The Midnight Library Book Reviews

Matt Haig

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig Book Summary

The #1 New York Times bestselling WORLDWIDE phenomenon

Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction | A Good Morning America Book Club Pick | Independent (London) Ten Best Books of the Year

"A feel-good book guaranteed to lift your spirits."—The Washington Post

The dazzling reader-favorite about the choices that go into a life well lived, from the acclaimed author of How To Stop Time and The Comfort Book.

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 blockbuster 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.

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Book Name The Midnight Library
Genre Fiction & Literature
Language English
E-Book Size 1.84 MB

The Midnight Library (Matt Haig) Book Reviews 2023

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Awesome. It's truly a great book and you can learn a lot of things which the most important one is to try to forget about our regrets. If you need to change something, you have to do it now. You can be sure that this version of you is the best one. So stop being so worried, and start to CHANGE.

You Are Alive. By reading this review, you possess the ultimate power: breath in your lungs, which signifies potential. Potential begets hope, and hope leads to taking small steps. As those steps accumulate, you embark on an adventure. This book encapsulates that spirit with the word "hope" and captivates you from beginning to end with its creativity and entertainment value. You may even shed a tear along the way, as we all have a bit of Nora within us. Thank you, Matt, for writing this book and reminding me of the gift of being alive.

Fascinating. Fast read because you want to know what happens. Could the end be like this?? Either way, great lesson!!

It was good (spoilers). I was a little disappointed by the ending because I wanted her to end up with Ash but I do really like how she got back to her normal life and didn’t feel like she was robbing another version of herself from her life. I enjoyed the fact that she started to appreciate herself and her actual life more with each variation of her original life and how she stopped letting her regrets consume her by the end.

The Midnight Library. I was completely consumed by this book, couldn’t put it down!

Great read. Simply written but complex and rich story that will give you the feels.

Good enough to push through. It was good enough to make myself finish but unfortunately predictable and repetitive. Nice themes.

Loved it. Great book, definite page turner.

Uplifting and real life story. A great read for those of us who might think that things in our life should be better or different. Nora has this one life, with all of its troubles and also all of its possibilities. She learns by experiencing other lives that she might have lived, none of which were perfect! And in so doing, she learns how to really live, finally.

Memorable from start to finish. A parable that you won’t forget about how much of life is our perspective and the stories we tell ourselves. Loved it.

A great read!. Just awesome!

Midnight Library. I read a lot, and most of the time, I can’t remember what I read the next day. I won’t ever forget this book. I will always take this book with me through the days of my life. Stick it out and you won’t regret it.

Makes You Think. This book was a beautiful symphony of love, loss, dread, and acceptance. It forces the reader to self-examine oneself in a way that makes the world feel limitless. What an incredible tribute to what it means to be life experiencing itself.

Thank you. This book has given me new perspective. I found it at a very synchronic time, and it has now contributed to my regaining my yearning for life. Experience is beautiful; there are so many things to do, so many things to be. One of the most important parts of life is to be loved, and to be someone who loves. I am that, and I have been lucky to have been that, and I will continue to do that. I recommend this book to anyone who is unsure. May you be sure within your unsureness. Xo

absolutely perfect. So I wanted to read this book because I might’ve seen it somewhere, and I’m so glad that I did. This book was just beautiful to read. Everytime when I think of the one week holiday that I read this book on, the book comes to mind along with highlight’s of the trip. Adding on, the entire story ends up telling a very valuable life lesson which has changed the way I think in some situations, which is amazing. The Midnight Library is definitely in the favorite book list and it won’t leave. See, when you read this, and you finish it, you’ll feel dissatisfied in a way where you miss the book, and you wish you never read it in a week (hopefully it’s clear that that’s meant to be positive). Read the book, its phenomenal and dazzling, and worth every word, you’ll also fall in love with the storytelling/writing style, characters, and anything in between <3

An Interesting Read. This book was littered with philosophy, which I love. Thanks to this book, I could reflect on my regrets and understand that decisions I wish I had made could have unintended negative consequences. Nora is an admirable character who I can't help but root for. My only criticism of this book is that it was predictable toward the end. However, I did appreciate how fun this book was to read; it occasionally read like the script for a movie. I recommend this book to anyone trying to find their purpose in life.

Ham-fisted at best. The premise of this book has the potential to be interesting and allow for interesting ways to reexamine ones life, but the ultimate conclusion is completely unsatisfying because the terms of the game the author sets up are ridiculous for actually trying to examine what it means to live a happy life. Haig’s non-fiction self-help is more useful than its thinly veiled edition in fiction.

Just wow.. I read this in 2 days and it made me appreciate life to a different level. I highly recommend it.

Perspective. This book came into my life at precisely the right moment. In a time when I felt lost, directionless, and on the verge of giving up, this book provided the perfect remedy: perspective. I encourage anyone, at any point in their lives, to read this book. The story is more relatable and moving than any other I’ve seen before. It saved my life. And I hope it can also save yours.

Ok but not great. Easy simple read but not much depth. It didn’t really feel like there was enough character development throughout. The secondary characters all felt kind of pointless and superfluous to the overall storyline; particularly the main character’s brother’s best friend. His role in the story just seems so unclear and his presence throughout the story seems pointless. For a book that covers such deep issues (death, depression, low self-esteem, etc.), the tone and progression of the story just felt too overly simplified. Also-even though the ending isn’t tragic, the whole book itself is kind of depressing…It just didn’t quite hit the mark for me. I’m a bit surprised by all the hype behind this book.

Captivating and Addicting!. This is an excellent read to me, it was very captivating and thus prompted me to read it in 2 days time!

I loved the What if factor. I actually enjoyed the message I got out of the book. We as people always think about that What if…honestly there will always be a what if. It reminds us to think more and make better decision. We will always be flawed if you nurture yourself right then you will receive the same in life.

4.5 stars. TW: this book has themes of suicide and self harm. Other than that, really cool concept and really liked the twists and theme of choices. Would highly recommend!

Absolutely Intriguing and Wonderful!!. As a survivor, this book was touching and eye-opening in so many ways. I was so intrested and so captivated by the story itself and the meaning behind it all was just fabulous. I loved this book so much.!!!!!

Highly recommend. Great book. Stirred some emotions at times. Hard to put down.

Great writing but boring story. I felt like I read Groundhog Day with the butterfly effect. The story just seemed to replay itself but in different order. In my opinion, the writing was excellent, but the story dragged. I found myself wanting to skip to the end, so I could see how it ended.

Simply beautiful. A wonderful take told well. It’s a simple yet deep premise that carries you forward with ease and grace.

Beautiful Novel. The Midnight Library causes you to appreciate and value your life, show sympathy to those that have desired to take theirs, and to be mindful on how we treat one another. This is a beautiful book. One that encourages us to take the limits off of ourselves and simply live/enjoy our life.

You won’t regret buying this one.. Wonderful book- thought provoking and beautifully written. Best I’ve read in a while

Loved this gem.. A great read which gives the reader a lot to think about. Life really does need to be lived, love does make the world go around.

Nice read.. Enjoyed reading this book. 9/10 would recommend.

A lovely read. A few tugging moments of emotion, some rushed parts that could have been elaborated, but ultimately a book worth enjoying. A reminder that life isn’t all that serious, that you can be whoever you desire, and with some hardships and triumphs, come to believe in yourself.

Beautiful and poignant. A must read for anyone who feels stuck or just needs to fall back in love with life. Take a visit to the library!

What a great read thank you. Inspiring, great flow to his writing, a simple story that takes you everywhere with a meaningful message

Definitely left a mark on me. This book taught me and left me with something I didn’t even know I needed.

The Midnight Library. Excellent read. Couldn’t put it down. It’s one of those books that it stays with you even days after you’ve finished it.

Great story. Very good book. I enjoyed the ending very much

Something different. The start is dark. Push through. Many twists and, in the end, worth the ride.

Felt rushed towards the end. I was taken by most to expect great things with this book. The plot line was fantastic.. just would love it if it wasn’t so rushed at the end. I love that it tries to teach us the best of life in a story mode. I was touched, but not to point of tears.

Magical. A masterpiece on life and the will the live.

Deep, Thoughtful, Addicting. If you appreciate and love books that delve deeper than the shallow world we reside in, this book is for you. A thought provoking and existential read that will have you hooked from beginning to end.

Midnight Library. Wonderful book to read on a yoga retreat! Self discovery!

First book I have loved in a while.. This book demonstrates how important perspective is in all aspects of life and could not have appeared in my life at a better time. Thank you.

Loved this book!. Couldn’t put it down!!

To where would you return in your past?. It definitely makes you wonder where you would go?

A favorite. This book will change the way you see life! Read it!

Great read!. I feel like this could be a movie. I really enjoyed the multiple lives Nora went through. Her journey from wanting to die, from realizing she wanted to live was an exceptional read. I hope that Nora, as a character finds true peace, and finds the life that she really wants to live. I would recommend this book to a friend.

Beautifully written and inspiring. I got this as a beach read and it ended up being so much more. This story is one that puts living into a prospective I wasn’t expecting. Read it and read it now!

Loved. Existential and smart. Makes you think about your life and it’s potential.

Inspiring. Inspiring. Gives me a new outlook on life. Thank you.

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