Hey guys! When Quarantine first started, I was so sure that it was going to be amazing. I finally had all the time in the world to catch up on my TBR and have a really fun time. But after about a year of staying inside, I have realized that it is not as easy as it sounds. The quarantine made me feel so uninspired and unmotivated and my mental health has declined a lot in the past week due to the lockdown.
So, I decided to research and put together a list of 10 bookish things to do and I thought that sharing it here may help you guys too. Let’s get on with the list!
- JOIN A VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB
Virtual book clubs are a great way to meet more bookish people and talking to such people will get you excited about books even more than usual. These book clubs meet at specified intervals. A book is picked for the month and then at the meeting, the book is discussed and reviewed. If you don’t want to join any online book club, then you can create one yourself with your friends and family members!
2. FILM A READING VLOG
Some people don’t like being on the camera and that is totally fine. But sometimes, just recording yourself reading, and editing the video can be loads of fun. It takes time and effort to do this. This way, you can learn filming and editing and the time also passes quickly. You don’t have to post the video anywhere, but it can be like a cool video diary for you to look upon later.
3. START A BOOK BLOG/ BOOKSTAGRAM/ OR BOOKTUBE
Start a blog, Instagram or YouTube channel and talk about books! Or even better, join all three. Sometimes, not having anything to do can really make you feel very bored and uninspired. Starting a platform like this will give you a sense of purpose and you can interact with thousands of people all over the world. Plus, these things take work, so they occupy a lot of your day. Basically, you work and have fun too!
4. WATCH BOOK TO SCREEN ADAPTATIONS
Recently, the bookish community has been exploding with Shadow and Bone content everywhere. And there are so many other amazing book to screen adaptations that you can binge on. Here are my recommendations:
Shadow and Bone
Anne with an E
The Harry Potter series
The Hunger Games series
And so many more!
5. WATCH BOOKTUBE VIDEOS
Sometimes, just listening to someone talk about books can be therapeutic to me. I recommend watching booktube videos if you feel low and stressed out. Not only do they get you excited about reading books, but you also get so many recommendations to add to your TBR!
Here are some of my favourite booktubers:
A Clockwork Reader
Hailey In Bookland
The Book Leo
Jack in the Books
Read With Cindy
6. MAKE BOOKISH ART
Make art based on the books you read. It doesn’t have to be perfect art. Try writing the quotes of the book in fancy calligraphy and decorate it yourself. Turn it into posters, bookmarks, anything you like. Last month, I painted book edges endlessly. Who knows? You might end up finding an artistic side of yourself!
7. START A READING JOURNAL
Reading journal is a cool way to keep track of the books you read. Maintaining a reading journal can be really fun. You can make spreads any way you like and decorate it in your own style.
8. RE – READ AN OLD FAVOURITE BOOK
Re – reading favourite books reminds us of the beautiful memories we have associated with the book. This will help us focus on positive things rather than fixate on the negativity around us.
9. JOIN VIRTUAL BOOK EVENTS
Book events are hosted every once in a while. Due to the quarantine, a lot of these events have been shifted to the online mode, thus making it possible for a lot of people all over the world to participate in these events! Find some book events and register for them. You may learn a lot about the writing craft and learn about new books and authors.
10. MAKE CRAFTS OR COOK RECEPIES INSPIRED BY BOOKS
There are so many fun crafts you can do that are based on books. You can even cook some of the food from your favourite books and have fun! For example, if you are a fan of the Shadowhunter books by Cassandra Clare, you can try creating your own Stele. Or you can cook the Hutspot from Six of Crows or make Butterbeer and enjoy!
That’s it! Those are my list of 10 bookish things to do quarantine. I hope these give you some inspiration. Comment below on what you do to pass time in the quarantine so that others, including myself can be inspired.
Stay positive, Stay safe!