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Where does The Little Book of Hygge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
TLBH is an entertaining nonfiction book. I enjoy my hardcover copy of the book, but I wanted the audiobook as well so that I could listen to it while cooking and knitting. I enjoyed TLBH a bit more than other nonfiction audiobooks I've listened to because it was inspiring and humorous as well as informative.
What other book might you compare The Little Book of Hygge to and why?
The closest I can compare it to would be The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but TLBH is in my opinion more entertaining and less didactic.
What about Meik Wiking’s performance did you like?
Meik Wiking's voice is warm and pleasant. He reminds me of a Danish boy I knew in high school. He is very capable of conveying sarcasm and humor in English.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Our family's lifestyle is already pretty hyggelig by Danish standards. We need more candles, though, and a Cakeman for our next child's birthday party! I liked that recipes for Danish dishes were included. We're giving them a try.
Danish culture sounds accommodating of introverts, unlike many other Western cultures.
It's interesting that Danes consider societal stability a key component of their personal happiness. It sounds like a dog-eat-dog, survival-of-the-fittest attitude is not a Danish value.
Any additional comments?
I'm surprised by the less than positive reviews here. What were you all expecting, a scientific analysis of the Danish psyche written by a professor from the University of Copenhagen? Familiarize yourself with a book and its author before you read it and adjust your expectations accordingly. This is a relaxed, sweet, funny homage to Danish culture written by a native son. So lighten up, light a candle or two, snuggle on your sofa with a cup of tea, and try to get into the spirit of hygge. It might do your soul some good.
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Coasting on the back of the positive happiness waive of personal fulfillment books these last few years. This is very light on information. I will summarize. The Danes are statistically a happy bunch. They like soft lighting, small groups of friends, and hot drinks, which all contribute to feelings of general contentment. So, light some candles, make some friends, and make hot chocolate and your life will be so much more full of hygge.
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