Although a substantial portion of us are introverted and pranks are associated with attention-getting extroverts, the reality is that a lot of us introverts love a well played trick.

We can have a wickedly quiet sense of humor, and it can come out in some surprisingly literary ways. Here are ten ways to pull a literary joke on your favorite book-loving friend. (With thanks to Ginni Chen over at Barnes and Noble blog for some of the ideas used, you can find her article here.)

No books were harmed in the making of this list.

1. If you have access to a number they don’t know, text them the first few sentences of a book they’ll never read. Something so dry and dusty even librarians skim the chapters. Then text that they have been signed up for “A Novel in A Month” messaging service. Pretend not to understand their desperate requests to “cancel subscription”.


2. Change their five main phone contacts names to characters from a book. Helpful tip: Sarah J Maas has like a thousand difficult to pronounce names to choose from, the only hard part will be picking a few.

3. Tell them (or write up and send an official looking notice) that all of the books by their favorite author have been recalled for causing grievous paper cuts because they are “so engrossing that they cause readers to turn pages recklessly and are a hazard to public safety.”

4. If you’re feeling artsy and have lots of time, print out fake book jackets for their books with fun made up names. (“Good Bye Vas Deferens: A Little Book Guide to Vasectomy”, “40 Whacks and Bedtime Snacks, the Child’s Compendium of Famous Serial Killers”, “A Beginner’s Guide to Human Sacrifice and the Raising of Demons”) Find printable templates here at Bound By Nothing.


5. Text them random Shakespearean insults. Definitely do this with no warning or context.

6. Convince them that you bought Snake Eyes: A Nicolas Cage Activity Book to give them as a gift. The best part is that this book actually exists. I’m not saying you should buy it for real, but if you do please post a screenshot of their reaction. For scientific purposes.

7. Move the first book on their Favorites Shelf to the last position. Don’t move it so far away as a different shelf, just to the slightly wrong place on the Shelf of Favored Authors. See how long it takes them to notice. It might take while for them to want to re-read that particular book, but I guarantee you they will find out. Tell me in the comments how long it took, the winner for least amount of time gets a big virtual high five.

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8. Give them a Hunger Games themed day without warning them first.  Write “May the odds be ever in your favor” on a paper and leave it somewhere obvious. Wear Capitol attire and demand that they join you in your fashion choices because the districts have a uniform dress code. Quote the books at them whenever possible and insist that they join you in the arena for the games (really a walk in the park or something equally fun).

9. Convince them that their favorite novel is being turned into a movie, by the completely wrong director and with terrible casting choices. Do they love YA? Michael Bay will be directing their favorite with Quentin Tarantino writing the script and Steve Buscemi will be starring. Sit back and enjoy their outrage.

10. Write the word “Plot” on a strip of paper and twist it up. If they change their mind about any decision during the day, hand them the twisted piece of paper. Wait for them to get the pun. Bookworms love puns. We can’t help it.