You guys… this was SUCH a good book. It was heartwarming, it was heartbreaking, it was nerve-racking and it was liberating. It is absolutely no surprise to me that The Midnight Library is currently sitting pretty at #10 on the Amazon Charts this week and has a 4.4 rating with a total of 43,480 reviews.
BOOK DESCRIPTION: 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 new 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.
I savored this book over the last few days and I was left in awe of the lessons I learned inside these pages. I simply adored Nora. Matt Haig did a wonderful job at painting such a beautiful character and taking so much care in detailing her flaws, her darkness, and her transformation with such care. I also found Nora to be incredibly relatable in several ways. I too, overthink majority of what I do and say. I too, fear of disappointing others and tend to make decisions that satisfy the desires that other people have for me/themselves. I too, replay every decisions that I make and wonder what the outcome would be if I did something different. I too, at times, wonder if the life I’m living is what I should be doing and what I could be doing instead to be happier. Navigating Nora’s journey throughout this book and watching her get to live out many different lives helped allow me to think deeply about some of my own possible lives and served as an excellent reminder of how beautiful and messy and wonderful life is and how this life I am living is exactly where I’m supposed to be.
After a year of feeling a lot of uncertainty in many ways, and for simply just being such an overly anxious person constantly thinking about the “what if’s” and searching for the meaning in things, The Midnight Library was all at once a breath of fresh air and a warm hug. I’m so thankful that I stumbled across this book on Bookstagram a few months ago and while I did not read it right away, I think the messages and fresh perspectives I took away from this book were received at the perfect time 💛 I know I will be thinking about this book for a while.
BEER RECOMMENDATION: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig is best paired with White Russian by Left Hand Brewing Company. This highly enjoyable nitro white stout contains coffee, vanilla and notes of chocolate 🍻