When I saw this tag done by Imyril @ There’s Always Room for One More (created by Headless Books), I thought it was such wonderful way to get more insight into any blogger’s process and I couldn’t resist trying to articulate it all for myself. So before you checkout my hopefully not very long answers, do checkout both their blogs for more amazing content.
And now let’s get started….
Do you keep a list of the books you have read?
Yes, of course. That’s what Goodreads is for. I’ve been using the site for almost a decade now and despite its flaws, I love using it to keep track of all my books. I also started using spreadsheets to keep track of my reading since last year and I’ve been having fun with that. It’s fascinating to figure out patterns in my reading and I hope it lets me be a better reader and try out a bit outside my comfort zone.
If you record statistics, what statistics do you record?
I’m not one for creating my own spreadsheets, so I relied on Brock’s spreadsheet for recording my stats in 2019. And this year, I’m using both this sheet as well as the wonderful template made by Kal @ Reader Voracious.
The most important stat for me is the books read by genre, mostly I just wanna know if fantasy or romance are dominating at any point of time. And it helps me figure out if I want to increase reading any particular genre.
I also love checking out how I am rating books and how many books I’m really loving.
The diversity is very important to me because I want to make sure I’m reading a large number of ownvoices books.
Book formats and sources of the books are other fascinating stats. This year, I’m also trying to keep track of new releases vs backlist, as well as how many of my owned books I’m reading.
You can checkout how I did in all of these areas in my First Quarter Wrap Up post.
Do you give star ratings for books and if so, what do you score books out of and how do you come about this score?
I do give out star ratings (half stars too), but I can never articulate how I arrive at the number. Its usually the 4 or 4.5 stars which are my favorites, which I enjoyed a lot and would love to reread again and again. 5 stars can give me similar feelings too, but they are also sometimes books which I couldn’t find any fault with but wouldn’t necessarily reread.
But one thing I can tell you is that my enjoyment is my priority, and I really need to connect to the characters and feel invested in their journey. The writing and plot aren’t necessarily major criteria for me unless they are too bad or cringey.
Do you review books?
Reviewing is my favorite part of maintaining this blog and I just love it. I’m not a creative person, so I know I’m never going to be an author but I’ve always loved writing, so writing about the books I love is an amazing feeling and makes me very happy.
Where do you put your finished books?
I mostly read ebooks, so finished books just go into the cloud. Among my very few physical books, the finished ones do occupy a separate shelf along with my favorites.
How do you pick your next book?
Ain’t that my biggest problem… what to read next???? I can usually finish a book within a day (max 2), but sometimes picking my next book can take me more time because I’m too moody and can never decide on one. Some choices are already made for me because I have quite a good bunch of ARCs to get through, so I can pick up whatever is next on the list according to the release dates. Otherwise, it’s choosing between my book club reads, my library checkouts and just whatever catches my whimsy.
Do you have any other rituals for when you have finished a book?
One major thing I decided last year was that I wouldn’t have a review backlog. I’ve seen way too many bloggers talk about having to write reviews for 10s and 20s of books and I didn’t want to be in that situation.
So, my ritual is that if I think I have enough thoughts about a book to want to write a review, I will write it immediately after finishing the book or within the next day. And I will absolutely not start reading another book till I’m done writing my review. This means that I’ve maintained a zero review backlog for read books for almost an year now and I’m very proud of myself for that.