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Of all the months, December is probably the one with the most traditions. One you may not have heard of gets my vote for the best possible holiday tradition of all: in Iceland, people celebrate Christmas with a tradition called Jolabokaflod, which translates to “Christmas book flood” in English.

Jolabokaflod began in World War II, when almost everything was rationed. However, paper was not rationed.  Since there were no limits on books, that became the go-to gift. Giving each other books has become an essential part of the Christmas season for Icelanders. And, because gifts are traditionally opened on Christmas Eve night, people tend to spend that evening reading.

For over 70 years, every household in Iceland has gotten a book bulletin from the publishers of books in their country. This catalog helps people choose books for their friends and family.

If you’re looking for ideas for your own gift giving, I suggest you pick up a copy of this month’s edition of BookPage, available free at the library. While you’re here, ask the staff for their recommendations too! We are always happy to share our favorites with you.

Here’s a few we enjoyed this year:

Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure: Buck, Rinker:  9781501106378: Amazon.com: Books

Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure, by Rinker Buck. History.
Travelling the Mississippi in a wooden flatboat like those used in the 1800s, Rinker Buck encounters danger and adventure.

The High Sierra: A Love Story by Kim Stanley Robinson

The High Sierra: A Love Story, by Kim Stanley Robinson. History, Americana, Nature.
Best known for his science fiction, in this book Robinson shares his love of the Sierra Nevada mountains and tells the history of its exploration and those who lived there.

Long Overdue at the Lakeside Library (A Lakeside Library Mystery Book 2) -  Kindle edition by Danvers, Holly. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Kindle  eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Long Overdue at the Lakeside Library, by Holly Danvers. Mystery.
Second in the Lakeside Library series by Wisconsin author Danvers (aka Holly Quinn), this book is perfect for those who prefer cozy mysteries.

The Runaway (A Peter Ash Novel): 9780525535508: Petrie, Nick: Books -  Amazon.com

The Runaway
, by Nick Petrie. Thriller/Suspense.
The latest in local author Petrie’s Peter Ash series, this title is sure to please the suspense lover on your list.

Happy Reading!

Lynn R.
Adult Services Librarian

Library Staff Recommends Adult Fiction/Non-Fiction

Check out some library staff recommendations for adult fiction and non-fiction! We’ve got so many staff members with diverse interests and tastes. From Victorian era medicine to rom-coms, we’re sure you can find something that interests you!


  • Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen (recommended by Sue)
  • The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris (recommended by Gabe)
  • The Ghost in General Patton’s Third Army by Eugene Schulz (recommended by Emily)


  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (recommended by Grace)
  • 40 Sonnets by Don Patterson (recommended by Ben)
  • One Lark, One Horse by Michael Hofmann (recommended by Ben)
  • The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary (recommended by Allison)
  • The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis (recommended by Trisha)
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (recommended by Sue)
  • Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (recommended by Grace)
  • Home Before Dark by Riley Sager (recommended by Gabe)
  • The House of the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (recommended by Grace)
  • Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (recommended by Allison)