The Midnight Library
A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well ...more
The main character is full of regrets after attempting suicide and ends up in a library where she gets to try all the other lives she could have lived.
This books was heartbreaking and unputdownable. My main regret is starting it late at night because I had to wait until the next day to finish it!
The writing was beautiful and hit almost too close for comfort. I can't recommend it enough!
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Fuck, this book hit me so hard. I finished this book a few days ago and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. It has one of my favorite themes or tropes in a book, where we follow a main character who at the beginning of the story is very depressed and possible suicidal and doesn't see the point of life, but then slowly throughout the story begins to build an admiration toward humanity and life. This book was so beautifully written and I love the way th ...more
And then you take a big ol' chomp, and...oh no.
Not a chocolate chip at all.
This cookie is filled with...RAISINS.
Have you immersed yourself in that experience? Really felt the high expectations and the all-consuming disappointment?
Because that was my expe ...more
“Let’s be kind to the people in our own existence.”
The Midnight Library is a book about choices, regrets, and embracing life.
Nora Seed is having a really bad day. She is mugged, loses her job, blamed for other’s people’s failures, and her cat is run over by a car. She is also seriously depressed. This day is one of many bad days that Nora has experienced over the last decade of her life. She can’t take life anymore and attempts suicide.
Nora wakes up to discover that she is in the space ...more
In between life and death is a library, The Midnight Library. With books curated just for you..
You will start with “The book of Regrets” your regrets, which could be “not telling your father you loved him before he died”, not marrying a certain sweetheart or not following a dream.
Select another volume and see how a different choice may have played out.
Discover that an alternate choices may not have necessarily led to a different outcome.
This is a MAGICAL premise!
But, I must ...more
"She realised, in that moment, that she was capable of a lot more than she had known."
(In one of her many lives)
"I think you might have lost your way a little bit."
"Isn't that why I came to the Midnight Library in the first place? Because I had lost my way?"
"Well, yes. But now you are lost within your lostness."
This story is so fascinating and one of the most amazing stories that look into life, dissect i ...more
quietly profound and deeply meaningful.
very 'the five people you meet in heaven' with a magical, bookish feel. perfect for anyone who had ever wondered if their life is enough.
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Sylvia Plath ‘Between life and death there is a library,’ she said. ‘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?’
Nora is going through a terrible period in her life, where everything that could possibly go wrong, does. She’s consumed with regret over the paths not ...more
While I admit I don’t actively pursue parallel universes kind of books on one hand, and on the other, the main reason why I read this book is that I was choosing the best fiction this year (to vote in the GR awards), I was act
“She realised that she hadn’t tried to end her life because she was miserable, but because she had managed to convince herself that there was no way out of her misery.”
And these messages have the subtlety of a sledgehammer. ...more
I never would've expected such an amazing opportunity to share my love for this book NOR would I have expected to "meet" so many wonderful people through the comments.
It's been so much fun and I'm definitely doing more highlights/notes soon!!
The Written Review
Life has just gotten to the point where it's overwhelming and all-encompassing and above all, Nora can't see a possible sit ...more
This is a book everyone needs in their lives. No matter what stage in life we’re all at, I feel like everyone can relate to the message of this book. I went into this expecting to read about a girl who somehow gets a chance to live multiple lives in several parallel universes. What I got was a lot more than that. I did not expect to be reflecting on some major life lessons and just basically on the way I look at life. None of us have ...more
I really like how Haig achieves to write what I consider being self-help books with magic and a good storyline. If you liked The Midnight Library, you should definitely take a look at How to Stop Time.
The premise of The Midnight Library wasn't new to me. A couple years ago, there was a canadian tv show called Being Er ...more
"Between life and death there is a library.
And within that library, the shelves go on for ever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived.
To see how things would be different if you have made other choices."
In one word - fascinating!
"You see, doing one thing differently is very often the same as doing everything differently. Actions can`t be reversed within a lifetime, however much we try..."
I cannot help but compare The Midnight Library with another book Maybe ...more
A sojourn of a human to the multiverses through a library, which is as normal as this bizarre world without an exit to trap us there. Nora Seed might seed our mind with melancholy and heart with love in her quest for perfection. Can perfection be attained through the careful movement of the pawns in this deliberate game of life? Through the underlying current of sadness, this literature transcends us to a library between the universes with a librarian who is a mental metaphor th ...more
“...sometimes the only way to learn is to live.”
Nora has decided she wants to die. She’s just so unhappy and doesn’t feel like she or her life matter to anyone. She's disappointed everyone in her life, and she doesn’t think her death will have an impact.
She finds herself in The Midnight Library, which is filled with books that each contains a life Nora could have lived had she made a different choice or picked a di ...more
This sort of contemporary fiction is not something I normally read or like, so don't rely on my opinion for this book. I thought that with the slight (slighter than I thought) fantasy bent I might enjoy it.
Obviously I did not. ...more
Her job at a music store has ended,, her cat died. her personal relationships with family are not the best.. and she tries to end her life.
Well, instead of her life ending.. she ends up in The Midnight Library where she chooses books that take her to different lives, parallel lives she may have lived...in these lives she is many different things.. there is a Nora who became a rock star, another who has won Olympic medals, another living ...more
I liked The Midnight Library — I wasn’t quite as enamored with it or blown away as I thought I migh ...more
The Midnight Library tells the story of Nora Seed. She appears to be at a cross roads in her life. Her cat has just died, she lost her job, and just doesn't have anyone in her life, no family. She has given up and begins the countdown to h ...more
What if you could change the past? Take all those nasty regrets and make a different choice? Nora, the main character of this novel is given that chance to remake some of her past decisions.
I really like Matt Haig. He seems like an all round top bloke. Up till now I hadn't read any of his books but I'd heard about this one some months ago and the premise sounded intriguing.
I felt like this book read l ...more
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It takes no effort to miss the friends we didn't make and the work we didn't do the people we didn't do and the people we didn't marry and the children we didn't have. It is not difficult to see yourself through the lens of other people, and to wish you were all the different kaleidoscopic versions of you they wanted you to be. It is easy to regret, and keep regretting, ad infinitum, until our time runs out.
But it is not lives we regret not living that are the real problem. It is the regret itself. It's the regret that makes us shrivel and wither and feel like our own and other people's worst enemy.
We can't tell if any of those other versions would of been better or worse. Those lives are happening, it is true, but you are happening as well, and that is the happening we have to focus on.”