January Reading Intentions and The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

There are a few things I’m going to keep going from my crazy 2021 year of reading. The first is choosing books at the beginning of the month, but instead of 30 I’m starting with 8 this month.

Also, um, I’ve decided to see if I can keep this book a day thing going for another year, lol. It’s the 4th and I’ve read 9 books, 8 of them kids picture books. I discovered a real love for picture books last year that surprised me and I’d like to keep that passion alive.

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig. 258 pages, pub. 2021.

These past few years have been challenging for everyone. Nothing like living or trying to raise kids during a global pandemic to throw life into uncertainty, depression, and confusion. I think this is the perfect time for Haig’s latest, The Comfort Book. And I’ve paired it with a comfort food just because it’s a sunny January day in Cleveland so why not?

This is a self-help, memoir, inspirational, and more book written by a skilled author who has battled suicidal depression. This book is for everyone who needs a hug right now, or a knowing nod letting you know that you are not alone, you are seen.

Loved it! I listened to the author reading this as well as looking through my book at favorite passages and I’d recommend both.

“Nothing is stronger than a small hope that doesn’t give up.”

“None of us are the same people we were ten years ago. When we feel or experience terrible things, it is useful to remember that nothing lasts. Perspective shifts. We become different versions of ourselves. The hardest question I have ever been asked is: “How do I stay alive for other people if I have no one?” The answer is that you stay alive for other versions of you. For the people you will meet, yes, sure, but also the people you will be.”

“Pasta. No physical appearance is worth not eating pasta for.”

“Realization. I used to worry about fitting in until I realized the reason I didn’t fit in was because I didn’t want to.”