|| Book Review || The Midnight Library by Matt Haig ||
Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism
Age category: Adult
Release Date: September 29th 2020
Version Read: Paperback
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.
So this is a really, really hyped up book and because of that I was really worried about reading it and being disappointed so I put it off for a long time.
I finally sat and read it and now that I have I actually feel bad for letting it sit for so long.
I don’t think it was a 5 star read however I do think that for such a tiny little book it really did pack a punch.
The story is one that makes you think long after you’ve finished it and that is definitely a good thing.
It is a book about mental health and the power of regret.
It is relatable and a little bit magical.
All in all, a really satisfying read.
In short we have our main character, Nora. I actually quite like her because I think that we can all relate to Nora in some way or another and at one point in our lives we have all felt the way that she does.
Nora is in a rut in her life, she has many regrets and when she finds herself jobless and feels like there is no one who loves her she decides she just wants to die.
When Nora “dies” she is transported to the midnight library where we are introduced to the concept of parallel lives and this is where things get really interesting.
Within the library Nora can face the regrets that she has had throughout her life and experience the different lives she would have had if she had made different choices.
It sends a very powerful message about regret in general and how a lot of the things we really regret in life are not actually things we ought to regret at all.
The smallest decisions in our lives can change everything on a massive scale and its amazing to see those changes reflected in Nora’s many lives.
All I wanted was for her to find a life she was truly happy with and that she wanted to live in and as the story went on Nora learned a lot about herself and who she wanted to be and the life she wanted to live.
It was a really interesting concept that kept me gripped from beginning to end.
I really enjoyed it and to anyone on the fence about reading this I would say yes, it does live up to the hype and it is definitely worth picking up!