Thursday, 29 June 2017

Reading My Books - The Little Book of Hygge

This is the second Hygge book that I have read this year and it really was a lovely read!  I am still no closer to being able to explain the concept to you, but I can tell you that I felt really Hygge reading this book.

I like to start out by telling you what a book has to say about itself.  This is what The Little Book of Hygge would like you to know:-

"Denmark is often said to be the happiest country in the world.  That's down to one thing:hygge.

'Hygge has been translated as everything from art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things.  My personal favourite is cocoa by candlelight...'

You know hygge when you feel it.  It is when you are cuddled up on the sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends.  It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right.

Who better than Meik Wiking to be your guide to all things hygge?  Meik is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the magic of Danish life.  From picking the right lighting and planning a dinner party through to creating a hygge emergency kit and even how to dress, Meik's beautiful, inspiring book will help you to be more hygge."

Well first of all I have to say that I love this book blurb.  As you know I am can be rather critical of some blurbs, but I loved this one.  The grammar - my greatest bugbear - is very good, but it tempts you in with just enough, but doesn't tell all straight away.  You want to find out more, and that is what a good blurb should be about.

Of course a book isn't just about the blurb.  The book itself was also a very good read.  Light, amusing, interesting and very hygge!  Just reading the book make me feel better, lighter, happier and cosier.  It was a good companion and I suppose that what I took away from the book is that hygge is about companionable moments.  With friends, with yourself, with a good book and a cup or glass of something beside you.  The candles seem to be obligatory, but not totally necessary.

There are some very Danish recipes in the book, ideas for how to hygge through each month of the year, through different seasons, Christmas and summer and how to hygge alone or with a group.

You could read this book and think that you do all of the things it suggests already.  Well that is great!  It just means that you have a great time with your friends and family and alone and are a happy person and how wonderful is that.  For the rest of us, some gentle reminders here and there of things we could do to slow down, take some time, be a little more relaxed about life and just enjoy ourselves cannot be a bad thing can it.

As I said, just reading this book was lovely, so even if you don't do any of the things it suggests, then read the book and that alone will make you feel better.  It is very Danish and very hygge and very good!

So, my summary and the marks.  A good read, for anyone, at any time of year.  I give it 9 out of 10 because it was very nearly perfect, but you have to be exceptional to get a 10 from me!  My copy is staying on the shelf because I plan on reading it - or at least dipping in and out of it - during cosy moments in the autumn and winter when I want to curl up with a mug of tea on a wet Saturday afternoon and read something lovely.  That is very Hygge!

What are your experiences of Hygge and this book.  Do share!


p.s. you can find my other book reviews here


  1. I've been meaning to try and get hold of this book.
    Seeing as you've given it such a good review I'll make more of an effort. X

  2. This is the book that started me off as a Hygge Ambassador! I think I've read nearly every hygge book out there (including some really dreadful ones) and written my own, but Meik Wiking's book is still one of the three I point to when somebody asks me for advice on a good hygge book. The others are Bronte Aurell's The Essence of Hygge and (blush) mine, because I know we in the UK and USA are good at hygge and I know it's more than candles and blankets, it's a feeling. I'm glad you liked this book as well. It's also good to see hygge being read about and thought about in the summer, because it is an all-year feeling.

  3. It sounds lovely Amy I'm going to get a copy. :) xx

  4. Ooh, same book as I have, but I've not read it all yet (amongst lots of other books & magazines), & the concept is definitely interesting. No wonder they are a happy & less stressed nation if that is how they live. I'm always trying not to be stressed, but find it very hard. Lovely to see a post pop up Amy. Take care.

  5. One of my favourite definitions of hygge was 'hug'... which pretty much sums it up for my. Just like the feeling of a big cosy hug!

  6. Definitely on my list to read, sadly reading is taking a back seat at the moment.

  7. I LOVE the entire concept of implementing Hygge!
    When Madison first went to Denmark, she tried to explain it to us...
    Nicolas is actually here for the summer, and we were just talking about it last night!
    It is indeed something I wish our entire country would establish...
    Just slow down I wan to say!!
    The hardest part of it for me?
    Pronouncing it!!!
    Have a cozy day, Amy!

  8. Having spent time in Denmark, I'd like to think I have a small handle on what makes a place hygge or not. Our culture isn't so much on hygge as it is on perceived safety rules. Finding a lit candle (never mind multiple) in a cafe here is largely unheard of. I blame our litigious society. -so un-hygge.

  9. I enjoyed the first half of the book, but felt it really started to drag at the end. The concept of Hygge is a good one, but very hard to implement in our go, go, go society.

  10. I think of Hygge as a winter thing, so time to re adjust those thinking patterns! Thanks

  11. Thank you for sharing this book, I'm always looking for new and great books to read. It's wonderful to learn about new things. I hope you are doing well! I've been trying to get caught up on writing my blog posts as well as visiting my dear blog friends! Have a wonderful day!!


  12. This is a book I am sure I would enjoy. I recently bought "50 Ways to Hygge the British Way" by Jo Kneale and have enjoyed what I have read of it thus far.

  13. Sounds like a great book! The concept sounds lovely too.

  14. I saw this book in a local bookshop and wondered if was any good. With your recommendation, I'll add it to my list of books to read this summer.

  15. Thanks for reminding me there's a copy of the book in one of the TBR piles here. Must go look for it.

  16. I finally got a copy of this book for myself recently. I've heard so many wonderful things about it and you just cinched the deal! I'll have to read this one next. ;) Hope you have a wonderful weekend dearest Amy! xoxo

  17. I've been tempted so many times to read this and your review only makes me more determined that I should.
    Lisa x


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