December Literary Holidays

December may have many holidays for you to celebrate but let me give you a few extra, book-themed holidays to add to your plate.

Jólabókaflóð – which translated means “The Book Flood of Christmas” – has been getting a lot of hype recently. In Iceland, the winter months see a large influx of new books from publishers (hence the flood). Why is this? Because it is one of the most popular gifts to give. Presents are swapped on December 24th and reading ensues! Sounds like a great tradition to get on board with. For ideas on new books check our list of new December fiction and nonfiction, or explore our librarians’ favorite novels and nonfiction of 2017.

Keeping with the theme of Jólabókaflóð, did you know that December is National Read a New Book Month? You can certainly use the links above to fulfill this, or allow me make a few suggestions. Try Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi if you’re a fantasy lover. It is a middlegrade book, but the main character has the special power to ease the dead into the afterlife giving this book a darker edge to it that anyone may love. The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish is biographical as Haddish, a comedian, gives a hilarious and personal look at her life. Finally, why not contemplate The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle which follows the romance of two teens, one with Asperger’s and the other with ADHD. It’s heartbreaking and authentically portrayed.

Maybe you’d like to celebrate something a little more specific when it comes to a holiday. Well, let’s celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday, which was on December 16th. She’d be 242 today if she was still alive. A Very Happy Birthday! In honor of her birthday, maybe have a cup of tea, pen a letter to a friend, or read one of her books. During her life, Jane Austen wrote six full novels that were published and a collection of other stories that have been posthumously published. Try one of those; or if you are looking for something a bit more modern why not one of the following books that were inspired by Jane Austen? Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. It was very fun to see how the Bennet sisters fare in a modern setting. Austenland by Shannon Hale is also a lot of fun whether you read the book or watch the movie and explore what it might be like to pay to live in a Jane Austen novel. A few other books for you are Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay, The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen Flynn, and First & Then by Emma Mills.

One more day that could be easy to celebrate is National Short Story Day on December 21st. This should be a relatively easy day to celebrate. Here’s a list of 50 short story books, and here’s a blog post from this past summer with some more ideas. Read just one story, or the whole book!

Four literary holidays for you to celebrate in December. I hope one strikes your fancy!

~ posted by Meranda T.

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