Create Your Own TBR Jar

A new year, a new chance to read!

Since getting back into reading 2 years ago, I have read a total of 216 books. As January rolls around, I always try to reset my reading goals and dream a bit bigger. 

As I was browsing through some Facebook groups to get some reading inspiration, I stumbled upon an idea that I couldn’t let go of.

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To Be Read(TBR) Jar

Most of us have books in our minds that we would like to read, but for whatever reason we haven’t “gotten around to it” yet. Let’s change that this year. 

Step 1: Get a jar and decorate it(or don’t decorate it) any way you like.

Step 2: Write down a list of books you have been wanting to read.

Step 3: Put your slips of paper in the jar, and draw one whenever it is time for a new book.

One of the reasons this idea really resonated with me, is because I am a creature of habit. I was explaining this to my husband the other day and all he could do was emphatically nod his head YES. He knows. 

I am the type of person who can watch the same movies, eat the same foods, and go to the same places every day. This has ended up being a downfall when it comes to my reading because I often find myself rereading books I love.

Don’t get me wrong: I will never stop rereading books, but I do want to make sure that I am getting my hands on new material to fall in love with.


So what kind of books should you put in your TBR jar?

  • Classics that you’ve avoided until now
  • Books that everyone can’t stop talking about
  • Books that you’ve started but never finished
  • Untouched books on your bookshelf

So far, I have around 80 books in my jar and I plan to keep adding to it as the year goes on. I have only been doing this for on week, and I’ve already been forced to read out of my comfort zone. And guess what? I loved it.

Now here is where things get interesting:

Comment a few of your favorite books and I will add them to my jar. I can’t wait to read your suggestions!

Note: Nothing in the horror genre please. I’m brave…but not that brave!

If you want to know more about my reading journey, check out the posts below:

I Read 160 Books In A Year: Here Is What I Recommend

How I Read 87 Books in 140 Days


  1. Cool idea! I keep a list, and then I pick what to read next from the list based on what I’m in the mood for and other factors like what’s currently available at the library. If I didn’t have a list going, I’d be tempted to just keep re-reading the old favourites sitting on my bookshelf.

    1. That’s really smart! I normally do pick my books based on my mood:) What are some of your all time favorites?

  2. I love this idea. It keeps all of the books I want to read in one place. Otherwise I have lists all over the place for different things. 🙂

  3. I love this idea! Books I recommend: Cold Mountain (Charles Frazier) Our Souls at Night (Kent Haruf) Mrs. Fletcher (Tom Perrotta) Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden).

  4. What a great idea! I love that this jar can be used for anything too. A movie jar, a date jar, a restaurant jar. Love this idea!

  5. Awesome idea! I have a stack of books that I want to read, plus more on my Kindle app. Sometimes though, I just don’t know which one to pick. This would force me to read ones I’ve been postponing.

  6. What a great idea~ I have a bunch of books sitting around only half read. Not because I lost interest but because I started another one before finishing that one. Bad. I know. BTW- you inspire me to read more. Thank you!! I love to read. You give me that encouraging “kick” to get me moving again! <3

  7. This is such a great idea, thanks for sharing! I might have to take some time out of my weekend and carve this out. I am a sucker for adding like a million books to my to-read list on Goodread and barely touching them. I honestly read what is recommended to me on the first page of my local library and don’t put much effort into looking for the books I want to read (either to borrow or purchase).

    1. I can totally relate to that! I always mindlessly add books on goodreads, but it was so nice to actually write them out and start reading them:)

  8. Oh!! I love this idea. Whenever it’s time for a new book, I usually close my eyes and scroll up & down on my Goodreads TBR list then put my finger down lol. This seems so much better!

  9. I am following a list at the moment of 100 books to read Before you Die and just following down a list, but this idea is so cute! Just choosing at random makes the idea more fun!

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