50 Things to Do if You’re Not Reading Fifty Shades of Grey

50 Things to Do if You’re Not Reading Fifty Shades of Grey

If you’ve watched the news, listened to the radio or walked into any bookstore, chances are you’ve heard about Fifty Shades of Grey, the bestselling romance novel that has taken over the world. While I’m not usually the sort to discourage reading, the media’s frenzy over this book has left me with the feeling that I’d rather do just about anything than read this book. Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are 50 things to do this summer if you’re not reading Fifty Shades of Grey:

  1. Take a walk
  2. Volunteer
  3. Learn a new language
  4. Cook a feast for your friends
  5. Hold a movie marathon
  6. Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while
  7. Clean your car
  8. Spend some time at the grocery store
  9. Go camping and make s’mores
  10. Take a dance class
  11. Visit one of Chicago’s many museums
  12. Spend the day at an amusement park
  13. Check out the many summer concerts, markets and festivals around Chicagoland (you might see us there!)
  14. Plant a garden
  15. Hit Six Flags with the family
  16. Sleep in
  17. Get a massage
  18. Throw a party
  19. Read a classic
  20. Ride a horse
  21. Learn to knit
  22. See the White Sox or the Cubs on their home turf
  23. Take a tour of your town
  24. Search for the best hot dog in Chicagoland
  25. Grab some popcorn and watch an outdoor movie
  26. Go fishing
  27. Take a vacation
  28. Check out the Bristol Renaissance Faire
  29. Pet a cat
  30. Make your own ice cream
  31. Go bowling with friends
  32. Hit the beach for tanning and volleyball
  33. Learn your family’s history
  34. Check out a local thrift shop or consignment store
  35. Discover a new game or sport
  36. Go on a picnic
  37. Enjoy an outdoor play with Theater Hikes at the Morton Arboretum
  38. Grab a bottle of wine and have a girl’s night
  39. See how many constellations you can name
  40. Learn how to use a camera and make your own summer scrapbook
  41. Cool off at a water park
  42. Spend a weekend enjoying Lake Geneva
  43. Play with Legos
  44. Tie-dye a T-shirt
  45. Start a neighborhood water balloon fight
  46. Visit your favorite animals at the zoo
  47. Finish a project you haven’t gotten around to
  48. Run through the sprinklers
  49. Throw an impromptu dance party
  50. Do something out of the ordinary



Written by: Colleen



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