Creating My Own TBR Jar!

If you’re anything like me you’ll have tens and hundreds of books on your TBR list.

And if you’re anything like me, you’ll often find yourself standing in front of our book shelves trying to decide what to read next, hoping that something jumps out at you.

I’ve tried making monthly and seasonally themed TBR lists but this just hasn’t worked for me. To commit to a list of books to read is too much pressure for something that’s meant to be relaxing and enjoyable.

And then I found the solution… a TBR jar, where I can pick a book out as and when I’m struggling to decide on what to read. There’s no commitment and rigidity of a pre-chosen list. It suits my mood reader style, but takes away some of the strain of trying to decide on a book. Not to mention that element of surprise you get as you pull out a slip of paper, much like those lucky dips you did at school fêtes.

It’s pretty simple to create your own TBR jar.

You will need:

1 x jar

a fair few sheets of paper

some funky coloured pens


and countless books that you want to read but can’t decide on…

  1. Start by organising your bookshelves if you haven’t already – create a pile of books you are yet to read or want to re-read
  2. Write out all these book names and authors on your sheets of paperIMG_5392




3. Cut them up, fold them and put them in your jar. You could even create separate TBR jars for different genres – say you fancy reading a fantasy book, you could choose from your fantasy TBR jar.

The first book that was chosen for me by the TBR jar was Middlemarch by George Eliot which I will be starting today. I’m very pleased with this choice – it’s been on my TBR for ages but it’s quite a big book (680 pages!). I’ve been putting it off. Guess I just needed that kick up the backside!


How do you decide which book to read next?

Do you have a TBR jar?

Thanks for reading.



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  1. I just bought Middlemarch a week ago today. How funny that you picked it. I tent to set aside 3 books I really want to read and then I pick 1 book for a TBR jar a month. Then I leave the rest up to my mood. I am not great with fully sticking to my TBR, but I always do my best to read my TBR pick because I made a deal with myself if I don’t read that one book in the month I most likely never will so I would unhaul it.

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    1. Telling yourself that if you don’t read it you’ll unhaul it is such a good way of motivating yourself!
      I’m enjoying Middlemarch so far. Though I’m not too far in. Let me know what you think of it when you start reading it!

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