Can you believe there are so many useful books in the world? Well, yes, I can. I always find the help I need in a book. And although I’m a great Kindle Reader for fiction, for inspirational and affirmational books it has to be paper. There’s just something about the feel and smell of a good quality book… not to mention the fact that the highlighter is a bugger to get off the Kindle screen. And some of these books are well worth highlighting whole passages from.
The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell. The book that started it all for me as a hygge-hugger. I knew the word before hand, but it wasn’t until I bought the book in January 2015 that I knew hygge was something I really wanted to do with my life. The details on how Denmark reacts to childcare, weather and more besides have convinced me that, in a past reincarnation, I may have been a Dane. Helen is on Twitter and Instagram as well.
The Book of Hygge; The Danish Art of Living Well by Louisa Thomsen Brits: This is a lovely volume, beautifully produced with photographs of candles, wraps, throws, wood, and other symbols that sum up hygge. Louisa is a writer who lives in East Sussex and is of Danish heritage. She includes a lot of the philosophy behind Hygge, the reasons why to rather than the simple how. I love the liberal use of quotes throughout, and there are many lines from the book that just shout out to be made into Facebook inspirational quotes and shared. Louisa is on both Instagram and Twitter, so go find and follow if you like her work.
The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking; Published in September 2016, this is one of the best books looking beyond the simple “candles and cosy toes” approach to Hygge. Meik is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark. His book has facts and figures presented prettily in blue and orange tables, along with a lot of personal stories and thoughts. he’s a great believer in the outdoors and how the weather can heighten hygge. If you get a chance, listen to the book on Audible as well. He has a cute Danish accent. I regularly fall asleep to Meik. You can read my review of the book at Hygge Book: The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking.
The Art of Hygge; How to Bring Danish Cosiness into your Life by Jonny Jackson and Elias Larsen: OK, truthfully this is a picture book for adults. It’s a collection of pictures from all around the world that catch a little hint of hygge in different ways. There isn’t a big philosophical element to it, and the ideas are all ones you would get yourself just sitting and thinking about what you’d like to do. There are chapters on crafts for instant hygge, decorating the home, recipes for cosy nights in that could have been taken from a good Scandinavian Christmas recipe book and a chapter on outdoor activities. But the look of the book is beautiful. The pages of photos are arranged well and I have to recommend it just on that point alone. It won’t get you soul searching the why but it will make your soul happy if you are a visual learner. It’s like Hygge Lite.
Scandinavian Comfort Food by Trine Hahnemann. Trine has been called the Danish Delia for her common sense approach to cooking and living. Her cookbook has over 130 very comfortable and not complicated recipes. I’m working my way through it as bedtime reading, and planning my February meals on the strength of it. There’s a good mix of savoury and sweet as well, with seasonal cookery for Easter and Christmas. You can read my blog review of it at Hygge Books: Scandinavian Comfort Food by Trine Hahnemann
The Cozy Life by Pia Edberg. This book regularly gets mentioned as one that fellow Nookworms at the Hygge Nook either read themselves or gave to another as a first introduction to getting more hyggely. It’s not massive, it’s not a great philosophical novel that stretches your brain, but it is a beautiful, simple and cosy tale of a young woman’s life, and how she uses hygge to keep her life beautiful. Hygge is an act of self care, and Pia shows how we can incorporate it into all aspects of our life to keep it balanced and to live well. You can read my review of the book at Hygge Books: The Cozy Life by Pia Edberg.
Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Søderberg. Marie is a beautiful Danish actress based in Copenhagen to whom hygge comes as naturally as breathing. Her book is beautiful as well, with classy photographs and a gold-spangled cover that make it a pleasure to handle. It’s very personal, with photos that look like they come straight off her Instagram feed. There are quotes and interviews with her friends and colleagues, so the whole book gives you a small insight into the Danish view of hygge. You can read my review of it at Hygge Books: Hygge by Marie Tourell Søderberg.
***Please note that I am a member of the Amazon Associates Programme, so if you use the Header tile and author link on each review, it will take you through to the Amazon page for each book and then, if you buy the book, I get something like a penny a time. It won’t keep me rich, but I might get a book out of it before I’m ancient.***