Wednesday, 15 January 2014

How To Make A TBR Jar

I own a few books that I have yet to read. I also make pretty bloody huge understatements regularly. I have, therefore, decided to create a TBR jar.

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A lot of you express your horror to me with regards to the amount of books you have still yet to read, so I'm suggesting that we all follow my lead and make jars....mainly so I don't feel so terrible about all those unread books but still...

How do you make this mystical, and totally imaginative, jar you may ask! It's simple really! Get some coloured paper and pop it into your printer. Compile a list of all the books on your shelves that you have yet to read or, alternatively, compile a list of the books you want to buy yourself as a treat every now and again. Print these book titles out onto the coloured paper. Spend a while cutting the books out individually before folding them twice and popping them into your jar. Scroll down for one I made earlier. I was hoping to find a fancy jar in a charity shop but I think this baby Kilner is actually quite cute so I'm sticking with it! 

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Once you've created your jar, the idea is to pop your hand in and fish out a scrap of paper every time you're stuck in a bit of a reading rut or simply wish to surprise yourself with a new read. It's revolutionary thinking, I know.  I've got a bit of everything in my jar, from Albert Camus to Zadie Smith. Of course, you don't have to use your jar in only one way! Heavens, no! You could also: 

+ make one for a friend
Got a friend who always asks you for book recommendations? Create a fancy jar full of book recommendations for them as a nice gesture! Whenever they're looking for a new read, they can have a gander in the jar and find inspiration!

+ add it to a bookish hamper
Fill your hamper with books or a book / e-book token,  a book light, a couple of bookmarks or nostalgic tickets to use in place of a bookmark and a TBR jar of the books you've bought them to get them started. You will win massive brownie points with your bookish pals! Trust me!

+ use it for occasional treats
Treat it like a physical Amazon wishlist! Fill the jar with books you want to read then the next time you find yourself deserving of a treat, pick a scrap of paper out! Alternatively, pick out about ten and buy all the books before wallowing in guilt but not for very long because BOOKS!!!!!

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  1. A friend of mine made one last year. I don't know if it's worked for her but at least it looks pretty ;).
    I have about 150 books to read but this number doesn't include the ones that are in my parents' library, ahem. Anyway, I hope this beautiful jar will help you read all the books you have on your shelves :).

  2. OMG YES! Although I have hundreds and hundreds of eBooks and a HUGE double floor to ceiling bookcase full of books.. so maybe I could just pick a few? ;))

  3. This is such a great idea! I have a jar like this for keeping memories but this is so cool too :)

  4. Ooh, this is a great idea! I may just do it!

  5. I love the ide of a TBR Jar! I have so many unread books and can never decide which one to go for first, so I might need to give this a go! xx

    D Is For...

  6. I love this as a present idea for a book lover - so cute and thoughtful :) Although I do need to do this for myself, I'm slowly working through the ones on my shelf but it's very easy to get distracted by new shiny books and old favourites which demand to be read and enjoyed again!

  7. This is awesome! I definitely need one, my list of books to read is ever increasing. Such a great gift idea too!

    Beth // SANS SOUCI

  8. Lovely idea! I recently moved home and together with my hubby we've got a not too big bookshelf only in our new house. We managed to fit in some 130 books and I've still to read 78 of them! So you see I am pretty hopeless too! :) I would definitely need a TBR Jar for my books!

  9. This is such a good idea and I love the baby Kilner! I can never walk out of a bookshop empty handed so I have tons of books lying around waiting to be read but currently my English degree is dictating what I day!


  10. I don't have too many books on my unread shelf - 29 to be exact - and so I don't feel they warrant a TBR jar. However, I'm glad to have read your post as I will be pinching one of your alternative ideas and making a 'Book Treats' jar. I think it's a great way to decide which book (let's be honest, it's likely to be more than one) to purchase next when you have a wishlist as long as your arm. Some great ideas here!
    Bits & Bobs

  11. This is such a brilliant idea, I love it! Like you, I have sooo many unread books it's silly! And now I've got my kindle back I just find myself downloading more and more to that! Perhaps I need to make myself a jar too?!

    Hannah x
    Glitter and Sparkle

  12. This is a great idea! You could also use the different coloured paper to separate your TBR books in to categories, for example if you fancied a chick lit pick out a pink piece of paper from the jar etc etc! xx

  13. I love this idea! I'm not sure that it would actually work for me though because my reading habits change so drastically depending on my mood. Maybe I could have a few with different genres!

    Sorcha x Bright Field Notes

  14. Oooh good idea! Although I currently have no unread books on my shelves as I have banned any new additions until harry and i are settled somewhere properly. Moving books costs a shitton. As does extra shelving... When I get my own place, all hell may break loose in terms of my book purchasing!

  15. what a fantastic idea! I'm always so indecisive when it comes to choosing what book to read next so this would make things so much easier!

  16. This is such an amazing idea Bee! I love the idea of the book hamper, I might have to make one of these jars at the weekend, makes picking a new book to read even more fun. (:

  17. ah that's a great idea!! don't worry about it, i don't even want to count haha too many...

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  19. This is such an amazing idea! I'm really trying to read more of the books I already own this year, so this is perfect inspiration.


  20. This is such a great idea! I'll definitely be doing this :)


  21. this is one of the best ideas i've ever seen! wow

  22. I love this idea! :) It's so cute and I think I need to implement it in my life, I have plenty of books that are sat on my book shelves never having been read!

  23. Dare I admit this? I think I have over 200 books I haven't read, I have a jar just like this but I've found my problem is having too many library books that need reading first. I really do need to make an effort to read my own though! So ashamed! Xx

  24. This is such a great idea!


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