Review: The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

Happy Friday! I think most people are in need of a little pick me up! This book, a book that does exactly what it says on the cover. It was just so comforting and validating. Now I open it at random just to see what pearl of comfort I land on. A Truly fulfilling read, whether you read it from cover to cover or dip into it randomly.

Matt Haig’s latest book can best be described as that long awaited warm hug you didn’t know you needed. The Comfort Book is a collection of Haig’s random quips and thoughts about hope, happiness and life. It without a doubt lives up to its title, as every page brings great comfort. While some pages contain simple one-liners, such as why you should eat pasta, others are deep metaphorical observations that cause you to stop and really think.

Haig goes from sharing playlists, movies and recipes that bring him great joy, to stripping philosophical theories down to their bare roots to make them accessible and relatable. He draws much of the book from his own personal experiences with anxiety and depression, something he has been very open and vocal about, and removes the stigma around mental health.

One of the beauties of this book is that you can pick it up and read through it in any order. You could skim through random pages, or you could read it from start to finish. You can take your time and read bits here and there, or you could read it in one or two sittings (like I did). Simply put, The Comfort Book is a fantastic book. It’s one that you just keep out and read through whenever you need that hug. At this point in the pandemic, I think we could all use the warmth and happiness that The Comfort book delivers. Matt Haig shares uplifting experiences, insightful sentiments, unique interpretations, quotes, and more in this comforting book of hope.

In times of great chaos, it’s voices like Haig’s that help lift us out of whatever funk or pit of despair we may be in, or even just give us a new perspective or reminder of better days. As an author who once ‘hit rock bottom’, Haig is rather down-to-earth and understanding and that fully comes across in his newest nonfiction. He shares stories from his childhood, life lessons that helped him on his journey, instagram-style poetry, and more.

My favourite quote from this amazing book is:

“The sky isn’t more beautiful if you have perfect skin. Music doesn’t sound more interesting if you have a six-pack. Dogs aren’t better company if you’re famous. Pizza tastes good regardless of your job title. The best of life exists beyond the things we are encouraged to crave.” – Matt Haig from The Comfort Book

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