Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living book review


As I posted a few weeks ago on Instagram, I hit the real jackpot at my local library! I went in to take a few books back that we had out over the Christmas period and found Lagom*** along with The Little Book of Hygge***! These were both books I nearly bought at our local independent book shop before Christmas, but held out, and boy was I glad when I saw them in the library. I always feel really smug when I manage to save money and reduce potential clutter by being able to borrow things like books.

I had high hopes because I read this one after The Little Book of Hygge (which was a good read, if not repetitive, but as a former full-time teacher, I know the value of this when driving points home). I’m a sucker for a good Scandi trend, or really, any trend that sheds light other countries’ cultural practices.

So, onto the review. This is a gorgeous book to behold. Stunning, even. The pictures are beautiful, the design is incredible aesthetically pleasing. The layout is neat and attractive, and broken into small chunks of information. The content is presented in logical categories and has a good flow to it. This is a good book to read if you have limited time to read, or can only read in small chunks, as it’s definitely a book conducive to being picked up and put down.

There are gazillions of bite-size tips to help you find balance in your life and some really interesting looking recipes and DIY instructions that looked tempting, but I’ll admit that I didn’t have a go at making anything contained in the book.

The major thing that I wish that the book had was more of a sense of showing us how the Swedes themselves practice lagom, showing us through the lens of their culture to make it more concrete, rather than the tips provided that seem so numerous that it’s overwhelming at times. Secondly, I felt like I maybe wasn’t the target audience for this book. I already have quite a lot of knowledge in eco-friendliness, mindfulness and food wastage avoidance presented in the book, so I felt like I didn’t learn a whole lot of new concepts, and I found it hard at times to be engaged with the content because of that.

Is it still an enjoyable book to read? Absolutely. It’s just really for people who haven’t a clue where to start when it comes to finding balance in their lives and for those for whom eco-friendliness, mindfulness, DIY, slow food, meditation and balance are unfamiliar.


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