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Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much, Just Right: The Swedish Guide to Creating Balance in Your Life

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  3,044 ratings  ·  385 reviews
Uncover the secrets of the Swedish philosophy of life called Lagom – meaning ‘just enough’. At its core is the idea that we can strike a healthy balance with the world around us without having to make extreme changes, and without denying ourselves anything.
This delightful book, written by Niki Brantmark, founder and curator of the award winning interior design blog, My Sca
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Harper Design (first published September 21st 2017)
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Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sweden, 2017
*** There are two recently published books on lagom with not only similar titles, but they are also similar in size and cover design. My review of Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living can be found here:

This is a nice book for what it is, but I don’t feel it is entirely accurate to say it is solely about lagom. I would say it is a book about living a slower, more mindful life; others have suggested it describes a minimalist lifestyle. A wide variety o
Dr. Appu Sasidharan
May 26, 2021 rated it liked it

(Throwback Review) After the success of the book, "The Little Book of Hygge," many books with similar layouts and printing were published by different authors. This book is one of them. Another book called Lagom: The Swedish art of balanced living also has a similar appearance. It is written by another author, and we should not confuse this book with the other one.

Niki Brantmark is trying to discuss the concept of Lagom, which Swedish people use for leading a balanced life. There are many e
Karina Webster
Unfortunately this one just wasn’t for me. It was more of a self help book on how to live a better life with light touches of what people do in Sweden, most of the tips weren’t even unusual/unique to Scandinavia. That’s not was i wanted and in parts i found it quite patronising. There are better books on life in Scandinavia out there
I don't know if I loved this book because I NEEDED in my life or because it has some amazing points. Either way, this book - part memoir, part research, part Swedish culture - was a great read for my over-stimulated, over-medicated, need a recharge - self. Brantmark does a great job at selling her new homeland to the weary British or US reader. She makes it personable by telling her story of moving to Sweden from London, marrying, having children, raising children and integrating into Swedish so ...more
Aug 17, 2018 added it
This book doesn’t practice what it preaches. Instead of being “just right” it contains too few statistics, too many pictures, and too many words in general. Reading this book is like reading the narrative of a Pinterest board.

There are different sections on how to create lagom in your life, from decorating your home, to celebrating different holidays. These sections are arranged with headers like “recycling” followed by “how to recycle”, or “keeping a small wardrobe” followed by “how to keep a s
Jill Crosby
Not as condescending as it could have been--I always crack up at these "I've learned to live a simpler lifestyle" books written by upper-middle class urbanites who find themselves suddenly immersed in a culture of slow speed and limited means. The author glibly praises dinners and gatherings that are more "stress free" and "inclusive," if everyone invited brings a food item to share; here in fly-over country USA, this is called "a potluck," and we've been utilizing them since the pilgrims sat do ...more
I recently have been reading my fair share of books on Scandinavian living but I have to say Lagom is my favorite. Simple yet thorough. This one I may have to purchase.
Ryan McCauley
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderful. Super quick read, but really sheds light on how differently (and better) people live. The whole theme was finding balance with everything in life - from eating, using electricity, even how we treat each other.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one! (I liked it so much that I’m going to make it a purchase!)
This was an interesting read because it covered so many topics – wardrobe, transportation, cooking, etc. – and how to help bring lagom into each area.

This book felt like a little like a love letter to Sweden, which makes sense, but it made it a little tricky for some of the suggestions because I think outside of Sweden some things wouldn’t be very realistic. That being said, most of the ideas and suggestions wo
Susan Coster
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was going to buy this book for my minimalist son and his wife but having read or skimmed through it in two nights, changed my mind. This is good for someone going to live in Sweden or someone visiting for a lengthy period. But, as much as I would try to emulate LAGOM, it would not work well here in the Midwest. I cannot see myself cycling in the snow nor eating outside or sending my children to a "forest" school where the kids nap outdoors. I enjoy LEARNING about Lagom and while it may work fo ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019
What I thought I was getting: a cultural and sociological book about Swedish philosophical concepts about the Good Life. What I got: some Martha Stewart, Real Simple bullshit about upcycling old lightbulbs.
Emily Duchon
i'm going to make the potato pancakes with lingonberries. because i'm enough, damnit. and i love jam. just bought some raspberry lemon champagne jam in prescott this weekend when i was vacationing like a swede and renting a cabin in the woods; hardcore hygge style right there.

this book is really about stuff i already know, in many ways. floral crowns make you happy at midsummer, cinnabuns are comforting, plants make you more productive, comfy clothes keep you...well, comfy. but it's good reminde
Christine Spoors
In the past I’ve read a few books about Hygge, focusing on Denmark, so it was interesting to learn more about Lagom and Sweden. I love reading books like this after I’ve had a hectic few months at work, they really help me rethink the way I’m looking at my life and let go of stress.

Lagom, the idea of finding balance and things being “just right” was well explained by the author, who lived in London before she moved to Sweden. I enjoyed her POV and definitely learned more about Sweden as I read t
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is a grab-bag of lifestyle tips from someone who has lived in Sweden for several years. It's a pretty little book, but it doesn't go too deep. It feels a bit like paging through a magazine. There are lots of boxes and lists about how to bring nature inside your home, how to manage your time, how to interact with your family, how to reduce your carbon footprint, etc. A lot of it is, honestly, common sense stuff about living with moderation and giving thought to your home and schedule in ...more
Rhonda Lomazow
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful look at the Swedish way of life called Lagom.a calm minimalist style of life where Fika coffee breaks is a lovely tradition.

A wonderful look at the Swedish lifestyle known as Lagom. A minimalist mindful way of living.Full of lovely traditions like coffee breaks known as fika.Family time is cherished & quality over quantity little waste when it comes to shopping,This was a lovely introduction to Lagom,
Colona Public Library
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, april
If you want to live like the Swedish, this is the book for you. The author is originally from London, but moved to Sweden when she married her Swedish husband. This book is crammed full of ideas and traditions that should transform your life to a more happier, simpler life. There are tons of examples in this book on how to reduce your carbon footprint, celebrate holidays, dress for the outdoors, raise children, entertaining your guests, the proper work/life balance, plus tons more. I really enjo ...more
A concise look into the Swedish concept of Lagom, enriched with personal anecdotes, recipes and the different ways of how Swedes incorporate this national philosophy into their daily lives.
Kathy Peterman
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A charming look at what the Swedes do to create balanced, happy life. Lagom translates to "everything in moderation" and the book is divided into three sections - personal life, family & relationships and the wider world. I believe we learn the most by going outside our own culture as it gives us a wider range for what's possible.

Swedish homes are simple, clutter-free yet have a personal touch via plants, lights, handmade or secondhand items. Shoes off in the house keeps things sanitary and coz
Angela Holland
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very good book. I got a copy from the library but I may have to purchase my own copy later. There were many good things I found I would like to incorporate in my life. I made notes while reading so I would not forget things. One thing I liked was work for 52 minutes rest for 17 or get away from your desk every hour. I may not be able to be away from my desk for 17 minutes at a time but I am going to try to make it a point to at least get up and take a two minute break. I do already ge ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was recommended by a friend and I'm very glad I read it. some of the suggestions are going to be harder to implement than others, but I would certainly like to try a few of them. I spent almost half my time reading this book making notes, and it contains recipes and ideas to try. The idea of "just enough" is going to be a good one, and I have already made a start on it! ...more
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read this year! If you have any interest in minimalism, connecting more with your family or just simply taking more time to enjoy the simple things in life, this book is for you. ...more
Katie Anna
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent for starting a new year, a new lifestyle, a new way of looking at the world. Very educational and a beautifully made book to boot. Highly recommend for those looking to learn how to have less.
Trista Reid
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really wish I could implement every single thing from this book. I guess I’ll just have to move to Sweden ❤️ The culture really resonates with me and I feel like I would thrive so much in that environment.
Definitely talking steps to live more Lagom.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I kind of lost it after the author gave advice such as "don't eat wild berries that you don't know" or "make a lot of noise when in forest as wolves and bears may attack when walked into unexpectedly".

Eli Claire
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I picked up this book after visiting Sweden and noticing just how different it is from America. I’ve always known that Scandinavian countries are among the happiest in the world, but was able to get first-hand experience when I visited (Lingonberry juice! Separate duvets! Minimalism! Super clean streets!) This book is a short introduction to the concept of ‘lagom’ - not too little, not too much - and was a quick, interesting read. Some of the parts weren’t relevant to me (raising children, drivi ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: in-english
Apparently a lot of authors jumped on the 'Hygge' bandwagon: it turns out there are three books published in 2017 called 'Lagom' and another one entitled 'Living Lagom'. So the recipe is pretty simple: take a word from a Scandinavian language that is 'hard to translate'or 'doesn't have an exact equivalent in English', list all of the positive aspects of the culture and lifestyle in the corresponding Scandinavian country and try to make them all seem part of the 'philosophy' associated with that ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I have read a lot of books on hygge and how to create a hygge lifestyle. I was intrigued by the concept of lagom which is very similar to hygge. I am not sure this book is truly about lagom, maybe more about living just a simpler more mindful life. The author is a British import to Sweden and as such can talk to us about the different type of lifestyle the Swedish have. However, I don't think it is quite as useful or as well written as many of the other books on this subject are. There is some g ...more
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews, 2018
I've seen so many books about lagom lately and ultimately chose this version as I've followed Niki Brantmark's beautiful blog for years. The book was quite fun to read because she is remarkably thorough in covering many charming Swedish habits (e.g. morgondopp! fika! lordagslopis! fredagsmys!) and their fuss-free, balanced way of life that I love so much. Unfortunately, the writing was cringeworthy -- trite and unoriginal. There is extraordinary social, political, and economic power wrapped up i ...more
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This is another book on lagom, the Swedish concept of balanced living. It touches on many of the same topics as other books on the topic (family, food, work, sustainability, traditions), with more detail on some things. The author is British but has been living in Sweden for 13 years after her marriage to a Swedish man. She writes a Scandinavian design blog. A good choice to learn more about this idea.
DNF at 50%

The format is similar to The Little Book of Hygge , so I was assuming it would be similar to that title - unfortunately, I found this book poorly written, lacking any focus and generally unremarkable. The topic is meant to be "lagom" as the title directs, but often the author went into tangents about living in Sweden without much bringing the text back to the main argument. This would have been better formatted as a magazine or blog entry with less structure.
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