The Midnight Library

The Midnight Library

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"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? 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
Branch Call Number: FICTION HAI
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780525559474


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Mar 05, 2021

Oprah says "Live your best life" and this book is practically an instruction manual on how to do exactly that (not that he quotes O...but the plot pretty much explores this question in detail.)
You've seen the number of reviews already so I'll just say to my friends...yes, read it, and NOT ENTIRELY because he loves Thoreau, either. For everyone who ever thought about regrets in any way other than Sinatras "too few to mention"...this book is worth reading. If you dream about your high school sweetheart with "if only" in your mind, this book is worth reading. If you want life to be a "do-over" as in the "Sliding Doors" or "On a Clear Day" movies, or in the "Communicating Doors" play, read it.

LPL_SarahM Mar 03, 2021

Every choice in life affects our trajectory. If you don't accept a coffee date, will you miss out on marrying your soulmate? What is happiness, in the end? Are there infinite multiverses where we are simultaneously living our best and worst lives?

Sliding Doors, It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol... The concept of this book isn't new. But the story is undeniably enjoyable, nonetheless. I couldn't put it down!

Mar 03, 2021

Midnight Library is a pleasant, life-affirming book, but it doesn’t deserve all the hype. Ultimately it's another take on It's a Wonderful Life, done multiple times, with the same message at the end.

Feb 26, 2021

Typically, when I finish one book, I immediately pick up the next. However, on occasion I finish a book that is too meaningful or impactful to simply move on from; a book that lingers in my thoughts for a day, or two, or more; carving out a spot for itself and temporarily forbidding any new stories from taking root. The Midnight Library was just such a book.

Thanks to It’s a Wonderful Life, we’re all familiar with the trope of a suicidal character getting to experience what if their life had been lived differently. And thanks to the multi-billion-dollar grossing Marvel Avengers franchise, the concept of a multiverse is fairly mainstream. The Midnight Library takes this old trope and a multiverse of possibilities, and weaves together a powerful human tale of regret, connection and possibility. Both message and medium flow in harmony in this one, as a story expertly unfolds with profundity and creativity. Read at the risk of experiencing personal feelings of deep self-reflection and inspiration.

AndreaG_KCMO Feb 24, 2021

I came into it with a totally different idea of what the tone would be like, and honestly I was not prepared for the dismal first half. I was certainly invested in Nora's plight, but the author was rather heavy handed in the events leading to her despair and could have entertained some subtlety in the rendering of the library. The book became far more interesting to me in the second half when some of the library-world nuances were uncovered.

Feb 22, 2021

Its a quick and easy read so I finished it, but its not that good. The ending was predictable and quite cliche

CCCL_TeresaR Feb 18, 2021

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (2020), was not what I expected. At first I thought that I was reading a knock off of Atkinson's "Life After Life," but that was not the case. Nora Seed, the protagonist, wears her depression like an anchor. It weighs upon her every thought and feeling. It is the catalyst for her entry into the Midnight Library where she experiences the life possibilities she may have missed.

I liked the linear format of the story, and the message that anything and everything is possible. Ultimately, it is a very hopeful journey. I would have enjoyed a greater fleshing out of Nora's family and friends. Most of the time they are bit players with little change or growth. I also felt that the explanatory page at the end was probably not necessary.

I will remember this novel and give it 4.5 stars. This one is a good book club choice.

Feb 12, 2021

Loved this book at the beginning, not so much at the end. It got repetitive and the resolution became obvious.

ontherideau Feb 11, 2021

Initially I thought this was going to be depressing but it quickly became intriguing. It would be a good book club discussion as people consider how decisions affect our trajectory through life and what choices have led them to now.

Feb 11, 2021

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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 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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Feb 22, 2021

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Trigger warning for suicide

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.

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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Jan 26, 2021

Brina_1704 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


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