My Book Blogger Routine

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Hello and welcome to my book blogger routine! I was inspired by Sam @ Clues & Reviews and I thought it would be a good idea if we all shared our blogging routines, just like those YouTube videos I’m -secretly- addicted to. I’ve always been curious as to how other bloggers balance their daily lives with so much reading and blogging, and I wanted to share what I do. If you find this incredibly boring, you don’t need to read it at all! I know my life is boring 🤣

I decided to split this into two different routines: one for weekdays and another for weekends. Before you ask: no, I don’t have any children, so I deeply admire those bloggers with kids who’re able to read and post so much. I do work full-time, so that’s why I read more during the weekend. And yes, I wish I could spend all day reading and blogging, but unfortunately, it’s not possible. Hoping to win the lottery in the next few years 😇

WEEKDAYS

I wake up at 6.45. I’m supposed to take the 7.45 train, but I always get to the station around 7.30 so I’m able to read for a few more minutes. The ride is only 20 minutes long, so I need to make the most of it.

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I work 8 to 5 and I don’t get to read at all during those hours. I use my breaks to check out posts and Twitter, though. On my way back to my apartment in Barcelona, I usually travel with work colleagues so I blame them for not letting me read 😤

A couple of years ago, I used to hang out/have dinner with friends 3 or 4 days a week. Nowadays, I’m finding that my friends don’t want to hang out that much (busy lives, I guess) so I have much more time for myself. Right now, my boyfriend works until 8.30pm or sometimes at night (8pm – 8am) so I use those hours to read and watch movies (I’m a big movie geek, I watch about 5 every week).

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I love my doormat!

When he comes home, we usually watch a tv show (our most recent favorite: The Handmaid’s Tale) or part of a film, or we simply read in silence (he loves to read too, but not as much as I do, of course 😉). We also go to the movie theatre at least once a week. I could never give up that.

I write reviews as soon as I finish the book and it doesn’t take me long, probably about 15-20 minutes. If I don’t write it immediately, I might not write it at all. When it comes to blog hopping, I don’t do it every day and I don’t feel guilty at all. Sometimes, I just want to sit on the couch and read or watch a film. I try to visit your blogs every other day (or once every two days) and I love to comment on other people’s post, not just share.

I usually go to bed at 11pm (sometimes before). I can’t read at all in bed, as I fall asleep immediately.

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This was before we moved in 😉

WEEKENDS

I usually wake up around 9-9.30. My boyfriend likes to sleep in (probably because he’s worked late the day before), so this is when I read the most and my favorite moment to do it. After breakfast, I simply sit on the armchair and read for two hours straight, sometimes three. This is when I manage to read books in a sitting.

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Cozy spot

I don’t have a clear routine for Saturday and Sunday afternoons & evenings because it really depends on boyfriend/family/friends plans.

So what’s your blogger routine? Remember to send me the link to your post so I can read it!

 

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Annie

In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves listening to old songs and watching 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

64 thoughts on “My Book Blogger Routine

  1. I’ve started reviewing as soon as I finish a book and I like it. I sometimes add a few things when I prepare and schedule the post, but it’s so much easier than when I used to wait, although sometimes I’m not near the laptop and can’t make it happen! I don’t have a routine at the moment because life is busy and days never the same, but I have started scheduling much more!

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    1. I do the same thing, Donna, I review right away and then I add more stuff when I schedule it. What I meant is that I never finish a book without having reviewed the past one, but if I’m not near a laptop, I might start another haha

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  2. Your weekdays sound a lot like mine (except I have a 12 year old to deal with when I get home from work too) I really struggle to write reviews if I don’t do it soon after finishing, or at least before starting my next book.

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  3. I need to get my act together and write my reviews as soon as I finish the book. Sometime it can take me a week before I write them 🙈 so I have to make extensive notes when I read just in case.

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    1. 😀 Haha If I finished books at night, I wouldn’t be able to do that, of course. But I usually finish them in the morning so I can do it just afterwards. Thanks ❤

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  4. I need to start reviews as soon as I finish a book. Usually I’m just too eager to get reading again 😂 I try to make notes as I go along though which I find helps. I’ve tried to be organised and have some kind of blog schedule but with an 8 month old this just does not happen! So I describe myself as a “flexible blogger” 😂.

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    1. I meant that I never finish another book before writing the review for the previous one, but I can start another haha I’m also eager to read again! Flexible blogger is perfect 😛

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  5. I really enjoyed reading about your routine. It’s funny how everyone thinks that their life is boring. Yours sounds anything but boring. Living in Barcelona- boyfriend, job, and a social life. Girl you are blessed! Happy reading!

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  6. Love this Annie! I would love to start writing my reviews as soon as I finish a book. Unfortunately I need to speed up my writing process 🙈😂 For now, to help the process I’ve begun writing a brief “overall” review on Goodreads upon immediately finishing a book. I try to include a few of the major points I want to cover in more detail in my full review so that I don’t forget, and so far, that little “placeholder” has helped tremendously. Great post girl!

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    1. Yes, I’ve noticed those on Goodreads and I love them because it’s a great way of knowing if I need to check out yet another book 😛 It’s a good idea!

      Thanks ❤

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  7. It’s so cool to hear how other bloggers manage their reading and reviews! I do most of my blogging on weekends. I wish I could read and review as fast as you! I only get through about a book a week, and writing the reviews takes me ages too.

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    1. Well, your reviews are always much longer and they’re so detailed and well-thought, they would probably take me ages too, I just chose to do them simpler in order to have more time, so I’m cheating 😛

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  8. Fun post Annie! Love the pics you added. I used to write my reviews as soon as I finished a book but I’ve found that lately I move right onto the next one which is making review writing more difficult. I like the idea that others have shared about taking notes. Also, I like that you blog hop every couple days, that might be something I start to lean towards to get more reading and review writing done.

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    1. 🙂 The taking notes idea is useful! And I soo recommend doing it every couple days or so, I used to be way more worried about that, but not anymore. It was a fun post to write, glad you encouraged me to do it ❤

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    1. Where do you live or work? I love taking the train, there’s not a lot of people and I can always sit. Perks of working outside the city!!

      Those aren’t long books 😛

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  9. I love your routines – I have been reading far less in the week but I rise early and tweak my post for the day, do links etc every morning before I walk to work at 7:15am I then do no reading until I get home (although I may share posts if I have a spare moment) on quiet days I read for an hour in the evening and depending how organised I’ve been over the weekend, I sometimes need to write a review. I always read when I get into bed at about 10 pm. On the weekends I read as much as I can – bliss!

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    1. Yes, weekends are the best, especially mornings ❤ I wish I had time to read during work hours lol I've sometimes written reviews in my breaks, but no reading 😦

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  10. I like your doormat! I tend to read in the evenings and weekends, as well. I do some reading during my half hour lunch break, but can never get much done. At my previous job I had an hour paid lunch break and I got so much more reading done. It was a great break in the day and I loved that I got paid for it haha.

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    1. I always eat with my colleagues and I like it, so I would feel terrible if I told them: “No, thanks, I want to read” hahaha But I’m tempted when the book is super addictive!

      Thanks 😀

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  11. I love this post! I always love reading how others manage their reading and posting times. I have 2 children that I have 50% of the time, so it gets a little difficult. I do most of my reading at night before I go to bed, or on the weekends when my husband sleeps late (sounds like you!). I also LOVE the pictures you posted. Your living rooms looks awesome!

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  12. I always admire people who manage to blog AND work! As a lady of leisure I should have loads of time to read/blog but somehow I’m still always running behind. I’d love to say it’s because I lead such an exciting life, but really it’s because I’m so lazy, and watch way too much politics on TV! So well done – I’m super impressed by your schedule and how much you fit in to your life! 😀

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    1. Hahaha My dream is to become a lady of leisure 😛

      Thank you ❤ I would probably do the same if I were you, I would surely run behind, when you have more time you don't make the most of it!

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  13. Great post! I also write my review right away. I have to do it while it’s fresh in my head 😊 I don’t always post it right away, but at least it written. I like to sit on it a coupe of days to make sure I don’t want to add anything.

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    1. Oh, I never post them right away, I have everything scheduled and I might read it today and post it in 2 weeks. I’m now preparing my post for the summer, because I will have so little time!

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  14. What a great idea, I wish I had more time for reading as well. Everyone else seems so organised writing reviews after they’ve read the book, I really try but recently I’ve let things fall way behind, I always write notes when I finish though so that I can remember all my thoughts, but a lot of the time I find it hard to write a review straight away. I think I need to find the perfect balance 🙂

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  15. I love your cozy spot! Those chairs ❤ I have no routine right now sadly. I try but it never sticks. I partially blame my health dictating a lot at the moment. I think if I can make progress in that area, it will improve 😉 I do always prep for Monday when throwing together my Sunday Sum-Up. Monday's allow for so little with work (busiest day). So I try to plan for that. Generally I blog hop and share during breaks and then try to prep the next days post in the evening. But kids and real life don't always allow. I do not commute for work since I am remote, so I can sometimes find an extra few minutes when needed. Having to rest so much has made it much more difficult though.

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    1. That chair… I would never leave it if I could lol

      Of course, I already told you, I admire you s much, I think if I were you I would never do so many things! You always manage to comment and share and we all appreciate it! Commuting is great for reading but I wish I worked remote too!

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      1. ❤ Thank you always for finding the words to keep me going.

        Remote has some very nice benefits, but also downfalls. It has been hard at times. I am seriously isolated. I guess you have to take the good with the bad 🙂

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  16. Great post, so nice to see your reading spot and your very original doormat! I should really try to review after finishing a book.. sometimes I dive right in and other times… I dive right into a new book and leave it hanging…

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  17. I totally admire those mama book blogger’s as well! I struggle just doing it working so much, so I couldn’t imagine! Like you, I also have to write my reviews right after I finish the book. I don’t always post it right away but at least I know it’s done for when I’m ready! I love this feature!! It’s nice to know we all aren’t alone with not being able to do everything all the time :).

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  18. Love this idea for a post! Except I don’t really have a particular schedule… is there such a thing as a “hot mess blogger”? If so, that’s me lol It changes from week to week, and even from day to day depending on what my family has going on lol That is so nice that your boyfriend likes to read too! Do you guys ever read the same books?

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    1. Hahaha If that works for you, then it’s fine. I need to feel organized. Well, he likes other genres but he’s read some of my recs, only that he’s way slower so he might just now start to read something I recommended two years ago lol

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  19. This is a great post and so helpful and interesting asmI have just started reviewing children’s books on my new blog.
    I am writing the review immediately I finish the book and taking notes too. I keep it all on Scrivener filed under the schedule date alongside the blog post. Managing to keep the site up to date but then I lag behind boosting my reviews on Good Reads, FB and Twitter. I need a system! I have four kids and I work. Kids books are generally shorter than adult fiction so quicker to read. Thanks again for the great post. Julia x

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  20. I love love this post. Thank you for sharing. Your reading spot is really good and the chair looks super comfy. I think I need to borrow the blog hopping routine. I need to stop feeling guilty about that. I will start skipping a day so that I can focus on reading/blogging without feeling guilty. I also like the idea of reviewing immediately. Great post!

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  21. I am a nurse, so I do shiftwork and have no routine at all. Some days are so frantic that I don’t get any reading done, especially when I work night shift and operate on minimum sleep. Other days I linger in bed and read until midmorning. I don’t watch any TV at all, as any free night is reading time, and I can be up until the early morning hours if I have a good book. I also listen to audiobooks in the 2 hrs I spend in the car every day, or I would not survive my commute! I try and review a book as soon as I have finished it, because I find once I get into another book I lose the feelings I had for the story and it’s harder to write about it. Blogging is still a bit of a journey of discovery for me, so it’s great to hear other bloggers sharing their stories – thank you! 🙂

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    1. I couldn’t give up my movies, but I’ve stopped watching tv just for watching. Ive never listened to any audiobooks, I need to try that but I feel like I wouldn’t be patient enough lol Thank YOU for taking the time to comment. Let’s discuss some books in the future please!!

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  22. […] Last week, I put a call out for any burning questions about how I balance my blog, the amount of books I read and general life (you can check that post out here). I got so many questions!  Thank you!  I will be putting together several posts discussing the answers, but, to start, I figured I would talk about My Book Blogger Routine.  Annie at The Misstery asked this question (and decided to start her own post related- you can check that out here!). […]

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  23. I’m a college student. And it takes 2 hours to get my college. So I try to read when I’m in metro. My college goes on 10-5, i don’t get get time there at all. Anyway I sneak every now and then to read books. Check my blog also, maybe? Its @blabbergirls

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