The Midnight Library: A Novel

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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.
323 reviews
September 18, 2021
I discovered this book after scrolling the top selling list, and after reading the free sample it seems very interesting. After zip bought it, I read this and finished it in a few days. Can be depressing when it's too sad, but a very easy one to read about life and all the lesson about it. Makes me wonder about my what-ifs, my regrets, but also makes me realize maybe it's all the best for me.
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Toby A. Smith
April 8, 2021
Engaging throughout, this is an easy-to-read, life-affirming, feel-good book about embracing all that life offers you. Don't be put off by the beginning, where protagonist Nora Seed feels like her life has no meaning and all she is good at is letting other people down. And PLEASE DON'T stop reading when she contemplates ending her life. (Suicide attempt warning.) Instead, suspend your disbelief and enjoy Nora's exploration of the The Midnight Library, where she gets to peruse some of the lives she MIGHT have lived. Author Matt Haig offers all of us the chance to watch, vicariously, as Nora does what so many of us think about doing everyday -- answer some of life's most intriguing questions. What if I had stuck with that sport I was good at as a youngster? What if I'd not given up on my passion for music? What if I had married someone else? How would my life be different if I'd made even the smallest decision differently. This novel turns out to be original, ingenious, full of surprises and pure fun! And unless you are a completely callous human - you will end this book feeling better about your own life and choices. Don't miss it!
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Jenny Su
January 16, 2021
I came across this book kind of accidentally but after I read the reviews and the book summary, I thought it might be a interesting one to read. turns out really brilliant,actually. This is the kind of book that makes you reflect on the different aspects of your life and have several new thoughts which is a great book especially in a difficult time like now. The last few chapters are my favorite cause they bring readers hope ! I love this novel- beautifully written and lots of inspirational sentences. ABSOLUTELY RECOMMENDED!!! Finally, hope anyone who is reading this review safe and sound. Stay safe. :)
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About the author

Matt Haig is the author of the internationally bestselling memoir Reasons to Stay Alive, along with six novels, including How to Stop Time, and several award-winning children's books. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages.

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