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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 no 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.


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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 no 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.

30 review for The Comfort Book

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sean Barrs

    "It is a strange paradox, that many of the clearest, most comforting life lessons are learned while we are at our lowest." This book is fresh air. It is a sunset on a summer’s evening, and it is a cold shower on a very hot day. It is a book written to help you understand yourself and it is also a book written to help you heal and appreciate life. True growth comes during our worst times, during moments when we feel like we have no more to give but carry on anyway. Our mindset is everything, a "It is a strange paradox, that many of the clearest, most comforting life lessons are learned while we are at our lowest." This book is fresh air. It is a sunset on a summer’s evening, and it is a cold shower on a very hot day. It is a book written to help you understand yourself and it is also a book written to help you heal and appreciate life. True growth comes during our worst times, during moments when we feel like we have no more to give but carry on anyway. Our mindset is everything, and here Matt Haig draws on stoic philosophy to understand his own experiences and impart the wisdom he learnt through a crippling bout of suicidal depression. It is a short book, but it is also one that understands the power of words and the act of writing itself. What we think, what we do, what we reflect on through writing, is what we begin to manifest. And it is extremely important we make active choices to engage in things that bring us comfort, hope and stability. __________________________________ You can connect with me on social media via My Linktree. __________________________________

  2. 4 out of 5

    Swaroop

    "It's okay to be broken." Why Matt Haig`s The Comfort Book? [ © Wouter Tulp, woutertulp.tumblr.com.] The words in this book are like a comforting hug. A Comfort Hug. "It is a strange paradox, that many of the clearest, most comforting life lessons are learned while we are at our lowest." "Our mind might make prisons, but it also gives us keys." [ © Rhythmpaws, deviantart.com.] When going through times that are insane, crazy, down, low, despair or depressed, all a person need is a hand that holds their "It's okay to be broken." Why Matt Haig`s The Comfort Book? [ © Wouter Tulp, woutertulp.tumblr.com.] The words in this book are like a comforting hug. A Comfort Hug. "It is a strange paradox, that many of the clearest, most comforting life lessons are learned while we are at our lowest." "Our mind might make prisons, but it also gives us keys." [ © Rhythmpaws, deviantart.com.] When going through times that are insane, crazy, down, low, despair or depressed, all a person need is a hand that holds their hand, assures them and stays with them till they can again breathe normally. A Comfort Hand. Hope always involves a soaring and a reaching. Hope flies. The thing with feathers, as Emily Dickinson said. ”Hope, in its simplest form, is the acceptance of possibility. The acceptance that if we are suddenly lost in a forest, there will be a way through. All we need is a plan, and a little determination”. It is not a magic pill or a heavenly miracle, but every word in this book is about hope, is about survival, is about going through today because tomorrow the Sun shall rise again! A Comfort Hope. "It's not always easy, sure, but there is comfort in knowing it is possible to view any single thing in multiple ways." ”We call this the ‘comfort zone’ but often it is the opposite. A discomfort zone, a stagnation zone, an unfulfilled zone”. Matt Haig so beautifully explains and brilliantly describes the abundance of wonders in life and also on this amazing planet of ours. He describes the fate of a caterpillar - being in a dark cocoon, getting disintegrated in its own enzymes, becoming a liquid, and then being born again as a butterfly. The importance and value of A Discomfort Zone. Thank you, Matt Haig! 🌼 🌱 🐛 🦋 🐣 ~ From the notes: ========== You don’t need to deny the reality of the present in order to have hope, you just need to know the future is uncertain, and that life contains light as well as dark. ========== In order to get over a problem it helps to look at it. ========== I didn’t realize that there is something bigger than depression, and that thing is time. Time disproves the lies depression tells. Time showed me that the things depression imagined for me were fallacies, not prophecies. ========== We are life itself. We aren’t the narrow band of feelings in a single moment. We are the vessel that could contain any feeling. We are the subject in the sentence. We are more than the sum of our achievements. We are more than the feelings we witness. We are the infinity that remains when you subtract them. ========== Don’t worry about fitting in. Be your own tribe. ========== Be humble because you are made of earth. Be noble, for you are made of stars. Serbian proverb. ========== Don’t worry about being cool. Never worry what the cool people think. Life is warmth. You’ll be cool when you’re dead. Head for the warm people. Head for life. ========== But it is always good to know how wonderful so much of life would instantly seem if it was made rare. We are so blessed with an abundance of wonder on this planet, and in this universe, that we are numb to it. ========== "If we keep going in a straight line we'll get out of here." ========== Nothing is stronger than a small hope that doesn’t give up. Nothing is stronger than a small hope that doesn’t give up. Nothing is stronger than a small hope that doesn’t give up. Nothing is stronger than a small hope that doesn’t give up. Nothing is stronger than a small hope that doesn’t give up. Nothing is stronger than a small hope that doesn’t give up. Nothing is stronger than a small hope that doesn’t give up. Nothing is stronger than a small hope that doesn’t give up. Nothing is stronger than a small hope that doesn’t give up. Nothing is stronger than a small hope that doesn’t give up.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Virginie

    Update : preordered!🎉 The cover is absolutely gorgeous! Haig's books make me feel opposite emotions... Reading them is so good for the soul, but waiting for their publication is torture! Update : preordered!🎉 The cover is absolutely gorgeous! Haig's books make me feel opposite emotions... Reading them is so good for the soul, but waiting for their publication is torture!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gerardine Betancourt

    "The most powerful moment in life is when you decide not to be scared anymore" This book has created so many emotions in me. Matt Haig has definitely become my favorite author. I love that he can write different genres including non-fiction, a genre that I don't tend to read a lot and still, entertain me so much. The Comfort Book is the kind of book that you don't have to read in order, you can skip chapters and read it when you need words of encouragement in your life, it's one of those books th "The most powerful moment in life is when you decide not to be scared anymore" This book has created so many emotions in me. Matt Haig has definitely become my favorite author. I love that he can write different genres including non-fiction, a genre that I don't tend to read a lot and still, entertain me so much. The Comfort Book is the kind of book that you don't have to read in order, you can skip chapters and read it when you need words of encouragement in your life, it's one of those books that I think you should always have on your nightstand. I learned so much from this book even though in my opinion, it was extremely short. Matt Haig talks about his mental health and the way he has struggled with it his whole life while giving you different recommendations for feel-good movies, recipes, and music. In addition, Haig tells us how we can continue our lives despite the bad experiences we have had in the past, how to appreciate imperfections as a natural part of our existence and how to accept our mental health and just allow ourselves to live. AMAZING BOOK HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT !!! 4.5 STARS Thank you so much to Penguin Group for this Arc in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

    ’Do not think that the person who is trying to console you lives effortlessly among the simple, quiet words that sometimes make you feel better….But if it were any different he could never have found the words that he did.’ -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet I’ve read, and loved, several of Matt Haig’s books, but I hesitated on reading this one. I needn’t have hesitated, but I’m glad that I did since I’d opted to add it to my library list of requests, and it arrived at the perfect t ’Do not think that the person who is trying to console you lives effortlessly among the simple, quiet words that sometimes make you feel better….But if it were any different he could never have found the words that he did.’ -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet I’ve read, and loved, several of Matt Haig’s books, but I hesitated on reading this one. I needn’t have hesitated, but I’m glad that I did since I’d opted to add it to my library list of requests, and it arrived at the perfect time for me. I loved that the chapters are relatively short, little snippets of thoughts, shared wisdom, Haig’s personal struggles with hard times and what helped him through those hard times. ’There is a kind of accidental theme, though. The theme is connection. We are all things. And we connect to all things. Human to human. Moment to moment. Pain to pleasure. Despair to hope. When times are hard, we need a deep kind of comfort. Something elemental. A solid support. A rock to hold on to. The kind we already have inside us. But which we sometimes need a bit of help to see.’ This was a cathartic read for me, read slowly over many days. In between when I began reading this and when I finished it, I drove for a short visit with one of my friends from childhood, a journey that took much longer than anticipated but was so worth the trip. Many thanks to the Public Library system, and the many Librarians that manage, organize and keep it running, for the loan of this book!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Avani ✨

    The Comfort Book by Matt Haig, a book which is no less than a comforting hug from a loved one. This is my second book by Matt Haig and I must say I am slowly and steadily falling in love with this author's work. The book came to me at the right time. "𝙉𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙄𝙨 𝙎𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙖 𝙨𝙢𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙝𝙤𝙥𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙙𝙤𝙚𝙨𝙣'𝙩 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙪𝙥." There are times in life, when inspite of doing your best and giving your best at the things you love, everything falls short. There are times when you just feel like giving up, and think is The Comfort Book by Matt Haig, a book which is no less than a comforting hug from a loved one. This is my second book by Matt Haig and I must say I am slowly and steadily falling in love with this author's work. The book came to me at the right time. "𝙉𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙄𝙨 𝙎𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙖 𝙨𝙢𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙝𝙤𝙥𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙙𝙤𝙚𝙨𝙣'𝙩 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙪𝙥." There are times in life, when inspite of doing your best and giving your best at the things you love, everything falls short. There are times when you just feel like giving up, and think is it all worth it? There are times when you think you have given whole heart to things you do but nobody is there to acknowledge that for you. But, its all okay, as Matt Haig says "It's okay to be broken." Let It Sink. The book is truly very comforting in terms of his words and examples he has written from other writers and memoirs. I have so much more feelings attached to this book, which cannot be described in words. "𝙄𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚 𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙙𝙤𝙭, 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙩, 𝙢𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚 𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙣𝙚𝙙 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙚 𝙬𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙩 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙡𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙨𝙩." I read this book after having long weeks at work and no being able to concentrate on anything else at all. This book may not have solved my problems, but definitely gave me comfort, strength and hope in difficult times. This is one of those books who has a soothing feeling. Everyone please read this book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    What an absolutely beautiful book. As I read somewhere about it.. a hug in the form of a book. It is a book of quotes, of stories, of thoughts and so much more. In the world today we all need hope. There is something for everybody in here. Not necessarily a book you will read cover to cover. It is one that you can pick up and read just a small part of, or alot of. On days you need something to cheer you up, or just to inspire you. As somebody who has been at the bottom of the bottom, alot of the w What an absolutely beautiful book. As I read somewhere about it.. a hug in the form of a book. It is a book of quotes, of stories, of thoughts and so much more. In the world today we all need hope. There is something for everybody in here. Not necessarily a book you will read cover to cover. It is one that you can pick up and read just a small part of, or alot of. On days you need something to cheer you up, or just to inspire you. As somebody who has been at the bottom of the bottom, alot of the words in The Book of Comfort spoke to me. I could absolutely relate to Matt's feelings and outlook. This is going to be a book that I go back to time after time. Some of my favourites were about social media and the way it can make you feel. I loved the thoughts on one of my favourite movies Ferris Buellers Day Off. And the lists of songs and books to help your mind. And the list of things it is ok to say no to... I could go on all day. Needless to say, I loved The Comfort Book by Matt Haig and I think that you will too. Thank you Allen and Unwin for sending fme this little piece of joy. In stores July 2nd.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bianca

    The Comfort Book is, amazingly, what it claims to be, a book to comfort its reader. To be honest, I was skeptical, but couldn't help myself, I had to see what the fuss was all about, even though I follow Haig on socials, so I had an idea of what to expect. The audiobook was narrated by the author. He did a good job, although he's no Stephen Fry. The book worked for me as it was structured in small chapters, with interludes comprising of poems and lists of favourite movies and music. I imagine the h The Comfort Book is, amazingly, what it claims to be, a book to comfort its reader. To be honest, I was skeptical, but couldn't help myself, I had to see what the fuss was all about, even though I follow Haig on socials, so I had an idea of what to expect. The audiobook was narrated by the author. He did a good job, although he's no Stephen Fry. The book worked for me as it was structured in small chapters, with interludes comprising of poems and lists of favourite movies and music. I imagine the hardback is quite nice, I shall investigate when I find myself in a bookshop or the library. You won't find any revelations, at least I didn't, not that I expected to. Most of us need reminders, reinforcing, gentle coaxing, or kicks in the arse now and then. This comforting book offers those, except for the kicks in the arse. In conclusion, this won't cure your depression (not that it promises to do that), but it could lessen one's anxieties and existential dread, at least until its glow fades and one returns to old patterns of thinking and living.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tamishly

    I needed this book today. And this book came out just at the right time just when I was in need of such a book. That too from one of my favourite authors. Thank you, Matt Haig. The weekend just before this book's release, I was having a very difficult time dealing with pain and I was in a dilemma on what to do next with my life. I was feeling quite overwhelmed. I thought I would be able to calm down a bit when the actual week starts but Monday went to Tuesday and I was still in the same situation I needed this book today. And this book came out just at the right time just when I was in need of such a book. That too from one of my favourite authors. Thank you, Matt Haig. The weekend just before this book's release, I was having a very difficult time dealing with pain and I was in a dilemma on what to do next with my life. I was feeling quite overwhelmed. I thought I would be able to calm down a bit when the actual week starts but Monday went to Tuesday and I was still in the same situation. Health-wise I got much better but my mind was so chaotic. I remember I was in this same state of mind just before reading Notes On a Nervous Planet and Reasons to Stay Alive. Both books did wonders for me then. And for today, this book just comforted me. I started laughing the moment I read this sentence in the short prologue: "You can throw it out of the window." And there, no pressure and no rules. There are so many lines and pages which comforted me. But these simple lines do everything: "When we can't speak, we can write. When we can't write, we can read. When we can't read, we can listen. Words are seeds. Language is a way back to life. And it is sometimes the most vital comfort we have." Well, just the book I needed at the moment. This is the kind of book which you will enjoy when you pick it up when you really need a good distraction from all the everyday usual distractions. When you feel like you have jad enough of the hopeless everyday routine. Otherwise, if you're okay with your day, just don't pick up this book. And I do feel some pages were unnecessary and a waste of space in the short book. I did find some repetitive lines to be rather annoying rather than comforting. But that's like 2 percent of the book. I loved it. But if I have to reread a similar, much better version of it, I will always choose Reasons to Stay Alive anytime.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bec

    “The sky’s 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.” This fabulous books is a collection of stories that ground you and give you hope in dark times. Haig covers some heavy topics in a short space of time and leaves you feeling philosophical and free. This book is like a h “The sky’s 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.” This fabulous books is a collection of stories that ground you and give you hope in dark times. Haig covers some heavy topics in a short space of time and leaves you feeling philosophical and free. This book is like a hug from the greatest hug giver or some words of wisdom from your bestie. Both leaving you feeling valued, supported and not alone. “Reflections on hope, survival and the messy miracle of being alive. And in the darkness even the tiniest fragments of light can shine, capture our attention and maybe even lead us home” I would read anything this man Matt Haig writes. This one was the perfect read for me while on holidays reflecting about life with the stunning Byron Bay as my back drop. One beautiful book to definitely add to the shelf.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is an excellent resource full of encouragement and valuable perspective to help with self-talk and reframing emotions and situations. The author calls the contents his liferafts that have helped him in his journey through anxiety and depression. They will certainly help others as well. Highly recommend.

  12. 5 out of 5

    da AL

    His first book, “The Humans,” is sublime, so I’m amazed when he produces new novels even half as good. This book is altogether different, a non-fiction filled with bits about what comforts him. Thank you, Haig, for continually reminding us to hang on.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karen Foster

    Full disclosure. I love Matt Haig. I think he’s an awesome human. I love how open and honest he is about his mental health. How he inspires others to do the same. I love his simple outlook on life. So yes, I loved this book of quotes, essays, the odd recipe, playlists etc. It’s a book to dip in and out of, to gift a friend having a bad day, week, yearly simply just because you love them deeply. As someone who has suffered panic attacks since my teens, I found this helpful & quite lovely. One for Full disclosure. I love Matt Haig. I think he’s an awesome human. I love how open and honest he is about his mental health. How he inspires others to do the same. I love his simple outlook on life. So yes, I loved this book of quotes, essays, the odd recipe, playlists etc. It’s a book to dip in and out of, to gift a friend having a bad day, week, yearly simply just because you love them deeply. As someone who has suffered panic attacks since my teens, I found this helpful & quite lovely. One for my nightstand permanently…. 💕

  14. 5 out of 5

    Martipaan

    Just the kind of hug you need

  15. 5 out of 5

    Atri

    Nothing is stronger than a small hope that doesn't give up. *** Words don't capture, they release. *** Be humble because you are made of earth. Be noble, because you are made of stars. Serbian proverb *** No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man. Heraclitus *** Do you ever get a kind of gentle sadness that almost feels good? *** ...only Art it was that withheld me, ah it seemed impossible to leave the world until I had produced all that I felt calle Nothing is stronger than a small hope that doesn't give up. *** Words don't capture, they release. *** Be humble because you are made of earth. Be noble, because you are made of stars. Serbian proverb *** No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man. Heraclitus *** Do you ever get a kind of gentle sadness that almost feels good? *** ...only Art it was that withheld me, ah it seemed impossible to leave the world until I had produced all that I felt called upon me to produce... Beethoven *** 'Energy rightly applied and directed will accomplish anything.' - Nellie Bly *** 'No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.' - Eleanor Roosevelt *** The most powerful moment in life is when you decide not to be scared anymore.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kid Ferrous

    It’s not easy reviewing a Matt Haig book - in my opinion he is literary Marmite. You either love everything he does and draw comfort from him, or you view him as an entitled hack cashing in on misery. His earlier work “Reasons To Stay Alive” (the title alone makes me angry) was a bestseller, of course, but I avoided it because it seemed to be nothing more than a rich, middle-class weekender monetising his depression whilst being vain enough to believe he can help others with the same condition. It’s not easy reviewing a Matt Haig book - in my opinion he is literary Marmite. You either love everything he does and draw comfort from him, or you view him as an entitled hack cashing in on misery. His earlier work “Reasons To Stay Alive” (the title alone makes me angry) was a bestseller, of course, but I avoided it because it seemed to be nothing more than a rich, middle-class weekender monetising his depression whilst being vain enough to believe he can help others with the same condition. But whilst real people with depression face an uphill struggle just to get out of bed everyday, Haig’s struggles were more of the “Waitrose selling out of avocados” variety. Now, Matt Haig wants to comfort us. Some people are naturally suspicious of a rich writer going all “woe is me” and your level of engagement with this latest book will depend on how you see the author. He is either the most caring man in the world or a comfortably-off author cranking out quick vanity projects. I suspect Haig wrote this latest book to cash in on the “we need hope in these dark times” bandwagon; one of the more regrettable consequences of the last eighteen months has been the rash of dilettante writers thinking they are psychologists. As to the book itself, this isn’t the kind to read from cover to cover, rather something to dip into when you need a “comfort hit”. You may glean comfort from this book, regardless of what I think, and that’s wonderful, but in my opinion if you need a Matt Haig book to comfort you then you must be easily pleased. A lot of the content is simply lists of music, books and films that Haig likes and finds comfort in. There are anecdotes here, poetry there, some remedial philosophy inbetween. Mixed in with this is pretty much the kitchen sink - stories, quotes, a list of “things it is OK to say no to”, and an apparently serious discussion about the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” If Matt Haig’s name wasn’t on this book, it would be lucky to sell twenty copies. “The Comfort Book” is happy-fluff. If you need that in your life then you will enjoy this book. I’ve already seen glowing reviews for it so it is sure to be another bestseller for Matt Haig, and he may very well help some people (including you), but as far as I am concerned, the world wouldn’t suffer too much if this book didn’t exist.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    MY SIGNED COPY JUST ARRIVED EXCUSE ME WHILE I SCREAM AND CRY

  18. 5 out of 5

    Loredana (Bookinista08)

    I really loved this book! I don't know what to say about it, because it's a collection of texts written on different notes, from funny to philosophical, that simply make you feel good. Comforted. Relaxed. It's the kind of book I will always keep nearby, and when I'm going through difficult times (because they are unavoidable in every person's life) I'll simply open it randomly and read a comforting text. Maybe it will make me laugh, maybe it will make me think. But it will comfort me, that's for I really loved this book! I don't know what to say about it, because it's a collection of texts written on different notes, from funny to philosophical, that simply make you feel good. Comforted. Relaxed. It's the kind of book I will always keep nearby, and when I'm going through difficult times (because they are unavoidable in every person's life) I'll simply open it randomly and read a comforting text. Maybe it will make me laugh, maybe it will make me think. But it will comfort me, that's for sure. <3

  19. 4 out of 5

    thebookconfessions

    This is a book to make a cold bad day warmer and more hopeful. A book to turn tears into smiles. A book to heal some cracks into your heart. It's a book that deserves the title The Comfort Book no doubt. It's comforting, relatable, thought-provoking, inspiring and motivational. It will make you stop and take a good look at yourself, appreciate what you got and reassure you that everything gets better no matter how dark the days look, everything works out. Be yourself, love yourself, love people no This is a book to make a cold bad day warmer and more hopeful. A book to turn tears into smiles. A book to heal some cracks into your heart. It's a book that deserves the title The Comfort Book no doubt. It's comforting, relatable, thought-provoking, inspiring and motivational. It will make you stop and take a good look at yourself, appreciate what you got and reassure you that everything gets better no matter how dark the days look, everything works out. Be yourself, love yourself, love people no matter how much they fuck up because we all do, forgive and move on, be kind, and stop from time to time to just live and breathe and take care of yourself.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Khyati Gautam

    In a long time, I read a book that felt like that warm hug. One that I have been longing to get, to get comfort, to get my elusive peace of mind. Yes, living these days has become a herculean task. Yes, it's overwhelming to see so many things happening, all at once. Yes, my life goes for a toss every once in a while. Yes, I found a friend in The Comfort Book. In Matt Haig. For the longest time, I craved some words that would resonate with me. For the longest time, I craved a friend who'd say thing In a long time, I read a book that felt like that warm hug. One that I have been longing to get, to get comfort, to get my elusive peace of mind. Yes, living these days has become a herculean task. Yes, it's overwhelming to see so many things happening, all at once. Yes, my life goes for a toss every once in a while. Yes, I found a friend in The Comfort Book. In Matt Haig. For the longest time, I craved some words that would resonate with me. For the longest time, I craved a friend who'd say things churning my heart. I got everything in this book. Through a bunch of quotes and small chapters in prose, The Comfort Book presents a keen-eyed observation of contemporary life. It contains a variety of themes, including solitude, life, mental health, depression, social pandemic, and most importantly, letting go of anything that meddles with our peace of mind. Yes, to some, the book would certainly sound a happy-fluff, too idealistic, and devoid of refreshing content. But for me, it felt like a place closer to home. Maybe, it's about the timing. If you're willing, give this book a shot to see if it works for you :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    linda ozola

    I had the honour to translate this book into Latvian. I have felt a storng connection with this writer ever since I read Midnight Library. His feelings and life leasons are very relatable and healing and never gail to offer hope and peace with your soul.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mindfully Evie

    3.5 stars 🌟 I’ll honestly read anything by Matt Haig now, he’s such a skilled writer at writing easy-to-read books (which is SO much harder than people think). While this wasn’t my favourite of his - mainly due to how quickly I flew through it (I actually read it twice as it was so short) - I still love him. Some of my favourite quotes from this book: Matt Haig: - You don’t need to deny the reality of the present in order to have hope, you just need to know the future is uncertain, and that life co 3.5 stars 🌟 I’ll honestly read anything by Matt Haig now, he’s such a skilled writer at writing easy-to-read books (which is SO much harder than people think). While this wasn’t my favourite of his - mainly due to how quickly I flew through it (I actually read it twice as it was so short) - I still love him. Some of my favourite quotes from this book: Matt Haig: - You don’t need to deny the reality of the present in order to have hope, you just need to know the future is uncertain, and that life contains light as well as dark. - Love is not something you only deserve if you reach a goal. - Nothing is stronger than a small hope that doesn’t give up. - Head for the warm people. - I used to worry about fitting in until I realised the reason I didn’t fit in was because I didn’t want to.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Evelyn

    As the title suggests, it really is quite a comforting read. So easy to read and I'll definitely be going back to this book when I need some uplifting words of encouragement. As the title suggests, it really is quite a comforting read. So easy to read and I'll definitely be going back to this book when I need some uplifting words of encouragement.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aya

    The title was perfect for the book. Words are magical, words can hurt, words can heal and words can comfort. This book was great when we started to feel down or felt discourage. It was like a great friend giving you precious advice. Learn to accept who you are and you are enough. Just the small, tiny things can make you feel happy. When a door is closed, another door is opened. But sometimes we stared at the the closed door for too long and we didn't realise that another door is opened. This book c The title was perfect for the book. Words are magical, words can hurt, words can heal and words can comfort. This book was great when we started to feel down or felt discourage. It was like a great friend giving you precious advice. Learn to accept who you are and you are enough. Just the small, tiny things can make you feel happy. When a door is closed, another door is opened. But sometimes we stared at the the closed door for too long and we didn't realise that another door is opened. This book can be read in a sitting because it's so short or you can read a few pages at a time just to think and reflect. Readers who loved 'The Midnight Library' should give this book a shot.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten McKenzie

    This is the only book I have knowingly and purposely written in. I made notations on a number of the pages, small observations, agreeing with Matt's words, adding my own. There was a reason for this. My 15 yr old daughter is about to go away with school for a month. I'm slipping this book into her bags so she can dip into it as required. On camp there are no electronics, and the only means of communication is via old fashioned post. I hope this book provides so comfort and entertainment for her. This is the only book I have knowingly and purposely written in. I made notations on a number of the pages, small observations, agreeing with Matt's words, adding my own. There was a reason for this. My 15 yr old daughter is about to go away with school for a month. I'm slipping this book into her bags so she can dip into it as required. On camp there are no electronics, and the only means of communication is via old fashioned post. I hope this book provides so comfort and entertainment for her. This book isn't The Midnight Library. It is more a compendium of life hints. It is worth owning and reading. And yes, write notes in it, and then reread your notes at a later stage. In essence, the book says "You are enough".

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carey

    This isn't a book about solving your problems or fixing depression. It's a book that puts things in perspective and says, "I see you and you aren't alone." Parts of this are a little whimsical and parts are dead serious. I especially highly recommend for those who found comfort in Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh and Why Fish Don't Exist by Lulu Miller. Bonus: If you listen to the audio book (thank you, libro.fm), Haig reads it himself and has a very soothing Alan Rickman voice. This isn't a book about solving your problems or fixing depression. It's a book that puts things in perspective and says, "I see you and you aren't alone." Parts of this are a little whimsical and parts are dead serious. I especially highly recommend for those who found comfort in Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh and Why Fish Don't Exist by Lulu Miller. Bonus: If you listen to the audio book (thank you, libro.fm), Haig reads it himself and has a very soothing Alan Rickman voice.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elpida (hopenwonders)

    This book is exactly what its title suggests, a book that brings immense comfort to the reader. I felt seen and understood while reading this and, at the same time, I felt like I was talking to a friend who was giving me advice. I loved the way the author talked about life and mental health. The writing was also so cozy. I would highly recommend to anyone who is seeking some solace in their life.

  28. 5 out of 5

    BTB

    This book is like a giant hug. Such a lovely and heart warming read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    aqilahreads

    "there comes a beautiful point where you have to stop trying to escape yourself or improve yourself and just allow yourself" - acceptance. contains lots of wisdom & encouraging words; this is a heart-warming collection of positive affirmations, quotes, and the author's personal notes. reading this was much needed, a book that makes my day brighter. :") really comfort words that makes me smile so bad omg as if i was meant to pick this up and read every word. i really love how this book is SO uplif "there comes a beautiful point where you have to stop trying to escape yourself or improve yourself and just allow yourself" - acceptance. contains lots of wisdom & encouraging words; this is a heart-warming collection of positive affirmations, quotes, and the author's personal notes. reading this was much needed, a book that makes my day brighter. :") really comfort words that makes me smile so bad omg as if i was meant to pick this up and read every word. i really love how this book is SO uplifting - it feels like one of my loved ones is giving me a big hug. i really appreciate matt haig's braveness for always been so open with his experiences - this book shares about his own journey of battling depression and suicidal thoughts & how he kept hope alive and lived one day at a time. truly an inspiration, would love to have that same kind of braveness, slowly but surely. of course there are still a few that doesnt really connect with me but overall, i feel very glad to come across this book. such a good one that allows you to re-read from any page on days when youre feeling low and in search of some positivity to hold onto.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Another fantastic collection of thoughts, poems, extracts and rambles from Matt Haig. Although, this isn't my favourite of the three books he has written in this style, I still really enjoyed it. There was plenty to think about reading this book. Lots of interesting thoughts and discussions on mental health, well-being and life. Some of the pages, did feel similar to what he has written before but I enjoyed them nonetheless. I enjoyed the different structure of this book. There were poems, receipes Another fantastic collection of thoughts, poems, extracts and rambles from Matt Haig. Although, this isn't my favourite of the three books he has written in this style, I still really enjoyed it. There was plenty to think about reading this book. Lots of interesting thoughts and discussions on mental health, well-being and life. Some of the pages, did feel similar to what he has written before but I enjoyed them nonetheless. I enjoyed the different structure of this book. There were poems, receipes, lists etc. There was a lot of philosophy in this book, some of which I recognised from my A-level days, which I still enjoyed regardless. Definitely recommend if you need a bit of comfort or are struggling with your mental health. Even if your not, this book gives you lots to think about and is well worth a read. TW: discussions around mental health and suicide

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