Fellow bloggers, do you have a certain way you organize your review requests? I have always saved the emails from authors and publishers and tried to keep track of pending review requests that way. But, when my inbox started to overflow, I started losing track of which books I was supposed to read, and when. When I'm part of a blog tour, that takes my panic to a new level: I am always terrified that I'll forget to post my tour stop in time.
Today I decided to make a spreadsheet to organize myself. I ended up with columns for title, author, and the following dates: requested, received, publication, when I read the book, and review date. It took me the better part of two hours to discover that I have 44 pending review requests, only 14 of which I have finished reading. ***massive panic attack*** One of the pending books is from July 2012! ***hangs head in shame***
I have resolved to be better at knowing my limits for accepting review requests, and to try harder with new books, instead of going with books that I know I'll love.