First off, what is hygge? It is a Danish word described as the “quality of coziness that makes a person feel content and comfortable.” And while this buzzword has become synonymous with happiness in coziness, there is no true translation into English. For me, hygge perfectly describes the feeling of curling up with a good book on a cold winter day. Here are some hygge inspiring books to settle down with in front of a warm fire with to create your own version of hygge. Don’t forget your warm beverage, a blanket, your favorite four-legged friend or whatever inspires you to feel warm and comfy while reading!
The book that started the hygge trend in the U.S., this little gem breaks down the basics of hygge — comfort, togetherness, and well-being — and offers ways to bring that into your home during the long, cold winter months. (Plus, it defines cake as hygge, which is why chocolate cake is now a must for all my reading sessions for the rest of the winter.)
Laura shares her struggles with getting and staying sober with honesty and wit. Her story is a raw look at the process of changing your life without relying on the thing that always used to work to get out of yourself. A must-read for anyone struggling themselves or wondering why people can’t just stop.
As children, Charlotte and Sean were imprisoned for a violent crime. Released into society with a new identity eighteen years later, Charlotte is trying to forget the past and live a normal life. With only her therapist to help her figure out what normal is, she finds herself falling back into old habits, and when Sean contacts her, she has no idea how to save herself.
A ragtag assortment of humanity comes together, some with clear purpose and some by divine intervention, to save the world’s trees. Each of them — the artist, the student, the scientist, the programmer, the Vietnam Vet, and more — have a different reason for being involved, but their stories intertwine just like the roots and branches of the very trees they are trying to protect. This Pulitzer Prize winning novel will change the way you look at trees and their relationship with man forever.
Whatever you are reading, be sure to stay warm and put a little hygge into your book reading this month!
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