Hygge: The Ultimate lifestyle for Bookworms

Hygge: A Danish and Norweigan word for a feeling of cosiness and good wellbeing.

About two years ago, this word was everywhere in the UK. People were Hygging (?) left right and centre. The Little book of Hygge by Meik Wiking was in every major supermarket.

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If I’m honest, I wasn’t that into it, thinking ‘God this is like avocados- it’s just a phase’ I may have been wrong about both. I won’t be buying any avocados soon ~(yuk) but Hygge, may have stolen my heart.

I’m sure you can tell from this blog I am a bookworm, (I prefer Book Unicorn, actually. I am NOT a worm) so I going tell you why I think Hygge is perfect for all Book Nerds…

  1. Books go really well with drinking, tea/coffee/Hot Chocolate/mulled wine.
  2. Hygge is about slowing down, making time to read
  3. Candles– Who doesn’t love lighting their favourite Book scented candle
  4. Creation of a cosy atmosphere- Blankets, cushions, comfy chairs etc.
  5. Build relationships – Book Clubs, online and offline communities.
  6. Leaving the Drama in the Books…
  7. Gratitude to the amazing authors, publishers, reviewers, Bloggers, Fans, creators of Book Merchandise.
  8. Finding your Tribe- Most Bookworms are Introverts, they are not overly fond of big crowds. Find 1 or 4 people to chill with, reading listening to music is perfect.
  9. Comfort food– Okay this is a personal one. I love to munch on popcorn, or gummy bears or cake when I am reading

I am here to be your hyggespreder. I am starting a new section of my Blog all about Hygge, including some recipes, seasonal tips, Cosy Room ideas, relationship building, and tips on how to make time for all of this..

Summer doesn’t really feel like the time to be cozy, but IT is about relaxing and enjoying the moment… In a few days I’ll publish a post about Hygge in summer, and why it is almost as important to get cozy in the summer as well as the cozier of seasons..

 

Audiobooks: KOBO vs Audible

It’s a showdown, people!!!

I love audiobooks. last thing before bed for about 20 minutes I love to pop on some fairy lights, have a hot drink, lie back in bed, and be carried off to another world.

I always feel so relaxed and refreshed when I wake.

That being said, audiobooks, individually purchased are really EXPENSIVE. you are talking at least £10-£25 for each book. Not purse friendly.

BUT Audiobook subscriptions make it possible for me. There are two contenders for these Audible- an Amazon based company and KOBO – a Ratuken company.

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How do they work?

You buy a credit each month which can be exchanged for 1 audiobook, no matter the price individually. you can then play these via the app on all smartphones, laptop, and computers.

Subscription Price

Audible: £7.99, per month for 1 credits. £14.99 for 2 credits

Kobo: £6.99, per month for 1 title

Availability of titles

Honestly, it’s about the same. I search for titles that appear on Audible and Kobo and they were identical.

App

Kobo

The Kobo app contains eBooks & Audiobooks. The home page I felt was a little underwhelming, BUT the reading activity page made me a happy little reader. I love reading about stats, especially my own. With stats like ‘hours per book’ and ‘pages turned’ I was a happy little book bat.

There are also rewards like the social butterfly, witching hour (wow) and Deep thinker to be won. I do love challenges.

Overall 🦇🦇🦇🦇

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Audible

When you open the audible app it takes you straight to where you left the app the last time you were there. In my instance, the Library. I like that for two reasons, 1) no-one is trying to sell you more books. 2) the bottom of it has the last played book player, so you can just continue where you left off.

There is also a stats page with reward badges which were quite similar to KOBO, it does give you a ranking depending on how long you listen to them.

Overall

🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

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Other Services

Audible:

  • Although the Audible app does not have the ebooks in the app, you can switch between the eBook and Audiobook, if you have purchased both. If you already own a Kindle book, chances are you will get an offer price on the Audiobook at a really reduced price. you can then switch between the apps, and continue on the eBook, or the audiobook when needed. it will keep your place.
  • Audible has a free service called ‘Shows’ which are like podcasts but by authors and famous people. (Stephen Fry’s one is very good. )
  • Finally, if you are a Harry Potter fan, you can only get the series on audible. although it links to JK Rowlings own Pottermore Website.

 

Verdict

You need to way up how serious you are about audiobooks. If you are starting out I would recommend KOBO, if you are not sure how much time you would have for it. It’s cheaper and easy to use.

If you think you want more credits at a better value for money, the hands down you’ll want Audible. Three extra credits can be purchased for £17.99 So if you feel you need the rest of a series you started listening to you can.

Audiobooks can be addicting. I have 457 Audible titles. (I’ve been with Audile for about 8 years)

KOBO website ♡ Audible Website

 

 

My Literary Goals for 2018

Bookstagram: My new Mantra next year is Be different! I’m starting off in January with a Harley Quinn Theme. I’m also going to try to be really proactive, and plan my Themes for the year. I have done 4 months so far, and I am really looking forward to them.
Writing: I have been really bad at writing lately, and a I need a confidence boost. I have a book of 365 affirmations that I will be using daily to stir creative juices. I have a few ideas and the plan is to really focus on finishing a book.
Read List: My plan is to read 130 books this year. In a few hours Goodreads will upload 2018 reading challenge, which I can’t wait for the blank slate! I’ve created a Goodreads Shelf for 2018.. so check it out! This will help me to keep on track and get some of the older book titles I’ve yet to read checked off my TBR list!!

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Book Buying Budget: I buy a lot of books. I need to curb it slightly. So I am giving myself a budget of £100 a month ( seems like a lot, but I spend a lot more!)
A Literary Romance: I am fully committing myself to this blog next year. I am gonna post more reviews and lifestyle tips. My aim, is to post at least 100 posts next year! This will help with my writing confidence, and give me a chance to go psycho for the books I love!!

Felt Bow Tutorial

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It’s that time of the year again… Christmas is coming.

With under a month to go, I thought I’d post a simple tutorial for Sparkle Bows…

These are great for adding to gift wrapping, stringing them up and popping them on bookcases, or adding them to the tree.

So here’s what you are gonna need:

  • Needle
  • Matching Colour Thread
  • Glitter Felt sheets
  • Bow Pattern
  • Quilting clips
  • Scissors

Print and Cut out the Pattern below

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Attach to the Glitter Felt, and cut out

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Insert a needle through the middle of the Bow Top

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Fold one of bow corners on the Bow top inwards.

Insert the needle into the corner of the bow top and pull thread taunt.

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Push needle into the corner of the opposite bow, and pull thread. Secure with thread.

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Using the Bow Bottom, Insert the needle & Thread through the middle of the bow top and the bow bottom. Secure.