Top positive review
30 people found this helpful
Not about 'hygge' as such
on 20 October 2016
This book is not really about ‘hygge’ as such. The author is Norwegian and the emphasis is more on a Nordic/outdoorsy angle than the Danish way of doing hygge (which the Meik Wiking book does perfectly well). It is good in a way since it doesn’t feel like just a repeat of what is getting published everywhere nowadays.
The book is well written and the author has definitely done a lot of research to back up her claims, it’s a clever read and doesn’t feel like another blog post style publication which alas, are increasingly common. What irritated me at times were numerous criticisms towards the UK way of doing things, it felt like: “well our houses are tastefully decorated, I can’t believe how disgusting Brits are with their love of carpets, it’s so unhygienic!" I’m not even British myself and I can see where she is coming from but I thought she could have exposed her views without criticising the country she happens to be living in.
A good third of the book was dedicated to food recipes while the other third was all about the importance of being active outside (which again is particularly Norwegian, especially skiing which kept coming up, I feel like Swedes or even Danes are slightly more keen on staying indoors). So the main advice that this book has to give is: “don’t get lazy, get outside (not in a gym) and walk around, you will feel better”. It’s not very hygge in itself but a sensible health advice.