The Midnight Library

by Matt Haig

Goodreads Description:

Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?”

A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time.

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. 

Helen says: πŸ€“πŸ€“πŸ€“

What do you get when you cross a modern day version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with a Choose Your Own Adventure book? Answer: The Midnight Library. This book was pretty good- not very complex. There was something a tad juvenile about it- seemed like a YA book. I thought it was overrated, but I am in the minority because it is currently on The NY Times bestseller list.

Holly says: πŸ€“πŸ€“πŸ€“3/4

This was my first read of this month’s book selections, and even though I enjoyed it, in comparison to the others which were fantastic, this was the bottom of the totem pole, but in an exceptionally rewarding month of reading. Entertaining, as the story follows Nora through a dream-like scenario as her real body lingers near death, she questions many of her decisions in life and wonders what life would have been like had she made different choices. And she finds some of those answers with Mrs. Elm in the Midnight Library. The epitome of “the grass is not always greener…”. A fun and enjoyable read.

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