4 Organization Tips for Book Reviewers

Read Sleep Repeat has a Bloggiesta mini challenge on Productivity and Organization and as part of it, she encourages us to share our tips on our blog; read on for some Organization Tips for Book Reviewers.


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4 Organization Tips for Book Reviewers

  1. Have an In/Out Sheet for books if you get them sent to you for review. Add the book to the in sheet when it comes in to your house and include the title, author if you want, date it arrived, date it was published or will be published (if an ARC) and anything else important like if it’s part of a book tour and when or where it came from (blog network, Good Reads, direct from author or publisher etc.)
    Sign the out sheet when you are done reading and include date finished. Have a spot to check off things you do with book you review like post review to GoodReads or Amazon or related sites and a spot to check when it’s been reviewed on your blog.
  2. You may want to consider organizing your bookshelves to group books to read and book read but not reviewed. I have shelves for those two categories and then when it’s been reviewed I decide if I will be giving it away or keeping it. If I choose to keep the book, it gets put on the rest of my bookshelves the way I organize them.
  3. When you sit down to read a book you plan to review, use an index card as a bookmark and keep a pen or pencil handy. When you find something you want to comment on in your review or a quote you want to use in your review, make a note on the index card. Include page number and a little note to remind you what you wanted to say, comment on or quote. Use this card when you sit down to write the review.
  4. If you run giveaways, use a giveaway tracking sheet to keep track of all the details. You’ll want to include if you have advertised, picked a winner, emailed the winner or sent the info back to your book contact yet. I have a whole Pinterest board with Blogging Planners/Printables and many of them include a giveaway tracking sheet. Look through them to find the one that works for you or create your own.


How do you organize your book reviewing? Did you find any of these tips helpful?

Spring Bloggiesta–I’m Joining In!


I’ll be joining in the Spring Bloggiesta as much as I can with 4 kids including a newborn this weekend. I run a blogging marathon and other events as well but I never get much done on my own blogs because I’m busy running them!

So this is my chance to get caught up on some things.

My To-Do List:

– catch up on some past reviews

– update/create book review lists by category

– update goodreads

– write some non review posts

See you there!

The Complete Migraine Health, Diet Guide & Cookbook

The Complete Migraine Health, Diet Guide & CookbookThe Complete Migraine Health, Diet Guide & Cookbook: Practical Solutions for Managing Migraines and Headache Pain +150 recipes by Susan Hannah with Dr. Lawrence Leung and Elizabeth Dares-Dobbie

Stars: ★★★★★

Summary: A collection of research, medical experience and first-hand experience this is a resource for anyone suffering or who thinks they might be suffering from migraine headaches but also tension or cluster headaches. Strategies to help prevent headaches, reduce their frequency or aid you when they happen. Also includes 150+ recipes for a low-histamine diet.

My Personal Interest in a Migraine Book

I suffer from Migraines and I also have other types of headaches too. I haven’t been able to pinpoint a specific cause although I’ve identified some things that trigger them occasionally. I have read a few books on headaches and none of them were particularly helpful. They all mention identifying triggers and just eliminating those triggers which is an important step but sometimes it’s not enough, sometimes you can’t fully identify the triggers and sometimes the trigger is something you have no control over.

No Results Yet Because…

I cannot claim the book has helped my headaches yet because I’m pregnant and except for the first trimester or so, I rarely get headaches while I’m pregnant. However if they return I intend to keep a headache diary again and then perhaps watch what I eat and eliminate some histamine foods to see if it helps, especially since I can’t rely on strong medications while breastfeeding.

Facts I’ve Not Read About Before

I was very happy to read some facts about Migraines that I had not read in any previous book or resource I’d tried before. This gave me hope that this book would be different.

For example did you know that a common migraine trigger for some people can be such things as oversleeping on weekends, skipping meals, and changes in barometric pressure?

There is lots of scientific data which sometimes is a bit too complicated for me and other times is very interesting. I learned the scientific reason behind why my headache seems to hurt more when I’m just lying there than when I’m busy doing something.

What is Histamine and How it Causes Migraines

This is the most interesting part of the book as I’ve never heard anything about Histamine in regards to Migraines before. I know the word from Anti-Histamine medications which I know are to stop allergic reactions so I know Histamine has to do with allergies but I had never heard of it in regards to headaches.

You’ll have to read the book for all the nitty-gritty but basically what I understood from it is that our bodies stores Histamine and during an immune response (a response to something that upsets our system) histamine starts what turns into an allergic reaction in some people (hives, congestion, breathing difficulties and even headaches in some people.) However if your body has too much Histamine it its system, it can cause migraines. This is happening more often than it used to because our Western diet is high in foods containing histamine.

Later in the book it goes into what foods contain histamine and how they affect our bodies and why a low histamine diet might be right for you. I am leery about diets in general so I am glad to see it doesn’t say a histamine diet is what everyone should do and that here is exactly how you should do it. It gives you enough information that you can just try eliminating some foods and see if it helps your headaches or you can go on a full scale diet or however you want.

More Headache Knowledge

Although the low-histamine diet seems to be a big focus of the book,  it’s not the only thing it talks about which is good because then it couldn’t claim to be a complete guide could it?

After talking about how headaches are diagnosed including the actual diagnostic criteria it talks about associated conditions. Here’s another area I found interesting and different. I knew Epilepsy and migraines could be connected because of a friend but I had no idea that stroke, heard disease, psychiatric diseases, obesity, fibromyalgia, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome and even restless leg syndrome are comorbid conditions with migraines (meaning they often happen together.) In some cases having migraines makes the other condition more common and in other cases having the other condition makes migraines more likely.

Headache Management

Lifestyle changes are covered including lifestyle counselling, stress management, sleep hygiene, eating habits and watching for dehydration.

The PARR Lifestyle Program is talked about (P – Prevent, A – Avoid Triggers, R – Reduce the frequency/severity/length, R – Rescue (use strategies when you get a headache).

Medications are talked about and I like that is says they are commonly prescribed and discusses them but does not try to push them on people. MANY different medications are discussed in a large table that shares the type of medication, common name, if it is for migraine, cluster or tension headaches, it’s action/function, possible side effects and cautions.

Physiotherapy, surgery, complimentary and alternative medicines and nutritional and botanical supplements are discussed.

A longer Dietary Therapy section follows which is about healthier eating in general.

Low-Histamine Diet Plan and Recipes

The remainder of the book goes more in-depth with the plan and low-histamine foods and then tons of yummy sounding recipes. Unfortunately there are no photos with the recipes but they are laid out well and include nutritional facts and sometimes tips. The recipes sound very delicious and I do want to try some of them out. They can be used, even if you don’t choose to follow the Low-Histamine plan.

Disclosure: I or a member of my review team received this book for evaluation purposes. Some links above may be affiliate links. All review are honest.

Chicken Soup Books That Are Less Humourous and More Serious

Looking for a more serious Chicken Soup for the Soul book? Try one of these titles for the times when you are looking for inspirational and moving stories more than humourous ones.

css-raising-kids-on-the-spectrumCSS: Raising Kids on the Spectrum: 101 Inspirational Stories for Parents of Children with Autism and Aspergers by Dr. Rebecca Land of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Mary Beth Marsden, Nancy Burrows and Amy Newmark

400 pages

If you would like to check it out, Chicken Soup has a Raising Kids on the Spectrum Sampler in PDF format.

These stories are touching, just reading a few almost brought tears to my eyes. Be prepared for some emotions if you pick up this book. You do not need to have children on the spectrum to read it. In fact it would help you understand where those special kids and their families are coming from. It would also make a great gift for a family member with kids on the spectrum.chicken-soup-for-the-soul-family-caregivers

CSS: Family Caregivers: 101 Stories of Love, Sacrifice and Bonding by Joan Lunden and Amy Newmark

464 pages

This one really touches my heart because I was a caregiver for my father-in-law for a few years. The stories in this book aren’t exactly humourous. If you want to know what being a caregiver can be like, or you are or have been one and want to hear stories of what others have done, this is the book.

Be prepared for tears with this one too.

css-Finding-My-FaithCSS: Finding My Faith: 101 Inspirational Stories about Life, Belief, and Spiritual Renewal

400 pages

Although it isn’t supposed to be specific to a certain religion, many of the stories are Christian of some sort and most of them are about God.  They are mostly stories about those who may have been a little unsure or a lot unsure about their faith until something happened to change their views.

If you need to hear about signs that there is some higher power out there, you may find this book inspirational.

*As an Official Soup-er Blogger, I or a member of my review team received this book for evaluation purposes. Some links above may be affiliate links. All review are honest.