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Assembling the Perfect Holiday Reading Stack

The holidays are rapidly approaching, and we all know what that means. Sure, we all love mistletoe and eggnog and Christmas cookies and Hanukkah gelt (there’s nothing more baller than eating money), but that’s not the best thing about this time of year.

What is the best thing, you ask?


Yes, that’s right. The holidays are the time when you have a perfectly valid excuse to sit by a fireplace (or a simulated fireplace that appears on your TV screen), curl up with a hot mug of cocoa, and work your way through that big stack of books you’ve been meaning to read.

But how do you decide which books to read over the holiday break? Don’t worry—I’ve got your back. As the Swoon Squad-er who is notorious for taking seven books on a week-long vacation, I’m here to hold your mittened hand and help you assemble perfect holiday reading pile with these tips.

#1 – A good book stack is like potpourri.

The most important aspect of a good holiday reading pile is variety. You’ll want to be able to jump between all the genres you love so you don’t get sick of any of them. Don’t make the mistake of bringing only really serious nonfiction books, because you’re going to be nonfiction-ed out quick and wish you had a YA romance to read instead. Your holiday reading pile should have a healthy mix of your favorite things (raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens and all that).

#2 – Work on your holiday reading pile now.

There’s no worse feeling than having a long stretch of time to read and not having the books you want to read at your fingertips. To avoid this, start gathering the books you want to read now so that you don’t end up driving on icy roads to your local library the day before Christmas to get that one…last…book. Once the holiday break hits, Present You will be thrilled that Past You already made your holiday reading selections.

#3 – Spread the love.

Consider adding books to your holiday reading pile that other people in your family will want to read after you. If you and your sister and your mom all have the same book in your TBR pile, offer to bring the book home for the holidays so you can all read it and then have an informal book club while you decorate cookies. And ask your family what books they’re bringing home to see what you can borrow after they read it! This will ensure that you won’t run out of books (a voracious reader’s number 1 fear).

Send us pictures of your holiday book stacks on Twitter (we’re @swoonreads). We can’t wait to see what you’re reading this holiday season! 

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Kat Brzozowski

Native New Hampshirite. Broadway musical nerd. Work team softball slugger. Embroidery aficionado. I’m one part Ramona, one part the monkeys …

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