“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?”
Wow, wow and WOW! I DEVOURED this book in four days and cannot rate it highly enough! I bought a copy of this incredible book from a local independent book shop in September of 2021 with every intention of reading it right away, but as per usual life got in the way and it’s only now I managed to pick it up! And I’m so glad I had it waiting for me!
The Midnight Library is unlike any other book I’ve read! The concept is brilliant and I think it’s a book that everyone needs to read at some point in their lives! We follow Nora on what seems to be the worst possible day of her life, and we see her make an almost successful attempt to bring her root life to an end (a term that will make sense as you read further in to the book), however Nora finds herself in the oddest building with her old high school librarian (whom she had a close bond with) going through her very own Book of Regrets and choosing various lives to live, and each time being bought back to the library when Nora realises it’s not the life she truly and deeply wants (or needs). Nora attempts hundreds of differing lives and scenarios and by the end has pretty much seen and done it all. But each life teachers her something valuable even if she doesn’t realise it at first or what it is.
About three quarters of the way through the book I was really hoping for Nora to have a life with Ash, the man who knocked on her door after discovering her cat (spoiler alert-the cat wasn’t alive but it isn’t always sad, I promise!) and I could see a real emerging pattern with Dan, the man she originally ditched before their wedding.
I don’t want to give too much away but I was so happy with the ending and it was such a brilliantly written novel and really humbling and I feel like it taught me a valuable lesson-and at the right time too!
I have Haig’s Reasons To Stay Alive and Notes on a Nervous Planet on my shelf and those are the two books I’m going to be picking up next! My mind is totally blown!
About the Author
Matt Haig is a British writer known for both fiction and non fiction works. His book A Boy Called Christmas was adapted for screen in 2021