Sunday, November 5, 2023

BW45: 52 Books Bingo - Hygge


Happy Sunday! Our next 52 Books Bingo category is Hygge. What exactly is Hygge?  Hygge originated from 16th century Norwegian, first appeared in Danish writing in the 1800's and was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2017.   As defined by the Oxford Dictionary, Hygge is 

"a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)."

The ten principles of Hygge according to Meik Wiking who wrote The Little Book of Hygge are: 

"Atmosphere, Presence, Pleasure, Equality, Gratitude, Harmony, Comfort, Truce, Togetherness and, finally, Shelter."

In the mid 20th Century, Hygge in English writing as "cozy and comfortable surroundings that invoke an inner sense of contentment or well-being."

There are quite a few ways to interpret this category including reading a book with Hygge in the title as well as reading a cozy mystery set anywhere. 

Danish literature has international reach so read a book written by a Danish author. 

Have fun! 

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