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  • ebook
  • 269 pages
  • The Midnight Library
  • Matt Haig
  • English
  • 16 December 2019

10 thoughts on “The Midnight Library

  1. Emily (Books with Emily Fox) Emily (Books with Emily Fox) says:

    It is about a library between life and death, where a suicidal woman full of regret gets to try all her other lives she could have lived SOOOOOOLD


  2. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    It is no secret that Matt Haig has mental health issues, dogged by the darkness of depression that has taken its toll on his life His acute observations and experience of his condition informs this exquisite, inspiring, compassionate and empathetic novel where he creates the concept of the midnight library, to be found in the spaces between life and death, to explore life, the issues that afflict our world, through philosophy and , endeavouring to tease out what might make life worth living It is no secret that Matt Haig has mental health issues, dogged by the darkness of depression that has taken its toll on his life His acute observations and experience of his condition informs this exquisite, inspiring, compassionate and empathetic novel where he creates the concept of the midnight library, to be found in the spaces between life and death, to explore life, the issues that afflict our world, through philosophy and , endeavouring to tease out what might make life worth living and a joy and what gives it meaning The device used to implement his goal is the ordinary Nora Seed, who has lived her life trying to please others, who has hit rock bottom, suffering the loss of her cat, her job, overwhelmed by the burden of a lifetime of regrets, seeing no light in her life whatsoever She is tempted by thoughts of suicide that has her ending up at the midnight library.The midnight library is magical, for a start, the library has a limitless number of books, and these books are far from ordinary, Haig sprinkles gold dust in each book, offering Nora the opportunity to see how her life would have turned out if each and every decision at every point in her life had been different The books illustrate the endless possibilities that life holds for Nora and all of us Nora explores each book, with inquisitiveness and curiosity, the widely disparate lives that could have been hers, no easy task as she has to slip into each new life with the complications of being unfamiliar with it and do so without alerting the other people present It soon becomes clear that there are pros and cons to each book life, to each decision and choice made, each life containing its own mix of despair, pain and regrets that must be accommodated and handled.Haig offers a touching narrative that speaks of the joys to be found in living, attained through Nora s eyes as she tries to untangle what really matters in life, putting life in context and perspective with all its ongoing changes, complexities, and an understanding no life is perfect in itself In some ways, this is a version of It s A Wonderful Life, a favourite film for so many people What I was so struck by is just how many readers might find this helpful for our lock down times, so many have suffered unbearable losses and illness, have had to face not seeing all those we love and mean so much to us, whilst being weighed down with worries and concerns about how to cope with fears regarding jobs, childcare, money andA beautifully nuanced novel that I am sure many will love as much as me Highly recommended Many thanks to Canongate for an ARC


  3. Dave Dave says:

    Between life and death there is a library , she said And within that library, the shelves go on for ever Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived To see how things would be different if you had made other choicesWould you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets In a book that channels Friedrich Nietzsche, Jimmy Stewart in It s A Wonderful Life, and even Doctor Who and his amazing Tardis, we get a schmaltzy feel good lif Between life and death there is a library , she said And within that library, the shelves go on for ever Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived To see how things would be different if you had made other choicesWould you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets In a book that channels Friedrich Nietzsche, Jimmy Stewart in It s A Wonderful Life, and even Doctor Who and his amazing Tardis, we get a schmaltzy feel good life affirming fable Nietzsche expressed it as a question of what your response would be if a demon crept up to you and said you would live this same life innumerable times including every joy and pain, would you leap in joy or curse him to the end of eternity Frank Capra s beloved Christmas movie starring Jimmy Stewart has us thinking about what life would be like without you and the things you accomplished or the differences you made without even realizing it Matt Haig approaches the meaning of lifelike Doctor Who trapped in a Tardis with no controls where you never know where you might end up For Nora Seed, the library between life and death is such a vehicle that allows her to travel into parallel universes where life turned out differently because she made different choices along the way Kind of like time travel, but not cause she stays in the same time zone just in different lives There s a life where she becomes a rockstar, one where she is a scientist, one an Olympic athlete, etc, etc just pick a different book and see where you end up.Only Haig s library of books is like a genie s three wishes Well, you are not limited to three There s an infinite number of books But, your wishes just may not turn out how you think Every path traveled leads somewhere, but maybe the grass isn t always greener and maybe things didn t turn out how you think they would This is not a fantasy book for those seeking knights in armor, fell dragons, or magic sorcerers There simply may not be enough action or enough excitement for some readers It s a fable that uses the construct of an endless library to explore ideas It s cleverly done and quite an easy read And there s a sense of humor at work here cause each time Nora drops into an alternate life, she s got to try and figure out her new past and how her new life works without anyone being the wiser, not even a best friend or a new husband It s quite a feat pretending to be one s self when one is not altogether familiar with one s new life Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review


  4. JanB JanB says:

    4.5 starsSylvia PlathBetween life and death there is a library, she said 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 choicesWould you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets Nora is going through a terrible period in her life, where everything that could possibly go wrong, does She s consumed with regret over the paths not 4.5 starsSylvia PlathBetween life and death there is a library, she said 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 choicesWould you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets Nora is going through a terrible period in her life, where everything that could possibly go wrong, does She s consumed with regret over the paths not taken, wrong decisions made In the throes of depression, she decides suicide is the answer She has nothing and no one to live for.This is when Nora ends up in the Midnight Library, a sort of limbo between life and death Part It s A Wonderful Life and part Sliding Doors , every book in the library represents a parallel universe with a life she could have lived had her choices been different All she has to do is choose a book and she will automatically be dropped into that life Each time she is dropped into an alternate life, she does so with no prior memory of her life up to that point She knows she has been dropped in and must wing it and figure out how to fit in seamlessly There s a bit of humor when she must google herself and check her social media accounts for clues In one life she thinks she must have been very happy because she wasn t very active on social media ha.If she loves a life she has a choice to stay But if she begins to feel disillusioned, she returns to the library, where an infinite number of possibilities awaits The problem with infinite possibilities is the thought that something better awaits had a different path been chosen.Each decision life contains unforeseen consequences, some good and some bad Is the grass always greener It is easy to imagine there are easier paths, but are there The problem with regrets is they are rarely based on fact Understanding the nuances and importance of our lives are not always obvious.I won t ruin the surprise by revealingof what Nora discovers or decides It s muchfun to discover it on your own While this book could have been predictable or schmaltzy, the author has written a unique, delightful, and thought provoking story There are surprises in store and it s impossible to read without reflecting on your own life choices This was a terrific choice for a buddy read with my friend Marialyce, and it would be an excellent choice for a book club.I was grateful for the highlighting function on my kindle, as I highlighted a lot In the midst of a pandemic and social unrest, it s natural to worry about the future, but this book was a good reminder to make the best of this life we ve been given.Knowing the author has struggled with depression and thoughts of suicide made this book all themeaningful Publication date August 13, 2020 I received a digital review copy via Edelweiss All opinions are my own For our duo reviews of this book and others please visit


  5. Virginie Virginie says:

    Matt Haig life death LIBRARY This makes my day


  6. Liz Barnsley Liz Barnsley says:

    Matt Haig s latest offering is a quirky, melancholy yet life affirming tale of regret for the roads not taken, a what if scenario that will speak in its own way to every one of us After all we all wonder, don t we, what our lives might look like now if we d turned left instead of rightif this thing had happened but not that thingCaught between life and death, main protagonist Nora finds herself in a vast library, the books here are stories of her life not lived Guided by the librarian, Matt Haig s latest offering is a quirky, melancholy yet life affirming tale of regret for the roads not taken, a what if scenario that will speak in its own way to every one of us After all we all wonder, don t we, what our lives might look like now if we d turned left instead of rightif this thing had happened but not that thingCaught between life and death, main protagonist Nora finds herself in a vast library, the books here are stories of her life not lived Guided by the librarian, who reflects a part of her past, Nora tries on some of those lives for size, a process that changes her understanding of her life in many many ways..The Midnight Library is kind of It s A Wonderful Life for the modern age, written with the deep insight into certain aspects of the human condition that Matt Haig is known for, beautifully crafted and offering the reader many thought provoking idea s It s a novel you will drift off with into thoughts of your own life decisions, whilst constantly being brought back to Nora and hers.What does a happy ending look like Well that s the thing It can look like many many things.The Midnight Library is beautiful I loved every minute of it Highly recommended


  7. Evie Braithwaite Evie Braithwaite says:

    Nora Seed has hit an all time low After losing her cat, her job, and is full of regret, she takes her own life However, she suddenly finds herself in the Midnight Library a point between life and death and learns that she has an opportunity to live as if she had done things differently She had felt like she had let everyone down, including herself But things are about to change Because, Nora, sometimes the only way to learn is to live The concept of The Midnight Library is wonderful, Nora Seed has hit an all time low After losing her cat, her job, and is full of regret, she takes her own life However, she suddenly finds herself in the Midnight Library a point between life and death and learns that she has an opportunity to live as if she had done things differently She had felt like she had let everyone down, including herself But things are about to change Because, Nora, sometimes the only way to learn is to live The concept of The Midnight Library is wonderful, and Haig executes it brilliantly How different could life be if we made another choice How could one decision change the lives of the people around us And, is there any such thing as a perfect life In one life Nora is an internationally famous rock star In another, she works as a scientist in sub zero temperatures in the Norwegian archipelago She is an Olympic athlete, a vegan powerlifter, rich, poor the possibilities are infinite Throughout it all, Haig seamlessly interjects magic into the most prosaic of details Further, in his bestselling memoir Reasons to Stay Alive , Haig chronicled the personal anxiety and depression he experienced which lead him to consider taking his own life In The Midnight Library , he is just as unflinching in his depiction of depression He seamlessly articulates how debilitating it can be, how it can feel like you re stuck in a black hole And yet, his writing never feels dismal Rather, he counterbalances sombre moments with a hopeful tone and a touch of humour While sometimes Nora s monologues were repetitive, the meaning was clear even when you feel like you re trapped, there is always a way out of the darkness.There s so muchto unpack in this book From ideas around climate change and the connection between ourselves and the world to familial relationships, fame, and the nature of happiness Matt Haig tackles so many themes with such grace a reminder to live life to the fullest and appreciate every moment, even the hard ones As Nora tries on the many shoes of her infinite lives, we see how making space for regrets is one step towards softening their hold over us We can have regrets without being their prisoner.Overall, The Midnight Library is a truly inspiring story that, yes, is full of hurt and despair, but also love and transformation Haig eloquently articulates the consuming nature of depression for those who find that words escape them As with Reasons to Stay Alive , I m so grateful for this book and vouch that everyone should read it The only way to learn is to live.Thank you Matt Haig, Canongate Books, and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review 4.5 5 stars rounded up to 5


  8. NAT.orious reads ☾ NAT.orious reads ☾ says:

    If you ve put together the 3 determinants of this story its author, the library settings and the themes of infinite alternative lives determined by the choices we make and are not absolutely hyped about this you better go face the corner and think real hard.


  9. Micah Micah says:

    So good It really put some stuff into perspective for me A beautiful book that teaches you that you re never stuck in life.


  10. Alyssa McNaughton Alyssa McNaughton says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Some spoilers I am in absolute awe It has elements of fictitious wonders like the film, About Time but truths every single human soul can relate to in what Haig brings out through his writing Wish I could give thisthan 5 stars, truly I very selfishly can only hope the final publication includes an epilogue With Ash Molly, oh please I graciously received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review Some spoilers I am in absolute awe It has elements of fictitious wonders like the film, About Time but truths every single human soul can relate to in what Haig brings out through his writing Wish I could give thisthan 5 stars, truly I very selfishly can only hope the final publication includes an epilogue With Ash Molly, oh please I graciously received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review


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The Midnight LibraryBetween 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 TimeSomewhere 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


About the Author: Matt Haig

Matt Haig was born in Sheffield, England in1975 He writes books for both adults and children, often blending the worlds of domestic reality and outright fantasy, with a quirky twist His bestselling novels are translated into 28 languages The Guardian has described his writing as delightfully weird and the New York Times has called him a novelist of great talent whose writing is funny, riveting and heartbreaking His novels for adults are The Last Family in England, narrated by a labrador and optioned for film by Brad Pitt The Dead Fathers Club 2006 , an update of Hamlet featuring an 11 year old boy The Possession of Mr Cave 2008 , about a man obsessed with his daughter s safety, and The Radleys 2010 which won Channel 4 s TV Book Club public vote and was shortlisted for a Galaxy National Book Award UK The film rights to all his adult novels have been sold His next adult novel is The Humans 2013 His multi award winning popular first novel for children, Shadow Forest, was published in 2007 and its sequel, The Runaway Troll, in 2009 His most recent children s novel is To Be A Cat 2012.