Reading & Reviewing Habits

Happy Monday morning deerlings!

[Starting to think I should come up with a new name for ya’ll since the deer theme is no longer a thing on my blog. Tomelings? Literatilings? I don’t know let me know some suggestions in the comments!

I haven’t done a tag in quite a while and I thought this would be a good one! I discovered the Finished Books Tag over at Novels and Nebulas and it was originally created by Headless Books on Booktube though that channel no longer exists it seems. This is a quick little tag that examines your habits as a reader and reviewer and it looks like fun so let’s get started!

Question of the week: If you could only recommend one book for the next 20 years what title would you pick and why?

The Finished Books Tag: Reading Habits


Do you keep a list of the books you have read?

I do! I have a combo system of Goodreads and a spreadsheet that I lovingly call my “Type Awesome Bookish Life” spreadsheet file. Goodreads has been my go to since 2014 when I made my first account on there until now. I am SO close to categorizing 2,000 books on there that I’m hard core looking for recommendations every five seconds.

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If you record statistics, what statistics do you record?

Goodreads tracks a lot of my stats for me which is great, but in my Type Awesome Bookish Life workbook I track the Publication Year, Number of Pages, Primary Genre, Page Count, Age it reads as (Children, Teen, Young Adult, Adult), Format I read it as, if I own the book, Status of the book (TBR, Currently Reading, DNFed, Read), CAWPILE Score and corresponding Star Rating. It seems like a lot but it just make makes me so happy to have all of that data in one place

How do you pick your next book?

It honestly depends. If I’m working through ARCs for work I really try to focus on going through by date so that way I’m reading as close to the release date as possible and if I’m planning on doing a public review for it. For my personal reading it’s really just whatever is tickling my fancy to pick up at the time. But I mean I’m known for reading like 6 books at once as well so it’s anyone’s guess!


The Finished Books Tag: Reviewing Habits


What does your rating system look like?

So I use a modified version of G @ Book Roast‘s CAWPILE system to rate my books. Not sure what CAWPILE is? G’s version is Character, Atmosphere, Writing Style, Plot, Intrigue, Logic, and Enjoyment. I edit this a bit to reflect some other things I might want to mention in the review. So sometimes Plot can also be Pacing or Intrigue will also be Intersectionality. But each letter gets a score of 0-10 and then that is divided by 7 and that number corresponds to a star rating.

Do you review books?

I do! But for the sake of complete honesty, I have gotten very behind as of late. So I’ll probably update my November – April ARCs on Edelweiss/Netgalley and just call them there in order to start fresh for summer quarter.

Do you have any other rituals after finishing a book?

When I finish a book I immediately mark it as read on Goodreads and I’m trying really hard to not put a star rating right away. Partly so I can collect my thoughts if I plan on doing a review and partly so I can actually mark down the CAWPILE score without having to go back and change my rating if it turns out a book I marked as a 5 is actually a 3 according to my calculations. Then I’ll often just jump right into the next book. I hate time in between books most of the time so if I can keep a title in my hand at all times I am a very happy woman.


And there you have it!

I am really bad at selecting people for tags so if you would like to do this tag please feel free to do so and say I tagged you!

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4 thoughts on “Reading & Reviewing Habits

    1. It was a great tag and I loved your answers! The CAWPILE rating system is such a game changer. Its a bit more work for sure and there’s some books I don’t use it for but it makes reviewing 97% of things so much easier and more consistent

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      1. I can already visualise the benefits! ☺️ I’m not super thorough and I usually discuss Characters, Plot and Writing Style+Themes in my reviews, so that’s what I’m sticking to now. But I’m always fascinated by all the rating systems out there and I’m sure I’ll fall down a rabbit hole soon “for research”, you know? 😅

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