Wednesday, December 1, 2021

73 "Read-All-Night" Book Recommendations for JOLABOKAFLOD

Have you ever spent whole night reading?  You're lost in a book, time flies, and before you know it the first light of dawn is cresting over the hills.  It's a truly beautiful thing!

If this sounds like heaven on earth, then it's time to pack your bags, board a jet, and move to Iceland.  Aside from the beautiful landscapes, free education, and low crime rates, Iceland is also home to my absolutely favorite Christmas tradition, Jolabokaflodwhich is pronounced YO-luh-BO-kuh-FLOWD and roughly translates to 'Christmas Book Flood.'  

Cue the brief backstory...

During World War II, supplies were scarce, so the people of Iceland began giving books as gifts. Since then, the culture of giving books as presents has turned into a yearly tradition, Jolabokaflod, where Icelanders exchange books with friends and family on Christmas Eve and then snuggle up with a hot cocoa and read late into the evening.  

Incidentally, the Icelandic word for bliss is sæla (pronounced SIGH-luh)!

If you are thinking you'd like to start your own version of Jolabokaflod this Christmas Eve, we'd like to give you a head start.  Below you'll find a host of titles that we have either read cover-to-cover in one sitting or really wanted to, but life got in the way. Most fall into the Adult or YA genres, though you'll find a few for the younger set as well.  Linked titles will take you directly to our reviews!

RED RISING by Pierce Brown 

(It'll be a long but enjoyable night)

LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE by Laura Esquivel

 

BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman


CINDER by Marissa Meyer


ONE FOR THE MONEY by Janet Evanovich


BLACKBIRD HOUSE by Alice Hoffman


BEASTLY by Alex Flinn


THE MOONFLOWER VINE by Jetta Carleton




LEGEND by Marie Lu






SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo


GONE, GIRL by Gillian Flynn

A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING by Ruth Ozeki

THE THIRTEENTH TALE by Diane Setterfield

STEPSISTER by Jennifer Donnelly


GREEN ANGEL by Alice Hoffman




BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP by S.J. Watson


EDENBROOKE by Julianne Donaldson


THE GIVER by Lois Lowry

A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman

UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi


ROOM by Emma Donoghue






GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING by Tracy Chevalier


SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo


THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN by Kate Morton




THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows


TELL NO ONE by Harlan Coben


THE WRATH & THE DAWN by Renée Ahdieh


THESE IS MY WORDS by Nancy E. Turner


THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer



ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes


WONDER by R.J. Palacio


ARCHANGEL by Sharon Shinn


THE HONEY THIEF by Najaf Mazari and Robert Hillman




THE WINTER SEA by Susanna Kearsley


MOCKINGBIRD by Katherine Erskine


THE DA VINCI CODE by Dan Brown


AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir


BEARMOUTH by Liz Hyder


REBEL QUEEN by Michelle Moran


MAKE YOUR BED by Admiral William H. McRaven (Retired U.S. Navy)


A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES by Deborah Harkness


UNBROKEN by Lauren Hillenbrand


THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES by Sue Monk Kidd




ELLA MINNOW PEA by Mark Dunn


I AM THE MESSENGER by Markus Zusak


THE SEASON by Sarah MacLean


EARLY DEPARTURES by Justin A. Reynolds


THE GIVER OF STARS by Jojo Moyes


THIS MUCH COUNTRY by Kristin Knight Pace


OLD BONES by Preston & Child


WILDER GIRLS by Rory Power








WE WERE NEVER HERE by Jennifer Gilmore


HOUSE OF HOLLOW by Krystal Sutherland


VIRGIL WANDER by Leif Enger


WHEN YOU WERE EVERYTHING by Ashley Woodfolk




A SPINDLE SPLINTERED by Alix E. Harrow


WATCH OVER ME by Nina Lacour




CURSES by Lish McBride


CIRCE by Madeline Miller



And, of course, there's a few others you've probably seen on a million lists (Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Fablehaven, The Hunger Games, etc.).  Just assume we've recommended those too.

We hope that you've found something you'd something 
you'd like to give (even if it is to yourself) 
on Jolabokaflod!

Happy Reading!


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