I mentioned in my monthly wrap-up that I thought that my reading schedule deserved the credit for me reading 22 books in May, even with BEA and BEA prep. What I didn’t expect when I mentioned this was HOW MANY people would be really interested and want to know more about my reading schedule.
Since I aim to please here at Devourer of Books, I thought I’d give you all a sneak peek at my May and June schedule. I’m sure some of you would be horrified at the thought of scheduling your reading like this, but so far it seems to be working quite well for me. Go ahead and take a look (you can see what is coming up in June and the beginning of July!), and then at the bottom of this post I’ll talk about what I did and why, and how it is working for me.
|Week||Title||Author||#pages||Tentative review date||Actual review date|
|May 3-May 9||The Threadbare Heart||Jennie Nash||5/5/2010||5/5/2010|
|Daughters of the Witching Hill||Mary Sharratt||5/10/2010||5/10/2010|
|Girl in Translation||Jean Kwok||5/12/2010||5/12/2010|
|House Rules||Jodi Piccoult||5/14/2010||5/14/2010|
|Peace Like a River||Leif Enger||5/29/2010|
|Wolf Hall – section 5||Hilary Mantel||N/A|
|May 10-May 16||Saving CeeCee Honeycutt||Beth Hoffman||5/18/2010||5/18/2010|
|Queen of Palmyra||Minrose Gwin||5/20/2010||5/20/2010|
|Post-Birthday World||Lionel Shriver||5/28/2010||5/28/2010|
|Wolf Hall – section 6||Hilary Mantel||5/24/2010||5/24/2010|
|A Tree Grows in Brooklyn||Betty Smith||NA|
|May 17-May 23||Confessions of Catherine De Medici||C.W. Gortner||5/26/2010||5/26/2010|
|31 Bond Street||Ellen Horan||6/1/2010||6/1/2010|
|Love in a Time of Homeschooling||Laura Brodie||6/3/2010||6/3/2010|
|May 24- May 30||BEA (let’s be honest, no time for reading)|
|Motherhood is Murder (for the plane ride out)||Diana Orgain||6/7/2010|
|May 31-June 6||The One That I Want||Allison Winn Scotch||6/2/2010||6/2/2010|
|Broken Glass Park||Alina Bronsky||6/10/2010|
|The Whole World||Emily Winslow||6/9/2010|
|A Tree Grows in Brooklyn||Betty Smith||6/11/2010|
|My Name is Memory||Ann Brashares||336||6/16/2010|
|June 7-June 13||Broken||Travis Thrasher||288||6/26/2010|
|The Nobodies Album||Carolyn Parkhurst||320||6/15/2010|
|The House of the Moreys||250|
|Icing on the Cupcake||Jennifer Ross||336||6/28/2010|
|Education of BET||Lauren Baratz-Logsted||192||7/2/2010|
|June 14-June 20||Backseat Saints||Joshilyn Jackson||352||6/30/2010|
|Commuters||Emily Gray Tedrowe||400||7/1/2010|
|The Hundred Foot Journey||Richard C. Morais||256||7/5/2010|
|June 21-June 27||Still Missing||Chevy Stevens||352||7/7/2010|
|Audiobook week?||Scarlet Contessa||Jeanne Kalogridis||512||7/8/2010|
|Daniel’s Birthday Week||How to Mellify a Corpse||Vicki Leon||336||7/9/2010|
|June 28-July 4||Jane’s Fame||Claire Harman||304||7/14/2010|
|Writing Jane Austen||Elizabeth Aston||320||7/13/2010|
|Day for Night||Frederick Reiken||336||7/15/2010|
Okay, so basically I took the information for all the books I knew I had made an obligation to read and review (and some I just wanted to), and started plugging them into my schedule of weeks. I started with books that I had a firm date commitment for posting reviews of (the dates in pink), followed by books that corresponded with an event that I wanted to have them read for (dates in blue). After that, I just started plugging books in based on publication dates, how long I’ve had them, etc.
One thing I tried very hard to do was to keep each week between 800 and 1200 pages, depending on the perceived speed and difficulty of the book. A week with lots of lighter reads or YA may be closer to 1200 pages, weeks with more literary fiction or nonfiction I would keep closer to 800 words. I also tried to note events in my
I chose my average of about 1,000 pages, because I knew that for me this is a very do-able number, one that allows for a little catch up if I get behind, or allows for me to fit in books here and there just because I WANT to read them. For example, you’ll notice that everything for this week is crossed off except “My Name is Memory.” Since I finished all my other books by yesterday, I’ve been able to squeeze in “The Passage,” with that as my at home book and “My Name is Memory” as my purse book.
When I finish a book, I cross out the title and author, and delete the page number so that I can see my running total of what I have left for the week. I’m one of those people who gets great joy in crossing things off lists, so I LOVE this schedule. In fact, I get slightly disappointed when I finish a book not on my list, because I don’t get to cross anything off.
The reason I think this helped me read more last month is that my May schedule was super ambitious, but it was all books I wanted to read. Just having a good idea of how much I wanted to get read that week helped me make even more time to read whenever I could than I would have normally, because I had a sense of deadline. But then, I work well with deadlines, even need them to be productive. If deadlines send you running for the hills, this may not be a method that works well for you.
Hmm, anything else you want to know? I’ll be happy to add more about it, or answer questions in the comments.