Top Ten Tuesday: Things to do with books (besides read them)

Happy Tuesday! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is supposed to be our most anticipated releases for the second half of 2020. However, I’m horrible at keeping up with new releases, so I always tend to skip these TTT topics when they come around. Instead, this week I thought it would be fun to share ten things to do with books (besides read them).

1. Use them for crafting. I feel like this is a pretty common one, but it also could be a bit controversial among bookworms. I’ve been known to buy used books solely for the purpose of cutting up for crafts (*gasp!*), and I don’t regret a single second of it.

2. Use them to prop things up. This past semester I had to do an oral argument for law school over video call, which I wanted to be standing up for. What did I do? Prop my laptop up on a mountain of books so the camera was at eye level, of course.

3. Use them to prop open doors. Grant by Ron Chernow. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. All great books, and all large enough to also be great doorstops.

4. Use them to reach high places. If you’re on the shorter side like I am, then a step stool could probably come in handy from time to time. What’s more convenient than a sturdy pile of books?

5. Use them as weights. Want to work on building some strength but don’t have any weights nearby? A big hardcover book will do just the trick.

6. Use them for some book photography. The amount of time I’ve spent taking pictures of books for bookstagram… wild, let me tell you.

7. Use them for self defense. Now, I’m not condoning any violence here. But if you did need to defend yourself, the books on your bedside table are easily within reach.

8. Use them to press flowers. I’ve actually been getting pretty into pressing flowers during this quarantine time. They look so pretty when they’re done!

9. Use them to shield your eyes from the sun. Whether you’re at the beach or your backyard, books can be their own kind of sunblock.

10. On second thought… maybe we should stick to reading them!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this silly little list! The world is wild and uncertain and overwhelming right now, so I thought I would do something a little funny to hopefully make you chuckle. Wishing you all a happy TTT!

Do you do any of these things? Particularly interested to know if you craft with books or press flowers! Let me know in the comments section below!



33 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: Things to do with books (besides read them)”

  1. Such a fun list. It’s funny you mention self defence because a few years ago when I was reading IT on my commutes to and from work, I used to think that it would be the perfect book to defend myself with when walking home from the bus stop!

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  2. I have used a couple of hardbacks as weights and they get the job done. I always marvel at the creativity of paper art. Some of the designs I’ve seen are so intricate and beautiful. Plus, you’re putting an old book to use, giving it new life etc, so I’m all for it.

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  3. Honest to goodness, with the pandemic, I’ve been teaching yoga virtually, and I always tell people that if they don’t have a block for a prop, just grab a sturdy thick book, and that’ll do the trick.

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