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The Hygge Booklist

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!

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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 (no affiliate links).

E-hygge
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!

NEW (15 Mar)

New titles every other Friday.

girl with a pearl earring by tracy chevalier
Girl With A Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier transports readers to a bygone time and place in this richly-imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer’s most celebrated paintings.

History and fiction merge seamlessly in this luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Girl with a Pearl Earring tells the story of sixteen-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius . . . even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil.

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Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
Little Women – Louisa M. Alcott

Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn’t be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they’re putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there’s one thing they can’t help wondering: Will Father return home safely?

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NEW (1 Mar)
The Magician’s Assistant – Ann Pratchett

The Magician’s Assistant’ is at once a love story and a brilliant portrayal of reinvention about a magician who dies leaving his assistant/wife to discover he has lied about his past. A magician (with one memorable appearance on the Johnny Carson Show to his credit) takes the name Parsifal. He is gay. He has a Vietnamese lover, Phan. When Phan dies of AIDS, Parsifal marries the woman who has always adored him and who has lived with them both, his assistant Sabine. Then Parsifal himself dies in California, suddenly and shockingly, of an aneurysm. Parsifal always said that he had no living family and that he came from wealthy upscale Connecticut stock. The reality is very different, as Sabine learns from his lawyer. He came from a poor Nebraska family and they are very much alive. Indeed his mother and sister are on their way to California to meet Sabine, the daughter- and sister-in-law they know nothing about. It is bad that her husband has died. What Sabine must now cope with is coming to terms with his horrific past and the reason he divorced himself from his family and roots.

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The Seafront Tearoom – Vanessa Greene

The Seafront Tearoom is an insider secret in small-town Scarborough – a beach-front haven with the best tea and cakes in town – and  journalist Charlie Harrison would love to put it on the map with a feature in her magazine. But single mom Kat Murray doesn’t want to see her favorite sanctuary overrun by tourists, and begs Charlie to seek out other options. She offers her help, as a “tea obsessive,” and so does French au pair Séraphine Moreau, whose upbringing makes her a connoisseur of everything sweet and indulgent. Together the three women will scour the countryside for quaint hideaways and hidden gems, sharing along the way their secrets, disappointments, and dreams – and discovering that friendship, like tea, takes time to steep. But learning too that once you open your heart, the possibilities are endless.

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NEW (15 Feb)
At Home In Midford - Jan Karon
At Home In Mitford – Jan Karon

(Mitford series book 1) It’s easy to feel at home in Mitford. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are generally lovable. Yet, Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of a sofa who moves in and won’t go away. Add an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a path through the hedge. Now, stir in a lovable but unloved boy, a mystifying jewel theft, and a secret that’s sixty years old. Suddenly, Father Tim gets more than he bargained for. And readers get a rich comedy about ordinary people and their ordinary lives.

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Jane And Prudence - Barbara Pym
Jane And Prudence – Barbara Pym

This early novel by Barbara Pym captures the charm and folly of English middle-class life. The two title characters share a devoted friendship based on memories of Oxford school days, poetry and their neighbors’ private affairs- all discussed over leisurely lunches. And they share a common goal: finding a suitable mate for Prudence.

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NEW (1 Feb)
the reading group elizabeth noble
The Reading Group – Elizabeth Noble

The Reading Group follows the trials and tribulations of a group of women who meet regularly to read and discuss books.Over the course of a year, each of these women become intertwined, both in the books they read and within each other’s lives. Inspired by a shared desire for conversation, a good book and a glass of wine-Clare, Harriet, Nicole, Polly, and Susan undergo startling revelations and transformations despite their differences in background, age and respective dilemmas. What starts as a reading group gradually evolves into a forum where the women may express their views through the books they read and grow to become increasingly more open as the bonds of friendship cement.

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our spoons came from woolworth's barbara comyns
Our Spoons Came From Woolworths – Barbara Comyns

Pretty, unworldly Sophia is twenty-one and hastily married to a young painter called Charles. An artist’s model with an eccentric collection of pets, she is ill-equipped to cope with the bohemian London of the 1930s, where poverty, babies (however much loved) and husband conspire to torment her. Hoping to add some spice to her life, Sophia takes up with Peregrine, a dismal, ageing critic, but comes to regret her marriage and her affair alike. However, virtue is more than its own reward, for repentance brings an abrupt end to the cycle of unsold pictures, unpaid bills and unwashed dishes. Barbara Comyns’ classic novel blends comedy and tragedy in an unforgettable, bewitching tale.

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