'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.
I use a spread sheet in Excel where I can see when X book is published. This is something I started after seeing the amazing method from Debby from Snuggly oranges. Before, I only used Goodreads as reference, but it's harder to work with. I try to read my ARC's as soon as possible, because that leaves me with more time for my own books. An important trick is to find out how many ARC's you can handle. If you feel comfortable with, let's say, 3 ARC's every month, try to stick with that! Nothing is worse than stressing out over reading.
Sometimes I like to read a book that will be published months later, just because I feel like it. You can see that May is busy for me, so instead of reading only releasing books from April, I switch it up with May releases. (I use red to mark the books I'm currently reading)
I like to post my reviews somewhere in the release month, preferred 1 – 2 weeks before the publication date. I have a feeling that not many reviews are posted at that time and it's always annoying for me when I see 10 review for the same book popping up in my feed on the same day, so I like to avoid that with my own review. It's also the reason I sometimes post a review after the publication date, but I try to have 1 week as maximum.
Lately I’ve noticed a trend where bloggers post their reviews – in my eyes – far too early. I’m talking about reviews for books that aren’t published for 4 months or even more. It makes me wonder why? By the time the book comes out, no one remembers your review. We get these review copies to create attention for this book, but do you accomplish that by posting it so soon? Is it effective enough? I can't wait to hear your thoughts if you post them so early. Is it because there is no place in your schedule?