Cosy: The British Art of Comfort by Laura Weir


Be warm, be pure, be amorous, but be chaste. – Lord Byron

This book was kindly provided to me by Edelweiss and HarperOne in exchange for an honest review:

Synopsis: The Danes have hygge. The Swedes have lagom. Now, Laura Weir, a beloved lifestyle journalist and editor-in-chief of London Evening Standard’s weekly ES magazine, introduces American readers to the Brits’ best-kept secret—coziness—an indulgent, luxurious, yet unfussy way of creating comfort and joy.

Cosy is “the slacker’s guide to staying at home, an antidote to peak frazzle.” With trademark Anglo cheekiness, Laura Weir perfectly captures the British essence of cosy. She celebrates socks, warms to the joys of toasty open fires, and extols the virtues of a quiet walk, ultimately enticing us all to create the British magic of cosy in our everyday lives.

With more than 140 whimsical illustrations and interviews with British lifestyle experts, including Melissa Hemsley, Sophie Dahl, and Dolly Alderton, Cosy is a perfect reminder to slow down, have a cuppa, and settle in when life pushes you into overdrive.

  • Publisher: HarperOne
  • Publication date: November 5, 2019
  • Buy here: B&N and Amazon

Being cozy is something I live for every day, hence my blog name. Seeing this book made me excited, wanting to curl up with a blanket and a warm cup of something. The excitement was gone by the end of the book. It was like reading about someone who doesn’t understand what cozy is at all.

First, this book is completely centered around British people. My pinterest is full of cozy looking British places, but it is ridiculous to make cozy a concept that is only possible in Britain. Hygge is a Danish concept, but is something that you can experience wherever you are. Cozy is the same thing. It’s whay you believe is cozy, and it can not be decided by someone else. I felt like the author was forcing her idea of being cozy on me, deciding for me what is cozy and what is not.

I also expected more on the subjects she talks about. I wanted to feel cozy while reading this book, though that didn’t happen. The subjects look random and standard, talking about tea and clothes and cooking. The author tells us how to drink our tea and what is absolutely not done while making tea, while I would like it more if she would take us through the feeling and experiencing of a cup of tea in a certain setting. To give me cozy feelings while only thinking about it.

A couple of times I was surprised by a certain turn a chapter took. Suddenly we get a Q&A in the middle of a chapter. It felt like the pages needed to be filled, so here’s an interview. Then we have some chapters that are useless when you’re not British or are not living there. Cozy places to stay in Britain is not something I’m just going to do the next day. It’s way to specific for people to execute if you want to take advice from this book.

The thing that made this book cozy for me, was that I imagined the coziness with it. Some points on being cozy I share with the author, though the shared opinion only lasts for a couple of sentences. I’ve tried to stick to those shared looks and focus more on those. Outside that it was hard to get through the book and not that cozy to me.

I gave this book 3/5 stars.

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