Matt Haig – Reasons to stay alive🎄
I’m not reviewing this in the sense of a number of stars because that doesn’t feel right.
But I have now read this, and I’ve picked it up when I wanted to.. because I think it’s one of those books that you have to be in the right mindset for (if you’re in a darker place, the sheer reality of the text can just surface there darker feelings)
This is my first Matt Haig book and it certainly won’t be my last. (I’m reading the Midnight Library with @l.aurareads and @behindtheblurbbookclub next and I’m about to order another one of his..)
I think Haig writes in a very chatty, personalised, almost diary way, which is perfect for such an important matter like mental health.
I like that when he talks about mental health, anxiety and depression, he doesn’t question “what’s wrong with you?!”.. he turns to analyze society, and explains logically how much of a mess the world is in, so it’s sort of understandable that we’re on the verge (over it?!) Of insanity.
His writing is HIGHLY comforting. He talks about the philosophy of why we feel depressed, or even just have emotions, and uses the simplicity of how our brains are wired to FEEL, and we are all just imperfect humans and we should give ourselves a bloody break, really.
I loved that he actually gives a list (an actual list) of things you can do every day to remind yourself of why you should live. And for the first time ever, I’ve even cut out some pieces of paper and slotted them into memorable pages.
So yes, no X out of X, but defo recommend!
Happy Christmas Eve, and stay safe (from covid, the mess of society.. everything really)