I was looking for a tag to do for today’s post and I felt so lucky when Sahi @ My World of Books tagged me for The Finished Books Tag. This tag was created by the channel owner of Headless Books, but the video is not up anymore, unfortunately. I highly suggest you check out Sahi’s post for the questions because I tweaked a few of them for readability. This tag felt perfect to me because I didn’t want to do another picking books kind of tag. I feel like my answers have become repetitive for those and I wanted to freshen things up. Without further ado, let’s get on to the questions!
The Finished Books Tag – Reading Habits
Do you keep a list of the books you have read?
I definitely keep track of all the books I read but it’s on Goodreads. It satisfies all my needs for now and it’s quite simple to use. I started regularly logging my books since 2017, the year that I strongly got back into reading as a hobby. The Goodreads yearly goal also helps me stay motivated and committed to my reading goal. The website and app can use a makeover for sure, but I will talk more about that in another post.
If you record statistics, what statistics do you record?
My record-keeping is very basic. Every month I like to see how many books I finished overall, of course. I also measure how many of them are ARCs and how many finished copies because I want to maintain a good balance. Just for fun, I check which format I read them in and where I got the book from. These are not necessarily useful when seen over a month, but I can make small changes in how I spend time and money on books if needed. For a sneak peek into what these stats look like, check out my March 2020 wrap-up post!
How do you pick your next book?
Before the month starts, I like to have a fair idea of which books I want to read. I plan ahead keeping in mind what I ARCs I need to finish and what books to read for book clubs and reading challenges. I also try to do whichever month-long readathon catches my fancy (#OWLsReadathon in April). Once I have a list, I pick and choose books from that depending on my mood. I think this is the best way to balance my mood reading while sticking to my overall reading goals.
The Finished Books Tag – Review Habits
What does your rating system look like?
The 5 star rating system followed by many readers and review platforms still works for me. I’d love to hand out half stars but I find that I can easily round up or down. There’s no exact system for the rounding off and I tend to base it on my enjoyment of the book. I keep my ratings in the 3-5 stars range on my blog, Goodreads, Amazon, etc. because I don’t fully read the books I’d give a lower rating to. However, I don’t believe this is a perfect system because different people interpret it differently.
Do you review books?
I enjoy reviewing books and that’s why I’ve had two book blogs so far! A majority of posts on Novels and Nebulas tend to be reviews. I don’t review every single book I read but I will leave a star rating on Goodreads for all. Whenever I read books that are not sci-fi or fantasy, I don’t think I can review them objectively. I ideally want to review ARCs on my blog, Goodreads and Amazon, which is something I’m actively working on in 2020.
Do you have any other rituals after finishing a book?
In 2020, I’m creating a Word doc for each of the reviews I write because it makes cross-posting easier for me. Continuing from my previous answer, although I don’t review all books, I want to have at least a review up on Goodreads for the SFF books I read. I also have ARC review backlogs from last year that I desperately want to clear this year. If I really loved a book, it goes on my ‘Favourites’ custom shelf on Goodreads. Another ritual is that I seek out the next book(s) if they are out and I liked it enough to continue the series if it’s part of one.
I’m tagging three of my favourite bloggers to do this –
If you want to do this tag but haven’t been tagged specifically, please consider yourself tagged by me!
Did you like the questions of The Finished Books Tag? What do your reading and reviewing habits look like? What are your reading plans for the weekend? Let me know in the comments section below. Have a stellar weekend, readers from Earth!