Friday, January 10, 2014

Did I just bookish-Pinterest something?

Hello, readers!  I know, lots of radio silence around here lately.  Let me assure you that I am reading a fabulous book right now (The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt), but it's eleventy billion (or 800) pages long, so it's taking me a rather long while to get through it.  But never fear, reviews to come soon.

I am blogging today to share an idea that I'm super psyched about for this year.  As you know, the only reading challenge I'm doing in 2014 is the TBR challenge.  I am limiting myself to my print-book TBR, because I have a ton of unread books on my shelves at home.  I have actually run out of shelf space at this point...and I refuse to consider giving away any books until I've actually read them.  So a-TBRing I must go.

However, sometimes it is so overwhelming to pick from the giant pile of books that await me on my shelves.  This is because my TBR pile is a mish-mash of many things: books I bought and have been dying to read for ages, books I randomly inherited from people who were clearing their shelves, classics that I bought and feel that I should read (but am not exactly dying to), etc.

Thus, imagine my excitement when I saw this post on Book Riot about making a BOOK JAR.  Basically, write down the name of every book on your TBR, throw it in the jar, and randomly pull one every time you want a read from your TBR list.  SO SIMPLE!  YET SO FUN!  (I know, it really doesn't take much to get me riled up.)

My book jar is really more of a...book baggie.  Because I don't have a jar available, but I DO have lots of plastic baggies.  I know, kind of lame.  I will work on getting a jar.
It's like a bookish dime bag!
Maybe not.
Either way, it was really fun to pull my first TBR book out of the Book Baggie.  Therefore, it is with great excitement that I announce my first TBR read of 2014:

Queen of the Night by J.A. Jance!

Woohoo!!  Review to come (once I finally finish The Goldfinch, of course...).

What are some fun ways that you choose your next read?

18 comments:

  1. The TBR Jar is such a fun idea. It wouldn't work for me at all (what I read next is at least partly determined by what's available at the library) but if I had overflowing shelves of unread books, I would totally use this.

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    1. Picking at the library is so fun sometimes too. I feel like the possibilities are ENDLESS.

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  2. My husband picks my book from my stacks of TBR books if I don't HAVE to read a particular book for a book review I have to write.

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    1. That's a good idea too. I'd be curious what my husband would pick if I put him to the task for me...

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  3. That's a fun idea! I may adapt that for the kiddo, too!

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    1. Oh yeah, kids would definitely get into something like this!

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  4. I just unimaginatively plod through my books in the order review posts and library books are due. I think this sounds like a fun idea though :)

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    1. Yeah, last year I had so many tour books that I couldn't really do something like this. I'm trying to cut back for 2014 so it's freed me up for more random reads. :)

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  5. The TBR Jar (bag) is a great idea! It also would look good in a vase or something. . . well, a vase you could stick your hand into I guess. . . or your hand might get stuck. . . okay, stick with the bag.

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    1. LOVE the vase idea! Might have to switch to that!

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  6. This book jar idea has been circulating and getting quite popular on BookTube as well. Love it, though I haven't done it myself (yet). :)

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    1. See, I'm never as original as I think I am. LOL

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  7. I love this! And I totally TOTALLY thought "bookish dime bag!" when I saw your post in my reader.

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    1. Ha, I'm glad I'm not the only reader that went straight to the inappropriate drug reference...

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  8. I've pinned the book jar because I thought it was a great idea, but have yet to put it into action. So cool to see it in use.

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  9. LOVE that idea!

    I hope you're digging The Goldfinch. I have it and I'm hoping to get to it...one of these days.

    Lots of radio silence for me lately as well. I'm trying to come out of the holiday stupor I've been in ;)

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    1. I am definitely digging it, but I wish I saved it for when Tater Tot is bigger...hard to read it in 5-page bursts! Hope your holiday stupor is wearing off :)

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