My Reading Slump And A Little Update

I love reading, it’s the reason I started my blog and buy so many books! But I’ve only read two books this year, two books since October. I’ve been stuck in a reading slump of epic proportions. I honestly could not say why I haven’t really been reading, I have been busy, but not continually so for that whole period of time. I’ve maintained an interest in books and releases during the slump, but I haven’t been able to pick up a book.

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Book Organisation | Feature and Follow Friday

Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read. It’s all about increasing your followers and making new friends! If you want to take part just answer the question and add your post the link, follow the hosts and featured blogs, and hop from blog to blog!

Every week two bloggers are featured, and this week I’m lucky enough to be one!! You can only imagine my surprise yesterday morning when I woke up to find an email telling me that I was going to be one of the featured bloggers! If you want to find out my answers to the questions then head on over to Parajunkee’s View!

This Week’s Question

How do you organise your books? Either at home or on your reading-device, or on your bookish platform like Goodreads.
Well, on my bookcase I organise books alphabetically by author, I’m pretty serious about my bookcase organisation and I’ve been known to spend the better part of a day sorting it out. I put books that I need to read haphazardly on top of the beautifully placed books that I have read, that way they’re visible and easy to grab.
My Kindle has no such organisation. The books are supposedly in the order I read them, although a lot of the time I’ll click on a book to check a highlighted passage and move it up the order. The books that I haven’t read on my Kindle just float around and occasionally I’ll go through and bring them all to the front, but I hate to admit that doesn’t happen that often.
I honestly feel that my Goodreads organisation is below par. I’ve got the standard Read, TBR and Currently Reading. But then there’s the option to create lots and lots of your own custom bookshelves. At first I found this quite daunting, and I didn’t really want to sully what I thought was a perfectly okay system. Boy, was I wrong. I’ve created bookshelves for my favourite genres, New Adult, Young Adult and Dystopian, along with high school college romance, cowboys and the south, modern day fairytale and favourites. I like splitting books into these shelves because then I can use the Goodreads recommendation tool and find books similar to the ones that I’ve liked on these shelves. I break up from uni really soon and I’m probably going to end up dedicating a day to a Goodreads organisation overhaul. TBR shelf, I’m looking at you.
How do you organise your books? Let me know in the comments!

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My Book Picking Process | Feature and Follow Friday

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This Week’s Question

How do you decide what books to read?
Hmm, honestly? There’s a few different ways I’ll pick out a book and start reading.
First – I’ll look through reviews and pick out any books that interest me, then I’ll head on over to Goodreads and amazon and get that bad boy on my Kindle pronto.
Second – When I’m on NetGalley I’ll judge the books by the covers first and their synopsis second (don’t judge!) If I like what I see then I’ll get requesting.
When it comes to the actual picking of a book to sit down and dive right into, well, it can be a very spur of the moment thing. Sometimes I’ll just pick a book that I’m craving (who knew you could get book cravings, but apparently you can), other times I’ll read a book because I need to beat a deadline. I like to read books that I enjoy, so I always aim to read books that I like. Quite often I find that I’ll read books with a similar genre and theme one after the other, so I’ll scour my TBR or Kindle for a book that will give me my next fix.
I’m fairly certain my answer just made me sound like a lunatic, but I’m cool with that. I am what I am,  and that’s a crazy book loving lunatic.
How do you pick which books you’re going to read? Let me know in the comments!