Showcase Sunday is hosted by the lovely Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea. It’s a chance for bloggers to show of their weekly book swag and an opportunity to meet other bloggers and talk about all things bookish!
Happy Sunday, bookworms.
Hope you’ve all had a great week! I’ve been on annual leave from work and have spent my time visiting London and Bristol with my friends and family. Many tears were shed while watching Les Miserables at Queen’s Theate in London and watching beautiful animals roam free in Bristol Zoo!
On my travels, I stopped off at Foyles because, of course I did. It would be rude to visit a new city and not stop off at a book shop. While there, I noticed that Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig was sitting prettily on the featured shelf. I’ve wanted to read it for some time and saw it was a sign to buy! (Not that I needed much convincing.)
I’d actually planned to go to the Reasons to Stay Alive book signing event at Birmingham New Street Waterstones in March, however after reserving my seats it turned out to be the same day that I was due to move into my new flat! So I unfortunately didn’t get the chance to meet Matt for a second time or pick up the book.
Reasons to Stay Alive is about Matt’s own personal struggle with depression and anxiety. When he was 24, he nearly killed himself and saw no way of ever getting better.
This book is filled with his honest opinions and experiences, as well as advice on how to live with and recover from mental illness. It also has upbeat elements and explores how to live, love, read and feel better.
Matt even wrote a beautiful article on his blog to accompany the book’s launch where he speaks directly to anyone who’s in a dark place. You can read that here. Reasons to Stay Alive has been branded as a must-read for anyone going through mental illness or know someone who is.