The Midnight Library by Matt Haig  

        

Dear Fellow Reader!

I have my first “YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK” choice for the year. Yes, I think this book is that good.

You know I am a sucker for books that knock me over with the imagination used to write the book. I admire that so much. Yes, every book uses the author’s imagination to a certain extent but some books show that the author can take off and think of great scenarios. And this book does that. It just gives you more and more to enjoy while you are reading. I didn’t want to put it down. I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

In The Midnight Library, we meet Nora Seed. Nora is unhappy. She regrets every decision she has made. She feels responsibility for letting down herself and others. She is 35 and has not lived up to her potential in any of the areas where she has shown talent. In the opening pages, her cat dies and then she gets fired from her crummy job. She doesn’t feel that she should continue living.

And then she ends up in the Midnight Library with a librarian who explains where she is and what is going to happen. Nora gets to view the book of her regrets, which just about overwhelms her. There are thousands of books in the library. She gets to pick a book that will allow her to revise one of the decisions that she has made. She will then step into that life and live the life that she could have had if only she had chosen differently. But if she decides that that life is not right for her, she can go back to the Midnight Library and choose again. But there is only a limited time to choose but neither she nor the librarian know how long that time will be.

The quest through the process is clear.

What is her best way to live?

Yes, I loved this book. I want to run out and read other books by Matt Haig. I think you should read this book. While I have told you that books would be good to read, this book is just the best I have read for a while. This is the book to bump up to the top of your TBR pile.

Thanks for reading!

About Carol Early Cooney

I love to read. I love to share my thoughts on books and hope to hear what you think also. Looking to see what books I read beyond those I write about? Check out my Goodreads!
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