Extra! Read All About It – TBR Wheel In 3 Easy Steps

Hey everyone! Remember in this post how I said I would post more than once in a week if I was really excited to talk about something? Well, this is one of those times. And since I did an “Extra! Read All About It” post last May, I’ve decided to adopt that as the official name for my additional posts. Anyways, let’s talk about this really simple TBR wheel.

Back in September I thought it would be fun to turn some of my 2019 reading challenges and other experiment ideas into prompts for tackling my unread shelf in 2020. However, I’m not doing it anymore because I’m staying away from TBRs this year. I’ve decided to share this idea with y’all so you can use it to make your 2020 reading fun!


TBR Jar ⇢ TBR Wheel

I started out by making a list of categories that I would pick from a jar each month. I scrapped the jar idea after watching Codie at Codie’s Book Corner September TBR video because I loved her wheel. And since your girl had no budget (or time and patience) for making a wheel, I found a way to digitize it for the free. And now for the 3 easy steps.


Step 1: Download Spin The Wheel App

Spin the Wheel is a random picker app that I really like. I played around with quite a few apps before I found this one. It’s aesthetically pleasing, very easy to use, and colorful! It’s free and available on iOS and Android.

Step 2: Add your prompts/categories to the wheel

Here’s the list of categories I came up with. I’ve used a few of them before on here. You can use these, remove the ones that don’t apply to you, or come up with your own.

  • Backlist
  • ARC
  • Lowest Rated
  • Mood Read
  • Buddy Read
  • Most Anticipated
  • Twitter Pick
  • Highest Rated
  • Most Recent
  • Friend recommendation
  • Favorite color
  • TBR Vet
  • Shortest book
  • 5 star prediction 
  • Library book
  • Audiobook
  • Series
  • Own Shelf
  • Hyped
  • Genre ( choose one or add all of them: fantasy/thriller/sci-fi/romance)
  • Tome
the categories I used

Step 3: Spin the Wheel

Spin the wheel as many times as you wish to set your monthly TBR. You can always add new categories monthly and add ones that are relevant to your reading goals and readathons. Here’s a quick demonstration.

The most anticipated book on my TBR at the moment is The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams. If I were doing structured reading, I’d add that to my TBR for the month. I’d also probably spin 3-5 times.


And that’s it! I think the categories are broad enough that they’ll work for any mood reader. If you decide to use this, link/tag me in your posts so I can see it!

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8 thoughts on “Extra! Read All About It – TBR Wheel In 3 Easy Steps

  1. This is a great idea! I always look at those TBR wheels and think that I need to make one for myself too 😀 But the app is waaaay easier and quicker. I hope it helps you to diversify your TBR and read more books from your backlist!

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