Book Club Extras – Bookish Outings, Crafts, Gifts, and More

While not necessary, it can be fun to add on some extras to your book club.

Booked Having Fun Bookish Extras


retreatThe view out the window at our retreat location – it’s so restful!

These can work especially well if you’ve become friends with fellow book club members. They can be as simple as attending a nearby book signing or author appearance, watching the movie adaptation of a book you’ve read, or going to an area book festival. If you’ve got the time and inclination, you could do a literary road trip or visit to a bookish destination.

My book club has an annual retreat, although the location we go to isn’t particularly bookish. We talk books and read though, so it still has a very literary-focus. We’ve daydreamed about going to New York or even overseas some year, and wouldn’t that be a fabulous book club trek?

Crafts & Decorations

bookish craftA bookish craft my book club did one year as part of the young readers meeting – making bookmarks!

Not my forte at all, so I’ll direct you to some inspirational possibilities.

A roundup of bookish crafts.

A lovely pinboard of bookish crafts.

Christmas-themed bookish craft projects.

A pinboard filled with bookish decor (many of these pins are also of bookish crafts. The line is thin between crafts and decor at times).


bookish necklace
A beautiful bookish necklace that was a giveaway one book club. I didn’t win it unfortunately. ๐Ÿ˜‰

A couple of years ago I shared a list of bookish gift ideas, and last year I shared last-minute gift ideas.

Additional sites with fun bookish gifts include:

Uncommon Goods

Book Lover Gifts

And Book Riot pulled together their own gift guide in 2013.

Stay tuned as I’m working on an updated bookish gift guide that I’ll be sharing soon!

Booked | Reading Together | A Series All about Book ClubsBooked: Reading Together

This is part of the Booked: Reading Together series. Throughout October, I’m writing all about book clubs.

Check out the archives in case you missed a post.

Previously on The Deliberate Reader

One year ago: The Last Season
Two years ago: 31 Days of More Great Nonfiction: The Girls of Atomic City
Three years ago: 31 Days of Great Nonfiction: Quiet

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Thank you to Sarah Ronk for the craft and necklace photos included in this post!


  1. I love watching movie versions of the books we’ve read in book club. And it’s so much better to do it with my book club friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I’m in love with that necklace!

    • I know – isn’t it amazing? I was *so* hoping I’d win it. I’m not crafty enough to make one for myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

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