Cozy by Isabel Gillies


The New York Times bestselling author of Happens Every Day, Isabel Gillies, presents a fresh and inspiring look at the subtle art of cozy—part manifesto, part lifestyle guide, part memoir—that shows fans of The Little Book of Hygge that true comfort comes from within.When we talk about being cozy, most of us think of a favorite sweater or a steaming cup of tea on a rainy day. But to Isabel Gillies, coziness goes beyond mere objects. To be tru...

Details Cozy

Release DateFeb 12th, 2019
PublisherHarper Wave
GenreNonfiction, Self Help

Reviews Cozy

  • Carole
    This book was not what I expected. It is a pale imitation of The Little Book of Hygge. The audiobook version is read by the author Isabel Gillies. It is preachy and sometimes boring. This is only my opinion and I am sure that many will enjoy this little book.
  • Kimber
    I've always felt that as the days begin to darken we get into the cozy time of year. But just what is meant by cozy? Gillies excellently articulates the myriad ways people can find to make ourselves cozy and why it is important. As she describes all the things she finds to be cozy, you are urged to do the same. She takes the Art of Being Cozy to a whole new level of self-care. This got me thinking: when I am sick I intuitively make myself cozy--a...
  • Kazen
    This book could also be subtitled, 'How to be Cozy Anywhere'. According to Gillies cozy is more than hot tea and fuzzy slippers, it's knowing what calms and centers you. She finds it both in places you would expect (baths) and places you don't (jury duty). If I had to boil it down I'd say thatcozy = self-awareness + mindfulness + self-careThe book starts on a personal scale then broadens out to feeling cozy in your home and in your community. She...
  • Barbara
    I have no idea why this book was written and I have no idea how I got to 71%. I just read a section on why London is so cozy. What? Is the point of this book? Freal though. So far I have gathered that literally anything can be cozy and there is no rules or limitations apparently. And did I really need someone to point out that blankets and sunshine are things people enjoy? I thought about giving up a few times but was kinda bored and in a daze an...
  • Heather
    3 and half stars. Seeing a few other reviews here, that to me, seem drastically negative, where people remark that this book was too fluffy, or too silly, or too cloying, etc. Or that they just have no idea why the author wrote it. I am wondering what exactly these people thought a book titled Cozy was going to be about? I expected it would contain friendly unassuming suggestions about how one might make oneself feel a bit more at ease. a light r...
  • Tiffany
    Cozy romanticises the little things in life we find small pleasures and comfort in but may fail to take note. Having recently graduated from high school and fallen into a reading slump following my final exams, this book reminded me of habits and traditions I have as a child in relation to reading books. Gillies’ carefully points out little things, making the reader wonder, “what cozy things make me tick?”. I found myself reading this book ...
  • Noel
    The idea of this book was good and there were some parts I really liked that made me appreciate aspects of my life more. However...The author rambles throughout the entire book, going on many tangents that don't seem to connects, she uses the word cozy a million times and never once uses a synonym. She also has many cases of terrible word choice that made me cringe. She included random pictures and lists that aren't even referenced in the text th...
  • Tasya Dita
    I received an e-arc of this book from publishers through Edelweiss plus in exchange for an honest opinionDNF at 21%I'm sorry, I really tried to make it to the 50% mark at least, but I just couldn't. This book really did not speak to me, it felt pointless and long winded at times. I love the concept of cozy being things that we find inside ourselves instead of something we create, but the way it is explained just completely lost me.
  • Nicole
    How did this book even get published? It's such a mess. For starters, the whole premise is pretty pointless. The moral of the story is that "cozy" is whatever you want to make it be, so why do we then need an entire book - set up dictionary-style - of the author's favorite things? I finished this book - who knows why - but to be honest she complete lost me on about page four when she said that jury duty was cozy! Then there's the matter of the wa...
  • Asia
    I didn't read a ton of this book but I got the gist and I like it-- cozy is a frame of mind, and it includes a lot more than blankets and mugs of hot cocoa! I've had fun finding coziness in everyday life--even at work!
  • Melchshake
    This book is a total rip of the Danish book Hygge.
  • Ann T
    DNF at 18%. I really wanted to like this book but I could connect with the way it was written.
  • Carianne Carleo-Evangelist
    This book took me a while to get into. I went to the signing & launch for it, and I was curious but found that it wasn't the right book for that time so I put it aside for a while and passed on the copy to a friend. I'd actually forgotten that I joined the library queue for the Kindle edition and when it landed on my Kindle earlier this week I gave it another go. Surprisingly, I got right into it and finished it quickly. While I still don't find ...
  • Lexi
    I wanted to love this book so much, and I did most enjoy parts IV & V (Journey and When It Feels Hard), but for the first 50% of the book I kind of just wanted to get on with it. Here are my favorite excerpts:"...coziness can’t be defined by one standard; it only aligns with what is inside of us. What we know, what we love, what we feel connected to and familiar with.""So much of cozy you can touch with your hands—a book, bathwater, a mug—b...
  • Emily
    "We're all different, but I'm pretty sure we all want to hold on to something." So much truth in this statement. I adored this book. I found it incredibly life changing and soul provoking. This book took us into the world of Cozy and what it means to find coziness within yourself and in all of the little things that make up who we are. We can't control our circumstances, but we can control how respond to the things that happen to us. We can cont...
  • Jaclyn
    I shouldn't have finished this book. It's as simple as that. The longer version is that I enjoyed books like "The Year of Living Danishly" so much that I thought there had to be something redeemable further along in the text. Not even kind of. Unfortunately this was something that would have been a charming blog post that instead became a full-length book. It was not well researched or founded on anything substantive other than the author's own p...
  • Bethany
    You really don't need a synopsis here, the title tells you exactly what you need to know. Essentially, Isabel Gillies explains how to find coziness in every moment, even the bad, to ground yourself. This book was cute, and sort of full of common-sense. It was a nice read, but I'm not sure that I got anything out of it. Why did I rate it 3 stars then, you ask? Because I do think that there's someone out there who isn't as self-aware as me that cou...
  • Michelle
    “ every time of personal upheaval and reckoning, the smallest parts of life have been the only things powerful enough to pull me through.” Full disclosure: I know Isabel and think she is fabulous. But I swear I wouldn't give it a 5 star rating unless I really felt it deserved it. It was a great read - lots of amazing moments. Best of all, it made me think a lot about all the coziness in my life and where I can bring even more cozy into i...
  • Suzanne Kelman
    Sweet book!
  • Catherine Muller
    My cozy is reading a book picked out by @Emily at the BPL on a rainy day with a weekend full of friend time ahead of me
  • Andrew Edling
    @isabelgillies checked out your new book, COZY, and was struck by how accessible your concepts are. Reminds me of my man Marcel Proust's "Madeleine Moment" thanks for sharing your talents with us @isabelgillies checked out your new book, COZY, and was struck by how accessible your concepts are. Reminds me of my man Marcel Proust's "Madeleine Moment" 🍪 thanks for sharing your talents with us ✌️
  • Dixie
    I like the overall theme and the many excellent examples of finding coziness no matter the situation.
  • Marta
    There is no strong sense of organization in Cozy, but the tone is warm and conversational. It's a relaxing read, if not a compelling one, but some wonderful thoughts were sprinkled in, like the one below." You don't have to be in a foreign country to feel far away. When my first husband told me he was leaving, I felt lost In my own kitchen. When my father had a stroke, I felt lost in my own driveway. When my dog died at the vet when I wasn't with...
  • Lynne
    2.75 Kind of irritating after a while
  • Bess
    This book was everything I hoped it would be, and then some. : )
  • Joanne
    This should have been a magazine article.
  • Kayla Droese
    No regrets reading this one but could have been a long article. Definitely made me think hard about the things I surround myself with and to pay attention to my outdoor surroundings too
  • Sara
    The author waxes poetic about all things "cozy". Which can (apparently) be anything, in any setting, for anybody. I expected more from this one, but enjoyed the light read.
  • Elizabeth
    This book slowly and steadily won me over with many small anecdotes and moments that made me smile or laugh or wish that loved ones were at the other end of the couch so that I could share this or that. I'm unlikely to buy it, but think owning it would be its own kind of cozy.