The Midnight Library

The Midnight Library

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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Viking, 2020.
ISBN: 9780525559474
0525559477
Branch Call Number: FIC HAIG
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 22 cm

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The protagonist figures herself out by looking in different books for "a road not taken" life choice. 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.

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 y... Read More »


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laneway
Jun 11, 2021

One of the best books I have read in some time. I really liked his style of writing and his insight into human nature.

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squirrelee
Jun 07, 2021

I loved this book. It was different than what I normally read. The comments that said that it was predictable were true, but this didn't bother me at all. Also, I didn't mind the reminders life and the messages that the book made me think about. Read it, think about it, appreciate it.

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LinChi
Jun 07, 2021

A fun read but wouldn't re-read. It's touching and interesting to see how the protagonist slowly changes perspectives throughout each of the books, but it felt too far-fetched and I wasn't super interested in what would happen next.

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peacebenow
Jun 05, 2021

This is a book about Nora Seed, her decisions and regrets in life. Getting more chances to get it right. It's a pinch of "Jumanji" but mostly "it's a Wonderful Life". Seemed predictable to me.

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tjdickey
Jun 05, 2021

If Mitch Albom decided to mingle his heartfelt depth of reflective humanity in a collaboration with a gentle parallel universes sci-fi parable, the result *might* compete with "The Midnight Library:" a rare, compelling, light-hearted but profound experience for the reader. How would you live your life if given a chance to reconsider your regrets and decisions?

FPL_Lori Jun 02, 2021

Nora Seed has a plethora of regrets and often wonders what her life could have been if she had only made different choices along the way. "The Midnight Library" is a lovely fantasy novel that explores parallel universes and 'what might have been.' One thing you won't regret is reading this little gem.

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ryankuang
Jun 01, 2021

Basically “It’s a Wonderful Life” but less heartfelt. The novel tries to tackle the large topic of depression and suicide with the subtlety of a Hallmark aphorism. In all fairness, it’s an easy read but nothing too compelling to recommend for others. (DNF: read about 1/2)

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Abroper8
May 31, 2021

Great idea but I was turned off by the lack of subtlety - not sure if that was intentional or if I'm just not the target audience. It felt like I was playing a video game that constantly gives you help and hints to make sure you get it.

JCLHeatherC May 25, 2021

Wow. Just wow.

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supernova_reader
May 24, 2021

I was happy that I read this book and looked forward to discussing it with someone. A bit slow at times, but it encouraged reflection and pointed me towards interesting thoughts. Would definitely recommend it to a friend.

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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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LoganLib_Kylie Apr 27, 2021

Other: Trigger warning for suicide and death of a pet.

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aejinnie
Feb 22, 2021

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Trigger warning for suicide

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Brina_1704
Jan 26, 2021

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A cat dies at the beginning of the novel and people who are uncomfortable with death may also be worried about the idea of parents dying. Sensitive groups such as those who become triggered by the loss of parents should also take caution.

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Brina_1704
Jan 26, 2021

Coarse Language: In some parts of the book, Nora seed tends to swear a little but nothing severe

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Brina_1704
Jan 26, 2021

Brina_1704 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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