Welcome Bibliophiles to Part 2 of my Book Lovers Day festivities! In my previous post, I shared some of my favorite literary swag, including: literary jewelry, clothing and accessories, posters, prints, and artwork inspired by great books and poetry, and wonderful little touches to perfect your favorite reading spot. In this post, I am going to be sharing some of my favorite ways to celebrate Book Lovers Day!
#1. Obsess About Books, Books, and More Books
There’s no better day to obsess about books that National Book Lovers Day. To be honest, we were going to obsess anyway, but BLD just gives us the perfect excuse! So go ahead. Visit your local library. Drag your significant other or best friend to go book shopping with you. Go hunting for a great indie bookshop in your area. Expand your reading horizons by trying a new author or a new genre. Re-read an old favorite. Recommend your favorite books to your significant other / best friend / co-worker / family member. Read a book that they recommend. Go out to lunch and talk about them. Getting to know the books that other people love is a great way to get to know them better. One of the most romantic things my husband ever did was read Anne of Green Gables for me. (Seriously). But whatever you decide to do, embrace your inner book geek and enjoy!
#2. Throw a Literary Tea Party!
There are few things in this world that go together better than books and tea so Book Lovers Day is a wonderful day to host a literary tea party.
You can invite your friends and fellow book lovers to join you for tea with these J. Alfred Prufrock Teacup Note Cards:
Of course, if tea isn’t your beverage of choice, you can always indulge in something a little stronger with this fantastic flasks:
#3. Connect With Other Book Lovers
Reading great books is a million times more fun if you can geek out about them to a fellow book lover so Book Lovers Day is a great time to connect with other bibliophiles. Check out your library or bookshop for local book addict support groups, I mean book clubs that you can get involved with or join the CSLJ Book Club and chat about great books with book lovers from across the country. (This month, we are reading To Kill A Mockingbird and I would love for you to join us!)
Or if you are the type of person who loves to get letters in the mail, you can pick up some literary note cards and stationary and get a bookish pen-pal to correspond with. I recommend these Jane Austen note cards, these Ernest Hemingway note cards, and these charming Sherlock Holmes note cards by PaperThyme:
#4. Play a Bookish Board Game
One of my favorite ways to geek out over my favorite Jane Austen books is to play the Marrying Mr. Darcy card game. An addictively fun card game where plays take on the role of Jane Austen heroines from Pride and Prejudice and compete to secure the affections of (and a marriage proposal from) a single man in possession of a good fortune, Marrying Mr. Darcy has become one of my household’s most popular game, which is saying something because we are all huge board game geeks here. (My husband is a particularly ruthless player who enjoys stealing all my suitors and leaving me as an old maid.)
I recommend playing Marrying Mr. Darcy after binge-watching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries because this already-amazingly-fun game gets even better when you can harness the power of the “adorbs” while you play. However, if you prefer your Regency romances with more gore, you can always go full-on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by pulling out the Undead Expansion. Game designer, Erika Svanoe is in the process of releasing an expansion to the game inspired by the novel, Emma, and there will be another expansion inspired by another, as-yet-to-be-determined Jane Austen book sometime next year. Yay!
#5. Get Inspired By Your Favorite Books
Poet, Billy Collins, once wrote that the “the trouble with poetry is that it encourages the writing of more poetry,” and I have found that to be true of most literature. The more I read, the more creative I feel and the more I want to create something myself. If that sounds familiar, maybe you should spend the day writing and illustrating your own stories with journals, a sketchbooks, and art supplies, like:
Well, that’s all I have for this year’s Book Lovers Day. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my Book Lovers Day Post, Part 1 here. Thanks to all the great Etsy shops (and to Marrying Mr. Darcy’s Erika Svanoe) for allowing me to feature their wonderful items. Happy Book Lovers Day everyone!