When in Doubt, Consult the Book Jar

You sit there staring at your pile of unread books, but have no idea which one you should read.  How can you decide?  They’re all great books!  Here’s what you do…

You consult the Book Jar.


First of all, I am not taking credit for coming up with this idea.  It is something that I saw on Facebook about a week ago and it’s been on my mind to do this… so I did.  This is just my way to share the idea with my fellow bookworms.

I wish I knew who did come up with this idea so I could personally thank them.  Not only is this a good idea to decide what book to read next, but it was a fun little project to do.  Even though the steps are simple, I’m going to show the pictures to walk through what I did.


cut up titles

Obviously the first steps are to write down the titles of all your unread books, or even ones you want to read again soon, and cut them into small pieces of paper.  Luckily I already had colored paper to use for this.

folded titles

Then there’s the fun part of folding each piece.  Yay.

For me it wasn’t too bad of a task since I don’t have nearly as many books as some book bloggers I follow.  I mean, I wish I had that many books.  I suppose I could gather a list of library books I want to read as well to add to the jar.

mason jar

Then you get a jar that you want to fill.  I was originally going to use a mason jar bank that I’m not using (since we have a ton), but it’s painted and I wanted to at least be able to see the colored paper scraps.  So I went to Michaels and bought a cute little jar with a hinged lid – like the one I saw in the original book jar post.

I don’t think it really matters what kind of jar you use.  It’s a matter of personal preference.  If you want to use a painted jar, where you won’t be able to see the paper, that’s fine too.  In fact, that’ll make your choice more of a mystery since you can’t see the colors of the paper.

Then you fill said jar.

full jar

And BOOM!  You have a book jar for whenever you can’t decide what to read next.  If you’re anything like me, you’ll be using this a lot.

What do you think of the book jar?  Would you make something like this for your books?

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