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Review: The Midnight Library – Matt Haig

Ever since reading the first page of The Midnight Library, I just knew I had to read this book. I finally bought myself a copy in September! In this blogpost I will tell you if this book lived up to my expectations!

What is the book about?

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig’s enchanting novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place. 

What did I think of it?

First of all, don’t you love the concept of this book? When I first read the synopsis, I was already sold to this book. A book about books, about getting second chances, about getting to know yourself? It’s a yes for me!

‘Between life and death there is a library, 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?’

Matt Haig is so good at writing and describing mental health. He never fails to touch me with his writing. Part of why Haig is so good at writing about mental health, is because he has experience with it himself. I think this experience he has really adds to the meaning of this story.

The setting of the story also is so magical and so thought-through. Just the concept of this whole book is been written down so well. A library between life and death, where you can discover all the lives you could’ve lived if you only made one tiny different choice in your life. It shows that we all have infinite possibilities in our lives. It shows that we actually shouldn’t regret every tiny error in our life.

This book talks about regrets, grief, love, friendship,… in such a wonderful way. I loved going on this quest with Nora Seed. Nora was a character with whom you can easily identify. I think reading about Nora and her thoughts can be a real help to readers who struggle with their mental health.

The Midnight Library is a very thought provoking book and will make you think about life a lot after reading it. I finished this one in a day, but will think about it for a long time to come!

This is definitely one of my favorite books of 2020. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

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