Hygge: A Celebration of Simple Pleasures. Living the Danish Way. by Charlotte Abrahams

31120826Title: Hygge: A Celebration of Simple Pleasures. Living the Danish Way.

Author: Charlotte Abrahams

Pub Date: October, 13th 2016

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Candlelight is hygge; the smell of freshly brewed coffee is hygge; the feel of crisp, clean bed linen is hygge; dinner with friends is hygge. ‘Hygge’, pronounced ‘hoo-ga’, is a Danish philosophy that roughly translates to ‘cosiness’. But it is so much more than that. It’s a way of life that encourages us to be kinder to ourselves, to take pleasure in the modest, the mundane and the familiar. It is a celebration of the everyday, of sensual experiences rather then things. It’s an entire attitude to life that results in Denmark regularly being voted one of the happiest countries in the world.

So, with two divorces behind her and her 50th birthday rapidly approaching, journalist Charlotte Abrahams ponders whether it’s hygge that’s been missing from her life. Is it a philosophy we can all embrace? In a society where lifestyle trends tend to centre on deprivation – be it no sugar, no gluten, no possessions – what does cherishing yourself actually mean? And will it make her happy?

In Hygge, Charlotte Abrahams weaves the history of hygge and its role in Danish culture with her own attempts, as an English woman, to embrace a more hygge life. In this beautifully written and stylishly designed book, she examines the impact this has on her home, her health, her relationships and, of course, her happiness.

Light a candle, pour yourself a glass of wine, and get ready to enjoy your more hygge life.

Hygge become quite a popular notion recently with books The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well and Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness populating bookstore’s shelves. When I noticed this title on Nethalley I decided to try and read more about this. I think that I made wrong decision with starting reading about Hygge with this book. I hope those two other books I mentioned are better, and maybe I will give them a try.

The author of Hygge: A Celebration of Simple Pleasures. Living the Danish Way. is not Danish, nor does or did live in Denmark. She doesn’t have anything in common with Danish culture, but the interest in Hygge. When I read that in the introduction it instantly made my uncomfortable and wary of the whole book.

The book is not so much about hygge, but about authors journey to living more hyggelig. The chapters tell her story of realization on how her house or her cooking or family life are hyggelig. It’s more of her musing about how hygge she is, how she understands it, and how really it all just normal and simple and something everyone wants, but hygge just gives it all a name. We learn way too much about author’s personal life, she keeps mentioning her divorces. It’s was just boring and sometimes annoying to read the same thing again and again.

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