What the world needs now is Hygge?

So, things look bleak out there. Also, it's November. November is so blah. I feel like I could use some hygge. Do you know what hygge is?

Hygge is a Danish concept, meaning "cosiness." The Danes explain it here. I really like the idea of hygge, especially since I live where the darkness of winter tends to get people down.

There's a lot of reasons to feel upset, scared, and confused. But you got to take care of yourself. Get yourself some good self-care. Maybe hygge can be a part of your own regime. I'm going to dedicate the next few months to hygge*. I'm going to indulge in warm beverages (tonight I'm drinking a hot apple cider), comforting hobbies, and, of course, cozy reads.

I'm not sure what I'm going to read yet, but I have some suggestions for you.

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. Valancy breaks free of her overbearing family and finds herself.

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson. A girl and her grandmother spend a summer together on an isolated island.

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. A woman goes to live on a relative's farm. High jinks ensue.

Relish by Lucy Knisley. Fooooooooood!

These are books that make me feel warm inside.

What are your favorite comfort reads? I need some suggestions!

Grab a blanket, light some candles, snuggle a favorite pet, and join me for some hygge reading.

*I feel okay co-opting hygge since my grandmother was Danish. 


  1. It gets dark so EARLY! I need some comfort reads. It is time I FINALLY read The Blue Castle.

  2. I am up for some hygginess. I usually go for old skool romances or mysteries when it comes to comfort reading

  3. Me too! I love the idea of hygge. I just didn't know there was a word for it. ACtually, I might swipe your idea for this post (and link back to it).

    For me, all the Narnia books, Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, PG Wodehouse, Flavia de Luce and Jasper Fforde are hygge for me.

  4. I discovered this hygge thing a few weeks ago and realized that this is exactly what I do every winter. There is nothing better for me than lighting some candles, putting on a fire, grabbing a blanket, the dog, and a cozy read to make me feel better no matter if it is summer or winter. I tell you what - those Danes are pretty smart.

  5. This idea of hygge has me so intrigued that I'm getting a book on it, from a prize from last month's readathon. I think it's what my wife and I might need after this past week here in the U.S.

    Favorite comfort reads: Only one I can think of right now is A Prayer for Owen Meany. Maybe The River Why by David Duncan too. Two of my favorites anyway.

  6. I do like snuggling up with a book, although I think--I hope!--I'll be doing less of that this winter and more POLITICAL ACTION as there's still a Senate race in my state and even though I know we won't win, I want to have tried.

    In comfort reads, can I recommend Elinor Lipman's The Family Man and Eva Ibbotson's The Morning Gift? Both adorable and so so sweet.


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