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The best cozy Scandinavian books to help you create calm

The best cozy Scandinavian books to help you create calm

Hygge—pronounced as “hoo-guh”—is a Danish term that means a quality of coziness and an attitude towards life that is focused on finding joy in everyday moments. It is derived from a 16th century Norwegian term, hugga, which means “to comfort.”

If this is exactly what you need, especially with everything going on right now, we have the perfect list for you. 

While readers consider books a safe haven, there is no denying that there are some titles that give us a little more comfort than others. Here are the best cozy books from our Scandinavian collection for that hygge life, one that will surely feel like a warm hug.


The Little Book Of Hygge: Danish Secrets To Happy Living by Meik Wiking

Aside from its gorgeous book cover, this book shares the Danish life that can help you feel lighter and happier as a person. 

Through The Little Book Of Hygge: Danish Secrets To Happy Living, Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, shares his commitment 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.



Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much - The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life by Niki Brantmark

Here’s a book that not only has a cute cover that’s perfect for display, but will share with you the Swedish philosophy for enjoying balance in every aspect of life—from work and leisure to family and food, and everything in between.

Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much - The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life will help you learn and achieve moderation, balance, and equality in your everyday life.



The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
by Jonas Jonasson

This read is perfect for fans of Forrest Gump and A Man Called Ove. With more than six million copies sold worldwide, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is continuously capturing the hearts of many readers.

Allan Karlsson, who lived a long and eventful life, turns 100. He ends up in a nursing home for retirement, but he doesn’t want any part of it so he decides to escape. A quirky and unique read, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared tells us that one is never too young or old for an adventure.



The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man: A Novel by Jonas Jonasson

If you have read The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared and loved it, you must not miss out on the sequel! In The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man: A Novel, Allan Karlsson is back and is even funnier. And older.

Allan and Julius get into a twisted adventure as they accidentally get rescued by a North Korean ship, harboring a suitcase full of contraband uranium, on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un. Hysterical with a hint of politics, this book will get you chuckling for sure.



The Art of Making Memories: How to Create and Remember Happy Moments by Meik Wiking

This book will make you think about happy thoughts! Happiness researcher Meik Wiking shows us how to create lasting memories that make life sweet in this charming book.

The Art of Making Memories: How to Create and Remember Happy Moments examines how mental images are made, stored, and recalled in our brains, as well as the “art of letting go.” This book gives us a better understanding of why we tend to forget certain moments to make room for deeper, more meaningful ones.


A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman

Ove is the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside from his bedroom window. He is famously known as “the bitter neighbor from hell”, as he has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse.

But behind the cranky exterior, there is a story and a sadness.

A Man Called Ove is an unforgettable read that takes on themes of family, friendships, loss, and love—the perfect book to pair with a cup of tea or hot chocolate to cap off the night.


Lagom: The Swedish Art of Eating Harmoniously
by Steffi Knowles Dellner

Here’s a sneak peek and some genuine insights into how Swedes eat and cook. Lagom: The Swedish Art of Eating Harmoniously is a beautiful cookbook with recipes that fit around the seasons, occasions, times of day, and appetite.

Eating and cooking with “lagom” means embracing food that is good for body and soul, unfussy, delicious, and sustaining, and all in harmony.



The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen

Are you curious about what it’s like to live in the Nordic region? This book is made for you! Anu Partanen compares and contrasts life in the United States with life in the Nordic region, focusing on four key relationships: parents and children, men and women, employees and employers, and government and citizens.

Intriguing, informative, and charming all together, The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life will make you daydream about living the Scandinavian life.


There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather
by Linda Akeson McGurk

Linda Akeson McGurk emphasizes the importance of the outdoors to childhood development in There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather. Wonderfully written, this book is a personal narrative that illustrates how Scandinavian culture could hold the key to raising healthy, resilient, and confident children in America.

It’s both insightful and lively, it will even get you to go outdoors and experience nature in a more personal way.



Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales, MinaLima Design
 by Hans Christian Andersen

Reminisce your childhood with beloved characters as the Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, and the Snow Queen with the deluxe full-color edition of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tales. 

The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales, MinaLima Design is a book illustrated with stunning drawings and interactive artwork from MinaLima, the award-winning design studio behind the graphics for the Harry Potter franchise. 



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