ANNOUNCING TWO NEW FEATURES: OUR STARRED REVIEWS AND HIGHLY ANTICIPATED CALENDAR AND OUR STARRED REVIEWS SPREADSHEET
Announcing Starred Reviews Calendar and Spreadsheet

Intro

Ten Books A Month has two new features to announce.  The Starred Reviews and Highly Anticipated Calendar and Starred Reviews Spreadsheet have been unofficially available for a couple of months, but after completing a data formatting project and adding some functions -- they’re ready!

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Initially, I created these tools to keep myself organized.  After months of combing through book reviews, new book announcements, and more, I found that my method of keeping tabs on books was getting pretty scattered.  I had digital lists on my desktop, online lists on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Junior Library Guild.  I had notebooks, notepads, and little scraps of paper.

A day came when I found myself searching for a title through all these different spots and I realized how much I NEVER wanted to do this again.  Inspired by the amazing calendars on Mr. Schu Reads and Jen J.’s Booksheets, the following week I went to work on a set of tools that would allow me to store and access the books I wanted to share.

MAKING THE CALENDAR AND SPREADSHEET AVAILABLE ONLINE

Because these tools have been helpful to me and because I’ve been so grateful for other blogger and publisher calendars, I wanted to make the calendar and spreadsheet available to others.  I hoped these features would benefit librarians, educators, book professionals, and anyone interested in knowing about great books that are soon to be released.

THE CALENDAR

Here’s a look at the calendar with a few facets highlighted.  

 

THE SPREADSHEET

First, I must apologize.  The starred reviews spreadsheet is slow to load.  It usually takes a full 15 seconds to bring up.  I promise, though, it’s worth it, and once you have your desired filters and sort order set, title links open in a new tab, so there’s no need to reload the page each time you want to view a book.

LINKS TO PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS

Another addition to the site can be found on the book pages (where you go when you click on a book title).  Towards the bottom of each page, you’ll find links to the professional journal book reviews that are available online.  

Kirkus and Publishers Weekly generally make all of their reviews available for free.  School Library Journal and sometimes Horn Book offer full-text starred reviews on their website.  Booklist shows some reviews, and others must be accessed through a subscription.

FROM JOURNALS TO THE CALENDAR AND SPREADSHEET

In case you are curious, starred review books from each journal are added to the calendar and spreadsheet around 10 days after their respective publication dates.  For example, Booklist usually publishes 1st and 15th of the month editions, so the books from those journals appear on this site on around the 10th and 25th.  It takes about a week for journals to become available via database, then I process the reviews within a few days.  

There is a table at the bottom of the month display of the calendar, and a table at the bottom of the spreadsheet that shows which journals have been entered into the calendar and spreadsheet.

MORE TO COME 

I wanted to mention that adding these features has been a little time-consuming.  At the moment, the calendar mostly displays starred reviews, but now that this project is complete, I'm looking forward to adding many more highly anticipated upcoming releases.

Please let us know how these new features are working for you.  If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please feel free to comment or connect with us through the contact form.

 

 Seeing stars?  Professional book reviewers only award a star to exceptional books.  More than one star means experts from multiple organizations felt the book was outstanding. 

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