As a self-confessed book addict, the pile of books on my unread pile seems to be permanently at a ridiculous length. The temptation of the next book to acquire is always there, and I'll be the first to admit that a lot tend to fall through the cracks or get put off, depending on my mood and what I feel like reading at the time. Book jars are a fantastic way of getting through your reading pile in a far less intimidating way. You write out the names of the books you haven't read, cut them and fold them up before putting them all into a jar or container and mixing them up. The best bit is that you get an element of surprise each time you pick a book out of the jar, and you could find some truly captivating reads without even realising it.
These are super quick and easy to make - you don't have to spend any money (unless you want to buy new jars) and they don't take up a lot of space. There are lots of various tutorials and types of book jars available to be found online, but this one is simple and a good all-rounder.
So to make these jars all you need are some empty jars or containers you have to hand, some paper, a pen and some scissors. I used two empty Glade candle jars - to clean them I simply poured hot water to the brim and left them to one side to let all the wax float to the top. I then washed them once and left them to dry - the easiest way to recycle candle jars!
When writing out all of my unread books I chose to include those in my Kindle library too. I am definitely a virtual hoarder, and I read a lot when I'm out and about, so I thought it would be useful to dedicate one jar for them. In terms of collections of stories it can be tricky to know whether to include the whole volume as one book in itself, or write out the individual stories separately. For things like plays - for example my Shakespeare collection - I wrote each of them out, but for short story collections I included their bind up as one book. This is because I tend to read short stories in one go, but plays and poetry are something I like to read one at a time.
Once you've written everything out you just need to cut them all out and get them into the jar. This can take a while, but it's definitely worth it. Now that you have your book jars you're free to pick your next read at random!
I hope you guys enjoyed this post! What do you think of the book jar idea? Is it something that would work for you? And if you already have one, do you use yours? I've been thinking to do a month of reading books picked out straight from the jar, so let me know your thoughts on that!
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