a “book flood”? yes, please!


How have your days been recently, leading up to the holiday? Have you found any reading time? Or have your hours been filled with chores, errands, and general pre-holiday madness?


We were actually able to enjoy a few days of vacation, and I spent most of a recent day on the couch, tucked under a quilt with a brand-new book. I mean, really, is there anything better than the delightful anticipation of settling in for a large chunk of reading time *and* diving into a new book … at the same time?


(This is what I’m currently reading. If you’re a fellow fan of The Night Circus, have you been looking forward to this one? I’m absolutely loving it so far.)



That sort of luxury may seem nearly impossible during the bustling holiday season, when we all feel like we’re being pulled in a million directions. But during busy seasons, it’s especially important to carve out as much quiet time as you can. And, of course, one good way to make that quiet time even more relaxing and rejuvenating is to read a book.


Have you heard of Jólabókaflóð? It’s an Icelandic Christmas-Eve tradition of giving books as gifts — and then spending the evening reading them. Sounds pretty idyllic, doesn’t it?


It may be a tradition worth adopting.


Happy Holidays from all of us at The Novel Cat, and happy reading!

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“The only important thing in a book is the meaning it has for you.”

W. Somerset Maugham

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”


“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.”

Marcel Proust

“Standing there, staring at the long shelves crammed with books, I felt myself relax and was suddenly at peace.”

Helene Hanff

“What a happy woman I am, living in a garden, with books … birds, and flowers, and plenty of leisure to enjoy them!”

Elizabeth von Arnim

“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.”

Neil Gaiman

“The art of reading is … an intimate ritual, that a book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us; when we read, we do it with all our heart and mind.”

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

“When I … looked round at the familiar bookshelves, and could hear no sounds but sounds of peace, and knew that here I might read or dream or idle exactly as I chose with never a creature to disturb me, how grateful I felt to the kindly Fate that has brought me here and given me a heart to understand my own blessedness.”

Elizabeth von Arnim