The Midnight Library

The Midnight Library

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Nora Seed finds herself faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, or 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: Toronto : Harper Avenue, ©2020.
ISBN: 9781443455879
Characteristics: 288 pages ;,22 cm.

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courtws
Dec 03, 2020

I was thrown by single quotes and odd spellings but then realized this was a British publisher. Fabulous storyline and very thought-provoking as I'm trying to figure out what my OWN life is all about. For anyone wondering about the path not chosen. It reminded me of Sliding Doors (Gwyneth Paltrow film) and made me want to find and read any comparable titles.

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betsymarzoni
Nov 29, 2020

Even during the course of one day, we make numerous choices (salad or sandwich? news show or movie? water or beer?) so imagine how many choices we make over the span of our lives. Some of those choices we may come to regret over time. What if we had the opportunity to go back and re-do those regrets? Will we be any happier? Will there be unforeseen consequences? This intriguing book explores the idea of multiple universes where we can do just that. It is heavy on philosophy and not a quick read, but does offer new perspectives.

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laphampeak
Nov 25, 2020

Nora is about to commit suicide when she is taken to a kind of library purgatory where she gets to make alternate choices to those made in her past. Disappointment brings her back in order to try again. The story structure and narrative may seem straightforward but there is power in the message. “There is no right way to play (chess); there are many ways. In chess, as in life, possibility is the basis of everything. Every hope, every dream, every regret, every moment of living.”

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Katie_Dublin
Nov 25, 2020

Fantastic.

ArapahoeKati Oct 22, 2020

I felt all the feels while reading this book. Matt Haig knows how to knock the wind out of you and make you wonder all the what if's. An uplifting book for 2020 that I needed in my life.

AnnabelleLee27 Oct 16, 2020

This novel uses a fascinating premise to explore themes around mental health, family, regrets, and the power of choices in life. It was a fast moving and easy read which seemed to lack depth or nuance and ultimately felt unsatisfying.

OPL_RubyJ Oct 01, 2020

A great "it's a wonderful life" moral about embracing life with all its regrets and mistakes. After Nora makes the decision to commit suicide, she is transported to a magical library where each book is another Nora in another dimension. She is given the opportunity to find her "perfect" life where she gets to take back her regrets. Will she find a life she's happy in or still decide that life is just not for her?

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darladoodles
Sep 20, 2020

Regrets. We all have them. Sometimes they keep us up at night. For some, the regrets become overwhelming and ending this life seems like the only answer. Nora felt this way and attempts suicide. She wakes up in the Midnight Library where there are books with infinite lives in which each regret is erased. The shelves are full and never seem to empty no matter how many lives Nora samples. As each new tried on existence becomes a disappointment, back to the library she goes. How will she know where she should stay? What will happen to the people around her in her root life if she has never existed. A little bit lighter "Dark Matter" (Blake Crouch) with "Maybe In Another Life" (Taylor Jenkins Reid), and "It's a Wonderful Life" vibes; this new title from Matt Haig will have you pondering your own decisions and their consequences. Mindbending, but also filled with heartwarming and humorous moments. I loved it!

DCLadults Sep 11, 2020

A New & Noteworthy staff pick 2020. At a seminal moment in her life Nora visits a unique library. Every book that she chooses is one that she becomes part of and is a possible life she might have led. There are adventures, close calls, and joy. This is a totally engrossing page turner.

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