10 BEST COZY BOOKS FOR A HYGGE LIFE

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Interested in learning more about hygge or simply can’t get enough of this cozy way of life? I have compiled a list of the best cozy books for you, so whether you are looking for a book for yourself or as a gift for a friend, I hope you will find what you are looking for below.

Hygge has been described as everything from ‘the art of creating intimacy’, ‘cosines of the soul’, to ‘the pursuit of everyday pleasures’. Whether you’re cuddled up on a sofa with a good book, or enjoying comfort food with friends, hygge is about creating a cozy atmosphere where you can let your guard down and simply enjoy the little things in life without worry. Sounds good?

10 best cozy books:

1 // The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living
I can’t make this list without talking about the book that started it all for many: this cute, little ‘hygge bible’ as many would call it. The Little Book of Hygge is the definitive, must-read introduction to hygge. The book is packed full of original research on hygge, along with beautiful photographs, recipes and ideas to help you add a touch of hygge to your life.

Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and he is committed to finding out what makes people happy. Meik has written several books and reports on happiness, wellbeing and quality of life and has more than one million copies of his books sold worldwide.

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2 // Nothing Much Happens: Cozy and Calming Stories to Soothe Your Mind and Help You Sleep
Busy minds need a place to rest. Whether you find yourself struggling to sleep, awake in the middle of the night, or even just anxious as you move through the day, in Nothing Much Happens, Kathryn Nicolai offers a healthy way to ease the mind before bed: through the timeless appeal of classic bedtime stories

The Michigan based writer and creator of the enormously successful podcast NOTHING MUCH HAPPENS Kathryn Nicolai, writes soothing, cozy stories that both ease the reader into peaceful sleep and teach the principles of mindfulness so that waking hours likewise become sweet and serene. She leans on her seventeen years of experience as a yoga and meditation teacher to seamlessly blend storytelling with brain training techniques that build better sleep habits over time.

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3 // Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness
In this book, Marie Tourell Søderberg has traveled the length and breadth of her home country to create the perfect guide to cooking, decorating, entertaining, and being inspired the hygge way. Full of beautiful photographs and simple, practical steps and ideas to make your home and life both comfortable and cheering all year round, this book is the easy way to introduce hygge into your life.

Marie Tourell Soderberg is a Danish actress, born in Copenhagen. She is a rising star of Nordic Noir whose credits feature stage, TV and film, including a leading role in historical epic 1864. She is a hygge enthusiast and has curated her first book on the topic with contributions from everyday Danes and experts.

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4 // How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life
How to Hygge is a fresh, informative, lighthearted, fully illustrated how-to guide to hygge. It is a combination of recipes, helpful tips for cozy living at home: essential elements of living the Danish way ― which, incidentally, encourages a daily dose of ‘healthy hedonism.’ Who can resist that?

Signe Johansen is a Norwegian chef and author. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in archaeology and anthropology from the University of Cambridge, she trained at Leiths School of Food and Wine in London, worked in several of the UK’s top restaurants and went on to do her masters in the anthropology of food at SOAS Food Studies Centre at the University of London.

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5 // American Cozy: Hygge-Inspired Ways to Create Comfort & Happiness
Here the wildly popular phenomenon of hygge gets a warm American twist with this gifty, illustrated guide. With their overscheduled lifestyles, Americans can’t always find time for the people and things they love. Enter American Cozy, which uses the Danish phenomenon of hygge – comfort, togetherness, and wellbeing – to bring coziness and ease to readers’ homes, work, and lives. Filled with charming four-colour illustrations, it explores organization and home décor, entertaining, cooking, creating a happier, more productive work life, de-cluttering, and slowing down.

Stephanie Pedersen is a bestselling Danish-American author. She has previously studied nutrition and published a big selection of healthy cookbooks.

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6 // The Year of Cozy: 125 Recipes, Crafts, and Other Homemade Adventures
This is a beautifully photographed one-stop-shop book with all the recipes and projects you will need for some cozy inspiration all year long. Adrianna Adarme shares easy-to-follow instructions and you will enjoy getting lost in her warm and comforting photographs. Organized by the months of the year and by categories as ‘live’, ‘do’, and ‘make’, this book offers ideas for activities, recipes, and DIY projects that make the little moments in life just as exciting as the big. From quick recipes to easy crafts, she focuses on simple, inexpensive undertakings that have a big reward: happiness.

Adrianna Adarme is an author, recipe developer, and blogger. Her blog, A Cozy Kitchen, has become a place for people to read entertaining anecdotes about daily life and to find delicious, comforting recipes.

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7 // Cozy: The Art of Arranging Yourself in the World
A fresh and inspiring look at the subtle art of cozy – part manifesto, part lifestyle guide, part memoir – that shows fans of The Little Book of Hygge that true comfort comes from within. When we talk about being cozy, most of us think of a favorite sweater or a steaming cup of tea on a rainy day. But to Isabel Gillies, coziness goes beyond mere objects. To be truly cozy, she argues, means learning to identify the innermost truth of yourself and carrying it into the world, no matter your environment. Written with profound warmth and featuring hand-drawn illustrations, this wise, necessary book is call to action for each of us to seek out those often-missed opportunities to care for ourselves, and to begin living a more intimate and authentic life.

Isabel Gillies is the New York Times best selling author of Happens Every Day, A Year And Six Seconds and Starry night. Her work has been published in Vogue, The New York Times, Real Simple, Cosmopolitan. GOOP and Saveur.

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8 // Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living
The Swedish concept of Lagom (pronounced “lah-gom”) roughly translates to ‘not too little, not too much, just right.’ This charming book introduces readers to a new way of balanced living that promises happiness and sustainability in work and in life. Lagom provides simple solutions to juggle everyday priorities, reduce stress, eat well, and save money, with lessons on the importance of downtime, being outdoors, and Sweden’s coffee break culture.

Linnea Dunne is a writer, editor, mother and feminist juggling creative projects, podcast-fuelled seaside power walks, and quiet time on the couch with a book.

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9 // Cosy: The British Art of Comfort
Cosy is ‘the slacker’s guide to staying at home, an antidote to peak frazzle.’ With trademark Anglo cheekiness, Laura Weir perfectly captures the British essence of cosy. She celebrates socks, warms to the joys of toasty open fires, and extols the virtues of a quiet walk, ultimately enticing us all to create the British magic of cosy in our everyday lives. With more than 140 whimsical illustrations and interviews with British lifestyle experts, including Melissa Hemsley, Sophie Dahl, and Dolly Alderton, Cosy is a perfect reminder to slow down, have a cuppa, and settle in when life pushes you into overdrive.

Credited by the New York Times, as a ‘Londoner to know’, Laura Weir is the editor-in-chief of London Evening Standard’s weekly, ES magazine. She also writes a weekly column for the newspaper, her topics include London life, raising a young child, and never wanting to miss out on anything that life has to offer.

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10 // Hygge and Kisses

And lastly, a novel by Clara Christensen. For readers everywhere who are embracing the Danish art of hygge – the first warm, wise and romantic hygge novel. This is the perfect feel-good novel to curl up with – light some candles, wrap yourself in a blanket and relax.

Plot: Bo, 26, has always been careful, cautious. However, she’s just been made redundant and her life plan is beginning to unravel. Before she starts immediately applying for other jobs in a panic, her friend Kirsten persuades her to take a holiday, to visit Kirsten’s mother’s house in Aalborg, North Jutland, a part of Denmark Bo is ashamed to admit she has never heard of.

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Do you have any of these book or any other recomendations? I would love to hear what your favourite hygge reads are :)

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Ingrid Opstad

That Scandinavian feeling is a blog by Ingrid Opstad, a Norwegian journalist living in Italy. Ingrid wants her blog to represent the feeling of coziness and calm with a Nordic simplistic, minimalistic style. The blog is intended to share her knowledge and love for Scandinavia; touching upon everything from interiors, design, lifestyle, travel to hygge. A place where you can get inspired to find that Scandinavian feeling yourself, no matter where in the world you are.

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