Although the Sonoran Desert is over 4,000 miles distant from Iceland, book lovers here are starting to adopt a beloved Icelandic tradition.
If you’re having trouble pronouncing it, it is phonetically pronounced yo-la-bok-a-flot. It means “Yule Book Flood”.
In Iceland, the holiday season officially kicks off when citizens receive the Bokatidindi, a catalogue of every new book published in Iceland. And people can’t wait for this catalogue to arrive!
The tradition began during World War II when foreign imports were restricted, but paper was cheap and plentiful. The population wasn’t large enough to support a year-round publishing industry, so book publishers flooded the market with new books in the final weeks of the year.
Jolabokaflod is an exchange of books on Christmas Eve, followed by spending the evening reading.
It’s an easy tradition to adapt to Arizona. And there are two fantastic places under one roof in Fountain Hills to do your book shopping.
RIVER OF TIME MUSEUM
The Museum’s gift shop has a wide range of books for all ages. The topics range from local lore and history to native plants and animals to great children’s books. CLICK HERE to learn more.
FRIENDS OF THE FOUNTAIN HILLS LIBRARY
Find unique used books of all kinds in the little used books store located next to the library lobby. Be sure to browse the vintage and collector’s books for something special for the book collector on your list. CLICK HERE to learn more.