One of the most common videos I’ve seen on booktube, and a post I’ve been stumbling across with book blogging as well, is a TBR. Many of us readers like to list which books we intend to read over a given time period: a week, a year, or, most commonly that I’ve seen, a month. Most people I’ve seen tend to swerve from this list, I’ve noticed.
I personally have never done one in this way. I haven’t looked at my shelves, asked myself what I want to read that month, and made a list. That’s because I have these:
They’re my TBR Jars, which you may have seen around the book community as well. Often they’re filled with books you intend to read, or particular challenges you want to fulfill, over the course of a year. I don’t know who came up with this, but I think the original idea was to pick out one book every month and add that to your existing TBR.
I don’t do that.
These jars are so full because they contain a slip of paper for every book on my shelves that I would like to read (though series are condensed into one slip to avoid confusion). In addition, each jar has 5 blank slips; they’re basically wild cards, which, when picked, allow me to choose any book on my shelf.
My system works as follows: I finish reading a book. I pick one slip of paper from each jar. Say none of them particularly appeal to me. I pick a fourth slip from one of the jars. Then, I decide based on those slips which book to read. I read it. Rinse and repeat. If a series pops up, I have the freedom to continue with the series or introduce a slip for the next book to the jars.
How do you decide what to read next?