Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ah, Tuesday Thingers... Where Have You Been?

It has been quite some time since I've posted a response to the Tuesday Thingers Question of the Week, but I've decided to jump back in the pool. If nothing else, it'll break up the endless list of book reviews I've been posting on the blog. That being said, this week's question concerns books that get reviewed:

"How do you get your books for reviewing? Do you track them somehow (excel, database, etc), or just put them in a tbr (To Be Read for anyone that doesn't know) pile?"

I get my books from the bookstore most often, sometimes the library, but I'm really hard on books--carrying them around in my purse and writing my thoughts in them--so I try to help the economy out as much as possible. The books that get put in my TBR pile (all of which get some sort of write-up/review on the blog) come from all kinds of sources: recommendations from other bloggers, my monthly book club at the library, my page-a-day book lover's calendar, books by authors that I love, etc.

Here's the process I use:
  1. When I receive a recommendation or become aware of a title I want to read, I write it down in a little notebook I carry with me. This allows me to have it with me when I'm at the bookstore or library.
  2. When at said bookstore or library, I'll pull out the trusty notebook and look around (rather than aimlessly walking around and looking for inspiration). Although, I do reserve the right to be serendipitiously inspired (as with my recent purchase of The Women by T.C. Boyle that was prominently displayed in B&N when I walked in and I loved Loving Frank by Nancy Horan, so the idea of another fictionalized account of Frank Lloyd Wright's philandering ways caught my eye to the point that I actually plunked down cold hard cash for the hardback version).
  3. When I bring the purchased books home they get shelved on the TBR bookshelves (I've got one bookshelf for YA books and another for everything else). They're put in the order of original publication date and I try to read chronologically. Although, again, another caveat, I reserve the right to take a book out of order if I really want to or if I need to get read earlier (i.e., if it was loaned or it's for a book club and I have to meet the meeting deadline or it's part of research for writing or something).

That's it. Genius, huh? Also, you can track my TBR bookshelves (including all the jots and tittles that are still just hopes and dreams in my notebook) on my Goodreads profile.

So now you tell me: Where do you get your books you review? How do you track? etc.?


Shana said...

That page-a-day book lover's calendar sounds like something I need!


Number One Novels said...

I like it--methodical yet room for spontaneity. With all the reviews you do, do you keep track of how many books you read in a week/month/year? It seems like it would have to be a lot.

I also have segregated book queues on my bookcases: one for fantasy, one for romance, and one for other and nonfiction--mostly because that's how my library (ahem, my front room) is organized, but also to make those sudden urgent compulsions for books from a certain genre a little safer for those around me.

mari said...

I don't track them. Just put them all on on my nightstand or around it. The number of books keeps growing. :)

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

Oh Heather - I love both your method and your little notebook! Why haven't I thought of that? :) I generally jot a book down on a scrap of paper or an envelope flap and carry it around until I lose it or pick the books up, I think your method is better.

Thanks for participating in Thingers last week! I've got the post up for this week - What's your favorite genre? ~ Wendi