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Revised TBR Jar & DIY Make Your Own

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Hi Readers

When it comes to organising our out-of-control TBRs, a TBR jar is one of the more popular methods. I’ve seen so many creative ways people have used these over the years and it always makes me envious to see these TBR jars put to such a good use.

A couple of years ago I made a TBR jar. I shared a post on how I made it and was so excited to start using it. But ever since it’s just sat on my shelf forgotten about and collecting dust. That, readers, is about to change.

So far this year I have read mostly 2020 releases, mainly due to receiving books for review and feeling obligated to put them at the top of my list. I really need something that’s going to help me put backlist books back into my reading.

So, I’ve taken all of the names out of my old TBR jar and sorted through all of the books on my Goodreads shelf. I know that this will have so many benefits for my reading and I’m excited to hopefully start getting through more of these books that I’ve been putting on the backburner for so long.

If you’re thinking the same, here are some reasons why you should give TBR jars a try:

Pros To Having A TBR Jar

No Dilly Dallying – What I mean by this is there’ll be no more ‘I have no idea what to read next’ moments when you’re in between books. Your TBR jar will just pick a book for you.

No More Forgotten Books – Sometimes it is so easy to put a book onto your goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf and then just forget about it. If you put it into your TBR jar there will come a day when you’ll pick the name of that book out and finally read!

It’s Fun to Make – I love arts and crafts and if a fun activity whilst listening to an audiobook.

How To Make A TBR Jar In 3 Steps

You need something to hold your book titles. You could use:
– A jam jar
– A mug you don’t use
– An old box
-Any container you can think of really


Get some paper to write your book names on. I used different colours so I could organise them by genre. Pink for contemporary, green for fantasy, etc. You could also:
Write reading challenges for example ‘read a book over 500 pages’
Write numbers and go to that number on you goodreads ‘want to read’ shelf
Write genres or author name if you want a bit option


Write the names of your TBR books on the individual pieces of paper, fold them and pop them in the jar. Just pick one out whenever you need a book to read!


Now, when we’re stuck on what book to read we’ll have our TBR jars to turn to. I’m so excited to start using it! I just have to not forget about it this time…

Do you have a tbr jar that you use regularly?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X


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