9 Bookish Things to Do at Home (When You Don’t Feel Like Reading)

As much as I love to read, I’ll be the first to admit there are times when I just don’t feel like it. It happens to us all. Fortunately, there are lots of fun bookish things to do at home!

All of these activities are reading-adjacent, which means they’re perfect for bibliophiles who are in a reading slump or aren’t in the mood to read.

9 bookish things to do when you don't feel like reading

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Bookish Things to Do at Home

1. Color in a Literary-Inspired Coloring Book

Coloring isn’t just for kids! In fact, it does wonders for relaxing the mind.

And there are some GORGEOUS, literary-inspired adult coloring books out there. Here’s some inspiration to get you started:

I have the Harry Potter one and I LOVE it. You can also get this Jane Austen-inspired coloring book with removable coloring plates!

2. Organize Your Bookshelves

Just being around books makes me happy. As does organizing them! Some shelves I organize by color, some by type, and others by how soon I want to read each book.

If you haven’t gotten a chance to organize your bookshelves the way you like them yet (or you think it’s time for a change), then this is the perfect time to do it! You might even find a book you forgot about, or an old favorite to re-read.

3. Write Book Reviews

Just because you don’t feel like reading doesn’t mean you don’t feel like talking about books!

I like to use this time to write reviews of books I’ve read – especially review copies I’ve received from publishers. If you’re a Goodreads member, this is a perfect place to share about your favorite books. (Let’s be friends on Goodreads!)

4. Do a Bookish Puzzle

Puzzles are all the rage these days (likely due to all the sheltering-in-place!). They’re a great way to keep your mind sharp while still allowing for relaxation.

Here are some cool bookish puzzles to check out:

5. Start a Bookstagram

If you haven’t heard of it, Bookstagram is a community of bibliophiles on Instagram. We share photos of books, join challenges, and chat about our favorite reads!

It’s essentially a giant virtual book club for all things bookish, and it’s the BEST. Here’s my post on how to start a Bookstagram for more information.

(Let’s be friends on Bookstagram! You can find me here.)

6. Organize Your Goodreads Shelves

I don’t know about you, but I go wild on Goodreads. I love being able to keep track of all the books I want to read, and save all my favorite books onto a shelf. (I’m a sucker for book lists!)

And if you don’t have the app yet, here are 8 reasons you need to join Goodreads!

7. Watch Book-to-Film/TV Adaptations

With book-to-film adaptations, you can still experience your favorite stories, just through a different lens!

Here are some classics and new favorites:

  • Clueless (a modern take on Jane Austen’s Emma)
  • Stand by Me (based on the short story The Body by Stephen King)
  • Anne with an E (Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery)
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy (J.R.R. Tolkien)
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (Jenny Han)
  • Killing Eve (Luke Jennings)
  • Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng)
  • The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)

8. Start a Journal

Personally, I’ve never really had a journal (I’m more of the planner type). But journals are very popular for a reason! They give you a place to write down your thoughts, scrapbook, or doodle.

Bullet journals in particular are huge these days. You can print off pages to fill in, or draw your own!

Here are some gorgeous literary-inspired journals for inspiration:

9. Join a Virtual Book Event

With most in-person book events being cancelled recently, publishers are looking to the internet to share book events highlighting their books & authors.

On Instagram, many publishers are hosting Instagram lives with author Q&As. Virtual book festivals are replacing in-person ones: for example, the American Library Association’s annual book fest. (You can find a list of virtual events from BookRiot here.) Keep an eye out on social media for announcements.

I hope this list of bookish things to do has inspired you – at least until you snap out of your reading slump! 🙂

Looking for some book recommendations? Here are some of the best new releases of summer 2020!

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