The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: I’ve had like 10 seltzer in the last few hours. This was a shit week. And Parkerhas been my rock in making sure i actually get some shit done but we have to take a bake at some point which is what we did.
Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?
A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time.
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.
Drunk Overview: so basically… Nora i having a real bad day/time of it. She takes a bunch of pills to end it all no ends up in the Midnight Library, a place where you get to relive almost any choice you ever made to see how your life would turn out. So basically… this is the “what if” story.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: this book brought me lots of feelings. That’s all
Characters: So this is literally Nora’s story. Each instance of her life that could have been has new folks and that’s what makes the story the best. I do like Nora’s journey through this whole thing though. It’s literally a character driven story and not even close to plot. Like I may skip the plot section cause it’s not a thing. I love the story that’s told about Nora learning about her worth and her impact on the world and its awesome.
Plot: i said imma skip it
Writing Style: listened on audio and loved it
World Building: this was a great way to imagine the dark spaces of depression. As someone who’s been there (and that’s not a place I talk about or many people know about so please don’t ask) it meant a great deal to me to see my feelings put in to a story.
What to pair it with: Dark ale. It’s deep and full of flavor and hits you in the face.
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,