I think we can all agree on one thing: reading is awesome. I’d happily spend hours and hours a day reading, and when I’m not reading, I like to do bookish things because books = happiness.
So here are 9 bookish things you can that aren’t reading:
- Write your own book.
It’s not necessarily the case that every reader wants to be a writer, but if you love reading stories there’s a good chance you may want to try writing your own at some point.
- Start a book blog.
If you like reading, then I really can’t recommend book blogging enough, even if you don’t see yourself as much of a writer. The entire community is so welcoming, and it has really revolutionised my reading life in so many ways, from getting incredible book recommendations, to meeting some amazing fellow bookworms.
- Watch booktube.
As the name suggests, ‘booktube’ is the bookish corner of the Youtube community, and is definitely worth checking out if you’re an avid reader. You could even join in and start your own channel if you’re confident enough to get in front of the camera (I always wish I was, but there’s just no way!)!
- Organise your bookshelves.
Many book lovers like to hoard books, and if you’re anything like me then your collection will have started to spill out of the bookcase onto the floor and throughout the whole house.
That means every once in a while an organisation session is in order, where you can rearrange your books, as well as clear out any old ones you know you won’t read again to make space for new ones!
- Go to the library/bookshop.
If you like books, then one of the most obvious thing you’ll want to do when not reading is hang out in places where you can acquire books. That’s why browsing at the library or bookshop is pretty much the best thing a bookworm can do without opening a book (although, you know, feel free to have a peek before you borrow/buy if you want!).
- Talk about books.
Reading is generally a solitary activity, so when you’re not reading it can be fun to discuss books with other people. Everyone’s reaction to the same book will be entirely different, so it’s interesting to see what other people thought.
As I discussed in this post, I don’t actually know many bookish people in real life, so I don’t get to talk about books as much as I would like in person, but that’s yet another good reason to start a book blog! You could even try joining a book club if you want to find fellow bookworms to socialise with in real life.
- Get on Goodreads.
Goodreads is the only social media platform out there devoted entirely to reading and books, so obviously it has an incredible community of bookworms. It’s also a great way to keep track of your TBR list, and the Goodreads Challenge is fun!
- Visit bookish places.
Another great thing to do when you’re not reading is visit bookish places and sites of literary interest, whether it’s a particularly cool library, or a place where a writer you admire lived or got inspiration (personally I’ve visited Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters a few times, and I love the Lake District which is famed for being the stomping ground of the Romantic poets).
- Bookish craft projects.
If you like crafting, then you could combine that interest with your love of reading, and make some bookish craft projects. You could make anything from bookmarks, to book quote prints, fan art, or even things like bookish cross stitches or book inspired clothing.
So what do you think of my ideas for bookish things to do that aren’t reading? Have you got any others?