Best Hygge Books to Inspire a Cozy Life will help you pick the next book you want to dive into or help you find that perfect gift for that special someone in your life.
Nothing goes hand-in-hand with a cold winter evening like a comfortable chair, a roaring fire, and an inspiring book.
Make relaxation a priority this winter by finding new ways to slow down and savor what life has to offer. Hygge (pronounced HUE-gah) is a Danish term that teaches you to embrace comfort and enjoy the simple things life has to offer.
“Books are uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King
I put together a book list that not only gives you the titles of my favorite hygge books, I also included cookbooks, children’s books, memoirs, craft books, and simple living books that are hygge in nature.
There’s a link to Amazon on both the title and the picture of the book itself that will let you take a look at reviews and check out a few pages to see if the book peeks your interest.
What is Hygge?
According to Wikipedia, Hygge is “a Danish or Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.”
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Here are the Best Hygge Books to Inspire a Cozy Life:
Best Hygge Books #1- Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking 240 pages
If you want to learn more about Hygge, then you want to learn it from Meik Wiking, who is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen.
This book is perfect for you giving you research data and tips on how to make your world a bit happier.
Meik Wiking also wrote the Little Book of Lykke that can be found here.
Best Hygge Books #2 – The Art of Making Memories – How to Create and Remember Happy Moments by Meik Wiking
Meik Wiking dissects how we make memories and why creating happy memories is so important to our lives.
He weaves heart-warming stories throughout the book for a positive read.
Home is definitely where our hearts are. This sweet adult coloring book has 38 illustrations to color. Even the cover is adorable.
Cozy teapots, snug cottages, and even a cozy chair are all featured and will transport you to a magical world as you decorate the pages.
The same illustrator also has:
Best Hygge Books #4 – The Laura Lea Balanced Cookbook: 120+ Everyday Recipes for the Healthy Home Cook
This cookbook is a visual feast. There’s nothing more hygge than making a hearty home-cooked meal, and this book will help you make a masterpiece every time.
Please note: This is a gluten-free cookbook
I love reading cookbooks more than novels. Maybe it’s because I love food. The photographs in this book are have that rustic look that everyone will love.
Laura Lea also has another cookbook called Simply Laura Lea: Balanced Recipes for Everyday Living that you can find here.
Best Hygge Books #5 – Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life: The Plants and Places that Inspired the Iconic Poet
Take an inside look into Emily Dickinson’s life and find out how her passion for gardening inspired her poems.
At Emily Dickinson’s family home, she had both a flower garden and a glass conservatory. Emily studied botany at both Mount Holyoke and Amherst Academy.
Her love for plants inspired her creativity, and she shared her garden passion with family and friends. She sent pressed flowers in her letters and frequently sent bouquets to her friends.
If you’re an Emily Dickinson fan, you will find this book to be a personal glimpse of her love of the natural world. Beautiful photographs and illustrations are also dotted throughout the book.
The same author also wrote another book on Beatrix Potter’s garden inspirations: Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children’s Tales
Best Hygge Books #6 – Maybe: A Story About the Endless Potential in All of Us by Kobi Yamada and Gabriella Barouch
If you have a child on your gift list and are looking for a beautiful and inspiring picture book – this book is the one you’ve been looking for.
Empowering words and magical illustrations will make this a children’s book to pass down through the generations.
The book talks about all the possibilities in life and the unbounded potential you have inside.
Not only is the message beautiful in this book, but the illustrations are dreamy. This book makes the perfect gift for kids or even someone that is discouraged.
Kobi Yamada also wrote three other books that comes in a boxed set on Amazon called What You Do Matters. You can find them here.
This is a good book to show how to get started on your all-things-hygge journey. I loved the interviews in the book.
The book provides simple steps to adopt the Danish lifestyle into your world. The author talks about how hygge has enriched her life and gives you recipes to make at home.
My only complaint about this book is the typeface is really small.
Best Hygge Books #8 – Floret Farms A Year in Flowers: Designing Gorgeous Arrangements for Every Season
If you love flowers, then this is the book for you. Erin from Floret Farms knows a thing or two about growing a variety of flowers, arranging them, and teaching others how to do the same.
The photographs are stunning in all her books.
The authors also wrote two books called Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms and Floret Farm’s Discovering Dahlias: A Guide to Growing and Arranging Magnificent Blooms.
Best Hygge Books #9 – The Year of Cozy: 125 Recipes, Crafts, and Other Homemade Adventures by Adrianna Adarme 272 pages
Get your cozy on with a wide selection of recipes, crafts, and ideas to make your world a bit more snuggly. If you’re looking to add a little more peace and quiet in your life, this lifestyle book would help you achieve that goal.
Recipes like Chipotle BBQ Bourbon butter and Salted Pretzel Ice Cream will have you in the kitchen immediately.
A inspirational book on how to practice intentional kindness to help transform your family, community and faith.
The world could use a little more joy, and this book will help you find ways to spread a message of hope and love. Kendra Roehl, Julie Fisk, and Kristin Demery are the three authors that contributed their wisdom and life stories to inspire you.
Best Hygge Books #11 – Scandinavian Needlecraft: 35 Step-by-Step Hand-Sewing Projects by Clare Youngs 128 pages
Gorgeous 35 Traditional Scandinavian-style projects including hearts, flowers, and birds. Simplicity is the heart of all the author’s designs.
Clear instructions and photographs showing you how to create projects step-by-step in this treasure of a book.
Best Hygge Books #12 – Welcome Home: A Cozy Minimalist Guide to Decorating and Hosting All Year Round
If you’re looking to transform your home into an oasis you love, you found the right book. This book will teach you to embrace your home, flaws and all – and make it a haven you love to come home to.
The author also wrote two other books The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful and Cozy Minimalist Home
Best Hygge Books #13 – The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids by Jessica Joelle Alexander & Iben Sandahl
Give modern, high-stress parenting the boot and learn how to incorporate Danish principles into your life.
Free-play is one of the concepts the book talks about and how it develops children’s minds. Parents across the globe are embracing a more nurturing way of raising children and this book will help you start.
Best Hygge Books #14 – The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen 448 pages
Having lived in the United States and the Nordic region, the author compares lifestyles and offers a way to incorporate more the Nordic ideas into our way of living.
Best Hygge Books #15 – Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced Happy Life by Niki Brantmark
If you’re looking to add balance to your life, look no further than this book. The author offers bite-sized actions on how to make subtle changes so you can make room for more happiness.
You can’t go wrong with a cookbook that is filled with recipes such as Creme of White Beans & Celeriac with Chile Oil or Ridiculously Delicious Mud Cake with Homemade Nut Butter.
Best Hygge Books #17 – Selina Lake Winter Living: An Inspirational Guide to Styling and Decorating Your Home for Winter by Selina Lake 160 pages
Make your home cozy and comfortable all winter long with these inviting ideas. Selina Lake is a stylist that brings her vintage romantic style to life on the pages.
Best Hygge Books #18 – Fireside Feasts & Snow Day Treats: Indulgent Comfort Food Recipes for Winter Eating by Ryland Peters
You had me at Cider Fondue. There’s nothing more hygge than enjoying a delicious meal fireside with friends and family.
This book is an ideal companion for the winter months. The instructions for making the recipes are clear and the photographs showcase the amazing meal you’ll be making.
As an extra bonus, this book would look beautiful on your coffee table.
The author also wrote two other books called Winter Drinks: Over 75 recipes to Warm the Spirits and Long Nights and Log Fires: Warming Comfort Food for Friends and Family.
I’m reading this book right now. I had no idea Susan Branch wrote a memoir. If you don’t know who Susan Branch is – she is primarily a cookbook author that creates the most beautiful cookbooks with watercolors.
This memoir is one of a trilogy. I’m getting them all because I love them so much. The other books are The Fairy Tale Girl and A Fine Romance: Falling in Love with English Countryside.
I wrote a book review for this memoir – you can find that book review on Martha’s Vineyard Isle of Dreams here.
Best Hygge Books #20 – Faerie Knitting: 14 Tales of Love and Magic by Alice Hoffman and Lisa Hoffman
This is a wonderful book for hygge lovers. The combination of knitting and stories together will make any cozy living lover happy.
Each story is short and sweet and is paired with a project to knit.
Some of the projects to make are a cowl, a shawl, amulet necklace, a capelet, a scarf, charm bags, a vest, glovettes, a hat, gloves, leg warmers, a hood, and a gorgeous blanket.
Alice Hoffman is the author of Practical Magic too. This book is a treasure to add to your craft library.
Best Hygge Books #21 – You Belong Here by M.H. Clark
This is a beautiful children’s book that your whole family will love – including you.
You children will want you to read it to them over and over again because it’s such a feel-good book with beautiful illustrations.
The book is a poem that talks about how everyone has their special place where they belong, animals included. The poem is written in handwritten style, which adds even more magic to this wonderful book.
Best Hygge Books #22 – Watercolor with Me Into the Ocean by Dana Fox
If you love to watercolor and the sea, than this book is perfect for you. It has 50 different whimsical illustrations for you to try.
Every project is small, so you can learn to watercolor in bite-sized pieces. This is a great book for beginners.
Some of the things you’ll be painting are: jellyfish, whale, sea turtles, sand dollar, crab, sea otter, a treasure chest, and even an old ship.
Dana Fox also wrote and illustrated another book called Watercolor With Me Into the Forest. You can find it here.
Best Hygge Books #23 – Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver
This wonderful books has 200 poems from 1963 to 2015, selected by Mary Oliver for inclusion in this book.
If you’re looking to start your day in an uplifting manner, than this book of poetry is a great way to start that journey.
Someone wrote that this book was a great reminder to be astonished at the beauty in the world.
Mary Oliver had a talent to write about the world through a different lens and let the reader go along on the magical journey.
This book will probably never leave your bedside table.
Best Hygge Books #24 – What Can I Bring? Southern Food for Any Occasion by Elizabeth Heiskell
If you love to go to gatherings, then this is the book for you. Exquisite photographs grace the pages of this wonderful book.
There are nine chapters that are each dedicated to an occasion where you will be encouraged to bring food. Every recipe is next to a photograph of the finished dish so you know how it should look.
Chapters like Sunday Brunch, Housewarming Party, and Garden Party are just some of the festivities the author features.
Sour cream coffee cake, roasted cashews with rosemary, and bacon jam are just some of the recipes that you’ll learn to make.
Best Hygge Books #25 – Simply Living Well by Julia Watkins
If you’re looking to simplify your life – this book will help you get started on the path.
It’s a book for both the newbie and someone that’s been on the journey for awhile.
A beautiful resource full of recipes, tips on living sustainably, and you tour the author’s home and garden. It gives you the encouragement you need to live the life of your dreams.
Best Hygge Books #26 – The Women’s Heritage Sourcebook: Bringing Homesteading to Everyday Life
If you’ve ever dreamed about creating your own homestead and don’t know where to start, this book will help get you started.
Learning how to live like our grandparent’s did is a worthwhile goal.
With 400 pages of recipes, DIY’s, preserving traditional foods, raising animals for food, and using herbs – it gives you approachable ways to create a richer life.
Best Hygge Books #27 – The Little Book of Cottagecore: Traditional Skills for a Simpler Life
If you’re longing to return to a simpler life, this book will help you start a path to simplicity. It gives you step-by-step instructions on baking from scratch and gardening.
Best Hygge Books #28 – A Book That Takes Its Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness
This book is a treasure trove of small creative projects designed to help you relax. It will help boost your creativity and see life in a different light.
If you click on the link to Amazon, there are videos of people opening the book to show you how amazing it is.
Best Hygge Books #29 – The Feast Nearby: How I lost my job, buried a mortgage, and found my way by keeping chickens, foraging, preserving, bartering, and eating locally (all on $40 a week)
The author wrote this memoir in 2011 – but it’s still one of my favorite books. It’s about a woman who was a writer that had it all and lost it all by a twist of fate.
Robin Mather lost her husband and prestigious job back-to-back. She had to give up her home and move to a tiny cottage on a lake that they had a vacation home with her bird and dog.
The tiny cottage was located in a vacation area that had harsh winter conditions. She built her life back up with her determination and grit.
Her small weekly budget for food of $40 didn’t stop Robin from eating quality food. You can also try some of the recipes she made.
This book is definitely worth the read.
Best Hygge Books #30 – Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from the South
I saw this cookbook in a bookstore, and it’s enormous! I’m pretty much obsessed with this fantastic cookbook.
This cookbook is a work-of-art. It’s part memoir, part recipes, and part history. You won’t be able to put it down.
Best Hygge Books #31 – Crafting with Cat Hair: Cut Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat
I laughed out loud when I saw this crafting book on the shelf.
Cat lovers rejoice that you can finally make use of your best friend’s hair. It would make an excellent gift for friends that love their cats as much as you do.
Best Hygge Books #32 – Living Large in Our Little House: Thriving in a 480-Square Feet with Six Dogs, a Husband, and One Remote
If you’re looking to downsize and live a simple life, you have found a source of inspiration.
The author shares the challenges they faced, along with the triumphs.
Best Hygge Books #33 – The Hands-On Home: A Seasonal Guide to Cooking, Preserving, & Natural Homekeeping
I followed Erica’s blog for years when I lived in the Seattle area. She wrote about creating a Pacific northwest edible garden.
If getting down the basics is one of your goals, look at this book for ideas.
Best Hygge Books #34 – Simple & Natural Soapmaking: Create 100% Pure and Beautiful Soaps with The Nerdy Wife’s Easy Recipes and Techniques
Herbalist Jan Berry will show you step-by-step how to make botanical soaps at home. She talks about both cold-process soaps and hot-process soap making.
Best Hygge Books #35 – Country Living Mini Makeovers: Easy Ways to Transform Every Room
If you want to change your home decor but find the process overwhelming – here’s a simple guide to give you ideas on how to transform every room with little cost.
Best Hygge Books #36 – French Country Cottage Inspired Gatherings
If you’re looking to create gatherings that would take your breath away, this is a beautiful book for giving your the ideas to do so.
Best Hygge Books #37 – Making a Life: Working by Hand and Discovering the Life You are Meant to Live
If making things with your hands is something you long to do more of, this book will encourage you to jump in and get started.
Go on a journey with the author as she interviews crafters that talk about their lives and passions that will inspire you to make crafting a priority.
Best Hygge Book Idea #38 – The Dirty Life
What happens when a New York City writer interviews a dynamic young farmer who lives on 500 acres? A life change that she didn’t see coming.
If you’ve dreamed about living on a farm, you’re not going to want to miss this memoir.
Best Hygge Books #39 – The Botanist’s Stickers
If you’re looking for gorgeous stickers to decorate your stationery or journal, this book might be what you’re looking for to add flair to your paper.
Best Hygge Book Idea #40 – Big Magic
If you’re looking for ideas on how to add joy to your days, this book by Elizabeth Gilbert will help you get started. The author of Eat, Pray, Love offers inspiration to finally chasing your dreams.
Best Hygge Books #41 – A Woman’s Garden: Grow Beautiful Plants and Make Useful Things
Making the most out of your garden was never easier with the suggestions outlined. The author features other women and their gardens with DIY projects.
We’ve reached the end of Best Hygge Books to Inspire a Cozy Life. I hope you found a new book that stirs your soul.
These books will help you embrace your life and look forward to creating new memories to last a lifetime.
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