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If you read through the various comments, you’ll see that “The Midnight Library” has mixed reviews. I can agree with both the praise and critiques, but ultimately, when I finished the book, I felt glad to have read it and wanted to talk about it with someone. This book has such a unique premise and is greatly thought provoking. If we could go back and change a decision, what would life look like? Would we be happier in another version of our life? Although the plot was far-fetched and a little repetitive, it was clever and enjoyable. Its message is one that we can all glean from: perspective is everything and life is worth living.
Noticing the large number of comments and the diversity of ratings, maybe this would be a good book club choice and elicit much discussion. I thought the writing was average; the classification as SciFi was silly; the number of possible lives explored way too many and not much in the way of character growth. My favorite character was Mrs. Elm. It definitely deserves an average rating, nothing more, maybe nothing less.
I couldn't feel compassion for the main character. The day by day, hour by hour, count down to her suicide put me off. Not my cup of tea.
Writing was on a 5th grade level, no character development, predictable plot, boring... I have no idea how this ended up so many lists of people loving it. Unlikable main character. It was a quick read, and I thought for a few moments it was going to get interesting, but it did not.
5 stars. Nora Seed is having a bad life. Things just don't seem to be working out. She has no one and her cat just died and she lost her job and she decides to kill herself. And when she wakes up, she's in the Midnight Library where her old librarian friend Mrs. Elms is there to show her the other lives she could have lived. Nora's other lives were so different, but she learned a lot from living them. This was a brilliant book. I loved it.
This starts out really strong and I love the concept. However, there were some holes in how it all worked that were hard to get past. The last half, especially the ending, were very cliche. I'm convinced this getting hype simply because it has a library in it.
The Midnight Library is one I would recommend to anyone struggling with regret. At the end of the book, I found my own perspective on a major regret I have in my own life shifted, through seeing Nora's journey of uncovering more nuances in her lives she is allowed to go back and experience. I would call this book good and not great, because I found it far-fetched the level of achievement she was able to attain in multiple lives. I also felt that the author too often came right out and stated things he was alluding to, which always makes me assume the author thinks their readers are stupid! It loses its impact and beauty when beaten to death. But I can honestly say this is the most uplifting book about attempted suicide I've ever read!
This booked touched on a lot of places. As someone who consistently wonders about what would have been if I had done things differently, this book took those regrets and played them out in a interesting narrative. I wasn't sure about the social media sum up at the end but overall its about starting fresh, realizing your second chances and knowing you have unlimited potential.
It was an interesting and thought provoking book. I could've done without the global warming propaganda.
This was a struggle to get through. Completely heavy handed and transparent. It was so predictable that it was a relief to finish the book. An important topic, but honestly did not need to be lectured to by a book in such a transparent way, and did not find it meaningful. I did appreciate the Sci-Fi method of living alternate lives, which was its only saving grace.
It was a surprisingly quick read. I enjoyed it and thought the premise of the book was unique, but will be honest and say I wasn't completely blown away by this story. The author had a chance to dig deeper into the plot which could have made this story phenomenal instead of meh.
Never knew philosophical fiction was a thing, but I like it. I typically read non fiction and this is the first fiction book I’ve read in awhile. Although this felt kind of similar to a self-help book, it will be my gateway back into fiction.
"Between life & death there is a library..." This was a very interesting read about what happens when we're given the chance to rewrite our regrets and live all the possible lives we could ever imagine living.
This was an interesting book. It really made me think about my own life and how every little decision can change your life. In the end, I’d have to say I liked it.
on the brink,
lives random link;
a madam shrink,
poem Howl, lonesome scowl...
such verse, a gem, in her multiverse -
verbatim coerce, taken adverse.
I ho-hum prowl.
Hugo slider, whose glass I clink;
an outsider, whose story made me think.
But author doesn't refill his drink.
only left me with a wink.
WOW! A wonderfully important and meaningful read. This book will most certainly cause introspection.
A lovely, simple, meaningful story about depression, moving forward, and what it means to be alive.
This book has generally mixed reviews, which says a lot about mental illness. When people don’t understand it, they look down upon it. This book is absolutely amazing--it shamelessly portrays mental illness without the stigma, and how hard it is to better yourself when you don't know what is wrong. I think for teens and adults this is a must read, even if you think your life is perfect. Choices affect everything, and whether or not those effects are good, they still matter. This book shows that life is a learning experience and we don't have it all figured out. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I wish more people would try and understand it.
“Never underestimate the big importance of small things.”
From many beautifully crafted thoughts and quotes to chose through out this 288 pages long read, I have carried this one in my mind and heart the longest!
This book is Ode to life and it’s travails. The most beautiful and inspirational chapter happens on page 277, “A Thing I have Learned, Written By A Nobody Who Has Been Everybody.”
Profound and mesmerizing journey to be on!
In the space between life and death, Nora slips in and out of the parallel universe versions of her life. The book is a reflection of the choices we've made in life, and whether our regrets are truly regrets, or if things happen just as they should have. Charming and sweet at times, the book is fairly predictable but worth your time.