Book Review: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Looking for your next read? Check out The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Anne A.

What if you could live different versions of your life and see which life fits best? Nora Seed receives this opportunity in the Midnight Library. Unhappy with her current life and regretting her decisions, she decides to end her life. Instead of dying, she ends up in the Midnight Library between life and death. Each book on the shelves is another version of her life. Nora picks books trying to find her best life. In one life she marries the man she left two days before her wedding. She becomes an Olympic swimmer in another life. In other lives she moves to Australia, she becomes a rock-star, and she studies glaciers in the Artic. As she searches for her ideal life, she realizes that she does want to live after all. She learns that she does not need a perfect life to be happy, she just needs one with caring people in it.

I loved this novel. The idea of trying on different lives is fascinating. This book got me thinking how my life would have been different if I’d made different choices. Everyone has things they wish they had done differently in life. The important thing Nora learns is not to let the regrets bog you down. It’s no accident that Nora studies philosophy in one of her lives as she searches for her perfect life.

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