Jólabókaflóð: Christmas Book Flood

I know, I know.  For some of you it is just too early to talk about Christmas.  But Thanksgiving weekend is when we draw names in my husband’s family.  It is also the time I start planning my Christmas book buying.

That’s why I love this Icelandic tradition.  The rough translation for Jólabókaflóð is Christmas Book Flood. On Christmas Eve, people in Iceland exchange books.  Then they spend a cozy evening reading.  Wow.  Just wow.

That sounds amazing to me.

I love giving books as Christmas gifts.  Granted, they don’t make good gifts for absolutely everyone.  But for most people?  Oh, yeah.  We’ve got 5 kids in my family who will be receiving quite a collection between my sister and I.  And my son.  And my husband.

Not sure about selecting books?  I generally start with the books I’ve read this year and loved.  You can find many of these books on The Bookshelf, my review blog. Then I compile a list for the parents of each child.  My cousins are also book lovers and we need to make sure that these kiddos are getting books that are new to them.  But I also ask about twice as many books as I plan to buy.  That way we have alternates if something isn’t available.  My husband is a lot easier since there aren’t four or five people buying books for him.

If I can’t come up with enough ideas on my own, I look at the New York Times recommendations.  I also look at Betsy Bird’s blog.  And the annual SCBWI Reading List.

There are so many great books out there.  Help support reading and writing by celebrating it this holiday season. Let’s create a US Jólabókaflóð!


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