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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Reasons To Stay Alive - Matt Haig

Trigger Warning: Depression

Now I am in no way cut out to write a book review - grammar and uh...making sense aren't really my strong points. This is more of a shout out (?!) to a book that I've taken a lot from. 

In all honesty I can't remember where or when I heard of this book but when I did I nipped on to Amazon and bought it almost immediately. 

Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth. (Taken from Amazon)
This book was able to articulate what it's like to live with depression in a way that I've never been able to put into words, not even when trying to explain to my closest friends. When I was reading this I felt like Matt Haig was speaking on my behalf. There were no sweeping generalisations or making assumptions of what I am/am not capable of. It was honest. As much as I would never wish depression on anyone, this was a comforting reassurance that I'm not in this war alone. 
Afterwards, I wanted to force everyone in my life to read this. I wanted to take it in to work with me and give it to my boss, my boss's boss and for the hell of it, even the CEO. I wanted to give it to my friends who have told me I'm "just a big bit sensitive" or the ones who've said "we all feel like we can't get out of bed some days". 
If you know someone living with depression, I recommend you add this to your reading list.

Have you read this?


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this. I will definitely give this a read and recommend it to some of my friends. Hopefully it'll be able to help them with what they're going through. Thanks again!


  2. I haven't read this book but it has been on my to-read list for a while now. I read so many reviews of it that I can't even keep a count and all of them very super positive. I am making a decision to read it this June :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  3. I've seen a few people reading this and there seems such a buzz about it online, which is such a great thing as it's a subject that definitely needs talking about! Need to add this is my reading list!

    Musings & More

  4. I love reading inspiring or selfhelp books but I haven't read this book yet! and the title of the book seems really interesting. Thanks for sharing, I shud definitely check this book.

    Kisses Ashon

  5. I've been wanting to read this book for ages & after reading your post, I'm definitely going to get it now! I'm heading straight over to Amazon :)

  6. I haven't read this, but I'm glad it explained things how you feel them and that it was helpful in a way! I like inspiring and helping books who share insights into something unfamiliar, they make us more emphatic and kind.


  7. Ahw thanks for recommending this. I haven't actually read any book related to this. After all, I want you to feel better. I also experience being depressed for months before, all I did was surround myself with positive people. And believe me, the process of recovering and see your worth and be happy starts with you. I forced myself to be happy, whether it's fake or not. If it's fake, don't worry, eventually it'll become real, just believe that you wanna be happy and get rid of depression. You have to have pure determination in doing this. I really really really hope you'll get rid of depression soon because I know what you feel. It's all going to be worth it, I promise.

    Love, Fads

  8. I love books like this! I love books that really give a powerful testimony :). I am definitely going to check this book out. I have a history of depression, i wrote about my story if you want to check it out

    And thank you for addressing topics like mental health, I am leaning on topics like these on my blog as well. It is something people need to be aware of :)