Friday, November 27, 2020

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (Review)

Sometimes you come across a book that is different from anything you've read. That's what The Midnight Library was for me.

Book Details:

Book Title: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Category: Adult Fiction,  304 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction, Sci-fi
Publisher: HarperAvenue
Release date: September 29, 2020
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (for f-words, and mature subject matter: suicide)

Book Description:

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?

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Sometimes you come across a book that is different from anything you've read. It defies the usual conventional plots, is thought-provoking and genre-bending, all while appealing to the bibliophile in you. That's what The Midnight Library was for me.

What would it be like to go back and erase all the regrets you had in life? Who of us hasn't thought about how things may have turned out differently if we had made different choices in our life? As we follow Nora's story, inevitably we are asking ourselves these questions. Nora is depressed and has reached the point where she feels life is not worth living anymore. Metaphorically, the Midnight Library is her second chance in life. 

I enjoyed how the author creatively put the protagonist in different scenarios depending on what choices she would have made differently in life. And we, the audience, go along for the ride, and it's a fun ride! Nora lives though different versions of her life and we question which one she will choose, which one will finally make her happy. Nora learns something with each new parallel life she lives. The plot was unpredictable, quick-moving and compelling. I kept thinking, how is this going to end?

The ending was perfect, by the way. I won't say more, as I don't want to spoil it for you. This one is a lovely read. An immensely good read. One of my favorites of this year.

Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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About the Author:

Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and Notes on a Nervous Planet and six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time, The Humans and The Radleys. He has also written many books for children and has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been nominated three times for the Carnegie Medal. He has sold more than a million books in the UK and his work has been translated into over forty languages.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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  1. My GR friends have really enjoyed this book so I'm glad you did as well!

  2. One of my favorites of the year, too. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

  3. We have a monthly book subscription here in South Africa that is actually a bit expensive. The organizers give certain hints and tips throughout the month on what the next month's book will be. I KNOW December's is The Midnight Library. After reading your review, I am so going to spoil myself and just get the box!!!

    Lovely review and now I am sooo excited to read it too!

    Have a good week ahead.

    Lots of Love,

    Elza Reads

    1. I hope you love it as much as I did! A monthly book subscription sounds like a fun treat.

  4. I'll have to take a gander at this New Matt Haig book. You summed it up nicely. I have thought about monthly subscriptions. Stephen King wrote about how monthly book subscriptions helped him read a lot more.

    1. Thanks Trin. I'm curious about book subscriptions. I'll have to do some research.


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