Book bloggers: do you need a reading schedule?

I used to think it was easy to handle the books I wanted to read. There weren’t that many books after all, just a small list that grew and changed as I got through some reads, a couple dozen books, a number easy to manage and not that scary to look at.

Then I started book blogging.

All of a sudden, found myself drowning into hundred, thousand of books I wanted to read, my goodreads TBR growing from 30 to 800 books to be read, my wallet crying and my mind constantly wondering what I am supposed to do and what I am supposed to read next, too.

Even though, it’s only recently that I started wondering about a reading schedule. Before, when I first started, I didn’t receive ARCs, I managed my book budget quite easily and my physical TBR was always around 5 books, a number easily manageable until I read some of them, then authorized myself to treat myself to some other books. My book buying habits were so easily manageable and so was my TBR.

Yet, lately, I’ve been feeling like things are getting a little bit out of control, with a TBR that grows all of a sudden and books hidden in my e-reader that… I’m not seeing directly, therefore completely forgetting about, hidden in a corner of my mind until I turn my e-reader on again and find out that, oops, I’ve got books I still haven’t read there, too. I still have my book buying habits under control and I’m not yet losing my mind and hauling ten books at a time. (Not that the ones of you doing this are wrong or losing your mind at all, don’t get me wrong!! It’s just not my kind of thing to do at all, because it kind of stresses me out.)

Yet, I feel like I have more books to read than ever before and my mind still wonders to the ones I haven’t bought just yet that I’m suddenly craving, like an itch I can’t quite get rid of. Being a book blogger is hard, sometimes.

Related blog post: How to Master Your TBR pile (or try to)

To get everything under control, I feel like I could use a reading schedule.

Sometimes, I feel like I should be making these TBRs, these blog posts (or tweets, or bookstagram posts) that are quite popular and where, every month, book bloggers mention the books they would like to read in the upcoming month. Then, I remember that I’m not a TBR kind of person and that I don’t want to restrict myself with a set TBR.

Sometimes, I see book bloggers having a sort of schedule depending on what they do and the time of the day: an audiobook for their commute time, an e-book for the evening, a physical copy for their day reading. Then, I remember that I can only read one book at a time and kind of hate myself for it.

Sometimes, I feel like I should have a reading calendar of some sort to be on top of my reading. Read this, read that: but then again doesn’t that take off the fun?

Then, there are all the reading challenges and bookish bingo of sorts, created by incredible book bloggers and members of the community all year round, that make you read books off your TBR, books with a special theme overall. Challenges that make you have a reading schedule overall, because you have to find books fitting the theme, books on your immediate TBR, ARCs to get to, etc.

Thing is, when I look at my reading, I feel like I sort of have a low-key reading schedule, despite not doing strict monthly TBRs, planning out my reading or telling myself I have to read this and that book there and now, or participating in reading challenges.

I organize myself with my ARCs tracker spreadsheet, to make sure I’m on track with the review copies I got lucky enough to receive and to read the ones I should be reading in order to be on time and….

That’s it, actually, that’s all there is.

I don’t really have a reading schedule, despite being a book blogger and being here for over 4 years now and I’m doing perfectly okay.

Having a reading schedule, setting monthly TBRs, participating in reading challenges and setting yourself reading goals is not a requirement to be a book blogger, despite the overwhelming part of the community doing these kind of things.

If you’re a mood reader, if you’re not into having schedules, planning out your readings and the books you want to read next, it’s okay.

If you like being organized, down to the book you’ll read the morning on your commute to the book you’ll listen to on the evening, it’s okay, too.

If you have absolutely no idea how to organize your reading and are feeling a little bit overwhelmed with all the books right now, it’s okay, too. Try out a schedule, try out one, two, three books at a time, try setting a planning, try following your heart. But always, always remember that blogging and reading should be, as much as possible, a low-pressure zone and you should enjoy yourself before anything else.

Do you have a reading schedule? How do you organize your reading, if you do?

Do you read multiple books at a time, of different formats? I’d love to hear about your reading habits in comments!

 

 

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170 thoughts on “Book bloggers: do you need a reading schedule?

  1. I love this post, Marie ❀️❀️

    You should never hate yourself for only being able to read one book at a time! There is absolutely nothing wrong with it, for a very long while I could also only read one book at a time and that’s perfectly fine ❀️

    I used to make TBR’s when I first started blogging but now I lean more towards mood reading. I’m picking books that I want to read in the moment and I haven’t been happier. I obviously take ARC release dates into consideration and focus on reading them if the release date is fast approaching πŸ™‚

    I haven’t participated in any reading challenges in my three years of blogging. They always look really fun but I’m so scared of failing! Anyway I don’t really have a schedule either and I don’t think I’m doing too badly. I guess it all depends on the type of reader/blogger that you are ❀️❀️

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Michelle πŸ’–
      You’re right, I just feel like I could be so much more productive, somehow, but then again reading shouldn’t be productive, it should be enjoyable and not something I pressure myself to do ahah πŸ’–

      I’m glad I’m not the only one not participating in reading challenges! They sound like a lot of fun, but I’m also a mood reader and nervous about it all haha. πŸ’–
      Thank you so much πŸ’–

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      1. I get what you mean about being productive. I thought of it that way when I first started blogging and I was constantly comparing the amount of books I read to the amount other people read in a month but I am really trying to just read for enjoyment this year ❀️

        I still think schedules might work for some bloggers and other bloggers are fine without a reading schedule xx

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    1. Ahh that’s great that it makes you feel organized and everything! πŸ™‚ I agree, everyone is different and should find out a system that works out well for them πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your comment! πŸ™‚

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    1. Yay! I hope you’ll achieve all of these challenges and will have tons of fun πŸ™‚ it has to be hard to stay on track haha, but I am certain you can do this πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your comment! πŸ™‚

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  2. I feel this so hard! I can never get further than listing two or three books I want to read ahead, just to make sure I have some balance (if i read a dark, heavy book, I’ll probably want something fluffy after so I pre-empt that) and I plan my arc reads so reviews are published prior to their release but if I go any more in depth there’s no way I’ll stay on track! It becomes a chore and all the shiny books waiting on my shelves distract me.

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    1. Ahh you’re just like me, that’s so cool! I also like to read a light, fluffy read after a dark, intense or heavy book, to keep things balanced and everything πŸ™‚
      thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on the topic! πŸ™‚ ❀

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  3. Mood reader here; I read when I want to read. I don’t post monthly TBRs. I don’t track my reading with spreadsheets. I am on the lax side of blogging. I do just one or two reading challenges each year and I am not too hard on myself when I fail them. Reading and book blogging are my happy places so like you said, they should be low-pressure zones. Love this post!

    Jennilyn @ Rurouni Jenni Reads

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    1. YAY! I so love your way of seeing things and you’re so right. Blogging is my happy place, too, but sometimes I tend to stress out a little bit too much haha. Definitely important to keep it a happy place πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much, I’m so glad you enjoyed it πŸ˜€

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  4. omg I related to this post SO MUCH, Marie! I’m horrible at sticking to tbrs because I’m such a mood reader and I can’t read more than one book at a time. I feel like I have a really general, subject-to-change-at-any-given-moment reading schedule because I can kind of guess the moods I’ll be in and when I’ll feel like picking up a certain kind of book. In the end, I think as long as I’m prioritizing reading I’ll make a dent in my (seemingly endless) tbr.

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    1. Ahh thank you so, so much for your sweet comment, I’m so happy you could relate to this ❀ I envy people reading more than one book at a time, I personally prefer to focus on one book haha. And yes I agree, as long as we prioritize reading, we'll get through that gigantic TBR… or well, maybe read a couple books haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! ❀

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  5. I don’t use a schedule because what I want to read changes. I do participate in reading challenges but only ones that allow me to pick books as I go. I join ones for types of books I already read mostly (so I guess it’s not much of a challenge). I don’t need to be challenged so for me it’s more of participating with the book blogging community. When I finish a book, I look at my mini TBR pile (review books that have recently come in) and either pick one of those or go downstairs and pick from my own TBR piles. Depending on what I want to do (or how big the review copy pile is.)

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    1. That’s so great! Not being too strict with yourself and what you read is the best – at least, for me, and the best to avoid slumps, too πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on the topic πŸ˜€

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  6. hehe totally relate to this! Book blogging is hard sometimes πŸ˜‰ There are just too many books wanting/demanding to be read! I’m also not into TBRs and am a massive mood reader- so really get what you mean here! I definitely agree that reading should be a low pressure zone too. Brilliant post!

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  7. Hey Marie πŸ™‚
    I agree that we don’t have to have a reading schedule or monthly TBRs as a book blogger. Everyone has a different approach to reading and I think that’s all right. Whatever floats our boat haha πŸ™‚
    I used to do monthly TBRs but I realize that I rarely stick to them since I am a mood reader. I might scrap these and just go with my gut feeling.
    In terms of reading schedule, usually I do tend to read on my commutes and listen to audiobooks when I am walking dogs or crafting. I like to read one book at a time as well, so sometimes I have two versions of one book. (For example I would skip to the same part in the audiobook that I’ve left off in the ebook.)
    Great post ❀ ❀

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    1. Ohh that’s so great that you read one book at a time, but on different mediums – you have to be able to skip to the right part in the audiobook then every time ahah. Do you find that this makes your reading experience better, don’t you find it a bit confusing to switch from audio to reading? I’m curious, I never tried audiobooks haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much, Sophie! ❀

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      1. Haha yeah it takes some time to skip to the right part in the audiobook and then the ebook, but it is worth it if I am reading on one medium for a long period of time. However if it is a shorter stretch (ie. 10 or 20min) then I don’t bother switching between mediums haha. It’s not too confusing as long as I can find the right place in the book πŸ™‚

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  8. Sounds like you have a solid plan here. I’m decent at keeping track of my reading, but I could be better. I have to put blog tours right into my regular Google calendar because it’s the only place that I consistently look, but I also track review books in Goodreads where I can sort by publication date. I’m not great at checking spreadsheets regularly, so I haven’t tracked them that way, but I HAVE been keeping track of my reading via spreadsheet the past year or so, so maybe I should try to put an ARC tracker right into that and I’d check it whenever I enter a new read book. Hmmm…..

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    1. Ohh that’s good! I use my blogging schedule to keep track of the blog tours, but I also put that in my ARC spreadsheet to be sure I manage to read the book early enough πŸ˜‚
      I hope you’ll find a system that works out well for you! πŸ˜€
      Thank you so, so much Nicole! ❀

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    1. Same! I cannot have a reading schedule otherwise no one is having fun. Lol. I do tend to do a mini TBR list for what I’m currently in the mood for (I joined a reading challenge where you pick a theme each month and you read a couple of books around your chosen theme and that seems to help. It also helps that you get to choose you own theme. This month I went with Fire & Ice and I’ve had fun with that!) I may get 1 or 2 books read and if my mood changes and I don’t get to the other ones, so be it. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ lol

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      1. Oh it’s such a cool kind of readathon, where you just have to pick a theme, that’s great πŸ˜€ I guess the best way to go is to go with your feelings and if you feel like reading a book or another, then, be it I guess, I agree with you ahha πŸ™‚
        Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! πŸ˜€

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  9. Loved this post! I’ll tell you right now, I have a very specific format and range of books that I like to read. I know it’s a bit neurotic, but it’s one of the verrrry few things in my life that I’m actually decisive about LOL.

    I can only read hardcopy books. I read articles and excerpts in electronic format, but can’t bring myself to ever commit to a full novel online. So every book on my TBR is also in my TBR shelf at home (which is literally bursting at the seams and staring at me constantly disappointed).

    I also read many books at a time. I am a total mood reader, but my reading brain is SO moody that I can’t last an entire book in a certain genre. So for example right now I’m reading a fantasy, a non-fiction on dream science and a comedic autobiography. I’m a hot mess!

    I think reading schedules are so great! and I wish I could adhere to one – but knowing myself and my sporadic reading habits there’s no way I could stick to anything with consistency. It’s all about how ya feeeeel, you know dude? πŸ˜›

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    1. Ahah well I think it’s awesome that you know exactly what you like to read, that’s GREAT! πŸ˜€
      That’s a lot of books at a time though, I admire you for being able to juggle between SO many books at the same time, that’s quite awesome haha.
      I 200% get it though, it’s good to follow your gut and your feelings overall before anything else, that’s how you keep it fun, too πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your comment! ❀ ❀

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  10. Aahh I love this post, Marie!! I definitely see where you’re coming from with all of this haha. I think for me personally, I LIKE to set TBRs and make reading schedules and whatnot… I’m just not good at sticking to them, which kind of defeats the purpose πŸ˜‚ I’m definitely mostly a mood reader and I’ve been doing a lot more mood reading lately and I definitely feel happier reading-wise. But TBRs are so satisfying to me as someone who likes to check things off, and… I’m just all over the place haha! I 100% agree with you, though, if you want to make TBRs, that’s totally up to you, and if you just want to mood read, that’s up to you too! There is no one way to read and that’s what I love about it ❀

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    1. I’m so, SO happy to hear you’re feeling happier with your reading, yay! Sometimes it can feel like a chore, especially when you have a schedule, or an ARC and a deadline, too. Yet, it feels SO satisfying to check things off a list, I get that feeling SO much 😭
      Thank you so much, May! You’re so right, there is no right or wrong when it comes to reading ❀

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  11. Love this post 😍😍 TBR grew bigger after joining book blogger is so relatable.. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ I used to write book review on weekend then publish it on monday but not anymoreπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I totally agree about reading and book review as pleasure, now I did not try to stress anymore and publish it whenever I want to

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