pages for reviews, reading group schedules, a place to keep track of wish lists, and more!

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Here are some shots of my bullet journal if you’re curious how I have things set up:

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Let’s Talk: Why I Lowered my Goodreads Goal

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On New Year’s Day I posted all of my goals for the year, which included my Goodreads goal, to complete 120 books (same as 2015).  I posted again this week for Top Ten Tuesday, and again, talked about my resolution to read 120 books in 2016.

As this week has gone on, I keep looking at my bookshelves and all the books I want to get to, and thinking about all the things I want to accomplish this year (buying a house, summer travel plans, etc).  I’ve realized that I am putting way too much pressure on myself to read X number of books, rather than just reading for fun. Reading has started to feel like homework.  I’m continuously picking up shorter books because I can read them faster, when I have so many chunkier books I’ve been wanting to get to.  I started Queen of Shadows in September (my most anticipated 2015 release) and I’ve yet to even read 100 pages!

I also want to finally start writing reviews this year, and in order to do that, I have to slow down a little bit and think more critically and deeply about what I’m reading. I have a terrible memory, so this means taking notes on what I read, and sitting down to get my thoughts out on paper as soon as I finish a book. I don’t want to rush through a read and subsequent review because I’m so worried about picking up my next book.

My original goal meant I had to read an average of 10 books every month to read 120 by the end of the year. Some months I just don’t feel like reading that much, or I want to read a book that’s 800 pages without feeling guilty because it takes me an entire week (or longer). or to be honest, sometimes I just feel like reading fan fiction!

So I’m saying goodbye to the pressure of a big reading goal…

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And hello to a goal that is more comfortable and manageable for me.

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I’ve set a new goal for 80 books, an average of 6 per month.  Last year, some months I read 4 books and others I read over 15, so this is a good, comfortable number for me.  My goal is to get through the year without feeling any pressure to hit that magic Goodreads number.   I imagine that I’ll probably still surpass 80 books by quite a lot, but now I won’t feel pressure to do so. I considered deleting my Goodreads goal completely (gasp!), but it is the easiest way to keep track of what I’ve read and it’s always fun to scroll through the page at the end of the year to see all those pretty covers when I’m reflecting back.

This post is in no means meant to make anyone else feel bad for setting high reading goals!!!! This is just something that I had to do for myself this year.

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How are you feeling about your goals so far this year? Do you ever change your GR goals (or other reading goals) after you’ve set them? Do you raise your goals towards the end of the year when you realize you’re going to reach your goal early, or lower them when you realize you’re not going to reach them in time?