Monthly Archives: June 2017

Review: The Little Book of Hygge

Posted 2 June, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

The Little Book of Hygge
By: Meik Wiking
Format/Source: Hardback; my purchase

Denmark is often said to be the happiest country in the world. That’s down to one thing: hygge.

‘Hygge has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things. My personal favourite is cocoa by candlelight…’

You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right.

Who better than Meik Wiking to be your guide to all things hygge? Meik is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the magic of Danish life. In this beautiful, inspiring book he will help you be more hygge: from picking the right lighting and planning a dinner party through to creating an emergency hygge kit and even how to dress.

Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. He is committed to finding out what makes people happy and has concluded that hygge is the magic ingredient that makes Danes the happiest nation in the world.

Haha, so I caved and bought this book a few months ago when I was at the bookstore. I’ve heard of hygge long before it became this huge thing here in North America, and didn’t think I needed to read a whole book about it, but doesn’t that book cover look so enticing? Plus it had some recipes, so that prompted me to pick it up right away :3

The Little Book of Hygge is very informative about Danish culture and the concept of hygge and how it applies to their everyday lives. From the history of the word itself to statistics on Danish consumption of candles and candies, it was a delightful read; I ended up blitzing through the book in one evening, it was quite a comfy read as it talks about the ways in which they incorporate hygge in their everyday lives. There’s a wee bit of repetition here and there about past information mentioned, but otherwise it was a very informative book that left me inspired to add a bit more hygge in my life 🙂

(Plus, haha, there is a chapter in this book that was very useful as I was planning my trip to Denmark at the time! So you could say this whim purchase was timely 😉 )

Rating: ★★★★★

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Review: Big Mushy Happy Lump

Posted 1 June, 2017 by Lianne in Comics / 2 Comments

Big Mushy Happy Lump
By: Sarah Andersen
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Are you a special snowflake? Do you love networking to advance your career? Have you never wasted a fresh new day surfing the internet? Ugh. This book is not for you. Please go away.

Sarah’s Scribbles — casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by young Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Andersen — confront head-on the horrors, anxiety, and awkwardness of modern adult life. From the agony of holding hands with a gorgeous guy to the yawning pit of hell that is the wifi gone down to the eye-watering pain of eating too-hot pizza because one cannot stand to wait for it to cool down, Sarah fearlessly documents it all.

Like the work of fellow Millennial authors Allie Brosh, Grace Helbig, and Gemma Correll, Sarah’s total frankness on extremely personal issues such as body image, self-consciousness, introversion, relationships, and bra-washing makes her comics highly relatable and consistently hilarious.

I was so happy when Adulthood is a Myth (review) was released last year because I really love Sarah Andersen’s comics. So I was overjoyed when I heard that she was coming out with another collection of her comics! It’s another solid collection of comics about life and the everyday, awkward social situations, pressure and staying in. Some of these comics I’ve seen on her Instagram account but what’s delightful is that there includes comics that haven’t been posted online, as well as a personal essay from Sarah herself which as pretty interesting and relatable.

Plus, this collection includes this comic, which is instant win:

Go, go pick up this book now! 😛

Rating: ★★★★★

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