Ah yes. It’s the time for cheer and celebration and family.
Joy! Or…you know, not joy if you like to be by yourself and with a book. But don’t fret! There’s a way for you to be part of the festivities and still read.
Pro tip 1: When people ask what you want for the holidays, be sure you tell them books. Be specific, because if you just say you like horror novels and you mean H.P. Lovecraft, you’ll probably end up with a bunch of Stephen King. Now, this doesn’t mean that you’ll get nothing but books for the holidays, but chances are vastly increased that someone in your family will have listened to you and will get you a book. Now it’s not rude if you’re reading said gift-book during the holiday get together because it is you enjoying the gift that someone got you.
Pro tip 2: If you’re not from the kind of family that asks you what you want for the holidays, keep a list anyway. Start an Amazon or Borders wishlist. Post hints on Facebook. Bring up the books you want to your significant other or one parent so they can team up and get you the books you really want for the holidays. Again, this isn’t full proof, and you’ll still probably get an ugly sweater or two, but chances are you’ll end up with one book, at least, that you’ve hinted about and, again, spend the majority of your family gathering reading your gift-book.