This year I am joining in the Icelandic tradition of Jolabokaflod, or the Christmas Book Flood. In Iceland it is common to gift books on Christmas Eve and then spend the evening reading; you can read more about the concept here. Naturally, this idea appeals greatly to me! I give and receive books as Christmas presents every year.
One of my friends arranged a Secret Santa-type system where we all entered our information, including some titles and genres we are interested in, and then we were all assigned someone to send a book, to be opened and read on Christmas Eve. I allowed my gifter to surprise me; the person I was buying for requested a specific few books for me to pick from.
I selected Where the Crawdads Sing, because in addition to enjoying nearly-unprecedented popularity over the past year, I read it and enjoyed it a few months ago. I always prefer to give books that I have read and liked. While this one didn’t quite live up to the ridiculous hype, I enjoyed it enough to recommend it to others, which is basically what gifting a book is, a personal recommendation of it.
I also tucked in some chocolate to enjoy with the book, and a little card saying I hoped she would enjoy it as much as I did.
I can’t wait to see what book I received and enjoy my evening in peaceful reading…at least until I have to wrap and set up presents for my kid! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season with lots of family and books!
12/26/19 ETA: I received A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay! It was one of the books I requested, a historical fantasy that was one of my most anticipated releases this year.
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Haha I was just talking about this tradition, and how I couldn’t imagine possibly getting my family on board with it. I love the idea of the book secret Santa though, I’ll definitely use that next year! 👌 Excited to hear what you got!
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Haha I could probably do this with my family (maybe in a few years for my toddler…) but the Secret Santa was pretty fun. I got one of the books I requested, A Brightness Long Ago, which is the latest release from one of my favorite authors.
That sounds like so much fun! I’ve never heard of the Christmas Book Flood before.