The Christmas Book Flood by Laurie Tomlinson

Does anyone else find it super appealing to skip the hubbub and celebrate with a pile of good books this year? Are you already envisioning which books will change the lives of the good boys and girls on your list? The people of Iceland are really on to something here!

Since most are running low on frequent flyer miles, we can recreate our own Christmas Book Flood at home. But we're going to need some essentials. 

1. A cozy book nook. A squashy chair, soft bedsheets and blankets, and an ottoman or pillows to ensure optimum comfort in the same position for an extended period of time. 

2. Comfy clothing. You'd better believe these babies will keep my tootsies toasty, and my body will be laden in lots of fleece. 


3. Chocolate. Lots of it. Try these cupcakes, keep a steady stream of this hot cocoa going, and fill your home with the aroma of these Texas sheet cake cookies

4. Books. You need a variety to sustain you through the night -- one or two for each mood you could possibly be in. If you need a recommendation, you've come to the right place :)

Can you think of any other Christmas Book Flood necessities? What would you have in your dream book nook? Mine would include this blanket wrapped around my shoulders!

About the author: Laurie Tomlinson is an award-winning contemporary romance author and cheerleader for creatives. She believes that God’s love is unfailing, anything can be accomplished with a good to-do list, and that life should be celebrated with cupcakes and extra sprinkles. Her debut novel, With No Reservations, is now available from Harlequin Heartwarming. You can connect with Laurie on her websiteFacebook page, and Instagram.


  1. I LOVE that Icelandic tradition! And I think you have the list covered, Laurie :). Chocolate or coffee, warmth, a comfortable spot and a good book and I'm all set!

  2. Books for everybody are under our Christmas tree. I can't imagine Christmas without new books. Happy reading, Laurie!

  3. My family always find books from Santa under the tree. Iceland has a great tradition.

    1. Roz, Books are top priority here, too. I just want the excuse to read all night in my jammies instead of whisking here and there :)

  4. You, too! Hope Santa brings you some really good ones.

  5. What a great tradition! And your examples are right up my alley. Merry Christmas, Laurie!

  6. Love Iceland's tradition! And can't think of a thing to add!

  7. Well, that tradition explains why Iceland has so many bookstores--and award winning authors. Like so many other countries with really low murder rates, hovering close to zero, they're really big on grisly crime novels and chilling serial killers...go figure. My older sister has even gone to an international conference to hear authors of European "noir." (It was in Iceland last fall.) But, as for me, I like curling up with our Heartwarming books better! Thanks for the post--such an appealing tradition, huh?

  8. AHHHH!!!!! New tradition!!!!! Love it!!!I have my comfy pj's, my slippers and a nice fleece blanket all ready for my book nook!

  9. Books, chocolate, and a guilt-free day to enjoy. Heaven! I'll have to investigate that cookie recipe. Thanks, Laurie.

  10. All right, that's it. A reason to spend the night reading (instead of giving attention to other chores). Count me in. I'll have some of those chocolate coffee drinks, but in all likelihood they will get cold on the table. When I get lost in the story, I think of nothing else except getting to the next page.

  11. Now that's my kind of tradition! Perhaps I'll retire in Iceland. :) A cozy book nook is a must for me.


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