The Hygge Book List

My biggest ‘book problem’ used to be that I didn’t know what to read. So I started listening to what people were recommending in book groups and hygge groups and found out that there’s plenty of hygge reads out there! I created this ‘hygge booklist’ so I’d never have to go without knowing what to read. I hope it inspires you too!


Where to get your books the hygge way?
For a real hygge book buying experience, visit your local book shop and browse leisurely through all those lovely books. Or go to a library. A lot of libraries have created comfortable and cosy reading corners, but you can also just take a pile of books home with you. For those of you who feel like ordering a book from the comfort of your lazy chairs is the most hygge: I’ve added links to online shops for your convenience.

At some point you may have to conclude that there’s really no more room for another book in your home. Luckily you can also buy…ebooks and audiobooks! Holding a tablet while reading an ebook is not as hygge as a hardcover novel, but because they’re cheaper you can even buy more of them on the same budget! Audiobooks are a little bit more expensive, but think of all those moments you get to snuggle up, close your eyes and just listen to someone reading to you. Sounds ultra-hygge to me!


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Books About Hygge


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book cover from The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
The Little Book of Hygge – Meik Wiking

The definitive guide to the Danish wellbeing concept, Hygge, from happiness expert and CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. 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.

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book cover of Hygge - The Danish Art of Happiness
Hygge – The Danish Art of Happiness  – Marie Søderberg

Other books will tell you how to be hygge. This book will show you. Though we all know the feeling of hygge instinctively, few of us ever manage to capture it for more than a moment. Now Danish actress and hygge aficionado 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.

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book cover of The Cozy Life
The Cozy Life – Pia Edberg

In today’s world, we’re constantly rushing from one thing to the next and are struggling with information overload. We’re more disconnected from ourselves and our loved ones than ever before. Rediscover the joy of the simple things through the Danish concept of Hygge in The Cozy Life. This book will inspire you to slow down and enjoy life’s cozy moments!

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The Year Of Living Danishly – Helen Russell

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn’t Disneyland, but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born, or made? Helen decides there is only one way to find out: she will give herself a year, trying to uncover the formula for Danish happiness. From childcare, education, food and interior design to SAD, taxes, sexism and an unfortunate predilection for burning witches,The Year of Living Danishly is a funny, poignant record of a journey that shows us where the Danes get it right, where they get it wrong, and how we might just benefit from living a little more Danishly ourselves.

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    Characteristics of a Hygge Spot

    We realize that the definition of a hygge place may vary slightly from person to person. However, as a guideline we use the following characteristics that are generally considered hygge.

    Basic lighting
    Basic lighting is the light you turn on when you enter the space. The light spreads evenly and doesn’t create too much effect or contrast. Think ceiling lamps, hanging lamps and build-in spots.

    Atmospheric lighting
    Atmospheric lighting is for creating…atmosphere. It’s a soft, indirect light that spreads throughout the space. This is called diffused light. Use different heights of atmospheric lighting for optimal results, for example table lamps, floor lamps and wall lamps.

    Functional lighting
    Functional lighting is focused light that enables you to see what you’re doing. It’s the light above your dinner table, the reading lamp next to your lazy chair and the spots above your kitchen sink.

    Accent lighting
    Accent lighting is used to single out a specific object or place and focus attention on it. This could be a painting or an architectonic detail.

    Decorative lighting
    Decorative lighting is about the esthetics of the armature itself. Lighting the space is not its purpose; it’s just there for the effect. Most of these light sources have little light output and stand out because of their appearance. Fireplaces and candles are also decorative lighting.

    Hygge is the art of creating warmth, coziness and contentment in any given moment.

    Hygge Hytte  means 'cozy cottage', a place where you can unwind and recharge.