How To Read During The Impending Holidays

Thanksgiving is this week, Hanukkah is coming, Christmas is looming on horizon, and New Year’s is after that. What’s a book nerd to do? People will be everywhere. Children looking over your shoulder. Aunts and Uncles asking “What’s the book about?” Mothers demanding that you “come join your family.” Fathers reminding you it’s “just for a few hours, you’ll survive.”

BUT YOU WON’T! YOU WON’T SURVIVE! Who can go a few hours without reading!? No one. So here’s how we’d hide it.

Audio Books

Get your wireless earbuds out and hook up that Audible. Wear your hair down or sit with that ear to the wall, then crank that volume up and never let the story stop.

Cell Phone

“I’m just texting my friends for the Holiday.” No one seems to care if you’re on your phone until it’s dinner time, so take advantage of that and get your e-library all set.

The Small Group

Literally. The small people. Take the kids, gather the cousins, and go to the basement. Or your bedroom. Let the youngin’ do their thang and lean back with your hardback. No one’s coming until it’s dinner time and they’ll probably thank you for “watching the kids.”

Oh, my stomach!

Oh, it hurts. Ouch. Oof. Be sure to sound convincingly ill as you hog the best seat in the house and binge through a few chapters.

Gotta Take The Dogs Out

They need a walk. They need to potty. I… They need to not be in the house. Leash up your furbabies and head to the park. Fido won’t mind if he gets to run around for a bit.


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Published by J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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