I have noticed that some people create a Goodreads shelf and use random selection to choose a book. I've used that, but.. it's not that fun. Though very practical. But.. What do you do when you don't know what to read next? The next part of this post.. It'll be kind of a tutorial. Sort of. And and annnnd let's discuss in the comments! I want to hear your opinion on what do you do when you can't choose your next book to read.
I like creating all sorts of lists, but I'm so bad at following them. One thing I am good at following though, is picking a book from my tbr jar every now and then. When I feel indecisive about a book and don't know which one to choose, I use the help of my tbr jar. I usually know which genre I'd like to read next so I pick 1 or 2 paperslips in a certain color and voilà! We have ourselves a book to be read ;) I know some of you have way bigger tbr lists than I do, but once it's done (and the process itself is quite exciting itself), you won't regret having spent a few hours on it. Also, you can decorate it however you like to suit your personality, mood or shelf. I posted a picture of mine a long time ago on Instagram and I thought I'd share the process of making one :)
So first off, you need some paper, scissors and a pen. That's it! List all the books you have on your tbr or you can just write down all the books that you have owned for the longest time, but haven't picked up yet. Whatever you want. Just write them all down, cut them out and that's as hard as it gets, really. Here's how I did mine:
I bought some colored paper (should have avoided buying them right before Valentine's Day, because they were out of pink, but whatever *hair flip*) and figured that I'd like mine to be so that a particular color would be for a particular genre. So it happened that orange is contemporary, grey is dystopian/sci-fi, blue is paranormal and purple is fantasy. You don't even have to do it like this, you can just do them all on a white paper and not even fold them. My first attempt a year before looked something like this:
Now the next thing you need is a jar. I've seen so many pretty jars in different stores, but I decided to be environmental-friendly and basically recycle. Used an old soup jar and it still has the label on it, but it's just because I don't know how to decorate it yet. Waiting for good ideas and inspiration to hit me, but not in a big hurry tbh with you. It looks colorful and quite pretty on my shelf so all's good for now :)
And that's it! It's so easy to do and saves you from feeling frustrated when you're feeling indecisive. I hope you guys enjoyed this post and I have a few questions for you to get the discussion going, because I really have no cons to say about tbr jars and the system that seems to be working for me. Sorry it wasn't much of a discussion, but I hope it helped or inspired some of you. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Do you have a tbr jar? If so, is there any way you organize the content? If not, would you like to make one? Also, how do you choose your next read? Do you just ask your friends for some advice and help in picking a book out when you're feeling indecisive?