Shiny New TBR Jar!


I have been wanting to update my tbr jar for quite some time now, and after seeing this post at Girl Of 1000 Wonders I was finally inspired to kick my procrastinating butt and do something about it. I have to say it was about time! I have been using my TBR jar for the past year or so and it does work with the more liberal rules I’ve made for myself. Still, sometimes I end up with a genre I’m not really in the mood for and I always hate having to force myself to read a book…

So here’s my ‘not so original’ solution: color coding. Nothing too complicated or anything, I’ve just separated the enormous pile of unread and dust-gathering books according to their genre. Here’s how:

  • YELLOW: classics // non fiction // historical // spanish
  • ORANGE: mystery // thriller // horror
  • GREEN: fantasy // dystopia // sci-fi
  • PINK: fiction // contemporary // romance

If a title could belong to different colors, I pick the one that seems dominant from what I can tell after reading the blurb. In the case of series, I’ve only added the first (or next book in line) to my TBR jar. If I own the title of the next book in the series after I finished the one in my TBR jar, I’ll just add the new title afterwards.

It’s needless to say there are a whole lot of green and orange papers inside my new TBR jar haha. Looks like I should be reading more fantasy and mystery/thriller books this year… 😉 I love how colorful the jar looks by the way! ❤

On to the rules for using my TBR jar successfully:

  • I am allowed to draw two papers and pick the title that speaks most to me without it being considered as cheating. Although if the same title comes up three times, I have no choice but to read it.
  • I don’t have to read my TBR jar pick straight away, as long as I finish it within a month.
  • As soon as I start my current TBR jar pick, I need to draw a new title immediately. That way I will be reading more books I normally might not have picked up straight away.
  • Most importantly: have fun! Reading shouldn’t be a chore and if I really don’t like the title, I’m allowed to DNF it and pick a new one.


What about you: do you have a TBR jar? How do you use it and does it actually work for you?

33 thoughts on “Shiny New TBR Jar!

    • I started out doing the exact same thing, so that’s why I decided to change the original rules and just pick two titles straight away. It has worked perfectly so far. 🙂

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    • I’m a mood reader as well; that’s why I decided to finally rearrange my books by genre because it can really ruin the reading experience. Picking two papers from the start works really well and the best part is that it doesn’t feel like cheating at all. 😉

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  1. I rather like this strategy ~ I have too many things inside my TBR Jars to remake them right now, but I might if I for some reason decide to do a reading overhaul xD I have three jars, with some similarities to your system; I draw one slip per jar (the jars have no organizational system whatsoever) and pick from those. If absolutely none speak to me, I get to draw one more, but then I am stuck and must choose.

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    • I like the idea of three different jars and having more options to choose from! It’s the perfect way to avoid any cheating along the way. I had a lot of titles in my old TBR jar as well (over 200!), but since I already knew I wasn’t about to drastically bring down that number I decided to just go ahead and make a new one any way. The good thing is that I won’t be having any already finished titles inside the jar for little while.

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    • I like the fact that I can now pick my next read according to the genre… I’ve seen a lot of people doing something similar including ARCs as well.


  2. I love this idea, especially the color-coding. My problem is that I’m such a mood-reader that I’m afraid I won’t be in the mood to read the books I pick. But who knows– maybe I’ll give it a try someday!

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    • I’m a mood reader as well, so that’s why I added the color coding… Giving myself a month to complete the title does help a lot as well, although I agree that if you’re really not in the mood for a book it’s best just not to read it.


    • I actually sorted my unread books by genre so I can pick my next read after deciding which genre I’m in the mood for. I’m an emotional reader and I always find it hard to pick up a genre I’m not in the mood for.

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  3. I don’t have a TBR jar but I know a lot of bloggers who do have one, so I’ve been considering it. Although the most important thing I’ve embraced recently is the ability to DNF a book. I hate doing it, but I’ve accepted that I shouldn’t view reading as a chore, so DNF-ing is an acceptable answer if a book really isn’t for me.

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    • Lucky you! I still find it really hard to DNF a book; I always feel I might be missing out on something good in the part I haven’t read. I do have been putting books on hold more often lately, which I guess is the first step.


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