This is the first Matt Haig book I have read, though I have heard lots of great things about his books, I’m only just getting around to reading one. This was a buddy read as part of a lockdown book club online. It was fun and motivating to read a certain amount of chapters each day then discuss as we went along.
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.
This is one of the best books I have read this year. I read this very early on in January, so it was great bookish start to 2021. It is very very good. I really enjoyed reading it and found it thought provoking, emotional and hopeful.
The main character Nora decides within the first few chapters that she wants to die as she has lost hope that her life will get better. I’ll give you a heads up for the first few chapters, it was not a pleasant read and felt quite depressing. Bear with it though as it doesn’t last long. When Nora reaches the midnight library, this is where I started to love this book.
The Midnight Library allows Nora to visit all the lives she could have had if she made different decisions. I’m not a lover of fantasy so I was unsure how this would work, but the author wrote it beautifully and so smoothly and it worked in the best way to tell the story and make me think.
Nora studies philosophy so there were quite a few philosophical quotes and thoughts from Nora as she goes through the different lives. I really liked this as it was uplifting and made me consider my life and the choices and have already and can still make.
I love the style of writing by this author and that and my enjoyment of this book has made me want to read more of his books.
I would recommend this book to everybody actually. Because I would not have picked this book up. I read it because it was my book club suggestion and I am very grateful that they showed me to this amazing author. The Midnight Library is a book that shows the reader that life takes many turns and we have so many options. The world is wide and hope is important, realizing what you want doesn’t come easy as there are so many distractions and obligations in life. But whatever we choose in our life decisions, sometimes the simple things are over looked, but actually they make so much difference if we choose to see them.
An amazing book, my first but not my last of Matt Haig.