Bestsellers · Non-Fiction

The Comfort Book – Matt Haig ★★★★

Blurb; A small book for anyone in search of hope, looking for a path to a more meaningful life, or in need of encouragement.

Happiness occurs when you forget who you’re expected to be. And what you’re expected to do. Happiness is an accident of self-acceptance. It’s the warm breeze you feel when you open the door to who you are.

Years ago, Matt Haig began writing notes to his future self. These notes were meant as gifts to his future self: offerings of hope to help himself through anything from the darkest periods of his life to a not-so-great day. As time went on, he added new thoughts and stories, and he turned them into The Comfort Book so that everyone could draw on this well of reassurance and encouragement. Each of its short meditations gives a new perspective on life and all of its highs and lows–small islands of hope for anyone looking for a more fulfilling, more uplifting way through life. Incorporating a diverse array of sources from across the world, history, science, and his own experiences, Haig offers warmth and reassurance, reminding us to slow down and appreciate the beauty and unpredictability of existence.

My Review; Absolutely love Matts books and this was the same. It’s a book full of hope, quotes, stories and thoughts on everything we experience throughout life whether that’s death, birth, trauma, emotions, suicide, drugs, alcohol, depression or illness. This book covers it all. Some chapters are really short while others are longer but it’s an easy read. One that’s suppose to help the reader no matter their current mindset.

He speaks truth. He’s honest. Raw. I just love him. A book everyone should read at some point in their life. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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contemporary · Non-Fiction

Notes On A Nervous Planet – Matt Haig ★★★★★

Blurb; A follow-up to Matt Haig’s internationally bestselling memoir, Reasons to Stay Alive, a broader look at how modern life feeds our anxiety, and how to live a better life.

The societies we live in are increasingly making our minds ill, making it feel as though the way we live is engineered to make us unhappy. When Matt Haig developed panic disorder, anxiety, and depression as an adult, it took him a long time to work out the ways the external world could impact his mental health in both positive and negative ways. Notes on a Nervous Planet collects his observations, taking a look at how the various social, commercial and technological “advancements” that have created the world we now live in can actually hinder our happiness. Haig examines everything from broader phenomena like inequality, social media, and the news; to things closer to our daily lives, like how we sleep, how we exercise, and even the distinction we draw between our minds and our bodies.

My Review; This is the follow on to the book I previously reviewed (Reasons To Stay Alive) they are both very similar. However, this book focuses again on depression and anxiety but takes an indepth look into the world. This includes… Social media, news, shopping, technology and companies and how it all affects us. It is well researched and looked into and again has plenty of tips for us all to deal with this world amid the chaos of our minds.

Matt makes the reader feel they are not alone in the daily challenges we all face. Brilliantly written again. Highly recommend. An insightful read for us all. A well deserved five stars.

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Non-Fiction

Reasons To Stay Alive – Matt Haig ★★★★★

Blurb; Matt Haig’s accessible and life-affirming memoir of his struggle with depression, and how his triumph over the illness taught him to live.

“Destined to become a modern classic.” —Entertainment Weekly

Like nearly one in five people, Matt Haig suffers from depression. Reasons to Stay Alive is Matt’s inspiring account of how, minute by minute and day by day, he overcame the disease with the help of reading, writing, and the love of his parents and his girlfriend (and now-wife), Andrea. And eventually, he learned to appreciate life all the more for it.

Everyone’s lives are touched by mental illness: if we do not suffer from it ourselves, then we have a friend or loved one who does. Matt’s frankness about his experiences is both inspiring to those who feel daunted by depression and illuminating to those who are mystified by it. Above all, his humor and encouragement never let us lose sight of hope. Speaking as his present self to his former self in the depths of depression, Matt is adamant that the oldest cliché is the truest—there is light at the end of the tunnel. He teaches us to celebrate the small joys and moments of peace that life brings, and reminds us that there are always reasons to stay alive.

My Review; This book came into my life at what I felt was a very dark and lonely time, I was struggling and this book just came to me and it was perfect. It was just what I needed. It is Matt’s own personal story but full of information, ideas and ways to help yourself. It focuses alot on depression and anxiety which I have both. It’s an honest story/book that could literally save lives.

The way Matt has written this he understands, you’re not alone, he has been there and he wants to help if he can through this book. I would highly recommend to all. Either for those who do have anxiety and depression or for those who don’t to educate yourselves about it all and help others. Eye opening. Honest. A book we need, not want. Thank you Matt. A well deserved five stars from me.

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