The dusty death of the Book Jar
Back in June 2013, I put 200 or so slips of paper each with a book from my TBR pile into a jar – and made a Book Jar – you can read my original post at my old blog here.
I read precisely one book from it and that was We by Yevgeny Zamyatin – which did turn out to be a real corker – reviewed here.
Since then, my jar has sat on the top of my CD shelves in the lounge, completely forgotten.
Today I dusted it, then I made a decision. I opened it, and picked out three strips at random, then chucked the rest in the bin.
I am so totally absolutely (as Lola of Charlie and Lola would say) useless at keeping going with projects like this, however I do vow to read the three books I picked out before the end of the year. I will locate them and place them in my bedside bookcase, They are:
- Mr Norris changes trains by Christopher Isherwood
- The Group by Mary McCarthy
- War With the Newts by Karel Kapek
Three books, that on the face of it, I’m still keen to read. Of course, you’ll have to take this promise with a pinch of salt too… Just look at my Banksread and Annabel’s Shelves pages, and my Anthony Powell self-challenge. However those projets are theoretically on-going!
I still maintain that it’s OK to start reading challenges and then drop them. Any device that gets you looking at and hopefully reading from your TBR piles (mountain ranges in my case) is good – whether it’s completed or not. My 2016 Book Bingo card is also in danger of lapsing, and as for the Book Riot ‘Read Harder’ challenge, I’ve totally ignored that after some initial enthusiasm.
What tricks do you play on yourself to encourage you to tackle your TBR?