book-691407_640I can’t live without a good book—and that doesn’t go away during the holiday season. However, in December, there just isn’t enough time to let myself get swept away by a novel. So instead, I pick up a collection of short stories or essays. That way, I can read one or two stories and satisfy my craving. It’s a perfect compromise.

So, if you’re craving a short story, here are some suggestions! Some of my favorites are “Single, Carefree, Mellow,” by Katherine Heiny, “One More Thing: Stories and other Stories,” by BJ Novak, and “The View from Castle Rock” by Alice Munro (also available as an audiobook). If you want a laugh, try Sloane Crosley’s “I Was Told There’d Be Cake,” or “Naked,” by David Sedaris (also available as an audiobook).

If you’re in the holiday spirit and want to read something more festive, consider “My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories” (see our staff review here), “Christmas in the South: Holiday Stories from the South’s Best Writers,” or “Hanukkah Lights: Stories of the Season.” If you’re a fan of Inspirational Fiction, “Amish Christmas at North Star” (also available as an audiobook), “An Amish Christmas: December in Lancaster County,” or “Christmas Belles of Georgia,” might be good choices.

What is your favorite holiday read?


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