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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Bestsellers · contemporary · fantasy

The Midnight Library – Matt Haig ★★★★★

Blurb; ‘Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices… Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?’

A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time.

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig’s enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

My Review; I don’t think I can do this book/review enough justice but I’m going to give it my best shot… If there is one book I would urge you and shout at you to buy it would be this on. Go do it. Treat yourself You will not regret it. I promise. This is going straight into my top twenty of the year reads. I’ve awarded it five stars and I’d award more if I could! How do I start?

I must admit it’s not what I expected at all. But I feel it was just what I needed right now honestly. This book is going to be huge. This book for me was amazing, outstanding, life changing, powerful and thought provoking. Honestly have you ever felt so low you wanted to die? Then this book is for you. It will change your whole perspective on life. It has for me. It’s taught me A LOT of life lessons and how I see my life. I actually have fallen in love with this book and I don’t say that lightly.

I don’t want to ruin this for anyone but if you could view every possible outcome of your life would you? Would you ever be happy? Just wow. It’s taught me to open my eyes, appreciate what I have not what I want. Life is life. Life is beautiful. I loved it all. I devoured it in a day. Beautifully told. An easy read for me done in a day but one I felt I NEEDED to read right at this moment in my life. Now this is my review others may feel differently about this book and some may hate it. But I cant explain how much I loved, enjoyed and needed this book. One I can always go back too when I’m feeling low. Uplifting.

So thank you Matt. Absolutely brilliant. Grateful. It’s really made me think and I miss it already. Perfection.

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