The TBR Jar

Posted July 4, 2014 by Kim in Just for Fun / 11 Comments


I’ve been seeing posts about the TBR jar all over the place the last week or so. I loved the idea so much I decided to make one for myself.

Everyone seems to be using it jar a little differently, so I feel I should tell you how I’m using it. I didn’t add EVERY book I have on my TBR to it. Instead, I focused on the following for my jar:

  • Overdue/archived ARCs from NetGalley/Edelweiss
  • Books I was *dying* to read at the time I bought them, but haven’t ever gotten around to reading
  • First books in series I’ve wanted to start, but never found time
  • Some previously abandoned titles I’m considering giving another try

As you can see, there are A LOT of titles in my jar. I didn’t count them. I figured that would just be overwhelming and discouraging. I’m not pulling *all* my reads from the jar.

My goal is to pull at least one a week for the rest of the year from my TBR jar. If I pull a title from a series and I enjoy the book, I’ll add the next book in the series to the jar. If I don’t, I’ll abandon the series. If I pull a previously abandoned title and can’t get into it the second time around, I’m not putting it back in the jar.

I think the TBR jar is a great and interesting way to pick books to read and I’m looking forward to using it. When I have time to read something for for and not review, I tend to get overwhelmed by all the options. This should narrow things down nicely AND mix up my reading list a bit.

I’m not setting any goals because I don’t want to put any pressure on myself. I’ve created a TBR Jar shelf on Goodreads and I’ll add the books I’ve finished there as I complete them. I might talk about it a bit on Twitter and Instagram, too.


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11 responses to “The TBR Jar

  1. This is a great idea, I think I will start this. I will probably do it for every second or third book. Need to find a big jar, though 🙂


    Saw the TBR JAR idea on MY OOK MUSE blog and I just bought my jar today. 😀 Tomorrow I will write the books for that TBR JAR. We have a similar jar, only mine is short and have a wider form. Hihihihihi Good luck on your TBR reads. 🙂

  3. This is such a great idea! I have been doing these ridiculous lists, and then numbering them, and then using (and of course, renumbering them every time!), but your way is exponentially better! Off to find a jar, thanks for the idea 🙂

  4. This is a great idea! And there isn’t a jar large enough for me to put all of my TBR in. LOL I think I will do something similar you are doing. Must plot my course of action. 🙂 Good luck!