Holiday Season Reading Challenge For Bibliophiles

by Mo Amiri November 29, 2019

an open book next to a holiday themed mug and in the background there's a christmas tree decorated with lights


I am beyond excited to announce that the first ever Emposia Reading Challenge is here!

This Holiday Season Reading Challenge follows a festive format as we attempt to read 5 books, each with a holiday-themed category. Everyone is welcome to join, even if you don't celebrate an occasion this season.

Below, you will find (i) the 5 categories and dates, (ii) a downloadable graphic to help you stay on track, (iii) a few helpful tips as we start to flip through the pages, and (iv) a few book recs to help you brainstorm what you'll read.

 Dates Categories
Dec 1-4 A book with Snow, Christmas, Holiday or December in the title
Dec 5-8 A Childhood Favourite
Dec 9-12 A book with a Christmas tree or snow on the cover
Dec 13-16 A book with a red, green or white & red cover
Dec 17-20 Take a picture of your current read with hot cocoa, cookies, or a Christmas tree next to it (this is a photo prompt)
Hashtag on IG #emposiachallenge

Save the Holiday Season Reading Challenge graphics at the end of this post to share and keep track of your books for this challenge. You can also visit @emposiablankets to take a snapshot of them. Their size is suitable for you to add to your instagram stories.   

The goals for this challenge? Get in the holiday spirit, connect with new readers/bookstagrammers, and have fun! Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind:

1. Read any book that fits each category: You don't have to read the book recs mentioned below. We tried to include more than one option for each category, so you can have a wider variety of books to choose from. Find the books that you are excited to read.

2. Read 1 book per category: You'll notice that each category falls under a range of 4 days. This means that you can read, complete, and post a pic of your book anytime within the dates set for the challenge. For example, you can choose to share your Childhood Favourite book anytime between December 5-8. This doesn't mean that you have to read 4 books, one each day. It's a simple way to help you join in on the fun even if you're super busy.

3. Read at your own pace: Don't feel pressured to complete all 5 categories. The purpose of this challenge is to have fun. So even if you get the chance to start 1 category, feel free to join in!

4. Stay connected on Instagram using #emposiachallenge: Share a picture of what you chose to read on IG. The '#emposiachallenge' is a way for us to stay connected, see who's reading the same books, and share new reads as part of this challenge.

That's all on how you can join in and stay connected on the Holiday Season Reading Challenge. The remaining part of this blog post will be dedicated to providing a few book recs for each category.

Book Recs

The book rec list below is chosen and written by Chelsea from @bookshelfdragon (Instagram), one of the hosts for this challenge.

1. A book with Snow, Christmas, Holiday or December in the title:

one day in december by josie silver book coverOne Day in December by Josie Silver. Recommended for slow burn romance lovers.

christmas shopaholic by sophie kinsella book coverChristmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. Must read for all Sophie Kinsella fans.

holiday bound by beth kery book coverHoliday Bound by Beth Kery. Recommended for anyone looking for a steamy romance.

royal holiday by jasmine guillory book coverRoyal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory. It's a new release so pick it today!

a christmas carol by charles dickens book coverA Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Recommend for anyone who's in the mood for a classic.

2. A Childhood Favourite:
harry potter by rowling book coverHarry Potter by J.K. Rowling...obviously

peter pan by barrie book coverPeter Pan by J.M. Barrie. For anyone who wants to go on an adventure.

the polar express by chris van allsburg book coverThe Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. All aboard!

how the grinch stole christmas by dr seuss book cover for children How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. An all-time Christmas classic.

3. A book with a Christmas tree or snow on the cover:

all i want for christmas by amy silver book coverAll I Want For Christmas by Amy Silver.

the christmas sisters by sarah morgan book coverThe Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan, for anyone who's looking for a family story.

a wedding in december by sarah morgan book coverA Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan is a cute romance.

my gift is you by rachel lacey book coverMy Gift is You by Rachel Lacey.

dash and lily book of dares by rachel cohn book coverDash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn. A love story every reader dreams of.


4. A book with a red, green or white & red cover:

me before you by jojo moyes book coverMe Before You by Jojo Moyes. Heads up: you'll need tissues.

a court of thorns and roses by sarah maas book coverA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas is for you if you like Fae men and YA Books.

santa baby by jennifer cruise book coverSanta Baby by Jennifer Cruise is for anyone looking for some Christmas fun.

skipping christmas by john grishman book coverSkipping Christmas by John Grishman. A must read if you enjoyed Christmas with the Kranks

5. Take a picture of your current read with hot cocoa, cookies, or a Christmas tree next to it (this is a photo prompt). Some examples below:


Holiday Reading Challenge Instagram Story Graphics

emposia christmas reading challenge for book lovers template     emposia holiday reading challenge for bibliophiles template

Holiday Reading Challenge Hosts & Cheery Reminder
The Emposia Holiday Reading Challenge is a collaboration event with Chelsea (@bookshelfdragon) and Christina (@christinachronicles). To join us for this festive challenge, all you have to do is use the hashtag "#emposiachallenge" when you post your pictures on Instagram and voilà!

Let us know what you'll be reading down below or tag us on IG! Let the holiday reading begin...

Stay Cozy & Happy Reading,
Mo, Chelsea, & Christina




Mo Amiri
Mo Amiri


Mo Amiri is the 20 - something founder of Emposia, a growing community where your passion for books and blankets can run wild. Part of what he does is write guides for the Bibliophile who enjoys the smell of a good book as much as its contents. And in his free time, he enjoys writing about himself in third person. Connect with him via the comments below or on IG (@emposiablankets).

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