Reasons to Stay Alive

Reasons to Stay Alive

Matt Haig?s accessible and life-affirming memoir of his struggle with depression, and how his triumph over the illness taught him to live. "Destined to become a modern classic." ?Entertainment Weekly Like nearly one in five people, Matt Haig suffers from depression. Reasons to Stay Alive is Matt?s inspiring account of how, minute by minute and day by day, he overcame the di Matt Haig?s accessible and life-affirming memoir of his struggle with depression, and how his triumph ove...

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Title:Reasons to Stay Alive
Author:Matt Haig
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Reasons To Stay Alive
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Reasons to Stay Alive Reviews

  • Hattie Grünewald
    Nov 02, 2014
    I won this proof on twitter from Matt and though I don't often review books here, I thought that probably I owed him that. Not just for giving me a free copy, but for writing the book in the first place. Let me be honest, I started reading this and thought "This book isn't written f...
  • Thomas
    Mar 16, 2016
    "Now, listen. If you have ever believed a depressive wants to be happy, you are wrong. They could not care less about the luxury of happiness. They just want to feel an absence of pain. To escape a mind on fire, where thoughts blaze and smoke like old possessions lost to arson. To be n...
  • BookwormDH
    Jan 14, 2017
    This is a fantastic book. I've been meaning to read it for a long time, but it was certainly worth the wait! I suffer from the illness myself, and this book is so much better than most self-help books. Travelling through, Matt Haig's journey and experience with severe anxiety and de...
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    Dec 06, 2017
    One of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. Inspiration almost drips off the pages. It's honest and vivid enough to make difference even for people who have done no personal trips to the hellish planet of Depression. And the imagery! Don't get me started on it or I won...
  • Sarah
    Jan 05, 2016
    3.5 stars. I enjoyed reading this. It was such an honest and personal account of what Matt Haig went through. I could really relate to this but reading some parts were hard because of that. I kind of wish I read this when I was in a better mental space because I might have gotten mo...
  • Julie Eilén
    Apr 05, 2015
    I feel like this book is a friend I very much needed. ...
  • Amy | shoutame
    Apr 17, 2015
    Not too long ago I was approached by Canongate about this book. They had seen that I made a recommendation video on my YouTube channel for books relating to mental health and because of this they thought I would enjoy this book. Mental health awareness is something I consider to be of ...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    Nov 19, 2017
    4.5 stars If you?re easily triggered by descriptions of other people?s mental illnesses, I would advice against reading this during low points. There?s some very in-depth descriptions of his dark thoughts and the panic and depression he felt, and it was really uncomfortable to...
  • Es Summer
    Jun 23, 2016
    If you are doubting to read this book, read this quote: "The world is increasingly designed to depress us. Happiness isn't very good for the economy. If we were happy with what we had, why would we need more? How do you sell an anti-ageing moisturizer? You make someone worry a...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Feb 19, 2015
    A fuller review MAY follow but my initial reactions to this book, just after finishing it, you can find here. It is ironic (is that the right word I wonder?) that the author who gave me my first reason to stay alive, at a time when I struggled to find one - with his previous nov...
  • Leilah Skelton
    Nov 08, 2014
    Reasons to read this book: 1) You have suffered/ are suffering depression and/or anxiety. 2) You know someone who has suffered/ is suffering depression and/or anxiety. If you?re asking the question ?Is this book for me??, then the answer is simply, statistically speaking,...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    Aug 18, 2015
    Beautiful. Informative. Powerful. Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge Notes: - 34. A book about mental illness ...
  • JV
    Jan 09, 2019
    "I hate depression. I am scared of it. Terrified, in fact. But at the same time, it has made me who I am. And if ? for me ? it is the price of feeling life, it?s a price always worth paying. I am satisfied just to be." 2018 ? The demon came. 'Twas the year I lost a part of mys...
  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    Apr 20, 2015
    FINALLY! A book about depression that makes sense, that those with depression will read and sit nodding their heads and agreeing all the way through it. No psychobabble here (from Psychologists who have never experienced depression) - just real raw telling of Matt Haig's journey with t...
  • Lotte
    Jul 31, 2015
    4.5/5 stars. If you've suffered from depression and/or anxiety yourself at some point in your life or you know someone that has (and it's very likely that you do) this book is an absolute must-read. ...
  • Vanessa
    Mar 02, 2018
    Wow. Wow. Wow. What an absorbing and powerful read. This was a book I purposefully set out to read slowly and in snippets mainly because many of the books themes took me to places too familiar and disturbing but I also couldn?t look away instead I devoured this in almost one sitting....
  • Gabby
    Feb 27, 2019
    Matt Haig is an amazing writer. This is the first nonfiction book I?ve read from him, he wrote my favorite book I read last year: The Humans. But this book is really great and really important. It?s a book about his depression and anxiety and it?s partly the story of how he tried...
  • Emma
    Dec 24, 2015
    So good that it should be required reading. In schools. For GPs. Everyone. Haig says that each mind breaks differently, but I think his heartfelt words will say/mean something to anyone who has felt anxiety or depression. Some sections were so real that I had to put the book aside for ...
  • Annika
    Mar 09, 2016
    I'm so conflicted, and I feel really bad rating this two stars. Maybe it's more like a 2.5 for me? I do genuinely appreciate a lot of things about this, but at the same time I just couldn't connect. Honestly, if you're planning to read this - my lack of enjoyment over this book is pro...
  • Joanne Harris
    Oct 27, 2014
    I received an ARC of this book from Canongate. My usual technique, when reading an ARC, is to read 5 pages, then take a view as to whether I'm going to actually read the book. With REASONS TO STAY ALIVE, I'd passed the 50-page mark before I remembered to take a view, and by then I was ...
  • Nat K
    Aug 30, 2018
    5**** plus. ?You are going to go mad. Like Van Gogh. You might cut off your ear.? Whether you have a large black dog lumbering behind you, or a playful puppy bounding by you side, your mental health is one of your greatest assets. It is more delicate than the most intricate...
  • Sonya Serial Reader
    Jun 12, 2017
    Wait about my video about mental illness, this book made me decide to do it, to come out and dare to say it outloud, yes I have depression and anxiety disorder, I am fighting them everyday, and I relate to every single thing in this book (even though there are some differences). Gonna ...
  • Antonia
    Aug 25, 2016
    ?Wherever you are, at any moment, try and find something beautiful. A face, a line out of a poem, the clouds out of a window, some graffiti, a wind farm. Beauty cleans the mind.? This was really good. I almost read it in one sitting, every time a 'chapter' ended, I wanted to co...
  • da AL
    Jan 28, 2019
    Finally, mental challenges discussed from the POV of someone who's survived and continues to surmount. It's also a sort of 'behind-the-scenes' to my most recent fave novel, "The Humans." The author does a fine job of performing the audiobook. ...
  • Hamad
    Feb 14, 2019
    Actual Rating: 3.5 stars After finishing this one, I can tell you that it is like a double edged sword. It is mostly positive and good but there were some parts that made me a bit uncomfortable. More on my full review which will come later... Depression rates are even higher amon...
  • ||Swaroop||
    Nov 24, 2018
    "Words, just sometimes, can set you free." 'But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.' ~ Albert Camus, A Happy Death This book has been an incredible read. I am not sure if there is an ancient saying about this, but this book surely appeared when the r...
  • Coffee&Quasars
    Feb 19, 2019
    A thoughtful, witty and comforting approach to depression. I would've liked a little more hard science in this, but the author's right to say that our understanding of the brain is in the early stages, and to a sensible degree, we have to find what works for us. Throughout the book, we...
  • Imane
    Jul 17, 2018
    ?How to stop time: kiss. How to travel in time: read. How to escape time: music. How to feel time: write. How to release time: breathe.? ? Matt Haig, Reasons to Stay Alive This was OK ! There were some bits i related to, others not so much. However, the writing styl...
  • Nicola Gipson
    May 03, 2018
    Anyone who suffers from anxiety and depression will understand just how horrific and truly debilitating it can be . This book is excellent for anyone who has no idea how a family member or partner suffers. Hope you are still doing well Matt and what an absolutely fantastic supportive w...
  • Johann (jobis89)
    Jan 08, 2019
    ?There is this idea that you either read to escape or you read to find yourself. I don?t really see the difference. We find ourselves through the process of escaping.? The story of how Matt Haig came through crisis, triumphed over a mental illness that almost destroyed him and...