Friday, July 26, 2013

Book Blogger Hop - 7/26 - 8/1


How do you organize your books to be read?

My books are organized by the month that I want to read them. The need-to-read is determined by the publication date or tour date.  I use an Excel spreadsheet that can easily be added to and updated.

I actually have two lists.  I have one by the month as mentioned above and one that lists them in order of reading priority.  

The list that has them in order of reading priority is because it makes it easier to find the book in this running list instead of the month-by-month list.  It also makes me aware of my time frame slipping away or of being on time.

When I have completed a book, I mark the date completed on both lists.

These lists do change if something changes in dates requested or I get an urgent book review request.  :)

That's how I keep myself organized, how about you?

THANKS for stopping by.


  1. I guess if you are doing a lot of reviewing you do need to be organised like this. So do you keep them organised in a notebook or something like a spreadsheet?

  2. I need to be more organized that way - I usually just fly by the seat of my pants.

  3. I use an Excel spreadsheet, Kathryn. That way I can make changes more easily and more neatly. :) know those business teachers, Kathy. We always have to be "organized." :)

    I don't know how you do it without writing stuff down, though.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  4. interesting question this week. I have not had many urgent ones so my method works for now.. but it sounds like you get quite a lot! Thanks for sharing

  5. Now that's an interesting way to organize: by shelf and by spreadsheet. Wait, you mean you don't have a leaning stack in baskets by your bed? I'm so impressed! xo

  6. Wow! Good for you! Sounds like you have mastered keeping on top of your TBR pile.

  7. I wish. I was as organized as you Elizabeth, I don't think to far ahead of myself and only go as far as the next 3 or 4 that I plan on reading. Thanks for stopping by my BBH. Oh, I followed you by the way, I can't believe it took me so long to do so :-)

  8. Books to be read ASAP are on the shelf next to my chair in the family room. All others to be read are on the same shelf in the living room. I don't have any other organization plan. I read what reaches out and grabs me and won't let me go because I'm a wimp with no muscle tone.


  9. Thanks for stopping by everyone.

    You are funny, Janie.

    Can't find your blog Amber...wanted to visit.

    THANKS, teachers can't be anything but organized...that would look bad for our reputation. :)

    LOL is organized as well. :)

    I think it is pretty much mastered, Susan. :)

    Thanks for stopping, Monique; and thanks for the follow.

  10. I want to steal your spreadsheet!

  11. Wow, having that spreadsheet sounds like a great idea! I wish I were more organized like that, I might have to try this and see if I can get more reading accomplished.

  12. Wow! I'm very impressed with your organization technique. It's great when you find a system that works and keeps things easy.

  13. Wow, that's way too smart and organized. I think I might adopt that too. Thanks for sharing your technique.

  14. Hi, Elizabeth!

    WOW. You really ARE serious about organizing your TBR list, aren't you? I know I would never in a million years have the patience to do that, in spite of having an accountant for a father. Lol.

    I congratulate you on your persistence in organizing your books! As I said in my own answer, I do use Goodreads and Shelfari. However, that's no guarantee that I'll read the books in any particular order. Besides, most of the books I own are NOT on either of these two lists! And it would take practically FOREVER for me to include them on the lists.

    Maybe in my next life, I'll try the spreadsheet

    Thanks for sharing, and for dropping by to leave a comment on my BBH post!! : )

  15. Elizabeth your system sounds so organised! I'd love to see how it all works so maybe I can do something similar :)

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  16. Yeah like I was saying over on my blog. You are far more organized than I will ever be when it comes to books. I read my books more spontaneously than that if they are books that I'm reviewing I use outlook to put them on a calendar but other than that I read whichever book at whim. I guess the idea of reading them in a certain order feels too pressured for me.

  17. Wow, a spreadsheet! I remember I tried doing it once but gave up on it right away. I guess I'm not a very organized person.

    Thanks for stopping by :)

  18. Have you thought about using the calendar in google to log when books are due? You can even set it to send you an emails ahead of time as a reminder. I use that for my blog posts and even color coordinate based on the type of post it is. :)

  19. I use the google calendar, but never thought to use it for my books.

    THANKS for the idea, Judith.

  20. I use a spreadsheet too, but yours sounds way more organized. I just have all the books in one list, in order of release date.

    Thanks for stopping by my BBH!

    Ashling @ Reading, Writing, & Anything but Arithmetic

  21. Oh wow, that's so organised! I always aspire to a system, but then I abandon it within days usually because life seems to have a different mind about what I read! XD Thanks for sharing and stopping by!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  22. I thought I was getting all book-nerdy when I put my shelf in book release order! You have me beat! If my plan doesn't work for me this year, then I may come back to you for list-making tutorials ;)