Nora’s life has been going from bad to worse. Then, at the stroke of midnight on her last day on earth she finds herself transported to a library. There she is given the chance to undo her regrets and try out each of the other lives she might have lived.
Which raises the ultimate question: with infinite choices, what is the best way to live?
I am so glad that I read this book.
I have been eyeing this book up for quite a while now after one of my patients raved to me about it (and then two others over the following months). The concept was intruiging, and I knew I was always going to read it at some point. When I made the mistake of going to the supermarket while grumpy this week I picked it up as a treat (along with Where the Crawdads Sing), and then put a post on Twitter asking Book Twitter to pick which one I should read first. Twitter voted for Crawdads, but somehow I needed to read this one first.
Sorry Twitter, I’ll read Crawdads next!
It was exactly what I needed right now, without my knowing this beforehand. I had recently read ‘Reasons To Stay Alive’ by the same author, and found that there were echos of that book throughout the story. I felt like he was sharing his own life lessons with the world in a way that was both meaningful and resonating. At points in the story I went and found highlighters and glittery pens so that I could draw around or enhance certain pages/ points to help me find those words of wisdom again in the future. I have never been inspired to do this before, and I can only hope that it happens again.
This book moved me deeply on levels that I hadn’t realised were available to be moved. The wisdom that Mrs Elm shares is rivalled only by Nora’s own reflections as she lives out each of her different possible lives. I especially loved the cat lesson – it had immediate relevance to moments I had lived and dwelt on previously.
I am keeping The Midnight Library. And I have decided that I am going to go and buy a copy of Reasons To Stay Alive (It was a library book). I am going to find a special place on my bookshelves and have a little section filled with books that changed the way I think of life, and my own life within that wide, hectic sphere.
I am also officially changing my answer to ‘which author would you like to have a drink with?’. The answer is Matt Haig.
As always, please enjoy this book. Have a good week book friends.
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