Discussion Time: Spreadsheets!

Discussion
I promised this post so long ago, and I was waiting to see if I could get my second spreadsheet up and running, but the truth is, it’s not gonna happen for quite a while. So I’m here to talk about my reading spreadsheet! I dunno if you guys know this but I’m a little obsessed with organization. I’m also obsessed with stats, like let I love having more information than anyone really needs to know about things. But hey this spreadsheet I found really just wins everything.

I should note real fast that I downloaded this spreadsheet from someone else, it was last updated in 2012, and it had a lot of information or things that I didn’t need and so I spent a lot of time updating it and fixing things so it suits my needs. If you’d like a copy of my version of this spreadsheet feel free to ask me. As for the original link? It seems to have been taken down, cause I sure can’t find it anymore…

But anyway onwards! When you load into the spreadsheet this is what I see.

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Yeah, I know there’s a LOT of information there, isn’t it awesome? But lets break it down a little bit shall we?

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This is by far my favorite section of the spreadsheet. And not just because this year I have been KNOCKING THE BOOKS OUT! But also because I love getting all of this information. All of it is pretty self explanatory and as a bonus I can compare it to last year:

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Where you can see I didn’t do nearly as great. The one thing I should mention is the second Pages Per Day is excluding audio. Which is a feature I would love a whole lot more if I listened to more audiobooks (Seriously I need to get on listening to more) But lets move on.

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These are the actual books for this year, as you can see you can put in the length of the audiobook if it was an audiobook. Now the last two columns are my favorite, they tell me what date I need to finish books by in order to stay up with my yearly challenge. Same goes for the # of pages side, that shows how many pages I’ve read total, and because it’s green it means I’m on track. Lets see what happens if I jack up my challenge and pages read, hm?

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Probably my favorite feature here is this one. As you can see I made my books goal 150, and my pages 100,000. Well now my # of pages is red cause I’m not gonna make my goal at those numbers (Although apparently with The Crown and the Arrow I’m on task for 100,000 pages and that’s mildly terrifying) it also shows me which books I’m actually on task for reaching 150 books for, which isn’t a lot. Seriously if you want pressure this spreadsheet will GIVE YOU PRESSURE. As for me? I like to keep things simple and see all kinds of green.

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As for the rest of the spreadsheet, well it can give you all the information you need. It lets you count up things like genre and where it came from (Oh and how much money you’ve spent on books this year. That always makes me so HAPPY to see. Also I hide that spot from my parents like you wouldn’t believe). Now I realize there’s a LOT of slang in this, some of it obvious some of it probably not so much cause it relates to me personally. But don’t worry we’ll get into that too. Cause you see this page isn’t the only page for the spreadsheet. Nope we’ve got a home page too.

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Now you can see what all my slang stands for, not to mention a comparison between the two years, in both number and visual format! ORGANIZAAAAAAAATIONNNNN!

So basically if you want all of the information about your reading habits, whelp, here’s the spreadsheet to tell you all about it! (Also congrats you’re getting a super close look into my reading habits ahaha) overall I could use this spreadsheet to stress me out, I could make things bleed read and put goals that would push me to read harder and farther. But instead I like to be able to just see at a glance what I’m doing and what I’ve been reading when. It lets me see how I’ve been improving (or lacking) from last year and it lets me know exactly how long it’s been since I last reread some of my favorites.

What do you guys use for organization?

Sondra

Discussion Time: To Review or Not to Review, That is the Question.

Discussion

So I started thinking about this when I finished Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. I really enjoyed the book, but I got to wondering, is it worth reviewing it on my blog? Is it worth writing a fully detailed review for this story that pretty much everyone knows?

Then my answer came quite simply. Why not? Why shouldn’t I? And not just because I need blog posts each and every week, I’ve grown used to missing weeks now and then. But I write reviews because I enjoy telling people about the books that I’ve read and enjoyed (Or didn’t enjoy for that matter). Even if I’m the last person in the entire world to read a book why can’t I still scream it to the void that I loved it? Why is there this pressure with blogging to only review new books?

Obviously a lot of this falls on the shoulders of ARCs. There’s always discussion about people who start blogging just for ARCs and the way that other bloggers feel about those people. I’m not going to dip my toe into that discussion right now. But what I am going to say is that ARCs present this feeling of “I HAVE TO READ THIS AND REVIEW IT NOW.”

It means that when we, as bloggers, get time to review books, we spend most of our energy reviewing the books that we feel pressured to get up on our blog. Then that turns around and leaves all of our blogs looking the same, and with the same reviews. It’s not publishers fault, they’re trying to raise attention for books, and we love to help them. We want these books to get all of the love and attention they deserve when they’re published!

But it means that amazing books, that used to get all kinds of notice and love, now start to slip away and slide to the background. They’re left on the shelf at the library, or on your personal shelf unread. It means that the excitement that was once there for that book has faded. Obviously Percy Jackson isn’t one of those books, but I could list millions of others, I’m sure you could look at your own bookshelves and find a large number of them too.

So I guess what I’m trying to say in this slightly rambling post is lets change things 2016. Let’s pick up those older books, and let’s review them. Let’s remind people of those books that they forgot to read years ago. I know I’m going to review those books this year.

Sondra