26 August 2014

Fun Traditions YOU Can Start Today!

All of us have experienced the pain of having a beloved book series end. "It was too soon! But, the characters . . . they were so young! That's not fair, I wasn't ready!"

Anyway, why should the fun stop when a book comes to a close? Keep the fun alive with these tips.

Quick and Easy Traditions

Take a field trip.

Every couple of weeks or once a month, visit a bookish place. You can go alone or with a friend, and most bookstores and libraries offer special events such as sales and book signings. Occasionally or every weekend, take a novel with you to a café and do some self-reflection and people-watching.

Make (and share) a goal.

You might want to enlist the help of your friends for this. Get together and decide how you want to carry on the legacy of your favourite book. Agree to organize a night in, consisting of all of you, some treats like popcorn and pretzels, and the movie adaptation on pay-per-view. Make a promise to one day attend a book signing of a mutually-adored author, with the full knowledge that on the day you meet him or her, you will inevitably embarrass yourselves by shaking his or her hand too hard and probably accidentally spitting on their face while you unabashedly profess your admiration of their work to them. (Even if promising that this is unlikely to happen is unrealistic, it's still fun.)

Celebrate book releases.

The night before a book release, gather your friends and get excited. If it's a highly-anticipated book by a very famous author, you may need to start lining up at the bookstore before midnight.

Unless you would rather end up in a frenzy of fans, like during the Goblet of Fire release.
Image via The Washington Post.

Celebrate film releases.

Most movies are officially released on a Friday, but some, particularly those that have been adapted from a popular book, have a special showing on Thursday evening. Don't be afraid to attend a midnight premiere! (Unless you have school or work responsibilities the following day. You can't prove I condone this.) Everybody should do it once.

Pay attention to characters.

If you're involved enough within a certain story-universe to know the birthday of your favourite characters, celebrate them! Or, at the very least, mark the special date in your calendar.

Don't know a character's birthdate? Don't fret; sometimes you can find them through some online research. For example, websites such as the Harry Potter wiki attempt to pinpoint characters' birthdays as accurately as possible.

Host a Book-Themed Party!

Some people who enjoy reading, such as myself, are introverts. One easy way to identify an introvert is to announce an upcoming party and listen carefully to which people groan. But why not have a book-themed party? It's low-key, filled with all of the literature you love, and you can spend the day surrounded with some very good friends.

When you invite your guests, request that they bring along with them a favourite book. Better yet, encourage them to bring more than one! During the party, each person can make a recommendation. Or, you could move in a different direction and use these for a book exchange (read below).

Advise your guests before the party to invite a friend who isn't as hard-core a fan of books as the rest of you. Offer some kind of advantage to the guest who manages to recruit such a friend! This could mean anything from an extra cupcake to a front-row seat during the movie marathon (read below).

Special activities

  • Choose a book series, and have a marathon of the films adapted from those books. Who knows the most trivia and behind-the-scenes details?
  • Have a book exchange! Each person who brought along a story (or more than one, hopefully) can lend their book to somebody else, and receive one in return.
  • Take your guests on a blind date! A blind book date, that is. Tell your guests prior to the party to wrap up the book that they intend to take with them. (Avoid tissue paper, which is somewhat transparent.) Once it's wrapped, they should write on the front cover a couple of words or phrases that describe the book inside. Some good adjectives include "thrilling," "captivating," and "sob-worthy." You can also list the genre that the book falls under: "good vs. evil," "cheesy romance," or "action-packed." When your guests arrive, neatly lay out each book they brought, and allow each person to choose a book that interests them. They'll unwrap it, and let the reading begin!
The "blind book date" concept is a wonderful trend.
Image via DC Public Library.

Will you try these traditions soon? What kind of beautifully bookish things do you celebrate? Describe it in the comments!

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