The Midnight Library

The Midnight Library

A Novel

eBook - 2020
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'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?' 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 Time. 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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [publisher not identified],, 2020
ISBN: 9780525559481
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Dee_BPL
Jan 18, 2021

If you've ever carried around a "book of regrets" in your life - this book is for you! Through the Midnight Library Nora explores all the roads not taken. Loved it!

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jdesetti
Jan 16, 2021

#1 book on Goodreads! Definitely a must read. Put on hold 1/16

ArapahoePaige Jan 15, 2021

Nora lived a failed, lonely life but when she tries to end it, she winds up in the Midnight Library. The library is full of story lines she could have taken, and the librarian encourages her to try every plot. Nora explores regret, success - but whose? - and living a life on her own terms.

FPL_RachaelN Jan 08, 2021

What would you do if you could take back all your regrets and live another life? This eye-opening narrative shows that we shouldn't live for anyone other than ourselves.

JessicaGma Jan 04, 2021

It's a little stressful - what would you do in you could go back and redo things you regret in your life?? Nora gains this chance, and well, it's an interesting read. I can definitely see why it's a popular read for 2020 - it's a good one to read and give you something to mull over.

LPL_LeahN Jan 02, 2021

All of the best books I read this year were recommended to me by librarians, just saying. Including this one that I am SO GLAD I am ending this year on because it is such a high note.
On the day Nora decides to die, she is in the deep end of a mental health crisis that too many can relate to. She thinks she's meeting death with her eyes wide open and that her regrets are an impossible burden to carry on. But instead of arriving in the hereafter, she finds herself in the Midnight Library, a purgatory of sorts where every possible life she could have lived based on every path she didn't choose is bound in a book.
The journey that follows, as she makes her way through every life she thought she wanted, as every misstep she thought she made was undone, was truly unforgettable. Full of philosophical wisdom, a candor that both unsettles and soothes, and a most satisfying, amazing, PERFECT conclusion, this is one that will stay with me forever and ever.

ArapahoeChristineS Dec 31, 2020

Regrets, we all have them. Would you walk out of the Midnight Library or start opening the books? I love fiction where you get a chance to think about what road you would take if given the option. This novel was beautifully written, introspective, and full of wonder. I did start to get frustrated with the protagonist, but I still enjoyed the story very much.

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jerksister1
Dec 30, 2020

A fabulous story! Something I think we all wonder about - what if? - but that doesn't necessarily mean a better or worse life, just different. It's what we do with what we have and being open to possibilities. Loved this book!

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feralranger
Dec 30, 2020

What really makes a life worth living? It isn't only about success and achievement, notoriety, marriage, parenting, and those things many of us think matter the most. If we could see how any number of those reasons to live played out in our life, if we had a window open to those different choices would we still think they were what mattered most? The story takes on a metaphysical look at one person, Nora who has taken an overdose and is in the between place called The Midnight Library. Nora is like many of us full of regret, self loathing, that old not good enough script running through and through. She gets to step back into the stories of her life and when she does we the reader get to find out along with Nora what maybe really matters in the long run. An inventive and compassionate look at being human, being yourself.

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TeaD4
Dec 15, 2020

What a beautiful story about life! I thoroughly enjoyed following Nora along on her journey through the books of the midnight library. A genius concept about how we can live our lives and focus on what's important. It even got me thinking of what other books might be on my midnight library shelf! I definitely recommend this book.

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ellensix Dec 09, 2020

I'm feeling much better, generally," she lied. "It's not clinical. The doctor says it's situational depression. It's just that I keep on having new... situations."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"We only know what we perceive. Everything we experience is ultimately just our perception of it. It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"Every book is a potential escape."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"When you stay too long in a place, you forget just how big an expanse the world is. You get no sense of the length of those longitudes and latitudes...it is hard to have a sense of the vastness inside any one person. But once you sense that vastness, once something reveals it, hope emerges, whether you want it to or not, and it clings to you as stubbornly as lichen clings to rock."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"If you aim to be something you are not, you will always fail. Aim to be you. Aim to look and act and think like you. Aim to be the truest version of you. Embrace that you-ness. Endorse it. Love it. Work hard at it. And don't give a second thought when people mock it or ridicule it. Most gossip is envy in disguise. Keep your head down. Keep your stamina. Keep swimming."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"The rook is my favorite piece. It's the one that you think you don't have to watch out for. It is straightforward. You keep your eye on the queen, and the knights, and the bishop, because they are the sneaky ones. But it's the rook that often gets you. The straightforward is never quite what it seems."

LCPL_Krystyna Dec 08, 2020

"Never underestimate the big importance of small things...You must always remember that."

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