The Midnight Library

Written by: Matt Haig

The Midnight Library

Started Reading: February 16, 2024
Finished Reading: February 22, 2024

I have read 100% of this book

Verdict: Enjoyed it! (4 of 5 stars)

This was a fun, quick read that left me with a lot to think about. Do I appreciate this life enough? Am I doing everything I can to live it to its fullest? Would I have made different choices if I could go back and try it again?

I enjoyed the character of Nora, although she was annoyingly "woe is me" at the start of the book. As she slips out of this life, she becomes held up at the Midnight Library, where she is able to slip into infinite numbers of other versions of her life. She's made different choices in each, resulting in an array of different outcomes (a la Butterfly Effect, just less moody and dark, maybe). Interestingly, she finds that she's just as unfulfilled in many of her parallel lives as she was in her original one.

This book gets quite philosophical and dabbles in some quantum physics discussion, so beware if your eyes tend to glaze over at that sort of thing. The author kept things moving nicely though. The ending tied things up in a nice little bow, but I actually would have been happier if it had ended sooner than it did, leaving me to fill in some blanks on my own.

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