On a whim last night, I decided to make a TBR jar. Which, in case you don’t know, is just a jar filled with little strips of paper with either specific TBR books, or book themes or genres or suggestions on them. Since I really have to be in the mood for specific books, I decided to go the book “theme” or “challenge” route (I’m not exactly sure what to call them), and wrote things like “a book with blue on the cover” and “a book by a Russian author” and “a science fiction novel with a female protagonist.” Check out the picture to see my beautiful mason jar full of paper (and my awesome glasses pillow).
The way I’ve decided to do this is to pick out one strip of paper each month for my TBR list on this blog. And then, whenever I can’t decide what to read next, I will pick a strip from the jar and show it with my book choice on Instagram. So, if you’d like to see all my TBR jar picks (along with other things), you should probably follow my Instagram: advntrsofabibliophile (you should totally just do it anyway). But, I think that’s probably the best way to go about this, for me, and hopefully it works. Because the amount of time I spend deciding what to read is absolutely ridiculous. And I need help.
And because I am introducing you to my TBR jar (and I just finished reading a book), I decided to choose my first strip for this post. And it is…
“A book with a character from another book (not in the same series)”
Naturally, I’d pick one of the most difficult ones to start with. But, luckily, I have the perfect book on my TBR, and it is Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen! It’s an adult fairy tale centered around Captain Hook from Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. It takes place after Hook was eaten, and then spit out, by the crocodile at the end of the original novel. I picked it up on Book Outlet last month (I think). Not exactly what I was planning to read right now, but that’s the fun of the TBR jar!
Excuse the pictures – I was too lazy to take out my real camera, so these were taken on my iPhone.
Let me know what you think of this idea in the comments. I’d also love your suggestions for reading “challenges” to put in the jar!