Title: The Midnight Library

Author: Matt Haig

Published: September 2020

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Mental Health




Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig's enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.


NICKY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

From the synopsis, this book had already half drawn me in. By the end, I was sad it was over. Nora's life has slowly been tearing at the seams, everything that holds it together looks to have diminished and she is blinded to any light (metaphorically or otherwise) that better days will come. After deciding to die, she finds herself in the Midnight Library, and, accompanied by her school librarian Mrs. Elm, is given the opportunity to see what her life could look like, and the different lives she could have lived, if only she made different choices. So begins an exploration of how we measure happiness, fulfillment and most of all, how much of a burden we carry by allowing ourselves to be consumed by regret. Brilliantly executed, and leaving me with some gentle insight and subtle reminders to take away, I will remember this book for years to come. I highly recommend listening to the audiobook which is exceptionally read by Carey Mulligan! 


TAY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What a unique and creative way of exploring mental illness. The idea that there are a limitless amount of possibilities in which every decision you make could have lead you down a different life path could keep your mind occupied for HOURS. Haig crafted the narrative to take us on a journey that ultimately taught us of the joys of living and the unavoidable imperfections and complexities of life. It was an adventure that soothed the soul, and a reminder that regret is nothing more than a grudge you hold against yourself, imprisoning your potential. It taught us that only once you can come to terms with this, and willingly surrender your regrets, you will truly be liberated. It was an exhilarating fusion that had a foundation of philosophy, a touch of literature, a sprinkle of quantum physics and an unmeasurable volume of imagination. A really gorgeous story that I’d have no hesitations in recommending.



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