30/100 The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

This is a fascinating study on happiness, taking it easy, and the Danish People.  I find it interesting that the majority of what is recommended is a combination of ‘Carpe Diem’ and ‘Stop and Smell the Roses’.  I love several of the concepts, enjoying your life as it is; making sure that you have time every day for something cozy; coffee.  Some concepts are not congruent with my reality, soft lighting (I like to see what I’m doing) and candles/fireplace (I like having a house not a conflagration).  I do recommend this book, it is a good idea to explore other peoples cultures, even in small doses.  I enjoy the reminder that life is full of little joys, not everything has to be a big event or cost a lot of money.
For an easy read with a few ideas for making your life a little happier, this is a good book.


19/100 Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton

This was a really good book. Admittedly it was more about the photographs than the stories, but while a picture is worth 1,000 words a few words can put the picture in context. There are some amazing life lessons, it was really remarkable how much information the author managed to get out of these individuals. I am really happy that I managed to finish this book, it really helped to remind me that you never really know what someone else has gone through.  The images range from cute to heart wrenching, if you want your guts ripped out or just a reminder of how good your life is, maybe even how much worse it could be then this is the book for you.