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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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
It’s not every day that a novel makes us rethink life itself. Pushed to the limit, Nora has decided to end her life, but she isn't prepared for what happens next: Waking up in a library stacked floor to ceiling with books, each containing a different version of how her time on earth could have played out. British actress Carey Mulligan sweeps us up in author Matt Haig’s warm and whimsical fantasy as Nora’s explores her many potential paths, hoping to find the one that would have led to true happiness and fulfillment. Of course, no life story comes without some struggle and sadness, and Haig’s novel constantly reminds us of that bittersweet, beautiful wisdom. Poignant, funny, and a little bit odd, The Midnight Library had us in tears—and we wouldn’t change a word.
Good, but predictable
I liked this book. It made me think and the concept of The Midnight library is pretty cool. Only con is that it was pretty predictable. I guessed the ending before I was even halfway through the book.
A book i will read one a year for healthy mental housekeeping. It reminds us that our lives are ours by default and our very small decisions change so much. Ultimately very thankful for my life after reading this
This was a fun book to read. I made it about 3/4 of the way through before it started getting redundant and a bit preachy. I’d recommend it to a friend but I will say it came off a bit “self-helpy” by the end which was disappointing.