Get Hygge... It's Jólabókaflóð Time!*
You've probably heard by now of the Jólabókaflóð, or "Christmas Book Flood" – the Icelandic tradition of buying lots of books as gifts so that everyone can sit up on Christmas Eve drinking hot chocolate and reading them all. And whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you have to admit that this sounds like a pretty good way to spend an evening.
I asked several librarians what they plan to read with their cocoa this year, and discovered that cozy comes in many forms – but they all have available ebook copies at the moment, in case you're late to the Jólabókaflóð and need to download something right away:
The Stupidest Angel, by Christopher Moore
Maria: "This is a fun holiday read, and the audio version is top notch."
Super Sushi Ramen Express, by Michael Booth
Mike: "A culinary travelogue to Japan and a perfect comfort read for when you want to escape the typical tastes of the holidays."
The 13 Clocks, by James Thurber
Beth: "A delightfully comic dark fairy tale for all ages. One of my favourite literary bonbons."
The Galton Case, by Ross MacDonald
Susan: "A Lew Archer mystery with all the trimmings."
A Child's Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas
Margot: " A beautifully evocative and nostalgic look back to a simpler time when Christmas was all about family and traditions. The language is magical."
(Note: You can listen to Dylan Thomas reading this classic if you search for it by title on the Naxos Music Library site – log in with your library card.)
Independent People, by Halldór Laxness
Sarah: "A modern Icelandic epic! (I read it to better understand my in-laws, and got hooked!)"
Hogfather, by Terry Pratchett
Margaret: "Discworld's version of Santa goes missing and is replaced by Death, who has trouble with the jolly persona he's expected to play."
The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell
Jonathon: "Like a steam room for the brain: Makes you uncomfortable at first, but sweats out all the fug to leave you clear-headed. And clean."
Diary of a Provincial Lady, by E.M. Delafield
Kathryn: "Originally published in 1930, this was the "Bridget Jones’ Diary" of its day: funny and embarrassing things that happen to an aspiring writer while trying to run a household with just not quite enough money."
The Cardturner, by Louis Sachar
Alice: "Warm and fuzzy in the end, but a little suspenseful getting there... it has a slight paranormal, mysterious feel, while emphasizing family and the beauty of connections that may or may not transcend time and death."
On the Move: A Life, by Oliver Sacks
Wendy: "Humane, curious, insightful and a little odd: there's no other author I'd rather spend a cozy evening with."
*I know, I know: Hygge is Danish, and Jólabókaflóð is Icelandic. But seriously: can you think of anything more hygge than a Jólabókaflóð?
What are your favourite cozy books? Let us know in the comments.