5 Bookish Gifts

Someone once told me that the best gift isn’t a gift but an experience. I’m not big on wrapped presents (or so I say) but if you have a fellow book lover on your gift list and you haven’t yet thought of a great gift for them, here are 5 bookish experiences that you can share with someone who shares your love for books.Bookish Experiences

  1. Go on a book tour. The picture above is of a bookstore that Jeff Kinney, the author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, built in his hometown of Plainville, MA. Their website is pretty cool but I can’t imagine that there is a book lover alive who wouldn’t love to browse the floors of this bookstore and participate in one of the many bookish events that always seem to be going on there. And that holiday decor looks like it’s right out of the pages of (insert name of your favorite Christmas themed book here), right? And if you can tear yourself from the store, a tour of a town like Plainville includes more than just the bookstore. It could also include visiting sites that inspired scenes in a book set in the town and visiting the author’s house, etc.
  2. Visit a children’s bookstore and experience the wonder of Christmas through a child’s eyes. AGAIN. Books of Wonder in New York is the closest dedicated kids store to me and I’ve never been. It might be time to fix that.
  3. Visit a town you’ve never been before and search out their neighborhood bookstore. I was just reading an article about the diversity you can find when visiting bookstores in foreign countries. I was so inspired to try that but until you make it overseas, starting locally can be fun too.
  4. Visit the location for a book you’ve enjoyed and put the character into a scene you previously read about. Theres a scene in one of BJ Novak’s stories about a woman who goes to the walking park by the West Side highway to exact revenge on her ex boyfriend. It’s a place I frequent and I always think about the scene when I go there. What’s a new one you can think of and share with someone who hasn’t read that story? Bonus points if you bring the story along and read the scene on the date.
  5. Dress up in character from a favorite book (or graphic novel) and maybe act out your own version of the conflict (or resolution) in the story.

Have you done any of these? Do you have other bookish experiences in mind?

Note: Some resources and ideas came from this NY Times article by Ann Patchett

 

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. Simon says:

    These sound really good Karen ☺

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks, Simon. What bookish things you have on your list this holiday?

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      1. Simon says:

        I would like to read a bit this holiday if i can…

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      2. Run Wright says:

        I am using the extra time around the holidays to get some more reading done too. When it’s cold, I kinda go into hibernation from everything else and read way more than usual

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      3. Simon says:

        I hope i get some time like that. ☺

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  2. Paul Goddard says:

    All great ideas!

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Yes. I could see you taking your daughter on one of these tours.

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  3. That was a good article by Patchett. These are good ideas. I like to visit bookstores or bookish places when we travel. In NOLA there is a bookshop that used to be where William Faulkner lived! So cool! 🙂 XO – Alexandra

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks for the comment, Alexandra. I plan to explore some of the southern states in 2017 so that’s a great item to add to my list for when I get to Louisiana. Have you been there already or do you just know about it?

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  4. Carly says:

    A book tour would be so awesome! Such fun ideas outside of traditional gifts.

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks for the comment, Carly. I hope you get to do a book tour soon too.

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  5. #4 is a great idea! And my son loved Diary of a Wimpy kid so I bet #1 would go over well in our family too.

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Yes. I only found out about it recently so I can’t wait to visit it myself.

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  6. Ooh a book tour sounds great!

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