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How to Celebrate the “Icelandic Book Flood” with your family on Christmas Eve.


I think everyone on the internet is familiar with the Icelandic  jólabókaflóð or the Christmas Book Flood. Since WWII, Icelanders began a tradition born of necessity really, in which they exchange books on Christmas Eve and then spend the remainder of the evening reading at home. Obviously the introvert in me is obsessed with all of this. I’m sure that social media has greatly romanticized and exaggerated this holiday but I’m there for it all the same.

This year we are celebrating jólabókaflóð in our home because it’s literally on my birthday and I said so. I ran the idea past my family and the kids were immediately on board. We decided that each person would buy a book for one other person so everyone is both buying and receiving a book.

Since we are a two kids + two adults situation, I decided that the kids would pick out a book for each other and Dan and I would do the same. I encouraged them to go to a used book store for their purchases but otherwise left them to figure out the rest. Dan and I had to take the kids to a bookstore to shop for each other because apparently 9 and 12 year olds can’t drive.

Because I’m literally obsessed with books, naturally I thought I’d share a few suggestions for the book lovers in your life. It’s not too late to pick up a book and start a Christmas book flood in your home, too.

10 Book Suggestions for Your Book Flood

Books for The Littles


Anne of Green Gables: A BabyLit Places Primer because you’ve gotta start them young.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen because it’s one of my all time favorite read alouds.

Books for the Kiddos


Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild because Kathleen Kelly told us to.

The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta because “interdimensional demon slayer”.

Books for the Teens


The Only Pirate At The Party by Lindsey Stirling because she’s a classically trained musician gone rogue with a story to tell.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman because Thor and Loki and also Neil Gaiman.

Books for Mom



Becoming by Michelle Obama because we all love her, right?

The Dinner List by Rebecca Searle because we all like to plan imaginary dinner parties.

Books for Dad


Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks because he’s America’s Favorite Dad Type Person.

Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin so he can learn about Targaryen history.

I could go on but I know you’ve got this.

Who else wants to celebrate jólabókaflóð this year?

gift guide

A (slightly) less cliche father’s day gift guide (for geeks)

We’re linking up with Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop this week with the prompt:

4. Create a Father’s Day gift guide.

Let’s be honest: All Father’s Day gift guides are basically the same. It’s not our fault – guys are really pretty simple creatures. They don’t want for much and they tend to buy the things they want before we get a chance to splurge on them (at least mine does) – but we can do better than your basic Father’s Day gifts, right? This year for Father’s Day…

Don’t just get him a coffee mug, get him:

A Superhero Dad Mug - $19.99 |
A Superhero Dad Mug – $12.99 |

Don’t just get him a wallet, get him:

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. RFID Blocking Wallet – $19.99 |

Don’t just get him another grill set, get him:

A Tactical DAD Apron - $19.99 |
A Tactical DAD Apron – $19.99 |

Don’t just get him a cell phone charger, get him:

R2-D2 USB Car Charger - $39.99 |
R2-D2 USB Car Charger – $39.99 |

Don’t just get him a tie, get him:

Batman Silk Ties - $49.99 |
Batman Silk Ties – $49.99 |

Don’t just get him a watch, get him:

Back to the Future Flux Capacitor Wristwatch - $49.99 |
Back to the Future Flux Capacitor Wristwatch – $49.99 |

Don’t just get him a new briefcase, get him:

Leather Executive Bag of Holding - $149.99 |
Leather Executive Bag of Holding – $149.99 |

Yes, all the gifts on my “guide” are from No, this is not a sponsored post. My reasons for being so exclusive here are 1) I’m too lazy to go to a bunch of websites looking for stuff and 2) is such a one stop shop for all things geek. If you are shopping for a Geeky Dad, you really don’t need to look any further. 3) This is honestly where I get almost all of the gifts for the geeks in my life. 4) I feel like there should be a fourth thing, but there isn’t.

What are you getting your dad / husband / grandpa for father’s day this year?

I promise I won’t tell.