Book Review: The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

Title: The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well

Author: Meik Wiking

Genre: Nonfiction, Self Help, Psychology, Denmark, Adult, Health, Travel, Philosophy, Reference

Publisher: Penguin UK

Published: November 16, 2016

Page Amount: 240 pages

Goodreads Summary:You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right.

Who better than Meik Wiking to be your guide to all things hygge? Meik is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the magic of Danish life. In this beautiful, inspiring book he will help you be more hygge: from picking the right lighting and planning a dinner party through to creating an emergency hygge kit and even how to dress.

Why Read:  I can’t help but love everything about hygge. The whole idea of coziness is very me and this book has been on my to-read list since it came out last year. I fully subscribe to the idea of making everything firelit, cozy and utterly warming.

Review: While I certainly enjoyed the content of the book itself, I think the part that I truly loved the most was the design. I know, I know, don’t judge a book by its cover… but when the illustrations and beauty of it all is a big part of why I enjoyed the book – how can I say no? Each page is beautifully designed and speaks to the importance of how the material is presented as well as what is actually written.

Hygge is a concept that is embraced the internet and mentioned around once in ever third or fourth wellness post. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. The concept is a great entry into the idea of interior design and living. What this consistent use of this concept in popular culture has done, however, is make the interesting parts of this book not particularly mind boggling. You read what you want to read and enjoy what you want to enjoy. There’s nothing new or surprising, which isn’t to say it isn’t cute.

It’s the perfect coffee table read or as a Christmas gift. It’s small, portable and the message is simple: enjoy life, live cozily and put yourself in an environment that makes you happy.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Thanks for the review, I’m thinking of picking this book up myself.

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