How to Have a Shelf Pleasure Holiday
The holiday season is upon us once again! And with all the parties, eating and celebrating, there’s a chance your stack of books might get pushed aside. In order to make sure that doesn’t happen, we at Shelf Pleasure have a few ideas to help you include reading time in your family fun time.
1. Grab a book—and run
If you’ve had enough of Uncle Lou’s loud laughter and Cousin Janie’s crying kids, plan your escape from all the festive fun. Maybe you have to pick up the dry cleaning and happen to get a “flat tire” on the way or you need to feed your crazy boss’s cat. No matter what excuse you cook up, head to the local coffee shop or diner, get cozy in a corner table and start reading. If all else fails, lock yourself in the bathroom and take a long bath—long enough to finish a chapter or two. For suggestions, check out our weekly picks on Shelf Pleasure and of course, share what you’re reading in our forums.
2. Buy yourself a holiday treat
Who says you can’t fill your own stocking or place your own gift under the tree? Pick a few titles—such as Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl if you’re one of the few people who still haven’t experienced that super twisty read or grab tissues and dive into The Opposite of Love by Julie Buxbaum, or even treat yourself to a grab bag assortment from the latest bestseller list—that you’ve been eager to read and give yourself the perfect gift. And don’t forget to plan some alone time with your new treasure (see #1)!
3. Plan a “read it, go see it” night
The holiday season always ushers in a slew of new movies. Many are based on books and this year is no exception. From Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina to the Twilight phenomenon, there are plenty of titles to choose from! The sci fi hit Cloud Atlas is now a major movie starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. Lincoln, a surefire Oscar front-runner, is based on a book from Doris Kearns Goodwin and Life of Pi has become a modern day classic. We’re personally excited to read Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick before checking out the Bradley Cooper flick as well as The Perks of Being a Wallflower before it leaves the theater. And we’re willing to bet that The Hobbit is going to have a large opening weekend. So before investing in a movie ticket why not give the book a chance?
Tell us, do books play a part in your holiday escape? How do you incorporate reading into your holiday season?
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