The Book Jar

I’m sure many of you will have heard of a book jar (lots of bloggers do it, and it’s been a Thing for a while now), but for those of you who don’t, here’s a quick rundown:

  • it is essentially a way to choose what to read next when you have way too many books you want to read
  • you make a list of all the books on your TBR and cut up the list so each book is on a little scrap of paper
  • these then go in a jar, folded, and you pick one out at random when you need to choose a new book
  • you read the chosen book – unless you want another pick…
  • it’s basically a book raffle

I’ve been thinking about doing a book jar for a while, and am always terrible at choosing what to read next. I also always have too many books.

I’ve decided to include both books I own and books I do not own in my book jar. If I choose a book I own, I take it from the shelf; if I don’t own it, I will get a copy as soon as I can (I’ll try to get to the bookshop ASAP, but yes, I may sometimes use Amazon Prime. Sorry). When I review what I’ve drawn from the book jar, I’m sure my method of choosing it will come to mind – as will any patterns or complete randomness that show themselves as I continue to read.



Have any of you tried doing a book jar? Or have you used a similar concept for something other than books?

I will let you know how I get on. 🙂

9 responses to “The Book Jar”

  1. This is a good idea, unfortunately I do think I’d be able to find a jar big enough I have so many I want to read 🙂


  2. This is a great idea – and I wish you luck with it – but it probably wouldn’t work for me. I’m too much of a mood read, and rather resistant to being told what to read.


    1. I’m a little worried about that, so I think I’m going to allow myself 1 or 2 vetoes when I pick… just in case!


  3. Amazing! I like the idea of a Book Raffle game for me to play.


    1. Thanks! I hope it works for me. 🙂


  4. Great idea, I saw this done by someone for the Classic Challenge, kind of exciting!


  5. Oh my gosh….also including books you DON’T own!? That’s so dangerous. Even though I received heaps of book vouchers for Christmas I’m going reaaally slowly. Otherwise it’ll get out of hand. I’m going by whim this year but am going to make sure I read the books I’m the most excited about. I’m sick of feeling indifferent about what I read.


    1. Haha yeah i know it might not be the best idea!! but i have fewer books that i actually want to read than i thought, and so many i don’t own that i really want to read, that i wanted to include them. we’ll see how it goes!!


  6. […] I wrote about the troubles of having too many books to read. I also posted recently about using a book jar, something which I have, and am able to use – but haven’t yet, because really I haven’t […]


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