During my goal to read 101 books in a year, I’ve discovered that after a reading binge I need time to process the books I read. But of course I don’t want to stop thinking about books. If you are similar, you may be in the following situation.
You just finished an excellent book and now are having withdrawal symptoms in the form of pinning endless pictures of dimly lit libraries. You want to do something about reading, just not reading itself.
If this is you (or you just want to start a fun project), here are some fun and out-of-the-ordinary non-reading book projects to do with your completed book list.
Pick up the Cartographer’s Pen
Draw a map of all the locations from the books you’ve read. Include science fiction and fantasy worlds to make it extra interesting.
Alternate option: Draw a map of the locations where the books were written.
Become a Book DJ
Recommend one book to each of your friends and family members. Really think about their personalities and interests to pick books they will find fascinating.
Extra credit: Recommend these books to them in person. No social media, texts, or emails. Send a handwritten letter if they’re not local.
Play the History Professor
Create a timeline of when your favorite books were set. Once again, include science fiction and fantasy.
Alternate option: Create a timeline of when your favorite books were written.
All the Stats
Calculate how many pages you read in the last month (or for the past year if you have the records).
Extra credit no 1: Calculate how many words you read by the average word count per page.
Extra credit no 2: Calculate how many characters you read by the average letter count per word.
Dissect a Story
Conduct a (bloodless) dissection on one of your favorite stories by analyzing its plot structure.
For inspiration: See KM Weiland’s Story Structure Database.
Compare Ink and Pixels
Read a book, watch the adaptation, and analyze the differences.
Extra credit: Form such an intellectual and concise opinion on which is better and why, such as you can astound any friends who have the misfortune of stumbling into the subject. (This will doubly serve to further solidify your reputation as a nerd).
Help a Book be Judged by its Cover
Pick a book you loved in spite of its terrible cover. Redesign it to help people properly judge the book’s story by its cover.
Extra credit: Share the new cover online as fan art and send to the author. Obviously don’t tell them your reason for redesigning the cover, but tell them that you enjoyed the book so much you had to create art about it. You will make their day.