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Book review: The little book of Hygge: the Danish way to live well

Before I start this review I quickly want to mention that although I will be reviewing this book in English I actually read the Dutch version. In Dutch it is called Hygge: de Deense kunst van het leven. With that out of the way let’s start with the review.

The little book of Hygge: the Danish way to live well/ Hygge: de Deense kunst van het leven is written by Meik Wiking. It is about a Danish phenomenon called Hygge. Meik connects hygge to the high level of happiness in Denmark and explains the reasoning for this conclusion in this book. He also explains what Hygge actually entails, as it is difficult to translate into English.  Hygge seems to be about enjoying the small things in life like reading a book on a cold rainy day or spending quality time with friends. Meik also provides the readers with tips on how to add more Hygge to their lives.

You can find the book here on Goodreads

Pros

Aesthetics
The book is very well designed. I really like the blue/white colour scheme that is not just used on the cover, but also throughout the rest of the book. I also love all the recipes and foto’s that are added in order to get the reader to experience Hygge.

Great subject
I loved learning about something new like Hygge. Hygge shows you how you can find happiness by enjoying the smaller and simpler things in live. Nowadays everybody is constantly connected to their phone, laptop or tablet. So this is a refreshing perspective on current society,

Comparison to the Dutch word ‘gezelligheid’
I loved that the writer briefly made a comparison to the Dutch word ‘gezelligheid’. It does indeed share some similarities with Hygge, but it is not completely the same. The writer handled this well.

Easy to read
This book was easy to read, because the pages weren’t just overflowing with text. The text was broken up by pictures and graphical  representations of different data. 

Cons

Repetition
After reading this book for quite some time I found that the writer would repeat certain element, like for example the importance of light and candles. I also felt that Meik’s point was made after reading about 75% of the book. So it seemed as if this book was made unneccesarily long. Because of this I had to push myself to read the final pages. If the writer intended on making this a long book, the writer could have perhaps explained a bit more about the data that was used to support the theory instead of using repetition. 


All in all this book is a great read if you want to learn some general information about Hygge. However, after a certain amount of pages you may feel like the point has already been made. Despite this I would still recommend this to one of my friends, because the subject is very interesting.

Rating: 3/5 

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