Reading is usually a solitary pastime, but you can also take your love of reading into a social environment with card and board games! Here are 9 card and board games that we know book lovers will enjoy.
This is the literary version of Monopoly. Instead of buying properties, you buy books! What’s not to love about that?
This is the book lover’s edition of the game Art of Conversation. This game inspires conversations among players by asking questions about books. Players get to talk about books they’ve read, relate their experiences with them, and rave about their favorites. So you’ll want to gather a group of readers to enjoy this one!
Players are given a book title and the plot summary and then asked to create the most believable first line of the book. The object of the game is to bluff other players into believing that their first line is the correct one. So, the question is . . . how creative are you?
Scrabble is already a reader-favorite—large vocabulary? Check!—but this board game is even more geared toward book lovers with its beautiful, linen, book-style box.
In this board game, players pick cards in one of 12 categories that have the opening line of a book on them, then must name the author or title of a book. You may be surprised at how many you know!
If you love Pride & Prejudice, this game will be right up your alley! Each player is one of the female characters from the book, and you earn points by collecting character cards for attributes like wit, reputation, and beauty. The attributes you earn determine what suitor you’ll match with, and a roll of the dice determines whether they will propose.
There’s a fire in the library and you need to save the books! (What a nightmare!) Players have 30 minutes to save books to get points, and the books increase in point value as the game progresses. Can you get the most points? And more importantly, save those books?
Enter the futuristic world of Dune with this board game based on Frank Herbert’s Dune series. Players each become the leader of one of six great factions. Each works to control the spice mélange, which can only be mined on Arrakis and is the most valuable resource in the universe. This is a more involved game that takes several hours to play, so settle in!
Players buy, sell, and trade books as they move around the board, paying for them with money earned from answering questions about modern fiction authors and their books. The “books” in each store contain real-life information, and players learn about noteworthy books, authors, and first edition values, so the game is not only fun, but also informative.
What book-related card or board games do you love? Let us know in the comments!