I don’t like to do a traditional TBR; I’m definitely the type of person who prefers to pick up what I’m in the mood for at the time, rather than setting a reading goal for the month.  However, my TBR pile is growing to an uncontrollable number and I figured that something had to be done about it, and so the TBR Jar was created!

The idea is that every month, I’ll pick out three books at random from the jar and I’ll try to get those read along with whatever else that I might pick up during that month.

I ought to note that there are no guarantees that this is going to work but I thought I’d give it a go in an attempt to rescue me from succumbing to the ever growing wave of unread books that I have acquired. I know it’s not a problem unique to me!

As I’m not quite ready to do the YouTube thing even though I’d really like to start making videos soon, I’ve reached a compromise and turned myself into a shiny animated GIF, provided below for your viewing pleasure; excellent!


We have:

  • Illumination by Matthew Plampin Set in 1870, Illumination is about the Prussian siege on Paris. I don’t much else about it other than that it follows the siege through the eyes of an English family, the Pardys; Hannah, Clement and Elizabeth each individually tied to Paris and unable to leave.  I’ve read some great reviews so I’m really looking forward to this.
  • Number two is The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – follows 16 year old Cassie as she tries to survive in a world that has been devastated by alien invasions.  At the beginning of the book Cassie is on a journey to a training camp, set up by the aliens, to rescue her 5 year old brother.
  • Finally, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce I got sent this by a bookish Secret Santa for Christmas 2015 and a quick look at the synopsis has me really excited to read this book. Harold Fry leaves his wife hoovering upstairs one morning to post a letter. Little does he know that he’s about to embark on a journey from one of the country to the other, on foot. Despite not being prepared for a cross country hike, Harold knows that he must keep walking; there’s a life that depends on it.

So there’s my TBR Jar selections for spring, folks! I’m currently reading a few books before I’ll get to these including The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket, The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan (this one is taking an age!) A Girl in Exile by Ismail Kadare and Dinosaurs on Other Planets by Danielle McLaughlin but I’m definitely happy with these selections.

Have any of you read the books that I’ll be reading this month? If you have let me know in the comments below if you liked them or not and what your thoughts are!

Thanks for reading, everyone and stay tuned for some reviews of the above books and my April reading wrap up!