In Iceland, there is a holiday tradition called Jolabokaflod (Christmas Book Flood) in which books are given as gifts on Christmas Eve and the family spends the evening reading and drinking hot chocolate or a non-alcoholic Christmas ale.
I love this idea!
Not only does it expand the reader’s horizons and support authors, but it also gives everyone a moment to just relax. The holiday season is so fast and wild, filled with shopping and parties and traveling that you need to allow your family – and yourself – time to just slow down and enjoy the moment.
In encouraging all of you to try this tradition on for size, I’d also like to make a few suggestions on books to gift. Through the local and online writing community, I have met some talented authors from all over the world: Australia, Central Iowa, Chicago, England, California, Florida, Pennsylvania. Their genres span everything from saucy romance to horror to dystopian sci-fi to women’s fiction to inspiration and more. And I’d love to share them with you.
Here is a list of some of my favorite indie authors:
Taylor Hohulin: “Your Best Apocalypse Now”
Sarah Latchaw: “Hydraulic Level 5”
Laura A. Barnes: “Rescued By The Captain”
Michael Stoneburner: “He Was A Boy Who Smiled, Book One: Phoenix Rising”
Jeanine Lunsford: “Remembering First Love”
Kelly Fumiko Weiss: “The Cube”
Rev. Rebecca Holland: “Through My Good Eye”
Jethro Weyman: “Two Halves of the Candle: Volume One”
Ben Monroe: “Dying of the Light: A Short Story of Survival Horror”
Some of these authors have series, some write poetry and novels, some write more than one genre, so be sure to check out each author to see their other work. Keep in mind that by purchasing one or more of these books, you’re giving two gifts: one to the recipient and one to the independent author through supporting their dream.