WordPress 011 – Book Jar

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all having a great week so far.

So, I’m excited to do this rather bookish post, which is something different from my Book Experiences so far.  I’ve seen so many people from the BookTube Community on YouTube doing this and putting up videos about it at the end of last month, so I thought I’d give it a try.  It’s on this Book Jar concept started by Alex in Leeds: http://alexinleeds.com/2013/03/23/the-book-jar-page/ , which is where you take a jar and fill it up with titles of books you’ve been meaning to read.  You choose a book at random from the jar once a month or something and read it, and that will hopefully be a start on decreasing your pile of unread books.  Of course you do it however you like, and this is my own Book Jar.


When I first saw the videos, I didn’t have a jar readily available, so I thought I would do my book jar in this little gift card holder that’s in the shape of a book (shown on the left).  However, it was rather laughable because I figured I would probably only be able to fit a handful of book titles in there before it got full.  So, I went to a dollar store and tried to find a decent jar that I could use, and I found… this vase (shown on the right).  Eh, close enough.  I mean it’s certainly big enough for all my (literally) hundreds of books, so why not?  I decided that I would use all these colored Post-Its that I have as well because I have a lot of them.  I love my Post-Its, that’s for sure.


So, I started to handwrite the titles and authors down, and yes, of course I can be totally lazy and just print it out or something, but this was an intimate process.  I wanted to take some time and remember all the books that I’ve ever gotten (and probably forgotten about) over the years.


Then (because I wanted to make this more complicated that it really needed to be) I decided to fold each little Post-It paper like so.  Hey, this was one of those rare moments when a hint of creativity hits me, and I decided to go for it.  I like the way they turned out, instead of just strips of paper stuffed into a jar.  This gives it a bit of personality, I tell you.


Of course, I soon realized that if I did in this way, I wouldn’t be able to fit that many books in… uh, whoops.  Oh well.  That’s okay.  I can do it in batches.  It’s my Book Jar/Vase, so I can do it however I like.


So in the end, I believe I wrote down 25 books, some of the first books I ever started to catalog and keep track of, and they fit rather perfectly inside.  I hope that I will be able to pull out random ones at the end of every month to read for the next month.  I need to pick up my reading pace!

Anyway, thanks for reading as always. Until next time, take care!


2 thoughts on “WordPress 011 – Book Jar

  1. What a neat idea! Definitely a good way to get through those books you’ve been meaning to read, yet never really think of when it’s time to actually PICK one. I love the way you folded the paper, as well.

    • Donna says:

      Hi Ken! (I’m almost done with your letter by the way, so it should be going out this week.)

      It is really neat, and as I was doing it, I was forgetting some of the books I had bought a long time ago but never got around to. So, this should be a good thing for me to get to the ones sitting on my shelves forever. And ha, I probably made it a bit more complicated than it needed to be (since people just made slips of paper and all),but I like the way it turned out. :)

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