Fun bookish activities for February

Illustration: Salman Sakib Shahryar

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Illustration: Salman Sakib Shahryar

Read-alongs are an interactive way to pull yourself out of a reading slump. For this activity, select one book that pleases everyone’s reading taste.

Reading, despite being a solitary practice, becomes fun when it is accompanied by other activities. February brings along the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela, which is not only a tradition for our country, but also a commemoration of language and literature. Here  are some fun bookish activities to try out this month.

Go on Boi Mela tours

To begin with, this month calls for some Boi Mela hangouts. Whether you are visiting the fair for a book haul, or just strolling across the stalls, get together with friends and celebrate your love for reading. While it is good to have fun, please be cautious about the health protocols being maintained.

Conduct Read-alongs

Read-alongs are an interactive way to pull yourself out of a reading slump. For this activity, select one book that pleases everyone’s reading taste. It could be a new release or a classic. Go slow with the flow and keep discussing updates with your group.

Exchange books

Ask your friends to pick a book that they enjoyed and would like to pass along. Tell them to wrap the book and write a few phrases that describe it. Exchange these surprise packages amongst yourselves, based on those descriptions. This would help you explore a variety of genres.

Create a book journal

Maintain a book journal where you can jot down mini-reviews of the books. It could be a quote that hit you differently or a character you resonated with. In a few years, you would be going through this journal and cherishing these memories.

Start social media challenges

Participating in social media challenges is another great way to engage in literary discussions. To start off with, some ideas are pictures of your Boi Mela hauls, favourite covers, or talking about a new release every other day.

The author is a freelance journalist who likes reading, scribbling, and blogging. Email: [email protected].


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