Friday, 25 April 2014

Making a TBR Jar

Hello my name is Katie and I’m a chronic book hoarder. Recently I have come to the sad concussion that my bookcases are completely full. I have shuffled and shuffled but no more room ever going to appear! I even have the tell tale bend in my shelves that are just yelling at me to lighten their loads.

This lead me to the idea of creating a TBR Jar, I’ve seen a few people create this cool idea and I have so many books that have been brought for me or buy me that I have no intention of reading that need to go! A number of books I have hold little appeal to me due to the genre or the age that the book is meant for but  being a class A hoarder I can’t ever get rid of any thing including books without ridiculous amounts of thought and heart-ache. 

To make things easier, I’m setting myself some rules to accompany my TBR Jar; each month I’ll pull out a minimum of one slip of paper that will have a title of a book I haven’t read yet. Of course I will still be reading other books but this is just to try and clear some room. The getting rid of books part comes into play with the clause that if I don’t want to read a book and don’t have a decent reason, it’s destined for a new life with someone else. I know I’m going to come up with stupid excuses but I’m sure I have some even I can’t even think of a reason to keep.

Just for fun I took some photos as I created my Jar and here they are so 
you can see me suffer cutting out all the titles of my unread books 

I decided to hand write out all my title just for fun,
I also didn't feel like typing them out then trying to cut without any lines! 
A fun little fact about me is that I have terrible fine motor skills
 I can’t cut straight or even draw straight lines with the help of a ruler.

After some serious effort and lots of twitter breaks, here is the finished product!
 I had a small problem with the fact I picked a jar to small for my hand 
to fit in but I soon corrected that with an old lolly jar laying round the house!

Do you have a way to clear your TBR pile, can you give a hoarder some tips?
 Have you made a TBR Jar or are you planning to?


  1. I love this idea and have thought of doing it myself. I am a book hoarder too, but haven't read so many of the books I own. I struggle to get rid of them too, so this sounds like a brilliant idea. I might need to hurry up and do this myself! =D

    1. It was really easy once I got started, just time consuming. Goodreads makes everything so much easier! I hope you’ll make a post if you do, do this!

  2. What a great idea about the TBR jar, I love the sound of this! Very creative!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    1. Thanks Jeann! One of the many ways to keep a TBR Pile that now a mountain under control.

  3. I love this, but I can't see myself doing it. My mother has been at me for years to get rid of my books (they live at her house in boxes) but I can't, they are mine. It would take a lot of ;yeah but no but yeah but no' to get a book off my shelf, I probably have some I may never read, it's not my fault authors keep writing more books for me that I want to buy.

    88dreamers @ Seriesly Reading

    1. I’m being really simple with my getting rid of books, if I want to keep a book then i’m simply going to, but I have books that I know I’m never going to read but just don’t have a reason to get rid of at the moment. My mum’s the same but my books live with me and her in cases that she sees every day. I feeling you with authors continuing to write great books that I just have to buy, it’s an addiction!


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