New Merch & Black Friday Sale

We’ve got new merch here in The Stacks, and to get you started on your holiday shopping you can get 20% off everything in the shop with code READER20. The sale starts at 12.00am PST Friday, November 25th and runs until 11.59pm PST Monday, November 28th.

If you’re looking for other gift ideas for the book lovers in your life, be sure to check out this year’s gift guide, and here is last year’s too, just in case you need more ideas.

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The Stacks 2022 Gift Guide for the Book Lovers in Your Life

So I’m sharing another gift guide for you this year. Last year we focused all on non-book gifts for the book lovers in your life, and we’ll mostly stay focused there, however this year we’re talking about the different types of readers you may know. I am including a few actual books *gasp* and some things that I have loved this year that maybe aren’t so much in the book world, but are just great gifts. If you want all of the book recs be sure to check our my shop over on bookshop.org, it has books I love, books my kids love, and even books I’m looking forward to reading.


  1. If you’re reading on the go, you need a Kindle, duh.
  2. Any traveler knows they need a good suitcase and as an Away loyalist since 2016, I couldn’t recommend anything better . Well actually, you might need this duffle that fits on the roller bag, while you’re at it.
  3. You can’t read on the go without a book mark, and this wooden Toni Morrison one is perfection.
  4. For all my audiobook people, you know a good set of headphones is key to not missing a moment of the story. These noise canceling ones are what I use for travel and editing the podcast.
  5. This collapsible water bottle is so practical.
  6. A stylish luggage tag is a must for anyone, especially those of you with a black suitcase.
  7. Between Two Kingdoms is the ultimate adventure story but with heart. It would make for a perfect gift for someone who is looking for an unputdowable story of living life to the fullest while they’re out on the road or stuck at home.
  8. You obviously need a bookish tote from your favorite bookish podcast.
  9. If the reader in your life likes to squeeze in pages anywhere and everywhere they might just need this Tushy bidet. You can use code STACKS10 for 10% off.

  1. Sloane Tea is my new tea obsession. My favorite flavor is Heavenly Cream, but they also offer a gorgeous variety set of teas.
  2. This coffee mug will be on every single gift guide I ever do. It keeps your drink warm while you read (or work, of whatever). What else could you possibly need?
  3. I’ve been a loyal Harney & Sons tea drinker since college, and they offer a tea of the month subscription which is a gift I wish someone would give me. They’re also home to one of my favorite rose black teas.
  4. I love this robe. It’s not too heavy but ultra soft. I love it so much I also have the pajama shorts and pants, because I love it. Did I mention that I love this robe?
  5. My favorite hotel chain, The Edition, has the best signature scent ever and now you can get it for your home with this candle.
  6. I’m a cozy in the bathtub kind of gal, and whenever I share my bathroom I get a million questions about this shower curtain.
  7. Cold brew coffee maker that doubles as an ice tea maker, yes please. Perfect for a house divided.
  8. What even is cozy without a blanket? These faux shearling ones are the snuggliest ever.
  9. If you’re spending lots of time curled up at home with a book, you need some gorgeous decor. I mean honestly, have you ever seen a cuter vase?
  1. You might not know them well, but you know they’re into books? Get them the gift of audiobooks from Libro.FM. You can get bundles of credits, and they can pick the titles that suit them.
  2. I’m a big fan of gifting something that disappears, like a treat, and this jam is the perfect tasty and decadent delicious gift.
  3. This cookbook is dedicated to all things snack board. It is a perfect host gift.
  4. You truly can not go wrong with this candle. The smell is divine. It is neuteral with a little aesthetic flair which means it matches any home or office decor. No brainer.
  5. A classy gift for a reader you might not know too well is always bookends, these ceramic ones have style but also go with everything.
  6. “Postcards from Penguin” are so good looking and if you love books you’ll love sending them to your loved ones.
  7. I have yet to suggest this book to a person and them not love it, Tiny Beautiful Things is the perfect gift for a work secret Santa or an in-law and everyone in between.
  8. This snack subscription box gives you your favorite brands international treats and beverages. Like fruit and nut Snickers bars or caramel flavor Corn Pops.
  9. The perfect gift, a personalized stamp, for a generous book lover who can’t keep track of all the books they loan out.
  1. I love these Rayo & Honey pendants. There are so many phrases to chose from and would make a perfect gift for a nursery or playroom.
  2. My kids love their reading chair. It’s also big enough that I can sit on it, too.
  3. Baby Hippo is a fan favorite in our house, and this series has a variety of animal finger puppet books for you to chose from. It is perfect for the tiniest readers you know.
  4. I love my Kibou diaper bag fanny pack so much. It’s great for trips to the park or on the plane, best part is, it fits my Kindle for easy access.
  5. I loved Look Book Ways for middle grade readers so much. The stories are perfect for any school age child and touching enough to resonate with adults, too. You could read them aloud as a family or let each family member read it on their own.
  6. A puzzle is a great family activity and a puzzle dedicated to book nerds is even better.
  7. I assume if you’re a family of readers you’re also a family of snackers and this cute popcorn popper is perfect for snack/reading time!
  8. I was gifted the Lovevery toy subscription for The Mini’s when they were brand new babies and I love the deliveries. The Toys are aesthetically pleasing and are Montessori based to teach them skills for their development. Plus each box comes with a book.
  9. I got this lion bookshelf for the Mini Stacks and every time I see it it brings a smile to my face.
  1. These sunglasses are very stylish and very much my jam. They are a bit of a splurge but totally worth it.
  2. This subtle lip gloss is my obsession and makes a perfect gift for an easy breezy reader out at a cafe getting their pages in.
  3. A cute non-tote to carry your book and whatever else you might need for the day, but mostly your book.
  4. This is the best planner out. It’s perfect for keeping up with a busy schedule.
  5. On the go means athleisure for me and these leggings go with every single book I’ve ever read.
  6. A good hand cream goes a long way, this rose flavored one is my go to.
  7. You know any reader who is going out in the world needs to rep their favorite bookish podcast, this cozy sweatshirt is just the thing.
  8. I have these studded sneakers and they elevate every outfit, from jeans to leggings to a midi skirt. Obsessed.
  9. I never leave home without my Fitbit to count my steps from my house to my favorite reading spot.
  10. If you’re reading on park bench you need SPF, Supergoop is my favorite for all things sun protection. Their products are light without a bunch of grease or scent. My bestie gifted it to me and now I’m paying it forward to you all.

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Ep. 208 A Mercy by Toni Morrison — The Stacks Book Club (Imani Perry)

Today on The Stacks Book Club we speak again with Imani Perry, author of the New York Times bestselling South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon Line to Understand the Soul of a Nation. In our discussion of Toni Morrison’s novel A Mercy, we talk destroying ourselves over heartbreak, treating people tenderly and the book’s central metaphor of the house. We also touch on the seduction of beauty, and breathlessness.
There are spoilers on this episode.

Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out what our April book club pick will be!

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Ep. 202 Even the Bachelorette Gets Insecure with Rachel Lindsay

Our guest today is Rachel Lindsay, the first Black Bachelorette and author of Miss Me with That: Hot Takes, Tidbits, and a Few Hard Truths. Rachel is also co-host of the podcast Higher Learning and a corespondent on Extra. We talk today about her experiences in Bachelor Nation, working with a ghost writer, and when she knew she was ready to write this book.

The Stacks Book Club selection for February is I Live a Life Like Yours by Jan Grue, we will discuss the book on February 23rd with Tessa Miller.

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Day 5 — Banned Books in The Stacks with Kiese Laymon


In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending all week talking with people who are impacted by the bannings, ranging from students to educators, authors, and more, to help us think about what is at stake and what we can do.

To wrap up Banned Books in The Stacks we’ve brought back friend of the podcast Kiese Laymon to help us make sense of this entire week of programming. Kiese is the author of the banned book, Heavy, as well as Long Division and How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. We talk today about how it feels to have your work banned, what children have a right to know, and what else Kiese sees as tied to this wave of book bans.

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Day 4 — Banned Books in The Stacks with Timya Wright and Azar Nafisi

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In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending all week talking with people who are impacted by the bannings, ranging from students to educators, authors, and more, to help us think about what is at stake and what we can do.

We start today’s episode with Mississippi high school student Timya Wright. Timya shares how she feels about adults telling young people what books they can have access to and the kinds of books she wishes were taught in school. Then we’re joined by Azar Nafisi, the bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and the forthcoming Read Dangerously:The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times. We talk about Azar’s about the need to nurture freedom. We also hear about authors Rebecca Carroll, R. Eric Thomas, and R. O. Kwon’s favorite banned books.

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Timya Wright

Azar Nafisi


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Day 3 — Banned Books in The Stacks with Ghazala Hashmi and Hannah Oliver Depp

In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending all week talking with people who are impacted by the bannings, ranging from students to educators, authors, and more, to help us think about what is at stake and what we can do.

We continue our conversation on banned books with Virginia State Senator Ghazala Hashmi. Senator Hashmi talks about the legality of book banning as well as the efforts that the governor of her state has put in place to report teachers for “divisive” lessons . Then we talk with Hannah Oliver Depp, owner of Loyalty Bookstores, about censorship versus curation.

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Senator Ghazala Hashmi

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Hannah Oliver Depp

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Day 2 — Banned Books in The Stacks with Alison Bechdel and Kelsey Reynolds

In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending all week talking with people who are impacted by the bannings, ranging from students to educators, authors, and more, to help us think about what is at stake and what we can do.

On today’s episode we’re joined by Alison Bechdel author of the frequently banned graphic memoir Fun Home, and she shares why she hates having to talk about the banning of books. Then we get into a conversation about the comfort level of students with high school English teacher Kelsey Reynolds. We also hear from TV writer and actor Brandon Kyle Goodman, and actress and podcast host Becca Tobin, about their favorite banned books.

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Alison Bechdel

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Day 1 — Banned Books in The Stacks with Katrina Stokes and Thursday Williams

In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending all week talking with people who are impacted by the bannings, ranging from students to educators, authors, and more, to help us think about what is at stake and what we can do.

On today’s episode we talk with the director of the Warren County – Vicksburg Public Library, Katrina Stokes about curating a collection and the process of banning a book in public libraries. Then we talk with Thursday Williams, an actor from the Broadway play What the Constitution Means to Me, and a current college student, about what’s at stake for young people and the things we aren’t taught in school. We also hear from authors Hanif Abdurraquib and Tessa Miller about their favorite banned books.

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Katrina Stokes

Thursday Williams

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Ep. 201 The Language of Chronic Illness with Tessa Miller

Today we are joined by Tessa Miller, and author and journalist whose work focuses on chronic illness, disability, and health justice. We discuss Tessa’s debut book, What Doesn’t Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness – Lessons from a Body in Revolt and how publishing a memoir brought on a whole new level of anxiety and insecurities around being a writer and living with chronic illness. We also talk about graphic language, writing for multiple audiences, and prioritizing books by disabled and/or chronically ill authors.

The Stacks Book Club selection for February is I Live a Life Like Yours by Jan Grue, we will discuss the book on February 23rd with Tessa Miller.

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Books

Everything Else

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