A friend of mine sent me a link last week to an awesome Icelandic Christmas Eve tradition called Jolabokaflod, or the “Christmas Book Flood.”
It seems the best Christmas gift you can give in Iceland is a book. Gifts are exchanged on Christmas Eve and Icelanders spend the rest of the evening reading.
Iceland, as it happens, also publishes the most books per capita. And the majority of the book sales fall between September and November.
Hence, the Christmas Book Flood.
Now, maybe I’m biased, but this sounds like the best Christmas tradition I’ve ever heard of and one we should adopt here immediately. (You can read more about it here.)
So, in the spirit of Jolabokaflod, have I got the bundle for you.
The Christmas Cheer Bundle on Storybundle has ten books for one low price. But it’s even better than that, really, because one of those books is an anthology, one a three-story collection, and one is a 20-story bundle all its own.
Included in the bundle are five WMG products: Melody Ridge by Dean Wesley Smith, Dressed in Holiday Style by Kristine Grayson, Fiction River: Christmas Ghosts, and two holiday short stories in the Very Merry Christmas bundle: “Jukebox Gifts” by Dean Wesley Smith and “Nutball Season” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
Here’s a bit about the Christmas Cheer Bundle, curated by Dean Wesley Smith:
For me, great stories and Christmas Holidays go hand-in-hand. I used to buy myself books for Christmas, and Christmas vacation was always a time I got to do the most reading when I was growing up. Then when I started writing, a friend and I challenged each other to write six Christmas short stories in seven days and put them in a little chapbook for our friends as gifts. We did that every year for years, cementing in my mind that Christmas meant stories.
So when I got a chance to put a bundle of Christmas stories together, I jumped at the chance. I wanted to bring stories back to Christmas for me. And bring in the fantasy of the season.
To read more about the bundle or for purchasing options, click here. Buy it for yourself or give it to a friend (or both).
Who knows, maybe you’ll start your own book flood.
Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.