Matt Haig – The Midnight Library

Once in a while I will add a book to my blog. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig examines regrets, life choices, and trusting yourself in making the right decision. On one of the first few pages of the book there is this written:

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?

In this story, Nora has a chance to go through many lifetimes and is able to see how her decisions not only affect herself, but also others in her life. One decisions has the power to change everything, for the better or the worst. The inside of the front cover writes:

Between life and father there is a library. Up until now, Nora See’s life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change. When she finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make think right.

The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. Each one contains a different life, a possible world in which she made different choices that played out in an infinite number of ways, affecting every-one she knew as well as many people she never met. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every decision she 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?

Check out the book for yourself if you find these topics interesting. I have included an NPR book review by Jason Sheehan. Please click the link below.

NPR Book Review: It’s Not Quite Dark Enough In ‘The Midnight Library’ by Jason Sheehan