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Jolabokaflod, or the Christmas Book Flood

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, shoppers in Iceland spend a lot of their time browsing real and virtual bookstore shelves, searching for the perfect tomes (books) to gift to their friends and families. Then when all the paper comes off and books are unwrapped on Christmas Eve, everyone settles down with a warm drink and they relax and  dive into their new books.

I love this idea !! Whats cool is I always give someone a book at the holiday.


The tradition is called “jolabokaflod,” or the Christmas Book Flood.


“The culture of giving books as presents is very deeply rooted in how families perceive Christmas as a holiday,” Kristjan B. Jonasson, president of the Iceland Publishers Association, tells NPR. “Normally, we give the presents on the night of the 24th and people spend the night reading. In many ways, it’s the backbone of the publishing sector here in Iceland.”

Maybe it’s because the weather isn’t conducive to spending a ton of time outdoors, but the people in Iceland are generally big readers. According to a study conducted by Bifröst University in 2013, 50 percent of Icelanders read at least eight books per year, while 93 percent read at least one.

Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country in the world except the U.K., according to the International Publishers Association 2015-2016 annual report. The Iceland publishing industry receives about 80 percent of its annual revenues in the two months or so leading up to Christmas reports Guide to Iceland.

The history of the Book Flood

The flood’s tradition dates back to World War II, writes Hildur Knutsdottir in The Reykjavik Grapevine. Due to strict restrictions on currency, there wasn’t a lot of imported giftware. Icelanders had money to spend and the restrictions on paper were more lenient, so books became the Christmas present of choice.

Long after the war, books stuck around during the holidays.

“This tradition stayed despite many flattering products that have arrived on the market in the past decades. The Clairol foot fixer, the Soda Stream-machine or even the iPad haven‘t managed to change the preference for the book as a good gift,” writes Icelandic poet and novelist Gerður Kristný. “I have always been given books for Christmas. I remember vividly being an 11-year-old getting nine books that year! Looking at the pile I felt very grown up.”


The tradition keeps reading alive and it thrills the writers who create the books, says Icelandic-born author, painter and broadcaster Hallgrímur Helgason.

“Thanks to the Jolabokaflod, books still matter in Iceland, they get read and talked about. Excitement fills the air. Every reading is crowded, every print-run is sold. Being a writer in Iceland you get rewarded all the time: People really do read our books, and they have opinions, they love them or they hate them. At the average Christmas party, people push politics and the Kardashians aside and discuss literature,” Helgason writes.

“In Iceland book lives matter in every sense of that phrase: The shelf-life of the book, the lives in the book, the life of the writer and the life of the reader. God bless the Jolabokaflod.”

The flood starts with the November release of Bokatidindi (roughly translated into “Journal of Books”), a catalog of nearly every book published in Iceland.

“It is delivered to each and every home in the country, and for many it is a sign that Christmas is officially upon us,” Knutsdottir writes. “And for Icelanders, Christmas is the time where you snuggle up and read your presents.”

Once the catalog is released, Icelanders start shopping. Typically, people get at least one book for a Christmas gift and often they get many more. Presents are unwrapped on Christmas Eve, and that’s when everyone curls up under blankets, often with a cup of warm chocolate or a non-alcohol ale seasonal ale called jolabland, reports

Flooding worldwide

As book lovers outside of Iceland began to hear about jolabokaflod, the idea began to spread. Publishers in the U.K. and the U.S. hopped on the bandwagon because well … obviously they thought it was a good idea to sell a whole bunch of books in time for the holidays.

But word of giving books and reading books spread on social media too.

What will you be giving (or reading) on Dec. 24?   I’m doing both this year


If your shopping for books this should help Best Books 2017-18




Posted in Arthritis, Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Bone Health

My Book Picks Part 1 Health and Wellness

Great Books !

Help you with health and pain

It’s Not Just Growing Pains

A Guide To Childhood Muscle, Bone, And Joint Pain, Rheumatic Diseases, And The Latest Treatments

Lehman, Thomas J. A.

Arthritis is usually considered a disease of older adults, but nearly 300,000 children in the United States suffer from some form of arthritis or rheumatic disease, such as juvenile arthritis (JRA), fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, or Kawasaki disease.Yet until now very little information has been available to guide parents and doctors in properly diagnosing such children. Here is a readable, reliable guide to the common causes of bone, joint, muscle, and arthritis pain in children, designed to help parents and physicians understand these disorders, arrive at the proper diagnosis, and choose the most effective treatment. In this comprehensive resource, Dr.Thomas Lehman–the head of one of the most prestigious pediatric rheumatology programs in the world–offers easy-to-understand information on the causes, symptoms, tests, and treatments for a wide variety of rheumatic diseases and childhood pain. Dr. Lehman writes with great clarity, providing numerous case examples that illustrate the topic at hand and offering practical, down-to-earth advice. Equally important, he answers the questions that parents are most likely to ask: What should they observe in their children? What questionsshould they ask their doctor? Which tests are necessary? What risk factors should they be aware of? And how can they help their children cope with the social and psychological aspects of their illness. The book summarizes diagnostic tests, discusses the most effective medications, and discussesphysical therapy, alternative therapy, and surgical options that are available. Clearly written, thorough, authoritative, and up-to-date, It’s Not Just Growing Pains is the definitive resource available on the subject for parents and health care professionals, helping them to understand the children’s pain and find the best available care.

Healthy Joints for Life

An Orthopedic Surgeon’s Proven Plan to Reduce Pain and Inflammation, Avoid Surgery and Get Moving Again

Diana, Richard

No surgery. No medication. No drastic measures. Just healthy joints–for life! 

In this groundbreaking book, leading orthopedic surgeon and former NFL player Richard Diana, M.D., applies his unique experience and training to tackle join pain. Based on cutting-edge research that has clarified the crucial role of a molecule known as NFkB in regulating inflammation, Dr. Diana’s proven eight-week program teaches you to harness the power of this research to reduce inflammation, relieve pain and rejuvenate your joints. 


• Which delicious foods reduce inflammation 

• Simple exercises tailored to your ability 

• The right supplements to help increase your mobility

No Grain, No Pain

A 30-day Diet for Eliminating the Root Cause of Chronic Pain

Osborne, Peter

In the tradition of Wheat Belly and Grain Brain ; No Grain, No Pain demonstrates the proven link between a gluten-heavy diet and chronic pain and discomfort–and offers a groundbreaking, 30-day, grain-free diet plan to help you heal yourself from the inside out.

More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain according to an Institute of Medicine report released in 2011. For many, chronic pain is part of an autoimmune disease, but all too often doctors turn to the same solution: painkilling drugs.

But all of this medication simply isn’t helping, and as Dr. Peter Osborne, the leading authority on gluten sensitivity and food allergies has found, the real solution often lies in what you eat. In No Grain, No Pain , Dr. Osborne shows how grains wreak havoc on the body by causing tissue inflammation, creating vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies, and triggering an autoimmune response that causes the body to attack itself. But he also offers practical steps to find relief. Using his drug-free, easy-to-implement plan, you will be able to eliminate all sources of gluten and gluten-like substances, experience significant improvement in fifteen days, and eliminate pain within thirty days.

No Grain, No Pain is the first book to identify diet–specifically, grain–as a leading cause of chronic suffering, and provides you with the knowledge you need to improve your health. Based on extensive research and examples culled from thousands of his satisfied patients, Dr. Osborne recommends changing your diet to achieve the relief that millions of Americans have been seeking once and for all, leading to a healthier, happier life.

Pain Relief Without Drugs

A Self-help Guide for Chronic Pain and Trauma

Sadler, Jan

A practical, effective, and inspiring guidebook for dealing with chronic pain

* Explains how to reduce pain’s grip on the body and mind by changing your personal reaction to pain

* Presents successful strategies from the author’s 25 years of coping with her own pain

* Includes 55-minute CD of author’s key techniques for controlling pain

In 1989, following surgery for a back injury, Jan Sadler was left in constant pain, with no hope of any further conventional treatment and no adequate prescription drug therapy. Rather than settle for a life of chronic suffering, she gave up her career teaching English and began an investigation into the self-treatment of her pain. Building on her skills as a teacher, she incorporated the pain management techniques she discovered into programs that would help other sufferers learn how to cope with pain and find truly effective relief from its debilitating effects.

Sadler shows how we can reduce pain’s grip by changing our personal reactions to the pain we are feeling. Chronic pain keeps our attention fixed firmly on our anguish, which then feeds the painful reaction back into our perception of being in pain, creating a vicious cycle. By allowing our reaction to become one of relaxation and acceptance, the pain is dramatically lessened, both by the absence of a negative perception and by the infusion of relaxation into the point of pain. In Pain Relief without Drugs , Sadler provides easy-to-use self-help techniques that offer support and understanding in breaking pain’s cycle–from relaxation, visualization, and breathing techniques to setting goals, building self-esteem, and coping with pain flare-ups. The author’s 25 years of coping with her own pain and 16 years of teaching pain management techniques result in a book that is filled with practical activities and possibilities for a better life. The book is accompanied by a 55-minute CD narrated by the author of key techniques for controlling pain.

OATrageous Oatmeals

author Kathy Hester

Delicious & Surprising Plant-based Dishes From the Humble, Heart-healthy Grain. It’s time to change the way you look at oatmeal. Gone are the boring oats with bland mix-ins because Kathy Hester, author of the bestselling book The Vegan Slow Cooker and The Great Vegan Bean Book, has dishes like Italian Veggie and Oat Sausage, Veggie Oat Taco and Oat Pizza Crust Topped with vegan sausage crumbles made from Steel-cut oats. She also includes new takes on traditional favorites like Banana Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes and Strawberries and Cream Overnight Refrigerator Oats. With classic breakfast recipes taken to the next level with unique ingredients, tasty desserts and even savory lunch and dinner recipes, this book is the perfect gift for every oatmeal lover out there. If you want to learn how to use heart-healthy oatmeal in new and exciting ways then it’s time to get cooking. These recipes are the perfect way to add nutritious oatmeal to any dish so you can stay fit and happy while enjoying your favorite food.

The Paleo Approach

Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal your Body

Ballantyne, Sarah

The Paleo Approach is the first book ever to explain how to adapt the Paleo diet and lifestyle to bring about a full recovery. Read it to learn why foods marketed as “healthy” such as whole grains, soy, and low-fat dairy can contribute to the development of autoimmune conditions. Discover what you can eat to calm your immune system, reduce inflammation, and help your body heal itself. Find out which simple lifestyle changes along with changes in diet will make the biggest difference for your health.

World’s Easiest Paleo Baking

Gluten-free, Grain-free, Dairy-free, and With No Refined Sugars

Barbone, Elizabeth

Treat yourself–you deserve it. Whether you avoid grains and dairy because you have an allergy, are looking to lose weight, or on a special diet, sometimes you need a simple indulgence. Cakes, cookies, pies, doughnuts, breads, and all of the treats that were once off limits are now at your fingertips with this collection of easy recipes made without grains, dairy, and refined sugar. Elizabeth Barbone, trusted author of hit gluten-free cookbooks Easy Gluten-Free Baking and How to Cook Gluten-Free, delves into grain-free and dairy-free baking and delivers recipes for beloved, classic baked goods for that occasional “treat yourself” moment. This is a paleo-friendly cookbook with no surprises, meaning: no rice flour, no potato starch, no gums, and with only small amounts of natural sugar. Paleo baking has never been easier. No more laundry list of hard-to-find ingredients; Barbone keeps her recipes easy, minimal, and most of all, delicious. With beautiful color photographs; well-explained ingredients, substitutions, and sources; and chock full of helpful notes and explanations, this essential collection allows you to give in to a craving, but in a better, healthier way. A life without baked goods, no more. Easy, accessible, and with Barbone’s signature perfected recipes that taste “just like the real thing,” this is your all-in-one guide full of go-to recipes for birthdays, holidays, and sweet indulgences that will please the whole family. No one will feel left out ever again with recipes such as: Gingerbread Pancakes, Lazy Morning Waffles, Vermont Maple Doughnuts, Bagels, Pizza, Baguettes, Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, The World’s Easiest Grain-Free and Egg-Free Cookies, Celebration Chocolate Cake, Maple Bacon Cupcakes, Easy Peasy Shortcakes, Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie, and more.

Essential Oils for Beginners

The Guide to Get Started With Essential Oils and Aromatherapy


Berkeley : Althea Press

Essential oils are a natural and safe way to improve your health, cure ailments, and soothe your body and mind. These versatile oils come from natural sources, and have been used for centuries for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. This is the comprehensive guide to harnessing the power of these ancient remedies. [It] will show you how to create your own recipes to cure all of your ailments and improve your overall well-being. This book will show you how to expertly blend essential oils to create your own aromatherapy mix

–Hopefully by this time next year my book

will be on the shelf–