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Talking Between Reads (TBR): Fun With Your TBR Pile




Talking Between Reads (TBR) is a weekly discussion post where we talk about different topics from books to blogging and anything else we think you guys might enjoy. Stop by on Mondays for new topics.



TBR Pile:

Looking for a fun way to pick your next read?



If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen the pictures I’ve posted of my progress. The first time I saw a TBR Jar was on The Book Vixen. I thought it was a great idea. So after I re-organized all my paperbacks into two shelves because I was donating the old TV cabinet that was housing them I decided to finally get around to making my own jar. 


Here’s how my jar turned out:


The books in the jar are purchased or Nook/Kindle freebies. No ARCs or review requests are in the jar.



I color coded my TBR pile so that will I pull a slip from the jar I know where to find the book. 

  • Yellow – Paperback
  • Green – Kindle
  • Orange – Nook

Once I made my lists, I then printed them on color paper. Yes, I’m usually annal about fonts being the same size and such but after making the lists it was 2:00am and I didn’t care at that point.


I created the paperback list from scratch. Then I got lazy and went to my Nook & Kindle accounts online and copy and paste my lists from there. That’s why the size and format doesn’t match. I did reprint my paperback list because I had 4 columns to one sheet and the print was really small so I change it to 2 columns so it would be easier to cut them.



Then after I cut the lists into slips I proceeded to fold them in half twice. And stuff the wide mouth pint size jar. But quickly realized I was going to need a bigger jar. Then I transferred the slips to the Large Clear Glass Jar Chalkboard Front I found at Hobby Lobby (for 50% off, score!). They all fit perfectly and the jar is wide enough that I can easily fit my hand in to pull slips.  

Here’s my jar with a hardcover book for scale.

Width: 6 1/8″
Height: 10 1/4″
Opening Width: 5″


How I will use the TBR Jar:


The rules

  1. I will pick 3 books from the jar each month. If I pick a book that’s not the 1st in the series or the next I need to read in that series I will read the next book in that series according to where I am in the series or start that series with the 1st book. 
  2. The loop whole: If it’s the 1st book in a series and it blows me away I may continue that series before picking another slip from the jar.


When will I start using the jar?

I’m thinking November or December. I kept a small pile of the print books out of the jar that I want to read before the year, so I’m starting with them first. Once I’m finished I’ll start pulling from the jar. Once I start pulling from the jar you can see my progress HERE


How many slips are in the jar?

  • Print – 104
  • Nook – 145 
  • Kindle – 36



Wondering what’s in my TBR jar?

Check out my Goodreads Shelf or my Pinterest Board.