In October, I read The Book of Hygge by Louisa Thomsen Brits. It was a beautifully written, intelligent and fascinating book. I really recommend it to anyone who wants to discover more about the concept of hygge. It’s a word that seems to be appearing everywhere of late, but it wasn’t until reading this book that I had any sense of what hygge is, and its deeper meaning which goes far beyond the brewing of coffee and and the lighting of candles, and encompasses a way of living and interacting, of noticing and creating moments of contentment, connection and happiness. For anyone who’s keen to learn more, Louisa Thomsen Brits is giving a talk in London later this month as part of the 91 Magazine West Elm popup. You can find out more here.
I’ve chosen Helen Dunmore’s A Spell of Winter as my November read. It was a recommendation from my friend Sara during one of The Year in Books twitter chats. Its one of those novels that I really feel as if I should have read before now, so I’m finally putting that right.
There’s something about the beginning of Autumn that means the prospect of curling up with a book becomes even more appealing than usual. I’m slowly making my way through Anna Karenina. I find that it’s one that needs my full concentration, so not great for a sleepy end-of-the-day read, which means it may take me a little while, but that’s no bad thing!
I’m extremely excited about my October choice, the rather zeitgeisty ‘The Book of Hygge‘ by Louisa Thomsen Brits. I’m a huge fan of Louisa’s gentle and nature-infused Instagram feed, and I’ve been fascinated for some time by the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ (hue-gah), which seems to have entered common parlance of late, and although I am drawn to it, I know very little about it, and am keen to discover more. Not only that, but this book is utterly beautiful and is illustrated with stunning photographs by Susan Bell. I feel quite sure that I have a treat in store.
I’ve always felt September to be the month of fresh starts. A clean notebook, a new page, a full fountain pen… September is full of promise. Perhaps it’s because I’ve spent most of my life as either a student or a teacher, and now, a parent, but the academic year makes more sense to me than the calendar one. So, after a summer break, The Year in Books is back. I have a long to-read list, and I can’t wait to share it with you. But first, tell me, what did you read and enjoy over the summer?
For August, The Year in Books is taking a brief hiatus. It’s been a busy few months for me, and several of my most recent reads remain unfinished (or, in the case of Villette, yet to be started!). Later in the month we’ll be taking a trip to a wifi-free, TV-less cottage in France. I have a stack of books to take with me, and I’m hoping to catch up on all of my reading.