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The Midnight Library

Updated: Jul 13, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐

"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?"


The Midnight Library by Matt Haig is a standalone novel that blends fiction with fantasy.

This book just didn't hit the mark for me. I was intrigued by this take on a kind of purgatory and was eager to see what direction the author took, but this remains to be something that was better in theory than on paper. That's not to say that I thought this was a bad book as I did enjoy it to an extent, but the way the book was written made it drag on for me.

When you think about it, having a library that is basically purgatory where you can check out all the possible lives you could have lived is, well, kind of a bad idea. In my opinion, there is not much point in dwelling on what could have been. And also while the philosophies mentioned in this are insightful, they were drowned out by the constant repetition of Nora's actions when she enters a new book. Every single time she went into a book she did the same exact thing it was kind of frustrating because I was expecting some form of development when it came to her actions.

Overall, good premise but just an okay book. I would still recommend that you give this a try as you may have a different take away from the story than me.

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