So as I look back at this summer and then look forward to the coming months, there are a couple things I realized. That board games took my teens and my niece through quite a few rainy afternoons during our time in India, and that there are so many cool board games for book lovers you know (including you), and last, but not the least, it will soon be time to get gifts for loved ones (and why not for yourself too in the process, right?)! Yes, a few random thoughts that came together but then this list of 10 board games is not random at all….
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We love board games in our home; we also enjoy game nights (mornings, afternoons, and evenings too, depending on the weather); and of course, we enjoy books (or rather, at least a couple of us devour them!). So it makes perfect sense for me to enjoy these board games that are to do with books. I have a couple of them, have played a few others elsewhere, and have been wanting to get my hands on the rest for a while now. All said and done, these are, based on what I know about them,
Terrific Board Games for Book Lovers You Know
221B Baker Street: The Master Detective Game
This cool game is perfect for fans of the world’s most famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, as well as for anyone who loves a mystery (or more)! Pair it with a book to complete it, or a puzzle maybe?
Booktastic is fantastic indeed, and hence a perfect neologism as well! This game is for bibliophiles of all ages, so go ahead and start playing.
Regardless of how you became a fan of Dune – whether you first played this game when it came out in 1979, or you read the book, or watched the movie because (you know) – this newer edition of the game allows you to be a part of this cool alien planet and the book.
It Was A Dark & Stormy Night
Regardless of how cliched this phrase is, I simply enjoy reading it, and am pretty often sure to love books that begin this way!! What about you? Note that this is a game to be played with those who know their books.. so find your tribe of bibliophiles and first-line on….ideally, on a dark and stormy night!
As for me, the challenge of figuring out even a few was great, and then some first lines intrigue so much that they simply add to my ever-growing TBR! (So beware of that). Another similar game is Ex Libris.
The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet
I love The Little Prince book and while I am not able to find this game to order for myself, I have been reading up all I can about it and am convinced this will be a great gift for all ages!
The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle Earth
This is a beautiful game that I played at a friend’s place. It is worth having it, for each time we played it (just a couple of times so far), it was different and fun. And while you will enjoy it more if you are an LOTR fan, you will love it even if you are a fan of games of strategy. Great for teens and older. And it can also be played by one person!
Marrying Mr. Darcy
Oh, what is not to love about this game? The look, the cover (is that what it is called?), the title, and well, everything about it is pure fun. So while I cannot do what the name says, Marrying Mr. Darcy, I can play the game at the least and have fun doing it!
I saw this at a friends place and will definitely be requesting we play it the next time we meet (or just get it for myself!)
The Origin of Expressions
I love to figure out the origins of words, phrases, idioms, and the like; in short, like the name of the game, I enjoy pondering over the origin of expressions. This game tacks on layers of fun onto learning and makes it all simply, as the description says, a game of phrases, fakery, finesse, and fun.. For 12 years and up.
Why not include a fun book to help players along? Like this one – Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases, or this – The Illustrated Histories of Everyday Expressions
A Scandal in Bodgerton
I know I would love to get this game described as a Bridgerton & Jane Austen Themed Murder Mystery Game Kit for myself! Given I have read the Bridgerton series many times over, binged on the Netflix version thereafter, and also am an Austenite, I am putting this on my wish list for now.
Why not add a beautiful tea set to go with this game? Like this BTAT tea set I have at home and have since gifted to a few close friends and family (who adore it too!)
I love that it has a digital version too, allowing you to play online with others elsewhere as well!
Wizarding World Harry Potter Edition Compact Trivia Game
For all who love Trivial Pursuit, and/or Harry Potter, and/or simply playing such games!! With over 600 trivia questions about the books, this game is sure to keep players occupied for a while yet. And what’s more, 2 players can get started (of course, the more the merrier) on this… (for 8 years and up).
As for me, I love the books, but cannot call myself a Potterhead (or maybe it is just the trivia that I can’t recall). My son and my niece are both better at this game than me!
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And for those of you who prefer the classic board games but do love the looks of books, here is something for you:
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Dear reader, have you played any of these games? If yes, which one is your favorite? Or your thoughts about the game? If not, which one would you pick for yourself or a loved one? Do let me know! And of course, as always, I welcome your recommendations for board games for book lovers and any and all comments about this post.