DIY | To Be Read Jar

To Be Read Jar

I first saw the idea of a To Be Read jar on Erin’s blog E-Elise and thought it was a really good idea. Recently the fabulous Becky Bedbug and Vivatramp did their own versions which motivated me to get in on the TBR action. I’ve been much better at reading recently and I have built quite the collection to books to read, but I do often struggle to pick. The TBR jar makes it super simple – write each book on a slip of paper, stick them in the jar, pull one out, and read the damn book.

I decided to decorate a spare, small preserving jar with some illustrations cut out from Company magazine.

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Not the most complicated craft – just get some craft PVA and glue the paper directly on to the jar. With stuff like this I always apply a layer of PVA over the top too as it dries clear but protects the image and just makes it much more secure. I also stuck some washi tape on the lid with “To Be Read” written on it, y’know, in case I forget what it’s for.

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I think it looks pretty good. I have about 30 books in it so I’m setting myself a key rule:

I’m allowed to put a book back into the jar if I really don’t want to read it, but only twice. After that, it’s put into the donation pile for my local charity shop. No hoarding!

To Be Read Jar

Right, I’m off to read The Deaths.

What have you been reading recently? I’d love some book recommendations – there’s always more room in the jar!

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