DIY | make your own TBR Jar!

This year I'm doing a TBR jar again. Last year I made a slight attempt at it. Some months I picked a book out and read it, sometimes I picked one out and I wouldn't read it until a month later. After a while I stopped picking them out, but that was because of the whole reading slump.
This time I thought I would make it a bit more exciting. I didn't have an actual jar last time, it was a pouch from Fandom of the Month Club subscription box. Which was fine, but it wasn't the same as picking out of a jar. 
So this isn't really a DIY tutorial, but more of a "look this is how I made it, maybe you want to do it too?"


  • a mason jar
  • washi tape
  • alphabet stickers
  • deco stickers
  • paper 
  • pen
  • scissors


Write out your TBR list on a sheet of paper. Cut out the titles creating long strips. Fold the strips and then use a small piece of washi tape to keep it together.

If you're using a tomato sauce jar or something like that you're going to want to remove all of the labels. You can do that by running the jar under warm water and using a rough sponge. (There's probably another way to do this, but this is how I was able to remove the labels from the jar I used.)

Before decorating the jar make sure it's completely dry. Now go ahead and decorate your jar!
I used alphabet stickers to spell out TBR Jar. Then I used some deco stickers from two Etsy shops. The stack of books stickers are from Fox and Cactus, and the girl reading stickers are from The Littlest Planner

I used washi to decorate the lid, but you could probably use some scrapbook paper, use the lid to trace the size you need and then glue it on. But I didn't have any that I liked.

Now put your TBR picks inside the jar. Shake them around, and pick out your first TBR read!

TOP TEN TUESDAY: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.
This week's theme is the Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn't.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Release Date; January 5th

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Release Date: February 2nd

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Release Date: May 3rd

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date; May 3rd

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Release Date; May 24th

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: August 30th

Release Date: August 30th

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Release Date: September 20th

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: September 27th

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Release Date: October 18th

I feel like I might be leaving some titles out, but these are the ones that I hope to get to as soon as possible. If you've read any of these let me know which ones I should pick up first!

2017 Reading Goals

2016 Reading Goals Wrap Up

Last year I beat myself up for not reading enough and not reaching my Goodreads challenge of 50 books. Well this year I did a lot worse and read a total of 28 books. My second goal was to read more of the books I already own, and I did okay with this. I'm reaching for books on my shelf more. I created a TBR jar and I was doing well with that until I stopped pulling books from the jar. I've gotten rid of a lot of books and I'm continuing to do this with books that I just don't plan on reading or rereading. 

2017 Reading Goals!

After my mostly failed reading goals from last year I've decided to refocus my goals.
1) Goodreads | I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge to 12 books. I've decided that if I can read at least one book (not graphic novel or comic book) a month then that's amazing and a lot better than I did all of last year. 
2) Read My Own Books | I want to keep on reading books that I already own. Of course, I've added more to this in the past year, but hopefully I'll get to the ones that I've had for a while.
3) TBR Jar | I'm going to redo this and make a new list of the books that I own. This will help me get to the books that maybe I hadn't though of picking up anytime soon or even forgot that I had.
4) Read Diversely and Widely | Diversity is a topic that's been brought to the forefront of the book community this past year and it's one that's very important to me. I want to continue reading diverse books and reading books in genres outside of what I usually read.

Bout of Books 18 | Updates

Bout of Books 18

day one | January 2, 2017
1:00 pm - I had to do some laundry and took a book with me to the laundromat. I picked the lightest book I had which was the Spectacular Now, and I read around 30 pages of it while my clothes was in the washer.
later - I tried to read as much as I could before going to bed and got through a nice chunk of the book.
started: The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
number of pages read: 92
total pages read: 92

day two | January 3, 2017
Again I started reading right before bed and didn't get through much.
number of pages read: 12  
total pages read: 104

day three | January 4, 2017
Will this be another failed readathon? Just wait and see...
number of pages read: 44
total pages read: 148

day four | January 5, 2017
I just read. This is the most I've read in a single day so far.
number of pages read: 106
total pages read: 248

day five | January 6, 2017
I finished the little bit of The Spectacular Now that I had left to read, and picked up Girls Like Me by Lola StVil.
startedGirls Like Me by Lola StVil
finishedThe Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
number of pages read: 46
total pages read: 294

day six | January 7, 2017
number of pages read: 0
total pages read: 294

day seven | January 8, 2017
I'm not enjoying this book at all. You'd think I would have read it in one day considering it's written in verse and text messages, but I can't. I only have like 100 pages left, but I don't have the motivation to go on. Maybe I'll finish it tomorrow. Maybe I'll DNF it.
number of pages read: 154
total pages read: 448

Books completed: 1
Total number of pages read:  448

Bout of Books 18 | Sign Up

I'm kicking off 2017 with a readathon! I don't know if that's a good idea, because last year's attempt was not good. I attempted Bout of Books last year around the same time, and I completely failed. Like really bad. I'm hoping this year I can do a lot better. I don't know what books I want to read, but there are a few that I'll probably end up choosing from. Like last year I am going to make one post with all my updates on it.

Bout of Books 18

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

TBR Choices:
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharpe
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Desssen