by Matt Haig
Publication Date September 29, 2020
Published by Penguin
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Genres: Fiction / Literary, Fiction / Science Fiction / Time Travel, Fiction / Women
The New York Times bestselling WORLDWIDE phenomenon
Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction | A Good Morning America Book Club Pick | Independent (London) Ten Best Books of the Year
"A feel-good book guaranteed to lift your spirits."—The Washington Post
The dazzling reader-favorite about the choices that go into a life well lived, from the acclaimed author of How To Stop Time and The Comfort Book.
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 blockbuster 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.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig is a book that has stayed with me weeks after I finished reading it. It was highly recommended to me and it exceeded my very high expectations. My advice? Just go get this book and read it!
Nora Seed is disappointed in the way her life has turned out. She hasn’t achieved any of her dreams or even come close. She believes that nobody would miss her if she disappears. She has many regrets on how her life turned out. When she decides that she is tired of life, she falls asleep and finds herself in a Library. In the library is the librarian from her school days, Mrs. Elm.
In the library is an unlimited amount of books, each book represents a different outcome for her life, if she had made a different decision in her life. Mrs. Elm helps Nora choose books where she finds out how her life would have changed if she had made a different decision.
I thought the premise of this book was so unique. I found myself rooting for Nora to find an outcome (or several outcomes) that will make her happy. I loved Mrs. Elm, I could imagine several of my school librarians who could have been her, she’s exactly what Nora needs at this time in her life.
I had to keep reading this book, and stayed up late to finish it. I had to find out how this ends. I thought the author took the topic of mental illness and wrote a very hopeful book.
I highly recommend this book to everyone.
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