10 Ways To Have A Bookworm Christmas

You’re a bookworm. It’s Christmas. And sometimes we bookworms tend to get lost and confused amidst the holidays and books and gift cards and book money and bookish gifts. So I’m here to guide you in the fine art of perfecting a bookworm Christmas. (Tweet this) Are you ready? Here we go:

1. Read.

Okay look. It’s Christmas, and you just unwrapped a giant stack of books as a gift. Now LET YOUR BOOKWORM-SELF READ. Seriously. The atmosphere is perfect on Christmas Day. Lights. Food. Fireplaces. Music. Fuzzy Socks. Blankets. Tasty Drinks. This is a bookworm’s dream. Eat it up.

2. Cozy up in your bookish clothing.

Don that Hogwarts scarf, LOTR cloak, your Dobby socks and sit by the fireplace (with a book. Duh.) And if anyone interrupts you, then just yell at them in Orcish.

3. Build a bookmas tree. 

You know all those new books you just got for Christmas? Well–contrary to what you may be wishing you could do–you can’t actually read all those books in one day so you might as well make a bookmas tree! Stack ’em and cover them with lights. Then stare at them (and smell them) and soak it all in….while reading, of course. 😛

4. Go Fangirling (or fanboying) instead of Caroling/Wassailing.

Share your bookish excitement–on Instagram (with photos of your new books), on Twitter (with quotes from your favorite book), on the phone (with squealing a about your new books), etc. Call up your fellow bookworms and let your rabid bookworm out. Or dress up in caroling clothes and romp around from house to house, singing passages of literature. (Tweet this…you know you want to 😛 )

5. Write down all your favorite quotes.

If you didn’t get books for Christmas, then maybe you got a notebook or journal. What better way than to fill it up with all the favorite quotes from your favorite books?

6. Re-Organize Your Bookcase

I know we keep talking about all those books you got for Christmas (you did get books for Christmas, right? 😉 ) and–if you are a true bookworm–you don’t have any room on your bookshelves for those new books, therefore you need to reorganize them. There’s nothing quite like hugging every book you own and then settling them on your shelves alphabetically, or according to height, or by genre…

7. Go visit a bookstore

Let’s face it. It’s hard for your family to get you books for Christmas. First, they’re not sure what book to get you, and then when they finally have stalked your bookshelves enough and they settle on a book that they know you don’t have (and that you want to have), then they might get you the wrong version. Paperback instead of hardcover. Or abridged instead of unabridged. Or the old cover instead of the new. *eternal wailing* So…because your family is smart and thought above such trials…they got you a gift card to a place that sells books. Local bookstore. Amazon. Barnes & Noble. Etc. And what better day to go book shopping than ON CHRISTMAS?

8. Make a list of books you’re going to buy.

Okay, okay, so you tried to go visit a bookstore like I told you to…but it was closed. Because it’s Christmas. (How could they?) So instead, you should get out a piece of paper–or that notebook that you got for Christmas–and start making a list of all the books you want to get.

9. Join a book challenge

Did you know people do these things called reading challenges? I only learned about them a few years back and they’re so cool! Sometimes even prizes are involved! Some are themed and some cause you to step out of your typical reading zone… If anyone’s ever done one, tell me what you think! Also, you can find about eight billion of them to choose from on Pinterest. 😛


10. Force other people to partake in your bookwormage.

It’s Christmas. Everyone has to get along. They’re not allowed to be grouchy. So you’re allowed to force them to sit with you and smell books with you and pet books with you and talk about books with you and read books with you and eat Christmas cookies shaped like books with you…


Okay your turn: what is one way you hope to have a bookworm Christmas? (Tweet this)

What is your favorite bookish thing to do on Christmas Day?



About Nadine Brandes

Nadine Brandes is an adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. She never received her Hogwarts letter, but rest assured she’s no Muggle (and would have been in Ravenclaw House, thank you very much.) This Harry Potter super-nerd has been known to eat an entire package of Oreos (family size) by herself, and watches Fiddler on the Roof at least once a year. She writes about brave living, finding purpose, and other worlds soaked in imagination. Her dystopian trilogy (The Out of Time Series) challenged her to pursue shalom, which is now her favorite word (followed closely by bumbershoot.) When Nadine’s not taste-testing a new chai or editing fantasy novels, she and her knight-in-shining armor (nickname: “hubby”) are out pursuing adventures.
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  1. I like all your ideas! Especially the book tree!
    Personally, I love reading by the light of a Christmas tree. Somehow it’s magical. : )

  2. Marion Erickson

    I participated in my first book challenge this year and it absolutely revolutionized my reading. I did the Tim Challies challenge (http://www.challies.com/resources/the-2016-reading-challenge) which had 100 different categories. I did change out a few of the categories to meet my needs or fit the books I was reading. Not only did I DOUBLE the amount of books I read this year with the extra focus the challenge gave me (110 books instead of my usual 50) but it was really fun reading books from categories I generally don’t pick from – a graphic novel, a western, a photo essay book, etc….. I’m planning on a slightly toned down version this year…

    Love this post, Nadine!! Christmas presents are all about books and Amazon gift certificates at our house 🙂

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