Reading Side Quests For All Kinds Of Readers

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If you visit my household, there is a good chance that someone in my household will be playing or reading video games at some point. Most likely my husband or I (our dogs and cats are smart but lack manual dexterity, of course).

So you can imagine the discussions that ensued after reading this tweet from Louisa (who’s a magical unicorn with NextDoor posts that are cute and fun? I didn’t know that was a thing!).

What if we combined the best of both worlds and come up with some crazy reading searches? What if, and how – I did it!

Visit 10 small free libraries

Riot-maker Carina Pereira collected small free libraries on all seven continents earlier this year, so you should be able to find ten. Depending on how big your city is, this could take as little as an hour or, for those few in between, it could be a goal of months.

I live in a city of less than 75,000 people, but we have over 50 small free libraries. On the other hand, we were the very first UNESCO City of Literature in the United States, NBD.

Bonus points: Take selfies of yourself at any small free library within 100 miles of your home.

Stop in the middle of a book to write your own ending

The next time you find yourself being dragged into a who-d-it-or-why-they-do-it-or-what-was-in-it-done, stop in your tracks and pull out your nearest notebook. Take 30 minutes to write down your best guesses about how the book will end. Go into as much or as little detail as you want. When you finish the book, compare guesses with reality.

Bonus points: Write the last chapter in its entirety.

Visit your local thrift store and find your favorite children’s book

The difficulty of this task will depend largely on how many thrift stores there are in your area and how obscure your favorite childhood book is. I should find a copy of The Poky Little Puppy, which doesn’t seem that hard, but I haven’t started yet. Wish me luck!

Bonus points: Find every part of your favorite children’s book series.

Write a fan poem about your favorite book

You know all about fanfiction, but what about fanpoems? Write an epic about your favorite book. You can make this easy with a short, fun poem or you can make a retelling of a tome. It’s up to you!

Bonus points: Write your poem in Rondeau Prime.

Join a book club outside your comfort zone

If joining a book club is outside of your comfort zone, then joining a book club would meet the requirements of this side mission. You can read my post A Guide For Introverts To Joining A Book Club, which for some reason has several pictures of my dog ​​Fiddle and also a really weird long unrelated anecdote where I talk about people’s rights to be a christian approve, you’re welcome .

If you’re already a member of a book club or if the idea of ​​joining doesn’t seem too daunting, join a club you wouldn’t normally join. Are you a genre reader? Check out a non-fiction book club. Do you like literary fiction? Go to a horror book club.

Bonus points: Start your own ready-made book club.

Read books recommended by a dozen people

If you have a lot of readers in your life, ask 12 of them for a recommendation. Don’t limit it – just ask them to recommend a book they liked and then read it. If you don’t have 12 people reading or sharing their favorite books with you (how rude!) check out the lists of books recommended by your favorite author, celebrity, ball player, etc.

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Bonus points: Read 12 books recommended by people you don’t like. I’m not talking about reading pro-Hitler books recommended by your ignorant uncle, I’m talking about your annoying coworker. In other words, read books you think you won’t like. You might be surprised.

Talk to future readers

Grab a book ready for a new reader and inscribe it with your own personal note. Advise the person who finds the book to email you. Then drop the book off at a local thrift store, a used bookstore if you’re traveling, or even on a Greyhound bus. Look how far the book reaches!

Bonus points: Write a letter to the finder and tell them five fun facts about you. Include a way for them to email you back with their own list of five fun facts.


Which of these side quests appeals to you? Which one will you try next time you crack a book?

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