Get a Little Hygge!

by Elle Keck

Tis the season to be hyggelig!

If you’re not up on one of the most popular, and cozy, trends of the past few years, you might not know what I’m talking about. Hygge (pronounced Hoo-Ga for us English speakers) comes from Denmark and essentially means “a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being” according to The Little Book of Hygge.

So how do you achieve this blessed state? Great lighting (preferably candles), soft blankets and an army of pillows, lots of cake, and a great book. While I can’t help you out with the rest of the items, I can recommend 10 of the most hyggelig romances that I’ve read!

 

1. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

I love this book so much. I can’t remember the first time I read it, but I can remember the way it (and Derek Craven) made me feel: warm, toasty, and just a little bit scandalized. If you haven’t read this before, take this Thanksgiving break to fall in love with Mr. Craven. And if you have, well, re-reading is a pretty hygge activity.

 

2. The Earl Takes All by Lorraine Heath

I feel like misunderstanding plots can get a bad name. If they’re done superbly, like Ms Heath does in this incredible novel, they can be full of angst, heart, drama, and resolve themselves in a way you would never see coming. This book as all the Lorraine Heath trademarks and by the end, you’ll be wiping the tears off with a smile on your face.

 

3. Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

I read this book in one night, frankly when I probably should have been working. Oh well! No regrets. A Romeo and Juliet plot with a sexy spin (and a happier ending, promise), you will be making heart eyes at Livvy and Nicholas all the way through.

 

4. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

I feel like I don’t need to write a ton about this book. The jillion “Best Of” lists that are graced with this book’s presence say it all. What I will say is that I recently re-read  it (for the hundredth time) and no one has ever written a couple like Jess and Dain.

 

5. Head Coach by Lia Riley

Enemies to lovers is my all-time favorite trope and combined with a sexy hockey coach, a fearless reporter, and a romantic weekend in the Denver Rockies, it’s the perfect read for a winter afternoon. Required for best experience: a roaring fire, a sense of humor, and a cup of hot cocoa.

 

6. Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

According to experts, one of the most hygge things in the world is cake. What better book to read while eating a delicious piece than this delightful romp? Plus, there’s a riotous cake-tasting scene, sure to please any Dane.

 

7. How to Woo a Wallflower by Christy Carlyle

If you’ve never had a chance to read Christy Carlyle before, you should go out and read this book right now! A wallflower, who’s not really a wallflower, and a buttoned up hero, who isn’t very buttoned up, provide sparks galore in this sumptuous Victorian romance. Plus, there’s a brawl at the end that you won’t want to miss!

 

8. The Lass Wore Black by Karen Ranney

I think I recommend this book to every romance reader I meet. Karen Ranney has been a force in the romance world for dozens of years and this book might be my all-time favorite of hers. A reformed mean girl is a character I love to read, but can be a turn-off for many. Take a chance on Ms. Ranney and Catriona. Believe me, it’ll be worth it.

 

9. Chase Me by Tessa Bailey

If you’re anything like me, you’ll fall in love with this book the moment Roxy shows up outside the hero’s apartment door in a singing bunny costume. This is super sexy and full on hilarious, perfect for when you need a little comedy to spice up your cold winter night.

 

10. Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis

I couldn’t have a hyggelig list without a dedicated Christmas romance on it! The latest from Jill Shalvis is the perfect book to read cuddled up with your favorite fur baby. Special points if it’s a Frenchie 😉

 

I hope this list provided you with some new books to love, some old books to revisit, and a whole lot of hygge to explore! From my comfy couch to yours, Happy Hygge!

xo

Elle