How to Stop Time | Matt Haig

“The first rule is that you don’t fall in love,’ he said… ‘There are other rules too, but that is the main one. No falling in love. No staying in love. No daydreaming of love. If you stick to this you will just about be okay.” Thank you Penguin Group Viking for sending me this heartfelt book as an ARC.

Book: How to Stop Time
Series: Standalone
Author: Matt Haig
Pages: 325
Format: eBook
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Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history–performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life.

So Tom moves back to London, his old home, to become a high school history teacher–the perfect job for someone who has witnessed the city’s history first hand. Better yet, a captivating French teacher at his school seems fascinated by him. But the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the Society’s watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can’t have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present.

Spoiler Free Review:

This wasn’t as brilliant and amazing as I hoped it would be. The pace was slow and the style of writing was slightly boring. Several times, I found myself staring blankly at my screen trying to remember what just happened.

“That’s the thing with time, isn’t it? It’s not all the same. Some days – some years – some decades – are empty. There is nothing to them. It’s just flat water. And then you come across a year, or even a day, or an afternoon. And it is everything. It is the whole thing.” 

So, this wasn’t as good. However, it wasn’t all bad either. There were moments that made me stop and contemplate life and the various reasons behind it. There were countless pieces of wisdom dispersed throughout the book. Perhaps, to the point that it got a bit too cheesy for my taste.

I’ll be honest. This book can be enjoyed to the fullest when and only when you ‘need’ it in your life. This is something that a wiser and older me would probably enjoy and find extremely meaningful after she has lived through different trials of life. So, I’ll be doing something I never even thought of doing. I’ll save this book for the future me. Instead of DNF, I’ll PUA which is short for Pick Up Again. We’ll see, maybe this might be my new favorite in ten or twenty years.

“Whenever I see someone reading a book, especially if it is someone I don’t expect, I feel civilization has become a little safer.” 

Should you read this book? Here’s what you should expect. Life lessons, plenty of contemplating, slight heart ache, no time travel in the general sense and a slow yet meaningful plot. It depends on you really.


*This book was received in exchange for an honest review.


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What did you think of this book, have you read anything similar to it? Or do you have any recommendations for me to try? Lets chat, don’t worry, I don’t bite. ^^

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