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Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life

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In a fast-paced world, wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could slow down and enjoy a life with less pressure, less stress, and more time for the things you love? 

Sweden is ranked in the top three of the world’s happiest places to live, and lagom, which means “not too much and not too little—just right,” is the Swedish philosophy for enjoying balance in every aspect of life—f

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Kindle Edition, 287 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Harper Design
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Sheri
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sweden
*** 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: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

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
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Karina Read
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
QueenAmidala28
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
Orvokki
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-my-p-books
Fenomén hygge ma trochu minul a akosi som nemala potrebu si o ňom čítať. Ale v rámci narodenín som si chcela spraviť radosť nenáročnou oddychovkou a knižka Lagom sa k tomu zdala ideálna. Absolútne netuším prečo, ale oproti hygge a lygge knihám mi prišla sympatickejšia. Pritom som ani jednou nelistovala a obálky majú všetky pekné. Asi nejaký siedmy čitateľský zmysel.

Lagom s podtitulom Tajemství spokojeného života je vizuálne krásne spracovaná kniha. Taký ideál na instagramovú flat lay fotografiu.
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Katie
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
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Ryan McCauley
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
KC
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.
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
Susan Coster
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
Brianne
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
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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
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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
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Rhonda Lomazow
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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,
Passenger B.
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.
Colona Public Library
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
Siruisly
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
At times painfully obvious and reductionist, this book redeems itself by being written with such joy and childlike-wonder that it would calm even the most anxious wrecks and jaded hearts. Reading this was like nibbling on a chocolate bar- there is an immense amount of happiness at first, but soon you over-indulge and become nauseated from incessant mentions of unachievable Swedish perfection. Would recommend the first half but not the second.
Vojtěch
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Hezká knížečka s pěknými obrázky. Ale asi se mi zdá, že už naopak zbytečně moc jedeme na vlně Hygge a Lagom.
Kathy Peterman
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Angie
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
Iva
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alisha
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Eli Claire
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
Angela Holland
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Brandy Price
It was okay, but not the best Lagom book nor was it particularly captivating.
Beth
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sam Wilkinson
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Trista Reid
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Devon
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Katie Anna
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Arielle
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loveeeeeeee!
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