The Midnight Library Book Reviews

AUTHOR
Matt Haig
SCORE
4.5
TOTAL RATINGS
10,039

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
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Language English
E-Book Size 1.84 MB

The Midnight Library (Matt Haig) Book Reviews 2024

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Just do it. Take chances, try everything you can, travel, talk to people you don’t know and love someone, love yourself, just love.

Wonderfully life-affirming. A wonderful and important treatise on how each person's life is valuable right now, as it is, and how, even in our darkest hours, we can find a way out (or one will open up) that we never even considered before, as long as we focus on ourself and not on what we think others expect of us. A remarkable novel that vividly brought that point to life in a clever, insightful story. I recommended it to my sister, who then passed it on to my mom, who is now passing it on to my dad! It's so helpful for everyone, make sure you get a copy for yourself!!

Midnight library. The concept of this books story was both unique and interesting. I found myself reflecting upon my own life experiences which in turn brought me a sense of peace and gratitude. Well written, I would highly recommend reading this.

Heavy but meaningful. This is a beautiful story that reminds us all to pause in the moment and adjust our perspective. It can be heavy but power through the tough parts to see the whole picture.

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

more than i’d ever imagined. this book is a light, precious, and thoughtful thing.

Amazing read!. This book had me question a lot of my what if’s and I loved it! Highly recommend

A great read!. Just awesome!

Fantastic!. Loved the ride and made me appreciate all the twists and turns of my life!

Great Book. Makes you think about your potential. Great read!

Loved everything about it. Such an easy read in the best way possible. Truly a beautiful nod to the hardships of life, with wonderful lessons intertwined throughout

Compelling. It’s a very intimate & powerful book. I couldn’t be happier someone recommended it to me. I love the meaning and the philosophical undertones behind it, thank you Mr. Haig.

A life journey. Wouldn’t it be cool to see what your life was like when you made different decision? I would. How about you?

Team A and M. Loved this book and the concept. Was rooting for the A and M timeline though!! :)

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.

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

Delightful!. And meaningful. It got me thinking. Better than a self-help book!

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

Amazing !. Did not disappoint! Exactly what I needed while at a crossroad in my own life !

Best read of the season. This is one of those books you will not regret reading and will telling all your friends about.

Worth the read. Purely amazing.

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.

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

Go Beyond Regrets: Finding Fulfillment in 'The Midnight Library'. TLDR crowd; a profound look at how we have an infinite number of choices in life that can lead to a variety of possible life outcomes that we could live if we only think of the larger story we are telling by the small and large actions of everyday decisions. This is a wonderful book and reminder if you are feeling stuck in life, depressed, or even unsure of your current life. Longer review below: "The Midnight Library" by Matt Haig is an extraordinary exploration of life's infinite possibilities and the profound impact of our choices. Haig's writing captivates readers, weaving a compelling narrative that challenges our understanding of existence and fulfillment. This book is not just a story; it's a profound philosophical journey that leaves an indelible mark on your soul. I will say that perhaps an actual paperback version might be easier to read. I usually read this with Apple Books as an eBook that I love (about that digital life). However, the chapters are broken apart within themselves to add more context to what is happening within that chapter which made it harder to follow along at times. The only reason to rate it 4 stars instead of 5 stars. For any one debating on reading this book here are some reasons you should below. Reasons to Read "The Midnight Library": -Profound Exploration of Choices ❤️: The book delves deep into the consequences of the choices we make, painting a vivid picture of the lives we could have lived. Explores the good, the bad, and the ugly side of those choices. It prompts readers to reflect on their own decisions and the paths left unexplored. -Emotional Resonance 💜: Haig masterfully captures the essence of human emotions, particularly the struggles of depression and the quest for purpose. This book might resonate with you in different seasons of your life and where you are at. Definitely, a book to read at different periods in life. Readers will find themselves profoundly moved by the protagonist Nora Seed's journey, making this a deeply emotional and relatable read. You even might know some Nora Seeds that could use this book too. -Philosophical Depth 💛: Through Nora's experiences in the Midnight Library, Haig raises thought-provoking questions about the nature of happiness, fulfillment, and the pursuit of the ideal life. Little choices have sometimes larger outcomes than we could have pictured which this book captures beautifully. The philosophical depth of the narrative invites readers to contemplate the complexities of their own lives. -Beautifully Crafted Characters 🧡: Nora Seed is a brilliantly crafted character, flawed and genuine, making her journey all the more poignant. The supporting characters add richness to the narrative, creating a tapestry of diverse lives and experiences. I love the fact that I think everyone who reads this will get pulled on different points and traits that they relate to which is hard to write in this way, so credit to Haig. -Life-Affirming Message 💙: At its core, "The Midnight Library" offers a life-affirming message about acceptance, self-discovery, and embracing the present moment. It reminds us that every life, regardless of its challenges, is worth living and that our existence is a tapestry of experiences, both good and bad. Maybe the point of this book is going to be more obvious to others and I think that is okay - there is still a beautiful message to create in your head that is worth reading about. -Accessible and Engaging 🖤: Haig's writing is accessible and engaging, making complex philosophical concepts accessible to a wide range of readers. The book's fluid prose and compelling storytelling ensure that readers are gripped from the first page to the last. Aside from the chapter breakdowns this was engaging to read even when the flow of the book dwindled at times.

Philosophical and powerful. Loved reading every page. Couldn’t put it down. It’s so strange I get to read this book when I am going through something similar…

Not what’s described. I thought this was a time-traveling fantasy novel that makes people feel good. But it is a story of regrets that turns into life-coaching book.

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.

Entertaining and I like the writing. However it seemed a little like a rehash kinda like Ebenezer Scrooge and some parts seemed to drone on…but a decent book overall

Great Book. This guy can really tell a story.

Midnight Library. I thought this book was boring. Sorry... The character of Nora should have been more developed. I thought the ending wasn't very realistic. Mental health is typically very complex and not just neatly "fixed" like it was portrayed at the end of the book. The repetition (Olympian, glaciologist, rock star, etc.) was annoying. It seemed like the author was working hard to get a certain word count.

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.

Speechless. I stumbled upon a stranger on a metro recently. We exchanged couple of words and I’m grateful they recommended this book to me

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.

Seemed so promising….but fizzled out. By the end of the book, I grew a slight disdain for Nora. She had endless possibilities at her fingertips. She got to go through many of those possibilities, none of which she really liked or wanted to stay in. Then by the end of the book she ends up right back where she started. The ending was lackluster to me for what was otherwise a really well thought out book.

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

Life if for the libing. Makes me appreciate every aspect of living - the successes and the failures - every bit of living.

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.!!!!!

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!

Spellbinding and thought provoking. Loved the story and the chance to think about life differently

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.

Buy it. Lovely!! So thought provoking

“Oh yes. Course.”. I really enjoyed the concept of this book. It got a little repetitive toward the middle but it all came together nicely.

Solid. Most excellent! Worth th read!

Life is Worth Living. Great read. Puts a great perspective on life and what you make of it. ♥️

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.

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.

Believing in those you love. While some may say it is a story of resilience and overcoming, the theme of family dynamics and the high standards people who love one another have for each other is what this book is about. I highly recommend it!

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!

Surface level understanding of mental health with misogynistic messaging. At first, I was enjoying the book. But it very quickly completely lost me. What wasn’t lost on me was how many times Nora’s age, marital status, and lack of children came up every few pages. Definitely was pushing the idea that older women/women in general have no purpose if they aren’t wed and/or with children. This was proven by how suddenly Nora’s favorite life was the one where she WAS married and with children - I wish I could say I was surprised. The book itself half way through was completely grasping at straws. All of a sudden, we find out that there are other people all over the world who have their own personal versions of a Midnight Library. We find out Nora can interact with them and that they are called “sliders.” This is mentioned once and never brought up again. A really useless plot point that did nothing to further the story at all. The real icing on the cake was the end, which showed a complete lack of understanding into mental health recovery and building back familial relations. Nora wakes up, is taken to the hospital and behold! She is completely okay mentally, just picks up all her old hobbies, her and her brother are friends again just with the snap of a finger. I don’t think the author dug deep at all in the conversation surrounding mental health and particularly mental health among women (which I also am not surprised by because the author is not a woman). What I see is a missed opportunity for a larger, more meaningful conversation about these topics (mental health and mental health among women).

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.

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