TBR Jar Draw 2017 Overwiev

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I started the project TBR Jar Draw in March 2017 with the idea to tackle on my growing To Be Read list. What I had decided to have the best chances of success with were the books I already own and have not read yet. After searching trough my GR Want to read books list I found 82 titles of books I already own. I proceded to write each on a little pink piece of paper and put them all in a small decorative jar.

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From March 2017. I read eight books after I pulled them from the TBR Jar. I read them with aproximately one a month pace. After I pulled out and examined all the titles in a TBR Jar I found three more titles of books I put in the TBR Jar but have read without TBR Jar Draw. That makes eleven books I have read that were titles I have owned and could be remover from the TBR Jar.

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Considering the pace I used to buy and acquire books has somewhat slowed down since I first started The TBR Jar Draw project I am happy with my results even though the amount of books in my Want to read category on Goodreads is only slightly lower than when I started – In March 2017 my Want to Read category had 382 titles while today it nmbers 377 books. I realized that adding books to my Want to read list is something I do not want to limit is such a way that makes me miss out on some great new books. Instead I am now fully concentrating on making more responsible decisions when buying the books I want to own.

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After anylizing my results I realized I did not think on adding the books I bought in 2017. to the TBR Jar. Now I am left with two choices:

A) Let the TBR Jar get empty completely

B) Add books I bought in 2017 retroactively and continue with adding the books I buy in the future

After some consideration I decided to make the TBR Jar Draw project a permanent reminder to read more of the books I already own and to try to contain the hoarding habits within reasonable and explainable limits.

Therefore I decided to go with the option B) and add the books I bought since the project started. I will continue to be adding new books as I buy them. This made me add another 22 titles to the TBR Jar. I wrote down titles I found browsing trough some of my bookshelves and I do believe there were some I probably missed …

In this manner my TBR Jar Draw project continues and I hope to have even better results next year when I make another overwiev and tally the books I’ve read 🙂

Taking on my TBR pile

I am finally set to do something about my pile of TBR (To-Be-Read) books! Big part of the problem are the books I hoarded over time. I believe the Japanese even have a word for this apparently not so uncommon hoarding disorder – tsundoku!

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Mostly all were and are still the books I am genuinely interested in reading. Some of them were collected since they simply fit the profile and genre I like to read. Some were the books I heard enough about to get me interested to get them and put them on my TBR. Some are gifts and I’m not so sure about those :/

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One of my goals is to cut this pile to be closer to 300. I know it doesn’t seem like much but most of the books I end up reading every month are not already in my TBR pile. I usually read two books a month for my RL book club. Those are mostly books that come as a group choice and offer a variety of genres and authors I don’t normally read.

Also, since I work in a bookstore there are always new arrivals that grab my attention. Reading those can be a part of the job. (Almost a dream job there :p )

Type of books I mentioned above take up almost half of my reading for any given month. These are not the books I can always count on or expect in the form of the time that it takes me to read them trough.

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The books I can do something about are those that are already on my bookshelves. Right there! (right behind my computer screen, right of my desk, left of my desk, on the shelf by my bed, on the shelf by my BFs computer…)

I have gone trough my GR TBR list and sorted out the books I already own. I wrote the title of each on a little pink piece of paper. On the list were lots of books that were part of a book series. With those I only wrote down books that were first in the series or those that continue on the books I already read. I took all the little pink papers and put them into a glass bowl.

IMAG0404I realized too late that since the glass is dyed turquoise I should have used blue or green paper :/

As it turns out there are exactly 82 little pink papers with titles of books that are waiting patiently on the bookshelves in my room for their turn to be read.

Starting this month I will draw three titles from the bowl and pick at least one of them to read in the current month. The ones not chosen for the month will go back into the bowl, and if by chance I draw the same ones for three times I will forgo the choice and read the one that has been drawn the third time!

First three titles I’ve drawn are:

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1 # Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 01 by Yu Watase

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2 # The Undead Pool (The Hollows #12) by Kim Harrison

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3 # The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

 

I am actually pleasantly surprised by the titles I’ve drawn. For now I will keep all the choices until the end of the month. I’m undecided which one to start first. Since one of them is a manga I might go and read more than one! I’m just too damn pleased with what I’ve drawn right now 🙂

Hopefully this will start a habit of reading more of the books I already own 🙂

Wish me luck!

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Bookish Challenge BF and I

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After the inconclusive results of the last challenge we did two years ago here is a new challenge boyfriend and I have agreed upon.

We each get to read ten books picked out by the other by the end of the year!

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Here is the list I’ve been given:

  1. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  2. Railsea China Mieville
  3. Transmetropolitan vol 1
  4. Game of Thrones by G.R.R. Martin
  5. Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. Journey to the centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
  7. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  8. Golden compass by Philip Pullman
  9. Treasure Island by R.L Stevenson
  10. She by Raider H. Haggard

Here are the books I’ve given out:

  1. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  2. U anđeoskom liku zvijeri by Viktoria Faust
  3. Angélique, the Marquise of the Angels by Anne and Serge Golon
  4. Angel and Faith Vol 1
  5. Howl’s moving castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  6. Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
  7. Sex Criminals Vol 1
  8. Circle by Dave Eggers
  9. Rosie Effect by Greame Simsion
  10. Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

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