Creating a TBR Jar

By Char Shields - April 08, 2020

Whilst I was endlessly scrolling through Pinterest the other night, I came across a wonderful idea that I wish I had thought of before: create a 'to be read' (TBR) jar.

Genius, I thought to myself. And as I was mind-numbingly bored, I decided to create it right then and you know what? It was a lot of fun.

To create one of these, all you need is a jar, some paper and a pen. The person on Pinterest had coloured paper which they used to organise titles into different genres, however I just had this recycled paper which I've been dying to use.

Then, you simply just need to cut the paper up into smaller pieces and write down all the books you want to read. For me, this was everything on my bookcase that I haven't read yet, plus a few books that I would like to read again. This was supposed to be the most tedious part but I honestly really enjoyed it. I loved just searching through my bookcase, it felt calming. The part that I found slightly boring was folding all the bits of paper up.

Stick all the paper in your jar and place it on your bookcase or your desk. Next time you can't choose what to read, pick something out of the jar at random. I definitely needed this jar as I'm always indecisive when it comes to selecting my next read.

I can't lie, I'm nervous about picking out Milkman as I've heard mixed reviews about it. A lot of people say it's a difficult read. However, I am excited to pick out Matilda and Harry Potter as I've been dying to read those books again. 

This is a really fun thing to do, especially if you're a bookworm. Let fate choose your next book with this TBR jar. Let me know in the comments if you decide to create one too!

Until the next time,


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  1. I started to 'read my library' last summer, refusing to buy any books until I'd caught up on my reading pile. I did reasonably well, but it didn't last long - too many temptations; too may writer friends publishing. But then I think it was Noam Chomski (or someone like that) who, when asked about his library of 80,000 volumes, said, 'who wants a library of books they have read?' I'm reading a collection of essays by Chris Arthur (stunning and brilliant) and some short stories by Ivan Turgenev (also brilliant)