Review of “Midnight Library” by Matt Haig

This book sure did have me thinking about my life and decisions. It is a 5 star read for me!

Summary: Nora decides that she wants to die. Her life is not what she imaged. She dreams of the “what ifs” in her life. What if she became an Olympic swimmer, stayed in the band, went to that trip with my best friend- would she have been happy then? The day she plans to die, she winds up at the Midnight Library. She is able to open up books where she has made a different decision in her life. She is able to live that life. If she decides that she is happy, she can stay there. Will Nora find her bliss and want to live? What is Nora searching for at the library?

Other people found the book depressing, but it is by far a happy story to me. A chance of re-birth and happiness. It is about being able to search your soul for that happiness. A story about life and knowing your regrets but also knowing where you are going.

This is the type of book that you either loved it or you hated it. In my case, I read about all the philosophy about it. I often wonder if I made different decisions, would I be here. This novel makes you think about how many choices that you make each and every day- big and small- that changes your day, mood, life, etc. Maybe it is the small things that you do for someone else that makes their day/life change. But we effect not only our life but others as well. This book dives into that a lot. I will be thinking about this book for a long time after this.

Trigger warnings: suicide, depression, drugs, self-harm, family and pet deaths, etc.

This is not my 1st Matt Haig book as I read “How to Stop Time” a few years ago. I have enjoyed his books. I recommend Matt Haig and “MIdnight Library.”

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