TITLE: The Midnight Library
AUTHOR: Matt Haig
AGE CATEGORY: Adult
PUBLISHED: February 4th 2021
PUBLISHER: Canongate Books Ltd.
Between life and death there is a library.
When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change.
The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren’t always what she imagined they’d be, and soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger.
Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question: what is the best way to live?
It is easy to mourn the lives we aren’t living. Easy to wish we’d developed other other talents, said yes to different offers. Easy to wish we’d worked harder, loved better, handled our finances more astutely, been more popular, stayed in the band, gone to Australia, said yes to the coffee or done more bloody yoga.
On some levels this book was not fit for my anxious self but I still am glad I read it, finally!
Nora Seed went through so many lives at the library. At some point, it started to get a little boring. I got a little bit afraid that it would just keep on going and the ending would be bad. But it doesn’t. Fortunately there is a point in the book where you are just told in one sentence what kind of life she led that time. And then you think that now is time for the life.
It is full of different lives, that’s for sure! But none of them doesn’t really suit her. There was one life though, that I really kept rooting for. Hoping that would be the one she chose. But did she?
The Midnight Library makes you reflect on all your own regrets. What if you had done this and that differently? Makes you think. At least made me think.
The ending was not so satisfactory for me. From the beginning I had a thought of how it would end and that’s how it did end. Don’t get me wrong! I am very happy for her! But I hoped for something more. Some insight on how things go from there, what decisions will se make?