What Books Are You Giving This Christmas?

Christmas is an excuse to buy all the books for everyone that you’ve wanted to buy all year long but didn’t. And I don’t just mean buying all the books for yourself! When I’m thinking about buying books for family I try to follow three bookish rules.

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This is my Diversity Christmas Tree, it represents people and cultures from all over the globe. I have other trees in the house as well, but this tree will be the one we put the main presents under. Speaking of presents, when gifting books, I try to use the three rules listed above. A book I:

  • Think they will like
  • Know they want
  • Want them to read

The reason this method works for me is, you always want to give more than one book (dontcha?) and here is how you can do it! Give them the book that’s part of a series or from an author you know they’ve enjoyed in the past. That’s the book you know they want. Ask for a suggestion from someone knowledgeable (I wonder who..?) for a book that is written in a similar style or about a similar topic to the book you know they want. And finally, Mom’s gotta put some education in their brains no matter what age they are, right? So I always like to give them a book I want them to read; something to make them smarter, better, nicer, etc. Personal growth or inspirational books usually fit this category (doesn’t everyone need to read I Am Malala? The answer is yes).

So this year I’m gifting my family the following, but you’ll hafta guess who is getting which book!

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Can you take a guess who is getting each gift? What books are you giving?





Coming Soon: The 12 Books of Christmas

It’s December so that means it’s time for

The 12 Books of Christmas


Stay tuned this month as I countdown to Christmas with some new and favorite reads!

Books resources

Have you seen my #scarfie during #scarvember from Uncommon Goods?

What’s better than a warm scarf on a chilly November day?

A literary scarf with the words from Alice in Wonderland, that’s what! Check out my #scarfie (which is a selfie with a scarf) that I took during a recent #scarfvember post.

uncommon goods scarf


Isn’t that scarf adorbs?? The very literary and smart folks from Uncommon Goods thought that I might could ROCK this scarf. What do you think of it? The day after it came, I rocked it at the bookstore. All the ladies I work with were so JELLY!!! They wanted to hold it and touch it and read it and HAVE it!

And besides, who doesn’t love Alice in Wonderland? I mean, I’m practically the Mad Hatter, right? (I DO the tea parties, remember?)

Here’s another tidblit I learned about Uncommon Goods: they perform a lot of goodwill, which makes me happy. You know how much I love books, so I was over the moon when I learned that they support “Reach Out and Read’s thousands of doctors and nurses promote early literacy, language skills, and school readiness to young children and their families in all 50 states.” You know how I love to get books in the hands of kids, right?

As you lay in bed in the middle of the night pinning items to your Christmas pinboard, why not pin a few items from these links here (I’m eyeing the unicorn coffee mug), here (did you notice the upcycled cashmere scarf?, and here (library card socks!!).

You’re welcome. All your holiday shopping is done.

Get your Wuthering Heights scarf. All the Goth kids love it. ahahhahaa

Get it? Goth. Wuthering Heights?

Pin now, buy soon.




Books Children

The Upshot: Finding Hidden Treasures

While chatting with relatives this weekend, I discovered an unused pile of books I had gifted my husband. (side eye)

Have you ever discovered a pile of unread books? What did you find?


The Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron


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