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Live Lagom: Balanced Living, the Swedish Way

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  525 ratings  ·  79 reviews
An inviting exploration of "the new hygge": the Swedish concept of lagom--finding balance in moderation--featuring inspiration and practical advice on how to find a happy medium in life, home, work, and health.

Following the cultural phenomena of fika and hygge, the allure of Scandinavian culture and tradition continues in the Swedish concept of lagom. From home design and
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 26th 2017 by Ten Speed Press (first published 2017)
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Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok

Wanted to get on the Hygge hype train, and this book looked in the same vein. However the contents of this Swedish lifestyle book could easily be condensed into a pamphlet. There was nothing life changing in these pages, and honestly there was a large amount of repetition, like the author was trying to fill a word count. I mean there's only so many ways to say “all things in moderation”. There I just saved you $10.

Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Bin

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Ellie M
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
2016 was all about cosiness and the Danish concept of hygge. 2017 and we are introduced to the Swedish concept of Lagom which translates as "in moderation" or "not too much, not too little".

This is a lifestyle book; an introduction to a way of living that is sustainable for us in the home, work, environmentally and health. Descriptions of the concept were interspersed with practical application such as recipes or ideas to try at home.

I love the Swedish fika (coffee break with pastry) and the see
Jenny (knasentjej)
An interesting read or rather listening. I actually learnt a thing or two about our 'lagom'.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Please note that my critique of this book is not intended to bash the author.

Live Lagom by Anna Brones is a work of nonfiction focused on teaching the reader about the Swedish concept of lagom, which essentially translates to everything in moderation. While this book did teach me a bit about Swedish history and culture, it unfortunately reads like a student's term paper, and is not something I can recommend.

I first want to
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: happiness
Everybody is looking at the Scandinavian people for guidance as to how to live our lives. After all, they are the happiest people in the world.

So what have you got, Sweden?

Lagom is Sweden’s answer. Lagom is about living a life in moderation, where the “me” is shifted to the far right of center and replaced with “us”.

This book explores lagom in words and pictures, through the workplace, the home, one’s surroundings, food. The pictures are especially meditative; you just want to cut them all ou
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Sweet, pretty little book to look through and maybe find a tip or two. Recipes included for some favorites. Swedish pancakes...mmmm!
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je suis tout sauf une personne Lagom car je ne suis qu’excès. Disons que j’en fait toujours plutôt trop que pas assez et ce n’est pas Lagom non plus. Pour apprendre à être plus modérée, cette lecture était la bienvenue.
Et oui, après le Hygge danois, on découvre le Lagom (ni trop, ni trop peu) suédois.
Plus que des effets de modes, voyons cela comme des sources d’inspiration pour une existence plus douce au quotidien. Avouons que ce ne serait pas toujours un grand luxe !

L’ouvrage est agréable avec
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. I was drawn to this book because of the beautiful cover and lush photography. This is a beautifully styled book with an interesting message. I learned something new from this book even if I didn't find the contents revolutionary or life-changing. Worth checking out if you are interested in the Swedish lifestyle. I found the section on lagom and the workplace to be the most interesting to me, personally. The following passage is my favorite in this book:

"In modern Western culture, bei
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I loved this little book, which I easily read in a day, and I love the concept of lagom, which I think of as "just enough." Having just returned from a trip to Scandinavia, I'm kind of obsessed with all things Scandinavian, and lagom is a natural fit for me. I know as Americans we're supposed to be obsessed with consumption, and "the bigger, the better," but that just doesn't feel right to me. I hate big cars, big houses, how we're encouraged by commercials and the media to have too much of ever ...more
Easy read, on Swedish ideas about moderate living (including design, sustainability, work-life balance, and all-round niceness). Lovely pictures, although they don't say where they are; perhaps some of the sense of well-being in this book simply comes from the attractive way it is produced. Not exactly life-changing though (but I'm going to try a couple of the recipes, so I might be wrong there).
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
skimmed a lot of this. i liked it for the most part.

i liked the small section on mental decluttering, assessing what you need and don't need, what relationships are draining, what is holding you back emotionally, what negative feelings you're holding on to and asking where do they come from.
Libka Safr
Jun 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Četla jsem českou verzi. Bohužel mne nijak nezatáhla do nadšení pro tento životní styl, i přesto že už o novém trendu "být šťastný po skandinávsku" slyšela i četla. Autorka mne prostě na tuto vlnu nechytla a tato kniha pro mne zapadá do ostatních na dané téma.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So much good advice for living packed into this quick read. If everyone lived lagom, many of our world's problems would be solved.
Sara Carvalho
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun and simple read. Great advice without being overly preachy 👌🏻
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this lagom book! I have read one other book on lagom, and while much of the information presented was the same, I loved the way that this book practically made use of the space on the page and delivered information efficiently and in a lovely, simple manner. I also loved the pages weren't muddled with "fun facts!" and endless doodles or photos. Instead, the author chose to use beautiful pictures instead, which added to the ambiance of the book. I also love the realistic tips at ...more
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Although it's only the third day of the year, I can easily say this book is one of my favorites of 2018. The book is beautiful in every way, cover-wise, introduction, font-wise, size of the book, number of pages, full page photographs, and the information itself. It has certainly inspired me to reevaluate my habits of living and inspired me to consume less and try to rely less on technology. It has made me want to live more in the present, appreciate who I am right this moment, rather than who I ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a lifestyle book explaining the idea of lagom - the "not too much, not too little" Swedish approach to life. Though the language was a bit redundant across the chapters and the book could have been condensed drastically, I found it to be an interesting and inspiring read with beautiful ideas and photos.

I am (almost) completely on board with the idea of lagom and already apply it to many areas of my life, but this book was a friendly reminder to SLOW DOWN. I particularly enjoyed the sect
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
The Danish have a word Hygge that is used to acknowledge a feeling that is cozy and content, whether one is alone or with friends. It is a word of well-being and reflects an enjoyment of the simple things. Lagom is a Swedish word that means “just the right amount, in moderation, in balance.” Both words show cultures that cherish simplicity and appreciation. Moderation and contentment, simplicity and enjoyment should be more than mere cultural appropriation as we grasp at the latest trend. For ye ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
The last lagom book I read was pretty lacking, but this one is much better! Anna Brones gives a great introduction to the Swedish concept of lagom, "In a chaotic, modern world, this all feels like a breath of fresh air. We're craving more balance, more equality, more simplicity. We're looking for something that's often hard to put an exact name to, but it's a feeling of contentedness, of having just the right amount of things, the right amount of time." (p. 12) She also explains how lagom can so ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I don't think it would surprise anyone for me to say that life is hard. Figuring out how to make it easier, less stressful, more fulfilling takes work and intention. But it seems like maybe the Swedish have a leg up, since they have lagom. 

Lagom is the idea of "just right," the thought that a life well lived is based in balance. Not too little, not too much. It's a focus on what is essential, on finding joy in the moment, and the idea that just the right amount of a thing is, well, just right. 

Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got this book because it revolves around simplicity. And adding a little non fiction to my book reading habits is really good for me. So I started off reading and I had to put tabs in the book before I even got out of the introduction! I so enjoyed reading this book and I think it is a great reminder on how we need to slow down, unplug from technology, and de-stress. The author talks about how we are always in a rush and looking for the next thing or promotion etc. "We can work to find happine ...more
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
The concept of hygge is huge right now; it's pronounced hoo-gah, and it's Danish. Why am I talking about hygge if this book is about lagom? Wtf is the difference? Why are so many fika, hygge and lagom books scattered throughout bookshelves of bookstores? And don't get me started on Pinterest. It's essentially (and this is boiling it down super simple) Nordic zen. It's finding joy in the simple things; a cup of coffee while wrapped in a blanket, a simple cake, minimal decorations, connecting with ...more
Feb 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Szeretem ezeket a skandináv életmód könyveket amúgy, még akkor is, ha a bennük lévő életvezetési tanács igazából két oldalban összefoglalható, mert annyira egyszerű és egy kis józan ésszel tényleg lehet alkalmazni még itt Közép Európában is a nagy részét. Viszont a könyvek pont annyira kellemesek és kedvesek és tele vannak jó ötletekkel meg receptekkel, mint egy IKEA katalógus, amit szintén minden évben újra és újra izgatottan vár az ember és végiglapoz, pedig mondjuk az elmúlt 5 évben nem volt ...more
Anyone trying to find a way to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life could use this book as a starting point. The author draws upon her own experiences growing up with a Swedish mother and explains how the concept of lagom pertains to each aspect of life. She says that the word can be roughly translated as "just enough," a bit like what Goldilocks was looking for - not too hot, not too cold, not too hard, not too soft, just right.

Lagom can be eating in moderation, but also occasionally
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Live Lagom. Last year the buzz was all about Hygge--the Danish way of enjoying the simple things in life. Balanced Living the Swedish Way is a similar concept in Lagom.

Live Lagom, according to Brones, is a challenge for you to think about slow living. She says, "a slow life is an intentional life, one that doesn't take too much or cause any harm, and one that focuses on the essential." Live Lagom is divided into four sections: work, home, health and environment. Brones explains how Lagom in each
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Out of all the "lagom" books I've read (a few of the most popular ones, available at my library), I can say this one was the best. I could read it and enjoy it to some degree but, sorry to my Swedish relatives and ancestry, lagom will never be like the Danish "hygge." At least from my perspective after reading several books on both concepts (I know it's probably just us Americans who are trying to make these ideas a big deal and want more, more, more about them), it seems lagom will just never s ...more
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un livre très intéressant avec de belles photos.

Toutefois, chose étrange : cette édition ne mentionne pas le nom du traducteur. Et ce dernier aurait pu ajouter des notes pour les quelques mots en suédois ou références que l'auteur n'explique pas. Et il y a 2 ou 3 fautes de français (rien de grave).
De plus, Brones se répète énormément. Aussi, dans le chapitre sur "la maison", elle ne parle pas de la salle de bains : pourquoi ?

C'est pourquoi j'ai mis 4 étoiles au lieu de 5 même si le contenu est u
Erin Cataldi
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
A gorgeous little coffee table book filled with luscious photos, great life advice, and words of wisdom about balanced living, the Swedish way. It's a quick read and goes into detail about what Lagom is, how it impacts Swedish culture, and how we can use it and cultivate it in our own lives. It's all about having a happy balance, learning to connect more with family and disconnect with technology. It's about preserving our environment and appreciating what it has to offer us. Also included are s ...more
Diana Cosmin
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
The idea of lagom is beautiful - having just enough for your life’s needs, not more, not less - but this book could have been easily condensed into an article. It’s mainly a repetition of the same thing, without any mind-blowing, life-changing tips or tricks. “Spend more time outdoors”, “Reuse and recycle”, “Use tap water instead of bottled plastic one”, “Don’t buy anything out of impulse or compulsive behavior”, “Decorate your house with flowers”. It’s nicely written, but there are way too many ...more
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Anna Brones is a writer and digital communications professional with a love of travel, food and bicycles. A believer in connecting passionate people to do good, she uses her marketing and production savvy to work on cause driven issues and amplify stories that need to be told. She is also the founder and editor of Foodie Underground where she pens stories of kale and sea salt.
“That whatever is useful is worthy of respect, all women realize; that whatever is beautiful is worthy of being loved, many realize; but that the only thing worth striving for is harmony between the useful and the beautiful—how many realize that? ELLEN KEY” 0 likes
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