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Jólabókaflóð

Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2014 5:56 am
by Heroine of the Dragon
Iceland sells more books per capita than any other nation in the world, and the vast majority are sold in the lead-up to Christmas. In Iceland this is known as the Christmas Book Flood. The tradition in Iceland is that everyone must receive at least one book for Christmas to take to bed on Christmas Eve along with some chocolates. And so, beginning in November, hundreds of books are released onto the market and the talk is all about books – in the media, in the workplace, among family and friends, and at Christmas parties. And once Christmas is over and the books have been read, everyone’s a critic, giving their views and opinions of that latest tome and whether it is as good, or better, as the author’s last one.
Best.Tradition.Ever.

I am definitely going to start this Icelandic tradition next Christmas Eve!!! And learn how to pronounce that word...


Do you have any special reasons for giving books as gifts? And how often do you give books as gifts? :D

Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2014 6:07 am
by Saria Dragon of the Rain Wilds
CHRISTMAS BOOK FLOOD AAAHHHHH :hyper: :tree:

Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2014 8:15 am
by I REALLY HATE POKEMON!
I wonder if society will ever reach this point with gaming.

Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:25 pm
by Jere
EY SD i think you have some great marketing Ploy going on there!

Posted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:47 pm
by Heroine of the Dragon
*leaps and bumps of excitement*

I have been practicing my Icelandic...http://forvo.com/word/jólabókaflóð/

(Thanks to Petur75) :wink:

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd I need to go buy books today... wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee :D

Posted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:58 pm
by Shane
Now you're speaking gibberish.

Posted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 8:57 pm
by Jere
yeah pretty much as i expected it to sound im more used to write the O sounds with ô instead of when we are speaking in dialect.

Something interesting is that Jola sounds really simmilar to the Jamtlandic word for ground/earth/soil i need to look into this.

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2015 2:48 am
by Heroine of the Dragon
One book to go... is anyone else joining me in doing this? :D

Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2015 2:37 am
by Saria Dragon of the Rain Wilds
The Book Flood in ON.

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 4:05 am
by Heroine of the Dragon
I am ready!! :D

Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:06 am
by Heroine of the Dragon
Almost time... who will join me in this amazing tradition? :D

Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:42 am
by Valigarmander
Books and chocolate? This sounds like the best tradition ever.

Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:06 am
by Kargath
[QUOTE="Heroine of the Dragon, post: 1507227, member: 22385"]Best.Tradition.Ever.

I am definitely going to start this Icelandic tradition next Christmas Eve!!! And learn how to pronounce that word...


Do you have any special reasons for giving books as gifts? And how often do you give books as gifts? :D [/QUOTE]
Sorry to disappoint, but it's not a book for you this year Missy :(

Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:03 pm
by е и ժ е я
I have so many books that need to be read now that I haven't augh

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:08 am
by Heroine of the Dragon
Almost time... who will join me in this amazing tradition? :D
[QUOTE="Carol of the Vals, post: 1616438, member: 30663"]Books and chocolate? This sounds like the best tradition ever.[/QUOTE]

I totally agree. Just got my book today!! ;)

[QUOTE="Kargath, post: 1616439, member: 22522"]Sorry to disappoint, but it's not a book for you this year Missy :frown: [/QUOTE]

That's cool. I still enjoy my other ones, thanks!!

[QUOTE="He Who is Without Skin, post: 1616465, member: 25415"]I have so many books that need to be read now that I haven't augh[/QUOTE]

NO EXCUSE!! :p :D

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 2:27 am
by е и ժ е я
It's okay I'll just add them to the pile.

Re: Jólabókaflóð

Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:00 am
by Heroine of the Dragon
I am still enamoured with this tradition!! Tomorrow is book-shopping and chocolate-acquiring day!! Wheeeeee

Will you be joining me this year? :D

Re: Jólabókaflóð

Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:33 pm
by smol Kat
I heard about this! I give books when I come across one that I really like that reminds me of a specific person. Didn't really happen this year D:

Re: Jólabókaflóð

Posted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:07 am
by Kargath
I just kinda want to hear the title said in a recording three times fast.

Re: Jólabókaflóð

Posted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:17 pm
by Valigarmander
Isn't Jólabókaflóð the giant serpent that surrounds the world?