5. pro 2014.

Bookish Problems #17 - Reading Schedule: Yes or No?


      One of the problems all book bloggers are familiar with is scheduling their upcoming reads. This is something we are forced to do if we want to finish reading all our review copies on time and still find time to read something else.

      We have already talked about this topic with some of you lovely ladies, and we know that most of bloggers are doing this. But here is what I want to ask you today:

Do you ever feel like reading has become more like a job or school assignment? Does this make you enjoy it less sometimes?

       My answer is yes. I am not kind of person who loves too much pressure or boundaries. Even as a teacher I tend to change my lesson plans dozen times during the school year as soon as I feel that I have started to repeat same routines. It gets boring and uninspiring - for kids and myself. I act same way when it comes to reading. I do mark down all important dates, I keep track of publication dates, all new books (but old ones as well) that I can't wait to read and I try to come up with some sort of reading schedule. But as soon as I start to feel as if planner that is always somewhere near me, has started to rule my life, I give up on any form of scheduling. I just pick up what appeals to me in that moment.

What is your solution for this? 


23 komentara:

  1. I'm a mood reader so I definitely don't have a reading schedule. I just make sure to keep an eye out on my reviews books so they don't sit too long. Even then, I don't have too many of those so I just read whatever I feel like at the time :D

    Eileen @ BookCatPin

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  2. Honestly I did there for awhile when it seemed I was only reading ARCs and review books. When I started adding back in books from my TBR pile, books just for fun, I was much happier. I love ARCs but being on a time frame as to when I have to read a book isn't always fun.

    I am trying to not only have ARCs but of course they are tempting and hard to resist but as long as I do a good mix of both reading and reviewing has still been fun.

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  3. I have to schedule in all my reads as well, although I recently fell off the wagon and got really behind and it was stressful. When that happens, I just shrug it off and take a break, because I don't get paid!

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  4. LOL I'm sooooo disorganized for that like for everything maybe. I tend to read the books from publishers first and then my books but I don't have a schedule because I never know. It's a surprise each time.

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  5. I don't have this problem. I read when I finally get some free time. In fact my problem is more than because of work and everything, I don't have a lot of time to read, so when I finally have some free time and a clear head, I still love curling up with a cup of tea and a good book.

    - Love, Felicia
    ( http://asillygirlsthoughts.weebly.com/ )

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  6. I definitely have a schedule, but it's more because I'm obsessed with lists and things than it is to make sure I stay on track. I typically try to get a couple weeks ahead in terms of reviews, that way when the blog does start to feel like more of a chore, I can take some time off and just read what I want to without falling behind and starting the whole cycle over again:)

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  7. Just recently I've stopped signing up for blog tours because I was starting to feel like reading and blogging was a chore. It's just no fun that way!! I like to have a general schedule, but have plenty of time to read what I want to read when the mood strikes me! Great discussion!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  8. I have a reading schedule, but I do sometimes feel like reading has become a chore with it. I've starting committing to less and requesting less. I need to read book I want to read or I'm in the mood for in order to stay happy. Audio books really helps with this because if I have no time to read a book just for me I can listen to it on the way to work and back.

    It's funny that review books become a chore because usually when I request or accept them I'm excited about reading the story. I guess it comes down to having to have it completed by a certain time whether you're in the mood for it or not.

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  9. Reading Schedule *cringes*
    Nope, I can't do it. I love and respect how other authors can and do but I cold just never get into it. I love my books too much and my reading time too much to jeopardize it like that. I don't want to make reading a "job" or something I need to pencil time in for. It's an activity I enjoy and if I get so busy I can't read for a while then it sucks but that happens.

    I do have a rule about review books. I usually make myself read them sometime in the month before they're out but if im just not in the mood I don't push myself.

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  10. I am okay mostly keeping my reading schedule, but I have def given myself more time and thought twice about requesting on netgalley or emailing publisher

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  11. I agree with you! Having a reading schedule made me miserable last year. I felt like I had to force myself through books and most of them were review books. I changed my reading style earlier this year, and I'm reading more books that I bought and enjoying reading so much more.
    Great post, Glass!

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  12. I don't have as many review books these days, so I don't plan too much. I do try and read as much as I can during the week so I'm not terribly behind on blog posts and whatnot. Overall though, I DO think it's important to keep reading fun!

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  13. Sometimes it gets hard to find the balance between reading a book for the fun of it and needing to read an ARC, and the way I try to do it, is read an ARC then read a book for me which works out pretty well for me. I'm not a mood reader though, so that makes it easier! Of course it's just important to read for the fun of it!

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  14. I am definitely a mood reader, sometimes I tease myself by coming up with a schedule but I never follow it! This does make me feel guilty sometimes when I don't post a review before the book comes out, but for the most part, I just can't force myself to read something I'm not in the mood for.

    Basically, I need to be stricter with myself!

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  15. This is a really interesting discussion question Glass! There are definitely some times when reading feels more like a job or a duty rather than a hobby, but during those circumstances I always try to take a break and let my passion for books come back. If you try to force yourself to read, most likely it won't be a very fun experience. ;) Fabulous post! ♥

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

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  16. Every now and then I feel like blogging is a chore. That is when I have to take a step back and find something fun to blog about. Other then books. I include video games and movies on my blog to help for when I go through these periods.

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  17. I have basically no schedule at all. I try to read a review book as soon as I feel inspired by it, just in case I don't feel like it later, but other than that, I have no plan. I mark the release dates on my calendar so I have some idea of when I should read them, but I feel like if I make myself a schedule, I just want to rebel against it and not read the book in question, and I don't want that to happen. So I just kind of go with whatever fits my mood, and hope for the best!

    Though, I will admit that this was far easier before I requested ARCs ;) I have like, 6 books coming out the same day to read. That was silly of me, clearly. We'll see how much my non-schedule works when February comes along!

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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  18. I do have a monthly reading scheduled with the review copies I need to read that month to coincide with release dates, but I'm also much of a mood reader as well. After all if I don't feel like reading that book, I won't pick it up. Great topic lovely!

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  19. Oooh, I didn't know that you were a teacher, Glass!! :D It must be so fulfilling to have a role that actively and directly inspires the youth :) As for me, I also don't like to be limited by boundaries. I want to be able to read freely whatever I want, however I want, although I do recognize that a little schedule is necesary for me to remind myself what must be read because I did request review copies. :)) But overall, I'm a mood reader just like you ^_^

    Faye at The Social Potato

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  20. Sometimes but I read in advance and limit the # of books I accept especially new to me authors, series. Because I read and post in advance I am reading and writing reviews for the last 2 weeks of January now. So what I do is assemble those books and every other read I pick one. In between I listen to my audios and pluck from the own tbr pile. Honestly picking from that is harder. LOL

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  21. So I'm a very scheduled reader, but I've recently joined the goodreads SRC challenge and I'm loving it because its perfect foe someone who likes to plan but needs a way to keep things interesting. The challenges are so diverse , I CANT get bored. But I'd be lost without a plan, I'm just too type A.

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  22. I am someone who has just recently got the deadlines affect, and sometimes it does feel a bit daunting and like I have less freedom. But I will say this, I do read two review copies at once, but I am also always reading a third book as well which is a book of choice. Which always helps me balance with the fact that I have deadlines so it doesn't feel as daunting because it gives me that freedom again.

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  23. Nope, no schedule really. I just read what I want. Now I do tours, but I try to limit those to one or two a month so I'm don't have a stack of ARCs that need to be read. I haven't gotten into Netgalley or Edelweiss much yet either. Nice and relaxed over there unless I don't know WHAT to read next. :)

    Terri M.
    Second Run Reviews

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