Sunday, December 16, 2018

Jólabókaflóð: A Holiday Tradition

My own personal Jólabókaflóð

Iceland has an amazing holiday tradition that I plan to celebrate one year. It's called Jólabókaflóð, pronounced yo-la-bok-a-flot. At the start of the holiday season in Iceland a Bokatidindi, a catalog of every new book published in Iceland, is mailed to every home in the country. On Christmas Eve, everyone in Iceland exchanges books and then reads them.

Doesn't this sound fun?

I've my own personal Jólabókaflóð. It's all the fiction picture books and board books I've received as a Cybils judge. I will be donating these to our school district's Book Bus after the finalists are announced on January 1st.


I'm reading two big, wonderful books. I will be reading these into the new year.

What are you reading today?

What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've
wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound
 journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens
at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their
own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly,
mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!
This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read”
book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted at The Book Date.


  1. I loved Anna Karenina, but especially love the cover of your copy.

    That Iceland tradition sounds wonderful! Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    1. The translation of Anna Karenina that I am reading is very good, too.

  2. That really does sound like a fun tradition.

    Have a great week!

  3. The gift of literature is such a wonderful tradition! Enjoy your books and a have a great week.

  4. I’ve heard of that tradition! I wish I had people who liked books in my real life. I’ve tried to give my family books, but they don’t read them. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I seriously thought about giving everyone books this year, but then I thought, Who, but me would enjoy that?!

  5. I love the idea of this Christmas Eve celebration. What better way to spend an evening than with family reading?!

  6. I've always wanted to do that... sounds like a wonderful tradition!

  7. What a fabulous tradition. We often give and receive books as gifts.

  8. I love that Icelandic tradition. Good luck with your two big books. It must be quite a change after reading so many picture and board books for the Cybils. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  9. That's an amazing tradition! We always give people books for the holidays (and any other celebration really), and I love the idea of a book exchange. I hope you have a blast!

    Check out my 2018 End of the Year Giveaway! Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

  10. My daughter's middle school does something similar in that they hold a book drive before the holidays to give books to families in need. The families all have students in the school system so it was a great opportunity to give away many of this year's books that I've read and reviewed. My weekly updates.

  11. I enjoyed Anna Karenina when I read it a million years ago. We had a thing in school called the Weekly Reader and I think about once or twice a year they let us order books. Luckily, my parents were great and let me order as many as I wanted! I'd get a whole box, 20 or 30. I've been to Iceland once and I loved it. I loved the food (fish) and the landscape. I thought it was beautiful. Have a lovely holiday week and enjoy your books. Anne - Books of My Heart


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