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The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  2,613 ratings  ·  358 reviews
The most beautiful guide to the Danish custom of hygge, the everyday life philosophy for better living.

Hygge is a feeling of belonging and warmth, a moment of comfort and contentment. This beautiful little book will help you to find hygge and embrace it every day. Make a pot of coffee, relax in your favourite chair and discover for yourself how life is better with hygge.

Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 18th 2016 by Ebury Press
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Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is a beautifully produced book, lovely to hold in the hand, with an attractive cover, lovely illustrations, and printed on high quality cream paper. It clearly explains the concept of 'hygge' and all it encompasses; a blend of mindfulness, cosiness and sincerity; a focus on people and relationships rather than things and business. It also makes Denmark sound like a wonderful place to live, a sort of egalitarian utopia, and it is true that it regularly appears towards the top of any quality ...more
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-my-house, cooking, home
This is a beautiful little book, with some gorgeous images and some lovely sentiments. Hygge is something that seems both delightful and yet also deeply claustraphobic. Part of me gets the feeling that the emphasis on Hygge is a reaction to a Danish past where showy, violent one upmanship was the norm. Having read a few books about life in Denmark I am not sure that I could survive in a society that seems to value group cohesion and conformity above all things. In some ways I get the feeling tha ...more
Jun 06, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
What white nonsense is this?

I’m familiar with the Norwegian koselig, and since even this book references it when explaining hygge I assumed it would be similar. In reality I think it is, but this book only spends a bit of time on the etymology and history of the word/concept.

The rest of the book reads like a new agey idealized and myopic view of Danish culture. It presents families as a safe place, all problems can be solved if we just sit down and have a cup of tea. The books seems to try to
Aspen Mitchell Mead
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lifestyle
This book was quite boring. The most interesting parts were the quotes from other writers! If anything, it made me want to read their works, so I shall list them here in case anyone wants to skip a step and just go straight to the sources. The writers she quoted are: William Morris, Sensual Home by Ilse Crawford, Annie Dillard, Gaston Bachelard, Erich Fromm, Tove Jansson, Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life by Thomas Moore, and Ordinarily Sacred by Lyn ...more
Angela Groves
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
The main thing I took away from this beautiful little book, was to appreciate the small things in life. This may seem really obvious, but in reality it is something that can be quite difficult to remember to do with a busy lifestyle. It is certainly something at this moment in time I need reminding of. The book encourages you to really examine the relationships you have with the people and surroundings in your life, to appreciate and cultivate them into something that makes you happy. To create ...more
Temi Panayotova
A nice calm read, rwally pleasant. But nothing new.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
It's beautiful, no doubt. It's vaguely inspiring. It also meanders around the topic with no clear direction and a host of ephemeral pleasantries.

However, points for including excellent quotations from other writers.
Annie ⚜️
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A deeper, more spiritual delve into the hygge theory than I've read elsewhere. Enjoyable. Thoroughly. And good for the soul. Beautiful pics as well. ...more
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With Spring just around the corner, I'm kind of over the whole "let's get cozy in front of the fire with hot cocoa and fuzzy slipper-socks" thing. Cabin fever has set in with a vengence. Probably not the most optimal time to read a book about Hygge.

Still, it was all right. Much more accessible than other Hygge books I've read. For example, this Hygge book didn't try to sell me candles...or encourage unhealthy eating habits, like binge-eating cakes and pies and such. This book also didn't suggest
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: december-2016
I won Louisa Thomsen Brits' The Book of Hygge from a Books Are My Bag competition on Twitter, and couldn't have been happier with my prize. As an object, the book is beautiful; it is a sturdy yet compact hardback, which has been filled with the most lovely and calming photographic accompaniments, some of them double paged spreads.

Thomsen Brits' book is essentially a manual on hygge, and she demonstrates how to notice the little moments and take pleasure in everything. Hygge is a big thing in my
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
While the book is not hard to read in just one afternoon, I think the author is repeating herself a lot in this little book. That made me often think, that I was reading the same page or chapter.

What I liked in this book were the beautiful pictures.
Sarah Marsden
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
A bit on the heavy side - more of a philosophical/historical guide to hygge.

It's worth noting that the author is making a donation to a homeless charity for a every copy that is bought.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Yes. A beautiful little book that says the same thing over and over and over again. 2 stars instead of one because it has good photos and design.
Heather Culley
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
these hygge books seem privileged and surprisingly bitchy.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: meh, eye-roll
Repeat after me for the 100th time: Danish are some of the happiest people on Earth.

The book just repeats itself in various categories, but they all say the same thing. Get cozy, be present, be intimate, be warm, eat well, etc. I lost my page once and it took about 15 minutes to find it again because every page sounded like where I had left off. The pictures are nice but nobody's house looks like that, or is having a bathtub out in the forest practical. I understand it's the concept, but it get
I like the idea of this book, it's more of a slow down and smell the roses theory. Live in the moment, take joy in the small things and use your "special" dishes every day.
Jessie Drew
This was a warm little book, interspersed with relevant quotes in large type (I like that!).
The entire book is about the essence of hygge; I was hoping for a little more instruction but what the author did was kindly impart, in friendly details, all you'd ever want to know about hygge. She's Danish so I trust her POV. While the book isn't quite what I expected, she does a nice job. For me, the photos inside and the quotes are the best parts. Truly beautiful.
Mel MacLean
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very clear descriptions of hygge and all that it entails.
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the way that I live my life since I was 16 or so it was coming Neutral from inside myself. I love the way to live hygge. And find a book that describe my life was so glad and satisfied thank you. So I would recommend this really.
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Rating: 3.5

This book mostly focuses the philosophy behind this lifestyle. This book has a 'rich people' vibe tbh.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm partway through, and I'm glad I stuck with it! It's very repetitive, but there are gems hidden inside.

I'll finish it, but honestly, a shorter book with more pictures like it has would have been better.
Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This book felt warm and cozy as I read it. This book could have been half as long and been sufficient.
I feel like Hygge in Denmark is either exaggerated or their unions and safety net and 33 hour work week and general cultural homogeneity is what makes this possible. This book is full of lush descriptions of how the Danes decompress and go about a seemingly relaxed way of life as if looking relaxed and being relaxed at all times is life itself. There are many minimalist pictures of hipster things appearing in a middle of nowhere that I'm not sure Denmark actually has.

I do hygge on a regular bas
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A beautifully produced lovely little book which in itself is a little bit of Hygge. With a focus on finding the special in the everyday rituals of life, and on the importance of pausing and making the time to appreciate what we have this is a book which makes you realise that Hygge is more than a Scandinavian way of living but is something that we should all welcome into our lives. Peppered throughout with beautiful photography and thoughtful quotes this is a joy to read and a book that I will r ...more
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully laid out and written. It is poetic and mindful -- full of quotes and encouragements to recognize beauty in the simple, mundane aspects of everyday life.
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. Reading it was a pleasant experience and learning about Danish culture was interesting. However this book became extremely repetitive and long winded.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, july
A beautifully designed book that helps one feel hygge whilst reading it. A much more philosophical look at this concept than many of the other books currently available.
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, library
Unintentionally, “The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection,” is the third in a series of books I’ve read over the past month (“The Art of Peace” and “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck” being the other two) loosely connected around the idea of “getting more from less.” If our modern age is defined by anything, it’s surely immediate access to an overabundance of everything — from cheap wear-for-the-season-and-toss fashions and inexpensive home goods to nearly ine ...more
Hygge, pronounced Hoo-ga, is a Danish word which means roughly cozy and it became like everywhere in like 2016ish. So, unlike Kondo’s belief system about things that spark joy, hygge is still about less, but is celebrating the things that provide comfort. For instance, the small things, like your cup of coffee, the sound of rain in the streets, the breeze coming from an open window. Thomsen-Brits lays out the basic beliefs that Danish and Scandinavian people have, why it’s a good thing and how i ...more
Taylor Martin
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is exactly what I needed to start my year. I know that I will have to read it one or two more times this year to fully allow the ideology to be absorbed, not only into my mind, but into my life. I adore and believe in the basic premise of hygge, but my life does not reflect that. I would venture most American lives are not hyggily. We become so immersed in our mundane tasks, our achievements, our future, or our basic struggle at survival that making space for mindfulness and simplistic ...more
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