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This book was one of the most stunning ways to begin 2021. I absolutely love this book. First, this is my only (but surely not the last) experience with Matt Haig’s writing. He crafts his story by masterfully taking the reader by the hand and - quite literally - jumps through time and space of the main character’s life (or, lives). The story is easy and enjoyable to follow. It was definitely a satisfying page turner that remained thought provoking even when I wasn’t reading. Second, I am a nerd for how words are strung together to convey descriptions. For example, when the reader is faced with the physical sensations of how depression grips the main character’s body, it’s some of the most beautiful yet painful sentences I’ve ever read. From what I know about the author, perhaps only someone who has truly experienced the physicality of such low moments could be able to illustrate them so clearly. And, if one can relate to these sensations, it makes the writing all the more powerful. Haig’s descriptiveness allows the reader to share in the lows and highs of every emotion and situation the main character gets into, and it’s part of what makes this novel so great. The reader is placed in her shoes, exploring life with her - if not as her. Lastly, I would highly recommend this for anyone interested in existential questions that deal with the self and introspection or philosophy that deals with solitude and the development of the self. Overall, it’s such an inspiring and refreshing read.
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This novel explore the importance of mental health, especially when one's culture views even the mention of mental health issues as taboo and unnecessary. Its easy to feel alienated and isolated. As someone with immigrant parents, this resonated with me the most. I find Queenie, the protagonist of the novel to be very much relatable in this respect. Queenie's life is captured at a moment of tumultuous relationships, lack of focus in her career, loneliness, heartache, a fair share of microaggressions, and mental health crises. But after a reevaluation of self-worth and an attention to self-care, Queenie rises from her dark episode with inspiring grace.
For the mystical, the spiritual, the witch - or not. This self-care guide will benefit all who use it. It is a gorgeous compilation of recipes, spells, rituals, and meditation to nurture the mind, body, and spirit. I highly recommend this to anyone who believes in the magic of well being or those who enjoy occasional DIY self-nurturing!