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.”

11 thoughts on “January Reading Intentions and The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

  1. Literary Feline says:

    The Comfort Book does sound perfect for these times.

    Good luck with your goals this year. I look forward to hearing about the books you read!

    • stacybuckeye says:

      I’m not going to stress about the book a day thing, but I do have a stack of picture books to read that I can use anytime I want to keep it up. We’ll see. Definitely more laid back than last year!

  2. Lesley says:

    I’ve had my eye on this book since I first heard about The Midnight Library, which I recently read and enjoyed. Thanks for sharing some of your favorite passages. I especially like, “Pasta. No physical appearance is worth not eating pasta for.” So true! 🙂

  3. kaysreadinglife says:

    I just posted that The Midnight Library was one of my favorite books of 2021. Will be discussing it with a book group in a couple of weeks. So thought provoking. Loved the quotes you shared and I may see if my library has this book by Matt Haig. Good luck with your reading!

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