The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

Book Review

Title: The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help, Mental Health

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Having read both The Midnight Library and The Humans by Matt Haig I was eager to check out his non-fiction work which seems to be more polarising that his fiction and I was recommended The Comfort Book over How to Stop Time so I picked it up. The Comfort Book falls somewhere between a self help guide and a look into mental health from someone who has experienced it first hand and is able to give advice on the situation, however, I didn’t like that it seemed to push talking and talking therapy when it isn’t a one size fits all situation. The Comfort Book is also extremely short under 300 pages and read a lot quicker than that, I believe I read it in just under 2 hours which is impressive for me considering it is non-fiction which I actively avoid reading unless I have to.

The structure of the book is strange and it doesn’t seem to gave any purpose of end goal in mind, it reads almost like the author has written a diary, taken extracts from it and piled them altogether without much coherence which wasn’t enjoyable to read. Compared to his fictional books I would say that Matt Haig writes fiction better than non-fiction but I do still have to read How to Stop Time to see how that compares to this book and his fictional works before I make a definitely decision on that. I can see where Haig was trying to go with book as he has suffered with mental health issues and wants to share the mentality he used to have and the one he has now and how it has helped him in the long run which I greatly appreciate since talking about your own mental health to strangers isn’t easy and having people know your story isn’t easy. That being said, the way things happened for Haig and the treatments he sought aren’t going to work for everyone.

Take me for example, I have struggled with mental health issues for over the past decade and the only thing I have found that works for me is medication since I don’t get on with therapy especially CBT style or talking therapy. Overall, I think The Comfort Book could be very useful to people who have a similar mindset to Haig and they might be able to get a few meaningful things out of it but for me it was a let down although the formatting and writing were good it just wasn’t for me in the end.

Buy it here:

Paperback/Hardcover: amazon.co.uk                          amazon.com

Kindle Edition: amazon.co.uk                                    amazon.com

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