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December 24 is most commonly known as Christmas Eve, and will be the seventh night of Hanukkah in 2022. In Iceland, one of the most popular ways to celebrate on this day is with Jólabókaflóðið, which roughly translates to "Christmas book flood" and nods to a ritual of families giving each other books as presents on Christmas Eve and then immediately snuggling up to read the new books, usually in front of a fire or with a hot beverage.

The tradition dates back to World War II, when foreign merchandise was at a premium and paper was one of the few items not rationed in Iceland, thus making books an extremely popular gift. Since then, social media has brought Jólabókaflóðið to the attention of book lovers all over the world.

While built-in bookshelves are most likely to be found in prewar apartments, book lovers have not been forgotten by the developers of sleek new condos. Instead of putting built-ins in the new apartments, they make the most of the common libraries with comfortable seating and a thoughtful selection of books. Below, see a selection of New York City homes that would appear to be custom made for book lovers.

Claremont Hall is up the street from Columbia University in Morningside Heights' "academic acropolis," a mindset that extended to the building's amenities. Directly adjacent to the Study lounge with a fireplace and comfortable chairs is a library offering leatherbound editions of the classics that make up Columbia University's Core Curriculum.

Many of the amenities at Rose Hill, the first residential building from Rockefeller Group, were developed in partnership with local businesses. Among them was the building's library, which was curated by Strand Books. There is no shortage of places to enjoy the books, including a club lounge with a fireplace and access to a terrace.

Maverick Chelsea is located in a busy section of New York where Chelsea meets Midtown and Penn Station is up the street. But between the fireplace, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, and custom artwork, the library offers a refuge from the bustle of the city.

Whether it's being used as a work-from-home space or a reading refuge, the library at 40 East End Avenue offers abundant natural light and multiple seating options. Moreover, architect Deborah Berke teamed up with East Hampton bookstore BookHampton to curate the library's collection of art, design, garden, entertaining, and children's books.

New Yorkville condo 200 East 83rd Street is almost completely sold out, with buyers being drawn to its classic design by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, impressive apartment proportions, luxurious interiors, and well-thought amenities. Among them is a library with arched windows, custom millwork, custom white oak shelving, and access to the building's landscaped courtyard.

30 Beekman Place, #6C (Keller Williams NYC)

Park Ten, #21A (Compass)

1 Fifth Avenue, #13E (Ann Weintraub Ltd)

120 East 75th Street, #4A (Sothebys International Realty)

The Netherlands, #4B (Compass)

480 Park Avenue, #5G (Corcoran Group)

25 West 15th Street, #DUPLEX (Corcoran Group)

30 Sutton Place, #2A (Sothebys International Realty)

1035 Fifth Avenue, #10A (Compass)

The Beresford, #5F (Sothebys International Realty)
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