My TBR Jar, shown above, contains slips of paper with unread book titles from 2014, 2015, and the first half of 2016.  I don’t seem to be moving these off the shelves, since I’m focusing on the newer books for my Read the Books You Buy Challenge (spotlighting 2017 purchases, along with those bought in the second half of 2016).

Sometimes it helps to actually list the books I need to read…and perhaps highlight those that I have a chance of picking soon.

Here are some from 2014, with three selected from The TBR Jar:

PURCHASED BOOKS UNREAD FROM 2014: (19 books, with 3 singled out from the jar)

  • Life List, The (e-book), by Chrissy Anderson
  • Everyone Worth Knowing, by Lauren Weisberger
  • Abducted (e-book), by T. R. Ragan
  • Apple Orchard, The (e-book), by Susan Wiggs
  • My Mother Was Nuts (e-book), by Penny Marshall
  • Paper Towns (e-book), by John Green
  • What Remains:  A Memoir of Fate, Friendship & Love, by Carole Radziwil
  • In the Woods (e-book), by Tana French
  • Shadow Tracer, The (e-book), by Meg Gardiner
  • Wife 22 (e-book), by Melanie Gideon
  • Ellen Foster (e-book), by Kaye Gibbons
  • Leaves (e-book), by Michael Baron
  • Lemon Orchard, The (e-book), by Luanne Rice
  • Owen’s Daughter (e-book), by Jo-Ann Mapson
  • Ruth’s Journey (e-book), by Donald McCaig
  • Some Luck (e-book), by Jane Smiley
  • All Good Deeds (e-book), by Stacy Green
  • Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, The (e-book), by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Eleanor and Park (e-book), by Rainbow Rowell



Do you devise ways to motivate yourself into picking up Old and Dusty TBR Books?  What works for you?



    • Thanks, Cleo, I’ve been noticing your TBR updates…and we can definitely challenge ourselves to dig deep into the TBR stacks!

      I want to read In the Woods, but it’s hefty, so I keep waiting for when I have some small books on the list for the week. LOL.


  1. i know some people used the TBR jar extensively a few years ago but their approach was a bit different – they stuck their hand in the jar and committed to read whatever slip of paper came out. I tried it for a while but kept cheating when I didn’t like what I pulled out 🙂

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  2. I work from my TBR lists when not reading NetGalley/review/tour titles. I try to read 100 TBR a year. I have so many I keep planning to do a random word pick but haven’t done that yet. Instead I have a “Kindle TBR List” that I put titles in alphabetically that catch my eye. Then I can pick from those to help my Alphabet Challenge if I need to. I hope you enjoy the TBRs you have picked. 🙂

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    • Yes, the lists of books I’ve purchased help guide me to my choices. Sometimes I am impulsive, though, and pick something that seems to grab me. Thanks for stopping by, Martha, and enjoy your reading.


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