The Hygge Holiday by Rosie Blake is the official December 2022 pick for the Peanut Blossom Book Club for Recovering Readers.
In the 8 years of our book club, I have NEVER picked an official read for December before this year.
Usually I call this our "Reader's Choice" month because during the busy holiday season, it can feel nice to take a break and just read whatever is calling your name.
But, when I spotted the sweet pink cover of this month's book during my book search for the year, I absolutely couldn't resist adding it to our lineup.
If you're not sure what "hygge" is, it refers to a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).
If that doesn't describe snuggling up with a good book, I don't know what does!
So if you're needing an extra does of good will and happiness this month, this book club pick is going to be right up your alley.
P.S. Just joining us? Don't miss the full 2022 line-up for our book club picks.
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December Official Book Club Pick: The Hygge Holiday
I’m pleased to announce that this is our official December Pick for this year.
What is this month's book about?
"The perfect recipe for hygge:
- make a hot chocolate
- draw the curtains
- snuggle under a blanket
- read your way to happiness!
It's autumn in Yulethorpe and everyone is gloomy. It's cold, drizzly and the skies are permagrey. The last shop on the high street - an adorable little toy shop - has just shut its doors. Everything is going wrong for Yulethorpe this autumn. Until Clara Kristensen arrives.
Clara is on holiday but she can see the potential in the pretty town, so she rolls up her sleeves and sets to work. Things are looking up until Joe comes to Yulethorpe to find out exactly what is going on with his mother's shop. Joe is Very Busy and Important in the City and very sure that Clara is up to no good. Surely no one would work this hard just for the fun of it?
Can a man who answers emails at 3 a. m. learn to appreciate the slower, happier, hygge things in life - naps, candles, good friends and maybe even falling in love?"
Discussion Questions for The Hygge Holiday
Book Club Party Menu
For your book club party menu, keep things super cozy for the end of the year and just serve hot cocoa and cookies!
My easy crockpot hot chocolate bar is so fun to set up. For the adults, you could always set out a bottle of liqueur to add a little extra warmth to the mug!
Then choose one or two easy Christmas cookies to bake. I love my crispy M&M cookies with cornflakes and oats because they are a simple drop cookie.
If you have a little more time, the homemade gingerbread cookies are fun to bake with your kids ahead of time.
Or in a pinch, just whip up my sweet gingerbread dip and serve it with graham crackers for dipping or a package of super-fancy thin cookies. I've spotted hot cocoa flavored cookie thins at the store that would be perfect.
Cozy Christmas Romance
If this book inspires you to enjoy a little romance this season, you will love my easy list of ways to "date your spouse" this Christmas!