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Forge Books That Will Get You In the Holiday Spirit!

‘Tis the season for some holiday reading! Whether you’re on the hunt for a timely book to gift someone this holiday season or you’re in the mood to read something perfectly fit for the most wonderful time of the year, Forge is here to provide festive reads that are sure to deck your halls! We’re making a list (and checking it twice), none are naughty and all are nice! Read below to see what books to either read and/or gift this year to help you get in the holiday spirt!


A Dog’s Perfect Christmas and The Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron

A Dog's Perfect Christmas

The Dogs of Christmas
Is there anything more precious than sweet puppies at Christmas? Two perfect gifts, A Dog’s Perfect Christmas and The Dogs of Christmas are charming and heartwarming holiday tales that explores the power of love, trust, and what can happen when family members open their hearts to new possibilities. From W. Bruce Cameron, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose!

Up on the Woof Top and It’s a Wonderful Woof by Spencer Quinn

Up on the Woof Top
It's a Wonderful Woof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chet the dog, “the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction” (Boston Globe) and his human partner Bernie Little find themselves in the midst of two thrilling holiday adventures! A wonderful bundle of books to either give as a gift this year, or to snuggle up with while you read by the light of the Christmas tree.

A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping or Peeing But Using the Bathroom as an Escape by Joe Pera; illustrated by Joe Bennett

A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping or Peeing but Using the Bathroom as an Escape
Okay, so we know this isn’t a conventional holiday-themed pick, but hear us out: how many times have you sat at the holiday dinner table and silently wished for an escape from whatever awkward conversation your dear old aunt was trying to rope you into? That’s why the Bathroom Book is perfect for this time of year! A USA Today bestseller, the cozy comedy of Joe Pera meets the darkly playful illustrations of Joe Bennett in A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping or Peeing But Using the Bathroom as an Escape, a funny, warm, and sincere guide to regaining calm and confidence when you’re hiding in the bathroom.

An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor

An Irish Country Christmas
Just in time for the holidays, An Irish Country Christmas from beloved author Patrick Taylor presents a new look for the beloved New York TimesUSA Today, and Globe and Mail bestselling series! This book has all the cozy vibes and is absolutely perfect for curling up with under a warm blanket this winter!

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Forge Your Own Holiday Party!

By Ariana Carpentieri, Athena Palmer, and Jennifer McClelland-Smith

 It’s the most wonderful time of the year to cozy up with some good books while you’re feeling fervently festive. If you’re looking for some inspo to throw your own little bookish soirée this holiday season, then look no further! Team Forge has you covered. Read below to see the food & drinks we think would make the perfect pairings with some of our 2022 books so that you can forge your own holiday party!


A Dog’s Perfect Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron

A Dog's Perfect Christmas

What to Eat: This poignant book is centered around love and family, so we think a food that’s shareable with your loved ones would be a great fit. A delicious pull-apart crescent Christmas tree is going to warm you up inside and have anyone you choose to share it with feeling extra cheery.

Oh, and we can’t forget about your canine companions! They certainly deserve some doggy-safe rolls of their own so they can take part in the festive fun!

What to Drink: A classic Christmas tale such as this one simply must be paired with a staple Christmas beverage! And nothing screams ‘Christmas’ more than a good ole cup of eggnog does. Feel free to make yourself a spiked eggnog if you’re looking to spice things up a little!

And of course you can also brew up a cup of cheer for your sweet puppy pal by making them this dog friendly version of eggnog.

All the Dirty Secrets by Aggie Blum Thompson

All the Dirty Secrets

What to Eat: This book is set in the upscale DC private school scene, so we think a fancier food that’s popular in the DC area would be the way to go. One of the most iconic dishes in our nation’s capital is a delicious lobster French toast. A comforting breakfast meets a decadent beach cookout, this French toast is bedecked with lobster galore, diced cucumber, Asian pear, and an alluring sesame mousse. Furthermore, this is definitely a perfect pick because All the Dirty Secrets has some deadly beach party scene secrets! 

 What to Drink: Chapter one starts off with the mention of a whiskey sour—a drink that will pack the perfect punch for such a strong read like this one. Want to make it festive? Then you can try this delicious-sounding gingerbread version! But if you’d rather sip on something a little less potent, then a whiskey sour mocktail would work just as well.

The Last Dreamwalker by Rita Woods

The Last Dreamwalker

What to Eat: Nothing would pair better with this book than a warm, traditional Gullah Geechee meal. Whether you’re within driving distance of a Gullah restaurant or your everyday grocery store, Gullah Red Rice is hot, easy, and delicious.

What to Drink: Your iced tea of choice.

Her Perfect Life by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Her Perfect Life

What to Eat: Her Perfect Life is set in Boston, so we recommend going with the classic Boston combo of fresh seafood followed by a rich dessert from a family run Italian bakery. Clam Chowder and Cannolis might not sound like a natural pairing, but trust us, it works. 

What to Drink: Depending on what time of day you’re reading, either a hot black coffee from Dunkin Donuts or a glass of wine.

Carolina Moonset by Matt Goldman

Carolina Moonset

What to Eat: Matt Goldman brings Beaufort, South Carolina to life in this atmospheric book club read. Celebrate coastal living and Southern flavors with a classic like Shrimp & Grits. Top it off with a Lady Baltimore Cake for dessert.

What to Drink: Famous throughout South Carolina, enjoy an old-fashioned Blenheim’s Ginger Ale. It packs a powerful gingery punch. Looking for a boozy option? Top your ginger ale off with your favorite whiskey!

A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

A Thousand Steps

What to Eat: Set in Laguna Beach, you can practically feel the Pacific waves tickle your toes throughout T. Jefferson Parker’s throwback to the 60s. Capture the best of SoCal cuisine with shrimp tacos. Enjoy some of the best berries in the country with Strawberry Shortcake for dessert.

What to Drink: A margarita on the rocks with fresh lime juice is in order for a trip to Laguna Beach. A fresh juice featuring citrus, pomegranate or berries will also do the trick.

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Tor Books’ Severely Unmoored Winter Holiday Quiz

We are in the midst of winter, and the holidays loom on the horizon, offering portents of fun times to come and the social obligation of procuring gifts for the loved ones in your life! Don’t worry. We’re here to give you book recommendations to help you take care of the second part, so you can get right to the holiday snacking and relaxing!

Take the quiz. Discover your perfect bookly gift.



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Happy PAWlidays!: 5 of the Best Gifts to Get Your Pet

By Ariana Carpentieri:

Are you someone who has a ruff time of figuring out what presents to get your furry best friend? Or perhaps you’ve got the dogs of your friends’ and family that you need to give gifts to this holiday season? If so, we’ve got you covered! Take a look at our gift guide to see some ideas that all the canine companions in your life will pawsitively go mutts for! 


A Rudolph-Themed BarkBox 

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Looking to really wow your pet pals? Your dog doesn’t need a red nose to still be the leader of the pack when it comes to having the best gifts under the tree, and giving them a BarkBox will definitely do the trick! The box includes 4 toys, 4 treats & 2 chews!

A Yeti Dog Bowl

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Yeti products have been all over Instagram lately, so a fancy bowl for the pooch would definitely up their IG status! And the Yeti Rambler would be a great gift to pair with it for the pet parent. 

Merry & Bright Deck the Howls Dog Treat Advent Calendar

Image Placeholder of - 28In need of a gift to give a little earlier in the season? Your doggy will love getting a yummy treat everyday from the start of December through Christmas Day with an advent calendar!

A Fa La La Llama Plush Toy

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Your dog will be the coolest on the block with this llama-wearing-sunglasses toy hanging out of their mouth. If only we could all be this chill.

Warm Fleece Blankets Good for Both You and Your Dog–For Every Blanket Sold, One is Donated to Shelters!

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Are you looking for a way to give back this holiday season? Then this would be the perfect gift because every blanket purchase provides a cozy, warm, durable blanket to a shelter dog in need!

And as a bonus, for the dog-loving folks in your life, you can gift them a copy of A Dog’s Perfect Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron–now out in paperback!

A Dog's Perfect Christmas

#1 New York Times bestselling author W. Bruce Cameron’s A Dog’s Perfect Christmas is a beautiful, poignant, delightful tale of what can happen when family members open their hearts to new possibilities. You’ll find love and tears and laughter—the ideal holiday read.

Click below to grab your copy today!

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Season’s Greetings from The House in the Cerulean Sea!

Season’s Greetings, lovely friends and followers! We’re getting into the spirit of the season and who better to help than our favorite aspiring bellhop, Chauncey! Update your social media icon, Instagram, and more with these delightful designs featuring art by Mariana Avilez (learn more about her art here) inspired by The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. Snag the paperback anywhere books are sold on December 29!

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