The Midnight Library
A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well ...more
“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
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
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 ye
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
"That is just me. I add nothing. I am wallowing in self-pity."No truer words have been said by Nora, the world's largest wet blanket. Woe is her, folks.
Nora ends up at The Midnight Library, a place between life and death, because she doesn't want to live anymore. The library is full of books, each representing a life she could've had, had she made different choices. Now she has a chance to undo all her numerous regrets and to try out all the lives she's missed out on, to see if there is anot ...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
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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I must say that I was kind of skeptical? going into this because the idea is SO good that I didn't know if the writing would be able to live up to it (which can sometimes happen)... but alas, no! Haig's prose is fast-paced and easy to read, but also believable and deeply philosophical. There is just so much to learn from this book. I mean, you COULD read a self-help book on stoicism, or you could just read this :) ...more
Update: for those butthurt about my sentence-long review I just wanted to say that as a person who also struggles with depression, this book will become my 13th reason if y'all keep trying to defend it to me (jk) ...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
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 ...more
It’s incredibly rare that I come across a book that ticks all my boxes. Good characters. Great setting. Wonderful story. This book really lived up to the hype! 🤗 Nora Seed has regrets. In a moment of absolute darkness she decides she’s done with life. Trigger warning: suicide attempt. 😬 She’s pushed into The Midnight Library, where her school librarian greets her and explains the books of regret. Nora opens a book and lives a life had she done things diff ...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
I have been sitting here thinking about how to review this book and I don’t want to say too much about it because after 10 pages or so, everything little thing would be a spoiler! That, in itself, should probably piq ...more
Who hasn't had regrets - wished they'd taken a different path in life, loved more and hated less, studied a little harder, applied themselves a bit more, had more faith in themselves, wished they'd liked themselves for who they were instead of what others wanted them to be?
I'm certainly not immune, and I've actually fulfilled a couple of my life's ambitions, but life is not easy for any of us. As Nora was to discover, we all "fear life" to s ...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.
↠ 4 stars ...more
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
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
"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
I enjoyed this book, but I feel like I probably should have loved it. And I was, up until the ending, which fell a little flat for me. It just felt...undone, I suppose. But that's also why other readers might really appreciate this ending, and understandably.
This book was very A Christmas Carol/Groundhog Day/The Family Man-esque. All of which I love - especially The Family Man, which is a 2000 movie featuring Nicolas Cage...
TANGENT: I don't know if I've ever mentioned this ...more
Articles featuring this book
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.”