SEASONAL POSTS

TO GET YOU IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT

MAKING THE HOLIDAYS MORE MEANINGFUL

Experience more fun and less fuss this holiday season.

I’m deliberately taking note of both the simple things that we enjoy a disproportionate amount, and the things I tend to needlessly overcomplicate.

On personality, emotional labor, and surviving the holidays.
On personality, emotional labor, and surviving the holidays.

I just finished listening to an old podcast where Dan Pink interviews Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. I’ve read […]

Why it's worth adopting (or inventing) family traditions
Why it’s worth adopting (or inventing) family traditions

Ever since my first child was little, the kids have put out their shoes on the night of December 5 for St. Nicholas to fill with sweets and gifts, just […]

GIFT GIVING

The 2021 MMD gift guide for bookish kids
The 2021 MMD gift guide for bookish kids

I’m sure no one will be shocked to hear that I love to give gifts of the readerly variety, and that this has been true for as long as I […]

The 2021 MMD gift guide for book lovers
The 2021 MMD gift guide for book lovers

It’s hard to believe it’s already time to start holiday shopping! But here we are. With the supply chain issues plaguing the consumer landscape and publishing in particular, it’s more […]

20 giftable books for every reader
20 giftable books for every reader

Book gifts make the best gifts: that’s our motto around here, which is why we’ve gathered a mix of crowd-pleasing, perennially popular, and under-the-radar books to help you find the […]

My kitchen must-haves
My kitchen must-haves

It’s that time of year where I find myself spending more time in the kitchen. There’s soup to throw on the stove regularly and roasts to put in the oven. […]

25 jigsaw puzzles so enticing you might not mind winter weather
25 jigsaw puzzles so enticing you might not mind winter weather

As the weather gets cooler, I start taking stock of my puzzle stash. We’re long-time avid puzzlers during the winter months and I like to have a variety of designs […]

20 favorite gifts to give and receive
20 favorite gifts to give and receive

After I share the bookish holiday gift guide, someone inevitably asks what I’m giving or hoping to receive this year. I won’t keep you in suspense. Today I’m sharing a round-up […]

STUFFING STOCKINGS

Stocking stuffer ideas
100 stocking stuffers that will actually be appreciated, don’t feel like a waste of money, and won’t be broken/destroyed/forgotten by New Years

I love the idea of stocking stuffers, but it’s too easy to feel like the usual items are just highly packaged crap that will be trashed, broken, or forgotten by […]

stocking stuffers for book lovers - ButtonLit
13+ perfect stocking stuffers for book lovers.

For the literary lover in your life—or any of you inspired to do some serious self-gifting this year—here’s a list of some of the most delightful (relatively small, relatively inexpensive) […]

The minimalist's guide to stocking stuffers
The minimalist’s guide to stocking stuffers.

A few years ago, I totally changed my approach to stocking stuffers.  I love it. And so do my kids. So now I stay away from the “traditional” stocking stuffers–the […]

HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

A very bookish Christmas countdown.
A very bookish Christmas countdown.

This year many readers are clinging to the comforts of home and making plans for a cozy holiday season, and with that in mind, today I’m sharing a tried and […]

Addictive spiced nuts.
Addictive spiced nuts.

We’re spiced nuts fanatics around here. Every season we make pounds and pounds and pounds of them, that we eat ourselves and give as gifts. These are the nuts my kids beg […]

Why it's worth adopting (or inventing) family traditions
Why it’s worth adopting (or inventing) family traditions

Ever since my first child was little, the kids have put out their shoes on the night of December 5 for St. Nicholas to fill with sweets and gifts, just […]

Festive Holiday Fiction

an easy-to-use, easy-to-reference reader-generated book list

best christmas scenes in literature

The best Christmas scenes in English literature.

a highly subjective list

A bounty of beautiful bookmarks

20 charming place-holders and page-markers for bookworms to gift and enjoy

10 book + gift pairings

to delight the reader in your life