Iceland has a wonderful tradition called Jolabokaflod (Christmas Book Flood), the giving and receiving of books on Christmas Eve.
In late September a free catalogue of Iceland’s latest books hits every mailbox in the country, and all the lovely new books help get people through the long, dark winter. This tradition has many benefits – on average people in Iceland read 2.3 books- a month (most Americans read 4 books per year), one in ten Icelanders will go on to publish their own book one day, there is a strong tradition of story-telling, and the national literacy rate is excellent. I think it’s a fabulous idea and one to be emulated.
Next year this newsletter will reach its 100th issue – quite a milestone. I’d never have imagined, when I first sent it out, that it would reach so many people (over 7000 of you), and that I would still be coming up with new ideas for its pages. A big thanks to my assistant Cheryl who gives me technical support and so much more.
I hope you have enjoyed my ‘Book Addict Visits a Library‘ segment throughout the year (watch this space to see what new ‘theme’ I will choose for 2023), I hope you have been able to follow up on some of my reading recommendations, and I’ve loved hearing how many of you have enjoyed my choice of poems. In the next issue you will be able to read my list of Top Ten Books of 2022.
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