The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Source: Brought from Waterstones
Publisher: Canongate Books
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary
Publication Date: 4th February 2021
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
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.
My Thoughts & Review
This had been on my radar ever since seeing glowing reviews for it. I was planning to pick up a copy from the library but due to the local library is still being closed so decided to pre-order the paperback. Also, it was our book clubs pick for March, and I was super excited to start it, but let’s just say I wasn’t sure what I thought of it hence the delay in posting a review.
Now don’t get me wrong this wasn’t a bad read book bit it could definitely have been better. I found the book to be of two halves. Yes, there were some interesting and thought provoking moments but for the majority of the book I thought it was quite a depressing read.
When I picked this book up I’d heard many people say that it was a wonderfully written piece of fiction, and yes the book did feel like a fiction novel at the beginning but I feel like as I read on into turned into a self-help book part way through and think this is where I started to lose interest in parts.
As for the main character Nora, well I couldn’t really connect with her. Although I wished her to have a happy life, I personally found her character to be quite a dull and boring, who doesn’t seem to have any ambitions. I know depression affects people differently but I her character could have been done better.
The Midnight Library was my second book read by Matt Haig, and although I really wanted to love this one like many readers, but sadly it wasn’t for me. I do have a couple more audiobooks from Matt Haig on hold from my library, and still have high hopes on finding at least one book from him that I will love.
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