The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

How I Read It: Print/ Audiobook

Dates Read: 12/22/20-12/23/20

How I Found It: Instagram?

Trigger Warning: This book contains depictions of suicide, including suicidal ideations and suicidal notes. This book also has mentions of drug and alcohol abuse. There is a lot of talk about depression, and some mention of self harm. Please read at your own discretion.

Nora is incredibly done with her current life. After taking an overdose of drugs, she is ready to end it all. But instead of death, Nora finds herself in a library. This library, held at the moment of midnight, Nora is given the option to undo all of her regrets and see what life would look like if she made different decisions. As we follow the story, we experience motherhood, marriage, the life of a rockstar, the life of a former Olympian, a glaciologist (which i just learned is a thing), and many more lives for Nora. But as we experience all these lives, we also see the disappointments as we learn that each individual change doesn’t bring her the universal happiness she was looking for.

Here’s the thing about this book, it is incredibly philosophical and an interesting read. I mean, Good Morning America made it a part of their book club (which once again, I had no idea this was a thing), so you have an idea of how important this novel is. However, there were moments where I zoned in and out a little bit as I was listening to this one. There were moments when I was all the way in, and there were moments where I didn’t really feel a part of the story. From what I have seen, that is more of a me thing than an overall feeling.

I recommend this for people who were interested in The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, or anyone who is interested in fantasy mingled with reality. I personally would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!