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The Midnight Library

The Midnight Library

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"'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." Provided by publisher
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2020
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780525559474
0525559477
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 22 cm

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joannapianna
May 06, 2021

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!

AuroraPL_Jodi May 05, 2021

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.

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tonyshaw_
May 04, 2021

It was an interesting and thought provoking book. I could've done without the global warming propaganda.

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caseysabatini
Apr 28, 2021

Michele rec

JCLHilaryS Apr 27, 2021

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.

ELPLNatalie Apr 27, 2021

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.

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rmshields
Apr 26, 2021

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.

ArapahoeJulia Apr 26, 2021

"Between life & death there is a library..."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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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. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This book was hyped-up by a lot of people I talked to, and while I thoroughly enjoyed it, it didn't seem to be profound or life-changing to me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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What I did appreciate about this read was its ability to zoom the reader out from merely what lives can be lived, to a larger view of what makes a life worthwhile. Some of the commentary by Haig felt pretty obvious to me, but overall I enjoyed this read!

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lindemuldercr
Apr 26, 2021

Meg

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Betz50
Apr 25, 2021

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.

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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 latitudes...it 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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LoganLib_Kylie Apr 27, 2021

Other: Trigger warning for suicide and death of a pet.

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aejinnie
Feb 22, 2021

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Trigger warning for suicide

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Brina_1704
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.

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Brina_1704
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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Brina_1704
Jan 26, 2021

Brina_1704 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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