When you love books as much as I do, you’re in the lucky position of never running out of new ones to read. If anything, your biggest problem is often deciding which one in the mountain (and yes, it would be the size of an actual mountain!) will be the next one. On Goodreads, I have several lists of books to-read: Some that I really want to read, some that I found interesting (potential reads) and some that I have to read. Meanwhile, several of the rooms in my home are dominated by bookshelves, my Kindle is ready to burst and hundreds of more books await on the computer.
It seems like a luxury problem, right? But when you want to read everything – in fact, you want to have already read all of the books! – it can sometimes lead to the opposite: such overwhelming choice that you instead end up not choosing at all…
Therefore, I made a TBR (to be read) jar – it’s really just an old jam jar that I cleaned, put a pretty ribbon around and filled with bits of paper. Fancy, huh? Wish I could claim that I had thought of that all on my own, but I got the idea from a fellow Danish book blogger Frk. Hyms.
The jar contains exactly 42 bits of paper with book titles on them and I add a new one whenever I draw one, so it will never be empty (if you’re wondering why 42, then my answer is that there is a big gap in your literary education, and I will assume that you will not be reading the rest of this post, as you go find a copy of a brilliant book written by Douglas Adams).
So now, every time I don’t know what to read, I shake the TBR jar and draw the next book from there (or ask my lovely assistant aka The Husband to draw for me). I recently decided to have the jar filled with mostly books that are physically on my shelves… Mostly to justify buying more books!
Is there a book that I absolutely have to read? The best book in all the history of time? Let me know! I might have read it already or plan to, but you might just help me discover my new favourite book and I would be forever in your debt.